What is the brightest single 123a flashlight?

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    What is the brightest single 123a flashlight?

    I'm fixing to get a new light and have settled on a single 123a powered LED light. The light needs to have single stage power (light powers to the brightest level only) and a clicky tailcap.

    I've read many threads here and on candlepowerforums and I'm losing my sanity.

    Can anyone tell me what is the brightest LED light that fits the above criteria?

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    Heres an offering from Streamlight that uses one 123a Twin-Task Series - Twin-Task 1 Cell Lithium | Streamlight 30 lumens isn't that bright.
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    I think one that comes really close to what you want would be the NiteCore Smart PD EX10 R2. Though not single stage, you can set it to remember what brightness level you want it to come on at, and while not a clicky, the PD tailcap functions basically the same. It's rated @ 145 lumens on the highest setting
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    I have a Novatac 127T that is 120 lumens, rus on 1 CR123 battery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shooterX View Post
    I have a Novatac 127T that is 120 lumens, rus on 1 CR123 battery.
    What's the battery life like? That's a lot of light for a single battery.
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    Well, I don't know who offers the brightest but the 120-Lumens reported in this thread sounds pretty darn high! I forget the name of the one that is made from several rods and costs about 500-bucks.

    Anyway, I would think that run-time has to be considered when you want a flamethrower mega-watt option. I’m currently using a Surefire ‘Backup’ and it easily clicks on 80-lumens instantly. If you want the lower intensity, you simply click the tail switch a second time and that’s it. My next light will be the SF Titan at a pithy 70-lumens with a rheostat style bezel.

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    BTW: When I use my BackUp at 80-lumes, it trashes my night vision for a few seconds afterwards. So again, these real-world aspects need to be considered.

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    Thanks for the responses everyone.

    I currently use a Surefire 6P with a Malkoff devices M60 (235 lumens) for my "small" duty light and love it. After using this for a year or so, it is hard for me to go to something with less output. The Litecore and Novatac look like two to check out further.

    I have a Surefire E1e that I've upgraded the lamp with a Lumens Factory version that puts out slightly more lumens than the factory lamp. My intent is to go to all LED lights and keep the small off-duty, EDC light pretty bright.

    If anyone else has any ideas, please share away! Thank you all.

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    When you cut down to one 123A battery you're going to trade light for time (or the other way around).
    This is what I use and I get 2 hours of 120 lumens...it will blind you.
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    2008 Olight T10. Clicky and powers up at last level - just don't change it.
    Output & Runtime Information: Illumination: 190lm(1hr), 85lm(3hrs), 38lm(8hrs), 15lm, 20hrs), 6lm(50hrs)
    SOS: 190lm for 3 hrs 17lm for 40 hrs
    Strobe: 190lm (2.1hrs)

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    If you already have a 6P why wouldn't you want a Surefire 9P?

    Just asking?
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    230lum
    DealExtreme: $13.46 Nkoray K-109 Cree Q5-WC 5-Mode 230-Lumen Memory LED Flashlight (1*CR123A/1*16340)

    Mode Memory: Circuitry Features Mode Memory
    Mode Arrangement: Hi 230LM > Mid 150LM > Lo 80LM > Fast Strobe 200LM >



    13.46$

    cant beat that

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    Or this one. I've gotten several cheap, high intensity lights from DealExtreme. Takes awhile to get here (a month) but great value for the money.

    DealExtreme: $18.80 UltraFire WF-606A Cree Q5-WC 230-Lumen LED Flashlight with Extension Tube (1*CR2/2*AA)
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    The NiteCore Exteme or NiteCore SR3 are both 1x CR123 lights that are very bright - both are above 200 lumens, if I remember right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nedrgr21 View Post
    2008 Olight T10. Clicky and powers up at last level - just don't change it.
    Output & Runtime Information: Illumination: 190lm(1hr), 85lm(3hrs), 38lm(8hrs), 15lm, 20hrs), 6lm(50hrs)
    SOS: 190lm for 3 hrs 17lm for 40 hrs
    Strobe: 190lm (2.1hrs)

    I just upgraded to this light. It's tiny! I got it in my wifes eyes and nearly gave her a headache. She did not like it, but that's kind of the point. A small uncomfortably bright light to put in the BG's eyes. It's multiple brightness settings, but does remember the last setting. It has a spot for a lanyard too. I put one of mine on so that I would not loose the little thing.

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    I gotta tell you, that Nkoray model at 230 lumens and $13 is looking pretty good to me! Thanks for so many responses.

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