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Recommendations on Rechargeable LED Tactical Flashlights

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Sputnik40, Oct 22, 2017.

  1. Sputnik40

    Sputnik40

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    Just clueless with all the options and figure there has to be some lighting folks here who have a solid opinion.

    Not looking for cheap, but something that will last and hold a decent charge.

    Thanks. Bill.
     
  2. IanB

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    I've got a half dozen like this, they are CHEAP, but they are also the very best flashlights I've ever owned. Zoom lense goes from wide flood output to focused beam, throws light a LONG way, rechargeable batteries, and they're tough. I have enough of them that I leave them in all our vehicles, hiking backpack, garage light, etc for much less than the cost of a single name brand light. 3-mode is nice so you aren't going through various strobe settings to get back to the low/high that you'd normally use.

    Put my buddy's snap on light to shame, that thing cost him $300 and was as long as your forearm, he was both very upset, and impressed, lol.

    UltraFire SH98 910lm 3-Mode White Light Zooming Flashlight w/ XM-L T6
     
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    ^ those lights can be found all over amazon and ebay under different "brands" and names. if you search cree flashlight you'll see them. I highly doubt it puts out 910 lumens like dx.com is stating but they are decently bright for the size.

    http://amzn.to/2xgL71J

    5 pack
    http://amzn.to/2y02mUs
     
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    I'm sure the lumen output rating is less than advertised, but it was still enough to absolutely SHAME a $300 fancy brand name flashlight that was 5X the size.
     
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    I have had great success with Fenix brand lights. I have a couple of single AA cell lights that have right at 100 lm output and great battery life. I think mine are E10 model, later replaced by the E12. For a small, pocket or EDC light, they are great. They use standard batteries but you could replace them with rechargeable AA if you wanted to. I never have.

    I also have another Fenix model PD35. It is a fantastic light that can run on 18650 rechargeable. You will spend between $80-120 depending on what you get with the light but that will include a charger and battery. Max output is right at 1000 lm. It is a great, clean light output and has 5 levels of light.

    Both are good values. I know you can buy a cheaper light for less money, and I have plenty of those, but it's good to have a quality torch when you need it.
     
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    coming from the old mag-lite ( 3D and 4D ) which I still have and own ( replaced bulbs with LED years ago ) I'm pretty sure there are better 8 lummens wise ) options there days .. but same quality .. .

    The ones I have Mag - Lite one have close to 20 years with me ..
     
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    I've been a huge fan of Fenix lights for years!

    If you're looking for a flashlight that is bombproof, works all the time, and has great customer service to back the product up, buy Fenix.

    I have no relationship to the company, aside from being a happy customer.

    We currently own a pair of ~ 5 year old units that take 4 AA batteries (E21BK); a rechargeable model that's been a mainstay of our homestead (RC10), and a number of E12 lights. I also gave my folks an RC15 for X-mas in 2014, and they love it.

    If you need 100% reliability in a flashlight (aside from user-serviceable batteries), look no further.

    https://www.fenixlighting.com/
     
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    i like my stream light stinger, good light out put and smaller size. i also have a stream light survivor for my turn out gear and thats excellent but its a right angle light
     
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    I ended up ordering these. I love(d) the rechargeable Fenix I had, but the :princess: has lost / misplaced it.

    For now, these cheap units have been working great for taking our dogs out at night, and general use around the property.
     
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    On a whim, I ordered this unit, too.

    Complete junk, don't waste your time / $$. Feels cheap, lens cover doesn't secure well. Throws a long beam, yes, but it's super narrow, and I think one drop / use in the wet, and it would be dead.
     
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    Fenix PD35 FTW. Solid performer. Get one when they go on sale.
     
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