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Looking for a car light

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by TOPOS, May 16, 2016.

  1. TOPOS

    TOPOS Loaded Pockets

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    I'm in high school and finally, after passing the driving test and saving up money am buying a truck (2006 Toyota Tacoma) I've already got a FAK and som other gear that is going in it and I'm looking for a light to mount on it, probably somewhere like in the map pocket on the driver's side door.
    Things that this light needs:
    Bright, good thrower and either 2xaa or 18650 powered. i would like to keep it at around 25-35 dollars.
    Things that aren't necessary for this light:
    no clip necessary, size doesn't matter, and neutral vs cool white won't really matter.

    I'm looking at the thorfire c8s, but there a lot of reviews that say it's crapped out on them after a few months.

    Thanks in advance -TOPOS
     
  2. IHateBottleOpeners

    IHateBottleOpeners EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Add a bit more and get the Olight M23 Javelot.
    18650 battery with amazing 340m throw!
    I got mine for $55 on AliExpress, but can't find it there anymore, and on other sites it's more than $90!
    [​IMG]SAM_0647 by ihatebottleopeners, on Flickr
     
  3. TOPOS

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    That is definitely a :censored: looking light and one that ill keep in mind
     
  4. twin63

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    I don't have any experience with the ThorFire, but it looks like it's based on the Convoy C8. I have the Convoy and it's a solid light for the price that generally gets good reviews. Still in your price range and available with a few different emitters.
     
  5. david57strat

    david57strat EDC Junkie!!!

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    I just picked up a Convoy C8, XM-L2 U2 1A (de-domed, for extra throw, with a super-concentrated hot spot), and with the guppydrv firmware upgrade (for extra programming flexibility). Very cool light for the money, and well within your budget.

    I've also got an S2+ and S3 (both with XM-L2 T6 4C emitters), and will be doing a brief review with plenty of pictures, for all of them, once those two arrive.
     
  6. steeps

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    Have you looked at Fenix Flashlights?
     
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  7. david57strat

    david57strat EDC Junkie!!!

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    They definitely have a wide selection of lights. I've never had a failure with any of mine :D

    [​IMG]

    The PD40 (4th from the left) is one of my five main EDCs (pack-carried). It produces a very usable floody MT-G2 (semi-neutral-tinted) beam. I sometimes use it for ceiling-bounced still photography.
     
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  8. TOPOS

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    i may have to go for a convoy c8, considering gearbest has them on sale for $14 for the next 4 days
     
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  9. RGRAY

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    You get what you pay for.
    Go to Going Gear and search Olight S1.
    [​IMG]
    You can get that a sheath and two traffic wands (white and orange) for about $65.
    I have 3 cars and these in each.
    This is a great light.
    You won't regret paying the extra money.
     
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  10. IHateBottleOpeners

    IHateBottleOpeners EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    RGRAY I got mine for $33 without any add-ons.
    If you add a battery, a spare one, cheap charger, wand and sheath will go not more than $50.
     
  11. RGRAY

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    I just checked Ebay, $39.95 and $6.95 for the wands with free shipping.
     
  12. turbo6

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    A few of the Fenix E series lights are under $40, I believe, and are 2x AA powered. The E21 and E25 both share the same body design but the E21 has a tail switch and the E25 has a side switch.

    I have an E25 loaded with Energizer lithiums that sits in my glove box. Great light, wide beam and good throw. It's been dropped, rained on more times than I can remember in the last few years. Very durable.
     
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    [​IMG]DSCF0120 by ?, on Flickr

    Comes with charging cable (lighter socket), runs on 18650-included, also runs on 3-aaa.
    Called a SWAT lite-cheap-think I paid a $20 on amazon.
     
  14. sungame

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    The often overlooked Mini Maglite Pro and Pro+ can be found for $25-30, and offer lots of light (200+ lumens) on two AA batteries. It has an adjustable focus, and pretty good throw in the throwy end.
     
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  15. TOPOS

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    in the spirit of being enabled, I've decided to get both the Olight S1 and the Thorfire, thanks for all the advice buds.

    EDIT: in the end I backed out of the olight and impulse bought a thru nite t10, I will definitely be buying the olight next time I come across some more money.
     
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  16. RGRAY

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    Let us know how you like them.
    Here are 9 S1s I bought.
    The polished titanium one is missing.
    [​IMG]
     
  17. SV-97

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    Thrunite Archer 2C v2 cant give you a price right now but 800 lumens, 18650, ~around 50$ if I recall correctly

    Gesendet von meinem GT-I9195 mit Tapatalk
     
  18. TOPOS

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    So far i'm loving both of the lights, anyone got a recommendation on a way to mount it in the car? also does anyone have any experience mounting a first aid kit on one of the mirrors, like if it made it unfold or got in the way
     
  19. gazz98

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    Like you said earlier, I keep my flashlight + FAK in the driver side pocket doors. I don't want to advertise any items I might have in my truck.
     
  20. DANG_OLE

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    A good back up option in a separate compartment: Coast HP1. A cheapie beater ($8 shipped) that you won't mind chucking in a glovebox and forgetting about until your main goes down or gets left at home. Single AA.