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Old 12-16-2009, 11:43 PM   #21
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Personally, I have a Mag LED 3D in the car. Also a Streamlight Scorpion and a Surefire L4. It all depends on what you want, your budget, how long you're looking for batteries to last.

Fenix, and their clones, are decent bang for the buck, but for LED's only. You want an incandescent, Mag, Pelican or Streamlight are good brands.
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Old 12-20-2009, 02:41 PM   #23
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I carry a Surefire 6P LED with me at all times. I use it at work all the time, and just use it a lot period. It has held up well for being in my pocket every day for a year now. The battery life is pretty good with the led.

But for the price and for just a throw around flashlight that is still good quality, you can't beat a maglite. I like the 4D for the full size maglites. I don't know why, I guess cause my first maglite when I was a kid was a 4D.
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Old 12-21-2009, 02:42 PM   #24
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i know from experience that mag lights are very good. just be carefull cause ive been told that in some states it is considered a dangerous weapon when its in your car by its-self. i guess you could keep it next to the hammer and sledge and call yourself a contractor???????
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Old 12-21-2009, 07:24 PM   #25
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Streamlight or Surefire. Absolutely worth the money.
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:36 AM   #26
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Are the LED Mags brighter than the originals, or is it more an improvement in battery life?

Also, fwiw someone on the off-road boards reccomended keeping a couple chem-lights handy as backups. Seemed like a great idea since they've got less shelf life issues than batteries, are dirt cheap and take up little space.
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:42 AM   #27
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i bought some cheapass multi pack led flashlights from homo depot and they work great. I bought a 45 dollar one and lost it in 2weeks. I still have all 5 from the multi pack 2 yrs ago and they work great.

Same concept as exspensive sunglasses. theyll be lost or stolen in no time. Buy a wallyworld pair and youll never lose/break them.
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Old 12-23-2009, 12:29 PM   #28
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:10 PM   #29
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Just picked up a Maglite 3D Cell flashlight at the local Ace Hardware in red to match my truck for $10.88! I was sent a 50% coupon on any item under $30 and decided I could use a flashlight. I had a hard time deciding between the different sizes and felt the 3D cell was the perfect size. I plan on buying the LED upgrade for it later.

Edit: As stated, I had trouble picking a size. Is 3D the way to go or should I have picked up the 2D or 4D?
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:27 PM   #30
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Anything from Surefire. Not sure what the budget is, but IMHO there is no substitute for a quality lighting tool. Surefire lights can be had for less than a $100. I have a SF M3 Combat Light, it has a 225 lumen bulb and uses 3 CR123 batteries. It was over $240 and almost cost me my marriage, but after about a month-I had to buy my wife one too. She loves it.

I have maglites too, but they are bulky and heavy-it is nice to have lights that are, well, light(weight). I keep a maglite as a backup in the pocket on my back door. The M3 is attached to the pillar underneath the seatbelt attachement. I attached a 1" "Quickfist" to the pillar and it makes for easy access when I need the light and the quickfist is very secure. Outside of Surefire, Pelican and Streamlight make high quality lights and are good choices for lightweight, durable devices.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:08 PM   #31
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I have personal experience with the Princeton Tec Blast and Tec 40, both very bright, lightweight and inexpensive, but a quality light. , For use in a truck for survival I would use the Tec 40 for brightness and one of the Princeton Tec LED lights for longevity. Oh, completely waterproof for diving.


The Leupold modular flashlight system looks interesting but I bet it's pricey..
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:29 PM   #32
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I carried a Blackhawk Gladius while I was in Iraq. I used it either mounted on my M4 or just carried it in my pocket. It's really durable and has some really cool features.
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I'd say Mag Light or Sure Fire
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:37 PM   #34
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Get a rechargeable maglite with the charging holster. You'll never have to worry about a dead flashlight again.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:38 PM   #35
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I would go for a light that takes a 123a battery because of the shelf life, like 10+years

I personally own a surefire LED and that this is bright as HE11. Plus with the led you get a longer battery life as compared to their conventional xenon. Honestly I have not compared battery life to say a mini mag, but there really is no comparison considering how bright the Surefire led is.
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Pelican LED's are the only flashlights for me. Work great in all conditions.
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Old 12-24-2009, 05:43 AM   #38
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Pelican LED's are the only flashlights for me. Work great in all conditions.
I have a small Pelican marketed under the Browning name, very bright, light and totally waterproof. Good product.
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I carry one of these clipped bezel down in my left front pocket every day, and have for about the past year and a half. It gets used almost every day too. I probably go through about a battery every 6 weeks - 2 months depending on use, but the lithium batts have way better shelf life than alkalines do, which is another advantage of the Surefire lights.

http://www.surefire.com/E1B-Backup

It's 80 lumens or 5 lumens, user selectable output. I've dropped it more times than I can count on fingers and toes, and it's kept on ticking. It's a very well built light.
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Gotta say I have a Streamlight Stinger and I absolutely love it... I have a charger mount in my truck that charged the light and a second battery also. Although if I had to go for the budget light I would go with the Maglite...
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