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I'm thinking. I just bought a cheap knife off amazon, knowing it would probably be really cheap. It is.... I still like it but you kinda get what you pay for.

So I was thinking, my shopping list includes other cheap items and some of it needs to be quality. So for flashlights. I need two good hand held flashlights I'm thinking.

One is a 13 dollar J5 tactical that I'm going to try. Need another good one.

Anyone have any suggestions? I don't want to get that expensive.
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I have a bushnell handheld light. Pretty cheap but it's been beat up and still goes. Runs on 2 AAs
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Cool I know walmart has bushnell..I believe
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Cool I know walmart has bushnell..I believe

That's where I got mine. Around $25 maybe
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For survival purposes, I really like the head lamps. Frees up the hands to do the hands on type of work that needs to get done. I picked up a "Securitying" brand one on eBay. Won the auction and got it for $10 CDN. It is now my favourite light.



Super bright LED
Waterproof
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145 LM
4 Modes

This is the one I purchased. Goes for $13.51 US
http://www.ebay.ca/itm/145LM-Waterpr...sAAOSwEeFVSYvn
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Thanks for that, survive. Looks like a good one that won't break the bank. I have one Headlamp but I will be looking for another. 1 for my hiking bag, 1 for the bob....
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This is what I EDC. Great light, great quality, great warranty.

Nite Ize XPA-01-R7 Inova XP LED Pen Light - -... cover
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Terralux 220 Lumens (2AA Batteries) $25.00ish or less

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Terralux-TLF...cAAOSw5IJWge8O


Rayovac Indestructible 500 Lumen 6AA Batteries

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Rayovac-Inde...wAAOSwIBBUaq4Y


lots of good cheap headlamps Rayovac is decent. 3AAA Batteries
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Streamlight stylus pro. A lot of light for 2 AAA batteries. My mag lights collect dust now.
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Big R has LED flash lights for $4.00 each. They are like pin light with a pocket clip, 6 LEDs, a rubber covered push button on/off switch on top, a magnet on bottom and have grip written on them. They come in green and orange.

They are very bright and will light up a room.
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this one uses 2 AAA batteries and is my EDC
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Generic-20...light/42441353

Also got these at Christmas but they had a 2 pack deal.
2 CR123 batteries.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Generic-20...umens/42424425

one AAA battery.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Generic-20...ingMethod=p13n
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I use this light every day. Being a auto/truck technician,it wouldn't hold up to the abuse if it wasn't a soild light.
http://www.streamlight.com/en-us/pro...t.html?pid=299

I also have this next to the bed.
https://coastportland.com/product/hp7r/
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Fenix E12
Uses Cree XP-E2 LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours
Broad beam lens. Provides soft, even beam for close-up illumination
Output Modes:
High - 130 Lumens (1 hour 30 minutes)
Mid - 50 Lumens (6 hours 30 minutes)
Low - 8 Lumens (40 hours)
Uses one AA (Ni-MH, Alkaline) battery
Max Throw: 289 ft (88 meters)
Digitally-regulated output--maintains constant brightness
Reverse polarity protection guards against improper battery installation
Slightly recessed switch to prevent accidental activation
Able to tail stand
Tail tap switch for on/off and output selection
Made of durable aircraft grade aluminum
Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
High-efficiency total reflection lens
Waterproof to IPX-8 waterproof rating (underwater 6.5 feet/2 meters for 30 minutes)

http://https://www.fenixlighting.com...ix-flashlight/

I've alway ordered from eBay, cheapest I've found the Fenix E12 is $24

You can't go wrong with streamlight but fenix is better IMO. I wouldn't recommend CR123 battery type for EDC because there not as widely available compared to AA/AAA.
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Super cheap but still reliable.....look up the Sipik SK68.

Medium range.....I like the nitecore SENS.

Also Medium range.....low end spectrum of these lights: Fenix, Jetbeam, Nitecore, Eagletac, Klarus, XTAR, Thrunite

Really want to save money?......look into rechargeable batteries. In the long run, they will more than pay for themselves and you avoid the risk of leaking alkaline batteries.
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I have a Cree Ultra Fire which I love, and also some Streamlight Nano's which are great for small kits, as they are only an inch long but ultra bright. The only problem that I have found with the later is that the main case comes away from the bulb end, which is easily fixed with a bit of tape.

7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch... cover
7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch...
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I look for lights that have high and low modes, with a good balance of brightness and runtime. I don't have much use for 1000 lumens if the battery is dead in under an hour.

As far as specific brands, I like Coast and Rayovac. I have a few lights from each.
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Having lived for over a year without electricity and still four to six
months a year without it, you learn the value of a good long burn
light for reading and such, in the winter it gets dark around 5:30.


http://www.walmart.com/ip/Nite-Ize-X...Black/39672354

Inova X1 Flashlight, Black:
Dual light mode functionality
Features both high and low light output modes
LED color: white
Lumens: high — 80, low — 11
Run time: 4 hours, low 70 hours
Battery type: 1-AA Alkaline battery included
Effective range (up to): 253' (77m)
High-powered, energy efficient 38,900 hour LED
Patented optical system, precision machined aluminum reflector with thermal management interface
Aerospace-grade aluminum with high grade anodized finishes
Water-resistant construction and O-ring seals
3-position end-cap switch activates constant and momentary high and low as well as a lockout mode
Dimensions: 4.00" x 0.72", 10.16cm x 1.83cm
Weight: 2.12oz, 60.10g
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Thnx for all replies. Need to research rechargeable batteries too I think.
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Thnx for all replies. Need to research rechargeable batteries too I think.
Look into the differences between NIMH and Li-Ion. Some flashlights are made for both chemistries, but some are not built to handle Li-Ions. A smart charger is also another good investment allowing charging of different battery types and sizes to be charged; some will even do mixed batteries at the same time. I have a Nitecore Intellicharger i4 that can do this and has a 12V DC, as well as A/C, which allows me to charge batteries from any A/C outlet a car's DC outlet, and even my solar panels.
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I'm thinking. I just bought a cheap knife off amazon, knowing it would probably be really cheap. It is.... I still like it but you kinda get what you pay for.

So I was thinking, my shopping list includes other cheap items and some of it needs to be quality. So for flashlights. I need two good hand held flashlights I'm thinking.

One is a 13 dollar J5 tactical that I'm going to try. Need another good one.

Anyone have any suggestions? I don't want to get that expensive.
The Coast HP1 is a fantastic EDC flashlight. Its LED light is bright and runs a long time on the single AA battery is uses. You can use any type of AA battery, from alkaline to NiMH to lithium, though the brightness is highest with a lithium battery. Coast is, IMHO and others, higher quality than even Maglite, which is still very good.

Another reason I like the Coast HP1 is because it uses AA batteries, which form the basis of most of my battery operated electronics. They are the easiest to recharge with a smart charger, which you need to have several of as well, including at least one that will run on 12 volts DC.

With flashlights, I would rather have 10 (or 20+) very good quality yet affordable flashlights than 3 exceptional quality flashlights. Redundancy counts for a lot, especially with flashlights that can be easily misplaced, and you want to have multiple flashlights in every location that you might need them (i.e. home, vehicles, BOB, BOL, etc.).
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