Finally got my first edc flashlight

Finally got my first edc flashlight

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    Finally got my first edc flashlight

    PROTEC Pro 130 Lite Flashlight - Google Search

    Yeah it isn't the coolest must high tech thing in the world. But it does exactly what I need it to. Has a nice beam at 130 lumes and a defensive strobe. Takes a simple AA battery and is roughly 3 inch's long. And the best part $20. I'm pretty satisfied with it.
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    Well it does have "pro" in the name

    Looks like a decent light. Let us know how it goes.
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    I just started carrying one recently, I now think everyone should.

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    Video gave a good review. Thanks for the link

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    Not a bad beginner light for sure. I actually have 3 of them laying around for emergency light during power outages. For serious edc look at Fenix lights when you can. I also suggest sticking with the AA platform I am dumping all but one of my CR123 lights for AA.
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    Most people are amazed at how often they will end up using an EDC flashlight, even during the day. I highly recommend the lithium batteries for long life and very light weight.

    I'm usually sporting a streamlight 2AA tucked in my waistband, and an olight (1xAAA) for backup in the sheath with my multitool.

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    I carry a Fenix LD10 daily. Yes, I do use it a lot even during the day. 100 lumens, strobe, lower bightness modes, S.O.S. mode. 1 AA battery, just slightly longer than a roll of nickels and about the same diameter. Steel clip for carrying. Less than $50.00. I only wish it had a momentary on feature.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jbum View Post
    Not a bad beginner light for sure. I actually have 3 of them laying around for emergency light during power outages. For serious edc look at Fenix lights when you can. I also suggest sticking with the AA platform I am dumping all but one of my CR123 lights for AA.
    I agree...this approach really makes the most sense to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by joker1 View Post
    I carry a Fenix LD10 daily. Yes, I do use it a lot even during the day. 100 lumens, strobe, lower bightness modes, S.O.S. mode. 1 AA battery, just slightly longer than a roll of nickels and about the same diameter. Steel clip for carrying. Less than $50.00. I only wish it had a momentary on feature.
    I'm with Joker on this one. I never thought I would use a flashlight much during the day outside of police work, but I have. Once, I was shopping with the "Lady of the Manor" and was caught in a severe electrical storm while in a retail store. Then lights went out when a transformer was obviously hit, and the store became pitch black. I used my light not only for me and the Misses, but also to help the store clerks who only had one operating flashlight for the store.
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    If you're going to actually take the trouble to EDC a light, why not get a top-of-the-line one? Nowadays, there are numerous pocket lights to choose from, some of them have incredible power and adjustable UI (user interface).

    For instance, my newest EDC light is a Quark Tactical QT2L-X with Burst Mode, manufactured by Four Sevens. This light has a "Burst" mode, and will hit a blazing 780 lumens of output for the first 60 seconds on the Max setting before ramping down over the next 30 seconds to 50% of the initial output. Additionally, the "Tactical" UI means that you can set the light up as you choose. It has choices for seven different settings, you pick your favorite two settings, then program one for tight head and one for loose head. I have mine set on strobe with tight head. This means that I can pull this light out of my pocket and it will instantly come on in a blinding 780-lumen strobe when I tap the button. No fumbling through modes, which would likely be impossible if you're in high stress situation. If it's dark out, that strobe will almost assuredly disorient my attacker for a few seconds and give me time to get away, without having to resort to physical violence or pulling my pistol.

    Anyway, that's just my $.02. Good luck with your choices.................

    EDIT: I consider this Quark light as a defensive tool, which also happens to double as a handy all-purpose light. I also EDC a much smaller light on my keychain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy-SS View Post
    If you're going to actually take the trouble to EDC a light, why not get a top-of-the-line one? Nowadays, there are numerous pocket lights to choose from, some of them have incredible power and adjustable UI (user interface).

    For instance, my newest EDC light is a Quark Tactical QT2L-X with Burst Mode, manufactured by Four Sevens. This light has a "Burst" mode, and will hit a blazing 780 lumens of output for the first 60 seconds on the Max setting before ramping down over the next 30 seconds to 50% of the initial output. Additionally, the "Tactical" UI means that you can set the light up as you choose. It has choices for seven different settings, you pick your favorite two settings, then program one for tight head and one for loose head. I have mine set on strobe with tight head. This means that I can pull this light out of my pocket and it will instantly come on in a blinding 780-lumen strobe when I tap the button. No fumbling through modes, which would likely be impossible if you're in high stress situation. If it's dark out, that strobe will almost assuredly disorient my attacker for a few seconds and give me time to get away, without having to resort to physical violence or pulling my pistol.

    Anyway, that's just my $.02. Good luck with your choices.................
    I'm pretty happy with my $20 Streamlight Microstream. I just bought a new one, as my one of 3 years, daily use and carry was wearing out. They're small, light, bright, tough, use very common batteries, and I could buy four of them for that price. To each their own!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy-SS View Post
    If you're going to actually take the trouble to EDC a light, why not get a top-of-the-line one? Nowadays, there are numerous pocket lights to choose from, some of them have incredible power and adjustable UI (user interface).

    For instance, my newest EDC light is a Quark Tactical QT2L-X with Burst Mode, manufactured by Four Sevens. This light has a "Burst" mode, and will hit a blazing 780 lumens of output for the first 60 seconds on the Max setting before ramping down over the next 30 seconds to 50% of the initial output. Additionally, the "Tactical" UI means that you can set the light up as you choose. It has choices for seven different settings, you pick your favorite two settings, then program one for tight head and one for loose head. I have mine set on strobe with tight head. This means that I can pull this light out of my pocket and it will instantly come on in a blinding 780-lumen strobe when I tap the button. No fumbling through modes, which would likely be impossible if you're in high stress situation. If it's dark out, that strobe will almost assuredly disorient my attacker for a few seconds and give me time to get away, without having to resort to physical violence or pulling my pistol.

    Anyway, that's just my $.02. Good luck with your choices.................

    EDIT: I consider this Quark light as a defensive tool, which also happens to double as a handy all-purpose light. I also EDC a much smaller light on my keychain.
    I just can't bring myself to spend that much on a light that I could put towards a gun. Just like knives, I'm willing to say I like knives more than anyone here but if its more than $100 it's not happening.

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    Cost of light, battery availablility, and size were important for me in my choice. Sure I'd love to have a Surefire or Streamlight but just not in the budget right now and in my neck of the woods CR123's are hard to find for a reasonable price, I know you can find some good deals online, but AA is so dang plentiful and economical.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 031131 View Post
    I just can't bring myself to spend that much on a light that I could put towards a gun. Just like knives, I'm willing to say I like knives more than anyone here but if its more than $100 it's not happening.

    Yeah, well, I kinda understand your point.

    I guess my point is - if you're gonna EDC things (gun, knife, light, whatever) that might be used to defend life of you or family, then they need to be GOOD things... Then again, if you just want a little bit of light now and then, it don't matter much at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chevy-SS View Post
    If you're going to actually take the trouble to EDC a light, why not get a top-of-the-line one? Nowadays, there are numerous pocket lights to choose from, some of them have incredible power and adjustable UI (user interface).

    For instance, my newest EDC light is a Quark Tactical QT2L-X with Burst Mode, manufactured by Four Sevens. This light has a "Burst" mode, and will hit a blazing 780 lumens of output for the first 60 seconds on the Max setting before ramping down over the next 30 seconds to 50% of the initial output. Additionally, the "Tactical" UI means that you can set the light up as you choose. It has choices for seven different settings, you pick your favorite two settings, then program one for tight head and one for loose head. I have mine set on strobe with tight head. This means that I can pull this light out of my pocket and it will instantly come on in a blinding 780-lumen strobe when I tap the button. No fumbling through modes, which would likely be impossible if you're in high stress situation. If it's dark out, that strobe will almost assuredly disorient my attacker for a few seconds and give me time to get away, without having to resort to physical violence or pulling my pistol.

    Anyway, that's just my $.02. Good luck with your choices.................

    EDIT: I consider this Quark light as a defensive tool, which also happens to double as a handy all-purpose light. I also EDC a much smaller light on my keychain.
    I am glad to hear how happy you are with this light! I have 2 on the way, 1 for me 1 for my wife, Brian @theledwarehouse helped me select these. I too now view a very powerful light as a defensive tool, Thanks for the comments.

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