Looking for a flashlight

Looking for a flashlight

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    Looking for a flashlight

    Are there any good, bright flashlights that can be had for the $20 price range? Right now I carry with me a 1xAAA Maglite Solitaire and it seems to work alright, but sometimes I need something a bit brighter. What do you guys suggest?


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    thats a broad question....there are alot of choices...maybe this will help...

    http://www.flashlightreviews.com/index1.html

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    I'll take a look at the link you provided.

    To give you a little more information, I'm looking for a light small enough to fit in my pocket. Any quality light that size and around $20 would probably fit the bill. I don't carry so I don't need a blinding beam or anything like that.
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    If I were you I'd save an extra 10-15 bucks and get a sure-fire G2

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    My only concern about buying a surefire is the price of the batteries.

    Right now I'm looking at the Inova X1. It seems to be a nice little light that will fit on my keychain.

    http://www.flashlightreviews.com/reviews/inova_x1.htm

    Is this a quality light?

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    The SureFire G2 is a great all around light and very bright. It sounds like it's not what you're asking for though due to price.

    I don't really think SureFire batteries are that much more expensive than others when you consider their quality plus, I got a 12 pack on e-Bay for $25.00. That'll last me a couple years. But I don't turn on my flashlight a lot.

    If you do use your flashlight a lot, maybe one of those LED lights might fit the bill?
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    The Inova X1 is a quality light. The only reason I didn't buy one is I am awaiting the arrival of a ARC AAA Premium.

    The ARC premium AAA runs on 1 AAA battery, 2.7" long, 5.5 lumens with a lifetime warranty among a ton of other positives that go with this one of a kind light...
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    The Inova X1 is a quality light... do not hesitate to buy it.

    However, if you need something really bright, the brightest light that you can get for $20 or less is the Brinkman MaxFire LX (look at Wal-Mart and Target). Unfortunately, the LX also uses the CR123 batteries and at around 6" long, it may not be what some people would consider a pocketable flashlight.

    So, the X1 will be smaller and use an AA battery. It will be of high quality (nearly impossible to damage). The MaxFire will be larger and brighter and probably not as rugged (according to what I have read). Both are good buys depending on ones needs.
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    The reason I think the Inova will work for me is that I've currently got the Maglite solitare and it's close to the same size with a little more output. Should fit right on my keychain without me noticing it.

    I might look into a surefire or something along those lines after I get my pistol.

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    CR123 batteries I buy from here:

    http://www.amondotech.com/


    I carry this 3 watt light in my RF pcoket everyday, use it on search and rescue as a backup, it will shine line out to 60 feet.

    http://www.amondotech.com/index.asp?...ROD&ProdID=692

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    As much as I hate to pull the "Walmart" Card....they have a couple good choices for super bright LED flaslights. Target has a couple as well. Brinks and Dorcy are a couple of the brands. I have owned a samll stainless steel LED Dorcy for a couple years, and it is an excellent and economical option.
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    I hear you can get the Inova from Target. When I go to pick it up, I'll look at their other lights.

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    yepper....the Inova X1 from Target, also a Dorcy you can get from Wally-world. I don't know if Dorcy is carried in Target.

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    I've got a walmart here in town. I'll check out the Dorcy sometime.

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    If I were you I'ld go with the Fenix E1. It runs on AAA batteries and is regulated (actually regulated very well) and will have a constant output for over 2 hours on an alkeline cell and more than 5 hours. Plus it is brighter than the Arc AAA P. Its much smaller than the X1 so it will fit on a keychaing better. And its price won't break the wallet.

    The Fenix-Store has them in stock and shipping is included in the price.

    Check here for a review of the Fenix E1.
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