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    In the time I've been doing security I've gone through a bunch of lights (including the old D cell Maglight). These three are the ones I kept.

    http://www.batteryjunction.com/fenix...FYSAaQodB1UFGQ

    The first light is a Fenix E12. This the light I carried when I was working straight days and occasionally asked to stay over after dark. It has 3 settings 8 lumens, 50 lumens and 130 lumens. It runs off of 1 AA battery which is widely available and its small enough to fit in my pocket. Now that I'm working straight nights it's my back up. The one drawback to this light is that it doesn't "remember" the setting so you turn it on at the lowest setting and you have to click it up and sometimes you turn it off.

    Cost 25 (ish)



    http://www.thefirestore.com/store/pr...FZE0aQodldkD8w

    Night Stick I carried this light when I worked nights at a petrochemical storage facility and I was required to use an "intrinsically safe" light.

    This light is 130 lumens with a 100 yard "throw" it runs on 3 AA batteries (easy to find) and it lasts 14 hours on one charge. I still use this light as an emergency light at home.

    Cost 35(ish)


    http://www.thefirestore.com/store/pr...FZE0aQodldkD8w

    Fenix UC 35 This is the light that's clipped to my vest right now. It's the only light I have that doesn't run on AAs (It runs on 2 CR123s or a rechargeable 18650 battery) but it IS rechargeable and it charges through a USB port which means I can recharge it with my phone charger at work if I need to.

    It has 5 brightness levels and a strobe (that I never use)

    14 lumens
    50 lumens
    180 lumens
    480 lumens
    960 lumens

    This light "remembers" the last setting you put it on so I keep it on turbo and step it down if I need to.

    I had to take a guy out of a car the other night and I BLINDED him from 20 yards away with this light. I could have turned it off and walked up to him and he never would have seen me coming.

    According to the website it will run an hour and a half on "Turbo but since I almost never leave it on full for more than a minute or two I usually only have to recharge it once a week or so.

    It's also regulated so it will run evenly until it hits about 30% charge then it steps down to the 180 lumens setting. It also light a red warning light to let you know it's time to charge.

    Cost 89(ish)

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    Originally posted by Ingio Montoya View Post
    In the time I've been doing security I've gone through a bunch of lights (including the old D cell Maglight). These three are the ones I kept.

    http://www.batteryjunction.com/fenix...FYSAaQodB1UFGQ

    The first light is a Fenix E12. This the light I carried when I was working straight days and occasionally asked to stay over after dark. It has 3 settings 8 lumens, 50 lumens and 130 lumens. It runs off of 1 AA battery which is widely available and its small enough to fit in my pocket. Now that I'm working straight nights it's my back up. The one drawback to this light is that it doesn't "remember" the setting so you turn it on at the lowest setting and you have to click it up and sometimes you turn it off.

    Cost 25 (ish)



    http://www.thefirestore.com/store/pr...FZE0aQodldkD8w

    Night Stick I carried this light when I worked nights at a petrochemical storage facility and I was required to use an "intrinsically safe" light.

    This light is 130 lumens with a 100 yard "throw" it runs on 3 AA batteries (easy to find) and it lasts 14 hours on one charge. I still use this light as an emergency light at home.

    Cost 35(ish)


    http://www.thefirestore.com/store/pr...FZE0aQodldkD8w

    Fenix UC 35 This is the light that's clipped to my vest right now. It's the only light I have that doesn't run on AAs (It runs on 2 CR123s or a rechargeable 18650 battery) but it IS rechargeable and it charges through a USB port which means I can recharge it with my phone charger at work if I need to.

    It has 5 brightness levels and a strobe (that I never use)

    14 lumens
    50 lumens
    180 lumens
    480 lumens
    960 lumens

    This light "remembers" the last setting you put it on so I keep it on turbo and step it down if I need to.

    I had to take a guy out of a car the other night and I BLINDED him from 20 yards away with this light. I could have turned it off and walked up to him and he never would have seen me coming.

    According to the website it will run an hour and a half on "Turbo but since I almost never leave it on full for more than a minute or two I usually only have to recharge it once a week or so.

    It's also regulated so it will run evenly until it hits about 30% charge then it steps down to the 180 lumens setting. It also light a red warning light to let you know it's time to charge.

    Cost 89(ish)
    LED technology has gotten so cheap that a $10 light on amazon running off an 18650 lithium ion battery is so bright that it will blow away the incandescent lights by a long shot. Figure adding 2 18650 batteries and charger and you could have a setup that will last you years for less then 30 bucks.
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    • #3
      Flashlight Review

      I have been a member of Candlepower Forums for over a dozen years now. I have learned a LOT about flashlights, batteries, chargers, etc. I have been interested in flashlight for pretty much all of my life. Anyway, for quite a while, I learned towards light that charged in a cradle. That included my Pelican 7060, Streamlight Stinger converted to LED, and Inova T4.

      Most recently, however, I have have been interested in devices that run on the rechargeable 18650 battery. I currently have a Nite Core HC 90 and MH 25, among other lights. I like the ability to charge the 18650 cell inside the device with a micro USB cord. The HC 90 is not the brightest headlamp, nor is the MH 25 the brightest LED flashlight. When I bought them a year or so ago, they were pretty strong contenders, though. So far, nothing has improved so much that I am ready to spring for it, yet. However, if I were buying today, knowing what I know now, there is a good chance that I might buy something different.

      And that seems to be the nature of the flashlight hobby and industry. Just when you get something, there will be something better a short time later. It isn't a hobby that I have spent a wh ole lot of time and money on just lately, but like many things in life, when I come back, it will be there!

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      • #4
        Once I find a good flashlight, I have a hard time getting rid of it. I have a drawer in my desk full of old flashlights, which at the time I got them were among the best out there. Right now with in my duty bag and on my person I have a Maglite 300L 3D LED light, a Minimag Pro LED 2AA, and a Streamlight Scion HL LED. Since I tend to work outdoors in all weather conditions I am more interested in a flashlight light's ruggedness and ability to take a beating then it's lumens and light output.
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