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Old October 10th, 2010, 05:00 PM   #1
 
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Hi, I am on the market for all-around flashlight small enough not to leave it at home, and maybe to use as a tac-light . If someone could point me in the right direction that would be great.



Here some things I wish this light had



1 4" or smaller

2 using AA or AAA batteries

3 capable of 5 hours or more of working with one set of batteries

4 all-weather body (preferably aluminum)

5 lanyard or key chain

6 has at least 2 modes hi/low beams (strobe would be nice but not necessary)

7 under $50.00 or so



Thank you

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Old October 10th, 2010, 05:19 PM   #2
 
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Led lenser makes one www.coastPortland.com they have some nice ones I have 3 of their units and they all work great. The p7 is my favorite but they have a slightly smaller one that has a rail mount.

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Originally Posted by VicPhoenix' post='274670' date='Oct 11 2010, 02:00 AM
Hi, I am on the market for all-around flashlight small enough not to leave it at home, and maybe to use as a tac-light . If someone could point me in the right direction that would be great.



Here some things I wish this light had



1 4" or smaller

2 using AA or AAA batteries

3 capable of 5 hours or more of working with one set of batteries

4 all-weather body (preferably aluminum)

5 lanyard or key chain

6 has at least 2 modes hi/low beams (strobe would be nice but not necessary)

7 under $50.00 or so



Thank you

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Old October 10th, 2010, 08:08 PM   #3
 
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Led lenser makes one www.coastPortland.com they have some nice ones I have 3 of their units and they all work great. The p7 is my favorite but they have a slightly smaller one that has a rail mount.

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Thank you for the link. Great site! I have already found something that would work for me but I want to take a look at the light that you have recommended. It seems like they do not have the one with the rail anymore. They sell rail adapters separately. Is that what you meant?
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Old October 10th, 2010, 08:16 PM   #4
 
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Surefire makes some great LED lights, but may be a bit out of the $50 price range. Surefire
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Old October 10th, 2010, 09:15 PM   #5
 
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I'm very happy with my Surefire 6p LED (on my rifle) and 6p LED Defender. They a bit above your budget and use CR123a batteries (widely available though) but excellent multi-purpose flashlights. If I were in the market for a new handheld multi-purpose flashlight today, I'd look at either the Insight HX120 or HX150 because of their flexible features as well as their lifetime warranty (Surefire's warranty also covers anything but the lamp and batteries).
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Old October 11th, 2010, 04:59 AM   #6
 
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What about Streamlight? Most Fireman depend on Streamlight around here. One that fits your criteria is the PT 1AA, looks like you can get it for less than $50. Optics Planet



If I were to choose for a "Keychain Flashlight", I would pick the Surefire Titan IMHO. However it breaks about 2 or more of your criterias.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 06:09 AM   #7
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Give these guys a look see - www.fenixlight.com - and, another good company - www.4sevens.com - both companies make outstanding products at reasonable prices.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 09:48 AM   #8
 
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i bought this itp flashlight at a local gun show a few years back, model cr7 which appears to be out of production now. though the model fits all of your criteria, except i'm not sure what the run time is. i can say i got it in december of 2008 and haven't yet changed the battery, and i use it fairly often. i believe i paid around $40 for it. you may be able to find some on closeout.





*edited to add pic
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Old October 11th, 2010, 02:43 PM   #9
 
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I own an OLIGHT M300 Triton. It doesnt fit your description but I can say I am happy with the quality of it. If they follow through with this quality to their other products I would say try one of their T series under Outdoor Flashlights.



T20-T R5

LED: Cree XP-G R5, life span up to 50000 hours

Maximum output: 270 Lumens.

Dimensions: L 123mm (4.84) x D 24 mm (0.94)

Weight: 58g / 2.05oz (Excluding Battery)

Battery: 2x CR123A (Non Rechargeable) or Rechargeable li-ion either 2x RCR123A 3.7v battery

Functions: three output levels 270lm(130minutes)-150lm(320minutes)-8lm(84hrs), strobe



T15-T R5

LED: Cree XP-G R5, life span up to 50000 hours

Maximum output: 115 Lumens

Dimensions: L 103mm (4.06) x D 21.6mm (0.85).

Weight: 48g / 1.69oz (Excluding Battery)

Battery: Uses 1x AA Alkaline, Lithium 1.5v cell, or

Rechargeable NiMH AA 1.2v & Li-ion 3.7v 14500 battery.

Functions: Three brightness 130lm(40minutes)-100lm(45minutes)-3.5lm(72hrs) plus strobe



T10-T R5

LED: Cree XP-G R5, life span up to 50000 hours

Maximum output: 210 Lumens.

Dimensions: L 88mm (3.46) x D 21.6mm (0.85),

Weight: 36g /1.27oz(Excluding Battery)

Battery: Uses 1x CR123A Lithium 3.0V cell, or Rechargeable Li-ion 3.7v 16340 / RCR123 battery.

Functions: Three brightness 210lm/70minutes-100lm/200minutes-5lm/84hrs plus Strobe



http://www.olightworld.com/index.asp



They are priced between $50-$60
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Old October 11th, 2010, 02:51 PM   #10
 
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Originally Posted by nexy' post='274745' date='Oct 11 2010, 01:48 PM
i bought this itp flashlight at a local gun show a few years back, model cr7 which appears to be out of production now. though the model fits all of your criteria, except i'm not sure what the run time is. i can say i got it in december of 2008 and haven't yet changed the battery, and i use it fairly often. i believe i paid around $40 for it. you may be able to find some on closeout.





*edited to add pic


Crazy... I had never heard of this brand before. It turns out, its the same company as OLIGHT the phone numbers are even the same! It looks like OLIGHT might use new LEDS but Im not sure.
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Old October 11th, 2010, 04:33 PM   #11
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I bought two of this one from Gander Mountain and it will blind you in daylight and at night, it looks like a searchlight. Best flashlight I've ever had. The one reviewer that said it went from high beam to off, without going to low beam was using it wrong. It goes from high to low to flashing when you first turn it on. If it's been on for more than a few seconds on high, it will go straight to off and it's made to do that.



http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/prod...mp;merchID=4005



Do a Google search for batteries. I bought a dozen pack of 123 lithium batteries for $20. which included shipping. They have a shelf life of over 10 years.
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Old October 12th, 2010, 06:26 PM   #12
 
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Originally Posted by VicPhoenix' post='274705' date='Oct 11 2010, 04:08 AM
Thank you for the link. Great site! I have already found something that would work for me but I want to take a look at the light that you have recommended. It seems like they do not have the one with the rail anymore. They sell rail adapters separately. Is that what you meant?
Yes that's what I meant they have a model that is made to go on to a rail adapter which is sold seperately. A momentary remote switch is also available
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Old October 12th, 2010, 08:10 PM   #13
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I've been using a Fenix P3D for years and have given them as gifts.







pretty much my perfect light except for a few little things, two can be easily overcome:



Reverse clicky, which can be replaced with a Forward clicky.

CR123 batteries last a long time but can be a pain if you don't keep a couple spares around.

Smooth sides.



I use it a number of times every day, we've replaced the batteries twice in ~4 years.



Fenix has since introduced their PD30. They addressed the smooth side problem and added 25% more light. It can be had for about $85 with a sweet holster, or $65 without.







If you need a AA flashlight Fenix has a generous selection using either 1,2,3, or 4 AA batteries, all with excellent runtimes.
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Old January 12th, 2011, 05:22 PM   #14
 
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I realize this is old but I'm going to chime in here on the OP's original requirements, though at a superb price, thanks to CREE technology. I picked up this light, black version, at Wal-Mart a couple nights ago for $17.88 before tax. It a Coleman model# 2000004481. It utilizes a high powered, energy efficient Cree XR-C led powered by 3 AAA batteries. It's rated at 90 lumens, more than enough to disrupt an assailant's night-adapted vision, and has a manufacturer rated run time of 9.5 hours (info from packaging). The tail cap activation switch has a forward clicky type switch that feels very positive, sunken into a recessed bezel which will help to prevent accidental activation. It also has a very nice strike bezel, as can be seen in the pic. I know there are higher performing, 'nicer' flashlights/tac-lights out there, I personally have a SureFire G2L as my EDC light, alongside a slew of other high powered LED lights. So what's the benefit to this light? That's simple for me, I can get the same high quality light output of a CREE led and reliability of aluminum construction in a sub $20 package. That means it won't hurt too bad if I lose it in the field or have to leave it behind for any reason. In fact, I'm gonna head back tomorrow and pick up the other 2 they had left on the shelf, just to keep one in each of my vehicles.



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Old January 12th, 2011, 05:36 PM   #15
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fenix L2D or LD20

fenix L1D or LD10

fenix P3D or PD30



Olight T10

Olight T15

Olight T20



theres so many great lights and all of them have more features then you will ever need but options are always great, honestly once you start researching LED's your going to get addicted and start buying more lights an experiment take my warning buy 1 light that suits your needs.
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