Recommend me a new flashlight!

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    Cool Recommend me a new flashlight!

    Looking for advice from the collective.

    Need to replace the smallish Energizer LED 1watt AA flashlight that I normally carry. It has been beat to death and sometimes I have to smack it to get it to turn on.

    Specs I am looking for:

    LED

    Preferably uses AA battery

    tailcap switch

    must have a clip for bulb down carry

    the body must be the same diameter for the full length of the body (no flared bulb)...I clip the light horizontally to my cell phone case is the reason...it must lay there flush

    About 100 lumens is plenty

    do not need strobe, multi mode, or a bottle opener...just a light

    OK folks...what should I consider?

    thanks
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    Amazon.com: 4Sevens/Foursevens Mini AA/ MA Black Finish / Cool White LED; 1XAA; 90 Lumens: Camera & Photo

    it has strobe, low mid and high. some other models allow you to program out the strobe. no clip but you might be able to improvise. i have one and i really like it.

    4sevens offers many other models. some have tail caps, this one dose not. recommending this one because it is simple and i actually own one.
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    I'm kind of wondering what use you plan for this flashlight. You can now get small flashlights, tail cap, no wider than your palm that is about 200 lumens for under $45. Since you're asking on a firearms forum, are you planning on using it as a tactical light (stun an attacker) or just something to use in case the power goes out.

    You mentioned AA, but the new type of lithium batteries (CR123A) are very inexpensive and no reason you can't go to those. To me, 100 lumens is only enough for general use.

    Above recommendation for four-sevens is good but for the same price, they have a smaller one, CR123A battery (1), and nearly three times the brightness.

    Amazon.com: Foursevens ML-AE 1XCR123A 216-Lumen Mini 123/ML Cool White LED G2 Light, Black Finish: Home Improvement

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    10th, be done with it and gout and get a Surefire Fury.
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    123 batteries are ok, just prefer AA because they are easier to find

    more for general every day use
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    10th, be done with it and gout and get a Surefire Fury.
    Already have a Surefire G2, and several Maglite XL50 lights. Too big and tactical looking for carry in a business suit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Already have a Surefire G2, and several Maglite XL50 lights. Too big and tactical looking for carry in a business suit.
    Yeah I have a G2, and now I have 2 Fury's

    The Fury is the same relative size as the G2, but is 500 lumen and has about the same batterylife as the G2.

    I have one thats full on, and the other is one that first click is 100 lumens then pressing the tale cap real quick gives you 500 lumens.

    If its a Carry light i would say get the first one with the two options, if its weapon mounted go with option number 2.

    I have used many lights. The ones that truely seem to hold up is the SUREFIRES.
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    Check out FourSevens.com. They've got a few models that use the AA cells. Decent quality. I'd probably choose the Quark Tactical QTA.

    Check out Fenix, too. Of theirs, I'd probably choose the LD12, which is 125 lumens and IPX-8 (waterproof) rated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Check out FourSevens.com. They've got a few models that use the AA cells. Decent quality. I'd probably choose the Quark Tactical QTA.

    Check out Fenix, too. Of theirs, I'd probably choose the LD12, which is 125 lumens and IPX-8 (waterproof) rated.
    CCW how long have you had your foursevens? My glass on mine shattered and the LED puts out less and less over the days.

    This was a Flashlight that I got as a present and it was a limited run titanium i believe its one of the quark models.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    CCW how long have you had your foursevens? My glass on mine shattered and the LED puts out less and less over the days.
    I use a Quark Mini. Has given no problems, at all. Easily fits in the pocket. Bright enough to blind someone nearby, at ~10yds.
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    Recommend me a flashlight?

    Any flashlight that will illuminate a preposition will suffice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    Check out FourSevens.com. They've got a few models that use the AA cells. Decent quality. I'd probably choose the Quark Tactical QTA.

    Check out Fenix, too. Of theirs, I'd probably choose the LD12, which is 125 lumens and IPX-8 (waterproof) rated.
    The latter looks really good, thanks. I'm also looking at the Fenix PD22...smaller and more powerful, but uses the 123 battery. Hmmmm...
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    Although the Olight S15 Baton doesn't seem to satisfy your list of requirements at first glance, I think it's worth a quick look-see. It works with one or two AA batteries, or one 14500 (rechargeable Li-ion 3.7V) battery. I EDC one of these, regardless whether I'm dressed for work, outdoors, or church, and the design of the clip compensates for the head being slightly larger OD than the battery compartment for me.

    Olight S15 Cree LED EDC Flashlight with Extended Tube for S25 and LegionArms AA Battery - Amazon.com
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    I would recommend the FourSevens Mini M2A. I just bought one and really like it so far. The only thing it doesn't have is a end click to turn it on. You have to rotate the end of it, which really isn't a huge deal, it can be done one handed.

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    Well until just recently I carried the 2 AA MAGLITE with a 3 bulb led mod in it probably the last 10 years or so. But all told I've carried the AA MagLite over 20 years. I'm not positive but there are aftermarket doo dads for this flashlight probably w/the clip you want. I loved the led bulbs cuz they'll work a long time with dead batteries. I still carry my old ML just in the console of my truck. I got me a small 110 lumen tac type light a few weeks ago and it works swell. The led mod kit I got for like $10 back then and it uses a push button switch located at end of the light like you wanted No way you'll get 100 lumens w/the 3 led bulbs with this particular mod kit but you'll get good soft light for chores a mechanic or truck driver might attend to.

    MagLites are just like an old Timex watch-they take a lickin' and keep on tickin'!! I have 6 or 7 ML's. Three or 4 of the twin AA types and 3 that run on D batteries.
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