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#1 luckydawg13

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:12 PM

I'm looking for some suggestions for a good EDC / nightstand Flash light needs to be under $75. and have a good run time 

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:22 PM

https://www.powertac.com/Item/E5G4

I’ve got 2. One I’ve had for 5 years. $69 on Amazon.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:27 PM

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:28 PM

Thanks looks good 


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:31 PM

I was going to suggest Fenix too.  I have 2, one in the car, one at the bedside. 

Uses USB charger. 



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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:48 PM

+1 for Fenix. I have the PD35 TAC, and I bought the FX-LD02 for my wife to use at work (late night face checks on the patients/inmates). And for what it's worth, hers survived a full wash cycle through our washing machine lol.

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 06:50 PM

Avoid the really small Streamlight.  I forget which model, but I believe it takes one AAA battery.  That thing was trash.  

 

ETA:  left out one A for the battery size.  


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:05 PM

+1 for Fenix. I have the PD35 TAC, and I bought the FX-LD02 for my wife to use at work (late night face checks on the patients/inmates).

And for what it's worth, hers survived a full wash cycle through our washing machine lol.

that is a plus for me I have to look in my wife's tip jar all the time for things I Lost

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Posted 16 May 2018 - 07:31 PM

A good battery powered flashlight is essential for many reasons. Re-chargeable lights are handy, but what if the power is out?

Output is important too. For EDC I have a few that are dual lumen. 50 on low, 600 on high.  Look at all available on Amazon and remember some of them use special batteries that can be expensive. Sales are always available for the batteries if you keep an eye out for them.

This one has served me well and we own a few of them, car, nightstand, range bag. Wherever you need light!

 

https://www.amazon.c...ec-ffa842b30098


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Posted 16 May 2018 - 08:19 PM

I have a number of these. A little outside your budget, but very reliable, and extremely bright.

https://www.amazon.c...t/dp/B00T8J9FGO
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Posted 16 May 2018 - 10:36 PM

Avoid the really small Streamlight.  I forget which model, but I believe it takes one AAA battery.  That thing was trash.  

 

ETA:  left out one A for the battery size.  

 

I have the Streamlight Microstream and love it. It uses one AAA battery and I have never had a bit of trouble out of it. In fact I use it every day for one reason or another and I have owned it for 3 years now. It is only 35 lumens though.I also carry a Fenix PD 20 with it set on turbo setting for 180 lumens out od a flashlight a tad over 3" . I don't think the PD20 is made any longer though.



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 04:26 AM

I have a couple of these:

 

https://smile.amazon...-1&keywords=m2t

 

They use either one 18650 or two CR123A Battery.



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:01 AM

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 08:08 AM

 

Avoid the really small Streamlight.  I forget which model, but I believe it takes one AAA battery.  That thing was trash.  

 

ETA:  left out one A for the battery size.  

 

I have the Streamlight Microstream and love it. It uses one AAA battery and I have never had a bit of trouble out of it. In fact I use it every day for one reason or another and I have owned it for 3 years now. It is only 35 lumens though.I also carry a Fenix PD 20 with it set on turbo setting for 180 lumens out od a flashlight a tad over 3" . I don't think the PD20 is made any longer though.

 

That's surprising to hear.  I've had two that died, one just died for no reason, and the other had the battery vent more than once.  

 

My uncle had a few of these, and had similar issues....dead, or venting batteries.  


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 09:44 AM

Olight is my favorite. Also like Streamlight and Fenix. I use a Streamlight Protac 2AA at work every day (juvenile detention officer), it's held up for 5 years so far and that's with my coworkers stealing it all the time and I know it's been dropped alot.

To give a truly good recommendation though, a few questions...

What size do you want? I'm talking pen sized, Magic Marker sized, etc..
How many lumens do you want? Do you want something with high/low/strobe capability? Or something you can change the programming of? Or just one brightness level?
Do you want something with more commonly available batteries (AA, AAA, etc.) Or are you ok with using CR123/18650 batteries? Speaking of CR123/18650, do you want something rechargable? Do you want something reschargable via USB or a charging station?

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 10:07 AM

 

 

Avoid the really small Streamlight.  I forget which model, but I believe it takes one AAA battery.  That thing was trash.  

 

ETA:  left out one A for the battery size.  

 

I have the Streamlight Microstream and love it. It uses one AAA battery and I have never had a bit of trouble out of it. In fact I use it every day for one reason or another and I have owned it for 3 years now. It is only 35 lumens though.I also carry a Fenix PD 20 with it set on turbo setting for 180 lumens out od a flashlight a tad over 3" . I don't think the PD20 is made any longer though.

 

That's surprising to hear.  I've had two that died, one just died for no reason, and the other had the battery vent more than once.  

 

My uncle had a few of these, and had similar issues....dead, or venting batteries.  

 

I have had 2, lost the first one and have had this one for a couple years,both were beat to heck and never gave me a problem. I don't go anywhere without it.



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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:10 AM

I've kept the same 3 for 10+ years. They all went through multiple deployments with me and more IED strikes than I can count. I EDC the original E2D that I picked up in late 2006 or 2007 and it has yet to fail me. You can find them used on ebay for between $50 and $60 all the time.
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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:38 AM

I add my endorsement for Olight...

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Posted 17 May 2018 - 11:52 AM

I have 4 or 5 of these, they come with the battery, recharging cord, and  the company has awesome customer service. You can buy 3 of these for the price of the name brand lights. 

 

900 very bright Lumens on High

 

Have a look 

 

https://www.amazon.c...customerReviews


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 12:44 PM

That's more my price. Shame it doesnt have a clip to attach to the inside of the pocket tho...


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 04:16 PM

Olight is my favorite. Also like Streamlight and Fenix. I use a Streamlight Protac 2AA at work every day (juvenile detention officer), it's held up for 5 years so far and that's with my coworkers stealing it all the time and I know it's been dropped alot.

To give a truly good recommendation though, a few questions...

What size do you want? I'm talking pen sized, Magic Marker sized, etc..
How many lumens do you want? Do you want something with high/low/strobe capability? Or something you can change the programming of? Or just one brightness level?
Do you want something with more commonly available batteries (AA, AAA, etc.) Or are you ok with using CR123/18650 batteries? Speaking of CR123/18650, do you want something rechargable? Do you want something reschargable via USB or a charging station?

1# size small enough to fit in my pocket big enough to use as a weapon so maybe 4" x 1"

2# lumens ? high / low no strobe 

3# batteries I'm good with 123 

4# rechargeable  no    


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Posted 17 May 2018 - 07:02 PM

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Avoid the really small Streamlight.  I forget which model, but I believe it takes one AAA battery.  That thing was trash.  
 
ETA:  left out one A for the battery size.
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I have the Streamlight Microstream and love it. It uses one AAA battery and I have never had a bit of trouble out of it. In fact I use it every day for one reason or another and I have owned it for 3 years now. It is only 35 lumens though.I also carry a Fenix PD 20 with it set on turbo setting for 180 lumens out od a flashlight a tad over 3" . I don't think the PD20 is made any longer though.i have one for several years now. Carry it everyday. Never a problem that wasn’t a battery related. Batterys today aren’t very robust. Drop it and the battery either doesn’t function, quits as it warms up, or is intermittent. Love it
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That's surprising to hear.  I've had two that died, one just died for no reason, and the other had the battery vent more than once.  
 
My uncle had a few of these, and had similar issues....dead, or venting batteries.
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I have had 2, lost the first one and have had this one for a couple years,both were beat to heck and never gave me a problem. I don't go anywhere without it.[/quote]

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Posted 18 May 2018 - 09:53 PM

 

1# size small enough to fit in my pocket big enough to use as a weapon so maybe 4" x 1"

2# lumens ? high / low no strobe 

3# batteries I'm good with 123 

4# rechargeable  no    

 

 

With that in mind, here's what I'd recommend...

 

Streamlight ProTac 2L, $43.89

https://www.amazon.c...s/dp/B00396S1Q2

This one comes as high/low/strobe, but you can set it to high only or low/high using their TenTap system.  It's lower on lumens than the Olight choices, but still a very good light and 350 lumens is plenty for most situations.

 

Olight S2 Baton, $49.95

https://www.amazon.c...g/dp/B01EF4ULDM

This one is a side switch, not a tail switch if that matters.  It also has more than 2 brightness settings.

 

Olight M2T Warrior, $69.99

https://www.amazon.c...p/dp/B079C4NSPZ

This does have a strobe, but in my experience with Olight they make you have to be pretty intentional to activate it.  Also has more than 2 brightness settings.  If you want the best combo for carry AND nightstand duty, IMO this would be my choice.

 

Olight M1X Striker, $59.95

https://www.amazon.c...l/dp/B011HJ05SY

Pretty much everything I said for the M2T Warrior applies to this as well.  This has the most aggressive bezel I've seen, making it great as a last ditch weapon.  Also makes it a little more likely to cause unwanted wear on your pocket, something to consider for EDC.  This is my personal nightstand light.

 

Fenix PD32 (2016), $62.95

https://www.amazon.c...fenix pd32 2016

This does have strobe, but like others you have to be pretty intentional to access it.


Edited by BigBL87, 18 May 2018 - 09:57 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 06:16 AM

I would like to thank you all for all of the help   and BigBL87 nice wright up on all the lights    going to get this one 

Fenix Flashlights FX-PD35TAC Flashlight, 


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Posted 19 May 2018 - 07:26 AM

Thats a nice light. Actually had it up to add to the list but since the PD32 is similar and cheaper, decided not to. I'm sure you'll be happy with it!

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Posted 19 May 2018 - 09:38 AM

I have a Sure Fire Z2 Combat Light. They have an odd size battery that is expensive but they will store for a long long time. I bought my last couple batteries at Lowes, Sure Fire brand. I would recommend them to anyone that wants to spend the money. They will blind anyone that you shine in their eyes.

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 11:30 AM

Fenix

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Posted 20 May 2018 - 12:02 PM

I just sent for the fenix FX PD35TAC  for just under $60 shipped 


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Posted 28 May 2018 - 06:28 AM

I received my flashlight on Friday  have been using it over the weekend  its perfect for my use not too big that i cant carry it in my pocket   or to small for my nightstand 

 at  3 am  bump in the night  easy to turn on and off 

   

 Thank you all     


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Posted 28 May 2018 - 10:36 AM

2fd0181f16ead0206f29ce92fbd6f7f8.jpg Just won that yesterday. Very impressed with it so far. A little large for EDC, but good for a bug out bag.

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