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December 21, 2012, 11:31 AM
I need help deciding on a light. I have a stream light V2 but it took a dump on me, even with new batteries its a no go. Im looking for something for $50 dollars or under, preferably with a holster. Compact too. Thanks for any help.

December 21, 2012, 01:37 PM
I think its around 75 but I have a 5.11 light that I absolutely love. It's as bright but lasts a lot longer than most of my buddies surefires. Made it through monsoon season in southern arizona working outisde most of the time and is still going strong. Might be worth a look if you can spend a little more. I also have a little one cell streamlight as my backup that has worked well so far. I forget which model it was.

December 21, 2012, 01:51 PM
You might want to check out meritline.com. They have all sorts of inexpensive and bright CREE lights. I have purchased two and both have worked flawlessly. One is the same lumen rating as a brand name I have, except it is slightly smaller and cost $19 instead of $90.

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December 22, 2012, 02:06 AM
Streamlight Protac 2L...it's an excellent and very popular flashlight for EDC.

Cree XR-E LED, 180 lumen high, 10 lumen low, and strobe modes. It pierces the darkness and projects like nobody's business. You don't even feel it with it clipped inside your pocket. It's a great compromise between lumen output and size. You can get them on Amazon.com for around $45 with free shipping.



Ben Towe
December 22, 2012, 06:22 PM
I just bought a NEBO light to mount on a Picatinny rail and it seems like a good one. I had a Streamlight that crapped out as well. The NEBO is cheaper and it can't be any sorrier.

December 23, 2012, 04:29 AM
I'm a big fan of Fenix flashlights and have their LD20 (http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-LD20-180-Lumen-Flashlight/dp/B004CXNY3G) AA powered flashlights in almost every room and trade off between their CR123 powered PD20 (http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-PD20-Lumens-Waterproof-Flashlight/dp/B004DVGKKG) and PD32 (http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-PD32-Compact-Lumen-Flashlight/dp/B0062PVSGW) for my EDC depending on how much fighlight I feel like carrying. All of three run about $50. I have their larger products in my car (TK35 (http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-Upgraded-Lumens-Flashlight-Black/dp/B009RJCRFG)) and bug out bag (TK11 (http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-TK11-285-Lumen-Cree-Flashlight/dp/B003EGGY70)) but those don't fit the budget.