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Old 11-06-2017, 9:31 PM
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Alright so it seems I lost my Klarus xt11, and am lookong for a replacement. It was a great light for the 100 dollar price range of the time, and I know technology changes. Id like to find something sinilar in size, bright and strobe would be good. What is out there that is good? Preferably avoiding the price of a surefire.
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Doesn't cover all brands, but battery junction is a place to start. I've bought a few from them.
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PD35 (whatever the newest version is) is a pretty safe bet across the board unless you're needing some sort of special-purpose light. You'd have funds left over to buy some 18650s as well.
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I probably have a dozen of these around the house and in my vehicles. One hanging on every doorknob. Don't let the price fool you, these are seriously good lights that have never let me down. And the beam pattern is the best I've seen. Plus, they take conventional AA batteries.

https://www.amazon.com/TerraLUX-TLF-...t+300+TerraLux

http://lightstarproducts.com
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PD35 (whatever the newest version is) is a pretty safe bet across the board unless you're needing some sort of special-purpose light. You'd have funds left over to buy some 18650s as well.
Flashaholic here.

Another vote for the PD35. The PD35 Tactical pushes out 1,000 lumens.

Brand-wise, I am a Fenix loyalist. They have very good output, excellent construction and a decent price point. Not the cheapest (go to Harbor Freight if shopping price), but in my opinion, the best quality and lumens per dollar. Go to the fenix-store.com. If you sign up for the newsletter, you get $20 off your first order. They have free shipping and a lifetime warranty (I think). Most of my flashlights are AA battery driven. I have a whole bunch of rechargeable Eneloops. Jumping into that helped ease my decision for which flashlights to get. The PD35 is my lone alternative battery source flashlight (CR123A). https://www.fenix-store.com/fenix-pd...tical-edition/ That is on my AR-15 for HD.

The LD22 is also another workhorse. That resides in my wife's purse and an E11 is in my pocket for EDC. Also have headlamps for working on the car, camping etc and a larger LD41 (not too happy with that one. It has a greenish tint to the light).

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Another thing, especially since it is getting darker earlier, make sure your loved ones are 'armed' with a good strong RELIABLE flashlight. This will help them in dark parking lots after work/shopping/gym etc. It should be worked into their EDC routine to pull it out and use it at all times after the sun goes down. My wife is good when I'm not around, but not so good when I'm around(?). Weird I know.

Same with pepper spray/mace. Especially since a lot of us live in virtual no-issue counties (Contra Costa/Alameda/SF etc).

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I'm a big fan of the inexpensive, not cheap, COAST HP1.

https://www.amazon.com/Coast-HP1-Foc...70_&dpSrc=srch

Small, rugged, runs on a single AA battery.

I've used one as my EDC for over a year now. It's been dropped in and fished out of a water truck, mud holes, concrete floors. And has kept on trucking.

It's plenty bright for normal tasks, has a sliding focus feature that works well. And it's small and light enough that you will carry it.

The ultimate selling point is it's low cost. Typically under $10 on Amazon, and can be had cheaper when it pops up as an "Add On" item. You can afford to buy several, and even give them away as te need arises.
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PD35 (whatever the newest version is) is a pretty safe bet across the board unless you're needing some sort of special-purpose light. You'd have funds left over to buy some 18650s as well.
Another vote for the Fenix PD35. Have been carrying one around on my duty belt at work for five years. Nice and light to keep the load down. Have dropped it quite a few times, had it in extreme conditions well below freezing to around 115 degrees, dropped it in water and snow. The tac tail cap works great and has a forward mounted pressure switch to control intensity. My light is looking a little banged up but no worse for the wear. All around great light.
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Convoy C8 XP-L HI V2 1A with Guppydrv Firmware Upgrade from Mtnelectronics.com. For $25, this little light is a absolute steal and the Guppydrv Firmware gives you 22 modes that should satisfy anyone. It easily illuminates out to 250yards but still has good spill illumination close in. I honestly think it outperforms similar lights costing 3-4 times more.

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Doesn't cover all brands, but battery junction is a place to start. I've bought a few from them.
^This or goinggear.com. Thrunites are also hard to beat for the price.
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Convoy C8 XP-L HI V2 1A with Guppydrv Firmware Upgrade from Mtnelectronics.com. For $25, this little light is a absolute steal and the Guppydrv Firmware gives you 22 modes that should satisfy anyone. It easily illuminates out to 250yards but still has good spill illumination close in. I honestly think it outperforms similar lights costing 3-4 times more.

http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index....product_id=709

I have a similar version. The interface is a pain in the a**. I think they do offer versions with a separate mode button nowadays but having a combo power and mode button is a pita. They do throw pretty good. 1.8" dia head.
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Alright so it seems I lost my Klarus xt11, and am lookong for a replacement. It was a great light for the 100 dollar price range of the time, and I know technology changes. Id like to find something sinilar in size, bright and strobe would be good. What is out there that is good? Preferably avoiding the price of a surefire.
Klarus XT12 GT. 1600 lumens, 90902 candela ( excellent throw /long distance) Heads a bit larger than XT11. 1.8". $95 at battery junction
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Klarus XT12 GT. 1600 lumens, 90902 candela ( excellent throw /long distance) Heads a bit larger than XT11. 1.8". $95 at battery junction

I notice its a lower rated lumen but longer rated distance. Are you happy with yours? Mine was the original 800 lm. got my old man the 2nd gen. 900lm
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I notice its a lower rated lumen but longer rated distance. Are you happy with yours? Mine was the original 800 lm. got my old man the 2nd gen. 900lm
I haven't got that one yet but have the old version XT12 with the 1.3" head. 930 lumens. Awesome light. I also have a XT15 (1050 lms) which is the predecessor to the new XT12 GT. The XT12GT has the same head size as my XT15 but with about 60000 more candela and 500 more lumens and my XT15 is pretty ridiculously bright and has significant throw. I can only imagine how much brighter the 12GT is.

If extreme throw is really important then XT12GT. If not and you want a more compact package then XT11GT. If for EDC then I would go with with a single 18650 light with a 1"head dia.
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I like the selection of lights at http://goinggear.com/

I like, and have lights from Fenix, JetBeam, Klarus, Olight, 4Sevens...

They all have their own pros /cons and merits but Fenix lights have worked out very well for me for what I use them for.
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if you want the best https://darksucks.com/

Not cheap, but worth it. I have never seen a brighter flashlight.
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Do you want a thrower, for distance....or a floody light, for walks, biking, and yard duty?


I went floody, and after a lot of research, got one of the better flood lights in the Acebeam EC-50 Gen ll. Other choices for me, were Olight R50 Seeker and Klarus G20. All of these are single 26650 battery that give 2000-3000 lumens and are rechargeable via USB....which I really wanted, so I can recharge in my truck if needed.

I went with the Acebeam for it's higher output, rated at 3000 lumens on turbo....which, as is true with all lights, only goes for 1-2 minutes. BUT, it puts out 1500 lumens for 2 hours....and 500 lumens for 5 hours. It is BRIGHT....palm-sized, relatively simple operation, and looks great. The Acebeam also came with a "neutral white" 5000k option, which I also wanted (also 6500k cool white available).

The Acebeam EC-50 goes for about $120 on Ebay or flashaholic sites......I got it for $95 working/watching the internet.

I scratched off the OLight cuz it has a proprietary recharging connection, and I scratched off the Klarus cuz of lesser output, ~2200 lumens at max turbo.



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Do you want a thrower, for distance....or a floody light, for walks, biking, and yard duty?

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https://www.amazon.com/American-Tact...ashlight&psc=1

I have a couple of these and love them. I like the different charge/power options and functions. And it's bright.
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I have one of these Olight M1X Strikers. It may be in the price range that your thinking of and it's the best I've found. I'm very happy with it and I've had it over a year now.

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The Fenix PD35 was my favorite light that I use around the house. The only downside is that it's not very durable. When I was cleaning out my gutters, it dropped and fell on my paved driveway from 8 feet above the ground. Now it powers off by itself sometimes.

If you want a bombproof light, I think the Surefire G2X Pro is the best bang for the buck. It doesn't have as many lumen settings as the Fenix PD35, but you can drop it from a 2-story building and not worry about it failing.
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The Fenix PD35 was my favorite light that I use around the house. The only downside is that it's not very durable. When I was cleaning out my gutters, it dropped and fell on my paved driveway from 8 feet above the ground. Now it powers off by itself sometimes.

If you want a bombproof light, I think the Surefire G2X Pro is the best bang for the buck. It doesn't have as many lumen settings as the Fenix PD35, but you can drop it from a 2-story building and not worry about it failing.
I have found that on some of my lights, not just Fenix lights, the threaded retaining plug inside the tail cap can back out over time from unscrewing against the cell.

I would make sure that is tight. Its happened to me before and once I found it was loose, fixing it solved my problems.

Also consider cleaning contacts and threads on both ends.
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I have several Fenix flashlights and all of them are first rate. The one I carry at work has been dropped and abused, still works perfectly as new. The multi-lumen selector is a huge plus because you don't always need retina scorching beams. But when you do, it has as much brightness as you could possibly want. I usually change the batteries every few months as preventive maintenance, but I don't recall the light ever going out unexpectedly.

It does get HOT and can burn you if careless though.
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I have found that on some of my lights, not just Fenix lights, the threaded retaining plug inside the tail cap can back out over time from unscrewing against the cell.

I would make sure that is tight. Its happened to me before and once I found it was loose, fixing it solved my problems.

Also consider cleaning contacts and threads on both ends.


I found the same thing happen to mine.

It was weird, I had just posted in an older thread about how much I loved my Fenix lights and how reliable they were. Then, THAT VERY NIGHT, I had two of them start having intermittent problems. I was just about to trash them when I took them apart and noticed that the tailcap buttons were a little loose in the housings. A few minutes later with 2 small punches and all was right in the world of flashlights!!!!
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I have this one from Pelican. It's USB rechargeable, which is handy: https://www.botach.com/pelican-7600c...ed-flashlight/

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Nice,

Speaking of rechargeable, I was thinking of getting this one as my first USB chargeable light.

https://olightworld.com/led-flashlig...light-h1r-nova

I like the idea of the magnetic base, and with a couple USB outlets in the truck, might make for easy charge and maintenance when out camping.
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Nice,

Speaking of rechargeable, I was thinking of getting this one as my first USB chargeable light.

https://olightworld.com/led-flashlig...light-h1r-nova

I like the idea of the magnetic base, and with a couple USB outlets in the truck, might make for easy charge and maintenance when out camping.

You just can't lose that Olight cable, it's proprietary.

Other brands can use any old micro-USB cable.
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You just can't lose that Olight cable, it's proprietary.

Other brands can use any old micro-USB cable.
You make a really good point.

One of my ideas was just to build it into the car... like glue it or have the pigtail end inside the glove box or center console.

Essentially turning it into something that always stays in the truck, but it's always charged and maintained.

Most everything else I own uses 18650 cell aside from couple AA lights I keep around in my travel bag.
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Flashaholic here.

Another vote for the PD35. The PD35 Tactical pushes out 1,000 lumens.

Brand-wise, I am a Fenix loyalist. They have very good output, excellent construction and a decent price point. Not the cheapest (go to Harbor Freight if shopping price), but in my opinion, the best quality and lumens per dollar. Go to the fenix-store.com. If you sign up for the newsletter, you get $20 off your first order. They have free shipping and a lifetime warranty (I think). Most of my flashlights are AA battery driven. I have a whole bunch of rechargeable Eneloops. Jumping into that helped ease my decision for which flashlights to get. The PD35 is my lone alternative battery source flashlight (CR123A). https://www.fenix-store.com/fenix-pd...tical-edition/ That is on my AR-15 for HD.

The LD22 is also another workhorse. That resides in my wife's purse and an E11 is in my pocket for EDC. Also have headlamps for working on the car, camping etc and a larger LD41 (not too happy with that one. It has a greenish tint to the light).

All Fenix come with a lanyard and extra gaskets/O-rings.

If you REALLY, REALLY want to take a trip down the rabbit hole, check out the candlepower forum. But, don't say you weren't warned. They're nuts over there!!!
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Another vote for the Fenix PD35. Have been carrying one around on my duty belt at work for five years. Nice and light to keep the load down. Have dropped it quite a few times, had it in extreme conditions well below freezing to around 115 degrees, dropped it in water and snow. The tac tail cap works great and has a forward mounted pressure switch to control intensity. My light is looking a little banged up but no worse for the wear. All around great light.
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I like, and have lights from Fenix, JetBeam, Klarus, Olight, 4Sevens...

They all have their own pros /cons and merits but Fenix lights have worked out very well for me for what I use them for.
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Nice,

Speaking of rechargeable, I was thinking of getting this one as my first USB chargeable light.

https://olightworld.com/led-flashlig...light-h1r-nova

I like the idea of the magnetic base, and with a couple USB outlets in the truck, might make for easy charge and maintenance when out camping.
There is a local shop here in San Jose, that carries all of the mentioned lights and then some. Prices are comparable to goinggear, batt junction, etc., and the owners are members here as they are gun enthusiasts.

https://www.illumn.com/

Those in the bay area, you can pop into their store front and test drive their lights and ask questions, make comparisons, as well as check the lights out before purchase. I have zero affiliation with this place other than being a customer, but love going there to tinker.

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Nice,

Speaking of rechargeable, I was thinking of getting this one as my first USB chargeable light.

https://olightworld.com/led-flashlig...light-h1r-nova

I like the idea of the magnetic base, and with a couple USB outlets in the truck, might make for easy charge and maintenance when out camping.
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You just can't lose that Olight cable, it's proprietary.

Other brands can use any old micro-USB cable.
Those cables, to my understanding, are for convenience. I've taken the battery out of my olights and charged them on my charger without a problem. I currently have the H2R nova, and it's awesome.

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There is a local shop here in San Jose, that carries all of the mentioned lights and then some. Prices are comparable to goinggear, batt junction, etc., and the owners are members here as they are gun enthusiasts.

https://www.illumn.com/

Those in the bay area, you can pop into their store front and test drive their lights and ask questions, make comparisons, as well as check the lights out before purchase. I have zero affiliation with this place other than being a customer, but love going there to tinker.

Jerry
This is a good point. For some weird reason, my wife can't actuate the tailcap button on the LD22 with her thumb. So, she winds up having to hold it in between her thumb and middle/ring fingers and then push the button with her index finger. So, making sure you can easily actuate the buttons and it's comfortable for you is a good plus!

Batteries and Bulbs have a small selection of Fenix and a few other brands. Frankly, they don't have enough to satisfy a true flashaholic. One place that does have a good selection is Doms Outdoor in Livermore. They have some behind the counter in front and more behind the gun counter. I'm usually back there anyways so, I see what they've got.
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Streamlight makes some great quality flashlights. You'll find them pop up on sale every once in a while on Amazon.
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Fenix PD35 is all the way. Price most probably 94 bucks and you will get this high lumen tactical flashlight. I have used lots of tactical flashlights but fenix pd35 still my first choice.

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I just lost my EDC E11 and temporarily replaced with a PD35 Tac. Very nice flashlight, but a bit too big if Im wearing dress slacks. Jeans ok. Ill probably pony up for a LD22 or the E12 (successor to the E11). The PD35 will head back on my AR.
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Another vote for the PD35. I’ve EDCed one for about three years, I have another one on an AR, and my wife has one she uses around the house and none of them have given us any issues.
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Look up Duracell 350 flashlight 3 pack on amazon fully adjustable beam ,run on 3 aaa ,350 lumens ,about $10 a piece . So far for cheap great working super brite flashlight these have worked out great .
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I think it depends on the size you are looking for. If you want a good cheap option, I'd go with this one: http://amzn.to/2B8QeU9 It's only $12 with free shipping, I mean you can't beat that.

Best one I found with strobe and 4 different modes was this option: http://amzn.to/2zWwDsm . I'm always a little leary when it doesn't mention the lumens but it's all 5 star reviews, nothing less, so I'd think it's worth a shot at $27.

Let me know if you are looking for any more details
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After buying a couple lights with a convex lens or a zoom feature, I always found the beam patter to be pretty poor.

In addition to that weird square beam...

After owning a few good lights, it's easy to see the quality difference in what a good reflector gets you. Very consistent and artifact free light.
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Olight s2r. Battery lasts a really long time, it's very easy to charge (nice magnetic connector), it has a medium sized beam, and it pushes out over 900 lumens. Multiple modes and strobe, including a stealth extremely low light mode if you hold the power button. You can find it for close to $50 on sale.
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If you want snobbery points, you can also go Elzetta. A very different type of flashlight. Almost a semi-custom level of flashlight as you can choose different reflectors, tailcaps etc. https://www.elzetta.com/flashlights/

However, only the true flashaholics need apply as the price of admission is pretty steep.

Fenix (IMHO) sits in a really nice price vs lumen vs quality area.

Happy flashy and be safe!
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