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Old 08-26-2019, 10:04 PM
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Currently have a Pelican 8060. Love it and use it nightly. Looking for a smaller (handheld) flashlight as a back up to carry. I had a Surefire protac, but wasnt enough light if the big one went down.

Any recommendations for lights about the same size as the protac?
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:22 PM
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You mean Streamlight Protac?

My handheld is a Surefire P2X Defender Fury. Taken quite a beating and around 600 lumens. That’s my “dimmest” light.
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:29 PM
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Yes stream light. I just want something that can reach out like 30 yards with a good beam but handheld
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:44 PM
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I use fenix pd35tac everyday. it has not failed me. small, rechargeable and 1000 lumens.
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:52 PM
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Wowtac A1S best flashlight you can get. My A1 is beat to hell and still ticking.
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Old 08-27-2019, 5:02 AM
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I've been using a Klarus XT12 for years. Replaced my streamlight and never regretted it. Small enough it lives on my duty belt. Amazing output. Rechargable. Dropped it on concrete thousands of times. Has survived years on patrol plus a year in Afghanistan.

https://www.batteryjunction.com/klar...lashlight.html
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Old 08-27-2019, 6:20 AM
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I highly recommend Fenix PD35 of Surefire p2 tactical.
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Old 08-27-2019, 6:24 AM
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I highly recommend Fenix PD35 of Surefire p2 tactical.


Another vote for the Fenix PD35 Tac. The V2.0 looks good too. The PD36R looks even better. Throws a lot farther than either. But, at $100, itís a tough pill to swallow.
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Yes stream light. I just want something that can reach out like 30 yards with a good beam but handheld


The Strion has more reach than 30 yds and is a good handheld.


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Old 08-27-2019, 11:05 AM
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The Strion has more reach than 30 yds and is a good handheld.


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I actually have one of those but its not my favorite. Dont like that it doesnt have a built in clip and not a fan of the "belled" light.
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Old 08-29-2019, 3:10 PM
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Check out the malkoffdevices lights, made in USA, great quality, reasonable price (more than Chinese but hold up better a, especially if dropped in my personal experience) a little less expensive than equivalent surefire and can get choice on different degrees of spot or flood and "warm" versus "cool" LED colors. Lumens is not the only measurement you should have in mind, Lux (i.e. brightness, not total light) is also an issue. my personal edc is one of the MDC lights that uses a single RCR123 that is 800 lumens momentarily, 700 lumens for 8 seconds then down to 200 lumens thereafter, a LOT for a single 123 size cell light. Also uses 123 but not as bright. This light is medium range, sort of floody, great for close range.

Malkoff also has narrow beam lights that reach out a good bit more that fit 1 or 2 cell pocket type light format. Malkoff also makes replacement/upgrades for a number of older surefire bodies.
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I've been using a Klarus XT12 for years. Replaced my streamlight and never regretted it. Small enough it lives on my duty belt. Amazing output. Rechargable. Dropped it on concrete thousands of times. Has survived years on patrol plus a year in Afghanistan.

https://www.batteryjunction.com/klar...lashlight.html
How long does the battery last? I ask because I work graves so I use my light all night long
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Old 08-29-2019, 6:04 PM
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How long does the battery last? I ask because I work graves so I use my light all night long
The official usage is 1.2 hrs on turbo, but that's not entirely accurate. After 5 min on 'turbo' it steps down the lumens slightly which prolongs the battery somewhat. Also depends how you use it; I use full lumens on approach, it really lights up the interior of a car and cuts through tint well. Once I'm back scratching a tag or whatever I'll click the "mode" button on the bottom and toggle to a lower lumen setting so I don't blind myself. I know it last longer than my streamlight strion or SL 20X lasted.

I also like how it's a really good blend of flood and throw. It'll light up an alley or field, but also throws a beam a good distance.

It also will use the standard CR123 batteries. I usually carry a few CR 123 in my bag just in case I get stuck out somewhere and my battery dies. However working patrol graveyards I'd sometimes forget to charge it, and I could sometimes go 2-3 shifts between a charge.

Another feature I really like is the strobe. The light has a forward clicky on the tail cap to turn on the light. There is a second button on the tailcap that is the mode switch. When the light is on, you click the mode switch to cycle through brightness levels. When the light is off, pushing the mode switch will activate the strobe as long as the button is pushed. Hold the mode for 3 seconds it turns the strobe on. The strobe has a fast/slow strobe pattern which grabs your attention very well. When I'm in traffic lanes at night on foot, I'll turn on the strobe and keep it pointed at the ground as I'm doing whatever, really keeps me visible. Or if I'm on unlit road, I'll flash the strobe at an approaching vehicle, they'll see me from a 1/2 mile out and be nice and slow by the time they get to me. I've used it to signal a medivac LZ.

The charging cord plugs into any USB, and the charging end is magnetic. I keep an extra charging cord in my bag for extended deployments, you plug it onto the cigarette light, stick the magnetic end to the side of the flashlight, and it'll charge.

Anyway, not a paid sponsor. But have gotten my money's worth many times over with this light.

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Old 08-30-2019, 4:50 PM
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Awesome thanks. I’m always looking for ways to downsize without sacrificing
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Strion rechargeable has not failed me ...


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The Strion has more reach than 30 yds and is a good handheld.


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Old 09-03-2019, 8:08 PM
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I ended up buying a Klarus xt11. It was $89 on Amazon. So far I’m very happy with the purchase. Super bright 3200 lumens and much smaller than the light I was using. We have outlets in our lockers so I just leave it charging between shifts. I really like that the strobe feature is a separate button so I don’t have to cycle through it.
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:20 AM
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Sweet, good buy. I used the XT11 until i convinced myself to buy the latest and greatest. Enjoy!

I use a bianchi flashlight holder for a 1 inch flashlight next to my radio, never had a retention issue and it's a nice low profile holder
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Old 09-04-2019, 8:55 PM
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Next on my list is not eh Fenix LR40R with 12,000 lumens!
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Old 09-04-2019, 9:31 PM
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12,000 lumens? Pretty sure that'd double as a use of force!
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I do not own one, but I like the new Fenix PD36R that is USB C rechargeable. Why- you can get 4 hours medium run time in a 10 minute charge. For a heavy user in and out of a police car, that would be a nice feature to have.
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Coast HP7. 530 lumens.

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should have gotten the fenix tk16 for just a little bit more money. great light with a long lasting battery and very portable.
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Stinger DS (regular lumens
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Surefire fury for clearing buildings.
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