Latest take on flashlights?

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So I'm out at night benchmarking with my bro inlaw and I pull out my trusty mag light and start searching. 3 D cells maglight. A minute or two later he gets out of the car with his iPad and a wee little flashlight that looks like my 2x AA battery mag light. The he switched it on and oh my... "Let there be light!" He is definitely into the gadgets, but man oh man that was awesome. So, now I'm trying to educate myself on these current super lights to see what is best value for good performance. He said he paid well over $100.00 for that light. Is that really what they cost?

Your take would be helpful.

Do you night cache? How do you use?

Which do you carry? Incandescent, HID, LED,

More than 1?

Waterproof?

Battery life?

Color of light?

So many choices, but wondering from a geocachers viewpoint what works well and maybe what doesn't?

K

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I prefer something small and bright enough to see but not so bright as to draw unwanted attention. Check the number of lumens that the flashlight produces. Also the cost of a cr123 is high so I prefer the ones that use AAA's. You might wante one for urban caching and one for I am in the middle of nowhere light.

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I user a straight strion.  Yes it is about $100.  Advantages are that it is small enough to carry on your belt, rechargeable, and has three different brightness.  Love that light.

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Still gotta give props to my P7 LEDLenser by COAST. Adjustable focus, 200 lumens, takes rechargable AAA's... A great pocket sized light for $70 if you don't mind some artifacts but want flood-to-spot on the fly and like being able to see 100 yards at night.. Cheaper end, Coleman MAX takes AA or AAA's depending on the model and costs around 30 bucks. No focus, no real throw because of the med/heavy orange peel on the reflector but has worked for me while caching for years now. Up against my P7 and my hopped up Mag, it's a great light that's now a backup. You can get them at Academy and whatnot.

A great forum if you have flashlight questions: http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/forum.php?s=9cbf8eff55f583a219dd0e5f628a0c02

Some cheap BRIGHT lights here: http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/StoreFront

More good lights: http://www.4sevens.com/

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I prefer something small and bright enough to see but not so bright as to draw unwanted attention. Check the number of lumens that the flashlight produces. Also the cost of a cr123 is high so I prefer the ones that use AAA's. You might wante one for urban caching and one for I am in the middle of nowhere light.

I like that my flashlight has white or red leds.  Do most of my searching with red.

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Couldn't find the old flashlight thread so . . .

I just got an UltraFire C8 XM-L T6 for $18. It has a clicky, clicky button in the tailpiece. Some ads say it's 1300 lumens and it has reasonably good spread. It lights up the entire side of a house a block away. I can't see any houses further away, but it would probably do them too. It has three speeds. The lowest is about like an ordinary flashlight.

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It's 1" body, 1 3/4" head, 5 1/2" long

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Where did you get it and are you happy with it? I'm hoping Santa doesn't hose me again this year on a portable sun type flashlight.

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I just got it day before yesterday so I've only played with it but I like it. It actually has five modes, but one just flashes and the other flashes SOS -- . . . _ _ _ . . .

I got the flashlight here . The price has already dropped $3 since I ordered.

It uses one 18650 rechargeable battery. I got these and this charger . I got the two battery version of this charger, but since the flashlight only uses one battery I think that was a mistake, since I don't know how to charge one battery in a two battery charger. :tickedoff:

All these are free shipping, but it's from China or somewhere out to the country and takes a while. I think mine came in about two weeks.

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You can get a package deal on eBay Here I think those may be better batteries than I got.

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the previous thread. My Romisen disappeared, that's why I bought the UltraFire

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I'm not much of a video person. I've probably made a total of 15 altogether.

shining on a bush in my yard. The sound isn't good so I'll explain, #1 is an ordinary, old fashioned two D-Cell light. #2 is my 100 lumen Smith & Wesson torch. #3 it the UltraFire.

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Ok, this may sound like wanting to have my cake and eat it too scenario, but is there something like the UltraFire C8 XM-L T6, that uses AA's (or AAA's) and is still not a brute in terms of cost? I've got a lot of AA NiMHs and I want something that has a great flood and decent through capability like was shown on the UltraFire, but I don't want proprietary batteries, nor do I want to spend more than say $30 on it.

I may need to change my caching name to CheapArseCacher :notme:

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Not AAA, but I really like my Task Force 3 watt LED light. It takes 2 C-size batteries and is lightly longer than the typical 3xAA lights, but it is amazingly bright. The web site says 100lumens, but it feels like more to me, and the distance is outstanding. I can easily light up something on the other side of a field.

And you get them at Lowes for $22. I got one for my son and later went back for one for me. Love it. The Model #: FT-NS-2C 3WATT

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I just got it day before yesterday so I've only played with it but I like it. It actually has five modes, but one just flashes and the other flashes SOS -- . . . _ _ _ . . .

I got the flashlight here . The price has already dropped $3 since I ordered.

It uses one 18650 rechargeable battery. I got these and this charger . I got the two battery version of this charger, but since the flashlight only uses one battery I think that was a mistake, since I don't know how to charge one battery in a two battery charger. :tickedoff:

All these are free shipping, but it's from China or somewhere out to the country and takes a while. I think mine came in about two weeks.

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You can get a package deal on eBay Here I think those may be better batteries than I got.

you talked me into it and i just ordered this flashlight off of ebay the package deal you talked about

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Yeah, I just ordered the kit off ebay too. Also, will probably grab a Mini-MagLite at a Black Friday deal and will consider upgrading it w/ a 3W CREE LED replacement.

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Any any DIYers out there with the knowledge or gumption to help me rig a batter operated light that has a photosensor so the light is only on when it is dark. A variable degree of "on" would be a bonus.

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Hey saw a new Energizer headlamp at lowes tonight... 70 lumens on the main spot led. Also has two side white leds as a flood mode and two red leds for night vision.

Pretty cool, but I really really hope no one buys it. Can you image what YOUR night vision will be after someone turns around at shines a full 70 lumens in your eyes from 5 feet away. Yikes!

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I was at my local Home Depot for BF sale, and they had a Tech 5 piece light set: It has 3 96 Lumen Cree Lights (3AA's), and 2 headlamps (only 10 lumens but beotter than what I had w/ 4 white LEDs and 2 Red - it has 3 modes.) This was for $19.88 note it's not the HD BF add, but I picked it up to have something mid range in terms of brightness. I'll be interested in comparing this verse the Ultra Fire C8 LM-X 1300 Lumen one that I ordered on eBay when it comes in. I'll have to say those 96 Lumen Cree's even though are relatively lightweight seem to be pretty bright in comparison to the cheap LEDs I'm use to.

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When it comes to geocaching flashlights I find that no one flashlight will fit all your needs. I recommend at least two lights: a headlamp and a handheld. It is usually pretty easy to find a handheld flashlight that uses AA batteries but headlamps can be a little harder to source.

LED lights are the way to go. They have long life and have good battery consumption. Sometimes it's enticing to buy a powerful light with the feeling that more lumens are better. That is not the case if you are searching for firetacks. Bright lights reduce the contrast between the firetack and the surroundings making it harder to see the firetacks. Something in the 25-50 lumen range is good when looking for firetacks. Most headlamps worth owning are in this range. A handheld in the range of 50-100 lumen offers the best price/performance ratio.

High power lights typically require CR123 (or equivalent) batteries. I like AA because I carry them anyway and in a pinch I can find them in just about any store. That cannot be said for CR123. Any light you get should have more than one power setting. You want to be able to conserve battery power by going in to a lower light level setting. The Rogue 2 for instance will run for 72 hours on the low power setting. That's a nice option to have when you are stuck in the field longer than you planned.

Here's a tip if you have a power button on the end cap. This works on Rogue 2 and other Icon lights I'm not sure about other manufacturers.

Turn the head of the flashlight 1/32-1/16 of a turn. Just that little gap means that the light cannot turn on. The o-ring provides plenty of tension so the head won't come unscrewed when it's in your pack. I do this whenever I'm putting my Rogue 2 flashlight away for the night. I keep my Link clipped on the outside of my backpack shoulder strap so it's never an issue with that light.

My favourite light is my Link. It uses 1 AA battery and will last for 3 hours of 50 lumen output or 70 hours on low. I love this light because it has a built in carabiner. I keep it attached to my geocaching bag day or night. During the day it's great for looking in stumps, etc and at night it's a great adjunct to my headlamp when I'm searching.

I also downloaded an app on my Blackberry that allows me to turn on the photo "flash" and use that as a light. That has come in handy for those spur of the moment cache dashes.

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As an update to this older thread I found a pretty good place to buy some fancier led flashlights. They don't take regular batteries but you buy rechargeable lithium batteries (18650 or cr123) that they sell on their website or you can find a good selection of batteries on amazon. I have a couple of their flashlights and I am very happy with the products. You can also buy different led "drop ins" for different brightness, color, and battery voltages. I have a red "drop in" that has five modes (3 levels of brightness, flashing, and sos.)

http://www.solarforce-sales.com/index.php

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I've started carrying a rechargable LED worklight from Home Depot. It's not small nor does it provide instant daylight, but it costs $25 and is reasonably bright, burns for hours and is ready in my truck whenever I need it. I haven't tested it in the rain yet, so its ultimate performance remains to be seen.

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Hey thecatfish and TAZ427 give us a report on your UltraFire torch.

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I love it it's an extremely bright light great battery time plus came with an extra battery plus charger really like it

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