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#567209 - 02/14/11 08:26 PM Good EDC flashlight
87Burban Offline
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Looking for a good EDC flashlight for my work bag.

I was interested in the County Comm Maratac Extreme light, but they are sold out and will not be producing more. Bummer.


So - this is what I am looking for:



LED pruduced by a major supplier such (Cree, Inova, etc)

Adjustable high and low mode - I don't need 7 modes and a flasher

Long battery life - say at least 4 hours on high and 40 hours on low

takes AA bats

water resistant - water proof is nice, but I'm not swimmin with this one

Good light production rating - say at least 80 to 100 lumens on high - not a tactical light by any stretch

durable materials - polymer is ok

an attachment to make it into a lamp would be nice




Anyone in the yard have experience with something that works ??

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#567210 - 02/14/11 11:13 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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County Comm has the AA and the AAA. I am not sure about the output on the 3a but I have carried one for WELL over a year and really like it.

You're saying they are not going to make the aa any more?
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#567211 - 02/14/11 11:15 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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There is another one the has gotten really good reviews and some of the Dawgs here carry them. It starts with an L and the word reminds me of leica but it is NOT a camera lens!
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#567212 - 02/15/11 12:38 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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You can check out pelican brand flashlights, they have a number of styles.
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#567213 - 02/15/11 12:41 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: coyotebc]
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have you checked out fenix fashights
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#567214 - 02/15/11 12:47 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: coyotebc]
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FENIX LIGHTS! Yes, THAT is what I was trying to think of. Thanks YOTE! Leica, now where did THAT come from?
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#567215 - 02/15/11 12:54 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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Fenix LD20 would be a good choice, maybe a few more options than high-low-off, but still a good light.
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#567216 - 02/15/11 01:09 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: rth548]
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Those are good. I like the Zebra lights and headlamps, not bad pricing and been good to me
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#567217 - 02/15/11 04:05 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: Sethrotull]
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Take a look at 4Sevens flashlights. I'm looking at a quark. I'll add a clicky tail, a deep carry clip and call it good. I've carried the surefire back-up for years and it's been a great dependable light. I don't need another small light, but I'd like to try something new.
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#567218 - 02/15/11 04:59 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: kuanomar]
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Have a couple of Surefire G2's that have served me well. I would like to find one that doesn't use batteries so fast.
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#567219 - 02/15/11 05:15 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: sumoj275]
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The Fenix LD01 is extremely small, not much bigger than the AAA cell it uses. It has 3 modes: primary, low, and maximum.

The Fenix LD01 uses just one common AAA battery and produces light compared to many other flashlights 10 times it's size!

It's compact size and lightweight build, it is perfect for Every Day Carry. Moreover, its solid reliability has been strictly tested and proven. Cree Premium (Q5) 7090 XR-E LED with lifespan of 50,000 hours Three output types: 27 Lumens (3.5hrs) -> 10 Lumens (8.5hrs) -> 80 Lumens (1hr) Uses one 1.5V AAA (Alkaline, Ni-MH, Lithium) battery, inexpensive and widely available.

Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum Durable Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish 14.8-gram weight (excluding batteries) Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating Reliable twist switch Capable of standing up securely on a flat surface to serve as a candle Included accessories: clip, key ring, and a spare O-ring

The LD01 makes a AAA battery last forever, and costs mere pennies to replace when wore.

http://www.fenixlight.com/viewproduct.asp?id=132

I have many Fenix lights and the price and value are true Scrap Yard like.


The LD15 uses a AA battery and makes 115 lumens on high.

http://www.fenixlight.com/viewproduct.asp?id=121


Both lights are waterproof,use cheap common batterys and are a true value.


Peace.
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#567220 - 02/15/11 07:29 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: Prince of Peace]
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I just picked up the county comm AA led Extreme with two modes. Eye blistering and 2 lumen. Definately worth it. Fits easily in a front pocket.

They show it still in stock as of right now. I may pick up a couple more.


"NOT DEAL SPOTTING" just pointing out facts
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#567221 - 02/15/11 07:55 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: MonkeyBomb]
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I am more than satisfied with my Terralux Lightstar 220. It seems to almost be exactly what you are looking for. It has Cree RXE Q-4 LED. Takes two AA batteries. Has high/220 lumen and low/100 lumen.

The high setting seems to be about 200+ lumens and the low is more like 80 lumens. It is advertised as having a 6 hour burn time in low mode and 2 hour in high mode. After using mine daily for about two weeks, I'd say these numbers are about right. I haven't changed the batteries yet and it is still as bright as when I got it.

It is has a solid build, aircraft aluminum. Comes with a mediocre sheath and lanyard and a nice pocket clip. It is waterproof.

It performs as well as more expensive Surefires and Fenix lights, and the best part it is only $30.


Edited by JarheadJournalist (02/15/11 07:59 AM)

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#567222 - 02/15/11 08:03 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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FENIX LIGHTS! Yes, THAT is what I was trying to think of. Thanks YOTE! Leica, now where did THAT come from?




I was talking to you about the new camera setup I am getting a few days ago and Leica lenses were discussed.

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#567223 - 02/15/11 02:39 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: ]
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You're probably right JJ. Weird how some things stick in our minds. That Terralux sounds nice. May have to check that brand out myself.
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#567224 - 02/15/11 06:24 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: sumoj275]
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Quote:

Have a couple of Surefire G2's that have served me well. I would like to find one that doesn't use batteries so fast.




the LED heads make for much better battery life than the incan heads do. I just converted my 6P with a crenulated LED head. My batts had a nasty habit of dying while the light sat waiting to be used with the old head. So far the issue hasn't cropped up with the LED head. only about 40$ online
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#567225 - 02/15/11 06:35 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: El CacaFuego]
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Quote:

Quote:

Have a couple of Surefire G2's that have served me well. I would like to find one that doesn't use batteries so fast.




the LED heads make for much better battery life than the incan heads do. I just converted my 6P with a crenulated LED head. My batts had a nasty habit of dying while the light sat waiting to be used with the old head. So far the issue hasn't cropped up with the LED head. only about 40$ online




I did the same with my Surefire, and it was definitely worth it.

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#567226 - 02/15/11 06:37 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: ]
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Terralux and possibly other companies make LED upgrades for just about every Maglight too. Worth a look if you have some outdated Mags in the back of a drawer or bottom of a tool box collecting dust.

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#567227 - 02/15/11 11:07 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: ]
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I have a Streamlight Scorpion, but I'm sure there are much better ones avialable now. At the time I got it, it was a step up from a Maglite.
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#567228 - 02/15/11 11:46 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: Horn Dog]
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I have an ITP a3eos, I love it. It's with me all the time in my front pocket. I use it more than any light I've ever owned, just because it's small enough to always be with me, yet still has decent light output. 3 modes High, Medium, and low. High is 80 lumen, pretty good for such a small package. This light also is the same as one of the Maratac's, not sure if it's the one you were interested in. You can get them for about $20 at Going Gear, plus you can get 10% off at GG if you get a Candlepower Forum coupon code. Pic of my EDC arsenal including the a3eos.


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#567229 - 02/16/11 12:18 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: skorpyd]
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Good information.

Thank You, Gentlemen.

I'll do some looking and see what I can come up with.

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#567230 - 02/16/11 12:29 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Wow that little Fenix L15 is impressive for such a tiny light. I need to get a couple of those.
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#567231 - 02/16/11 08:06 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: Horn Dog]
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I order three (they came in a $15 for three deal) Terralux Lightstar1s. They are rated at 50 lumens, run on a single AAA, two modes (high/low) and you can't beat the price. I'll let you know if they are a bargain when they get here.

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#567232 - 02/16/11 02:11 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: ]
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Skorpyd, you have a Rat Trap same as Vic does. I don't like you either! Actually I'm just jealous!
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#567233 - 02/16/11 02:12 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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I have one the 3a maratec lights and really like mine. But I could just make do with the low and high although the medium is nice at times.
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#567234 - 02/17/11 02:55 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: skorpyd]
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Quote:

I have an ITP a3eos, I love it. It's with me all the time in my front pocket. I use it more than any light I've ever owned, just because it's small enough to always be with me, yet still has decent light output. 3 modes High, Medium, and low. High is 80 lumen, pretty good for such a small package. This light also is the same as one of the Maratac's, not sure if it's the one you were interested in. You can get them for about $20 at Going Gear, plus you can get 10% off at GG if you get a Candlepower Forum coupon code. Pic of my EDC arsenal including the a3eos.






that itp is a good back up light



but the lumamax2 is the one i reach for instead of taking the itp off my keychain
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#567235 - 02/18/11 12:48 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: VANCE]
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Nice light collection Vance, I have several that are brighter and better than the itp also. It just gets the most actual use because it is so easy to carry and is always with me. So what are the specs on the lumamax lx2

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#567236 - 02/18/11 02:37 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: skorpyd]
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lumamax 2 is something like
"low"15 lumens for 30hrs

"high" for 200lumens....2hrs...not really sure on the high setting
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#567237 - 02/18/11 08:26 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: VANCE]
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What's it use for fuel, a couple of cr123's

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#567238 - 02/23/11 12:20 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: skorpyd]
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The Thrunite Neutron 2AA is a good choice. You can set it up so it has a high and low mode like you want - but it has other modes you could cycle through it you wanted to use them. It has a very floody beam which is great for an EDC.

Fenix LD20 or LD 15 or LD 25 are all good.

I have a few high lumen throwers and they are not pleasant to use under 30m (33 yards) due to the intense spot they light up.

candlepowerforums has a lot of good reviews for most lights and are quite helpful in providing beam shots and run times of torches.

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#567239 - 02/23/11 12:46 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: harlequinn]
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More Fenix LD20 love
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#567240 - 02/23/11 01:35 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: monsterdog]
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Nice Peak Led Vance. Those guys are right down the street from my house. It's tough to find "US made" lights other than Surefire and Elzetta.

I use a Surefire C2 with a Malkoff M61 drop-in or a RA 170 by HDS. Since I can use RCR123's (rechargeable CR123's) in the RA light, it tends to get quite a bit of use. These lights are in the $150+ range.

For smaller lights, I use a Peak El Capitan which can take any AA including L-ion rechargeables which bump up the output significantly. Peak LED solutions is down the street from house and makes their product in the US, so I support them. Peak has a slew of lights. You can get them from overready.com or http://www.em-mgt.com/LED/Peak.html.

I do have two Fenix lights, an E01 and E05. I am a big fan of the E05 for about $20. The E01 is tough, but the purple tint from the 5mm LED leaves something to be desired. These are AAA lights mainly for walking around at night or letting my kids use.

I also have the Photon like lights from Countycomm that are pretty handy.
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#567241 - 02/24/11 05:39 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: J33psr0ck]
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My experience is limited........ but for what it's worth I have/edc a Surefire Aviator A2 and really like it. It does fit your request for a high and low setting but unfortunately uses the CR123A batteries. Mine is the older model with 3x led's in low and those plus 1x halogen bulb in high. The new models specs are:
Max Output 120 .0 lumens
Low Output / Runtime 10 .0 lumens / 15 hours
Tactical Runtime* 2 .0 hours
Length 5 .40 inches
Bezel Diameter 1 .13 inches
Weight w/Batteries 4 .3 ounces
Batteries 2
123A
The low setting is awesome since it doesn't blind you or super-spotlight what you're doing at night. I have G2's mounted on all of my rifles but they sure burn fast (120 lumens for 2 "tactical"? hours). That Lumamax looks like a good buy.
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#567242 - 02/24/11 06:48 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: GODSPEED]
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I started looking at the Fenix TK50 the otherday. Blistering turbo, 120 lumens on high for 10 hours and I THINK 4 lumens runs for 480 HOURS! It's a 2D cell light and would be possibly a good choice for "outages" or other bumps in the night among other good outdoors/emergency uses. Still checking it out, supposed to have a Loooooong throw but I don't know how much spill light it lets out. Some spill is a good thing.
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#567243 - 02/24/11 06:50 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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OH and GODspeed, WELCOME to the Yard! GOOD knives, GOOD people and all sorts of GOOD information and fun at times. In case you didn't know the ZDC, Zombie Death Chat, is where all the silliness sets in. Join the crowd, don't be shy. We don't bite but we may gum you to death with our constant talking, well at least SOME of us!
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#567244 - 02/24/11 11:00 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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SkunkHunter,
Thanks. Lots of good people here....definitely good knives and information, I'll have to check out the ZDC. I cracked up when I saw my subtitle was.... "pound puppy".

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#567245 - 02/24/11 11:07 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: GODSPEED]
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The more posts you get, the name changes.
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#567246 - 02/24/11 11:39 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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OH and GODspeed, WELCOME to the Yard! GOOD knives, GOOD people and all sorts of GOOD information and fun at times. In case you didn't know the ZDC, Zombie Death Chat, is where all the silliness sets in. Join the crowd, don't be shy. We don't bite but we may gum you to death with our constant talking, well at least SOME of us!




Randy is mainly referring to himself with this one. Just look at his post count, lol
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#567247 - 02/24/11 11:41 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: El CacaFuego]
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#567248 - 02/24/11 11:47 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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I want to soar like an Eagle, but I'm stuck among all these Turkeys! Haha, guess that's why I feel so at home here!
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#567249 - 02/25/11 02:45 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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I have had no problems with Fenix flashlight and I own several.
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#567250 - 02/25/11 02:51 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: Horta]
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How do you think the TK50 will be? Videos I was of it showed a good long throw but didn't seem like it had a lot of spill light. I REALLY like the run times on it and the "spotlight like throw" as well but think some spillage would be needed. Oh and What Sig is that in your avatar?
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#567251 - 02/27/11 03:03 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: skorpyd]
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I have a Fenix PD30 XPG 265 lumens, takes two cr123A, with pocket clip that cost me only about $50 delivered from that site that shall not be named. It is an incredible value. I have an older PD20 that is 165 lumens (new ones are about 180) and uses 1 CR123A and is also about $50. The PD20 is perfect EDC in the pocket. Actually my wife stole it, so I may have to get another. The PD30 you can EDC also, but I use that for camping.

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#567252 - 02/27/11 04:56 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: JavaDog]
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HUM.... I think I am going to look into replacing my Maratec AAA. I just found a Photon Proton pro led that looks sort of tempting. I was on that battery place and they also have the ITP lights like I am looking as for as well as fenix. Boy oh boy, Fenix, itp or photon...... any favorites by anyone in single aa or aaa size lights with 2 or 3 brightness levels?
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#567253 - 02/27/11 04:58 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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I Like the cr123 lights but just think I would rather stick with the smaller size ones I can get anywhere from 2-4 good aa or aaa batteries for the price of 1 cr123. plus the 123 lights are bigger in diameter that I want to pack around in my pocket.
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#567254 - 02/27/11 11:50 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: Horta]
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Some of the earlier Fenix lights had problems - I bought quite a few L2T lights and have had a 60% failure rate (3 out of 5). The L2T were a problematic light - so this isn't indicative of all Fenix lights - just this model.

Plus 1 dead E01 (out of 4), but, the E01 was probably killed from reverse polarity (not by me...).

And I own a P1D. My P1D has lasted several years of good use problem free.

Their later lights don't have the same problems as the L2T and from most reports are rock solid. I still recommend Fenix to others.

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#567255 - 02/27/11 11:57 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: harlequinn]
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SkunkHunter, have you looked at the LumaPower Incendio V3+? It uses 1 x CR123 and pushes out up to 350 lumens. It even has a forward tactical clicky. Dimensions (L X D): 3" x 0.85" (77 x 21.5 mm). Which is what I'd consider quite small.

batteryjunction.com usually has them in stock (and is an excellent shop for torches and batteries in general).

Have you considered rechargeable li-ion batteries? Rechargeable cr123 will give you much better value than AA or AAA (either alkaline or nimh), and since they are li-ion they have a much higher energy density.

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#567256 - 02/28/11 12:09 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: harlequinn]
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Harlequinn, thank you for ALL the suggestions and the information. I have thought about li batteries. But For me I think that I will just probably stick with I am used to, a 1aaa in the pocket, MAYBE an aa and a full size light.

I have been looking at the ITP aa and aaa lights and also their Polar A6. We have a slew of rechargeable aa batts for one of Patty's older cameras so that is one of my reasons. The aaa I carry now is a maratec 1aaa with 3 outputs and it works nice for me although at times I do wish the higher side was a bit brighter. so the 3 mode itp with 96 lumens might be just the ticket.

BUT I will check out the light you recommended.

Thank You

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#567257 - 03/01/11 04:13 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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You're welcome Randy.

Actually the iTP A3 EOS you're looking at looks really good and is great value.

Just looked at the iTP website and I think the 96 lumen version is single mode and the 80 lumen version is 3 mode (the way I read it anyway). http://www.itplight.com/product_show.asp?id=197

It says you can run them on 10400 li-ions - which is neat.

Lithium primaries for AA and AAA are not a bad option either - they're a lot better than alkalines.

I carry a AAA light on my key chain but at 10 lumens it is not that bright - you may have just found me my next keychain light! I used to carry the P1D as my backup light on my belt for night shifts as a paramedic.

Cheers,

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#567258 - 03/01/11 12:23 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: harlequinn]
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Thank you Harley and I am glad that I may have been of help to you as well. I have been carrying the maratec aaa for a year or so now (3 levels) and think it is made by itp and I really like it. The low is good for reading and the other two works pretty well, I work midnight to 8 am and I am always using my light every day for something if nothing but getting around and dressed at night.
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#567259 - 03/02/11 07:44 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: skorpyd]
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Forego your AA requirements and go with the CR2 Muyshondt Aeon.

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#567260 - 03/04/11 10:38 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: adamlau]
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The CR2 Muyshondt Aeon is one nice looking light!!!

But at $125+ it is only for the serious flashlight enthusiast

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#567261 - 03/05/11 06:33 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: harlequinn]
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And a serious flashlight enthusiast I am . My avatar was shot with a Polarion PH50 @ 100 yards...One of the baddest turn-key puppies ever released for public consumption...


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#567262 - 03/05/11 06:54 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: adamlau]
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Holy smoke - 5000 lumens!!! You'd burn an extra hole in the ozone layer with that thing.

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#567263 - 03/06/11 02:58 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: harlequinn]
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I have a halogen torch monster thingy (although the charger is busted... ) That pumps out 2 million candle power wth both bulbs on. It's so bright that it can light up the back room in the house when turned on in the family room, at the other end of the structure. I sometimes use it when I'm camping, it'll light up the entire side of the mountain.

I'm sure Adam's is a bit more portable though, my lunker weighs 20 lbs and has it's own sling

*matter of fact, just found a new one on amazon for 25$. I got a brand new dwarf star coming in the mail!


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#567264 - 03/06/11 03:00 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: harlequinn]
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Holy smoke - 5000 lumens!!! You'd burn an extra hole in the ozone layer with that thing.




Not unless Al Gore says he can
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#567265 - 03/06/11 06:09 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: El CacaFuego]
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heres a couple ive recently got. both are awesome and built like tanks. the RA is pretty much the perfect light for me.

RA 170 Clicky



Sunwayman V10R Ti, all titanium

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#567266 - 03/06/11 06:16 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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Quote:

Looking for a good EDC flashlight for my work bag.

I was interested in the County Comm Maratac Extreme light, but they are sold out and will not be producing more. Bummer.


So - this is what I am looking for:



LED pruduced by a major supplier such (Cree, Inova, etc)

Adjustable high and low mode - I don't need 7 modes and a flasher

Long battery life - say at least 4 hours on high and 40 hours on low

takes AA bats

water resistant - water proof is nice, but I'm not swimmin with this one

Good light production rating - say at least 80 to 100 lumens on high - not a tactical light by any stretch

durable materials - polymer is ok

an attachment to make it into a lamp would be nice




Anyone in the yard have experience with something that works ??







take a look at the Maratac AA or ZebraLight SC50+ and SC50w+

Maratac AA



ZebraLight SC50+



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#567267 - 03/06/11 06:37 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: tonester]
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Hey Tonester, how goes the last weekend in the Acadamy? What is Graduation day?
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#567268 - 03/06/11 06:49 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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Hey Tonester, how goes the last weekend in the Acadamy? What is Graduation day?




im gonna find my thread and make an update on it, but all is good! graduation is next week thursday!!!
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#567269 - 03/07/11 12:39 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: tonester]
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heres a couple ive recently got. both are awesome and built like tanks. the RA is pretty much the perfect light for me.

RA 170 Clicky



Sunwayman V10R Ti, all titanium






Ah I love my RA170. What a great tool.
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#567270 - 03/16/11 02:59 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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87burban,
I have gone thru a lot of flashlights over the years. I currently have two I use on a daily basis. They do not use aa batteries but are worth a look possibly. They do not have tons of features that complicate them and they are affordable.

The first is a streamlight strion led. This is a rechargeable compact light. It has three settings of brightness adjustable by the power switch and a strobe option. It holds it charge a long time and is bright.

My other lite is a fenix tk11. This uses 123 batteries, (2) and is super bright for it's size. The batteries last a long time and the output is bright and clear.

If you carry these on your person or in your bag I highly recommend giving the end caps on both a twist , counter clock wise to avoid accidental activation. When you need it a slight twist one handed and you have your lite ready.

I had a sure fire 8x turn on accidentally and start to melt a pocket. So I'm cautious these days.
Hope this helps
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#567271 - 03/26/11 03:05 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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A great not good EDC flashlight is the (surefire 6pX pro) it has 2 levels of brightness an extreme energy saving 15 lumens 45 hours runtime and 200 lumens when you realy need to reach out there and see at a distance and they are made very TOUGH!!!

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#567272 - 10/23/11 10:17 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: PARCS]
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Monday night I ordered a Jetbeam PA01 1aa flashlight off amazon. I got it Friday!

It's about 3.5 inches long, around 3/4 inch diameter. Operates by a (stiff) clickie switch in the tail and it will stand up to operate in "candle mode".

Has three brightness levels plus strobe (which is why I got it, the strobe could come in useful to me).

LOW= 6 lumens for 32 hours
MED= 65 lumens for 3.25 hours
HI= 140 lumens for 90 minutes
Strobe= 140 lumens for 3 hours

So far just playing around it with it here at work I like it. It gives a good amount of light on med to look around under desks, in cabinets, etc. On high it will allow you to walk around in the woods or from a wreck up to the Highway if you need to. And on Low it would make a good reading or "Comfort" light. Plus it will provide light to see around in your home without disturbing others and without any other lights needing to be turned on.

I DO wish it was another AAA like my Maratec because of it's smaller size, but I like the extra lumens and extended run time, something that could be VERY useful in an emergency. Plus running on just one aa battery, you shouldn't have problems finding something to feed it anywhere.

Oh and the strobe, it will prove useful for calling attention to yourself at night or if you are working a wreck, something I have done from time to time considering what I do for a living PLUS it can become a distraction device.

Even though it is bigger than I really like for an EDC and the tail switch is harder to depress than I would like all in all I really like it and hopefully it will provide me years of service just like my little aaa Maratec has, but on an even greater level.


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#567273 - 10/23/11 10:19 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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Oh and the reflector does have a slight orange peel finish to it, throwing a pretty nice full beam.
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#567274 - 10/24/11 10:18 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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Ok, after having this light for a few days, I really like it. For MOST of my purposes the med setting is just about perfect. The low beam provides plenty of light for getting around the house in the dark and makes a good reading light to boot! The tail switch SEEMS to have gotten a little easier to operate, or it may just be me getting used to it. The Strobe, well let's just say it is nice. It is VERY disorienting and really shows up for quite a distance so it can be used as a signal device if needed. I would give it 4 stars. That because I wish that it had the tail switch and a side switch to cycle through the different modes.
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#567275 - 10/26/11 07:20 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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some interesting discussion in this thread.

That jetbeam looks like a dashing flashlight, with those stainless threads and all. nice purchase!

I never did get an AAA maratec because it is so similar to my keychain Fenix LD01 (R2).

This thread also reminded me it is about time to recharge the never used rechargeable LSD AA batteries in the Fenix in my glove box- its been about a year.

Polarion lights are WHOA, in price and performance.


Edited by ToboTech (10/26/11 07:25 PM)
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#567276 - 03/04/12 05:31 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: ToboTech]
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While I was looking for windup radios, I came across this site and found this in one of the categories.

http://www.ccrane.com/lights/led-flashlights/cc-trek-led-flashlight.aspx

** NOTE: They claim waterproof to 160ft! THAT I like!
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#567277 - 03/04/12 05:59 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: SkunkHunter]
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glad this thread got a bump... I have been thinking of getting a small keychain sized light i could run with my recharabls aaa battsthat i never use for anything. the Itp a3 eos looks perfect.
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#1043282 - 09/10/16 04:45 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Got this in an Email. Interesting concept, might be a good edc light.
http://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/tip

And this one
http://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/thumb



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#1043290 - 09/10/16 10:06 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Streamlight makes cheap lights for EDC. I just have a tendency to destroy them.
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#1043294 - 09/10/16 10:44 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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I looked at them Mike, I want more than 70 lumens. I just found a surefire http://www.surefire.com/illumination/flashlights/sidekick-a.html that looks promising. It is shaped a lot like those Nitecore ones PLUS has more lumens and about the same run times.
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#1043298 - 09/10/16 12:00 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Those look kind of cool, very bright for as small as they are too.
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#1043339 - 09/11/16 10:37 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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The Nitecore P12, I've had this on my wish list for a while at 1,000 lumens for 1 hr 15 minutes is pretty nice. The price tag is nice too, $59.00 shipped.

http://www.batteryjunction.com/nitecore-...mZ1nxoCsEfw_wcB
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#1043342 - 09/11/16 11:03 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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I discovered this, and I like it. I think the three different light spectrum is a neat addition.

http://www.mecarmy.com/pd.jsp?id=82&_pp=0_380_2_-1
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#1043343 - 09/11/16 11:06 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: banana-clip]
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Originally Posted By: banana-clip
The Nitecore P12, I've had this on my wish list for a while at 1,000 lumens for 1 hr 15 minutes is pretty nice. The price tag is nice too, $59.00 shipped.

http://www.batteryjunction.com/nitecore-...mZ1nxoCsEfw_wcB


Nice light, but I am looking for something to replace my Maratech 3aaa light. so far I like the Mecarmy the best. It gives you 160 lumens on high, 50 on med and 5 on low. PLUS it has a red light AND a UV light for tracking, if needed.


Edited by SkunkHunter (09/11/16 11:01 PM)
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#1043362 - 09/11/16 04:46 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Thats a handy light there, small and bright.

Whats the purpose of the different colors?
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#1043365 - 09/11/16 05:02 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Well Red will allow you to read and stuff and still preserve your night vision. The UV acts like a black light, sort of. It will make certain substances (blood, and some bodily fluids (what ever that means)) and can be used for tracking wounded game or people that are bleeding as it will make the blood (Show up).


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#1043370 - 09/11/16 07:27 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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We used red lenses in the Army at night and to read maps at night and for night discipline so the enemy couldn't see us.

The IR is useful for hunting, since I could never see the blood very good at night.


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#1043374 - 09/11/16 08:18 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: banana-clip]
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Originally Posted By: banana-clip
We used red lenses in the Army at night and to read maps at night and for night discipline so the enemy couldn't see us.

The IR is useful for hunting, since I could never see the blood very good at night.


Red light same function as the red lens, and the UV, well you got that figured out.


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#1043376 - 09/11/16 09:14 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Looks like a nice and useful little light, I'd buy one if the price is right.

I didn't see the price on this SH?
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#1043379 - 09/11/16 10:23 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Skunk, I ordered one of the Nitecore TIP flashlights for the wife's key ring. Gonna tell her I bought for her on your recommendation, so be prepared to receive a "Awwww how nice" or "Skunk is a #@%!@$^ jerk" review.
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#1043381 - 09/11/16 10:41 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Haha, with MY luck, it's a good think I live a long ways away! I was going to order one of the TiP flashlights when I saw a video on the Mecarmy light. I think I MIGHT get that one now. Don't get me wrong, I REALLY like the nitecore light but the Mecarmy might be more versatile what with the three different light beams, White-red-UV. I'm still not 100 percent sure though. I do like the longer run times of the nitecore light though.


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#1043382 - 09/11/16 10:45 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: banana-clip]
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Looks like a nice and useful little light, I'd buy one if the price is right.

I didn't see the price on this SH?


Cheapest I've seen so far is $42.00
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#1043383 - 09/11/16 11:04 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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I kept getting it wrong, the Mecarmy light is a White, Red and ULTRA VIOLET (UV) light, NOT IR as I had incorrectly stated. Sorry guys.
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#1043384 - 09/11/16 11:08 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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The Mecarmy SGN3 light has three power levels in the white lite mode
1. 160 lm for 1 hour
2. 50 lm for 3 hours
3. 5 lm for 13 hours


Edited by SkunkHunter (09/11/16 11:09 PM)
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#1043403 - 09/12/16 07:27 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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OK, here we go all in one post, the Surefire Sidekick, Mecarmy SGN3 and the Nitecore Tip 360.

First up, the Surefire
High 300 lumens / 1.25 hours
Med 60 lumens / 4 hours
Low 5 lumens / 45 hours
Length 2.5 inches
Bezel Diameter 0.58 inches
Weight 2.0 ounces

MecArmy SGN3
High 160 lumens 1 hour
Med 50 lumens 3 hours
low 5 lumens 13 hours
Also has a Red and a Ultra Violet (UV) leds
2.32 inches long
0.91 inches wide
0.39 inches thick
Weight 1.06oz

Nitecore TIP 360
Turbo: 360 Lumens / 30 min
High: 150 Lumens / 1 hr 30 min
Mid: 35 Lumens / 6 hr 30 min
Low: 1 Lumens / 46 hr

Dimensions: 2.39” ×0.96” ×0.53”inches
Weight: 0.75oz


Edited by SkunkHunter (09/12/16 07:41 PM)
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#1043404 - 09/12/16 07:40 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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I like the run time on the Nitecore and the Surefire. Of the two, I probably like the Nitecore runtime (Plus having an extra intensity level) the best EXCEPT for that 1 lumen low intensity.

BUT I like the extra two lights (The Red and the UV) on the MecArmy. BUT I am not real happy with the run times.

I mean, realistically, how often would you REALLY need 300 or 360 lumens from a light this small? Is it nice, YOU BET, but I suspect the 150 lumens of the Nitecore and the 160 of the MecArmy would get a lot more use that the 300 and above.

Now, would the high lumens and the "Extra" setting on the one light make it more versatile than the one with the 3 different lights? THAT is what I am trying to figure out. Do I go with High Lumens and run time or do I go with the three different type lights?


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#1043801 - 09/22/16 01:32 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: banana-clip]
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Pretty sure the red light is to preserve your night sight. If you waved a red light around it would still be seen, why we threw the poncho liner over our head reading the map before turning on the light. White light would make your pupils contract and time to readjust to night.

Originally Posted By: banana-clip
We used red lenses in the Army at night and to read maps at night and for night discipline so the enemy couldn't see us.

The IR is useful for hunting, since I could never see the blood very good at night.
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#1043804 - 09/22/16 01:35 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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I know, on THAT side of the house, how often do you really need a red or a blue light/UV.
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#1043807 - 09/22/16 01:38 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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I don't need it, but still like a bayonet lug on my rifle. Better to have options. I vote red/IR
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#1043808 - 09/22/16 01:43 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Yeah, My AR has the lug, AND I have the Bayonet to go on it!

I am leaning the MecArmy way.
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#1043907 - 09/24/16 01:39 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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I got an old school bushmaster with the lug.

I got 2 pre-ban AK's with lugs also. I just couldn't see a real world situation where you would actually use the bayonet, but I'm sure for SHTF you never know.
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#1044350 - 09/29/16 09:16 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Anyone have the stream light sidewinder 2?
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#1044352 - 09/29/16 02:46 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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I have the sidewinder compact. It might be the II. Mine ponly runs on a 123 battery, though. I think the II runs on several different ones.
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#1044357 - 09/29/16 03:18 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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It's not the II MB. I have the same light. And yes the II does run on either battery.
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#1044361 - 09/29/16 04:19 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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I was considering it for my chest rig since it's so versatile.
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#1044363 - 09/29/16 06:33 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Finally received that Nitecore TIP flashlight for the wife. She and I a great first impression of the product. It's amazing that such a small flashlight can put out 360 lumens. She likes that it can be recharged using a USB cable.

It also has a nice feel to it. Lightweight yet sturdy. Time will tell if it can take a beating or not.
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#1047867 - 03/13/17 06:18 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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I like my Maratac TTL Strobe.

OK, got my Maratac TTL strobe light in today. It's 1730 and VERY overcast so it's kinda dark, at least in the bedroom. Put a C cell in it and turned it on. Man you don't want to look into this thing on Hi. Lit up our bedroom really nice and even on lo it was plenty of light to see to get around in. The strobe as well is really a beacon. It would be easy to see at night from a long ways away. SO FAR, without testing it out in complete darkness and not having the advantage of a long term test, I'd say it's a winner. up up



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#1047872 - 03/13/17 09:28 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Just tried it out in complete darkness. Lights up really nice. PLUS if you invert the light so the "Globe" is pointing downward it makes for a pretty passable LIMITED distance flashlight. It will light up an area in front of you so you could walk easily in a dark moonless and starless night and not have any fears of tripping over something. I've finally found myself a light that gives me the run times I have been wanting. Oh and you don't want to look directly at the light on Hi.

1. HI for 75 hours, 300 lumens
2. Lo for 375 hours, 40 lumens
3. STROBE for 150 hours, 300 lumens.

VERY break resistant opaque globe covering the led and the light has Military grade type III hard anodizing.

I got mine from County Comm but you might be able to get it from other vendors as well. It is the MARATAC TLL Strobe.

Specs

Maratac
LED Type: Cree XP-5 R5/G2 with a lifespan to 50,000 hours
Aluminum alloy reflector
Aircraft grade aluminum covered with Type III Military grade anodization
Sealed polypropylene sphere lens
Standard threaded tripod mount on bottom
3 Second Memory
Length: 3.45 in (87.63 mm)
Diameter: 1.25 in (31.75 mm)
Weight: 60g (w/o battery)

Included

Extra O-ring



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#1054089 - 07/22/18 05:11 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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While browsing the interweeb I came across this flashlight. I closely resembles the Streamlight Sidewinder (which I was gifted and Love!)

So without further torture, here it is.
http://milspecmonkey.com/store/illumination/674-torq-tactical-light-msm-batch.html

And here is the main website.
https://firstlight-usa.com/about/


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#1054109 - 07/23/18 08:41 AM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Looks very interesting.
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#1054111 - 07/23/18 06:32 PM Re: Good EDC flashlight [Re: 87Burban]
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Kinda sorta pricey, but should be quality.
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