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Old June 10, 2008, 08:22 PM   #1
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Tactical Flashlight

Needing suggestion on small carry flashlight. Wanting to get a small pocket size flashlight to add to my carry equipment.
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Old June 10, 2008, 08:24 PM   #2
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Read this thread...

http://www.thefiringline.com/forums/...d.php?t=295610

Then take a look at the Fenixstore.com and check out there selection.
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Old June 10, 2008, 08:31 PM   #3
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The LOD Q4 on the website PBP linked is a hot little AAA light. It will even run on a 10440 lithium rechargeable at around 120 lumens. Careful not to totally discharge 10440 if you go that route since that are not protected and will not recharge once totally discharged.
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Old June 10, 2008, 08:37 PM   #4
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Can't go wrong with a Fenix.

If you plan on using it often, I would suggest getting one of their AA battery powered ones. You can find high quality rechargeable ones at a decent price, and they're more widely available and less expensive than CR123s.

Rechargeable batteries are available for CR123's, but from what I understand charging them can be dangerous if not done correctly.

With that said, I do want the CR123A powered TK10. The L1T is an excellent choice for an AA battery powered EDC. I don't care for the strobe feature, so the L1T fits the bill.
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Old June 10, 2008, 08:44 PM   #5
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I do want the CR123A powered TK10
I bought a couple of the TK10's and kept one for myself. It is very nice. I bought the green one to match my OD green frames Springfield XD.
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Old June 10, 2008, 09:09 PM   #6
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Check e-bay under xenox flashlights. they have some aluminum
6 v (two 123 batteries) flashlights for under $10. I have bought several
of them and have been uniformly pleased.
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Old June 11, 2008, 11:16 AM   #7
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surefire E1E it's 80 bucks but it's small and brighter than my 2d maglight. I love mine
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Old June 11, 2008, 11:42 AM   #8
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I carry the Fenix P3D-Q5 everywhere at all times. Small, BRIGHT, and loaded with features. Great little flashlight. BTW, the River Rock 1xAA 1W LED Flashlight, retail $~22.00 at Target, has a belt clip on it that fits the Fenix perfectly.

This is the little rock river flashlight as sold by Target:


This is the Fenix wearing the cannibalized belt clip:

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Old June 11, 2008, 12:24 PM   #9
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Check out the Tomahawk offering from First Light. I took this L-shaped light as my only pocket option on a 6 week road trip and I'm now hooked. There are a variety of options, including low-power, colored LEDs and strobe.

http://www.first-light-usa.com/

It takes some getting used to at first, but I definitely found the change from a small tube light to be easy enough.

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Old June 11, 2008, 06:35 PM   #10
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Wow!...those are very cool flashlights! I just might have to order one up. (as you may have guessed, I am a flashlight junkie)
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Old June 11, 2008, 07:05 PM   #11
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Yeah, the last time I was excited about a flashlight it was the original 6P......
The guys at First Light hit on something with the compact L shape.
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Old June 15, 2008, 02:18 PM   #12
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+1 for the Surefire E1E.
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Old June 21, 2008, 01:22 PM   #13
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SureFire 6P LED...have 2 of em, one at the bed side and one in my man-bag.

a bit spendy..but well worth it IMHO
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Old June 21, 2008, 01:48 PM   #14
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Take a look at the Surefire E2DL Defender LED. I carry one of these and really like it. It's thin and not to long with a great pocket clip and o-yea, a striker bezel.
http://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/...4531/sesent/00
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Old June 21, 2008, 01:55 PM   #15
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Fenix L1T V2.0

Around 90 lumens, runs off a single AA battery (I use rechargeables). Over an hour of runtime at the highest brightness level.

Less than 4" long.
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Old June 22, 2008, 11:28 AM   #16
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I just picked up the Leatherman Monarch, I got it at Costco for $30. It runs on 3 AAA batteries, has 140 Lumens. It is a bit heavy, but you can focus the beam and I like the fact it runs on regular batteries. It works pretty good from what the wife told me. We where on vacation this past week and she woke up around 2 one morning and wanted to find something in medicine bag and did not want to turn on one of the light so she grabbed the flashlight. Once she figured out that the button was on the bottom she turned it on, she was standing in front of the mirror at the vanity when she turned it on. The next thing I know she is waking me up cussing me that she can only see spots and I need to get her some medicine. I did and got her back to bed, I did the same thing she did and dang it was bright, the reflection of the light in the mirror and off the bag was blinding. I can see when this will make a great little night stand light. Also may take this when I take my street tactical gun classes. Still may have to find some of the other light you guys are talking about, now another thing to get hooked on.
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Old June 22, 2008, 03:18 PM   #17
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Surefire

I have the L1 from surefire. Pocket sized, single 123 battery LED light. Pushing the switch gives 10 Lumens halfway, 65 Lumens all the way in. Easy to switch from "find your car keys" to "blind the crook" with a little thumb pressure. More versatile and powerful than the E series lights. There was a design change so be sure to get the current version. Some early ones were like 7 and 15 Lumens and some are deceptively advertised on the web, amke sure you are getting the 10/65 version. I got two lights, two spare battery carriers, a couple of lanps for my 6P and G2, and a dozen or so batteries for around $250.
http://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/.../932/sesent/00
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Old June 26, 2008, 07:19 PM   #18
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What is the advantage of an LED light over the normal kind?
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Old June 26, 2008, 07:30 PM   #19
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Nailer, LEDs are more efficient, less fragile and lately brighter.
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Old June 26, 2008, 07:36 PM   #20
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LEDs are more efficient, less fragile and lately brighter.
And more importantly, IMO, is that the LED uses much less energy per unit of light output than an incandescent bulb. This means you are spending a lot less money on batteries.

The LED "bulb" also lasts (essentially) forever. I don't know anyone that has burned out an LED (but I am sure it has happened).
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Old June 26, 2008, 07:38 PM   #21
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more importantly, IMO, is that the LED uses much less energy per unit of light output than an incandescent bulb.
I call that efficient.
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Old June 26, 2008, 07:42 PM   #22
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I call that efficient.
Whoops.

I took it to mean efficient from a size standpoint, ie - more efficient packaging as the LED lights seem to be smaller than the incandescent lights for the same output (maybe that's just my imagination). My bad.
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Old June 26, 2008, 07:52 PM   #23
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No bad taken. Size is a "small" issue too. Add to that the throw is increased with smaller reflectors due to the footprint of the LED.
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