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Old 01-22-2011, 09:54 AM   #286
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My name is Gary and I'm addicted to flashlights....and this thread just cost me $36, but money well spent. I picked up the Inova X2 last night at Target (plus their little key chain light). This light operates from 2 AA batteries and generates 107 lumens of light. I have 5 or 6 other lights including a Surefire E2L (gen 1) that costs appx 4x's as much. This light puts out as much or more light in a very useable and consistent pattern. I love my Surefire and didn't come here to bash it, but if you're looking for an excellent quality light at a reasonable price, the Inova X2 may be for you.
Inova is now owned by Nite-Ize, and they have moved most of their production capacity to China... How this will affect their quality remains to be seen. Just so you know the kevlar Tactical lineup is still made in the US, though...

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Forgot to mention that HDS Systems just introduced a new model they begin shipping in February, their "Rotary" model. You can still program it exactly like the older models, but you can also twist the tailcap to cycle through all of the output and change the brightness before turning the light on. See here at: http://www.hdssystems.com/?id=Edc&mType=Rotary
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:15 AM   #287
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I wouldn't be too concerned about lights made in China.

Even some of the best U.S. owned/operated flashlight companies like Surefire, HDS, Peak, Zebralight, Malkoff, Pelican, Maglite etc. still source LEDs/circuit boards/parts made in the far east. Its hard to find anything entirely made in the USA nowadays...
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:02 PM   #288
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:15 PM   #289
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http://www.maglite.com/productline.asp

Yup... 8 flashlights..... let me say that again..... 8 flashlights.... that's it... and all are basically of the same design... I'm 33 and I can't remember them being any different than they are today...

It's kinda sad. They've sat on their haunches during the decade of greatest innovation in lighting since the invention of the electric lamp.

For a company that promotes the proverb of the lion and the gazelle they're behaving an awful lot like a sloth.

http://www.maglite.com/company_lion.asp

They're the GM of portable lighting.

And I hope they come back with a vengeance.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:34 PM   #290
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It's kinda sad. They've sat on their haunches during the decade of greatest innovation in lighting since the invention of the electric lamp.

For a company that promotes the proverb of the lion and the gazelle they're behaving an awful lot like a sloth.

http://www.maglite.com/company_lion.asp

They're the GM of portable lighting.

And I hope they come back with a vengeance.
So true...
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:48 AM   #291
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It's kinda sad. They've sat on their haunches during the decade of greatest innovation in lighting since the invention of the electric lamp.

For a company that promotes the proverb of the lion and the gazelle they're behaving an awful lot like a sloth.

http://www.maglite.com/company_lion.asp

They're the GM of portable lighting.

And I hope they come back with a vengeance.
The XL line is doing well. I have an XL50 and my only complaints are that the lens isn't glass and it isn't easy to change that.
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:37 AM   #292
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WHO HAS THE BEST KEYCHAIN LIGHT???



I need a new one.

Desired Specs:

Small
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Under $50
No fucked-up only-available-in-Taiwan batteries
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:52 AM   #293
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I just picked up a neat new toy from Batteries plus, it is a Neebo.



30 clams,

here's the low down,

220 lumens of pure white light to be exact. In automobiles, redlining is reaching the peak of its performance; whereas we, with NEBO REDLINE are harnessing the maximum power of this flashlight with 220 lumens of blinding bright light. (NOTE: Anything above 50 lumens within a 10 yard distance may cause temporary blindness when viewed directly.) The REDLINE has 5 lighting modes, 100% white light (220 lumens), 50% white light (110 lumens), 10% white light (22 lumens), S.O.S. mode (220 lumens), or emergency strobe mode (220 lumens). This flashlight has a 4x adjustable beam that works with any light setting to change the REDLINE from a flood light to illuminate everything within a 20 yard distance, or to a spot light to focus up to 150 yards. The bezel of the REDLINE controls the adjustable beam. The red ring of the NEBO REDLINE enhances all of the features of this flashlight


So I have tried it, and it is both weird and wonderful. BRIGHT for a 30 dollar small flashlight, has a focusable beam that does NOT have a dark spot anywhere in the pattern at ANY focal length....NICE touch that!

It is brighter than any of my LED equipped Surefires on high, and almost as bright on medium. I love to have the different brightness leverls because in total darkness sometimes these are way to bright on items up close.

It allows you to change brightness levels by pressing the switch within a second or so and I have yet tio see if I leave it on high, med, low, SOS or strobe, and don't press the power button off and right back on if it "remembers" what setting I had it on. I think it does remember though.

The good: high, med, low power settings, SOS and Srtrobe that leaves a brotha mez MO rized.

Nice focal lengths, from very tight to WIDE, stays pretty bright on wide.

NO DARK spots in beam at all at any focal length.

Uses trip A battes in a little cage. It would be nice to have a set in another seperate cage for back up though.

Has a nice glow in the dark button so one can see it in the dark.

Neat feature of a illuminated red ring that looks cool surounding the bezel, what it is for I am not sure but looks cool when the flashlight is on.

All in all a great flashlight for the money!
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Old 02-22-2011, 08:58 AM   #294
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It's kinda sad. They've sat on their haunches during the decade of greatest innovation in lighting since the invention of the electric lamp.

For a company that promotes the proverb of the lion and the gazelle they're behaving an awful lot like a sloth.

http://www.maglite.com/company_lion.asp

They're the GM of portable lighting.

And I hope they come back with a vengeance.
I can say that they came out swinging and pretty much threw in the development towell in the third round. They did do the Magcharger which got real popular with law enforcement and serious flashlighteers in the late 80s and it was great save for one thing, bad dark spots in beam. Of course they said it was to NOT blind the aggressor, but that is of course what one WANTED to do!

I think if they put some R&D into a new reflector design, and some more R&D into high brightness LEDS, they would be back with a vengence. I have an old magcharger I would buy a new battery pac for if they had an LED option available for in a heartbeat. That thing even stock is killer.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:04 AM   #295
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WHO HAS THE BEST KEYCHAIN LIGHT???



I need a new one.

Desired Specs:

Small
Powerful
Under $50
No fucked-up only-available-in-Taiwan batteries
Stole this off another site from the great Chewie,

Best place for a flashlight is yer keyring, or you'll never have one when you need it.

May I recommend:



Not much bigger than the CR123A battery it runs on, 190 lumens, $25 here.

For a few more bucks you can get a stainless steel version; it's heavier and shinier, but the anodising won't wear off in your pocket.

The clip pops off if you don't want it.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:43 AM   #296
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WHO HAS THE BEST KEYCHAIN LIGHT???



I need a new one.

Desired Specs:

Small
Powerful
Under $50
No fucked-up only-available-in-Taiwan batteries
The 4Sevens Preon Revo is top shelf. http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...=293634&page=1

The iTP A3 EOS, my current keychain light is very good for under $20. http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...=240639&page=1

Both of these lights run on a single aaa battery and have multiple output modes.
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Old 02-22-2011, 09:48 AM   #297
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Just got this email today if anyone needs batteries and what nots:



I AM NOT ASSOCIATED WITH BATTERY JUNTION!
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Just got this email today if anyone needs batteries and what nots:



I AM NOT ASSOCIATED WITH BATTERY JUNTION!
Did you see above what I just posted about the keychain light???? it is form Battery Junction!
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Old 02-22-2011, 10:01 AM   #299
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Did you see above what I just posted about the keychain light???? it is form Battery Junction!
I thought the timing was pretty good..

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Old 02-22-2011, 10:11 AM   #300
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Did you see above what I just posted about the keychain light???? it is form Battery Junction!
And the bugger is out of stock and there's no apparent way to back order them. They'll probably be available to order again on Saturday.
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