I need a new Flashlight....

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

  1. jeep44

    jeep44 junk collector

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    Yes,this is where I got the LED for my 6-cell . I'd forgotten until I saw your link. It makes that Maglite into a badass, bright flashlight/club.:lol3
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  2. Bun-bun

    Bun-bun Been here awhile

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    A number of the flashlights discussed in this thread just went on sale at Optics Planet www.opticsplanet.net
    They're listed in the clearance section, including a number of the Streamlight lights.

    And no, I don't have anything to do with them other than buying a pair of boots from 'em a few months back.
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  3. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=57#
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  4. IDScarecrow

    IDScarecrow Long timer

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    I got one of these - a Fenix TK11 - for Christmas. I am loving it! It is replacing my Surefire Z2; it is brighter on the "low" setting, and MUCH brighter on the high setting. Combined with the LED durability and the ability to use a rechargeable battery, and my Surefire has become my backup light, and my large Maglight is now my back-up-back-up light. :D
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  5. Chuck289

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    A few of mine. The lights I seem to carry most are my SureFire e2e w/ 25lumen lamp and/or a Novatac EDC120 which isnt pictured.

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  6. a$$hole

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    I just preordered a QUARK 123-2 R5 from 4sevens. Its supposed to be pretty nice from what Ive read.
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  7. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    Streamlight Tasklight 2 - L: Two brightness settings (120 lumens at its brightest), about 6" in length, robust enough to use on a drilling rig. Cons include its CR123A battery requirement (relatively cheap in bulk through Streamlight, though), and a switch that's too easy to accidentally turn on when carried in a pant leg pocket. Mine cost $67.00 IIRC.
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  8. Ratski

    Ratski Been here awhile

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    I had a Streamlight Stinger when I was working as a mechanic and loved it. Light weight, super bright, awesome range (I could light up the side of a house at one city block away). It was rechareable with two battery packs that were interchangeable and a charger that hung on the wall or could be mounted in your vehicle, (cords included) that could charge both batterys at the same time, one in the light and the other out. The only downside was a relativly short battery life (about 1 hr per charge). The only reason I don't have it now was I returned it to the Cornwell dealer I bought it from for a minor warranty issue (charger, that was going to be covered) and he went out of buisness. IIRC I spent about $105 on it and you can get them from pretty much any tool truck. I want a new one, just can't justify the money right now.
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  9. frewhl

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    I was set to buy a Surefire and a bulk box of batteries.

    I wanted to get away from LEDs.

    A cop gave me a Surefire Stinger and 12v charger, I got a 3cell battery at the uniform shop, and I charge it with my bench power.

    After reading through here, I will look into AA LED lights.

    One thing I really like is a push button, it seemed most of my lights had twits heads.
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  10. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    That's another feature of the Tasklight 2-L I like-- one-handed operation.
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  11. tony the tiger

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    They were giving these away in December...
    not bad for a jacket pocket or tankbag but prolly not what the OP was lookin' for.
    linky no worky - cheapo Harbor Freight light.
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  12. RedRocker

    RedRocker Native Texican

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    Which model did you get?
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  13. Nailhead

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    I bought one that resembled those with the multiple LED's, but it was bigger I think, about the size of three film cans end to end; its beam was bright but blue in color, and almost useless.
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  14. Zundfolge

    Zundfolge Been here awhile

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    +1 on the Streamlight Stinger. I also worked as a mechanic and I thought my coworkers were insane for spending $140 on a flashlight. After borrowing one a few times, I quickly bought my own. Then a 2nd one for home. Now I am considering a 3rd one to keep in my vehicle.



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  15. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    I've used Stingers at work (stagehand) for about 10 years now. I bought that headlight I linked for the last install I did, because we spend a lot of time working in the dark and needed both hands free. The most frequent comment from my co-workers was "get that fucking light out of my eyes, you're blinding me." :lol3
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  16. A-Bone

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    OK... thanks for all your input peeps!!!

    So I ended up getting several different flashlights over the holidays... I had several different needs so here is what I got...

    Originally I posted that I wanted to replace my Maglite with something more powerful due to a recent realization at the scene of an accident that my current Maglite was severely underpowered for the safety that that situation required.

    After reading reviews on many different lights on several sites it appeared that there were a wide range of options from $25 mass-merchant Maglites to $500 true commercial-grade rechargeables.

    My budget was about $200... I ended up getting several lights and exceeded my budget by about $50

    Here is the big boy; the replacement for my 10 year old Maglite:

    Olight M30 / 700 Lumens
    $139 from Battery Junction

    http://www.batteryjunction.com/olight-m30-triton.html

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    I didn't quite know what to expect from this light except I expected it to be bigger...It is actually pretty small... the diameter of the part that you hold is about the width of a 16oz soda cap... so it is light in weight; you couldn't really clobber anyone with it... but both ends have pretty sharp edges that would hurt if you pulled a Norman Bates on an attacker...

    It is powered by three CR123 batteries... This is my first experience with this type of battery. They again, are smaller than I expected. They are fairly cheap to buy online, but I've been making a mental note of how much they cost at places like Home Depot and they are not cheap.. maybe a couple of bucks each... but none of the new higher-end flashlights seem to operate on AA, C or D batteries, so the CR123 is the next most-available battery....

    It also comes with this handy-dandy gift/storage case with attachements like a light diffuser, an additional battery extention and a belt strap, so that is kind of cool..

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    OK.. how bright is it?: This fucker is bright... like painfully bright... I am very impressed with the amount of light produced and the fact that it has three brightness levels and a strobe function (you know...for disco-tech fun for 'wild and crazy guys'). Keep in mind this is my first modern 'big' flashlight so I really don't know what to compare it to other than every other flashlight I have ever had... Compared to those, this fucker will burn your eyeballs out... I have no doubt I will keep this in my car for safety purposes on the long highway commute I do everyday..

    I'll post up on the other lights over the next couple of days...
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  17. tkuhe

    tkuhe Been here awhile

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  18. Chuck289

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    That Olight is a very nice light. Most of my lights are CR123A powered. The advantages are that you get a lot of power out of a small lightweight battery. They are lighter than AAs. This makes them popular with backpackers who are very weight concious. They can operate in very cold and hot conditions better than alkalines. And they have a long shelf life, something like holding 90% of their charge over 10 years. This makes them great for emergency flashlights. The batteries cost a little more. I've gotten a 50 pack of BatteryStation 123A's for a little over 50 bucks. Made in the USA. Don't buy cheap Chinese made batteries like the ones on eBay. I've seen enough accounts of those venting and causings flashlights to turn into grenades.
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  19. DriveShaft

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    Wow...matching pen? :D

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  20. A-Bone

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    Ahhh...the Joe Pesci signature model.... killer design...