Flashlights

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  1. Pennyman

    Pennyman Senior Member

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    I recently decided that I need a decent flashlight. (We're heading on a 5-day class trip next week, we have night walks and such, I've never had a good "torch" with me on previous trips...) I did some researching, and I quickly realised, I had no idea how complex and competitive the world of flashlights has become.

    AND expen$ive.

    Yada yada Google search yada yada many websites yada yada video reviews yada yada...


    I had no idea there were so many categories of flashlights. It was like going down the rabbit hole.

    "Long throw! Cool! I can blind people in a 38th-story apartment over 1,000m away!"


    Just. Wow.


    I settled on the Lumintop EDC 25 (Every Day Carry) . Gonna be delivered sometime this week.


    So, flashlight enthusiasts (and I know you're out there.)

    What's in YOUR bag?
     
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    TheX Voice of Reason Silver Supporter

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    I have a Surefire that I like. Not sure of the model.

    My prediction: this will be a fleshlight thread by the end of the first page.
     
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    Working in theatre, everyone must have a flashlight as standard tool kit. Ive had 3 or four mini-maglights over the past almost 30 years. Last year I got a Nitecore MH12. I love it! I was looking for LED, adjustable brightness from dim to super bright (and it is bright!) USB recharable.....but the MOST important thing to me was because I have to carry it at all times it has to fit comfortably in my pocket. I didn't want it to be any larger than the old maglight.

    https://www.nitecorestore.com/Nitecore-MH12-1000-Lumen-LED-Flashlight-p/fl-nite-mh12.htm
     
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    5-day class trip? Get a small headlamp, while you're at it. It'll allow you to work with both hands and it's good for reading.
     
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    I have a Nitecore MH1A, and I love it. It’s been my EDC for a couple years now. Solid as a tank, very bright, variable brightness, rechargeable via USB, pretty damn good battery life and can be used as a weapon in a pinch...

    Cheers
     
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    There's a long thread here from a while back. I took the same walk.
    Who knew there were flashlight forums! :rofl::rofl::rofl:
    Good to know there's a possible retirement gig out there for the Lt. when the time comes.

    I've got Freddy's nitecore. Love the light, not as impressed with the USB charging as I had hoped. I probably would have preferred the one X has.

    Your choice looks cool.

    You should have waited a couple of weeks and told Santa!
     
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  8. Pennyman

    Pennyman Senior Member

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    I can't control the timing of our trip. Would if I could!

    I think I remember seeing that thread and thinking, "I've no need for that..."

    And here we are. :laugh2:
     
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    what's wrong with the USB charging?
     
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    fry Silver Supporter

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    I can’t even take a guess how many flashlights there are in my house, and I also could not find one right now if I tried. I lose every damn flashlight I’ve ever had. I would never pay more than a few bucks, because to me they are a disposable item.
     
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    Streamlight polytac. IN my car, in my bag, on my rifles
     
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    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    I must have a dozen or so flashlights. The one I use most often is the flashlight app on my phone.

    The others are generally inexpensive types like the AA and AAA maglites and other assorted brands. I have a couple headlamps and make sure I always have one when fishing or camping. I keep a small, single AAA flashlight in my shaving kit with the battery reversed. That way, if I am traveling and need one, I have one and the battery will be good to go.
     
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    I have an Executive Defender that my wife found in a hotel room. Great flashlight but REALLY expensive, and batteries are also a bit expensive. I've learned not to forget to turn it off...

    [​IMG]

    Otherwise I have a 3 D cell Maglight as well as several of the small ones scattered around the house.

    [​IMG]
     
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    The 3-D Maglite is an excellent club that can also serve as a flashlight, if needed.

    If you have a tire iron handy in the passenger cabin of your car and happen to need it in a self defense situation, the other side (in the legal mess that will ensue) will use the fact that you keep a weapon in the car against you (despite the fact that most cars have a tire iron, but they are usually stored away). If you defend yourself with a flashlight, that argument is more difficult to make.
     
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    Fenix.
     
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    Fenix / LD41 x 4
    ld41-fenix-flashlight

    one in each car (still need a 3rd)
    one by the sleeping platform
    one on the counter

    if your patient, it pays to order direct from Zapals
    takes about 3 weeks
    but the price of two is less than $130 shipped
     
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    I bought one of these at Wal Mart for $20, 9 years ago. Now they're $9.95 on line.:shock:

    Best flashlight I've ever owned. Runs on 4 AA alkaline batteries (included) for 10+ hours.

    Bright as hell single LED. Illuminates things 200 yards away!

    [​IMG]
     
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    When I was a kid, I remember a fishing trip when one of the guys had a flashlight 'like' that and could bounce the beam off the clouds... I was impressed (not that it takes much to impress me). I suspect that several decades of tech improvement have made them even more impressive.
     
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