Latest take on flashlights?

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http://www.supertorch.com/en/index.php

This little dude caught my eye. Seems like a lot for the money ($49 ish). Small and uses the CREE 5 series led. Several battery options (which I believe is unique and useful in a pinch.)

 

BTW: My BFF and I both have been carrying the single AAA cell Fenix LD01 on our keyrings. One AAA battery and it is surprisingly bright. It easily blew away the mini maglite AAA, no contest. Sometimes it's just useful to have a wee little light that kicks butt on your keyring. This is that light. A little pricey at $34.95 but maybe you can find a deal. It's worth it if you go out at night. And it ain't bad for hunting caches after sunset too. http://www.batteryjunction.com/fenix-ld01-r4.html

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Here's my latest favorite torch.  It's small enough to slip in your pocket and puts out a lot of light for such a small package.  It uses one AA battery (it can use a rechargeable lithium 14500 battery too). It comes in two styles, one has three modes -- bright, less bright and strobe.  The other has only bright mode.  They have an anodized aluminum housing.  Amazon must have a dozen vendors for this torch.  With some it's a crapshoot whether you get the 3 or 1 mode.  My first one was 3-mode.  Since then I've tried to get the single mode because I have no use for the strobe and I keep accidentally switching to it -- annoying.  My first one cost $3.50.  Since then they've gone  up to $4.  You can zoom the beam to make it brighter but smaller.  They are, without question, the handiest torch I've ever owned.  I have five.  One in each car and three spread around the house.  I bought a dozen in November and passed them out to friends at Christmas.  This picture below is a picture I took of my first one.  I remove the pocket clip from mine because it gets in the way of how I use them but the clip does keep it from rolling off a table. 

 

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Oh yes, they're shipped from China so it takes a month to get them.

 

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

 

I missed this when it was originally posted.  The Ultra Fire C8 LM-X 1300 Lumen that I bought on eBay has awesome throw but doesn't poor flood capability as expected.  I compared it with a few friends flashlights and I'd say they 1300 Lumen rating is a little bit high, it's closer to somewhere between 1000-1100 Lumen, that said, that's very bright especially for the $26 price I paid for it w/ a pair of 18650 batteries and charger.

 

The biggest complaint is really on the batteries, they seem to have a much higher self discharge rate than typical Li Ion batteries, though that could just be the batteries that came with the flashlight, so I need to remember to charge the battery every few months even if not used.

 

I did also buy another Flashlight that uses the 18650 batteries that has a 'focusable' head that allows it to go from a long throw to a short throw flood.  This is better for walking in the dark, or searching an area with multiple eyes than the long through.  It was about the same cost IIRC.

 

Both of these are much stronger than my 100-200 lumen flashlights w/ AA's, but I constantly worry about them being out of charge as I have been out in the field a couple times when after a few minutes they just dimmed away.  I keep at least one of the little guys in my pack as a just in case.

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http://www.supertorch.com/en/index.php

This little dude caught my eye. Seems like a lot for the money ($49 ish). Small and uses the CREE 5 series led. Several battery options (which I believe is unique and useful in a pinch.)

 

 

I just noticed this post.  This flashlight looks just like the one I mentioned above. I'll bet the only difference is the LED is one generation newer. If that's worth $45 to you go for it, otherwise try my $5 one.

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I bought an Ultrafire WF-502b flashlight last year and have been very happy with it. It uses one 18650 rechargeable battery but puts out tons of light and runs for a pretty good while. It is more of a flood light but definitely lights up the area. The link below has it with charger and 2 batteries included for under $15.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Ultrafire-WF-502B-Flashlight-Batteries-Charger/dp/B00EOJKHH4/ref=sr_1_40?ie=UTF8&qid=1392180745&sr=8-40&keywords=led+flashlight

 

I have a few other lights as well but i now prefer using this one, even over the Fenix.

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I had to look it up.  18650 batteries are laptop batteries.

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I had to look it up.  18650 batteries are laptop batteries.

 

I double checked and the 18650 is correct. The batteries i have are the same number, li-on battery, 3.7 volts, rated at 3000mAh. I've used this light a bunch and it has always worked well. High mode is too bright for most situations and i usually end up using it on low (works great reflecting off firetacks) which gives good battery life.

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One advantage of a flashlight that uses 18650's is you can also use a pair of CR123's instead of the 18650's. CR123 are easier to find in a pinch.

 

I prefer rechargeable flashlights myself (I pocket carry a Streamlight Strion LED almost everywhere I go). I have a Streamlight Stinger DS LED in each of my vehicles. My one big splurge on flashlights is a Nitecore TM15

 

In my get out of town bag I prefer battery type flashlights as I dont always have electricity at hand and they tend to set for months without being used. Most of my battery type flashlights are CR123 or 18650 based as these cells dont self discharge as fast as alkaline based batteries and finally I always have a couple of AA based lights with eneloops installed.

 

Cant ever have enough flashlights!!!!!   LOL

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For some reason I never made the connection between 18650, and two CR123s.  That's good to know.

 

I have had a couple lights damaged by swollen leaky alkaline batts. I cannot say I had that problem with lithium or any rechargeable type batt types. I'd be interested to know if anybody else has had a leakage or swelling problem with rechargeable types of any kind.

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The Candle Power Forums - http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/forum.php?s=304e8ebe0dd24c24c829a90406239a70 is a good place for flashlight / battery reviews.

 

I have not had a rechargeable battery exhibit the trait of normal alkaline batteries to eventually leak and ruin a flashlight but then again I tend to cycle rechargeable batteries periodically through a charge / discharge cycle to keep them fresh.

 

I do have 2-3 CR123 flashlights that have not been touched for 2-3 years and all is well, no sign of leakage, etc

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I've been looking at this one as i think it might be a hair bit brighter than my little Ultrafire. One of the things i like is that you just plug a USB cord into it to recharge. You don't have to open it up or remove the battery. My only hesitation is that i haven't found out positively how good a thrower it is.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Nitecore-MH25-Lumen-Rechargeable-Flashlight/dp/B00A0N04BM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1392243383&sr=8-1&keywords=nitecore

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One advantage of a flashlight that uses 18650's is you can also use a pair of CR123's instead of the 18650's. CR123 are easier to find in a pinch.

 

I prefer rechargeable flashlights myself (I pocket carry a Streamlight Strion LED almost everywhere I go). I have a Streamlight Stinger DS LED in each of my vehicles. My one big splurge on flashlights is a Nitecore TM15

 

In my get out of town bag I prefer battery type flashlights as I dont always have electricity at hand and they tend to set for months without being used. Most of my battery type flashlights are CR123 or 18650 based as these cells dont self discharge as fast as alkaline based batteries and finally I always have a couple of AA based lights with eneloops installed.

 

Cant ever have enough flashlights!!!!!   LOL

 

The Tiny Monster has been on my wishlist for a little while now. My cheapy Ultrafire is really bright so can only imagine how well the Nitecore lights up the darkness.

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Lest I succumb to flashlight envy, I will stick with my method of searching by the light of my GPSr screen.

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Lest I succumb to flashlight envy, I will stick with my method of searching by the light of my GPSr screen.

I don't think your GPSr screen will light a firetack.

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Lest I succumb to flashlight envy, I will stick with my method of searching by the light of my GPSr screen.

I don't think your GPSr screen will light a firetack.

 

 

I handle fire tacks with my night vision monocular....

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