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Sell me an EDC flashlight.

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Blaylocke, Nov 2, 2013.

  1. Blaylocke

    Blaylocke Lewis County Active Member

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    There are plenty of threads out there on the subject, and so I hate to make another one. However, it seems flashlights are a constantly changing thing, with new models coming out, and the ones people recommended in the past, no longer produced.

    It's been frustrating seeing someone recommend a $50 flashlight that sounds promising, only for it to be selling for $200 because it's discontinued :laugh:

    So can anyone recommend me an EDC flashlight that meets the following criteria:

    1. High lumen count. I want something that is going to (temporarily) blind anyone who gets blasted by it. The higher the better, while also staying within my price range, which leads me to...

    2. Under $70. I know this is a tall order for what I'm asking for, but given prior discussions, I think it can be done.

    3. A common battery (AA, AAA) would be nice, but is not entirely necessary, as long as I'm not going to need to buy my battery from some specialty site.

    4. Available online or in the Portland area. I'm driving through Portland on Monday, and would be willing to stop if someone knows a good place to look, otherwise, it's probably Amazon for me.

    Optional: I don't NEED it to be strong enough/built to bash some wrongdoer over the head with it, but that would obviously be a bonus.

    I also would like it relatively small. Either pocket carry or some holster carry. I obviously don't want to lug around some monster.

    Any help would be great!
     
  2. ATCclears

    ATCclears Seattle area, WA Well-Known Member

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  3. ZA_Survivalist

    ZA_Survivalist Oregon AK's all day.

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    Shoot, ACE hardware carries some of what you're after.
    $20-$30
     
  4. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    simpleguy Clackamas Active Member

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  6. SCARed

    SCARed Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    Fenix or EagleTac.
     
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  7. Asavage270

    Asavage270 eugene Active Member

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    http://www.amazon.com/FordEx-Group-300lm-Flashlight-Adjustable/dp/B006E0QAFY/ref=cm_cr_pr_sims_t

    This one costs 3.55$

    But steve, wont a 3.55$ flashlight suck?

    This little bugger is worth every penny, and performs like a 75$ light.
    I have carried one for about 9 months, 5 days a week, using it daily, and have had no problems with it. Runs on 1 AA battery, adjustable zoom, hefty enough to be hucked, durable (I drop it all the time), battery life seems to be about 1 AA battery every 2month for me, so I would say about 20-30 hours per AA battery.

    Cons -
    Ships from china, takes about 6 weeks for shipping.
    Apparently quality varies from batch to batch. My 3 have all worked extremely well.

    And for 3.55 you can order one for every vehicle, backpack, G.H.B., wife (Mine steals mine), friend, and still be under your 75$ limit.
     
  8. lucifermonkey

    lucifermonkey Portland, OR Well-Known Member

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  9. nastybynature

    nastybynature ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Active Member

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    Here is my wife's Nebo.

    Here is mine.

    Not the best, not the worst. But it always turns on unless the batteries are dead at least so far.
     
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  10. Burt Gummer

    Burt Gummer Portland Completely Out of Ammo

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    My latest flashlight purchase. 850 lumen. Pocket carry. Blinding! Under $70, barely. New Fenix PD35 CREE XM L2 U2 LED 850 Lumen Tactical Flashlight EDC CR123A | eBay

    5 Brightness Levels Plus Strobe
    Turbo - 850 Lumens - 1 hr. 30 min.
    High - 450 Lumens - 2 hr. 30 min.
    Mid - 170 Lumens - 7 hr. 45 min.
    Low - 45 Lumens - 29 hr.
    Eco - 10 lumens - 140 hr.

    CR123s are common batteries, available at $1 each shipped online all day long.

    If you want the king of all flashlights (<$75) - 13800 Lumen - that is 5x brighter than most home theater projectors - this is it my friend - 12, count them again, 12 high intensity T6 LEDs.

    For a comparison, the brightest aftermarket Xeon car headlights are about 1300 lumen. So this flashlight is easily 10x brighter than the avg car headlights.

    Like a portable Luxor Casino! LOL

    18650 batteries, also inexpensive online. Too large for pocket carry, belt carry OK.

    Will crush just about any other flashlight on the market this side of $500. Only this cheap because a foreign slave is willing to accept our dollars - yippee!

    I have several Trustfires. They are solid units.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/261275767551?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649

    Charger for batteries - never need to buy new ones: http://www.ebay.com/itm/XTAR-WP2-II...23089?pt=Battery_Chargers&hash=item4d0c2f86d1

    Plenty of batteries: http://www.ebay.com/itm/350849263515

    The question is - are you man enough!? :cool: :bluelaugh:

    My current Trustfires have THREE T6 leds at 3800 lumen are are extremely bright. These new 9x and 12x T6 models take light to the next level.

    If home defense at night is a big deal to you these are pretty much cornea melters. For $115, you are set up with all you need to go make enemies of your neighbors.
     
  11. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Nebo Redline! On Amazon. Super well built, plenty of features, heavy aircraft aluminum, standard battery's, abt $30.00! I love mine!

    PS: My bad! Redlines are $23.00 on amazon! BTW I did not like the lit up red ring so I cut a ranger band out of a bike inner tube and fit it over the lens housing. Gives more grip for zooming too!
     
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  12. jeepseth

    jeepseth Camas Washington Member

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    I bought several of these for work (metal fab shop) and some of the guys bought them too. They lasted about 3-5 months, and only failed because they were over heated, ground on or burned up. Well worth the money, but the quality was hit or miss. I'd say 80% fine, 10% minor flaw and 10% took some fiddling to make them work. At that price, I'll take those odds.
     
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  13. Nutty4Guns

    Nutty4Guns Portland ADHD Superstar

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    Thanks for the heads up. I just ordered 5 of them.
     
  14. Blaylocke

    Blaylocke Lewis County Active Member

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    So many great options. You all are making this difficult :laugh:. I'll post back with what happens. Anyone who hasn't chimed in and has a suggestion, please do!
     
  15. mkwerx

    mkwerx Forest Grove, OR Well-Known Member

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    Mag Lite XL50
    139 lumen LED
    3 mode tail switch (high beam, low beam, strobe)
    3AAA batteries
    $30 at most big box stores, cheaper online

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  16. omenwolf

    omenwolf Oregon Active Member

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    if you are looking for a great single AA the EagleTac D25a is a great EDC light. I have been carring one for close to one year. Its small, bright, has great modes, and a good pocket clip. It will also run on lithium 14500 cells that will get a small AA size light over 500 lumens for short periods of time. They have cool white and neutral white beams, I like the neutral beams because they give a better easier on the eyes color. They also have the xpg and xml bulbs. xpg is more for spot light at longer distances and xml for more flood for closer ranges. I have D25A titanium with a xml neutral bulb and love it, great EDC light.
    EagleTac - EagleTac D25A Clicky XM-L2 T6 Neutral White Uses 1-AA battery - Model Number: ET/D25A/C/NW - $51.90
     
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    DeadEyeMcGoo Seattle Active Member

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  18. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I carry a Streamlight ProTac 2AAA clipped in the front pocket of my jeans. It's small enough to not get in the way and plenty darn bright. Uses 2 AAA batteries and gives good battery life.
    I use an older less powerful version at work daily, so I have confidence in the life/reliability, especially for the price.
     
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  19. omenwolf

    omenwolf Oregon Active Member

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    I have one of them too great little 2xaaa light. Its clipped in my center console in my car. Another great little aaa light is the Olight i3s, its a single aaa that puts out 80 lumen, that one is on my key chain.
    here is a few of mine for size comparison
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    from left to right Crelant 7g6cs, ultrafire 801b, Eagletac P20c2 (my edc #2), Nitecore MT2A (my edc #3), Eagletac D25A Ti (my edc#1), Four sevens Preon Penlight, Streamlight protac AAA, Streamlight Stylus pro, Olight I3s.
     
  20. Sgt Nambu

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    So....any decisions?