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Basic criteria for a hand-held flashlight - discussion requested
« on: December 12, 2011, 12:54:36 PM »
My three basics are:

I want it to have a pretty bright light. Doesn't have to be a gazillion lumen, but I do want it to be pretty bright.
I prefer a tail switch, and require a momentary on/off capability.
I prefer it to be large enough and tough enough that I can whack somebody on the head with it and have a reasonable chance of breaking their bones instead of the light.

Aside from those, everything else is pretty much optional. I wonder if anyone else has additional or different 'must-haves' for hand-helds.

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Re: Basic criteria for a hand-held flashlight - discussion requested
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2011, 01:01:56 PM »
Those are all pretty good CR. But I would add the following:

- Waterproof (at a minimum the 1 meter standard)
- Easy one-handed operation (tail switch meets this requirement so long as the light isn't more than 6-7 inches in length)
- Uses easily available batteries (rechargeable is fine, just not esoteric or proprietary battery packs)
- Respectable battery life. This one is somewhat subjective based on brightness and intended use.
- Does not require a second mortgage to purchase flashlights have come far enough (especially LED technology) that you shouldn't have to get crazy to get something excellent.
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Re: Basic criteria for a hand-held flashlight - discussion requested
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2011, 01:22:28 PM »

I bought one of these about 4 years ago and it still works very well, the rechargeable
batts keep it going!  (Don't know if they sell on eBay any longer but the price $40 was
right, it came with a holster and +)

PALMBLAZE Luxeon® K2 White LED Flashlight + Rechargable - http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=PALMBLAZE+Luxeon%C2%AE+K2+White+LED+Flashlight&_sacat=0&_odkw=pal+blade&_osacat=382&_trksid=p3286.c0.m270.l1313 (similar)

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Re: Basic criteria for a hand-held flashlight - discussion requested
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2011, 01:31:24 PM »
Search didn't come through Coastie. ebay sayz "your search didn't return any items".

Currently using one of these as a hand-held:
http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-88850-Polytac-Flashlight-Batteries/dp/B001S0IN46/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323725157&sr=8-1

Always have one of these on me as EDC:
http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-66118-Stylus-Flashlight-Holster/dp/B0015UC17E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323725267&sr=8-1

And have this for hands-free stuff like setting up my tent in the dark:
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Diamond-Spot-Headlamp-Titanium/dp/B0018J90TO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1323725325&sr=8-2

Still, I'm a geek. Lights, knives, radios, guns, and other cool toys are something I'm always looking at. I have many flashlights of various configurations and am always looking to see what's new. The three above are the ones I currently use the most but by no means the only good ones out there.
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Re: Basic criteria for a hand-held flashlight - discussion requested
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2011, 03:09:45 PM »
I have a 4Sevens Quark 123² Turbo which I feel most comfortable using in a "neck index" position.

http://www.4sevens.com/product_info.php?cPath=297_330&products_id=1916

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Re: Basic criteria for a hand-held flashlight - discussion requested
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2011, 03:52:06 PM »
I've bought about 7 aluminum, high lumen lights with multiple switching options since my years of using all Sufrefire lights, including a rather expensive combat light. I thought they were great until I got my first Fenix L2D. I purchased tactical tailcaps or switches for most of them from 4Sevens. Most are AA, one with 230 lumens uses the A123 batteries which are very inexpensive on Amazon.

Most make great Kubatons as well, and easily will do bone damage if used for that purpose.

The Fenix P3D has the most output, using the A123 batteries. With a red lens, you can see as well in the dark as any large flashlight, including the Streamlight Stinger.

One of the lights I carry most in my gear pack along with a pistol, just about caught fire when the switch was actuated and got so hot I had to pull it with a pot holder and put in water. I now carry with the tail cap backed off so it can not accidently be switched on.

Just under 6" long, these are ideal for my purposes. I bought the red lens caps as well as the white difussers, and have adapted them for all the lights. I use them every day.

The six position Quark AA sq'd with a tactical cap is very handy. Low is so low, I can use that at night and not need the red lens and not disturb anyone or the dogs. A 1/4 twist of the lens and the turbo is more than you would need under most circumstances. That is what I use when the bears come around or we need to look for one of the animals in the woods at night. These lights are nothing short of amazing.

I have had a number of minor problems over the years. 4Sevens takes very good care of any light purchased through them and offer free shipping. Not so easy getting warranty on the Fenix lights.

The most difficult part of shopping for one is trying to sort through all the options.

Amazon has an excellent source of lights and great reviews to help pick one.

They also make great bicycle lights and can be installed in seconds with an adapter, also on Amazon.

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Re: Basic criteria for a hand-held flashlight - discussion requested
« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2011, 04:32:17 PM »
I am still trying to find the 'perfect' flashlight. Right now, my favorite two are a Force Outback rechargable (120 lumens) http://www.outbackflashlights.com/documents/force.html

and a NEBO Redline (220 lumens) http://www.nebotools.com/prod_details.php?id=83

They both have advantages. They are both water resistant. The Outback comes with a holster, a car charger and AC charger.  The Reline is small, uses 3 AAA batteries and is very bright. You can adjust from a spotlight to floodlight.
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Re: Basic criteria for a hand-held flashlight - discussion requested
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2011, 05:37:32 PM »
Search didn't come through Coastie. ebay sayz "your search didn't return any items".

Currently using one of these as a hand-held:
http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-88850-Polytac-Flashlight-Batteries/dp/B001S0IN46/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323725157&sr=8-1

Always have one of these on me as EDC:
http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-66118-Stylus-Flashlight-Holster/dp/B0015UC17E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323725267&sr=8-1

And have this for hands-free stuff like setting up my tent in the dark:
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Diamond-Spot-Headlamp-Titanium/dp/B0018J90TO/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1323725325&sr=8-2

Still, I'm a geek. Lights, knives, radios, guns, and other cool toys are something I'm always looking at. I have many flashlights of various configurations and am always looking to see what's new. The three above are the ones I currently use the most but by no means the only good ones out there.


Guess they don't sell them anylonger on eBay.  It t'was 4 years ago after all...

Still it's a great brand and everything still works today. 
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Re: Basic criteria for a hand-held flashlight - discussion requested
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2012, 07:22:24 PM »
Bright enough to blind someone in a dark room.  I've been known to walk around dazed and confused after "field testing" lights.

Tail cap switch, since I use the syringe method with a handgun.  Momentary off/on is preferred.  I'm currently using a Streamlight TL-2 which is.  Streamlight mounted on my HD AR isn't.

No plastic.  I want it to be an acceptable impact weapon should I need it.

AA batteries if i can get it, but CR123 is alright, provided the life is long enough.

Lamp reflector big enough to be usefull, but not so big it's hard to conceal.  My Streamlight is right on the edge.

Must be able to find a suitable belt holster for it.  Pocket carry is out for me.     
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