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Old 09-12-2019, 07:39 PM
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Ladies and gentlemen, I have questions about the types of flashlights yíall are using and packing away for use in future SHTF type scenarios.

For the past 40+ years I have relied on various Maglite products. For the past few years, they seem to be increasingly shoddy and unreliable. Back in the 70s and 80s I used Maglites in some extremely harsh conditions and they were frequently horribly abused. You couldnít hurt them if you tried.

Nowadays, they seem to last about a week or two and then become pieces of pretty aluminum that donít do anything. Many of the maglite flashlights that we have purchased in the last few years cease to function even before the first set of batteries runs down. This is absurd. A once high quality item becomes useless as soon as I remove them from their packing.

I am becoming increasingly frustrated trying to find rugged and reliable flashlights and/or lanterns.

Are you folks having these issues with them or am I nuts?

What types, brands, etc do yíall use? Does anybody still make a flashlight that can stand up to daily use, or survive being dropped down a mineshaft?

Or are they all made from recycled trash in China?

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My EDC lights is a Streamlight Polytac. I have several now & really like them.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001S0IN46

They now make a rechargeable & "Duel Fuel" version, along with some other variations.

https://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-8...gateway&sr=8-2

https://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-8...gateway&sr=8-3

https://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-8...gateway&sr=8-7

https://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-8...gateway&sr=8-4


I have a Gerber Omnivore on my shotgun, but they quit making it, too bad I really like it, lots of battery options too.


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014BMC2S


I have a lot of MagLite D-cell lights, mostly 3 cell, but a couple 4 cell & one 6 Cell I've had since the early-mid 80's. I also have a few smaller mini & solitaire lights too. I also buy those packs of cheap ones you see at wal-mart or hardware stores etc. where there's a pack of 10 or 12 lights for about $12-$15. I throw them in drawers, hang them on hooks etc. Even those cheap ones I usually end up losing them instead of them stop working. I've got a few of them that have been around for at least 10 years now too. I've tried surefires, I call them ****fire, cause they are flaming crap. Won't ever buy another ****fire flashlight, either streamlight or maglite for the heavy lifting.

Also you're generally going to want different lights for different things. You'll probably want a different light for EDC than you have mounted to a pistol & another different light for the tool kit in your car.
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I just use headlamps these days.
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If you like your maglight case, you can buy an LED replacement bulb that will give you longer run times.

I really like the Ryobi One+ lights.
The area lantern has a LED that will light a room for a long time, and also has a USB power supply for your phones.

If you want a super bright spotlight, Ryobi has one of them as well.

I bought a whole card of cheap Eveready LED headlamps at Sams club a few years ago.
I think there were 5 or 6 for 25 bucks with batteries.

LED has made the older bulbs pretty much obsolete.

I also bought a few aluminum LED flashlights on Amazon. One is a weapon light that uses CR123 lithiums. Then bought about 50 lithium CR123s for it. The flashlight was cheap and dead simple, but extremely rugged. And the lithium batts last a LOT longer, are lighter, etc.
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I have multiple types. My every day use light is a LED headlamp with a rechargeable battery - it leaves my hands free for feeding livestock and milking chores at 4 AM. I also have a Streamlight, some different sizes of Maglights (had them for several years, so they're still decent) some wind-up type lights, and several others whose brand names I can't think of offhand.
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Hard to go wrong with streamlight. I have never purchased something from them that I felt I overplayed for.

Black diamond headlamp stays in my backpacking gear. Has suffered abuse like it was designed for it.

Nitecore makes some good lights also but they are pricey.

Lots of people rant and rave about the O LIght
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Since LED bulbs became available, my only real concern is whether or not a flashlight is waterproof. First thing I do when I buy a flashlight is sink it under water for a few minutes. If it leaks, I use an O ring set I bought at Harbor Freight and some RTV sealant to make it waterproof.
The main problem is batteries corroding a flashlight's innards. I've gotten so I only keep batteries in one flashlight, and with the others I tape the batteries to the light's outside so if they corrode they won't damage the inside.
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I haven't touched a maglite since LEDs where invented.

I know a lot of people here seem to have an almost religious devotion to them but frankly I am 100% done with maglites, I really don't care what they once where, they are a silly obsolete light at this point.

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Same. I have two black diamond ReVolts and so far they have been great and taken a lot more abuse than even my petzls did. They are without question my EDC...don't even leave my bed without one in the morning on and it stays on until I go back to bed at night.
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For around the house and in the car all I use now are the Ryobi One+. Iíve got three that I put Led bulbs in them and have been amazed at how long the battery last. I havenít tested them but since I replaced the bulbs I haven't had a flashlight die, and Iím using the small 2500 mAh batterys. I wind up using the battery in one of the tools and recharging when Iím done.

Highly recommend.
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Lots of rechargeable batteries (and chargers) for:

Energizer lanterns (wait for sale and use a coupon tp get for $5 at Walgreen's) and/or use points to get price even lower

Floating plastic lantern
El cheapo plastic floating LED flashlight with lanyard

Headlamp
Gun light
Small, cheap metal LED flashlights ($1-$5)
Electric car flare/warning light thingees

Also have inflatable solar light, keychain LED, lots of LED Christmas lights, and multi-power weather radio that has a flashlight function.

If you have an ultrastinger flashlight, replace the halogen bulb with LED head because if (when) it falls or hits something the bulb will stop working. Internal battery is rechargeable, so 12V car and AC chargers.
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For around the house and in the car all I use now are the Ryobi One+. Iíve got three that I put Led bulbs in them and have been amazed at how long the battery last. I havenít tested them but since I replaced the bulbs I haven't had a flashlight die, and Iím using the small 2500 mAh batterys. I wind up using the battery in one of the tools and recharging when Iím done.

Highly recommend.
Thanks, I just ordered an LED to upgrade one of my Ryobi older style lights.
Don't know why I hadn't thought of doing that already.
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For around the house and in the car all I use now are the Ryobi One+. Iíve got three that I put Led bulbs in them and have been amazed at how long the battery last. I havenít tested them but since I replaced the bulbs I haven't had a flashlight die, and Iím using the small 2500 mAh batterys. I wind up using the battery in one of the tools and recharging when Iím done.

Highly recommend.
RYOBI also makes a couple of different spotlights all LED and work off the +1 battery.
I like the fact they all use the same battery and charger. Every Christmas Home Depot has a big Ryobi sale and the batteries are in packs for 2 for 1 I usually buy a couple of packs to add to the supply. I have about 10 of the 4 hour batteries and they last a long time in use.
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I like Mag-lite i probably have at least one model of every version of the newer LED models. My older incandescent models have been upgraded to Malkoff and Adventure Sport LED conversions and I use rechargeable batteries in all of mine so i never have a problem with corroded alkalines.
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I haven't touched a maglite since LEDs where invented.

I know a lot of people here seem to have an almost religious devotion to them but frankly I am 100% done with maglites, I really don't care what they once where, they are a silly obsolete light at this point.
I guess it comes down to purpose, but they can be upgraded for continued use. I love the C-Cell versions as they make a great improvised baton. I upgraded to LED heads and I use NiMH rechargeable C-Cell batteries. It's not a cost-effective upgrade considering much less expensive, off the shelf options, but I have a few stashed around the house and rotate the batteries annually. So far, they have been utterly reliable. I was in Afghanistan for almost two years and all three were still functioning just fine; I didn't measure the voltage on the batteries, but all worked with adequate output.

I wouldn't go out and buy Maglights, but if you have them, you can bring them in the LED-century and some various rechargeable battery options. Just this morning I was out checking out a few lights. My 4-C-Cell Maglite is about as bright as my Surefire 300 on my pistol, but my Cloud Defense WML on my AR pistol, using an 18650 battery is about 10 times better with flood and distance. Most handheld 18650 light will blow a C or D 4-Cell Maglite out of the water at about 1/5th the size.

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The main problem is batteries corroding a flashlight's innards. I've gotten so I only keep batteries in one flashlight, and with the others I tape the batteries to the light's outside so if they corrode they won't damage the inside.
Quoted for truth.

Either change to rechargeable batteries or disposable Lithium.

I use both.

No more Alkaline batteries for me.
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Quoted for truth.

Either change to rechargeable batteries or disposable Lithium.

I use both.

No more Alkaline batteries for me.
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I use lithium for stuff that takes AA, AAA, CR123 as well as the watch type flat batteries. The lithium D cells tend to be harder to find & even more expensive than the little ones. I've had a 6D-cell MagLite for ~35 years now as well as several others. A few of the 3D-cells I've stashed here & there, then forgot about a couple & the batteries swell & make a mess. The fact that alkaline batteries behave like alkaline batteries aren't the flashlights fault. The couple I had ruined weren't the lights fault either, it was my fault for not checking the batteries often enough. I have been looking at investing in some rechargeable batteries, even as they are expensive, I'd get multiple uses out of them (hopefully) before they need replaced.

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Mag light LED, are not to bad. Some times, you have to stretch out the spring.
So it makes good contact, and they work fine.
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Mag light LED, are not to bad. Some times, you have to stretch out the spring.
So it makes good contact, and they work fine.
Roll up a little aluminum foil and stick it in the bottom. I use this method for making my D battery flash lights fit C's.

To the OP: Cheap flash lights. Ebay makes for good finds.
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I use Petzl headlamps. I keep one in each vehicle, one in my tool box, and two in my backpack.

Nice to have your hands free when your putting up a tent or working on something.

https://www.rei.com/product/109855/p...-headlamp-2018
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I bought 1/2 dozen of these in the listing link below a couple years back for family members.
They are inexpensive, durable, bright & none of the bunch has failed.
Your experience might vary, but the ones I handed out have been top-notch.

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