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Old 10-20-2012, 09:04 AM   #1
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Which Maglite do you prefer?

Looking at buying some maglites and curious to see what everyone on here prefers. I am looking at the 3D models and I want to get a pretty serious flashlight. Some say 250 meters and 360 meters. Which one would be my best option?
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:19 AM   #2
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Maglites are fine if you want a weapon, but if you want a really serious flashlight....Surefire is the way to go. And yes they are that expensive, but worth it. I think the Surefire Defender is their best light, but I dont have some of their newer models like the Fury.

http://www.surefire.com/illumination/flashlights.html


Fenix, NiteCore and Jetbeam are some other popular brands (all made in china, but I have never had a problem with mine)
http://www.lightjunction.com/index.php?main_page=index

Or look around ebay when you find a model you like.

Almost all of these are powered by CR123 batteries which makes them so insanely bright...and have more power than 3D batteries.
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I have a couple of 2D LEDs. They are the older ones, before Maglite upgraded to brighter LEDs. They both are very good at putting a small spot of light about 200 yards away.

In contrast, I also have a few Streamlight flashlights in the smaller 2 AA and rechargable sizes. The rechargeable (Strion model) will put out the same 200 yards or so, BUT it's not just a spot, it's a usable spread of light. Streamlight also makes larger size rechargeables. They will all blow the Maglites away, but of course, there is a price for that.

Just make sure you understand that when Maglite says 300 yards, they mean you can light up a small spot at that distance, not necessarily enough light to be actually useable.
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Depends on what you want to use it for. I have a 2D LED and it is plenty for what I need. I think the 3Ds get too big. (Have one of those too, but it is somewhere in a closet)
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I have a 2D LED. It is BRIGHT! There are definitely better flashlights out there though. But imo, the 2D LED is pretty impressive for what it is.
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Originally Posted by Primo 95 View Post
Maglites are fine if you want a weapon, but if you want a really serious flashlight....Surefire is the way to go. And yes they are that expensive, but worth it. I think the Surefire Defender is their best light, but I dont have some of their newer models like the Fury.

http://www.surefire.com/illumination/flashlights.html


Fenix, NiteCore and Jetbeam are some other popular brands (all made in china, but I have never had a problem with mine)
http://www.lightjunction.com/index.php?main_page=index

Or look around ebay when you find a model you like.

Almost all of these are powered by CR123 batteries which makes them so insanely bright...and have more power than 3D batteries.
Dang, $200 for a flashlight!
But, it all depends on what you use it for. I use mine (2D LED Maglite @ $30.00) when camping about 2x per year and about 5 times in between to look for something that rolled in under the couch, so I can't justify a surefire, but if you work in a security related job, or something where your life might depend on it, then it is a small price to pay.
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I have a 3c led maglight. I like it, but its big and cumbersome. Its great for around the house, and they are tough as nails. I'm also a big fan of streamlights. My favorite is my LED tasklight that takes AA batts. Its great for everything, and unlike crappy CR123s, you can find them everywhere. For defense lights I have Streamlight scorpions, non LED with CRap123s. They are bright, but dont last long at all. I also have a rechargeable Streamlight Stinger XTHP. Ive had it forever, replaced the bulb once, and the battery once. I really like it, bit I wish it was LED.
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