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Old 10-09-2005, 05:46 AM   #21
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Why don't you order direct from Surefire and include a box of batteries with it? Don't overlook Digilights - the link is at the bottom of the page.
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Old 10-09-2005, 05:36 PM   #22
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Why don't you order direct from Surefire and include a box of batteries with it? Don't overlook Digilights - the link is at the bottom of the page.
FWIW, I got a SureFire G2 Nitrolon in black today from Gander Mountain for $29.99. Even with tax included, I still came out ahead versus ordering direct from SureFire... and even beat out the deals I saw on eBay! I guess I wouldn't mind having a box of those extra batteries lying around.

I cannot believe how bright this thing is. I find myself turning it on just to look at the light. Very cool stuff...
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Yeah, those Surefire babies definately BRIGHT
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I'm gonna hafta get another one for my vehicle and my wife's car... for the time being, this one is next to my bed for things that go bump in the night.
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A word of caution to new users of the Surefire lights. When you are storing the light in a bag or carrying it turn the tailcap out to it's maximum length without taking it off. The lights have a way of turning on by themselves in a bag and they get HOT. I melted a clarino leather pouch for my 6P one daylight shift when I couldn't tell it had turned on(it's carried behind my weapon,right side). I started to smell something burning and then started to feel something burning, not pleasant or conductive to good driving . You can still turn it on easy by pressing the tailswitch but it is less likely to turn on itself by being jostled around in a bag. TJR
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Old 10-10-2005, 07:00 PM   #26
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Anyone have or tried the Everlight flash light. You just shake it a few times to energize.
Grandma gave me one for Christmas. It has a permanent home in my truck console (next to several other types). It is a great addition to a flashlight collection. Unless a SHTF situation occurs that limits my ability to get batteries, it will never be my main light, just an addition in case my batteries fail in my main light. It has a fairly weak beam and only lights for a few minutes after shaking. I really like it though and would not be without one for emergency purposes.
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Old 10-11-2005, 04:09 AM   #27
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[quote="csmkersh"]-Minimag AA with nite ize led upgrade (well worth the 5 bucks at wallyworld)[quote]

Found the "upgrade". Impressed. Output vs. cost.

Now for the update. Catalog 77, 09/2005. Page 112.

Brigade Quartermasters carries the Night-ize upgrade 3 LED lamp WITH a pushbutton on/off tailcap switch for $9.99.

Stock number MLS014.

I noticed with the LED head, there is no real twist head focusing.
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Old 10-11-2005, 08:05 PM   #28
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some one needs to start a thread

I carry at least three kinds of flashlights in my jump bag and an led on every key chain.

Someone needs to start a thread on unusual uses of flashlights in an emergency.

I could start by saying that I assisted a Southwest Airline mechanic repair an airplane while we were on the ground in Texas using a surefire light. Or, I was on vacation in Mississippi and the power went out at a dance and I just happened to have a surefire with me.

You need a variety, including leds, no battery lights, heavy duty flashlights, head lamps, hat lamps. Wally World is a good place to start.

If I could recommend an led, it would be the photon II because you can have it on permanently or sporadicly.
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Old 10-12-2005, 06:14 AM   #29
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Or, I was on vacation in Mississippi and the power went out at a dance and I just happened to have a surefire with me.
You too, huh? Louisiana. Wifes' youngest cousin's dance recital. Complete power failure. Was able to use it to assist in clearing the balcony.
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Old 10-15-2005, 12:13 AM   #30
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I just happened to be at wallyworld this evening and picked up an LED kit for my mini mag light. Looks good! I hope I dont have to ever buy another bulb for that flashlight. Does anyone make an LED kit for any of the larger mag lights? I have a (IIRC) 2 D cell mag light in the truck... that would be real nice with an LED bulb or two.
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I have been carrying a Streamlight SL20 for 17 years as a duty light. It has given out a few cases of 'streamlight rash' and keeps on tickin'. A few years ago I added a light from ASP to the end of my collapsable baton, light in the eyes and easily reversible for the use of the business end. In my POV I keep an SL20 and a Surefire Z2 Combat. On my AR I have a Surefire 6P with a pressure switch tail cap. On each floor of my house I have a 1.5 million candle power cordless handheld spotlight, really lights up the night!!!!
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I just happened to be at wallyworld this evening and picked up an LED kit for my mini mag light. Looks good! I hope I dont have to ever buy another bulb for that flashlight. Does anyone make an LED kit for any of the larger mag lights? I have a (IIRC) 2 D cell mag light in the truck... that would be real nice with an LED bulb or two.
I go to Wallyworld frequently and have not seen these...where in the store do you find them?

I ordered form the company that runs this forum a Streamlight Twin Task LED w/Luxeon in the 2 lithium size. My UPS shiping report says they should be delivered today.
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I go to Wallyworld frequently and have not seen these...where in the store do you find them?[quote]

Generally back in sporting goods around all of the flashlights. Look in the replacement bulb section.

If you go to Brigade Quartermasters, you can get the same thing
(LED Bulb) AND a push button tailcap for $9.99 total.

http://www.actiongear.com/cgi-bin/ta...alog/index.tam

Stock #MLS014
http://www.actiongear.com/cgi-bin/ta...am?rlk=8396178
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The LED kit I bought at wallyworld was in the sporting goods department, in the flashlight section, near the camping gear. YMMV - every wallyworld seems to be slightly different inventory wise, even though they have 99.9% of the same stuff in the same department.

I like my surefire G2 Nitrolon, which I bought after hearing about them in this thread. I even sold a couple of friends on them after they saw mine.

Next time I buy a flashlight, I am considering this one: http://www.digilightusa.com/Catalog/...ail.asp?pid=12If none of the numbers in the specs are misprints or exagerations, that one is over three times as bright and runs 30% longer than my surefire - of course it takes twice the number of batteries, but still it looks to be more efficient, and digilight is selling for less money too. Anyone own one?
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Anyone own one?
I've got a 2-cell, good light - as bright as my 6P Surefire for less money.
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I just happened to be at wallyworld this evening and picked up an LED kit for my mini mag light. Looks good! I hope I dont have to ever buy another bulb for that flashlight. Does anyone make an LED kit for any of the larger mag lights? I have a (IIRC) 2 D cell mag light in the truck... that would be real nice with an LED bulb or two.
I go to Wallyworld frequently and have not seen these...where in the store do you find them?

I ordered form the company that runs this forum a Streamlight Twin Task LED w/Luxeon in the 2 lithium size. My UPS shiping report says they should be delivered today.
My Twin Task arrived the other day. I am pretty impressed with this light. Although the LED isn't as bright as I would have thought, overall it is a nice light. I might have to pick up another one...this time maybe with the C or D sized cells.
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My flashlight is this one Armytek Predator Pro Flashlight. Unique Tactical Flashlight with Constant Brightness.
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Cheapo no-name pen light from Wal*mart.

I had a $30 namebrand which croaked on me and the warranty covers, well nothing that might fail.

I've gone the pen light expendable route. That being said, I keep a Coleman MAX 2xAA by the bedside and a Coast LED Lenser V2 3xAAAnext to the computer.

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Old 09-04-2013, 12:47 PM   #39
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I’ve been lucky to have done all kinds of things in my life. I’m proudest of the guns that people either carry or shoot competitively. But I’m probably better known for a bunch of holsters that were either patented or mass produced (or both). These days, however, its lighting and thermal imaging that really intrigues me.

I learned a lot about LED’s and programmable solid state circuitry in regard to a number of projects and successful patent applications a few years ago. After that I was asked to help lay out the groundwork for a private label line of foreign made hi-tech lights. And during the time I was consulting as well as sitting on a technical committee for the Feds, I got to see and play with several “optics” and adjustable reflectors that allowed the user to project amazingly pure beams that could be shaped (tailored, in fact) to meet their needs. That was real hip.

I mention all this not to make myself sound important (in fact, it’s my friends who have done the really cool stuff) but to let you know that I have worked with some pretty sophisticated things.

But what light do I carry with me day and night, and everywhere I go, with no more trouble then a pen in my shirt pocket or a knife in my jeans?

Either the single-cell Streamlight MicroStream or that same company’s two-cell Stylus Pro.

Both of them are bright enough to light your way out of anywhere, to perform most everyday tasks, and (should it ever become necessary) to illuminate and help identify a threat to your well-being.

Can they also be used as an impact weapon? The MicroStream? Probably not as it is no wider than my hand. The Stylus Pro? Well, not like some things but I would think that it could easily perform in many of the rolls where we were once trained to use the Kubotan that everyone used to have hanging from their keychains.

But that’s another big plus of these two: they can be clipped so easily to things that they never become clumsy or obvious like other devices and bigger lights. I fly routinely with the MicroStream and often with the Stylus Pro and the most interest they have caused is having someone ask me if they could turn it “on”. And I think that was more to see how much light it gave out than it was to determine whether or not I was carrying anything nefarious. By the way, the MicroStream is rated for 683 candela peak beam intensity (with 28 lumens typical) and the Stylus Pro at 1,033 candela peak beam intensity (with a measured system output of 48 lumens typical).

I’ve had both of them for more than a year (the MicroStream for maybe two or three; I’m not sure) and they’re still working fine. Does the MicroStream show some anodizing wear because it rubs against the knife it is usually clipped alongside? Yes. Do I occasionally have to clean the lens on the Stylus Pro with the same wipes I use for my glasses because I carry it in my hand when I run as the sun goes down and I sweat all over it? Yes. But has that sweat affected anything else internally or externally? No. Nor has the fact that I have dropped both of them more times than I can count.

The LED’s have no filaments to break and they’ll probably outlive me (both lights employ units with a 50,000 hour lifetime). The spring clips (which come into play every day when I put the light on or take it off; as well as each time I use the light for whatever the need may be) have more life left in them after several years than I do and while I think that the lights now come with spare rubber switchcaps (I am not sure), I’ve never had a need for them. Maybe some people pick at them out of nervousness or something but mine are fine: not cracked or distorted by age and environment nor misshapen through use. And while their triggering surfaces are a bit burnished, I can still see and feel the molded-in checkering.

There is something to say about that old saw of “keeping it simple” and I think these two lights exemplify it.

And along those same lines Skeptic49, you should know that if you like simple work lights, Eveready (Energizer, actually at: Energizer LED Flashlights) has been taking such baseline utilitarianism to new heights for the past few years.

Overlooking their really cool Energizer Hard Case Professional work or industrial line for now (I think it was originally aimed at tradesmen, contractors, repairmen, and maintenance workers who always had a simple but not always effective two-cell "something" on their belt, in their bag or in their toolbox), their military-oriented Energizer Hard Case Tactical Line has some amazingly trick and extremely well-made stuff that is just ideal for certain aspects of the civilian lives of some Gun Hub Forum members that might overlap pretty completely with the market for which these lights were originally designed. The first one I had was something of an early (maybe even pre-production) model that came out of their being at the Best Ranger competition a few years ago to see what people thought of what they had. I liked it and I like what they’re doing now.

That first light was really neat and things have only gotten better but I am worried that many “serious” people in other areas of endeavor, who could benefit from this technology and manufacturing, just turn up their noses at the sound of the name (Eveready/Energizer) and figure that the only makers they should consider are ones that charge the cost of night out with family & friends for a flashlight.

I would suggest that not only should you give them a look but so should anybody else I haven’t already put to sleep by this point in my ramblings.
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Brigade Quartermasters carries the Night-ize upgrade 3 LED lamp WITH a pushbutton on/off tailcap switch for $9.99.
I applied the kit to one of my mini-mags, tail cap switch failed. The light has the original tail cap restored and I keep it in my desk at work.

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