Flashlight for around $100

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    Flashlight for around $100

    I would like to get a flashlight, but don't want to spend TOO much(i.e. around $100)

    obviously I want it to be small and wearable, but very bright.

    I prefer LED.

    I've read a lot about Surefire, however I don't know what model would be good.

    I would like one with a clip so I can just clip it on my belt or in my pocket.


    Please let me know what you all would recommend for me!

    Thanks

    Toby

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    Surefire E2D LED Defender
    Got it for $110 here:
    SureFire E2D LED Defender - Self Defense Flashlight
    Price seems to have gone up though. Look around and I'm sure you can find it for a lower price.

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    Chedck out the lights from Fenix. I bought a Fenix L2D from Fenix Flashlights, Cree Q5 LED, Lithium Batteries, Lithium Ion Batteries, Li-Ion Chargers, Leatherman Multitools, Spyderco Knives and more! and it's a terrific light. I think I paid $50-$60 for it. Has a Cree Q5 LED and runs on 2 AA batteries. Hits 180 lumens on turbo mode for over 2 hours and has 5 other output types including strobe in turbo mode The Fenix lights are one of the best values in personal lights IMHO.

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    You should check out Fenix flashlights. I bought a P3D several months ago and carry it in my pocket daily. VERY bright(200 lumens), a strobe for disorienting, and several lower settings if you twist the cap to just use it as a flashlight. It is about 4.5 inches long and is a breeze in my front pocket. The best part about it is the cost. I payed about $60 and couldn't be happier. A friend has a Surefire she payed $120 for and mine is both brighter and smaller. The quality is excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
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    GddyUp barely beat me to it. Seriously check out Fenix.
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    awesome thanks for the quick replies! Those fenix sure look nice =D

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    I haven't handled a fenix; although, I've heard nothing but good things from them. I own two Surefires, a L4 Lumamax and an E1B Backup. I carry the E1B in my pocket on a daily basis (utilizing the clip when wearing jeans, or just loose in my pocket with dress pants at work). These lights retail on Surefire's site for $175 and $150, respectively. I purchased both for under $100 on eBay.

    Which light you choose really depends on what you're looking for. Do you want a thrower or a flood? As an example, my L4 is rated for 100 lumens and my E1B is rated for 80, but the E1B has a much brighter hot-spot with less spill, while the L4 is a wall of light with less throw. Another issue is battery choice. Do you mind paying $2 for a lithium-ion battery? Do you want a rechargeable battery? Is warranty an issue? Surefire's customer service has been top notch when I broke my tailcap (twice, actually). They just UPS'd me a new one within a week of notifying them that it stopped working.

    CandlePowerForums - Powered by vBulletin is a great resource if you're interested in researching prior to purchasing anything. With that said, you can't really go wrong with a Surefire or a Fenix. Good luck!

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    +1 for Fenix.
    I have owed most of the better lights at one point or another and while I still love my Surefire Z2 (and keep one with my "night gun") my fenix gets carried daily.
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    I agree with rudy. I have both a Surefire L4 and an E1B. Lately I've been carrying the E1B because of its size. Both lights are great but the E1B has better throw.

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    I did some research before buying my Olight M20 Warrior R2 and believe it is near the top as far as price/features are concerned. The strobe feature is COOL.

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    Umm, Fenix. Duh. If you want a clip and not a holster, I'd recommend the T1, TK10 or TK11. Check out the other lights as well, as they might have something to offer you as well.
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    just ordered a Fenix p3d q5 for $59 shipped. Hopefully I'll like it :) Thanks for all the advice everyone!

    ok just saw the tk10. I like that a lot better! canceling my order haha

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    I purchased a LED light from Lowes a few months ago that makes my Surefire look dim by comparison and I only paid $50 for it. It was made by a company called "Coast". My Surefire had the brighter reflector installed too.

    Here's a link and it looks like they are in the process of changing their name:

    P7 | LED Lenser High Performance

    Not bad at 167 lumens either.

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    http://ledlenserusa.com/technology.php

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    I just got this from Target and I'm very happy with how bright the spot is.

    Dorcy 160 lumen - Dorcy International - Flashlights, LED Flashlights, Flashlight Batteries, Flashlight Bulbs

    A review of the 120 lumen version - Dorcy K2 Comparison Review - CandlePowerForums

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