About a month ago, I was shopping for a decent flashlight that did not use 123A Lithium batteries as I can no longer afford to sell vital organs for the cash necessary to keep away the darkness.
Eventually, I stumbled upon what has become my EDC flashlight, and, in my not-so-humble-opinion, a fantastic value:
The Maglite LED XL100.
Retailing on Amazon for around $35, http://www.amazon.com/MAGLITE-XL100-...5595065&sr=1-1 this little beauty has quickly ingratiated itself into my daily life.
I guess I'll get the cons out of the way first, but I must emphasize that these are not really too terribly bad all things considered:
1. No lanyard ring
2. No pocket clip
3. No crenelated bezel
...and that's it. I could care less about these things to be honest with you. My SureFire's clip snapped off very soon after I began to use it, and I have no use for a lanyard. The sharp edges on the bezel of some lights just eats through pockets and furthermore, I can't do any of the snazzy hand-to-hand stuff in my condition anyway. That's what my knife is for should they get that close...
I guess that for some people the fact that it is only about 80 lumens is a bad thing, but I'm not trying to sear corneas, I just want to have some vague idea about what I'm doing in the dark. For what it's worth, my step-daughter's boyfriend was a wonderful (and unwilling) guinea pig for experimentation, and he reacted about as you might expect when I shined the light into his eyes one dark night under a new moon.
He had to feel his way back up to the house and follow my insidious giggling to get to the door.
So, that was good...
Another "bad" thing is that it uses a "carrier" to hold three AAA batteries. This is a little plastic doo-hickey that slides in and out of the shaft and holds the batteries in place. Some folks consider this to be the Mark Of The Beast, while I find myself completely unable to drum up any antagonism towards it what-so-ever. To each, their own...
So! What do I like about it?
Boy, let me tell you!
It fits in my pocket really well, it works every time I need it, it uses 3 AAA, which are easy to find and emminently more affordable than the 123A Lithiums, and it has really easy to use features that I actually use:
1. One handed dimming
2. One handed Strobe
3. One handed Switch Lock-out/Unlock
"But wait, EvilMonk, how does it let you do all these things with only one hand?"
I'm glad you asked. It has a little motion sensor in it. Pressing the button on the tailcap for more than one second will activate one of 5 features:
Depending on how you hold it (in relation to the ground), the top option will be activated by pressing and holding the tailcap switch for 1 second. The dimmer allows you to set the light's output (permanently, until you reset it) for low-light needs or high and bright illumination.
The strobe is activated by one second of constant light followed by a flash frequency that, yes, you can set to either frantic rave all the way to lethargic blink.
I'll let the manufacturer's video do the heavy lifting on the details as it is really well done, but suffice it to say, the options on this thing are quite useful and subject only to your imagination when it comes to limitations.
Here are some pictures of dubious quality (iPhone's are great, but shaky hands suck) that I will now inflict upon your unwitting souls!
Here's the link to the promised video (dumb embed won't work):
The NiteLite feature would serve well as a sort of motion sensitive alarm in a hotel or while camping. It is VERY sensitive to vibration and might wake up some of you that are more susceptible to light while they sleep.
I have not much use for the signal function, but would have in the USMC. I could think of some uses for it, but they are largely childish, immature, and best left unsaid on the interwebs...
It is made by Maglite and I trust you have heard of this august corporation. Their reputation is built on dependability, product strength, and truckers who like to run over flashlights. Just as with any other Maglite, when dropped (shaky hands, remember?), it doesn't shatter or break or even chip. I had to accidentally launch it down my driveway (don't ask) to even make a tiny little dent on the lens cap. It's just as tough as it's larger brethren and I am a great tester of such things as I am about as physically adept as a drunken mollusk with parkinson's AND epilepsy.
All in all, it is a great light that has everything I need and some things I don't. I like it, it works well, and it annoys the neighbor lady who really is the Bride of Abaddon and the Queen of Hell.
I'm kidding. I'll let you decide about what.
Just another option for those of you looking for a dependable light in the growing darkness that threatens us all!
Be safe and have fun!