Good Cheap light with a clip?

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    Good Cheap light with a clip?

    So I'm looking for a good inexpensive LED light with a clip.

    Currently I have an Energizer Aluminum body 3W LED light that I like, its a little large for EDC, but it lacks a clip, I also have the standard cheap 9LED 3AAA light that sucks, but is reasonably small.

    I've eyed the Coleman Max CR2 at Walmart, and nearly left with one, but I really want a nice cheap light with a clip.

    Any suggestions? Ideally under $30 as I tend to destroy things that live in my pockets and expect to replace it every few years.

    Thx

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    Streamlight Microstream. you can get them for about $17

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    Maybe you have destroyed your lights because all you ever had were POS. Not being smart but you get what you pay for. I have a PHD in breaking shi*t and my Surefires are still going strong even if they look like crap.

    Just today I received a light for review. I took it out of the box, put batteries in it and dropped it into a gallon of water where it has been for 2.5 hrs so far and is still going at 120 lums on 2 AA batteries. Buy quality and cry once. I am liking this like and will be doing full review. You can get this particular light for around $70.- George

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckles View Post
    Streamlight Microstream. you can get them for about $17
    +1 for the microstream. It's my EDC and I love it. And if you ever loose it or it breaks it's cheap to replace.
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    When buying equipment on which my life could depend...I seldom seek the words "good" and "cheap" in the same sentence...I'm just sayin'...

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    I know it's a little out of your price range but I LOVE my Fenix PD20. It is nice and tiny and puts out 190 lumens with 6 different modes including strobe. You can set it to instantly come on at 190 lumens or the lowest setting.

    I agree that skimping on a flashlight isn't a good idea but I can't justify spending $100+ on a light.

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    The problem I have with paying for a surefire or similar light, is sooner or later if it DOESN'T get broken it will get lost.

    If I have something on me daily, it covers a lot of miles, and a lot of situations. I live what you would call "an active life".

    A while back I lost a really nice Benchmade knife, cost me about $120. I was really irked with myself, and made the switch back to cheaper knives. Not as nice, but they cut just as well. Just need a little more attention to keep em sharp, but I don't cry when I lose them.

    Thx guys, I will definitely check out the Microstream. Any one know of any common brick and mortar stores that carry them so I can check one out?

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    I recently bought this light: Quark 123 Tactical, R5 Edition 4Sevens.Com Total cost - $69. Yeah, it's a little more money than you wanted to spend, but it's small and bright. If you don't mind a tad longer light, then get the Quark that accepts AA batteries. I got the one that uses CR123 batteries, as it's smaller and has higher lumens.

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    the light with the lanyard pictured is a River Rock light; it's an LED, one AA battery light. it's bright enough to light a room, and it cost me less then $20 at Target. i had a similarly sized Inova, that i paid $30 for, and it only lasted me a month, until it crapped out on me after a light dunking in a river. the River Rock has been dropped, dunked, kicked, chewed on by a dog, and stepped on. it's beat up, but i can't figure out how to get it to stop working, other than removing the battery. one of the best torches i've ever bought; it beats my Streamlight Scorpion, in terms of run time, and ease of carry. i can carry it all day. it has a clip, as you can see:



    the other light, with the rubber insert, is made by NEBO, who i've never heard of. it was sitting on the counter of a local gun shop, and it was only $10, so i picked one up, just to have an extra light. time will tell if it was money well spent.

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    nice, I see a trip to target happening during lunch. If they have one of those I will report back

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    Good luck. I haven't been able to find any of the river rock ones at my target

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buckles View Post
    Good luck. I haven't been able to find any of the river rock ones at my target
    Yeah, none at the one I went to either. That said they did have a nice little Dorcy 1W LED that runs on one CR123 battery (which I have a ton of at home) for $10. I had to pick it up at that price. I will see what I can do to put a clip on it tonight at home

    Thx, if I dont like this I think I will probably do the streamlight microstream

    Thanks again all

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    I bought a Fenix LD10 off of Amazon for $45 or so. Great light, and I like the fact that it runs on one AA. It is well made and has 6 modes..

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    They have a good deal at costco for 2 160 lumen lites for 20.00 with batterys...
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    My lights are Surefires, but I am looking at the Fenix line. Seem to be a lot for the money.
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