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Good little EDC flashlight?

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by hariph creek, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. hariph creek

    hariph creek vancouver, wa. Active Member

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    I hope this is the right place for this?

    The other day I was sitting in the theater with my wife. I thought to my self, "self, what if the power goes out? I don't want to try and use my phone as a light, it's battery is always about to die!".
    I quit carrying a 'tacticool' flashlight when I quit wearing a duty belt. Since I hung the ol' Bat Utility Belt, I guess I've gotten used to relying on the infrastucture to light my way.
    I do keep flashlights in the truck, my wifes car, the night stands, etc... But, not on my person, anymore.

    I'm looking for a small (single aaa), inexpensive, reliable, LED flashlight.
    I know aaa does'nt have huge light output. I want a common, easy to find anywhere, power source.
    I'm not looking for a razzle-dazzle 'tacticool' hand held prison spotlight. Just something I can drop in a pocket. You know, because I don't have enough crap in various pockets already.

    Any recommendations? Oh yes, I'd prefer something I can just buy off the shelf, locally.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Nwcid

    Nwcid Yakima and N of Spokane Well-Known Member

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    I know it does not fit your description but the Surefire G2XP. The reason I carry it is small enough I can carry it easily in my pocket at all times (even sitting around the house). Yet it is bright enough to be amazing.

    GF also carries one in her purse and I have another in my daily carry bag.
     
  3. Sun195

    Sun195 Pugetropolis, WA Well-Known Member

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    You might consider something by Fenix - like their E05 model. I haven't used this specific model but have used one of their AA models (L1D) for a few years with positive results.

    Or, you could always just go with a Photon of some sort. I've had one on my keychain for years - always seems to work; haven't broken it (yet); rarely notice it there. It'd get me out of a dark theater and more. Although it's not AAA-powered, the batteries seem to last forever & are easy to find at a drug store.
     
  4. wjv

    wjv SW Washington State Active Member

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    Just bought a Maglite XL50. Probably bigger than what your looking for BUT

    High (100 lumen) for 8 hours 45 minutes to 50% power!!
    Low ( 25 lumen) for 36 Hours to 50% power!!!!!!

    Beam focuses from flood to spotlight.

    $30 at Walmart

    It's become my EDC flashlight. Easy UI and doesn't have 37 different modes to click through.

    The problem with single cell lights is that a single battery only produce 1.5V, so flashlights that use a single AAA or AA cell tend to be dim, and burn through batteries very quickly.

    I have a couple higher end LED lights, but none of them have the burn time on high that the Maglite does.
     
  5. nitestocker

    nitestocker woodland washington Well-Known Member

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    get the fenix i have a few of them and there great
     
  6. fishkisser101

    fishkisser101 Orcas Island Member

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    Love my Streamlight Stylus Pro, for what it's worth--
     
  7. hatchetjack

    hatchetjack Western WA Active Member

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    I keep a Fenix E01 in my pocket daily. Not sure where you would find one in your area. Takes 1 AAA and won't night blind you.
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  8. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    Wanna go uber cheap and stock up for around the house? Harbor freight has one that's 3 1/2 inches long, has 9 LEDs and takes 3 AAA batteries. We have a bunch of them around the house and in cars, bikes, tool boxes, etc. and haven't had a single failure.

    They often advertise in their weekly flyer that they'll give you one just for visiting the store. Otherwise, they are just a couple of bucks.

    They aren't super, super bright, but they'll sure allow you to easily get around in the dark, and I use them for looking around inside computer cases and all sorts of things.
     
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    tank3d Eugene Member

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  10. RedneckRampage

    RedneckRampage Newberg Well-Known Member

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    I love my Streamlight Scorpion X...runs on two CR123s though. $57 at Wholesale Sports.
     
  11. flyboyric

    flyboyric Portland, OR New Member

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    Go to COSTCO where you can find a three-pack for $12 or so, great quality.
     
  12. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    I see reviews which claim these drain batteries even when turned off. Some recommend you remove the batteries when not in use, most recommend carrying extra rechargeable batteries. The main knock on LED lights is battery life anyway, so this is a deal killer for me. I haven't had that problem with the Harbor Freight lights, although these may well be better lights otherwise. I just don't know.

    I carry that very smallest mag light in my pocket and it has longer battery life and the beam will focus. The cheap LED's are sure handy to have lots of them around, though.
     
  13. knuckle Head

    knuckle Head southeast Well-Known Member

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    PHOTON II L.E.D. Goes on your key chain, available in multiple colors, some colors use up batteries quicker than others, A turqoise is ultimate night vision and fairly bright.

    WHite light battery is good for 12 - 24 depends if it is contiheos use or not.

    Turqoise light battery much, much longer look and first link for product manufacturers specifications, used it backpacking 2,200 miles all i needed at night, replaced battery once.

    I bought one for each of my relatives and keep one all of my key chains

    PhotonLight.com | Powerful LED Flashlights, LED Keychain Lights & more.

    Amazon.com: photon II
     
  14. hariph creek

    hariph creek vancouver, wa. Active Member

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    The ARC AAA-P looks pretty nice, but considering it's cost to lumens ratio, the Fenix EO1 looks better.
    The Fenix LD1(sp?) has substantial light, but is a little more than I want to spend.
    The StreamLight Micro Stream really seems like a lot of bang for the buck. Some people have reported issues with unintended activation, in the pocket though. Anyone used this? Any issues? This seems my best choice. Any local stores carry these?

    I may get a couple Photons for my wife and I to put on our keychains.
    This would be pretty handy. A nice addition to my Victrinox Classic, that also resides there. I carry a more usefull knife most the time. A more usefull flashlight soon, too.
    I've always got my keys (all 2 of them), so these would make a compact bare minimum.
     
  15. Riot

    Riot Benton County, Washington Well-Known Member

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    Fenix flashlights are the untold secret of the flashlight world. Everyone knows about the overpriced streamlights and surefires, but nobody really knows about the pellican and fenix flashlights.

    I use an E-20 on a daily basis. Takes (2) AA batteries.
     
  16. coctailer

    coctailer Portland, OR/Hastings, MI/Vancouver,WA I run with scissors.

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  17. hariph creek

    hariph creek vancouver, wa. Active Member

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    coctailer, yours is probobaly all scuffed up from riding in your pocket. I hate to think of anyone walking around with gear so obviously worn out. You should just go ahead and get yourself a new one. I'll 'dispose' of that old boat anchor your lugging. It seems pretty extreme, I know. But, it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.
     
  18. hariph creek

    hariph creek vancouver, wa. Active Member

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    btw, the micro stream is in the less $20 than range, with I think, something like 72 lumens?

    I'll look into pellican...
     
  19. apf

    apf WA New Member

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    Not local, but...

    For $28 (and shipping, around $7 but they sell paracord and other goodies that make the shipping less painful) you can order a small Maratac flashlight. Linked to the polished stainless one, but there are a couple on their site. Three levels of brightness you can select from.
    CountyComm - Electro Polished Stainless Steel Maratac? AAA Flashlight
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  20. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    $249 for a flashlight? That's more than I'd pay for a new car, LOL.