I need a new Flashlight....

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

  1. rhys

    rhys Long timer

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    I could really act out on my light fetish, but I don't.....

    I bought a Surefire years ago because it's what the cops were using for night shooting and I was about to enroll in one the courses. As handy and heavy duty as my Surefire is, the damn thing would go through CR123 batteries like candy! I had no need for it and it sat unused for the next ten years.

    Upon returning to 'The Dark Side', I broke out the old Surefire, and heard that for $45 I could convert it to LED. I can NOT believe how long a pair of batteries will last in the damn thing now!!?! And BRIGHT, much brighter than the old bulb! I'm happy..... but it can be too bright sometimes. So I went to our local Batteries Plus and saw an LED flashlight that slips into my pocket next to my pen, 'Streamlight Stylus Pro'... perfect, and still reasonably bright.

    And as a novelty item, I bought this little 'NANOLIGHT' by Streamlight to hang on my keychain. Well..... I decided to hang it from the zipper of my uniform/jumpsuit. Now I have a hands-free light that I can read by while taking count and illuminate the steps as I descend from the third tier.

    LED is wonderful stuff, and a flashlight that can be stepped down from BRIGHT to low light, with a beam that can be focused from a pencil thin beam to wide angle would be the perfect tool. Encase it in something industrial, given the options of twist on/off and an end cap on/off. Yep, I've seen some GREAT flashlights in this thread, but alas I have toys already paid for and performing the job as needed. I better NOT buy one of these very cool lights as shown in this thread!
  2. BigKev72

    BigKev72 ANZAC

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    Try this one http://www.lowes.com/pd_305545-13229-HP8420CP-P3_4294865914_?productId=3093979&Ntt=flashlight&Ntk=i_products&pl=1&currentURL=/pl_Coast_4294865914__s?Ntk=i_products$Ntt=flashlight

    Lowes sells them, cheap, bright as hell and the batteries hold up forever in them. Not variable on brightness though, just bright all the time. They are small and water resistant (proof to the best of my knowledge). I have had two of them, lost one and still have the other...great little light and not expensive. They run on 3 AAA's and using it every day I get almost a year out of it before replacing batteries.
  3. 2ndSPACE

    2ndSPACE Long timer

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    After reading through all of this I decided on a new light. I did not want multi function just on and off.

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    SSC P7 LED they claim 900 lumens but I don't think its that bright. For less than $50 it didn't break the bank.
  4. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    For the money. I have to say the mini-maglite led may be the best deal out there. I get them out of the parts crib at work for arount $25. I used to get around 3 months out of the old mag-lites before the thing would start working intermittently, I have used the one I am still carrying for about a year now.

    Last month I dropped it down a pit we were draining full of oil/water mix, Three hours later when it was drained I found my flashlight still on. I took it apart and was pretty surprised that it was completely dry inside.

    http://www.maglite.com/AA_Cell_LED.asp
  5. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    They've arrived, and yes, I've already blinded myself repeatedly.

    Both use the 18650 rechargeable Li ion cells at 3.7 V. The big one uses two, small one one.

    The Jetbeam M1X is supposed to put out 700 lumens, I believe it. The Olight warrior is 240 but has other stuff like strobe. Both are very well made, however the Jetbeam I think is a much higher quality piece in both construction and appearance.

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    No more announcements about cool farkles, my budget is done after this little escapade,:D
  6. Nobikebiker

    Nobikebiker Adventurer

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    Glad to hear you like your new lights! I would suggest heading over to Candlepowerforums, if you ever feel the need for more light.
  7. Iced Tea

    Iced Tea Been here awhile

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    where did you pick it up at?
  8. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University

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  9. Dave2

    Dave2 Long timer

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    Dont know if its been mentioned but I bought two Sears flashlights. Double A batteries. $20 each.
    Useless, or next to.
    Dark spot in the middle of the beam.
  10. hotshoetom

    hotshoetom Adventurer

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    I have one of the 3-cell LED Maglites and it blows my 5 cell maglite away. Brighter and lighter. Both are relegated to car duty and double as billy clubs if needed. (havent ever needed to but you never know)

    Hotshoetom
  11. Iced Tea

    Iced Tea Been here awhile

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  12. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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  13. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    for quite some time I would say, geeze, the 3 cell mag is like cromagnon techno0logy.
  14. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    anyone know if there is a LED lamp option for the Surefire P3?
  15. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    That thing looks bright but it looks like a huge toy at first! :roflPretty nice work for sure.
  16. Chuck289

    Chuck289 Air cooled

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    The KL3 will fit but it will be dimmer than using 2 or 3 cells.
  17. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Huh? my P3 is a single cell (DL123A) Surefire with a Krypton lamp?
  18. Chuck289

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    Ya the KL3 is designed for 2 and 3 cell lights. It will fit the P3 but it will be dimmer. Other than that I don't know of other LEDs for single cell P bodies. Most LED assemblies that fit P bodies are for 2 and 3 cells. I suppose you could get an adapter to attach E series heads to a P body.
  19. Sniper X

    Sniper X De Oppresso Liber

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    Oh ok, I don't really need one for the P3 since I am OK with it being a Kryp since I have three other LEDs that are bright! I just figured if they made one specifically for it...
  20. RiverRat

    RiverRat Endless Chores

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    Anyone check out the surefire E2L that runs on 2 AAs? It looks like just the ticket for 123a adverse users. MSRP around $165 iirc which isn't much more than a 123 powered E2L outdoorsman.

    Once these get on ebay I might have to pick one up.