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Flashlight for Car

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Steve06, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Steve06

    Steve06 Oregon Active Member

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    Does anyone have a recommendation for a flashlight to keep in the car?
     
  2. jrprich

    jrprich PNW Well-Known Member

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    LED with the highest candlepower you can afford and a zoom
     
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  3. PolishedBrass

    PolishedBrass Gresham, Oregon Active Member

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    T6 Cree XML LED plus Zoom is a must. Among the many I have ... the below 2 are decent and where I bought them.

    I have a lot of LED Flash Lights ... this one is perhaps the brightest for the money. Bright enough to have weapon capabilities. Uses Rechargeable 18650 Lithium
    1600 Lumen Zoomable CREE XM L T6 LED 18650 Flashlight Torch Zoom Lamp Light | eBay

    Here is another headset Light that is bright and uses AA Batteries.
    Nice for Biking or working on stuff or the Car.

    CREE T6 White LED 1200LM Zoomable Zoom on Out Adjustable Headlamp Headlight EP98 | eBay
     
  4. safetyman

    safetyman Clark County, WA Active Member

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    Do you have a budget? If so, what is it?
     
  5. PinoyBoy

    PinoyBoy Snohomish County, WA Member

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    Ignore the words "tactical" on the packaging. It usually goes on sale at Costco for $15. I keep one in the car and the other two around the house.
     
  6. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I have a Streamlight 20XP-LED. It is rechargeable and charges in my truck every time the key is on. It also comes with a 110VAC home charger that is next to my bed, so I can bring it in to charge/use. It's LED and Halogen, on separate switches. LED is great for close stuff and lasts 30 HOURS on a charge, plenty for hiking or working. The halogen is super bright and goes a LONG way! It lasts about an hour or two on a charge. It's American made, used by fire fighters and police, durable, God sized (msg light size, but way lighter) and was $99.
     
  7. Kevinkris

    Kevinkris Aloha Well-Known Member

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    these are actually really bright and the batteries will last a good amount of time. one draw back: they will melt a little in the heat of the sun. its best to keep them in the trunk or glove box(any place that stays mostly cool). anywhere else and you may not get much use out of them. i had 3 to start with about 2 years ago, i still have 2 and they are on their 2nd and 3rd set of batteries and i use them while im on my night time walks.
     
  8. Modeler

    Modeler Molalla, Oregon Soccer Fan

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    I carry a 2 D cell LED maglight in my truck. Classic, big and hard to misplace.
     
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  9. MrNiceGuy

    MrNiceGuy between springfield and shelbyville Well-Known Member

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    I have a streamlight strion LED that I love.
    160 lumens, 3 brightness setting + strobe, but best of all, it's rechargeable.
    It came with a car charger that plugs into the cigarette lighter, but I went ahead and hard-wired it and mounted it on my center console.
    I've used it while hiking in and camping for the weekend, or simply checking the oil at night.
    It's never gone dead and has always provided me with ample lighting.


    streamlight2020strion20.jpg

    Streamlight 74301 Strion LED Flashlight with AC/12-Volt DC and 1-Holder, Black - Amazon.com
     
  10. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    +1 on the Costco cheapies.

    For a good, small, bright light - Fenix PD32 on Ebay - about $55
     
  11. chase

    chase Wilsonville, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I use a Streamlight Strion also, but the Xeon gas version for my car. Ive had it for over 5 years now and still using the same rechargeable battery. Its a great flashlight. But it depends on if you want a wide or focused beam. Gas or LED for illumination. Size of light and battery type. You should go and check out as many flashlights as you can, everyone is different. I also carry a Surefire E1L on me, redundancy is a good thing. Last week my tire popped on a back road, it was dark, muddy, and rainy. Im so glad I had my Strion, but it lasted for about 10 minutes. I haven't recharged it for 6+ months, last summer. Luckily I had my Surefire on me. I like to have rechargeable flashlights for cost savings, but also high output lights that use CR123 batteries.
     
  12. Steve06

    Steve06 Oregon Active Member

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    I want something with decent amount of burn time. Worst case senario, car breaks down after dark and I have to walk 4 hours. I don't need a death ray with a 20 minute burn time (Surefire 6P) but I think that a light that would run 12-20 hours would be about right.
     
  13. PX4WA

    PX4WA Tacoma, WA Active Member

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    get the costco light (all 3 of them) and leave in trunk, glove compartment and door...

    if you have to leave the car, you have 3 flashlights for under 20$ and three times the burn time...

    seriously, this is the best light for the money anywhere...

    yes you can get twice the lumens for 4x the cost... but why not just bring 2 small lights... it's small enough to be portable and very bright... also has strobe feature for self defense...
     
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    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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    +1 for Costco, and in fact I just picked up a pack of three 250-lumen lights (same config, more bright) for $15.

    Peter
     
  15. Steve06

    Steve06 Oregon Active Member

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    Thanks guys. Costco it is.
     
  16. HenryJ

    HenryJ Eastern Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    +4 on the Costco cheapies

    Then save up for a 4500 lumen HID rechargeable to use in recovery operations ;) Love mine!
     
  17. Dyjital

    Dyjital Albany, Ore Flavorite Member Bronze Supporter

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    I've always carried a MagLight.

    Full size. They do double duty as a light AND a club.
     
  18. CoastRange57

    CoastRange57 Western Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    + 5 on the Costco cheapies. I have about 6 of them. One is usually in my left rear pocket at all times at night, one in console of vehicles, bug out bag has two, house has a couple. You can never have too many of these. AAA batteries are expensive, but these are a very functional unit. Keep lots of extra batteries around. The strobe feature is a very good tactical advantage.

    Have a couple of he Mag Lights as well. Ditto the club purpose as well.
     
  19. Marko850

    Marko850 Duvall New Member

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    + 6 on the Costco lights. I used to carry a $250 Surefure with me everywhere. Then I bought 4 three packs of the Costco cheapies = 12 lights for $60. I have at least two in all my cars, one in the office, tool chest, bedroom, kitchen, ect... I no longer have to carry a torch, but there is always one within reach.
     
  20. Rix

    Rix Tacoma Active Member

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    Large led mag light or stinger led ds with piggyback extra battery. Comes with 12 volt cord. Have on permanently mounted in my truck.