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Old 01-24-2018, 11:43 AM   #1
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Default Any flashlight nerds in OT?

I've got two things I'm looking for I'm hoping you guys might be able to help me with:

The first; I'm looking for some cheap, decent LED lights. I want to leave one in the kitchen, one in the garage, one in each of our cars, etc. I was hoping to spend around $10 a piece. I've tried these, and the equivalent ones from Harbor Freight. They suck. I'd like something with a little more throw, and a little more light (and hopefully you won't have to shake them to make them work).

https://www.amazon.com/BYB-Aluminum-...led+flashlight


The second thing I'm looking for, and it might not exist: Is there an LED flash light that you can control different light outputs without having to click through a bunch of different modes with the button? Maybe by twisting the bezel or something?


Also, feel free to have any type of discussion on battery powered lights you want.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:46 AM   #2
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Here you go. Enjoy!



My father has about 20 of these free flashlights.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:50 AM   #3
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:58 AM   #4
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Here you go. Enjoy!



My father has about 20 of these free flashlights.
Bruh, do you even read?
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:59 AM   #5
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Umm...that might be a little immersive for what I'm looking for.
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Old 01-24-2018, 12:00 PM   #6
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We have a Mag-Lite LED flashlight here at work that changes through the LED modes when you turn it on and off by twisting the bezel. It's kind of a pain because if you turn it off and turn it back on too quickly you have to cycle through all the modes to get back to where you started.

http://maglite.com/shop/flashlights/...l#.Wmi6_3xryUk
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Old 01-24-2018, 12:01 PM   #7
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I highly recommend buying AA lights, not CR123. LED technology negates the need for cr123's, they're cheap, and readily available.

So...Thrunight makes EXCELLENT budget flashlights. The following blows your budget, but it's not a POS:

http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-archer-1a-v3/

It stays on whatever setting you use it on last, so no cycling through modes every time you use it.

This is cheaper and brighter, but starts on firefly mode every time:

http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-ti4...umen-penlight/

You really only want to spend $10? Here:

https://www.amazon.com/ThruNite-Flas...WD6DET1WX4S2EG

1 setting, full 125 lumens.
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Old 01-24-2018, 12:13 PM   #8
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Bruh, do you even read?
I did, but c'mon, they're free fer cryin' out loud!
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Old 01-24-2018, 12:15 PM   #9
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is this the official fleshlight thread?
Ive been meaning to ask about it.
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Old 01-24-2018, 12:19 PM   #10
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I did, but c'mon, they're free fer cryin' out loud!
They are beyond terrible even for free. We have some of those at work too and they shut off or flicker if you tip them the wrong way when aiming at stuff.
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Old 01-24-2018, 12:57 PM   #11
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I wouldn't be very comfortable talking about this face to face but no problem online.

First off, pretty crazy that you want 3 or 4 of these, especially one in your car or garage. I won't judge though.

Personally, I would be afraid of losing track of one. I'd be sweating bullets if I knew I had one of these rolling around under the couch.

10 bucks is not going to go very far here. Maybe you could find something used on Craigslist, but I would stress that new is the way to go. Harbor Freight sounds legit if they can send it in the mail. Wouldn't want to stand at the checkout with 3 or 4 of these.

Throw is more on you. Really depends on what God gave ya here. I'd actually say some shaking may help them work better.

Mine doesn't require batteries and I don't know why the heck you would want to draw more attention with lights and stuff. Who knows though since it seems you want to venture outside with these. More power to you.

I never thought about doing any twisting. I'll see if I can get some free time later to try that out and be back in touch with ya.
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:02 PM   #12
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I hate fleshlights and want the real thing!
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:14 PM   #13
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I highly recommend buying AA lights, not CR123. LED technology negates the need for cr123's, they're cheap, and readily available.

So...Thrunight makes EXCELLENT budget flashlights. The following blows your budget, but it's not a POS:

http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-archer-1a-v3/

It stays on whatever setting you use it on last, so no cycling through modes every time you use it.

This is cheaper and brighter, but starts on firefly mode every time:

http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-ti4...umen-penlight/

You really only want to spend $10? Here:

https://www.amazon.com/ThruNite-Flas...WD6DET1WX4S2EG

1 setting, full 125 lumens.

Thanks, I'll check those out. I should have added that the light with different modes can be different than the cheap ones I'd like to keep around the house.
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:23 PM   #14
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I highly recommend buying AA lights, not CR123. LED technology negates the need for cr123's, they're cheap, and readily available.

So...Thrunight makes EXCELLENT budget flashlights. The following blows your budget, but it's not a POS:

http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-archer-1a-v3/

It stays on whatever setting you use it on last, so no cycling through modes every time you use it.

This is cheaper and brighter, but starts on firefly mode every time:

http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-ti4...umen-penlight/

You really only want to spend $10? Here:

https://www.amazon.com/ThruNite-Flas...WD6DET1WX4S2EG

1 setting, full 125 lumens.
^^ this...

Or these (and amazon is full of these that surely all come from the same factory, just rebranded): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071Y6JFBM...=AZLQYCYVWEZA0

I have 5 of these and love them. In one I put a AA-sized Li-Ion battery (so ~4 V and heaps of current and energy storage; ~$14 with charger) and it's a friggin blow-torch. Others I use the best possible AA NiMH (excellent current output, which is more important than voltage for LEDs and great charge holding/cycle life) with Energizer lithium primary cells as backup in the glove compartment.

My EDC is a thrunight AAA with a high output NiMH batt - will fill a room for over an hour.

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Old 01-24-2018, 01:31 PM   #15
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This Coast light (LINKY) is pretty good for indoor use, has the ability to focus or spread the beam, and it takes standard AA batteries. If you are willing to step up to LI ON batteries, even el cheapo 502b lights will work great, but that means stepping up to a LiON specific charger as well.

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Old 01-24-2018, 01:31 PM   #16
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Bang for the buck I like the Ultrafire flashlights. Have 3 different models and all work very well for the price. Favorite model wf502b. 3 pack:
https://www.amazon.com/UltraFire-Wf5...ashlight&psc=1
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:39 PM   #17
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are we still getting points for parody threads? cuz.....
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:42 PM   #18
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I can't look at AR15.com at work, because it's a gun site. There's a specific brand that the flashlight nerds love over there that are completely customizable and pretty inexpensive. I'll look it up when I get home.
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:42 PM   #19
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Goddamn I hate multi-mode flashlights. What ever happened to ON and OFF? I'd even consider HIGH, LOW and OFF. Anything more is pointless.

I don't need a strobe, don't need S.O.S., don't need ATOMIC BLAST - HIGH - KINDA HIGH - MEDIUM - MEDIUM'ISH - LOW BUT NOT THAT LOW - SORTA LOW - LOW - LOWER - MATCHSTICK - FIREFLY - WHY BOTHER - OFF, but now it's like you can't buy something decent and cheap without that crap.
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:53 PM   #21
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Not sure if you have Menards where you're at. I've got their CC and as part of it, I get a free item on my b-day. A few years ago I got one of these and I gotta say, for the price, it's been my favorite flashlight that I've got. Granted, I don't buy high end or many flashlights, but this is a steal at $2. It was $10 when I got it for free, and at that price, I just might have to pop in there and grab a few more.

https://www.menards.com/main/lightin...4430540820.htm
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Goddamn I hate multi-mode flashlights. What ever happened to ON and OFF? I'd even consider HIGH, LOW and OFF. Anything more is pointless.

I don't need a strobe, don't need S.O.S., don't need ATOMIC BLAST - HIGH - KINDA HIGH - MEDIUM - MEDIUM'ISH - LOW BUT NOT THAT LOW - SORTA LOW - LOW - LOWER - MATCHSTICK - FIREFLY - WHY BOTHER - OFF, but now it's like you can't buy something decent and cheap without that crap.
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Old 01-24-2018, 02:20 PM   #23
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not a nerd per se, but this is my EDC flashlight, and I love it. Very bright, and runs on a single AAA. Plus, it's a Streamlight so it's very durable.

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Old 01-24-2018, 02:25 PM   #24
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Is it nerdy if I have two of the same light, one made of copper and the other titanium as EDC?

Anyway, Costco was selling these for a while (maybe still are?) and they're quite nice for cheapies. I think they were priced 3 for $15 or so, batteries included. http://duracellflashlights.com/produ...id=350L-708786
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Old 01-24-2018, 02:43 PM   #25
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been happy with these

https://www.amazon.com/Wsky-Tactical...ashlight&psc=1

It does have several modes that you can click through - but what I like about it is you don't have to cycle through ever mode before it turns off. You can just hold it once and it goes off. I have another one that looks exactly like it that does not have that function and you must go through every mode until you get to the off position.

I'm not using these for anything to intense where I'm relying on a ton of light - I'm using it to go through foreclosed houses that might not have electricity turned on and lets me see in the basement...
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