I need a new Flashlight....

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by A-Bone, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    Dear Fellow Uber-dorks,

    I've been making due with a 3 'C' battery Maglight and some small LED lights but I want a good one...

    Must / should be:

    • LED
    • Less than $200
    • Multi-brightness settings (brighter the better)
    • No larger than Maglite 3 C battery models
    Who has a kick ass flash light???...
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  2. The_Commander

    The_Commander The Man.

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    Surefire.

    E2L.
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  3. advridgerunner

    advridgerunner RESIST WE MUCH !

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    3 cell mag. not a good light ??? :eek1
    I musta' been under a (dark) rock.
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  4. Badge320

    Badge320 Wild Hog No. 3

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    +1 Surefire

    My Fav.....Z2 Combat Light...around 129.00
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  5. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch Resistance is futile.

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    LOVE my two Surefires. One is a G2Z Combat Light, and the other is a G2LED [in bright yellow, so I can find it].

    Tough as nails, and they work. No doubt Surefire will have something that meets your requirements.

    WA.
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  6. FatChance

    FatChance Road Captain

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    :nod Surefire - I have the E2E and love it.
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  7. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    This is not a fancy top of the line light.... and it's not LED which means I go through batteries more frequently than I like...

    It's is decent.. but not that bright by newer standards

    Here's why I ask: I was one of the first people to come upon a two car accident on a dark stretch of interstate near my house recently... once I got out and made sure people were being attended to by other passers by, I got to work clearing a lane of debris and got traffic moving past because I didn't know now long it would take EMS to arrive...and while I was flagging cars past I realized that my Maglite was not up to the task...
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  9. Barike

    Barike Spindly Adventurer

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    I would suggest the Surefire A2 Aviator. I personally have a Surefire E2L Outdoorsman, which I got when I upgraded from a Surefire E2O Outdoorsman (pre LED)... My next Surefire will most likely be an A2 Aviator, which runs about $180 or $190 if I recall correctly. They are GREAT little lights! ("little" being in comparison to the 'D' cell Maglites :rofl) If memory serves me well, the E2L Outdoorsman is as strong(bright) as a 2 'D' cell if not 3 'D' cell Maglite in a package the size of a 'AA' Maglite. :lol3 But the light it puts out is a LOT easier to see. For one it doesn't have the wholes and darker spots in the focal point like the Maglite does.
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  10. ImaPoser

    ImaPoser adventure imposter

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    Are any LED flashlights bright enough to be used for tunnel exploring? I found some old railroad tunnels near our place at lake cumberland that we went exploring and the couple of little flashlights we had were just crap. I don't want to carry around a 10 million candle power car battery sized thing, but I would also like to be able to see more than ten feet in front of me. :ear

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  12. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    compared to pretty much anything modern it is a dud.

    Maglite. Heavy, cumbersome, has holes in the light pattern, battery hog even with a LED thingy, and not all too bright even with battery hog high brightness lamp.

    Coleman makes a $25.00 single LED flashlight that puts out 115 lumens and the batteries are lasting me a month or so if I use it a lot.
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  13. bmc1025

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    D cell LED maglights put out decent light and unlike the surfires they last a long time on one set of batteries. I have left my 4D Maglight on for 8 hours and it was still bright.
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  14. Shocktower

    Shocktower Long timer

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    X3 got one great small, but then there is always a Fleshlight :evil :evil . look it up:lol3
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  15. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    my 25 dollar coleman 1 led 2 AA flashlight does at least 20 hours or more on one set of 2 AAs and is way way brighter than even my 4D Maglite.
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  16. madjimbo

    madjimbo Hertz, Donut?

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    +1 again for Fenix.

    As nice as Surefire, without the huge name to raise the cost.

    They have many high quality flashlights in many configurations.

    I prefer the AA sizes, because it costs the least in batteries to run them per hour/brightness, and the size is manageable. You want a 2 or optimally 3 cell LED flashlight for max brightness UNLESS small length is your ultimate goal, due to electronic limitations (the LED's use about 4 volts, 1- and 2- cell lights use a power upconverter, consequently there is less power available to run the LED when you have fewer cells). Best scenario: single AA for pocket, 3 AA for actual flashlight duty.

    OR, if you want to go crazy, get a 2-cell lithium (123 battery size, like camera type) powered light, and a set of rechargeable 123 lithiums. Hella bright, small package. ONLY downside is cost of batteries. Size is between AA and C, closer to AA.

    The QUALITY single - cell AA's of today compete easily with the 4D maglites of 10 years ago, amazingly enough.

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  17. Zodiac

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  18. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    surefires are good, but mine has a tendancy to turn itself on and burn out the 12$ worth of batteries.:baldy

    I've abused Pelican lights for years in diving scenarios and this new LED one is pretty damned good and has long battery life.

    http://www.pelican.com/lights_detail.php?recordID=2410


    and I buy handfulls of these little LEDS from countycomm. when all you need is a little bit of light for immediate area lighting and seeing what you are grabbing. $1.20 each and the batteries can be had for cheap on ebay
    http://www.countycomm.com/orngled.htm. get the clip version for on your cap :thumb http://www.countycomm.com/ARES SOLED.htm

    my little black diamond Ion light on a bungee neck strap is great / handsfree too.
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  19. jeep44

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    I got put off on the Lithium 123- flashlights by the stories of uncontrolled venting and overheating on Candlepower Forum. AA-powered flashlights were just so much more convenient for use at work,where the batteries were free (and 123s were not stocked).
    Maglites: I still keep a 6-cell one next to the bed as an emergency light,and I converted it to LED. At work, I could never understand the Tradesmen who continued to lug those heavy old Maglites around on the job-my little 2-AA Fenix L2T was many times brighter.
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