Pocket LED light

Pocket LED light

This is a discussion on Pocket LED light within the Related Gear & Equipment forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; I currently do not carry a light when I'm out. Just keys, wallet, Spyderco Tenacious and my Shield 9mm. Would adding a light be a ...

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    Pocket LED light

    I currently do not carry a light when I'm out. Just keys, wallet, Spyderco Tenacious and my Shield 9mm. Would adding a light be a good idea? I am looking at Fenix or Streamlight AA or CR123 (single cell) size lights. Can a light prove useful defensively, i.e. temporarily blinding someone? Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.
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    I carry a AAA flashlight every day simply because you never know when you need a light. ThruNite Ti3. I am not certain it would be effective as a defensive light as you have to turn the end of it to get to the different lumen settings. You'd want a push button light for that purpose. But the ThruNite is an excellent light for $20. I highly recommend it.

    I carry similar to what you do, except my knife is a Paramilitary 2, and my gun is a full size M&P9. I also carry a Leatherman Squirt PS4, which I also highly recommend. Great little multi-tool.

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    I love my Streamlight Protac 2L. It's bright enough I can spot coons in trees 50 yards out, the strobe is downright nasty against someone approaching in the dark, and the low light option is great to find your way in a dark theater. Mine rides in my RF pocket next to my Kershaw Cryo all day, every day.
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    I always have a light with me. Usually a AAA LED clipped in my pocket.
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    Yes a light is a terrific item for self defense. 200-300 lumens is a good balance where it affects the 'shine-ee' without blinding yourself. People squint, turn away, or put their hands up. It gives you a chance to make a move, it lets you see people hiding, it lets them know they've been seen. It won't 'temporarily blind' them unless it is very, very bright (i.e. once the light is off, they may see spots, but will have plenty of sight left). Typically, you can see them and all they can see is a wall of light. I recommend a single Cr123a. Good balance between size and brightness. Check for a tactical UI such that it comes on in high mode with a single press. I really like my Nitecore MT1C for this purpose. With the head tightened, it's on high no matter how many times you press the button. If you loosen the head, you can cycle through some lower levels. I carry this AND a weapon mounted light. A single AAA light that you have to twist is basically worthless for self defense, but very handy for everything else. Looking for the remote under the couch at night? 300 lumens is too much.

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    I carry a Fenix LD10 clipped to a belt loop. 1 AA battery, the size of a roll of nickels, 100 lumens bright, strobe, lower power modes also. I keep it on the brightest setting because that is most likely what will do the most good against an attacker in the dark another slight press activates the strobe feature. I do wish it was a momentary on/off switch instead of a click on/off. If I need to use it in the theater or anywhere just for reading or looking at something a slight twist of the head engages a low power mode that can be stepped up twice with a slight press on the tail switch, a third press enables the S.O.S. feature. It is not the perfect light but damn good for the price. I use it alot in my day to day adventures.
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    I have been looking at the Fenix PD22UE and also the PD25. They offer 20% off with a code. The PD22 has an S.O.S. model, otherwise the same as the PD25. Not sure I'd ever need it? Was going to pick up a couple of their 16340 rechargeables as well. Nightcore makes a nice li-ion charger @amazon for less than 20 bucks. Of course I bought an Opus charger earlier this and didn't go with one that could also do Li-ion... Doh! Any other thoughts are welcome.
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    I carry a few lights but another forum I'm on recommended a light that is easy to use, and comes on high first.

    I received my Klarus XT2C yesterday. I am carrying it in my right front pocket. It has two buttons on the tailcap. One is for high, the other is strobe. It is 5.31 inches long, takes a 18650 rechargeable battery or two CR123. Once you click the light on the strobe button is used to cycle through high, medium, low.

    I have a Nitecore EA11(that I am selling, have to pay for other lights). It uses a regular AA battery(one), but with the IMR battery is 900 lumens on high. It has a secondary red led to preserve night vision. It has a dual button setup. You can access low, high, strobe instantly from the buttons.

    I am carrying an Olight S1A that is also a single AA light. Small, and bright. I carry it on a belt loop and forget its there. It is a single button switch.

    I did have a MecArmy PT16. USB rechargable, 3 leds, small and put out a flood of light. I was running out of room to carry lights so I gave it to my friend at Advanced Holster. I would charge it while sitting at work. It is a single button light. It takes one CR123(or rechargeable).

    I am carrying a FourSevens Smart Quark QSL-X. It is a bluetooth flashlight. With the free app you can tweak and change a lot of features. I wanted it to mimic my Klarus so I have the tailswitch set up for high. The side switch is set for strobe. All other setting are disabled but you can still hold down the sideswitch to start at low and ramp up to high. It is a single CR123(or rechargeable) flashlight.

    I also carry a Inova XP(2 batteries), XS(one battery) and an old Fenix E05(one battery). All are AAA lights.

    Now that I rambled on about a few lights I have had or now presently carry consider one thing: You don't carry a cheap gun, don't carry a cheap flashlight.
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    Well I took the plunge and went with a Fenix PD25. Also bought these at Costco. Very nice for the home or car. Feit LED Flashlight Kit 1000 Lumens 3-pack with case
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    Yes, a good flashlight can definitely be used as a defensive weapon. Check out the Olight S1 Baton. It's a very small pocket flashlight with four power settings upto 500 lumens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munch View Post
    Well I took the plunge and went with a Fenix PD25. Also bought these at Costco. Very nice for the home or car. Feit LED Flashlight Kit 1000 Lumens 3-pack with case
    Fenix makes good lights.
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    If I'm wearing pants there's a light in the pocket. I carry a light because it's dark half of the time and it's always dark inside buildings when the lights are off. IMO if you carry a gun you should also be carrying a light. Remember the recent case where an off duty LEO shot his own teenage daughter in their home? She was sneaking in after curfew and he mistook her for an intruder and he fired at the shape/sound. The girl survived but it had to be a nightmare, and one that would have been easily remedied with a white light!

    My main EDC right now is a Malkoff MDC. It's very compact, absolutely bombproof and very bright (mine puts out 250 real, OTF lumens). A 1 x CR123a version like I have is around $120 but I expect it will probably outlast me.
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    I sometimes carry a 1000 lumen light powered by a single lithium ion cell which is a little larger than an AA.

    It's strongly made and has points around the lens that might make using it as weapon possible.

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    I'm a Streamlight AAx2 ProTac fan as well. With stacked o-rings & paracord, mine doubles as a koppo stick (a yawara with finger-loop). Never gets a 2nd glance at the courthouse or from the TSA. Easy EDC,
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    Ive been carrying a Maglite xl50 daily for about 9 months now. One click gives 200 lumens on high, two clicks gives 50 lumens, three clicks gives strobe. Runs off 3AAA batteries. Costs about $30.

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