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Need flashlights for new house

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by bang_bang, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. bang_bang

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    i just bought a house on 20 acres in a rural area. It’s dark out here. I need some flashlights for around the house that can really light stuff up out there.

    Maybe something with a flood type beam to light up a wide area and something that throws far. Olight X7 maybe?
     
  2. Greenbean

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    Get you a Malkoff MD4 body with triad tail cap and a Neutral or Warm tint Hound Dog head.

    High and low modes and made in America to boot!

    You won’t be disappointed,

    If size and carry weight are a concern then get the single 18650 Neutral HD he offers. It’s fantastic!

    Of I was at home I’d post a pic .
     
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    ^That is a very good idea.
     
  4. flux

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    maybe head over to Budgetlightforum and have a read there. These guys know flashlights and don't mess around. you probably want something a lot brighter than your normal urban EDC light..

    There are a ton of sick lights that are bright as a car light.. BLF q8, Emisar, ROT66.. ("soda can lights").

    you want some 18650 at least. lot of output, long runtimes. question is how much do you want to pay and what is your preferred light color and emitter and what user interface do you want (4000-5000k is most pleasant to the human eye, lightcolors above are cooler, but appear brighter). There are thousands of good options today.

    a good value for a budget 18650 light would be the convoy s2 or blf-a6/astrolux s1 (same light, different name, astrolux has option for shorter tubes for 18350 batteries). for something very pocketable and convenient charging maybe olight s1r baton.

    or check the /flashlight subreddit.. here's a guy who has a nice collection of the really bright stuff:
    https://www.reddit.com/r/flashlight/comments/9vs3tn/peak_insanity_for_now/
     
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    Get a few rechargeable Streamlights. I have a Strion and it is great! When it comes to anything flashlight related, Streamlight is my go to.


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    I would suggest having both normal lights and headlamps or angle lights as well. My Zebralight H53c (1xAA) works quite well for doing outside tasks in the dark, but Zebralight also has brighter 18650 headlamps as well.

    I like flashlights that have the option of running on both lithium ion batteries and on AAs. Right now I'm edcing a Klarus xt1a that can run on a 14500 with 1,000 lumens, but can also run on an AA.

    I don't have any experience with these, but a couple of Klarus's more expensive 18650 lights include the xt11GT that can throw for over 1,000 ft and the xt12GT that can throw light for almost 2,000 feet. Both those lights can recharge the battery inside the flashlight, so you wouldn't need a separate charger for one of them.
     
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    I prefer getting modified lights, many can be found online, I suggest a reputable one.

    Candlepowerforum is a good place I've used to find good lights that are modded.

    Every light you can think of, has been modded for your personal needs.
     
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    personally i like my thorfire, very cheap (18 USD) takes 18560 or cr123. feels of quality YMMV on the electronics.
     
  9. ghuns

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    I live on a farm and spend a lot of time out in the dark. I am a big ZebraLight fan. Have a SC52 in my pocket all the time. A SC63 that I find a little big for my pocket, so I keep it whatever vehicle I'm driving. But the best one, I just got in the mail Friday. A H602 flood headlamp. It's like walking around with the sun shining wherever you look.
     
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    hm, the one in your link is cool white, so it is not exactly like walking around with the sun. honestly, as someone who has a dozen flashlights now and can compare light tints, I advise any flashlight newbies who only want to buy one light to get something with a color temperature between 4000-5000K. This will be more close to warmer light like the sun, fire or inandascent light bulbs. it is more pleasant to the eye than cool white and you actually will feel good when you use it to light up a room a tent, read with it etc..

    it is nice to light up things brightly, but a slightly warmer tint is much more pleasant and you will find yourself using your light in a lot more situations and the light won't feel "odd" or out of place.
     
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    I don't care so much about kelvin degrees on high lumen lights. They throw far and light up everything.

    If I'm checking a steak in the dark I definitely want hi cri.

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    I’ve got a bunch of lights from Fenix, 4Sevens and Zebralight. Just got into Malkoff’s and doubt I’ll ever go back as long as Malkoff has a model that suits my needs.
    They’re ultra reliable, very simple for anyone to use, are incredibly battery efficient and have great beams.
    If I were starting fresh I’d start with a MD2/M61 Hi/Lo Head for general use, a HoundDog for the longer throw spotting tasks, and a MDC AA pocket light.

    I’d also want a headlamp and I think that’s where the Zebralights rule.

    Those and a set of rechargeable AA and 18650 batteries w/charger and you’d be set for a long long time.


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    The BLF Q8 is amazing light for any backyard, especially if you have a decent amount of land. The price and performance is just phenomenal, I'm going on a year with mine now and it sees plenty of action outside, including during the hurricanes we saw this year. It's probably seen more water than any of my lights and hasn't missed a beat yet.

    A lot of my Fenix lights have been very reliable over the years too. Many of the TK series lights make for good, tough backyard lights.

    I've had good luck with some of the budget brands too; Atactical/Wowtac are great. The Thorfire C8s is a great thrower on the cheap as well.
     
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    I use the Thrunite TN4A and TN4A HI with Eneloop rechargeable AA batteries for my home utility lights. Good throw and flood.


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  15. earthman

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    That sounds too good to be true, even if you are getting a true 1000 lumens, I can't see how a 14500 battery would provide an hour's run time?
    They also state that for an AA battery,...unless I'm reading things wrong, surely that's not possible??

    http://www.klaruslight.com/index.php?m=content&c=index&a=show&catid=128&id=183
     
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    earthman, like most lights that small and that bright, it steps down after a few minutes. I think it steps down to about 300 lumens for the rest of the hour after the first 3 min at 1,000ish. It does have a visibly brighter, wider, and throwier beam than my Nitecore MT2A if that helps. It's a nice light, but I've had some issues with it. The UI has kittens every once in a while. My best guess as to the culprit is too much graphite lubricant on the threads, because if I wipe down the insides the problem goes away. What'll happen is the light will come on with a visible flickering in high mode and then it won't switch modes. But, as I said, wiping the threads and contact point from time to time seems to solve the problem for the most part.
     
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    almost every flashlight mafufactur says "xy lumens, abc hours of runtime" - which means xy is max output and abc is runtime on low. of course this is bull:censored:. a 14500 cannot provide 1000 lumens for longer than a few seconds. maybe even this is a lie. A 14500 in a light typically provides roughly close to double output from a AA but has shorter runtimes than an AA on high usually while doing the max output., you can theoretically drain a lot more for higher output, but runtime will drop ofcourse. just imagine yourself drinking a softdrink drink with a straw. 14500 has more sugar than an AA in it and the straw as roughly twice the diameter, so you can drink all that sugar faster.

    anyway, I do not buy from Klarus, because they release tasteless press releases like this: https://www.reddit.com/r/flashlight/comments/a0n88o/klarus_with_a_strong_entry_for_the_most_tasteless/
     
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    Do you think that you are really getting 1000 lumens out of this one, even for a few seconds? I'm impressed with my Rofis R2, 700 lumens on a 14500 seems like it's on the limit for this battery to me??
     
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    There's no way for me to know for sure what I'm getting out of it. All I know is it is quite a bit brighter and throws farther than my next brightest light, the Nitecore MT2A which is just over 320 lumens. It makes my Zebralight H53 (200 lumens) seem incredibly dim by comparison.
     
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    I don't have a 'lumens meter' either, out of all the torches I own, only 3 claim to put out a 1000, using them next to each other, they all look about the same.