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CR123-powered beacons, flashers, etc.

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by kirbysdl, Jan 8, 2013.

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    kirbysdl Loaded Pockets

    In short, what are the options besides the somewhat spendy Glotoob Lithium?

    Must haves:

    - Single CR123A power
    - Wide-angle visibility
    - Not simultaneously larger than and more expensive than the Glotoob Lithium. One is ok, not both.
    - Keychain-style carry/attachment option (not clip-only)

    Would be nice to haves:

    - LiFeP04 compatibility
    - Varying intensity for different use cases
    - Small overall size
    - Durable, splash-resistant or better

    If the battery requirement seems odd, it's because I've chosen to consolidate everything on CR123s. I know there are a ton of safety beacons/flashers/etc. out there that use coin cells or AAA/AA cells, but I'm looking for CR123-based products. Thanks!

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    Thanks for the link! Bigger and more expensive, but cool nonetheless. I especially like the glove-friendly mode switch and the multiple color options on the single device.
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    Solarforce host, a P60 drop-in LED w/ strobe mode, and a Solarforce lantern head.
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    Something tells me that's again likely both larger and more expensive than the Glotoob solution. Is that untrue?

    Thanks for the ideas, anyway. That lantern head is really interesting. =)

    EDIT: The price seems comparable to the Glotoob Lithium's ~$45 selling price, but it would be considerably larger. Is there a lantern head for E-sized Surefire flashlights?
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    Why not a small 123 light with a custom diffuser?
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    tmedina EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Not a commercially built one, that I'm aware of.

    You can get a one-cell Solarforce host, a 3volt drop-in, and match that to the lantern. It'll be pushing the $45 cap, but also give a lot more options overall.
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    My 47 Quark mini Ti 123 just arrived today and I love it to bits.
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    I dunno diddly about Surefire lights....had two, years ago....both were a FAIL.
    I'm sure they're better now, but I dunno about E-sizes or lanterns for them.

    I was just reading your post, scratching my head, et pitching out a $45 alternative....And: I have nothing against GloToobs.


    The Solarforce solution I mentioned gives you several options a GloToob doesn't.

    A small 123A light that unscrews from the lantern, as a stand-alone light, if needed.
    A stand-alone light with....hmm.....4 modes + strobe?
    Choose: Floodier LED....or Throwier LED? (Either will work great with the lantern head!)
    A stand-alone light with ~200 honest out-the-front lumens on high?
    A stand-alone light, with lantern on, whose 2nd gear is still gonna be brighter than a GloToob?
    Whose 3rd or 4th gear, with lantern on, will light a good-sized camp?
    Moonlight mode for inside the tent?
    5 speeds to choose from?

    Not trying to argue, et I hope this helps!
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    I have that Inova 24/7 above, it is great for the blinky/flashy thing, but it sucks for anything else. I'm with the other folks that suggest getting a decent flashlight that will multitask - the essence of EDC. Spend a bit more, but get a much more versatile tool.

    I would suggest the Eagletac D25C Clicky for this purpose since it has the best selection of blinkies I've yet seen in a light, not to mention is tiny in size, has a long running moonlight, and is one of the brightest 1x123s out there for a reasonable price.

    Blinkies are: strobe, variable frequency strobe, SOS, fast SOS (looks like a random blinky), 10 sec beacon, 0.5 second 100% blinky, 1 second 50% blinky.

    Lastly, here's a wallet-carry diffuser/reflector that I use for lantern duty while camping and during black outs. Taped to the back of the card are colored discs of plastic film that I can lay on the lens for emergency signaling.... CLICKY.
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    What's wrong with a glotoob lithium? I love mine.

    tmedina EDC Junkie!!!!!

    I have one as well as an emergency blinker stashed in my bag. Pricey, but pretty tough for what you're paying. I do hate their UI - I think 13 modes is absurd overkill. But as beacons go, all you need is a blinking light source - and you can manage that with any ten of the 13 pre-sets.

    Another possibility to explore is a cr123 headlamp that also has a blinker or strobe function. I'm not a big fan of Zebra lights because their UI gives me a headache, but it can be used as a headlamp or has a blinker function. I've used a Princeton Tec "Remix" with strobe to mark a position before, but the Remix uses 3 AAAs.
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    Hi folks, thanks for all the ideas and thoughts. I'm sorry I didn't mention that I already carry a couple lights. I'm merely looking to expand my capability by adding a safety blinker similar to those used by bikers, joggers, etc. I'm pretty down on bad unitaskers as well, but on the other hand I really appreciate purpose-built tools that excel in their niche, especially since I can often find alternate uses for such things.

    @el chupacabra, in the end it's probably down to the Glotoob Lithium if I want to hit all of the desired characteristics... and that's not a bad thing. I don't have anything against it as a device. As something I'd have to purchase it seems a bit expensive, but as this thread shows there isn't a real apples-to-apples competitor for it so they can pretty much charge what they want.

    @reppans, did you build that reflector yourself? If not, where did you get it?

    Lastly, if anyone knows of an E-sized lantern attachment, that would be pretty awesome for power outages and such. I'm not against the idea entirely, but I can't see myself using it as a safety flasher. Thanks!

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    Kirby if its an consolation, I loved mine so much I bought a second. They are handy little buggers.

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    Business card, piece of aluminum foil tape and on back 2 twisty-ties w/clear packing tape to set angle and provide integrity.
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    I just went looking for my old A23 model last night. My excuse was going to be "might as well get a CR123 one if the battery is dead." Now I can't find it at all, which is arguably a better excuse for the same outcome. ;)

    @reppans, thanks!