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Lighting Dilemma

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by tbzbbt, Jul 3, 2017.

  1. tbzbbt

    tbzbbt Loaded Pockets

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    What kind of light(s) do you carry for urban edc? It has always been a no-brainer for me to carry a small AA or even 18650 single cell flashlight like a Nitecore SRT3 or Fenix PD35. Now in the light of experience I realise I want a lantern kind of function or at least a right-angle head as jacket or headlamp. With this in mind I have picked up a Fenix CL25 and a Nitecore LA10, which are both small lanterns. I'm about to order a HC30 headlamp from Nitecore, but realise that it makes no sense to carry all three kinds of lamp...

    I know the answer to which-is-best is ..it depends...but I am curious to know how others approach this...

    tbzbbt
     
  2. EZDog

    EZDog EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    For me the light is a tool.
    I carry 20 different screwdrivers for different purposes and will carry as many different lights as I have a need for too.
    I don't follow your assertion that it makes no sense to do so?

    YMMV obviously.
     
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  3. dmattaponi

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    A single AA pocket light does what I need it to do in a pinch in both urban and rural settings. I reserve the headlamps for more specific use, and I agree with you...I onky have so much room to carry stuff, so I will pack it only as needed.

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  4. Blackheart

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    Look for a 1xAA (or a 2xAA, whatever you can easily carry) light you like that tail-stands and comes with a diffuser (voila, instant lantern). There are universal elastic headbands that don't take up a lot of space in a pocket or wherever, there's your headlamp.

    I only wish that manufacturers that provide a diffuser would make that diffuser serve a second purpose, such as a keychain spare battery carrier.
     
  5. turbo6

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    A right angle headlamp that can detach from the headband is handy, I have a Fenix HL10 that does that, so you can have both a headlamp and a head held light of needed.
     
  6. Water-Rat

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    Many smaller lights have clips that can be reversed to clip on to a hat brim or watch band. I do this a lot with my Olight i3s.

    If you haven't yet, check out County Comm's lights, they have the only AAA right angle light I've seen. They have a variety of other lights too.

    Another popular right angle light maker is Zebralight.
     
  7. ScottB

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    The country comm AA and AAA also come with the slide on diffusers as well.the right angle lights don't though because they are diffused anyway.
     
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    I have an older Nite Ize Innova XS light that I like. Not everyone will like it because its a twisty, but it is compact and in the titanium color looks nice. I bought the Nite Ize headband flashlight holder that I carry in my backpack so you can turn the flashlight into a headlamp.
     
  10. david57strat

    david57strat EDC Junkie!!!

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    I feel exactly the same way.
     
  11. Moshe ben David

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    If I am not carrying a bag, I generally have two lights on me:
    1. Streamlight Microstream
    2. NiteCore Tube
    If I have a bag, usually I have in addition to the above a Streamlight Stylus Pro in it.

    I'm almost always in an urban/suburban environment. These work for me.

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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  12. earthman

    earthman EDC Junkie!!!

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    Now that's a great idea and something that I'd like to see on the market.
     
  13. Blackheart

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    It's not unheard of...

    [​IMG]
     
  14. earthman

    earthman EDC Junkie!!!

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    Please tell us more, where can we get these from?
     
  15. Blackheart

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    Photo is around 10 years old. I forget who made the light, it was once a darling of the cpf-ers (had a ridiculously complicated user interface). With this light, the bezel unscrews and the diffuser screws on in its place, so the diffuser was threaded. One of the members had some key chain fobs machined such that the diffuser screwed onto it with space inside for spare AAA battery.
     
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  16. BigGreenTick

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    Fenix HL10
    Manker E02
     
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    The Manker looks startlingly similar to the County Comm light at a much saner price.
     
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    Yeah, CountyComm's prices are a huge turn off for me. Even the AAA is at best $10 more than the same light from Olight (Lumintop makes them both).

    I really like the Manker. It does have a magnet in the tail which can be a positive or a negative depending on the person. I have the Fenix too, and it makes a nice low powered headlamp, but isn't as versatile as the Manker. It doesn't have a clip & the sliding diffuser isn't particularly useful. Conversely as a headlamp it does come with a head strap while the Manker does not.
     
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  19. Blackheart

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    This made my head hurt:

    [​IMG]

    Note that this is for the E02H.
     
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  20. Jim Hughes

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    So this is the Program It Usef Instructions? I'm really confused about what the diagram is telling me to do. Better stick with my Tail Clickers, it's off or you're on Stage at Vegas spotlight by a C-130 Flame thrower. That would be an Arc Light event, or a Flare Ship.
     
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