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Help me find one I'll actually carry!

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by steviesterno, Jul 25, 2017.

  1. steviesterno

    steviesterno Loaded Pockets

    Mar 1, 2015
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    1) Short Essay Question: What do you intend to use this light for?
    I want to be able to see stuff in dark, that's why I want one. But the truth is, I have a fire surefire 6P sized lights and they are too big to go in my pockets all the time. My wife said I'm too young for a tool pouch belt, so that's out. I got a fenix 1AA light, but it's fat and I don't seem to carry it. I put it on a key dangler and that helped, but I find i turn it on by accident and it's still kind of annoying. Plus it goes through 3 modes, but starts low and goes high. would rather High first and down if it has modes... so help me find something I'll actually have on my when the power goes out or I drop whatever baby toy under the couch...

    3) Price Range: An easy question, but you may change your mind after answering the rest! :broke:
    [ ] $1-15
    [ ] $15-30
    [ ] $40-60
    [ ] $80-$120
    [X ] I have no limit!

    4) Format:
    PART A
    [ X] I want a flashlight.
    [ ] I want a headlamp.
    [ ] I want a lantern.
    [ ] I want a portable spotlight.

    PART B
    [ X] 1-2 inches. (Keychain sized)
    [X ] 2-4 inches. (Pocket carry)
    [X ] 4-9 inches. (Holster carry)
    think pocket carry but deep pockets that a pen would fit in.

    PART C
    [ X] I prefer a long narrow light.
    [ ] I prefer a short wide light.
    [ ] Doesn't matter.

    PART D
    Lights of a similar size can be very different in weight and may turn the perfect sized light into a paper weight. In general a lights of the same size will stack up like this; plastic and aluminum will be your lighter choices brass, stainless steel, bronze will be heavier. I won't put numbers here because everyone has a different weight sensitivity. For the purposes of EDC specifically I'll limit the choices here to the more easily carried sizes pick 2 sizes to represent a range of weight.
    [ X] Very light, can't tell it's there.
    [ X] Light, no heavier than a few keys or a small car remote.
    [X ] Medium light, about the weight of a AAA MiniMag
    [X ] Medium, slightly heavier than a AA MiniMag
    [ ] Heavy Medium, can of Coke
    [ ] Heavy, PDA or small digital camera

    5) What kind of "bulb".
    [ ] LED - more rugged, unlikely to burn out in your lifetime, less accurate color rendition, in general less output but more efficient (longer runtimes)
    [ ] Incandescent - can be very bright, more accurate color rendition, burn out or can be damaged more easily, shorter runtimes, very noticeable dimming as batteries deplete
    [ ] HID - like new car headlights in color, very, very bright, can be had in lights as small as a Mag 2 D cell but generally larger spotlight sized lights, no dimming turns off when battery depletes
    [ X] Don't care, just want the best fit for my needs.

    6) What batteries do you want to use? Alkaline batteries are easier to find and less expensive but don't pack as much stored energy and are don't work well in cold temperatures. Lithium batteries have long shelf life (10+ years, great for stored emergency lights) and are not as affected by cold but must be kept dry and are more expensive. Rechargeable start expensive, but if used frequently pay off quickly.
    [ X] I want common Alkaline batteries. (AA, AAA, C, D)
    [ X] I want lithium batteries. (coin cells, CR123, AAA, AA...)
    [ ] I want a rechargeable system. (an investment, but best for everyday use)

    7) How much light do you want? Sometimes you can have too much light (trying to read up close up with a 100 lumen light is impossible).
    [ ] I want to read a map, find a light switch/keyhole, or get around the house at w/o disturbing anyone. (5-10 lumens)
    [ ] I want to walk around a generally paved area. (15-20 lumens)
    [ X] I want to walk unpaved trails. (40 lumens)
    [ X] I want to do Caving or Search & Rescue operations. (60+ lumens)
    [ X ] I want to light an entire campground or dazzle an intruder. (100+ lumens)

    8) Throw vs Flood: Which do you prefer, lights that flood an area with a wide beam, or lights that "throw" with a tightly focused beam? Place an “X” on the line below. Sometimes a flood is better particularly closer up or indoors. You won't have to "sweep" the light back and forth to see what you need to see. You can also just set it down pointing the general direction rather having to point it right at that which you are working.

    Throw (distance)---------X-------------|----------------------Flood/close-up

    9) Runtime: Not over-inflated manufacturer runtime claims (like some LED lights). but usable brightness measured from first activation to 50% with new batteries. Understand that runtime is a function of brightness and capacity of your batteries. If you want 6 hours you'll either have big batteries or dimmer light, they haven't made a setup yet that lights up like the sun, runs all night, and fits in your watch pocket. ;)
    [ ] 20 min. (I want the brightest light for brief periods)
    [ X] 60-240 min. (1-2 hours)
    [ ] 240-360 min. (4-6 hours)
    [ ] 360+ min. (More than 6 hours)

    10) Durability: Generally the old phrase “you get what you pay for” is very accurate for flashlights.
    [ ] Not Important (A “night-stand” light.)
    [ X] Slightly Important (Walks around the neighborhood.)
    [X ] Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box.)
    [ ] Critical (Police, Fire, Search & Rescue, Self-defense, Survival.)

    11) Switch Type:
    [ X] I don't care. I want to be able to flip it on one handed, in case it comes out with a gun
    [ ] sliding switch (Stays on until slid back.)
    [ ] clickie switch. (Stays on until pressed again.)
    [ ] momentary switch. (Only stays on while held down.)
    [ ] rotating switch

    12) Switch Location:
    [ X] I don't care.
    [ ] I want a push or sliding switch on the body near the head.
    [ ] I want a push switch on the back end of the body.
    [ ] I want a rotating head switch.
    [ ] I want a rotating end-cap switch.
    [ ] I want a remote control.

    13) Operational Modes: Check all that apply.
    [ X] A simple on-off is fine for me.
    [ X] I want 2 light levels. (Brighter/short runtime and Dimmer/long runtime.)
    [ ] I want multiple light levels. (some lights have 5-16 light levels.)
    [ ] I want a strobe mode. (blinks to show location.)
    [ ] I want a tactical strobe. (Flashes rapidly to disorient an opponent.)
    [ ] I want S.O.S. flashing

    14) Is it important whether the body is metal or plastic/composite? In this case "plastic" and it's variants does not mean "cheap" or poorly made. In many applications a plastic bodied light is preferable, hard use and water resistance comes to mind; think caving or lights that get dropped or abused.
    [ X] I don't care.
    [ ] I want a metal-bodied light.
    [ ] I want a plastic/composite light.

    15) Special Needs: Is there anything else you want or need that hasn't been mentioned? Circle any below or write in your own comment(s).
    [ ] Red (night vision preserving) filter
    [ ] Other filter colors (Amber, Green, Blue, _________)
    [X ] Waterproof – how deep: Not swimming, just getting soaked in the rain_____________
    [ X] Non-reflective/dark finish (stealthy/hard to find)
    [ ] Polished silver or brightly colored finish (for easy locating)
    [ ] Corrosion resistant or hard-anodized finish
    [ ] “Hybrid” light (bright incandescent combined with long running LEDs)
    [ ] Built-in second (or spare) lamp or filament
    [X ] Belt/Jacket clip- or a pocket clip maybe?
    [ ] Holster
    [ ] Wrist/Neck Lanyard
    [ ] Kuboton/self defense features
    [ ] Non-sparking Intrinsically Safe (IS) for use in explosive environments
  2. Blackheart

    Blackheart Loaded Pockets

    Sep 25, 2006
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    How do you see yourself carrying it? Loose in your pants pocket? Clipped to the top of your pocket? Clipped to your belt or somewhere else?

    My current fave edc light is the Thrunite T10T AA (Ti version), but it comes on in "firefly" mode. I prefer it this way so if I'm just looking for where to insert a key or some such task, I don't ruin my night vision.
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  3. baccar-3

    baccar-3 Loaded Pockets

    Apr 26, 2014
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    Olight i3e?
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  4. EZDog

    EZDog EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Dec 3, 2012
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    Streamlight ProTac AAA is great for this type of use.
    Small enough to be pretty unobtrusive but also powerful enough to get the job done and on standard AAA too.
    You can also easily change it from single mode to double and back,mine fires only the low mode for better battery life usually.
    Also has rear mounted Forward Click switch,ideal for use with a firearm if you need too!

    The Olight is a great little light but has no actual switch either.

    I also really like the ThruNite T10 series and the T5Ti is an AAA from them with equally great features only smaller.
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  5. steviesterno

    steviesterno Loaded Pockets

    Mar 1, 2015
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    Probably clipped into my pocket, so it stays vertical. I hate when the light or whatever turns sideways in a pocket. I carry my knife back right, gun on right hip, wallet/keys front right, phone front left, so I'm not sure where the light would go? maybe back left, but I don't want to sit on anything painful.
  6. Blackheart

    Blackheart Loaded Pockets

    Sep 25, 2006
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    Pretty sure you wouldn't like sitting on a light. Never tried it, myself, but it makes my butt hurt just thinking about it.
    Last edited by Blackheart, Jul 25, 2017
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  7. JLeePhoto

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    Jun 3, 2008
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    Since you presumably wear a carry belt you might consider keeping a light in a separate sheath on the belt on the off hand side. Then a tiny AAA or dedicated keychain light would serve as backup.

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  8. Blackheart

    Blackheart Loaded Pockets

    Sep 25, 2006
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    Here's another current fave light that I keep in my "man bag". Olight S2A Baton (2xAA):


    Has a deep carry clip for a pocket, or you can clip it to your belt or use a sheath.

    The modes:
    A single click on the light switch will power On the flashlight on the last memorized brightness level. Single clicking again will power Off the light. Long-pressing the light switch while on, will cycle through Low, Medium, High and Turbo Modes. Release the switch when you see the desired brightness level. While the flashlight is off, double clicking the light switch enables the Turbo Mode (features an intelligent thermal protection program that automatically dims to 300 Lumens after 3 minutes in Turbo Mode). Triple clicking the light switch, while the flashlight is off, will enable the Strobe Mode which produces a steady 10 Hz flash that can be used as a signal or to disorient a target. There's also a 3 minute and 9 minute timer mode. Another nice feature is that the tail end has a stand capability for hands-free candle lighting.

    The important part here is it has a memory of the last used brightness level, so it will come on in high if that's what you want.
  9. Tallboyjim

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    May 11, 2014
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    A thrunite t10 was one of the slimmest, thinnest rear clicker AA I could find. An eagletac, which I don't own, came close. I use mine for work and it disappears in my pocket without the use of a clip (which was good - I don't know about the newer model.) There are more expensive lights out there but mines taken a kicking over the two years I've owned it. YMMV of course.
  10. Chips177

    Chips177 Loaded Pockets

    Apr 9, 2016
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    Wow, it's been a while since I've seen this much love for the Thrunite T10. It's the one I carry everyday and love it. It clips onto my left rear pocket and it disappears unless I need it. You say you want more throw than flood, but the Thrunite is pretty floody. I've had a good mix of floods and throwers and have found that flood is much more practical for EDC.
  11. kidobscure

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    Jul 6, 2014
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    I carry a Thrunite T10 as well. Work as a night shift RN in a psych ward, got to do safety checks and this light is what I've been carrying. Its size is it's strength, not noticeable in my pockets and good lumens choices. Hasn't let me down yet and enough to light up a room entirely, able to tail stand, and more than enough to see the end of the hallway.
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  12. dml24

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    Sep 5, 2013
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    Let me offer a couple more options for you. The Fenix LD12,
    • Turbo - 14500: 320 Lumens (1 hour )Ni-MH: High-150 Lumens (1 hour 45 min)
    Med:14500: 70 Lumens (3 hour 30 min)/ Ni-MH: 70 Lumens (5 hour 40 min)
    Low: 14500: 5 Lumens (50 hour), Ni-MH: 5 Lumens (60 hour)

    Strobe - 14500: 320 Lumens

    The E25UE uses either 2XAA or 2X 14500 LiOn.
    Turbo - 14500: 1000 Lumens; 50 min
    • High
      • 14500: 350 Lumens; 2 hr. 15 min.
      • Ni-MH: 350 Lumens; 1 hr. 30 min.
      • Alkaline: 350 Lumens; 50 min.
    • Mid
      • 14500: 160 Lumens; 5 hr. 5 min.
      • Ni-MH: 160 Lumens; 4 hr. 35 min.
      • Alkaline: 160 Lumens; 2 hr. 10 min.
    • Low
      • 14500: 50 Lumens; 16 hr. 30 min.
      • Ni-MH: 50 Lumens; 13 hr. 25 min.
      • Alkaline: 50 Lumens; 13 hr. 10 min.
    • Eco
      • 14500: 5 Lumens; 95 hr.
      • Ni-MH: 5 Lumens; 100 hr.
      • Alkaline: 5 Lumens; 90 hr.
    • Strobe
      • 14500: 1000 Lumens
      • Ni-MH: 350 Lumens
      • Alkaline: 350 Lumens
    • SOS
      • 14500: 160 Lumens
      • Ni-MH: 160 Lumens
      • Alkaline: 160 Lumens
    The advantage that these lights offer is that you can use common AA batteries or for higher output, 14500 batteries.

    As other here have noted, this is a great time for anyone who collects lights or simple wants good quality lights with a variety of operating parameters.
  13. Revival

    Revival Loaded Pockets

    Mar 22, 2013
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    Which Fenix AA light (that you consider fat), do you currently have?
  14. Lateck

    Lateck Loaded Pockets

    Jan 31, 2011
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    I carry 2 Olights. A S10R and S30R 2 Baton lights. 1 on a keyring and the larger in my pocket. Both are rechargeable and very versatile. I also has smaller lights on me. 1 in my multitool case and a smaller rechargeable on my car keyring.

    You can't go wrong with an Olight or any of the newer lights.

  15. steviesterno

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    sorry for the late reply... but the one I have that I think is fat is a fenix E13. it's not crazy, but it doesn't seem to carry well for me.
  16. G39

    G39 Loaded Pockets

    Aug 1, 2017
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    Some people prefer stuff they carry based on reality than some dude fidgeting with a light to make it fail.

    An olight with the R at the end carried for a purpose other than playing with or collecting will never have that problem. I carry my tater tots in a lunch box as well.

    It has been dropped in mud puddles and pouring rained on so far. Reality of real life use greatly contradicts you insisting I carry steel wool in my pocket.

    Listening to someone tell me my light will light the steel wool in my pocket is exactly dumb as you hitting yours with a hammer. Difference is I use my light, and use a hammer. I bet my olight stands better chance of being hammered as I use the magnetic tail cap and failing rather than this youtube super stars made up failure. It is what it is. Nice thing about the H1R and magnetic cap is the light shines on the same plane I'm working on. It ain't spontaneously combusted on me yet lmao.

    Some people don't have a use for a light so they fiddle with them, I get it. But that dramatic :censored: has got you fully mesmerized lmao.

    Have a good day, I'm actually going out to work in a dark area of my pole barn and the clouds are thick. The H1R as it already has will stick to some metal and give me light. I'll put it back in the head band when I'm done.
  17. Kev2488

    Kev2488 Loaded Pockets

    Sep 12, 2013
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    I think the Foursevens Mini mk2 fits the bill. Just received mine today i have the copper version but the Alu version is around $40 to $50. Ive compared it to My T10T for size comparison.[​IMG][​IMG]

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  18. flux

    flux Loaded Pockets

    May 26, 2014
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    I have to join the thrunite t10 fan-train. thrunite t10 in stainless steel and NW has been with me 2 1/2 years every f*n day. the T10 stainless is brilliant. it has an awesome pocket clip and got it clipped to my back pocket, but I never sit on it, because it doesnt move, the clip is just perfect. easy to pull out, but it never will slide sideways. modes are perfect for checking small kids sleeping on low or reading stuff in the night, medium is all around useful and high rolls out >100 lumens. have had this in water, on the beach, sand was around it was dropped on concrete, I never cleaned it, it just works. this light rocks. and in stainless it is a beauty on top of that.
    #18 flux, Sep 19, 2017
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