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Old 12-21-2009, 12:31 PM   #16
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+1 again for Fenix.

As nice as Surefire, without the huge name to raise the cost.

They have many high quality flashlights in many configurations.

I prefer the AA sizes, because it costs the least in batteries to run them per hour/brightness, and the size is manageable. You want a 2 or optimally 3 cell LED flashlight for max brightness UNLESS small length is your ultimate goal, due to electronic limitations (the LED's use about 4 volts, 1- and 2- cell lights use a power upconverter, consequently there is less power available to run the LED when you have fewer cells). Best scenario: single AA for pocket, 3 AA for actual flashlight duty.

OR, if you want to go crazy, get a 2-cell lithium (123 battery size, like camera type) powered light, and a set of rechargeable 123 lithiums. Hella bright, small package. ONLY downside is cost of batteries. Size is between AA and C, closer to AA.

The QUALITY single - cell AA's of today compete easily with the 4D maglites of 10 years ago, amazingly enough.

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Go to the Fenix website:

https://www.fenix-store.com/


I like my Surefires, but I sure like a powerful flashlight that uses AA batteries.
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:39 PM   #17
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Old 12-21-2009, 12:54 PM   #18
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surefires are good, but mine has a tendancy to turn itself on and burn out the 12$ worth of batteries.

I've abused Pelican lights for years in diving scenarios and this new LED one is pretty damned good and has long battery life.

http://www.pelican.com/lights_detail.php?recordID=2410


and I buy handfulls of these little LEDS from countycomm. when all you need is a little bit of light for immediate area lighting and seeing what you are grabbing. $1.20 each and the batteries can be had for cheap on ebay
http://www.countycomm.com/orngled.htm. get the clip version for on your cap http://www.countycomm.com/ARES%20SOLED.htm

my little black diamond Ion light on a bungee neck strap is great / handsfree too.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:01 PM   #19
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I got put off on the Lithium 123- flashlights by the stories of uncontrolled venting and overheating on Candlepower Forum. AA-powered flashlights were just so much more convenient for use at work,where the batteries were free (and 123s were not stocked).
Maglites: I still keep a 6-cell one next to the bed as an emergency light,and I converted it to LED. At work, I could never understand the Tradesmen who continued to lug those heavy old Maglites around on the job-my little 2-AA Fenix L2T was many times brighter.
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:01 PM   #20
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Fenix TK 40. Same rough size as a Mag 3D, but hella bright.

http://http://www.4sevens.com/produc...roducts_id=696

Fenix PD30. Smaller, but still brighter than a MAG.

http://www.4sevens.com/product_info....oducts_id=1886
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Old 12-21-2009, 01:07 PM   #21
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Fenix TK 40. Same rough size as a Mag 3D, but hella bright.

http://http://www.4sevens.com/produc...roducts_id=696

Fenix PD30. Smaller, but still brighter than a MAG.

http://www.4sevens.com/product_info....oducts_id=1886
That PD30 looks like a killer light for the money!
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Old 12-21-2009, 03:28 PM   #22
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Fenix.

For what the OP wants the PD30 reflector is probably too small.

The TK40 fits the OP's requirements. The TK20 or TK10/11/12 are options.
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Old 12-21-2009, 04:10 PM   #23
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a set of rechargeable 123 lithiums. Hella bright, small package. ONLY downside is cost of batteries. Size is between AA and C, closer to AA.


This is a great compact light.

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Old 12-21-2009, 05:11 PM   #24
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+5 Surefire E2L great light.

Will last a lifetime.
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Old 12-21-2009, 05:29 PM   #25
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I've got a 'multi-purpose' 5 D-cell Maglite for those evening urban walks. A Surefire Outdoorsman for the Duc.
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Old 12-21-2009, 05:46 PM   #26
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I'm curious. Are the surefire flashlights rugged like this?
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Old 12-21-2009, 05:56 PM   #27
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Again it all depends on what you want, compact/light/ or RECHARGABLE.... I've been using the rechargable Maglight and Streamlight Stinger XT for 6 years and haven't had any problems. They both came with wall and vehicle charging mounts. I can carry my Streamlight on the bike and charge it at the same time if need be. Go with LED Their brighter, last longer and are rugged and you dont have to worry about the bulb poping if it gets dropped. Heck if you can use it for work ....deduct it from your taxes. Happy hunting.
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:04 PM   #28
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Malkoff Devices MD2

http://www.malkoffdevices.com/shop/m...i-ha-p-57.html

200 lumens for over 90 minutes.

I haven't got one yet, but people I trust think it's the bomb.

After Christmas I'll be ordering one for myself.
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Old 12-21-2009, 06:58 PM   #29
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Malkoff Devices MD2

http://www.malkoffdevices.com/shop/m...i-ha-p-57.html

200 lumens for over 90 minutes.

I haven't got one yet, but people I trust think it's the bomb.

After Christmas I'll be ordering one for myself.
There are some cool mods from those guys to make my Maglite a pretty highpower LED.... Interesting.... but they sound like a kind of fly-by-night operation.... well that.. and they don't have the one for mine in stock....

$69 bucks though for the mod kit.... and kicks out 260 lumens (Jesus H... what kind of dork have I become) for a lot less than a whole new flash light...

Like I said, I don't mind my Maglite.. I actually like how big it is... (easy to keep track of in the car and I could actually beat someone senseless with it in a jam).... so a mod for it would be fine...

Anyone else seen mod vendors for Maglite??
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:06 PM   #30
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OR, if you want to go crazy, get a 2-cell lithium (123 battery size, like camera type) powered light, and a set of rechargeable 123 lithiums. Hella bright, small package. ONLY downside is cost of batteries. Size is between AA and C, closer to AA.
WTF... it seems like many of the 'high end' lights work off of these 123's... Do you have any 123's in your junk drawer??? Yeah... neither do I.....

but.... the LED's draw a lot less power than the incandescents...
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