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Old August 19th, 2012, 09:41 PM
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Question What flashlight should I buy?

So I have a handful of LED D-Cell mag lights including one in the truck ... but I want something more compact .. I spoke to a friend who said make sure it has good optics ... this makes the big difference ... and CREE LED ...

So what do people use and what should I consider buying?
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Old August 19th, 2012, 09:52 PM
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Surefire 6p and a petzel zipka.
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Old August 19th, 2012, 09:57 PM
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For the truck? I have one of those LED ones you put on your head with a strap. It really helps to have both arms free of having to hold a light, and this one has multiple settings - all white, red, blue, or green, as well as white with green I think. It's really bright, the aim is adjustable, and takes AAA batteries. I bought it from Cabella's.
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Old August 19th, 2012, 10:02 PM
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I've got a Fenix LD22. I consider it to be my first real flashlight. It is sweet. It has four brightness settings and runs on 2 AA batteries. CREE led. It's about the size of the small mag light. I have had the same pair of batteries in it since spring. Now it just doesn't go all the way to the brightest setting but the lower settings maintain their brightness.
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Old August 19th, 2012, 10:04 PM
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I've always been a fan of Streamlight.. I have a stinger with me now, rechargeable, I did an LED update.. came with a car charger too. Its so F'ing bright sometimes though, I have a hard time using it in close quarters. My old trusty is one of their 3aa bat, flashlights. Been through a ton with me, a good 13 years old, I even lost it for 2 years, then it showed up in a customers trunk. I like maglights but only the big d cells, I have a couple around the house.
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Trust me on this:
- home defense/weapon light (or does just fine on its own as a personal defense tool): Surefire E2DL
- garage/vehicle flashlight (for working on the car/etc): Surefire 6PX Pro
- every day carry (on your person...small single AAA battery and lasts forever): Fenix LD01

I dropped my 6PX off a 2 story ladder onto a concrete driveway and it barely put a scratch on it. Fenix is in my pocket at all times and is surprisingly bright and long lasting. E2DL is just badass even on its own.

I've been through and owned a ton of flashlights, these are the only ones that have lasted the test/abuse over the years. Theyre indestructible and are worth the investment...they're flashlights for life.
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Old August 19th, 2012, 10:30 PM
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Trust me on this:
- home defense/weapon light (or does just fine on its own as a personal defense tool): Surefire E2DL
- garage/vehicle flashlight (for working on the car/etc): Surefire 6PX Pro
- every day carry (on your person...small single AAA battery and lasts forever): Fenix LD01

I dropped my 6PX off a 2 story ladder onto a concrete driveway and it barely put a scratch on it. Fenix is in my pocket at all times and is surprisingly bright and long lasting. E2DL is just badass even on its own.

I've been through and owned a ton of flashlights, these are the only ones that have lasted the test/abuse over the years. Theyre indestructible and are worth the investment...they're flashlights for life.
Agreed, Surefire E2DL. Hands down.
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Thanks ... Home defense? I'm not planning on mounting this on a gun ...
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Thanks ... Home defense? I'm not planning on mounting this on a gun ...
Understood, especially since you live in NYC, and I realized that when I wrote it. But take a look at the E2DL and you'll see what I mean...it's practically a weapon itself with its jagged end, and is touted as a "self-defense and personal protection" flashlight (by the manufacturer). So...certainly can't be a bad thing to double as. Or...well, you have your cats as a layer of home defense, I forgot . As long as said intruder has an allergic or similar reaction you should be covered.

Oh, and if none of that matters it technically is the "E2DL Defender", so maybe that'll do it for you.
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I have and like the size of the Surefire L1.

Whether Fenix or other, get one that runs off the CR123 batteries... they are super powerful and last forever... with a 10yr shelf life. You'll need 3 AA's to match it in voltage. I've had L1 for 2 years and only on the second battery.
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Old August 19th, 2012, 11:19 PM
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I have and like the size of the Surefire L1.

Whether Fenix or other, get one that runs off the CR123 batteries... they are super powerful and last forever... with a 10yr shelf life. You'll need 3 AA's to match it in voltage. I've had L1 for 2 years and only on the second battery.
Downside of CR123s being the burn time...1-2 hours on high setting (depending on lumens). Versus the Fenix single AAA no joke will last months of regular use. I have and use both so not knocking 123s just saying...
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They discontinued that L1, it lives in the Defender its a really nice light.
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And here I thought we put up a lot of posts. Check out the L1 discussion in the flashlight forum: http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...still-relevant
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So what do people use and what should I consider buying?
Many years ago I learned to avoid any flashlight with a handle and now use headlamps only.

I use a Petzl Myo XP, which has been working for 3 years now. It was good at the time but it is old technology. If I had to buy a new one, I would buy an LED Lenser H14.
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You can't go wrong with Surefire, but check out Tomahawk flashlights. We were issued them in Afghanistan, and it is my primary light around the house/shop now.
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Sticking with a pair of TechLites for now. Grabbed a pair of them from CostCo 2 years ago for $14. They still work fine.
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I have the Nebo Redline Tactical Flashlight Strobe S.O.S 220 Lumen and have been happy with it. Has been a great value for the money.
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I use a Fenix TK12 handheld and their new HP11 headlamp. Love them both.
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I use these Energizer headlamps that they sell at the home stores for $14. They are hands down THE shiz for working under the truck on your back. I also have a pair of Foster Grant Lightspecs, which have LEDs built into the temples. They are great for close up work.
I can't imagine going back to a handheld unless I need to swing it at someone. I still have my giant Mag Light for that.
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