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Old 01-03-2017, 08:05 PM   #1
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Favorite "Small" Flashlights

Hey, is that a flashlight in your pocket? Well, yes! It is!

Just sharing... I've got a bunch, but my absolute favorite EDC's are as follows:

Small/Low-Power:
- EagleTac D25A Clicky (one AA battery)
I also included the D25C (one CR123 battery) in the photo and keep it because I have CR123 batteries on-hand ... they last nearly indefinitely in the lights and hold their power ... but not as easy to find as AA batteries ... they produce more light and longer run times if memory serves correctly.
For my tool bag and vehicle:
- Foursevens QuarkPro QP2A-X (two AA batteries)

Tactical/2nd Ammendment Supporting Role:
- Foursevens QuarkPro QP2L-X (two CR123 batteries)

I have some others. I have also bought and returned many, many others after playing with them a bit. But these are my keepers. I also have a SureFire Executive E2E - and it doesn't come close to the QP2L-X in terms of power/light.

The D25A Clicky is my most heavily used "mini" light ... it's with me whenever/wherever I travel. On the road, it comes out to sit on top of my bed stand, atop the iPhone, and when set to "Extra Low" power, provides minimal light to find my way around unfamiliar motel/hotel/friends' bedrooms without blinding me/spouse at 3AM.

The QP2L-X is my "Tactical/2nd Ammendment Supporting Role" light. Consider its blinding 780 lumens. I keep it in "tactical mode" where upon power-on, is in Turbo mode, ready to switch between blinding and strobing/disorienting modes.
At night (with no streetlight or other ambient lighting), I can see someone hiding in the bushes of my neighbors house across the street (50-60 yards) and it lights a 25' area up incredibly well! It's beside one of my pistols ... at the ready, but hopefully never called-upon. This light isn't available any more and has been replaced with a newer/more powerful version that I'd love to get my hands on.

The QP2A-X is the "AA" Alkaline version of the above light. It is awesome for the toolbox, the truck and general use! It puts out 280 lumens on full-high. I never need to use it in high output.

All of the lights function the same way: with the bezel turned fully clockwise/tight, they're in tactical mode. Clicking the tailcap switch turns the light on in burst mode, and tapping the tailcap enables strobe mode. Turning the bezel counter-clockwise 1/4-turn brings up the full "menu": Clicking the tailcap switch turns the light on in extra-low mode, then tapping the tailcap rotates between Extra Low, Low, Med, High, Extra Low, Low, Med, High ... then after two cycles, adds strobe and SOS modes. This is the mode I use all of the lights in, except for the QP2L-X.

I didn't include it in the picture, but I also have two Petzl ZIPKA lights ... they provide task-lighting in low mode, and considerably more in high mode, and boast a very portable form factor with the integrated retractable zip-cable that holds it around your head. I gave one to Kat when I was outside and she loved it. Now I can't find it. Probably somewhere in the trailer ... will need to get to storage to get my grubby hands on it so I can retrieve the batteries.

What do you have and love??? I just visited the foursevens website and saw they came out with a newer light ... the QS2L-X and QS2A-X. The QS2L-X is a 900-lumen light! I've got flashlight envy ... and yes ... I'm happy to see you!

Take care,
Rich
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Old 01-07-2017, 08:06 AM   #2
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Sick puppy Dick. However, that out of the way I have:

4-Fenix P32
4-Fenix P35

And then I think an additional 4-Fenix P35 in the trailer and truck right now.

Plus a Fenix LD75C which is 4,200 Lumens.

My wife has a couple of Fenix P32's as well.

Enjoy

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Old 01-07-2017, 09:15 AM   #3
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Freebie Harbor Freight LEDs, the blue ones that have the magnet on the back and 2 lighting options; flashlight and floodlight.

I also have a Black & Decker rechargeable FL3WBD flood light, 12VDC, 1 watt, with 2 low and high options. This is lightweight, waterproof, floats with the beam up and provides excellent light, up to 192 lumens. It can last up to 10 hours they say. I've never tested that.
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Old 01-07-2017, 09:40 AM   #4
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4-Fenix P32
4-Fenix P35
Fenix LD75C which is 4,200 Lumens.
So given you have a few Fenix lights, it would appear that you're happy with Fenix. Can you elaborate on what you like/dislike about the Fenix lights and what led you to Fenix over others? As I recall, when I was looking at them, they didn't have a tail-stand cap, so I ruled them out. They also had the turbo/mode button(s) on the side of the cylinder, which as I recall, didn't review too well. So I'd love to hear your thoughts.

I'm not finding the "4-" series so it's hard for me to know exactly what you have. I did just look-up the LD75C and it looks interesting. Not sure I really need that much power but it looks insane! Definitely looking for more info on the 32 and 35.

Now, for goodness sakes, Bud, please don't put that flashlight in your pocket!

@richw46, I was just at Harbor Freight on Monday and I picked-up an inexpensive ultrasonic cleaner and a couple of tool bags. I didn't even look at the flashlights, but thanks for sharing.

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Old 01-07-2017, 11:12 PM   #5
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I love Fenix,

The two Fenix flashlights I have (these things are bright!):

A little one smaller than my thumb, easy in pocket at all times and bright:

http://www.fenix-store.com/fenix-rc09-led-flashlight/

My main go to when camping:

http://www.fenix-store.com/fenix-tk1...ed-flashlight/

I have had the bigger one for over 6-7 years, and it's been flawless, and the brightest light of its size than anyone else has shown me. The rechargeable batteries last forever. I have had it in all kinds of conditions, mountains, swamp, Alaska, NC, Tx, Alaska. Never let me down. Accessories for torch as well.

Light, sturdy, easy to use.

Neighbor has the eagletac, but I like the Fenix better, seems higher quality and better batteries (if you buy the rechargeable)
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Dick:

I like the compact size, the relative light weight, the re-chargeable batteries last a long time. The power button on the side is fine for my use. Plus, when I am working on something close in the dark I use the 32 and simply put the end in my mouth. My wife thinks I'm an idiot for doing so - "It's dirty, it's been dropped on the ground etc", but after nearly 50 years she has all but given up.

I like the strobe feature as well. Plus, one of the 35's has been run over by the rear end of our F350 and both trailer wheels and still works just fine. They also work no matter the temperature. I had one that did not work, called and after a discussion the customer service person said send it back with this number and we will replace it. They did.

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Dick:

I or my wife also has two Qyark PRO QP2A-X lights. They are ok, but only put out 280 Lumens, however, they do use two AA batteries instead of the ones I use in the Fenix lights I've gone to as they put out 980 Lumens in the compact size. I've found the Fenix LD actually too bright at times, we don't take it with us in the AS.

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Old 01-08-2017, 07:32 AM   #8
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Bud and Troutboy, thanks for getting back and sharing your experiences!

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I love Fenix,
The two Fenix flashlights I have (these things are bright!):
A little one smaller than my thumb, easy in pocket at all times and bright:
http://www.fenix-store.com/fenix-rc09-led-flashlight/
My main go to when camping:
http://www.fenix-store.com/fenix-tk1...ed-flashlight/
...I like the Fenix better, seems higher quality and better batteries (if you buy the rechargeable)
Troutboy, me like! The RC09 does what my EagleTac's do not: reverse clip for hat brim mounting and magnetic mount. I'm wildly intrigued. And that TK15's looking pretty dang cool too. I'll start looking into adding Fenix to my line-up.

Thanks so much, guys!
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Want a light?

I like my old "Zippo." Never an issue with charging or batteries, I just have to add a flint and some lighter fluid every now and then.
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Pound for pound, in my opinion, Tasco Xr5 or XR6, sold at Sams for $20 for 3. Focusing lens to reach out or flood. Performs as good as $100 flashlights that I have handled, and you don't get emotional when you lose them or damage them.
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Four sevens Quark. I bought two of them, a couple of years back. Both are AA batteries, which I like because it's easy to buy a bulk pack at Costco. I gave one to my daughter to take to college. Great little light. Thinking about getting a four sevens mini Mark II and leaving it in the trailer, but, since I always have the Quark, I don't really need it.

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Interesting thread!

Like many people, I am a big fan of led lights both portable and for house hold use, but as for flashlights and headlamps etc up to this point I only have fairly low power ones.

One thing I have wondered about and would be interested in people's views would be the value of the more powerful ones for self defence. I know they are advertised for that but wonder about effectiveness. And if they are effective, what minimum lumen output would be at all useful for this? I see Fenix make one at 1000 lumens and obviously the more the better for this purpose I would guess!

Being from Canada we have no real means of self defence and that has always worried me a bit when travelling in the US as our license plates are a giveaway! We do often stop overnight at truck stops en route.

I do carry a small pepper spray in the trailer as well as a large can of wasp spray that I have been told is very effective and shoots a long way! I'm never sure about the wisdom of using these and if they might just make a bad situation worse.

Same with the tactical lights I suppose?! Maybe one is best advised to just to give them what they want and hope they go away peacefully??

I guess I'll never know what I would do until a situation arises - hopefully it never will -but I suppose it would depend on how threatened one feels!


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The Streamlight Microstream gets my vote for best small flashlight. And I have been told many times that I have a flashlight fetish...and I'm frugal
At $16 and using ONE AAA battery you will be amazed at the battery life and amount of light produced.
I bought a dozen a few years ago to give as gifts and I still get rave reviews.
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Look up ''Flashlight stun gun'' on Amazon. These are flashlights with a attitude. Treat these flashlights with respect, and use them as a last resort... like a gun. The zapping noise does scare animals away. Around $20.00. These flashlights are illegal in the following states, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin. Cities / Counties... Annapolis Md., Baltimore Md., Crawford County Id., Washington D.C., and Philadelphia Pa. Illegal in the country of Canada, so do not try to cross the boarder with these flashlights. Trying to keep everyone safe, and informed out there.
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