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    Brand new here- I appreciate the help in advance!

    My brother is an EMT and he carries a cheap little mag lite- think he paid 12 bucks for it or so. His birthday is coming up and I am wondering what flashlight I could get him that would suit his needs and have good battery life. I carry an E2E (im not an emt) but I'm sure he'll need something with longer battery life. I won't say money is no object, but I'd really like to get him something nice- he has told me he has another gadget to use to check pupils and stuff like that... I'm not sure all the needs he might have for a light but thought there may be someone on here who could suggest something.

    Thanks again for the opportunity to post my question!
    Mark

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    My brother is an emt as well I got him a SL Microstream led 2 cell with a huge pack of AAA batteries.
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    What features did it have that made it appealing to an EMT?

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    Maybe two lights?

    A penlight style light with forward clicky or momentary for stuff like checking pupils, and something to wear on the best with a little more power. The Streamlite sounds good, or just even a cheap $5 Energizer penlight from Target.

    Sams Club has these, if you're a member, or you have a friend or family who is a member. They are even forward momentary and just a little bit bigger than the MiniMag. They fit the open top MiniMag holsters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walleye1 View Post
    What features did it have that made it appealing to an EMT?

    Its a slim penlight with clip to attach to his shirt pocket, fairly low output for checking pupils but still enough light to use for walking into a dimly light building maybe 30 lumens or so.
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    Surefire L4 and a penlight.

    L4 for a wide area flood.
    Penlight for checking pupils, etc.

    He will be able to run the L4 on a rechargeable 17670 or two 123's.

    Some additional reading on the same subject is here.
    Last edited by NotRegulated; 01-22-2008 at 12:58 PM.

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    L2D-CE.
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    Well, I'm certainly no EMT, and don't know what type of light would work best for someone in that profession, but the SureFire L2 comes to mind. Low mode for great, long runtime, and a high mode for whenever it's needed. And the UI is about the simplest ever. The only thing I still don't know, though, is whether flood or throw is more important for an EMT. If it's flood, then I say go for the L2.

    Actually, come to think of it, the G2L (or any other light that can take the P60L, for that matter) is about the perfect all-around flashlight (in my opinion, of course). The hotspot is plenty bright, with decent throw, and the spill is very wide and very useful. Multi-mode lights may be a bit more flexible in some situations, but for a single-mode light, the G2L is about as versatile as you can get.

    So in the end, the L2 may be a great light for an EMT, but upon further consideration, the G2L would perform extremely well, and is much more affordable. And on a personal note, in my own experience, the G2L has been a direct (and extremely substantial) upgrade from the Maglights that I used to use. So add a SF lanyard attachment, and I think the G2L (or 6PL) could be a great gift in this situation.

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    I would go with an E2L outdoorsman. It's about 55 lumens and stays that high for hours, with diminishing light there after, takes two cr123's. Or an L4, a wide area flood light that produces about 115 lumens for an hour 15 with diminishing light there after, takes two cr123's. Or an L1 which has two stages via a push a little for the low 10 lumen out put, or push a little harder for the 65 lumen output, takes one cr123. Or you could go with the L2 which uses the same kind of switch at the L1 but has a low of 10 and a High of 100 lumens, takes two cr123's.Heres specs and links to all four.

    E2l: http://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/...4205/sesent/00

    L4: http://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/...1071/sesent/00

    L1: http://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/...1071/sesent/00

    L2: http://www.surefire.com/maxexp/main/...1141/sesent/00


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    Default Re: Advice for a light for an EMT????

    Surefire L2 or L4 are good choices. I am an EMT, and I like the L2. I also carry an L1 24/7 and it sees a lot of use. Two levels are also very useful - one bright enough to see a lot with, one not so bright it's overpowering. But for checking pupil response and tissues, you want (or at least I want) incan since it does a better job of color rendering. And an incan penlight isn't quite as likely to hurt your victim's eyes as a 100 lumen LED

    I use a Welch-Allyn incan penlight, but really most any decent penlight will do. Lots of the guys use those little disposables that the drug companies give away. A really good incan penlight is getting hard to come by. Pelican makes a few for not a stupidly large amount of money.

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    EMT-B here, I love my Surefire 6PL... you can customize it to whatever you want. It's a nice light platform, add features you want easily without much hassle. Also, you could go for a G2L. Nice lights.

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    Not too long ago someone else had a thread like this -- seems that they were looking for a light for their wife/girlfriend who was an EMT. Some of the suggestions included lights with lanyards, lights that were easy & comfortable to grip, and lights that were dependable (duh!).

    Some other considerations might include whether a thrower or flooder would be better, how simple or involved a user interface might be (for instance multiple levels vs. only one or two levels), and whether a clickie or twisty would be more user friendly.

    The other thread shouldn't be too hard to search.
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    If he doesn't mind the modes(pretty easy to use actually, click is always on or off), the Fenix L2D-CE Q5 would be great. Low is similar in output to the Minimag. 8% off coupon at Fenix Store is "CPF8".

    The Lumapower LM31 is a good simple 1 AA choice.

    There are also cheaper lights on sites like Dealextreme (go for the ones getting good reviews in the Cree/Seoul/Rebel section). Maybe an AA one as an backup?

    Maybe a flashlight together with rechargeable batteries will also be good?

    Few questions:

    Size?
    Output?
    Price?
    Batteries?
    Beam pattern?


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    Great suggestions- I'm learning a lot.

    I really like the idea of the variable power flashlights. The Fenix l2d-ce q5 looks just about ideal but it seems pretty cheap for all it touts- i guess im used to surefire, which are more expensive. If you think the quality of the Fenix is good, then I'll probably go that route.

    Thanks everyone for suggestions- I might get another light for myself, I am catching the collecting bug just looking through all the specs!

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    If your brother has anyway of ataching a clip to his uniform I would sugest a Pentagon MOLLE light as one of many

    I have one of these on my stab vest and it gives excellent close area light.

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    Bagman I'll check- I've seen those lights and thought they would be useful.

    thanks,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark G View Post
    Bagman I'll check- I've seen those lights and thought they would be useful.

    thanks,
    Mine replaced a Peli VB3 which is a good little light but the MOLLE is much, much better.

    I dont know what US EMT uniforms are like but I have mine mounted on my epalette (SP??) loops so its at right angles to the ground.

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    I've been a paramedic for nearly 22 years and used loads of different types of flashlights over this period. One thing I've learned is that no one light does it all. Anything you carry will be a compromise. Size is very important and IMHO penlights are not much use outside of a primary care or hospital environment.

    The criteria I place on a light suitable for the majority of work I do is:

    1) Something that is small enough to be always with you.

    2) Something that you can quickly access when you need it.

    3) The light can/should be able to be placed in between your teeth should the situation require a third hand which you haven't got!

    4) Reliability. Crucial for my role. If you need light and it fails you, you loose valuable time which you usually need.

    5) The light should be able to be cleaned with various chemicals to prevent contamination. *This is often overlooked by flashlight fans*

    6) The above obviously means that at a minimum the light is water resistant.

    7) Cost: Most EMT's and paramedics usually have to buy their own personal equipment and therefore anything ultra expensive and which is liable to damage or loss at work has to be as reasonably priced as possible.

    Taking all of the above into account the light which I most favour now is a G2L holstered in a V70. I have been using a G2 for a while now but the G2L is an absolutely brilliant light for the job I do. YMMV!

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    Just to make the decision a little more complicated, a post some time ago by a physician pointed out that LEDs do a lousy job on color fidelity, compared to incandescents, and that being able to easily assess the color of a throat inflammation, for example, was an important criteria.

    In that particular case, the Dr. was using a Welch-Alyn penlight, as mentioned above.

    It takes $14 bulb replacements, AAAA batteries, and isn't much of a light by our usual criteria, but it's what a lot of docs carry.

    Here are some other choices for penlights:
    http://www.allheart.com/penlights.html

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    As I said the use of a penlight or other such light source is ideal for those who have the luxury of working in primary care environments.

    I work in both primary care and emergency medicine and in the field. The use of LED and incandescent light has been the subject of much debate about which type of light provides the best illumination and allowing the clinician to discern accurate tissue color.

    From my perspective I feel that the arguement for or against the use of LED's is more a matter of a personal choice. I cannot ever recall problems using a LED v incandescent light interfering in an accurate diagnosis.
    Remember that LED's are often used as light sources in some of the newer medical examination devices.

    When the proverbial 's**t hits the fan' failure isn't an option whether it is skills or equipment or both. The price of failure is either the patient's welfare or that their life is put at risk.

    I have often had to improvise or adapt to make an allowance for things not going to plan but equipment failure is a very unwelcome problem.

    In a car wreck and before firefighters arrive on scene to provide scene lighting it is often you and a couple of lights that make an enormous difference to seeing what you are dealing with.

    As I said earlier I'm talking from the perspective of being there and doing the job and personal experience is a good tutor.

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    A little trick I have been known to use:

    For a while, I used to EDC a 1xAA Ultrafire C3 (since replace by a NCDI). I put a clip on it for bezel up carry. Now, it is important to understand that I almost ALWAYS have a baseball cap on, or within arm's reach. When I needed some hands-free illumination, rather than hold it in my mouth (which would be especially bad for an EMT if he had already contaminated the light by touching the patient's fluids, then the light), I could clip it to the brim of my hat for an instant, comfortable, bright headlamp. No bulky straps to deal with, and no extra headlamp to carry. You have to scrounge an extra clip from something (old light, permanent marker, etc.), but it gives you the equivalent of having another light.

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    Marduke

    I'd love that option of wearing a baseball cap. Unfortunately were not allowed to wear any item of non uniform clothing and guess what? Baseball caps aren't part of our uniform. Officially we are always supposed to wear a hard helmet in car wrecks or when on motorways etc. Health and Safety legislation!!

    On my helmet I've attached a specialized helmet light but it isn't ideal. Our hard helmets don't have edges or brims on them like most American helmets do and consequently there aren't many places to attach clips or brackets to hold the normal range of helmet lights. Because we wear visors attached to our helmets normal headlamps don't fit.

    As far as contaminating a flashlight before I've put it in my mouth it hasn't happened yet....fortunately! In my case I work alone from a car and unnecessary time wasted in getting extra safety equipment on is extremely limited. In situations such as cardiac arrests seconds count and that is why I love the option of having the G2L in a V70. I can be out the car put my gloves on get flashlight in hand (or mouth) and get to work with as little time wasted as possible.

    Shame about the baseball caps though!

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    They also make clips that specifically clip to the edge of a hardhat, which fit standard size AA lights.

    Like these:
    http://batteryjunction.com/niizeheclfry.html

    Just Google 'helmet clip' or something like that

    You don't have a baseball cap as part of the uniform? Maybe you could talk them into providing one with your department logo on the front.

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    A Pelican VersaBrite might do. Hands free, uses AA's, long run time, articulated head, easy operation and durable.
    Zero search clutter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeLip View Post
    Pelican makes a few for not a stupidly large amount of money.
    LumensFactory makes a very nice penlight which they include with orders over $30 on their website. I believe Lighthound also carries them.
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    Hi;

    I've been in search and rescue for about 12 years now, but used to ride on a very busy volunteer ambulance as an EMT/Crew Chief/Instructor for 17 years prior. Been an EMT since '84.

    Pupil reactivity can be checked with a fairly dim penlight, since he will be doing it in the dark. Outside during the day pupils are already constricted so no light will work. We used to "liberate" some freeby disposable lights at the hospitals that probably came from some drug company as handouts. You don't need to blind the patients.

    For a regular duty light, like finding your way to a front door at 3:00 AM, go with a cheap light, not a SF or SL. Believe me, whatever light you get him will be lost within a year (at the most!) anyway, and if it was a cheap one he won't feel so bad. Ya tend to do a lot of bending over at scenes and crawling in and over stuff, so lost equipment is a given.

    Check out the posting a few slots above regarding the Task Force light available at Lowes. Genuine Cree for $30. Get him two! I carry a Lowes 1AA 1w Luxeon (red body) that puts out incredible light and was so cheap it hurts. Ray-O-Vac makes a nice 3-watt tactical light that has an incredible output for (memory) $30 at K-Mart.
    No big deal if a hulking firefighter stomps on it at an accident scene....

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by K9-Handler View Post
    Hi;

    I've been in search and rescue for about 12 years now, but used to ride on a very busy volunteer ambulance as an EMT/Crew Chief/Instructor for 17 years prior. Been an EMT since '84.
    Heh - I've been doing it since 1975. I'm an old dude. And yeah, I agree with the giveaway lights, they work fine. I also recommended SF since I am a firefighter - we don't dedicate people as EMTs or firefighters, we rotate through the jobs. Surefire can take getting stomped on, dropped, scorched, wet (and bloody and puked on and stuff - I have a few lights that I won't sell to anyone because they may not be something you'd want in your pocket. My Tri-Star Phaser is, umm, gross). I haven't lost one yet, but if that's a concern you raise good points. Mag also seems like a good, reasonably inexpensive option, though I've never tried one as a service light. And you can replace it by going to your local Walmart.

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    Im a paramedic and I use a few light for different situations. I carry a cheap incap penlight for checking pupils. I carry either an A2 or Milky L1 - depends of the bigger light I'm carrying. I also carry either a Mag11 or a SF M6 with LED Tower Module. I always want one incan with me to see colours better. Therefore If I have my Mag11, I have my Milky L1 and when I have my M6 LED I have my A2.

    I have never found myself in a low light situation where I have had to hold one of my lights - usually a by-stander / police officer / fire fighter will hold my light for me! Yay!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brozneo View Post
    - usually a by-stander / police officer / fire fighter will hold my light for me! Yay!
    That's how I lose them!

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    I don't want to go off topic here but I was at a crash once where the police had got there first . They had used a large and expensive first aid kit at the scene. We arrived and took the patient to hospital....later on I saw one of the police officers who told me it had gone missing !! Strange world!

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