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No not a Zippo! My cousin is becoming a firefighter and asked me about what flashlights will cut through smoke. He has issued ones with his gear but also would like one to keep near him at all times. I told him Surefire as these have an awesome rep, but are there any other lights out there? I just wanna give him options, plus if there is possibly anything else out there, I wanna give him the edge. Thanks in advance for great advice.
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I've done some research on this actually. I've signed up for the volunteer fire department. What you need in order to cut through smoke is a light without much sidespill. Also, you don't want to go insanely bright becuase that light will reflect off of the smoke and temporarerly blow you vision. There are some lights specifically designed for firefighters. Also, firefighters don't always JUST fight fires. A good general purpose light would be a great idea.
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As far as general purpose lights, I'ld say a good dual output light. Low for runtime and high for brightness. Something similar to the Surefire A2, L2, U2, and L1. The A2 will have alot more throw than the other lights.
One other thing, in general, incadecent lights will cut through smoke better than LED lights. (thats IN GENERAL) During the fourth of July, I took a ton of lights with me to our get-together. Of all of my lights the Streamlight Scorpion was the best preforming in smokey conditions. I didn't have my Streamlight Propolymer 4AA Luxeon since it was out getting a new switch. Still, the Scorpion was quite impressive in a smokey invironment.