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Title: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: JohnnyMac on November 07, 2014, 02:25:13 PM
Hey gang!  It was suggested that having a thread for people to ask for suggestions on the right flashlight would be a good idea and I agree.

So, are you looking for a new flashlight and don't know what to get?  Have an idea on your needs but not sure which model would be best?  Feel free to ask in this thread and we'll do our best to lend a hand.  Between our members and our moderators you won't find better advice anywhere.

First let us know what your needs are:
Having this information will give us a great place to start in find that flashlight that is just right for you.  If you are just visiting go ahead and register so you can ask any questions you have.  There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers and you will find us to be the least bit intimidating to talk to. :)


Cheers!
Johnny
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Cereal_Killer on November 07, 2014, 02:33:03 PM
Hi I'm new, I want a flashlight that does a minimum 3000 lumens from 2,3 or 4 standard off the shelf alkaline AA's and can run for 3 hours on max (I figure 1 hour per battery right?)
Also the light should be safe to give my 6 year old so that means it can't overheat on high, ever. Also I want it to light up an entire football field, that's 2km away.

My budget is $25, I saw some lights on Chineese sites that clam this, what ones the best?
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: JohnnyMac on November 07, 2014, 02:44:39 PM
Hi I'm new, I want a flashlight that does a minimum 3000 lumens from 2,3 or 4 standard off the shelf alkaline AA's and can run for 3 hours on max (I figure 1 hour per battery right?)
Also the light should be safe to give my 6 year old so that means it can't overheat on high, ever. Also I want it to light up an entire football field, that's 2km away.

My budget is $25, I saw some lights on Chineese sites that clam this, what ones the best?
ROFL!  Always a wise-ass in the bunch! :P  Sorry, bud, that light doesn't exist. 

Next?!
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Cereal_Killer on November 07, 2014, 03:17:31 PM
Lol, sad thing is, I get that request numerous times on one of the non- flashlight forums I'm an advertiser on (literally word for word except the flood/throw line).
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: JohnnyMac on November 07, 2014, 03:25:53 PM
Lol, sad thing is, I get that request numerous times on one of the non- flashlight forums I'm an advertiser on (literally word for word except the flood/throw line).
OMG!  ROFL!!
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: jmpaul320 on November 07, 2014, 04:35:52 PM
I want a single 18650 MTG2 light for $20.  :-X
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Calmaja on November 07, 2014, 07:08:35 PM
How about this one: I want a pocket light that throws 1,000 meters, floods like a plunger lights and never gets hot!
If can get it it will help 18sixfifty a lot :D

Btw, other thing may be about tint color, pwm and modes (e.g. some user need strobe).
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Gj on November 17, 2014, 10:19:30 PM
I want a flashlight with an optical sensor, programmed to detect a strobe and light up in an inverse pattern to cancel it out. Similar to noise-cancelling headphones, this would be a strobe-cancelling flashlight.  8)

(http://http://i3.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/facebook/000/013/889/images.jpeg)
(http://i3.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/facebook/000/013/889/images.jpeg)
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: MRsDNF on November 18, 2014, 06:53:24 AM
How much do you want to pay. TFF discounts apply, 200% on list price.  :D
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Michael on December 18, 2014, 08:36:25 AM
Looks like this thread is just a bunch of wise guys making jokes so far ;)

So here's a serious question to get the festivities started.

I'm looking for more lights for my collection, since I'm pretty new to this and want some variety just cuz reasons that's why.

Single 18650 or any combination of AA/AAA powered. Basically because I'd rather not have to go buy more batteries beyond the rechargeables I already have.

I like zoomies, preferably something with a lot of throw and a tiny pinpoint on one end of the zoom and a wide even light on the other, not a fan of hot spots.

Something easy to work with would be great since I want to try modding. Waterproof is a plus, but not necessary.

I'd like to keep it under $40-ish, I'm not a big spender.

Modes on it don't really matter to me, I'd be just as happy with a simple on/off as I would a 10-mode strobe/SOS/Low/Ultra-Low/Medium/Ultra-Medium/High/Ultra-High/Mega-High/Giga-High craziness.

Really the main points are the price range and the power supply, anything else (modes, zoom, etc) are just icing on the cake. So what are some of you guys' favorite lights in that price range with that kind of power supply? Ideally, I'd like to have a nice collection of a light or two with crazy throw, a couple more with good flood, and a few knockaround lights to mess with and mod.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: JohnnyMac on December 18, 2014, 08:03:39 PM
The Uniquefire UF-1407 (http://www.fasttech.com/products/1601/10009201/1815002) is a well regarded zoomer and is single 18650 powered for just $22.66.  For FTT lights, the bigger the lens the farther it will throw.  This is about the largest in your price range unless you have a couple of 26650 cells to use in which case the UF-1405 for $34.89 (http://www.fasttech.com/products/1601/10009201/1815002) might be even better.  I think it can use either 1 or 2 cells.

UF-1407
(http://fasttechcdn.com/products/181/1815000/1815000-8.jpg) (http://www.fasttech.com/products/1601/10009201/1815002)

UF-1405
(http://fasttechcdn.com/products/181/1815002/1815002-8.jpg) (http://www.fasttech.com/products/1601/10009201/1815002)

If you can bump your budget just another $5 to $45 then the one you want is this:  The Jax Z1 (http://www.banggood.com/JAX-Z1-Zoomable-LED-Flashlight-Shell-Host-118650-p-950499.html)
Build quality and performance are stupendous and if you don't have a 26650 cell you can still run it on 18650 with the sleeve adapter.  I wouldn't think twice about this one.  I'd spring the little extra and go for the Jax. ;)
(http://img.banggood.com/thumb/large/2014/zhanghuaihong/10/SKU172598/SKU157762k.jpg) (http://www.banggood.com/JAX-Z1-Zoomable-LED-Flashlight-Shell-Host-118650-p-950499.html)
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Michael on December 19, 2014, 03:49:32 AM
I don't have any 26650s, but I'm not completely against buying a couple. I'm pretty sure my charger can hold them, I'll have to check on that. I definitely really like those other two recommendations, I'm thinking I'll have to start a "flashlight fund" change jar to save up a bit, this might get to be an expensive hobby as I've already got two lights in the post and a few great recommendations so far ;)

I use cash a lot and never carry change, so I'm sure the change jar would fill up fast ;)
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: JohnnyMac on December 22, 2014, 03:42:35 PM
Once you get a couple 26650 cells, Michael, you will find you need to get a 26650 mod for vaping.  Once you do that you won't want to use any other of your 18650 mods and will need to buy more 26650 mods as well as flashlights.  :o ;D
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Michael on December 22, 2014, 05:29:17 PM
I never got into 26650 mods, cuz I've heard they're not any more powerful, just longer battery life, and I'm the kind of guy who wants power, battery life be damned. Plus I've got a dual 18650 Sigelei 100w box mod, so I doubt and 26650 mech could top that.
That said, I'm not against trying it ;) always with the shinyitis...
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: flashlight21 on December 29, 2014, 06:55:58 PM
I am looking for a gift for my Dad. He has tons of flashlights but nothing expensive, just the store bought. I did research and like the fenix brand. I was torn between rc15 because of all the accessories, or the TK32. He likes the brightest flashlights, ones that have a long beam not so much the floody ones. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Do you think either of the ones I named is any good ? Or can you suggest another better one from Fenix ? Please nothing over 150 if possible
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: david57strat on April 22, 2015, 10:49:17 PM
Hi I'm new, I want a flashlight that does a minimum 3000 lumens from 2,3 or 4 standard off the shelf alkaline AA's and can run for 3 hours on max (I figure 1 hour per battery right?)
Also the light should be safe to give my 6 year old so that means it can't overheat on high, ever. Also I want it to light up an entire football field, that's 2km away.

My budget is $25, I saw some lights on Chineese sites that clam this, what ones the best?

If such a light existed, I'd be all over it; but I'd also expect it to have selectable tint ranges, at the touch of a button.  Want a U2 1A?  No problem!  How about an XP-L U5 7A3, with the press of that same switch?  Sure....you've got it!

Also, small as a penlight, fully submersible to at least 50 meters, and indestructible might be nice.

Actually, I'd settle for a light that could put out a nice clean combination of spot and spill, at 1000 lumens, out the front; fully-regulated, easily-pocket-able (running on a single 18650 battery), for at least two to three hours continuously (no step-down, thermal or otherwise); but I think the laws of physical preclude such a light from existing.  There's only so much power you can pack into a tiny tube.

On the other hand, not that long ago, they said we couldn't fly to the moon; so who knows, right?

If only.............
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: supermarket on August 18, 2015, 04:21:58 PM
Hey guys! I'm new here, and need some suggestions for a FIRST conscious flashlight buy.

I say conscious, because every flashlight I've bought before this, was more or less just random. I never previously had an interest in flashlights until now, and so I just grabbed either whatever was cheapest, seemed reasonable, or was the first thing I saw.

Now, I want a really GOOD flashlight, although my budget is limited. I will try to answer the questions the best I can:



    What type of beam do you need?  A floody beam for a wide viewing area or a tightly focused beam for long ranges?

          - I will be using this flashlight MAINLY in the woods at the night, so whatever is best for that. Perhaps something in between?





    What type of batteries to you wish to use in your new light?  Alkaline? Rechargeable NiMH? Lithion Ion rechargeable?

           - As an e-cig vaper, I use 18650 batteries, like the Sony VCT4 and Sony VCT5, or the purple EFests. Something that uses those batteries. I think they are lithion ion?


    Indoor or outdoor use?

             - outdoor


    What kind of run time do you need?  A few minutes a day or an hour or more straight use at a time?

                    -longer run time. Something I can use in the woods during the night without worrying about draining. NOT for use as a lamp or stationary light though....just something I can walk through the woods/search through the woods at night in


    Will it be carried in a pant pocket? A jacket? In a belt holster or clip? Or just stored in your glove/tool box?

                        - Id be carrying it in my hand, and I'd PREFER something on the SMALLER side, so MAYBE I could fit in loose pockets.....but this is NOT a necessity.


    What are your budget restraints?

                         - Most IMPORTANT of all. I'm looking to spend between $20-45. I know that isn't much to work with, so the CLOSEST we can get to that, the best :D





Thanks guys for all of your help!

I don't need anything CRAZY. This will just be my first conscious buy for a flashlight, something I can be proud of, but that isn't too expensive (I'll get into more expensive ones as I progress).
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: MRsDNF on August 19, 2015, 10:51:11 AM
Hi and welcome supermarket. lt may help to know what random lights you have purchased to help you with your non random purchase.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: supermarket on August 19, 2015, 02:38:18 PM
Well,  none of the lights I've purchased are name brands, although I have had a few Maglites back in the day (not looking for anything like them).   There is only *one* flashlight that I use on a regular basis. It is small, about 4", LED, and I use it indoors for building e-cigs coils, finding things in the carpet, etc.

I thought about it more, and here are some more specifics.

Again, I want something that runs on 18650s.
I want something that can be an every day carry (EDC)
I want something small(ish), and rugged enough to be able to survive being dropped from 3ft or so (so I can go hiking with it if need be).

The Fenix PD35 looks REALLY sweet. I wish it was less expensive.
I'm looking to spend between  $20-50.


Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: MRsDNF on August 19, 2015, 09:49:13 PM
This one.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/36667
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: fionaqin on November 03, 2015, 09:39:46 AM
i think Nitecore flashlight is very good, but price is a little higher than other brand perhaps
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: fionaqin on November 03, 2015, 09:57:46 AM
mark :)
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: tonydimattes on January 22, 2016, 09:34:36 AM
Hi I'm new, I want a flashlight that does a minimum 3000 lumens from 2,3 or 4 standard off the shelf alkaline AA's and can run for 3 hours on max (I figure 1 hour per battery right?)
Also the light should be safe to give my 6 year old so that means it can't overheat on high, ever. Also I want it to light up an entire football field, that's 2km away.

My budget is $25, I saw some lights on Chineese sites that clam this, what ones the best?

Hi, Cereal_Killer

I read your post and did some survey, but yes this type of flashlight do not exist any more, but I got to know about another tactical flashlight and that is ASTRO tactical flashlight (https://guarddog-security.com/tactical-led-flashlights). This flashlight is of 2000 lumen ultra bright (3 light functions) with rechargeable battery.

(https://guarddog-security.com/tactical-led-flashlights)

Besides, it is avilable in 2 colors, black and rust.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: JohnnyMac on January 23, 2016, 06:38:03 AM
Hi I'm new, I want a flashlight that does a minimum 3000 lumens from 2,3 or 4 standard off the shelf alkaline AA's and can run for 3 hours on max (I figure 1 hour per battery right?)
Also the light should be safe to give my 6 year old so that means it can't overheat on high, ever. Also I want it to light up an entire football field, that's 2km away.

My budget is $25, I saw some lights on Chineese sites that clam this, what ones the best?

Hi, Cereal_Killer

I read your post and did some survey, but yes this type of flashlight do not exist any more, but I got to know about another tactical flashlight and that is ASTRO tactical flashlight (https://guarddog-security.com/tactical-led-flashlights). This flashlight is of 2000 lumen ultra bright (3 light functions) with rechargeable battery.

(https://guarddog-security.com/tactical-led-flashlights)

Besides, it is avilable in 2 colors, black and rust.
Hi, Tony, welcome to the forum.

C_K was kidding when he wrote those specs he wanted.  Such a light is not possible.  In regards to the light you posted, the lumens output is very accurate but it is simply an SRK (SkyRay King) clone which is a light 2 or 3 yrs old already.  The original SRK was only $50 and did 2300 lumens.  Clones, like the one you linked to can be purchased almost anywhere for between $20-$40.  The light you linked to is OUTRAGEOUSLY overpriced.  In fact, every light on that site can be had for at least 1/3 of what they are gouging uneducated buyers for.  That's right, they are charging at least 300% more than what you would pay for any light there from just about any other seller.

Check any of our sponsors but I also recommend you look at Fasttech and Banggood before making any online purchases.  They sell the same lights for a fraction of the cost.  In fact, nearly any online shop sells them for a fraction of what that rip-off site sells them for.  ;)
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: akamrkent on January 25, 2016, 02:35:15 AM
I'm new to TFF. Since the google machine wasn't giving me very good answers, possibly because I wasn't asking the right questions. Or what I'm looking for doesn't exist in the same package.

What I'm looking for:
-Beam= Work light to spotlight
-Batteries= rechargeable via USB or 12v cigarette lighter outlet
-Use= Outdoor with decent water resistance
-Run time= Emergency utility use at least twice a month
-Carrying= This has been the hard part. I want to store it in a cradle/mount on a panel in my truck. Kind of like the old Mag lights, but more robust.
-Budget= $200 but if it's everything I want. Maybe more.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: akamrkent on February 01, 2016, 06:05:41 AM
Not sure if anyone is keeping up with this thread. But this is what I'm thinking. Doesn't have a wall mount or cradle. But I can make one.

https://olightworld.com/store/specialty/law-enforcement-tactical/srmini-intimidator-ii-101.html
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: JohnnyMac on February 02, 2016, 02:32:55 AM
Hey, buddy, welcome to the forum! 

Sorry I missed your first post asking for advice.  I would have a hard time recommending any light that meets all of your wants because there just aren't many that do.  Even the Mini Intimidator, while being a great light, only meets a few of your requirements like a charging port  and waterproofing and I'd have never considered recommending it to you for that fact.  I own the 1st generation Mini Intimidator and it failed within a few days.  I have other Olight flashlights that have run for years without issue though so I would like to think it's just a fluke and not the norm for them to fail so quickly.  It sounds like what you want is a flood to throw flashlight (FTT) to meet your worklight to spotlight wish.
.
If you can be happy with just a fat, broad beam with lots of flood then the Intimidator might work for you.  It will never be a spot light though.  You can always make your own cradle mount and will likely have to.

What you described as wanting actually exists in the very thing you are comparing your needs to:  A Maglite.  Not sure how anyone can get more robust than a Maglite because they are pretty much brick solid.  THe only thing another light could beat them with is total output but the newer Maglites are acceptably bright for the times with 643 lumens.  Everything you are looking for exists in the latest Maglite Charger (http://maglite.com/shop/flashlights/rechargeable/mag-charger-led-rechargeable-system.html#.VrATuPkrKhc).  For something that checks all the boxes for your wish list the Maglight is the only choice.  For something that works when you need it I'd take the Maglite over that Olight in a heart beat.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: akamrkent on March 07, 2016, 03:10:39 PM
Thanks JohnnyMac,
After recommending the Maglight I did strongly consider it. I stopped short of getting it because of it's size. And I've owned a half dozen Mags in my life. wanted to try something new. I ended up getting Olight S30R Javelot. With it's small usb charging station and a magnetic base it was a good fit. The magnetic base is a big plus. I do a lot of wheeling and working on my truck so being able to stick to a metal surface while I'm gearing, wrenching, grinding or welding is a big plus.

Thanks again for the recommendation.

Cheers
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: borivoje on April 19, 2016, 05:55:10 PM
As i mentioned in my introduction earlier, I am looking to get a modern flashlight since i only have two 19th century pieces at home (my dads or grandfathers models).
In Macedonia, lately, tactical flashlights have become a popular topic. Although you can rarely find good quality flashlights under 100 usd here, you can order online if shipping is supported.
I can not afford to spend more than 50 eur (~60usd) since i am married and I am having 'toy budget' issues with my wife at the moment :)

A facebook ad got my attention a week ago promoting the Lumitact G700 (https://www.theg700flashlight.com).
Since I see that you guys are into flashlights a lot, you already know it has 700 lumen, 5 modes (including sos and strobe), sharp tip and ultra tough aluminium waterproof body, and its very light and compact. I have read few reviews that claim to run the flashlight with just a set of batteries
This is available wordlwide, (to Macedonia also) and has free shipping. It costs 56$

However, an ex roomate of mine, currently living in Australia, a hunter by hobby, told me i should go with the Shadowhawk X800 Flashlight (https://www.thex800flashlight.com). Same price, same features, improved LED chip: 800 lumen.

However, I am not sure if a difference of an extra 100 lumens is worth me waiting 2-3 weeks to get it and to cost me another 15 usd shipping fees (he will have to receive it at his address and then ship to Macedonia)

Help me out guys and Thanks in advance!
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Spasmod on April 21, 2016, 04:32:03 PM
Watch this before you buy that junk light  :D

https://www.youtube.com/v/swSU5GbWjgM
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Gator Gold on April 22, 2016, 08:56:00 PM
Hello everyone! I am new to the site. I have six flashlights in my arsenal (modified SF 6P defender, SF E2D Defender, SF EB2 Backup, Fenix TK 41, Olight M3XS-UT, Thrunight TN 32 UT.

Both the Olight and Thrunight have excellent throw. However, I am curious if there are other lights out there with even more throw (<$300)? I prefer the cool white color tint vs the yellowish tint and a light that is rechargable. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!!
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: JohnnyMac on May 08, 2016, 07:51:40 AM
Hi, Gator!  There are a few lights that throw as well as the two you listed but not enough better to justify the purchase of a new light.  There are some new lights in the works that are expected to greatly out throw them.  Were I you I would hold onto my money until they come out later this year.

In the mean time, for just $69 you can get a Thorfire S70 that runs on two 26650 cells and uses an XHP70 LED to put out well over 4000 lumens and throw over 600m down range.  It may not throw quite as far as the TN32UT but it puts a whole lot more light downrange with a bigger beam.  Build quality is superb, BTW, and mine has quickly become one of my favorite lights out of the 150 or so that I currently own.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Kreisky on October 24, 2016, 10:04:49 PM
Hello,

i'm very new of this hobby, I'm looking for two flashlight, one for me and one form my father... I've a cheap led flashlight 8-10$ but the switch is broken after 2 years so I would like to buy something new and better.
So, here is what I'm looking for:
-1850 battery
-zoomable
-beetwen 15 and 25$
-rechargeable by USB
-good brightness like XML2 T6, neutral light, not too cool, 4000/5000k
-indoors and outdoors for short time use

Does it exist ? :)
There is many "unknown" flashlight, could you suggest me some good brand ?

Thank you !

Mastro
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: JohnnyMac on October 28, 2016, 07:25:51 AM
Hello,

i'm very new of this hobby, I'm looking for two flashlight, one for me and one form my father... I've a cheap led flashlight 8-10$ but the switch is broken after 2 years so I would like to buy something new and better.
So, here is what I'm looking for:
-1850 battery
-zoomable
-beetwen 15 and 25$
-rechargeable by USB
-good brightness like XML2 T6, neutral light, not too cool, 4000/5000k
-indoors and outdoors for short time use

Does it exist ? :)
There is many "unknown" flashlight, could you suggest me some good brand ?

Thank you !

Mastro
Hmm...I'll have to think about this request for a bit.  Meeting all your requests in your price limit might be tough, especially the NW emitter.  For some reason, just about every zoom torch I've seen is the coldest, bluest white I've ever seen.  I'll update this post for you if I come across a light that is close.  ;)
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: petruzalek on November 26, 2016, 04:06:11 PM
Hi there!

I知 absolute newbie in the flashlight world, though really rely on your help.
I知 going to start my Asia trip in a month and will spend more than 6 months there, traveling from one country to other. So I want to get the flashlight to acсompany me during this trip and later on after I知 back.
My trip will not have any exact specialization, I will not camp, hunt or hike. What I need is general purpose tool for searching some items in the luggage, walking in the dark and, probably self-defense.

What I need is:
Compact handheld item for traveling (not micro or pen size, I壇 like it a bit bigger).
LED, rechargeable through USB (or another way, but without a need for separate charger)
To have few different usage modes, including strobe.
Excellent beam power to size ratio.
Reliable and have duty item, well-known manufacturer.
Good price to quality / specifications ratio.
Up to 100$, preferably around 50-70.


Would appreciate your quick recommendations.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: petruzalek on November 29, 2016, 02:32:31 PM
Would much appreciate the reply on my previous message... I do need a help!

BTW, I did some homework and understood that I probably need an item with one 18650 li-ion rechargeable battery.

What are the good options here? For example, what can I choose between Fenix TK20R / UC35 / RC11, Nitecore MH 12 / MH20GT / MH25GT / MH27, or even probably ThruNite TC12? Which one would be better for my situation?
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: JohnnyMac on November 30, 2016, 05:36:20 AM
Well, if he wants the best thrower on the market the The units TN42 is just $10 over your budget with the current 20% sale at just $160.   http://www.thrunite.com/tn42-led-searchlight/

The Thrunite TN32 UT is well within his budget at around $103 after 20% off. Money left over for 3 good cells, too.  http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-tn32-ut-cool-white/

I'm not a Fenix fan but the two above would be my picks. Hope this helps.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: JohnnyMac on December 02, 2016, 01:15:53 AM
Would much appreciate the reply on my previous message... I do need a help!

BTW, I did some homework and understood that I probably need an item with one 18650 li-ion rechargeable battery.

What are the good options here? For example, what can I choose between Fenix TK20R / UC35 / RC11, Nitecore MH 12 / MH20GT / MH25GT / MH27, or even probably ThruNite TC12? Which one would be better for my situation?
I hear lots of praise for the MH20GT and the The ThruNite TC12 as well. For super compact an rechargeable check the Manker U11, another awesome light! Any choice of the 3 would be great.  ;)
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: colight on December 02, 2016, 08:08:29 AM
I haven't been active on this forum, although I check in from time to time, therefore I can't recall having seen this thread before. Unlike Johnnymac, I am a Fenix fan, and I recently purchased this specific model mentioned here - the TK20R. I read many reviews/comments on this light before I bought it, until I decided: To heck with it! I'm going to buy it, and BOY! Was I pleasantly surprised! I have to say that I saw VERY few negative remarks about it, and I think that may be what won me over, but am I ever so glad I did! This has become my favorite carry-around light.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: petruzalek on December 02, 2016, 10:58:50 AM
Would much appreciate the reply on my previous message... I do need a help!

BTW, I did some homework and understood that I probably need an item with one 18650 li-ion rechargeable battery.

What are the good options here? For example, what can I choose between Fenix TK20R / UC35 / RC11, Nitecore MH 12 / MH20GT / MH25GT / MH27, or even probably ThruNite TC12? Which one would be better for my situation?
I hear lots of praise for the MH20GT and the The ThruNite TC12 as well. For super compact an rechargeable check the Manker U11, another awesome light! Any choice of the 3 would be great.  ;)

JohnnyMac,

Thanks for your valuable input... it does correspond with the research I had these days.
I narrowed down my list to these exact two options Nitecore MH20GT and Thrunite TC12 V2 - everyone is praiseful on them.

I found Nitecore MH20GT has close features to TC12 v2, though costs more, but is a bit powerful thanks to XP-L HI led.
Do you think I might need such an upgrade, or it doesn't have any sense for an EDC light for a newbie?

As for Fenix TK20R, it might be great light too. The only thing I miss here is a sub-lumen mode (moonlight or firefly), and also the lumen distribution is not so great - 1000-350-150-10 (that jump from 1000 in Turbo mode to 350 in High is huge). For example, Thrunite TC12 V2 has more reasonable 1100-472-200-21-0.5 lumens. These were the reasons I omitted TK20R from consideration.

Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: JohnnyMac on December 03, 2016, 07:20:28 AM
For an EDC light you aren't going to see any real difference between the two with the naked eye unless you are comparing them side-by-side.  THe Moon low on the THrunite might be your most used mode.  LOL  I gotsta have a good Moon low on an EDC light and the ThruNites have it in spades.  Once you have the light in hand you'll love it.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: flashz on February 28, 2017, 10:53:35 PM
I like the TC1200 you can read a good review about it on http://bestmilitaryflashlights.com/ (http://bestmilitaryflashlights.com/) they have a good review.  Just one of the best values for the price and lumens you get that I've found and it is reliable.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: NJDevils on September 10, 2018, 12:51:15 PM
Hello All,

I'm new and Happy to be here.  My flashlight knowledge is very limited and I'm glad this <Sticky> exist.

I have about 12 Efest (18350) 900mah, Protected Batteries.  I mistakenly purchased them when I really needed unprotected, so I had to repurchase.
I was thinking of keeping them and finding a suitable flashlight.  It's not the easiest thing to do even with Google.  Apparently this is not a popular size battery for flashlights.

If someone could, would you recommend a compatible flashlight, please?

Outdoor use
1000+ lumen if possible
Small(ish) footprint - will be stored in a glove box
Decent run time as it will be used for emergencies
Budget is less than $100 (USD) if possible, if the options are not in the budget then I can increase it slightly.

Thank you for your time,

-Ron


  • What type of beam do you need?  A floody beam for a wide viewing area or a tightly focused beam for long ranges?
  • What type of batteries to you wish to use in your new light?  Alkaline? Rechargeable NiMH? Lithion Ion rechargeable?
  • Indoor or outdoor use?
  • What kind of run time do you need?  A few minutes a day or an hour or more straight use at a time?
  • Will it be carried in a pant pocket? A jacket? In a belt holster or clip? Or just stored in your glove/tool box?
  • What are your budget restraints?

Cheers!
Johnny
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: robo819 on September 12, 2018, 08:43:24 AM
The 18350 battery size is fairly common now days , it is the protected circuit that gets you. Most of the lights today are getting pretty high output , thus higher amperage draw and the protected cells just wont deal with the higher amps without the protection circuit tripping.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: stk on September 28, 2018, 09:02:32 PM
Hello, I'm new to this site, and I need a suggestion for a new flashlight.

I need my light to be waterproof (I'm not using it under water, but I use it outdoors every day, and it rains 250 - 260 days a year) and not larger than my current light, a Ledlenser T5.

My problem with my Ledlenser is that the light is not even enough, it's just rings on rings on rings. I would like an even spread, as strong and wide as possible. Other than that, I would just like more light.

USB charging and a pocket clip would also be really nice, especially the USB charging.

Price: The best I can get for under 100 USD, included battery. Bear in mind everything is way more expensive where I live as I have to order from abroad (shipping 0 - 35 USD, import tax 25% of both the product and the shipping, customs handling 12 USD).
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Folomov on October 17, 2018, 02:30:25 PM
For everyday carry, I recommend Folomov EDC-C4. Check it here: www.amazon.com/dp/B0782CQGBV

EDC-C4 is the shortest Micro USB rechargeable 18650 flashlight. 1200 lumens output.

The power bank function is also innovative. You can use EDC-C4 to charge your cellphone.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Snowhawk on October 29, 2018, 05:08:49 AM
Hi all, I would appreciate your expert advice in recommending a flashlight for hunting. I would like to mount the flashlight to my rifle. Ideally it would have maximum throw (300metres or more) and a good bit of flood as well. I would prefer using 18650 cells as that's what I currently use. I would prefer simple switching modes without strobe etc..I have found that a less white colour light is better for targeting animals. It has been suggested to go for a Maxtoch M24 or Maxtoch 2x .... what do you think of these and does any one have an opinion of something similar or better. Cheers
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: robo819 on October 29, 2018, 09:22:06 AM
Hi all, I would appreciate your expert advice in recommending a flashlight for hunting. I would like to mount the flashlight to my rifle. Ideally it would have maximum throw (300metres or more) and a good bit of flood as well. I would prefer using 18650 cells as that's what I currently use. I would prefer simple switching modes without strobe etc..I have found that a less white colour light is better for targeting animals. It has been suggested to go for a Maxtoch M24 or Maxtoch 2x .... what do you think of these and does any one have an opinion of something similar or better. Cheers


The Maxtoch 2 X or M24 are hard to beat for a weapon mounted light. Both are great build quality and You sure wont find anything nearly as good for near the price I promise. (both lights under $100) 300 meters is easily achieved with the 2X even in Medium mode and the M24 isn't far behind in throw. Both will run for around 75 to 80 mins in HIGH mode without needing to step down and will hold FULL power the whole time with the regulated buck driver.
My Full Review on the 2X ..... Bare in mind my cheap video camera does not show near as true to life what you see as the still photos do.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9y9sOSksCw
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Snowhawk on October 30, 2018, 04:54:05 AM
Thank you very much.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Snowhawk on November 23, 2018, 05:26:39 AM
So I purchased the M24 and am very happy with the quality and emitted light.
I like that it is a bit warmer colour than some of the other flashlights I have.
Having said that it is not very much brighter than my previous FANDYFIRE which was less than half the price.
https://www.dx.com/p/fandyfire-stl-v6-cree-xm-lt6-2-mode-1000-lumen-white-led-flashlight-2x18650-3x16340-3x123a-91137#.W_eOvSdoSV4 (https://www.dx.com/p/fandyfire-stl-v6-cree-xm-lt6-2-mode-1000-lumen-white-led-flashlight-2x18650-3x16340-3x123a-91137#.W_eOvSdoSV4)
Still happy for any improvement though.
Thanks again Robo819 for sharing your knowledge.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: robo819 on November 23, 2018, 05:58:35 AM
Always glad to help when I can. As far as the brightness I think the M24 should be around 250 to 300 lumens more than the Fanyfire as far as what is listed for that light. 

It is not that noticeable to the naked eye really in the lumens difference, Where you SHOULD see a big difference , just going by the listed specs on the Fandyfire and the M24 , is in the actual throw range.

I see the Fandyfire light you posted the link to states 500 meters. The M24 easily makes double that distance in the ANSI rated throw.

I do not have any Fandyfire lights , but  I DO have (or have had at one time) at least a dozen Maxtoch lights , with 3 of those being the M24's and 4 of them the 2X shooter. I have never been disappointed in the build quality of the Maxtoch products at all and I have always felt that the Maxtoch build quality is right up there with all the big name lights I have such as ThruNite , Olight , Acebeam , Lunimtop and such.

I guess what I am getting at there is that I don't mind paying a little extra to get a product that I know is good quality , over a product that may be cheaper and of lesser build quality.
Again I don't know just how well the Fandyfire is built as I don't have any of that brand so I am not dissing your light at all.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Theflash100 on February 17, 2019, 12:35:12 AM
Had a Bushnell 800 lithium ion rechargeable. For the last month I've been going to every Walmart in my state. Amazon and other similar sites and I cannot find another light like it. Anywhere. Are they discontinued? Also got my eye on the Klarus x360. $100 but the features are amazing. Any light beat it at that price range?
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: Susan_Dai on May 13, 2019, 07:25:16 AM
good! :)
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: QMT93 on June 04, 2019, 09:10:47 AM
Hi guys,
I've been looking for a set of flashlight for my wife and myself. Since she prefers some specific features, the list will be in two sections: Mutual and For Her. The closer to the list you can find the better, but all suggestions are welcome.

Mutual:
_ Budget: up to $150 EACH, battery included
_ Battery:
        + Micro-USB/ USB-C rechargeable (whether charge on the batter itself, or on the flashlight)
        + Removable
        + High mode: At least 1hr @ 1,000 lms
_ UI: Single-handed use, with instant access to momentary light, and turbo/strobe mode
_ IPX 7/8


For her:
_ Button: Tailcap (I can have either tailcap or side button)
_ Size
        + Body diameter: up to 30 mm / 1.2 in (I'm fine with 50 mm / 2 in body diameter)
        + Length: up to 102 mm / 4 in ( I'm comfortable with 165 mm / 6.5 in in length)

In short, the ideal flashlight for us would have the above, in the form factor of the HDS EDC Executive, LE, or Tactical.

I have researched and compiled a list of 28 flashlights, with the following meeting most features at good prices:
Tailcap button
        + EagleTac (tailcap button + twisty head for modes ==> 2 hands): DX3L Pro Rechargeable, G3L, S25L-R, S25L-R MK II, T25L-R MK II
        + Acebeam (tailcap button + 1 side button for on-off switch and modes ==> 2 hands): L16, L30 Gen II

Side button
        + EagleTac (2 side buttons for on-off switch and modes): TX3G Pro MK II
        + ThruNite (1 side button for on-off switch and modes): TC20, TC15
        + Acebeam (1 side button for on-off switch and modes): EC50 Gen III

In this list, the ThruNite TC20 is the best value: $90.00 (1x26650@5,000mAh + Micro USB cable, High mode @ 1,800 lms for 2.5 hrs). The Acebeam EC50-III is the same, in my opinion, for $25 more. However, neither has a tailcap button AND I'm not sure if I have instant access to momentary light, and turbo/strobe mode, for which I'm still looking for better options for my wife.

Hope to hear from you!
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: macka17 on July 11, 2019, 06:06:14 AM
Hi.
My Outside walkabout lights are.

1. Imalent DN35 or 70.  4 x led. Single 26650 cell. 4in by 1 1\2ish
Self Charge.
2. Astrolux S41/S42/S43
NON self charge.
These are Different ongoing series. I prefer the S41 T'others are side sw.
And "マ" Much prefer to remove. charge. Insert my battery's
on a known output charger.  You KNOW the true charge then.
There are a zillion of them out there. These are the ones I have got/used.
and know to be both reliable and comfortable to hold long term.
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: DrHellCatt on July 16, 2019, 06:37:08 AM
I知 looking for a new flashlight as I知 new to this. I知 interested in getting a light that can throw over 1,000 meters and runs on 18650, 26650, or 21700. I would like to stay below 200$. I am currently looking at the Thrunite TN42 and the Acebeam T27. Which one do you think is a better or buy, or are there other better flashlights that fit the description I am looking for?
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: spotlight11 on August 25, 2019, 04:45:56 PM
Honesty, I think a flashlight is a great gift. If you want to get a good flashlight for him then I suggest getting the Manker E12. This is a good flashlight if you don't want to break the bank. It is actually very powerful and long-lasting. I would say it's one of the brightest flashlights on the market right now. You could also take it a step further and get him a spotlight. Personally, I prefer a handheld spotlight over a flashlight because they are close to the same price, but a spotlight offers a lot more brightness. Some of the brightest spotlights can be found at your local Walmart, dicks sporting goods, or on amazon. You can find reviews for the brights spotlights here: https://sportsmanslab.com/best-brightest-rechargeable-spotlight/ (https://sportsmanslab.com/best-brightest-rechargeable-spotlight/)
Title: Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
Post by: macka17 on August 29, 2019, 06:04:22 AM
Hi.
Just as a matter of interest.  Why would a person  ""realistically"" need a torch that throws a km or more.

You'd need binoculars to define anything at that distance??. and whatever??.
 Would be long gone by the time you got there anyway.