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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    Cool..

    The new lithium ion batteries actually hold a charge well... I have a Bosch power screwdriver...

    http://www.boschtools.com/products/tools/pages/boschproductdetail.aspx?pid=ps10-2a

    I can not use the thing for six months and I swear it has just about the same charge as when I put it away...
  2. perterra

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    Malkoff LED conversion on a Maglight is a great way to go for a bright duty flash light. No good for close up work, way too bright but on my 3D Mag it gives me 250 lumens and a 6 hour battery life. You can drive with it.

    All you need to do is cut the reflector back and your set.

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    Trying to light up the upstars door on the house next door to me, probably 150 feet away from where my camera was set up. Tripod, all photos on same shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

    This is the std incandescent 3D Mag. Not enough throw to reach it.
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    Next up is a UnderWater Kinetics SL4 incandescent dive light. A little brighter than a Surefire Z2 with std incandescent bulb.
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    The Malkoff conversion.
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  3. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    So did the neighbors call the police when you kept shining a light in their windows and taking picutres?....
  4. Andrew

    Andrew Optimus Primer Super Moderator

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    Here's the link you didn't include:

    http://www.malkoffdevices.com/shop/dropin-mod-dropin-lamp-assembly-for-maglite-c-1_25.html

    Sorta pricey, but a nice upgrade.
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    :rofl

    Empty, old gal died that lived there about 5 years ago and the kids never did anything with it.
  7. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    +1

    The bonus is that you can still bludgeon someone to death with the MagLite... all the new one are so powerful but they come is such small frames it takes the weapon aspect out of it...

    I got one of these LED conversions for my Maglite because the Malkoff was so expensive... It probably, to use a bad pun, doesn't hold a candle to the Malkoff..but my Mag is just a backup at this point..

    It is just OK.. but for $20 it was quite a bit less than the Malkoff

    http://www.batteryjunction.com/tle-6exb.html
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    This was a maglight 4C conversion (mag brand) taken at the same time.
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  9. Hodakaguy

    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    I'm going to carry my new Cabela's light in my truck so I wanted a case to protect it when stored behind the seat. A quick trip to the local sporting goods store turned up a cheap $6.00 plastic pistol case that will work great.

    I replaced the lower foam with a thicker piece and carved out places for the Flashlight , car charger, house charger, manual, and belt holder. It all fits very well and makes a cheap compact secure case for the light.

    Just an idea if your looking for something similar.

    Hodakaguy


    Here's a couple shots of the small pistol case with the light inside.

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    And the light in the case

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    I carved out a recessed area for the manual and belt holder behind the upper piece of foam.

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  10. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    Pretty dorky...

    But I like it... :lol3

    That should actually work really well... It's a good idea..
  11. A-Bone

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    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Nope :D We ordered my father a JetBeam M1X and after reading reviews I decided to sell this one for a little profit and order myself a M1X as well. My fathers M1X arrived yesterday and we took them both out to test them side by side....the Cabela's light is defiantly a brighter white than the M1X and has a more concentrated beam as well. The Cabela's light also threw further than the M1X. :huh I was surprised at the results since the M1X is advertised to throw a further distance than the Cabela's light. Hmmm.....

    I think I may just pull the ad and keep what I've got since It works better than the M1X. Either way if I do decide to sell and get something else I'll make another Dorky case for whatever I get :D:evil

    Hodakaguy
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    A-Bone Indubitably

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    :lol3

    nuthin wrong with 'dorky'... this is a flashlight thread on a motorcycle forum.. I think we've pretty much self selected outselves as dorky already...

    :thumb

    So what did you guys pay for these flashlights that didn't keep up with the Cabella's light?? I've seen them in the buck-fiddy range....
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    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Picked up the Jetbeam M1X V4 on Ebay new for $125 shipped, not bad. I We are going to order the batt extender and a set of LI rechargeables for it next.

    Hodakaguy
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    I have the M1X with extender. It's apples and oranges if you aren't using the extender and Li Ions. Your Cabelas light is rocking a Li Ion battery pack. Get that M1X up to its potential and retry, I'd be interested to see your notes as I have never used the Cabelas light. If you are using it with CR123 batteries it won't be close to its output.

    Just as a comparison I put my M1X up against the custom light I had made using the SST-50 LED. I expected great things out of that little pocket rocket. The JetBeam blew it away, and I mean by a lot. I guess I should know better just by the reflector size of the Jetbeam.

    I do like the rechargable aspect of the Cabelas, I keep a Li Ion charger in my truck so I can do all my Li Ions with one charger, but it's sorta lame having to take the batteries apart.

    Report back with beam shots!!!
  16. Big Single

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    For what it's worth, l own a working Streamlight flashlight that I bought in 1983. On one particular night, it served as a replacement for the headlight on my motorcycle. Streamlight makes the most reliable flashlights I've ever owned. There's a reason most cops and firefighters carry Streamlight.
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    Hodakaguy NorthWest Adventure Rider

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    Why are the LI Batts producing more light? Are the 123 cells not up to the task when it comes to current draw? I notice in their literature that the lumens remain the same between all the batt combination's and only the run time changes.

    What's the best LI 18650 batt/charger setup to get?

    Hodakaguy
  18. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    The CR123 batteries are typically 3.0V and Li Ion are 3.7V. There are some CR123 rechargeables that put out 3.6V but probably not what you are running. Most people say the AW brand is the best, but it's like asking what the best motorcycle is.

    I have the charger and batteries below and I really think it's the best bang for the buck. In order to use 2 18650's with your M1X, you'll need the extender. Bugoutgearusa.com also sells AW batteries as it's just some guy in hong kong. They are more expensive, but I personally don't think they are worth it.

    You can buy the combo but probably worth the extra couple bucks to upgrade the batteries to 2400mah, they last a lot longer. Don't get the 3000 however, most people say they dont last as long as the 2400-2600 types.

    http://www.batteryjunction.com/wf139-18500-combo.html
  19. A-Bone

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    :lol3

    You caught the bug bad huh?
  20. sailah

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    its a relatively cheap one to catch. I'm over it and have a buncha lights to show for it. Use them all the time though.:lol3