I need a new Flashlight....

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

  1. SnowMule

    SnowMule [angry moth noises]

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    Still loving mine.

    Though I am able to "crash" it... not sure what happens but I'm guessing something in the micro latches up. In "turbo" mode, loosen the lens just till it switches to normal mode, then press on the lens so it twitches between normal and turbo mode quickly a few times. It won't turn on in either mode after that, the LED is super dim... pull the batteries out for 5-10mins then put it back together, works again.

    Weird little quirk about it, wouldn't trust it as a tac light because of that, but as an EDC torch it's pretty badass.
  2. PvtIdaho

    PvtIdaho Deck Spotter

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    I need a new light. For the wife that is - she's headed back to work and can't find the Surefire Executive she used to carry.

    I'm looking for a light about the size of the old Surefire (I don't remember if it was a single or double CR123) and smaller than the Olight M30 I use (I got it after reading about it here). It needs to have at least a high (preflight) and a low (in the cockpit) setting. One feature I would like on the replacement is the strobe function (with immediate access) like the M30 has. It has to go through airport security so it can't have an overly aggressive (sharp) bezel.

    What do you suggest?
  3. KingRat

    KingRat Stroppy.

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    US or Chinese? How much?

    Fenix PD22:

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    Nitecore IFE1:

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    Lumapower D Mini VX:

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  4. PvtIdaho

    PvtIdaho Deck Spotter

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    I'd prefer US and closer to $100 than 150.

    Looking at reviews for the lights you suggested the Nitecore and the Fenix appear to the be best suited for the job. The review I read on the LumaPower suggested that running it on CR123s was not a good choice.

    Is the Nitecore Chinese?
  5. LateApex

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  6. GSWayne

    GSWayne Old Guy nOOb

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    For a real bargain try one of these:http://www.ledsupermall.com/tag/ultrafire+501b/
    Only $18 including shipping for VERY bright (they claim 1300 lumens, but who knows) light including battery and charger. I have one and it looks to be quite well made and it is too bright to use on anything close up, it actually hurts your eyes (though it has lower output modes you can switch to).
  7. Sniper X

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    I just got the PD32 and love it.
  8. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    I ended up with the PD32 instead and it is a great torch.
  9. KingRat

    KingRat Stroppy.

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    All Chinese .... Fenix is tough to beat for the money, not quite Surefire quality but not far off.
  10. PvtIdaho

    PvtIdaho Deck Spotter

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    I just placed an order with Battery Junction. I ended up getting an Olight M20S-X. It's smaller than the M30 and still puts out a decent amount of light. The removable bezel and the ability to immediately access the strobe with 1 hand were the deciding factors.

    For some reason there was also a Nitecore IFE1 in the cart when I checked out. :lol3

    Cheers.
  11. sailah

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    weird, mine does that too. Buncha scammers:D
  12. Buccleuch

    Buccleuch Resistance is futile.

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  13. tenderfoot

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    I've had an old Maglite 3 cell for a number of years, finally bought an LED conversion (pricey at about $30) but man, what a difference.:clap
    No need for a new flashlight anymore.
  14. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    Which conversion???...

    I wasn't very impressed with the $15 Terralux one I got from Battery Junction.. I mean it is alright.. but nowhere near as bright as you would expect with a couple c-cells behind it..

    http://www.batteryjunction.com/tle-6exb.html
  15. rbrsddn

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  17. rbrsddn

    rbrsddn 3banger

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    Maglites are relatively cheap. Get one, and add the Malkoff Drop-in. You will be amazed how much light it puts out! :deal
  18. A-Bone

    A-Bone Indubitably

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    By the time you are all done with a Malkoff drop-in, you might as well buy a brand new flashlight.. the prices for pretty good quality LEDs are very reasonable these days..

    just sayin...
  19. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    Really. I've been getting Rayovac 100 lumen two AA lights at Home Depot for $15. Great lights.
  20. McNeal

    McNeal Long timer

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    There's still one benefit of a Malkoff drop-in in a nice full sized MagLite. You can hit something with a Mag-Lite and deliver a substantial hit. I've not seen any of the new LEDs have the weight required for that use.