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Streamlight strion led. I've had it in a speed holster on my duty belt for 6 years now. Strobe, 160, 80, 40 lumen settings. Beam spread from 96m to 188m.

I bought two because the battery life on the box said it would last just under 8 hours of run time. I work 12 hour nights and my light is always on. One flash light, single charge will last me the 3 day work week. Using strobe and varied settings every night.

It's been in the heaviest rain, mud and run over by a tow truck and is still going. When I first got it, a lot of the guys used pelicans and mocked me for my little light. Now it's pretty much the standard in our office.

I can't say anything bad about the thing. I've even used it to warm my gloves when it's super cold out.
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Flashaholic here.....



Started off with a Quark, and they are still my all time favorites - they just do everything well (currently lego'd QPA-X w/14500):
- from 200+ hrs runtime to ~400 lumens (1xCRAA/14500 cells)
- in a pinch, with a piece of MacGyver tinfoil, it'll run anything from a household AAA and 9v to anything in size between a CR123 and 18650.
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I like to keep it simple: Mini Maglites all around --- on my person, in vehicles, at home, etc.

They're cheap, tough, effective & durable.
There's a secure space for a spare bulb in the end cap, make for an excellent close-range striking weapon & are caveman-simple to service or cannibalize for parts from one to another.
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In the mid 80s I received a Mini Maglite and holster as a gift - I still have and use it to this day. (thanks Jim B., wherever you are!) I'm a big fan of Maglite quality. Yesterday, I picked up a 272 lumen led mini maglite and checked it out last night - wow - great all purpose flashlight! Really lights up the night (looking forward to trying it on a moonless night), and hopefully I'll get 30 years out of it as well!
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Another flashlightaholic here.

Surefire LumaMax L4
(rescue squad work or when I need a seriously bright and tough flashlight.)

Petzl Headlamp: E49P - Tactikka Plus
(hiking. emergency light when flying light aircraft at night)

PrincetonTec AMP 5.0 Flashlight
(always in car)

Inova Inova 24/7 APY1 24/7 8-Function Free Standing LED Flashlight
(This is in car for use as emergency flasher)

PrincetonTec Attitude 3 LED FlashLight
(EDC, travel/hotel, etc.)

Streamlight 33202 ProPolymer 10-LED Flashlight
(Always in kitchen. For emergencies. Dog walks.)

Inova Inova T4-WB 175 Lumen Rechargeable LED
(downstairs emergency light)

EverReady Energizer Hard Case
(bedroom. has red / blue options. Also has an infrared visible signal which I've no use for. This was a military model.)

Freeplay Freeplay 2020 Solar / Crank flashlight
(prep emergency light one)

Eton Eton Scorpion Emergency Solar / Crank Radio and flashlight
(prep emergency light two)

Rayovac LED Lantern
(for blackouts)

Obviously, have lots of batteries for all of these.
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how do u like the rayovac lantern?
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Flashaholic here.....



Started off with a Quark, and they are still my all time favorites - they just do everything well (currently lego'd QPA-X w/14500):
- from 200+ hrs runtime to ~400 lumens (1xCRAA/14500 cells)
- in a pinch, with a piece of MacGyver tinfoil, it'll run anything from a household AAA and 9v to anything in size between a CR123 and 18650.
Holy flashlights Batman, reppans is a member of SB too!


How's it going reppans?
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I keep hearing both get the best or get the cheapies. I want to know what is the best for the money and tough as hell.
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I keep hearing both get the best or get the cheapies. I want to know what is the best for the money and tough as hell.
I would go 1 of 2 routes......Sipik 68 (or equivalent clones) and lots of them since they can be found very inexpensive online; zoomable, x1 AA tube......or a Rayovac Indestructible. They are pretty tough for the money.


Since some flashaholics have posted their collections, here's a peek at most of mine. Some are packed away (not in the photo) in various bob and other locations. Including a x50 pack of AA LED flashlights with USB charging out for cellphone charging ***landed an amazing deal on ebay....all for $38....couldn't let that go (3 of them are in the pic at the top red/blue/red)***

***UPDATE: the cheapos are not USB out (had to double check)....but have attachments for different charger tips. Only useful one for me is the ipod, iphone4 charger attachment.

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Want to sell any? Lol
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Want to sell any? Lol
I plan on keeping the cellphone charging flashlights to ease tensions with neighbors during a bad power outage and/or as a bartering item if the SHTF. So I'd like to keep a good number of them. I can sell a couple to just you if you are seriously interested. They aren't the greatest lights, but they'll do in a pinch.

As for my premium lights...none of them are for sale. I love them all.
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I'm interested in a small micro sized light and a medium sized light. Weight is my biggest concern, bc my BOB is heavy enough.
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I'm interested in a small micro sized light and a medium sized light. Weight is my biggest concern, bc my BOB is heavy enough.
Ahh in that case, sorry bro, not for sale. But I can recommend some to you.

Just need to know what battery you want your lights to use and a budget for each.
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I'd say $100 for two. I've come to the conclusion I want at least two sources of almost everything. Would prefer AAA But not opposed to AA. Nothing larger tho.
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I'd go with something along the lines of the Fenix LD20/LD22 (model will depend on your UI preference) for a rugged AA light. Then for the AAA, the Pelican 1910, single mode, rear clicky, decent output. That should keep you under $100 for both.
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Thanks Buds224
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I'd say $100 for two. I've come to the conclusion I want at least two sources of almost everything. Would prefer AAA But not opposed to AA. Nothing larger tho.
As mentioned above, for the smaller one I'd go for the Streamlight Microstream. It's super lightweight, plenty powerful, and runs on one AAA (for ages). Also, it's as solid as a rock (I carried my first one daily for five years, til my toddler chewed off my starter cap- and it still works) All this for 15 bucks. I can't recommend it enough.
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Just wanted to add that the LD10/12 are the single AA equivalents to the x2 AA LD20/22.
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I wish surefire still sold their 6P led defender. The best combination of output and burn time IMHO
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I love the rayovacs lanterns. Used them thru 2 hurricane's Irene and Sandy. Not the brightest but best to light output to battery life ratio with readily available batteries, just like the ld20/22 and petzy tikka xp2 (not waterproof BTW). This is for survival and conservation of resources not "the dude with the brightests toy time" keep that in mind.
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