Whats the best EDC light? The one im looking for must be able to use AA and/or 14500 batteries, pocket sized, and under $50.
So far the ones I've narrowed it down to are:
Zebralight sc52w (found one used for $50)
Uses would consist of EDC, and outdoors activities (Worst case scenario - Working my way down a mountain in Mexico at night.)
Any other suggestions?
Those all look pretty good. Not sure what the difference is in terms of quality and warranty tho
This is what I have for my EDC, OP. The Thrunite Archer 1A. I really like it for a small, single AA edc light. Plenty bright for most things you'd need and the firefly mode is great for using in a dark house when you don't want to blind yourself or wake someone up.
If youre using it for self defense my primary rules are:
1 bulb. A 1200 Lumen Bulb is bright as fuck, but they can put 3 400 Lumen bulbs in and still sell it as a 1200 lumen flashlight and laugh as you just do the lighting work to your own rape film after wanting to save 20 bucks.
The Reflector should also be smooth, if they dont have a picture looking at the lens of the light then look for an image that does have it
I'm gonna get the Thrunite 1A V2. Looks like its everything I need. Probably gonna pick up the LD 11 for higher output later down the line.
Thanks anons. Feel free to keep offering suggestions since Amazon purchases can be cancelled before it ships
Is there a good guide on LED flashlights, and measuring them against eachother?
Just because it's some crazy high lumens doesn't seem to necessarily mean it's that bright vs a lower lumen one.
Is it basically the lumens X the size of the actual led that makes one better than the other? Or strictly the wattage it takes?
Which rechargable batteries are the best for an EDC light? I bought the charging pack that came with like, 8 edisonbright 1000mAh batteries (low, I know but I can use them for other flashlights and electronics).
I was looking at these, any good?
I used to have an LD12 and found it to be a pretty good EDC light. I lost it while helping rescue some friends that drove their car off a cliff, though. (I think I set it down on the guardrail and then forgot to grab it when the cops showed up and cleared everybody out so the medevac helo could land.)
I think I may switch to an AAA light for my next one, there are some pretty damn bright ones now, and the size makes me more likely to carry it all the time. I'm not worried about "tactical" use, it's just a helpful utility tool.
Nice! Glad to see someone who used that light. Do you remember the pros/cons you saw? Was it too big to EDC that youre switching to AAA?
Sweet, thanks. I'll go ahead and order the Pro's probably
Also, chinese lights are generally the best unless you're fine paying $200 for a fucking flashlight that costs $10 to make, less.
fasttech has a good selection of lights, convoy being fantastic all around
It wasn't too big to EDC, but it was big enough to be annoying sometimes. I had to take it out of my pocket to drive, for example. If you're dedicated it's not terrible, but I'd rather have something that's so small and light that I forget it's even in my pocket.
had it for over a year now as my EDC and work light
uses 2 rechargable batteries cant remember what number, and i have had this on full power and submerged it in water and left if on for over 20 minutes in a contest as who had the best light at work.
>Thinking $200 for a flashlight is a lot
Only Surefire I have which was that cheap was my P3X Fury.
It's a flashlight, it's a metal body with an extremely simple electronic circuit board regulating electricity flow, an LED (or multiple), and some o-rings for waterproofing. The hundred dollar "premium" flashlights have no better or very minimal increases in build quality compared to a Chinese rip-off light with the same specs for $40.
I will never understand why people spend so much for flashlights other than having the extra money to do so and an appreciation of the aesthetics (even though the Chinese lights can sometimes be the exact same minus the logo which is laser etched into the body)
Both are great lights, however, they are not AA compatible. The biggest issue for me is that I travel to a lot to shitty places (Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Europe, etc) which dont always have the CR123A's available at every corner. I understand I lose the lumens/duration but its something im alright with. Hopefully when i have more money to spend I can buy one of those as a dedicated hiking light or something.
completely understandable. All i know is that i bought the flashlight and CR123A(X2) with recharging station for under 100$ on amazon. I use the light everyday and havent changed my battery for probably 3 weeks now on a full charge. however i fully support any thrunite product as most of my friends are LE and FD and use them frequently
Check out a reviewer by the name of selfbuilt, on candlepowerforums.
The guy is super detailed. But, his archive of reviews has a section that compares by cell size/count, or form factor.
Good to know! Yeah, I was torn between the PD11 and the Archer A1 V2.. but the thrunite had all the features I wanted, though I wish it was regulated and had slightler higher lumens and throw.. guess theres no such thing as the perfect flashlight, but for what it is, itll work great. Might pick up a Fenix down the line as well.
My dedicated headlamp is a princeton tec which is AWESOME. A nice handheld would compliment it perfectly
Everything we buy could be sold for much less than we pay for it. It doesnt change the fact that my lights are much higher quality than your no name Chinese lights. Pic related could be sold for a fraction of the price too, doesnt change the fact that I bought one.
I literally gave you a link to a Surefire vs Streamlight tear down, and you're recommending things below Streamlight. Stay jelly anon.
His Web page... Be warned. You can get lost in flashlight reviews.
I was originally looking for a small AA light for work. I ended up with the smallest 18650 light I could find. On high it puts out a disgusting wall of light. Has many usable modes.
I got one of these. From a local retailer, who also has a booth at the local gun shows.
>I wish I had a 15 degree bag that weighed less than 2 pounds
>I wish I had a job at McDonalds instead of being a NEET
>Do not touch or attempt to clean the reflector, as it will scratch the reflective coating permanently.
Sure sounds like quality
>Do not touch or attempt to clean the reflector, as it will scratch the reflective coating permanently.
>Sure sounds like quality
Not him, but I have telescope lenses worth hundreds of dollars which have high quality coating on them but are easily damaged if not taken care of.
I wouldnt go saying that flashlight is of the same quality, however, it probably is a nice coating. Not durable apparently, but it doesnt mean its low quality.
this OP, i have one, can confirm its tiny and bright and only uses 1 AAA. battery lasts a long time and its pretty water resistant . literally clips perfectly in the change pocket of your jeans
>Not durable apparently, but it doesnt mean its low quality.
Yeah it is, otherwise the coating would be thick enough to not be permanently damaged by cleaning it. We're talking about a reflector here, not glass.
>but I have telescope lenses worth hundreds of dollars
Are you new here? Plenty of people have glass comparably expensive if not more so.
How does posting a picture of an overpriced optic that you'll never use to its potential change anything? I was simply making a comparison, not trying to compete with you. Stop trying to outdo everyone in this thread
>Do you have anything else worth living for?
No, all I do is shit post in gear threads to show that i'm a good consumer.
no idea, never seen or touched those ones you listed. just know my streamlight is a nice little piece, had it for almost 2 years now. its pretty bright for 1 AAA battery, and its so light/small you can literally always have it on you
>How does posting a picture of an overpriced optic that you'll never use to its potential change anything?
What does it change? It allows me to adjust the brightness compared to the Doctor Optik on my FNP45T.
>Stop trying to outdo everyone in this thread
Also wtf is up with pic related? I took a different screenshot of my Hoplite order and 4chan thinks its malware
>So.... just how fat are you?
Soft hands, so is this daddy's money or mommy's?
There are few competitors who try, and Streamlight consistantly outlives them. I wont deny that surefire's reflectors and lenses are bad ass. I just dont know that their performance advantage is worth the cost, and whilst I'm sure it's possible? I've never seen a broken TLR-1.
Saphire lens on the lasers, not diamonds.
Eye sight & night sights on the P938
Viridian X5L on the P226
I said I'd never seen one, and I havent. I do not dispute that they are made by human hands, and thus not actually invulnerable.My bad I still typed it, so allow me to rephrase more accurately.
I've never been able to break mine, despite abuse. I've likewise never seen one broken in person. They are not invulnerable, but they are remarkably durable.
>i've never been in a gear queer thread before
Fresh off the boat, from reddit, kid? heh I remember when I was just like you. Braindead. Lemme give you a tip so you can make it in this cyber sanctuary: never make jokes like that. You got no reputation here, you got no name, you got jackshit here. It's survival of the fittest and you ain't gonna survive long on 4chan by saying stupid jokes that your little hugbox cuntsucking reddit friends would upboat. None of that here. You don't upboat. You don't downboat. This ain't reddit, kid. This is 4chan. We have REAL intellectual discussion, something I don't think you're all that familiar with. You don't like it, you can hit the bricks on over to imgur, you daily show watching son of a bitch. I hope you don't tho. I hope you stay here and learn our ways. Things are different here, unlike any other place that the light of internet pop culture reaches. You can be anything here. Me ? heh, I'm a judge.. this place.... this place has a lot to offer... heh you'll see, kid . . . .that is if you can handle it...
My EDC light. I went USB rechargeable because I need to use it for at least 3-4 hours a day and buying batteries at that rate is too expensive for me.
Powered by an 18650 cell, 5 brightness settings (14/50/180/480/960) with an independent momentatry/on pressure tailcap switch.
I really like this thing. It's big, but I use it constantly throughout the night, it's pretty much a primary light source, not a back up.
$3, metal construction and bright as fuck for something that runs off 1 AA.
I've had several streamlight lights break in use. Their Chinese made lights seem especially subpar in quality. Streamlight are now especially a company that embodies a modern multinational company mentality. Cheap shit out, outsource as much of the product as you can, and reap the benefits of the reduced costs.