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I Need Another Flashlight (Checklist Inside)

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by Simsmac0o, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Simsmac0o

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    I've realized that I'm in need of a brighter, more versatile light to complement the Maratac AA that I EDC, but I need some help. There are just too many lights to choose from...

    1) Short Essay Question: What do you intend to use this light for?

    This flashlight will be used for nighttime walks and hikes, camping, nighttime wildlife spotting, as a candle when the power goes out, and whenever my Maratac AA (85 lm. max) isn't bright enough. It will usually be stored in a backpack, but if I'm hiking or camping, I'd prefer to have it in my pocket or in my hand attached to my wrist via a lanyard.

    3) Price Range:
    [x] $40-60 [I'm willing to stretch this price range if need be]

    4) Format:
    PART A
    [x] I want a flashlight.

    PART B
    Length:
    [x] 4-9 inches. (Holster carry) [or slightly longer pocket carry, i.e. 5"]

    PART C
    Width:
    [x] I prefer a long narrow light.

    PART D
    Weight:
    [x] Medium, slightly heavier than a AA MiniMag
    [x] Heavy Medium, can of Coke
    [x] Heavy, PDA or small digital camera

    5) What kind of "bulb"?
    [x] LED

    6) What batteries do you want to use?
    [x] 2x AA Alkaline

    7) How much light do you want?
    I want a flashlight with several (4-7) non-strobe/SOS modes, with a low mode of at least ≤5 lumens (a moonlight mode would be ideal), and a max brightness of ~140-200 lumens, the brighter the better.

    8) Throw vs Flood:
    Throw (distance)------------------X----|----------------------Flood/close-up
    [I'm not entirely sure of what I want (or need) in terms of this aspect of the light, so the above diagram isn't a firm decision. I'd like the beam to be able to illuminate a large area in the distance, so I can identify objects in the distance.]

    9) Runtime:
    [x] 60-240 min. (1-2 hours) [for the brightest mode]

    10) Durability:
    [x] Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box.)

    11) Switch Type:
    [x] Clickie switch. (Stays on until pressed again.)

    12) Switch Location:
    [x] I want a push switch on the back end of the body.

    13) Operational Modes:
    [x] I want multiple light levels. (some lights have 5-16 light levels.)
    [I don't want any fancy strobe or SOS modes, but if they are "hidden" in the UI I'll be able to tolerate their presence. I would also consider a flashlight with a ramping UI, as long as it either ramps the brightness slowly (so I can select my desired brightness precisely), or has customizable modes.]

    14) Is it important whether the body is metal or plastic/composite?
    [x] I want a metal-bodied light.

    15) Special Needs:
    [x] Waterproof: IPX-8 rating highly preferred; IPX-7 at the least.
    [x] Black/dark finish
    [The attributes below are not necessary, but I would prefer a flashlight that has them]
    [x] Corrosion resistant or hard-anodized finish
    [x] Pocket clip

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    I'm not much of a flashlight buff (but I definitely can appreciate a bright light), so don't go too crazy with the cryptic flashlight terminology. :) I eagerly await your responses.

    Simsmac
     
  2. jackthedog

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    Sounds like a 4Sevens Quark AA^2 would fit your description, either the Tactical or Regular. The moonlight mode of the Quark is one of its best features in my opinion.
     
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  4. Simsmac0o

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    Thanks for the replies. I did some more research and some lurking at CPF, and decided that the Quark AA² is closest to what I'm looking for. I'm still open to suggestions though.

    Also, while looking about the Quark AA², I noticed that it comes in a "Turbo" model, that promises more throw, and I was wondering if it was worth the extra $15. Does it have considerably more throw than the normal model?
     
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    I don't know if the Turbo is worth it. I just sold mine off as I prefer the regular or tactical beam profile more.
     
  7. Simsmac0o

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    What did you dislike about it? Did it seem to have more throw?
     
  8. jp2515

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    The turbo has more throw to it but the beam seems slightly more narrow (more throw, less side spill) The regular models seem to have a mix of flood and throw (but I would put the beam more on the floody side)
     
  9. jackthedog

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    jp2515 pretty much nailed it for me. There was more throw but it was a very narrow hot spot. For me at least, I like the floodier beam for up close. Also, the larger head made it more difficult to carry.

    Don't get me wrong though, it was a great LED and I think you'd be happy if you got it.
     
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    I also vote the Quark AA^2.....but specifically the Tactical Neutral White XP-G version.
     
  11. jackthedog

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    I agree. That's probably the best Quark out there now. And if you want different bodies so you can have different lights, you can order those two.