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Recommend me a flashlight (w/checklist)

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by The7thNazgul, Jul 27, 2010.

  1. The7thNazgul

    The7thNazgul Loaded Pockets

    Nov 26, 2009
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    In addition to the checklist below, 1xAA battery is my priumary requirement. I can go more expensive, but I really would prefer not to.

    Short Essay Question: What do you intend to use this light for?
    EDC pocket carry. My bag light is a Quark 2aa Tactical, but I want something smaller for EDC since my LM Monarch 300 went kablowie.

    2) What Region/Country/State will the light be purchased in?
    [x] I will be mail-ordering or buying online, so this doesn't matter.
    [ ] I am in _______(country) and __________(state/providence).

    3) Price Range: An easy question, but you may change your mind after answering the rest!
    [ ] $1-15
    [ x] $15-30
    [ x] $40-60
    [ ] $80-$120
    [ ] 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
    [ ] 1-2 inches. (Keychain sized)
    [ x] 2-4 inches. (Pocket carry)
    [ ] 4-9 inches. (Holster carry)

    PART C
    [x ] I prefer a long narrow light. (but it doesn’t really matter)
    [ ] 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.
    [ ] Very light, can't tell it's there.
    [ ] 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)
    [ ] 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)
    [ X] I want to walk around a generally paved area. (15-20 lumens)
    [ ] I want to walk unpaved trails. (40 lumens)
    [X ] I want to do Caving or Search & Rescue operations. (60+ lumens) (Two modes is a must)
    [ ] 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)------I--------------------------------------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)
    [ ] 60-240 min. (1-2 hours)
    [ X] 240-360 min. (4-6 hours) (Again, with different modes it will be differnt, but I want to be able to use it for long periods without battery switching.)
    [ ] 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.)
    [ ] 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:
    [ ] I don't care.
    [ ] sliding switch (Stays on until slid back.)
    [ x] clickie switch. (Stays on until pressed again.)
    [ ] momentary switch. (Only stays on while held down.)
    [ ] rotating switch

    12) Switch Location:
    [ ] I don't care.
    [ ] I want a push or sliding switch on the body near the head.
    [ x] 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.
    [ ] 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.)
    [x ] I want a tactical strobe. (Flashes rapidly to disorient an opponent.) (this would be nice, but not at all nessecary.)
    [ ] 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.
    [ ] I don't care.
    [x ] 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: Just water resistent is all.
    [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
    [ ] Holster
    [x ] Wrist/Neck Lanyard
    [ ] Kuboton/self defense features
    [ ] Non-sparking Intrinsically Safe (IS) for use in explosive environments
  2. nuphoria

    nuphoria Loaded Pockets

    Nov 14, 2008
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    Have you considered single AA Quarks? If you like your 2AA, they might suit you too :)

    Also, Fenix LD10 and Nitecore D10 both have excellent reputations. They go brighter than you have asked, but you can of course not use the higher modes to conserve battery etc.
  3. Rawls

    Rawls Loaded Pockets

    Jul 3, 2008
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    Two output modes only is hard to find in an AA light. If the just means multimode then the fenix ld10 is a great light for the
  4. sjmack

    sjmack Loaded Pockets

    Jul 18, 2009
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    Nitecore D10.
  5. adnj

    adnj Loaded Pockets

    Mar 10, 2009
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    Nitecore D10 R2 (with ramping function - the old model), Quark R2 1xAA Tactical (two modes but you pick the levels), JETBeam Jet-I Pro (It comes in 1and 2 cell flavors).

    Be sure to get an R2 for superior throw from the shallow relectors of an AA pocket light.
  6. calipsoii

    calipsoii Loaded Pockets

    Aug 12, 2008
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    Fenix LD10 or Nitecore D10
  7. Mcameron

    Mcameron Loaded Pockets

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  8. The7thNazgul

    The7thNazgul Loaded Pockets

    Nov 26, 2009
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    I need single battery, liked my minimag for BOB light up until I got a quark :)

    Multiple modes is fine, I just wanted at least two.

    The Quark pocket clip strikes me as being too high for pocket carry, seems like it would catch and fall out all of the time.

    Does the nitecore d10 have a pocket clip?

  9. calipsoii

    calipsoii Loaded Pockets

    Aug 12, 2008
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    One of the best on any AA light.
  10. The7thNazgul

    The7thNazgul Loaded Pockets

    Nov 26, 2009
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    Has anyone had any expierence with the Maratac AA? Seems like it fits most of my requirements.
  11. MedXLT

    MedXLT Empty Pockets

    May 9, 2009
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    The D10 has a clip usually sold separately.
  12. proventheory

    proventheory Empty Pockets

    Aug 20, 2010
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