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Old February 28th, 2011, 06:05 PM   #1
 
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Holy Cow! I started by looking at just upgrading the bulbs to LED for my old school maglites and went down the path of "brightness" and confusion when I started to ponder just buying new ones. Any thougths on this? The replacement bulbs are still on the table but some of those are about the same price as a new light might be and I question the quality.

Do I even need those big clunkers anymore???

Should I try to stay with tradional batteries instead of the CR123 that seems to be widely used these days?

Hope to not have to buy something too expensive since I would like to replaces several of them.

I am sure someone has already traveled this path before. Most of my research found seems geared towards gun lights. Already have 2-3 TLR's. Hey, those use CR123....just maybe I should...hhhmmmm.



Thanks in advance for your thougths and input.
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New company making Cree lights...



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Old February 28th, 2011, 06:23 PM   #3
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Olight M30 triton. 700 lumens on high...... about 12 times brighter than a maglight. 1/3 the size. Longer run time. Has 3 modes and strobe! Replace the Maglight! All aluminum and even has a striking bezel! And weapon mountable. I have 2 and bought several for my family and they have all loved them!
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Old February 28th, 2011, 06:51 PM   #6
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Old February 28th, 2011, 06:58 PM   #7
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Don't forget those D size "old clunkers" are great when it comes to jabbin' the boogie man in the ribs or whackin' him upside the head. Easy enough to find batteries for and re-chargable batteries have come a LONG way too. Not that I don't have a couple small ones to. Just hard to give up a "reliable dog" .
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Best flashlght i have ever owned, It is LED and Rechargable . Save the money on batteries within half a year. Still have 2 surefires but they are back up for when power goes out and need to use batteries
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Old March 1st, 2011, 07:14 PM   #12
 
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Thanks....More homework. Great links, thanks to all for the input.

Trying to keep things affordable also. Can't see why a non-rechargeable light should cost so much at times. They are just flashlights not a MacGyver flashlights-LOL
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Old March 1st, 2011, 08:21 PM   #13
 
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Originally Posted by wma1968' post='290877' date='Mar 1 2011, 08:14 PM
Can't see why a non-rechargeable light should cost so much at times. They are just flashlights


They've come a LONG way from being "just flashlights." Once you've owned a good one you'll never say that again!



Fenix lights seem to be a great combination of price and performance. TK11 for only $56 is a fantastic option. Check out the reviews on this bad boy: http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-TK11R2-Level-P...9016&sr=8-1



Full disclosure, I own three of those! Two have been mounted on shotties with the optional pressure pads. They've never missed a beat even with the pounding the 12ga gives them. The 3rd sits on my night stand. The turbo mode is INSANE. I can turn the length of a football field from night to day with this little light.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 03:09 AM   #14
 
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Thanks Skyjump.....I was looking at that one also. I did an early morning impulse buy. Maybe I should have waited until the coffee was done-LOL Usually those things happen during the evening adult beverage time.

Now to look for who has those CR123 batteries at a steal. I think those have a long shelf life also.
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Originally Posted by wma1968' post='290922' date='Mar 2 2011, 04:09 AM
Now to look for who has those CR123 batteries at a steal. I think those have a long shelf life also.
If you bought the TK11, it can also take a single rechargable 18650 Lithium Ion cell (fairly long shelf life), I strongly recommend one with a protected circuit. Li-Ion cells require a specific charging cycle and should not be recharged with a Ni-Cad charger. I have a couple Fenix P3D lights that take 2 CR123 cells, and a Fenix TK15 that can take either 2 CR123 cells or one 18650 cell.
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