Simple Flashlight Recommendation?

Simple Flashlight Recommendation?

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    Simple Flashlight Recommendation?

    I'd like to know if anyone can recommend me a simple light for edc. I don't often go anywhere at night but I'd like to have one just in case.

    Here's what I'm looking for:

    Cost: around $40-50
    LED
    AA batteries preferred
    ~200 lumens
    tailcap switch
    Simple ON/OFF (don't need strobe or other power levels, etc)

    Any ideas? I've tried to search but found a lot of lights have more features than I want.

    Eric


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    Surefire, Pelican, Streamlite and a host of Chinese knockoffs that folks will tell you are "just as good" as the three I've mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emr454 View Post
    I'd like to know if anyone can recommend me a simple light for edc. I don't often go anywhere at night but I'd like to have one just in case.

    Here's what I'm looking for:

    Cost: around $40-50
    LED
    AA batteries preferred
    ~200 lumens
    tailcap switch
    Simple ON/OFF (don't need strobe or other power levels, etc)

    Any ideas? I've tried to search but found a lot of lights have more features than I want.

    Eric
    I have 2 of these...120 Lumens, plenty bright enough for us...plus you get a extra "kick'...

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    Re: Simple Flashlight Recommendation?

    Get a streamlight protac AA battery...not real expensive and well worth the money

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    The NEBO Redline. I have one that I have beat up pretty good by now and it's still running like a champ. I bought 2 more for our BOBs and one for my Brother and a slightly different one for my nephew.

    The Redline is great and I thing I paid in the $20.00 range for them on ebay. The downside is that they are a bit fat for daily pocket carry. Fine in a jacket pocket though.

    Note: The included AAA batteries suck. Just buy new Energizers.

    I really like this light. I am not a big "flashlight guy" and not a flashlight expert. I know that many folk swear by one brand or the other but, they are pretty much all made in the same place in...you guessed it...CHINA. The NEBO Redline passed my test. It has a machined Aluminum housing - it always works - that's good enough for me. I don't use weapon mounted lights - if I did I would probably get better informed on flashlight idiosyncrasy. I am very happy w/ this one though even for survival & Bug Out apps. I am not certain that this light is a true 220 Lum but, it works for me.

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    Runtime – 100% - 4 hours of continuous illumination
    50% - 8 hours of continuous illumination

    10% - 15 hours of continuous illumination
    S.O.S. - 72 hours of continuous illumination
    Strobe - 72 hours of continuous illumination


    Length – 4.5”
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    Quote Originally Posted by emr454 View Post
    I'd like to know if anyone can recommend me a simple light for edc. I don't often go anywhere at night but I'd like to have one just in case.

    Here's what I'm looking for:

    Cost: around $40-50
    LED
    AA batteries preferred
    ~200 lumens
    tailcap switch
    Simple ON/OFF (don't need strobe or other power levels, etc)

    Any ideas? I've tried to search but found a lot of lights have more features than I want.

    Eric
    Fenix LD10
    Cost about $50.00
    LED
    1 AA battery
    100 lumens
    Tailcap Switch

    Simple ON/OFF=kinda (1 click=ON full brightness, 2nd click=OFF, slight press with it on=strobe Twist head of light slightly 1 click=ON but dim, 2nd click=OFF, slight press with it on=brighter, another slight press=even brighter, another slight press=S.O.S. function)

    Somewhat of a strike bezel
    Sturdy steel clip, nylon holster, lanyard
    Overall length 4 inches
    3/4 inch diameter
    Picture a roll of nicklels

    I know it's a little more and less of what you want but it's a handly light and my EDC. The lower brightness levels are very useful, not so much for defense but for everyday situations and could aid stealth also.
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    TerraLUX TLF-3002AA-BK LightStar

    2 AA

    Rated 300 lumens High, 100 lumens low, tail clicky, on off no momentary on.

    $36.00
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    Ahhh! Too many choices

    Here is what I currently have:
    US Army Strong Torch 9 Led Flashlight Black Aluminium Including Batteries | eBay (given to me by a recruiter friend)

    Shop Task Force LED Flashlight at Lowes.com


    I don't carry either one of these because they are kinda fat. I may try to make a kydex holster for them one day, but I'd like something a little brighter.

    So far, the Streamlight ProTac and Terralux flashlights are looking like really good deals, but part of me can't resist the idea of checking out Lowes, Walmart, or Sears for new flashlights (this must be how the addiction begins!)

    Eric

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    Quote Originally Posted by luvmy40 View Post
    TerraLUX TLF-3002AA-BK LightStar

    2 AA

    Rated 300 lumens High, 100 lumens low, tail clicky, on off no momentary on.

    $36.00
    BatteryJunction also has them as a two-fer special for $55.00, bringing the price down to $27.50 each when you buy two.

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    Great find! I missed that when I linked to Battery Junction.
    I just ordered a couple more and some rechargeable NiMh AAs to go into the glove boxes.

    These really are great utility lights and the smaller 80 lumen 2xAAA is fantastic for close quarters work. I use mine everyday for inspection and trouble shooting Mail Processing Equipment. The bite band is a life saver!
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    I agree that there are way too many choices out there. I use a flashlight daily at work and I've had great success with Streamlight and Fenix flashlights. The Fenix LD25 looks like it might fit your needs pretty well and the folks at BatteryJunction.com have always treated me well.

    In the past I've found a few good Rayovacs at Wal-Mart or Home Depot. If you venture to one of the big box stores I would suggest looking for the Rayovac Outdoor Sportsman or the Roughneck/Professional Grade lines. These are usually reasonably priced and hold up fairly well.

    Good luck in your search.

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    Another vote for the Streamlight Protac.

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    Fenix E11.

    1 AA, 105 lumens, tail switch, momentary on.

    EDC light and I love it.

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