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    Default What light to buy for 10-15 people?

    I am looking at getting the other line technicians on my crew a decent light so they don't have to ask me to borrow my Surefires (lol). So far I'm considering the Fenix E01 for the job. I would have to wait till all the colors are available though so I can let people pick them. Of course the theres' the DX keychain lights I could get them. I can't believe I ordered 2 of those Fenix E01s. I try my hardest to by only US made, but that light for that value pushed me over the edge. I wish Surefire or another US manufacturer would come out with something comparable.
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    Default Re: What light to buy for 10-15 people?

    Quote Originally Posted by KDOG3 View Post
    I try my hardest to by only US made
    We all try our hardest to fulfill our patriotic duty, but the fact is that one of the only US-made flashlight in that price bracket is a Minimag. The Fenix E01 makes much more sense as a utility light.

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    Default Re: What light to buy for 10-15 people?

    I wonder if Fenix would cut me a deal on a bulk order, like 25 lights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KDOG3 View Post
    I wonder if Fenix would cut me a deal on a bulk order, like 25 lights.
    with the standard discount, an order of 25 goes from $375 to $345

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    Default Re: What light to buy for 10-15 people?

    If I were you, I would check out a Streamlight Microstream.

    It has a much whiter beam than an E01, has a bezel down pocket clip, a nice beam, can be had for about as much as an E01, a forward clickie, if you press the button down it will lock on. It looks at least twice as bright as an E01.

    I've been edc'ing mine in my pocket since I got it, and it is very useful. I think it would be ideal for a technician, it can be held in your mouth pretty easily...

    The only thing I can think is that it won't tailstand.


    Streamlight is an american company.

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    I'd go with either the the MicroStream or the Fenix E01. Just beware, the MS does not perform very long on an alkaline cell. It excels using a lithium L92. If you want to engrave the light, go with the E01. It has some nice surface area for custom engraving. Some place like a Things Remebered store could possibly do that. Given what I've seen so far, I would personally take the E01 over the MS.

    - longer runtime on any type of cell.
    - tailstanding.
    - twisty that's not hard to activate like the MS' clicky.
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    River Rock has a 2XAAA light at Target with a 1/2 watt LED...very similar to the Streamlight stylus in size and light. It's actully not a bad little worklight for $10.00.

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    Default Re: What light to buy for 10-15 people?

    Hello,

    What about the Inova Bolt (2AAA or 2AA) or the Streamlight Stylus Pro (or the Microstream)?
    The Bolts seem rather sturdy.

    Kind regards,
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    Default Re: What light to buy for 10-15 people?

    Quote Originally Posted by 22hornet View Post
    Hello,

    What about the Inova Bolt (2AAA or 2AA) or the Streamlight Stylus Pro (or the Microstream)?
    The Bolts seem rather sturdy.

    Kind regards,
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    x2.. my target had an open box 2AA bolt. VERY nice, sturdy robust light. How about Pelican?

    Incan Minimag with a USA made drop in...perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post

    Incan Minimag with a made drop in...perhaps?

    I was just thinking of a minimag with a smjled. 15 lumens 30 hour runtime

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    Default Re: What light to buy for 10-15 people?

    Or just get them the minimag 2aa led, 3aa if they don't mind the size, then charge them $10 to DOUBLE the output after they used them for a while.

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    Default Re: What light to buy for 10-15 people?

    These are going for ~$8 a piece now
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=173941

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marduke View Post
    These are going for ~$8 a piece now
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=173941
    Nice recommendation! I had not heard of these before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by divine View Post
    If I were you, I would check out a Streamlight Microstream.

    It has a much whiter beam than an E01, has a bezel down pocket clip, a nice beam, can be had for about as much as an E01, a forward clickie, if you press the button down it will lock on. It looks at least twice as bright as an E01.

    I've been edc'ing mine in my pocket since I got it, and it is very useful. I think it would be ideal for a technician, it can be held in your mouth pretty easily...

    The only thing I can think is that it won't tailstand.


    Streamlight is an american company.
    Might be an American company but the packaging on my Streamlight Junior says "Made in China"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by zpaulg View Post
    Might be an American company but the packaging on my Streamlight Junior says "Made in China"!
    Yea, most of the Streamlights I've seen for a long time now have been made in China. There may be some Streamlights that are still made in USA though, not sure.
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    Call Steven at Spyder Tactical and ask him about some Peak Matterhorns. I am positive if you want to order 10-15, he will give you a great discount. You will not find a higher quality AAA light, and they are made in the USA.

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    I think it's made in China and assembled in the U.S.A
    Quote Originally Posted by ampdude View Post
    Yea, most of the Streamlights I've seen for a long time now have been made in China. There may be some Streamlights that are still made in USA though, not sure.

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    Default Re: What light to buy for 10-15 people?

    I'd have to say the Streamlight Microstream also. Those 2-AA Sams Club lights look nice but they are a bit too powerful for many tasks that a techie would need a torch for. Plus they are a bit large for EDC outside of work. The MS has plenty of output for most tasks, mine gets 3 hours regulated on a NiMH and they are tiny and lightweight so they'll always have them on their person. If you look on Ebay you might find a deal for 10+ units and I think they will be a big hit with your cohorts. Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by divine View Post
    If I were you, I would check out a Streamlight Microstream.
    It has a much whiter beam than an E01, has a bezel down pocket clip, a nice beam, can be had for about as much as an E01, a forward clickie, if you press the button down it will lock on. It looks at least twice as bright as an E01.
    I've been edc'ing mine in my pocket since I got it, and it is very useful. I think it would be ideal for a technician, it can be held in your mouth pretty easily...
    The only thing I can think is that it won't tailstand.
    Streamlight is an american company.
    excellent suggestion! I love my ARC AAA-P and Fenix L0D CE, yet that Microsstream is an outstanding value. I EDC my L0D/MicroStream combo!!!!!
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    Thanks for the Streamlight Microstream suggestion. I'll have to look into that and that energizer 1AA I saw in target the other day...
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    Default Re: What light to buy for 10-15 people?

    While that is a nice gesture,

    somebody who doesn't buy his / her own flashlight

    tends to be, uhhmmm, quite reluctant to purchase

    replacement batteries for the thing.



    I've seen it often . . . .


    Company purchases a dozen flashlights,
    and passes 'em out to their Foremen.


    Foremen are "giddy as little schoolgirls" about their new flashlights.


    Especially, 'cuz it is yet another display of "status" over their workers.


    But, in a week or two, these flashlights have exhausted their (included) batteries.



    Foremen grumble and moan.

    "Company oughta' buy a case of batteries, so we can keep using our lights !"

    "i'll be goddammed if i'm gonna' spend my OWN money for batteries !"

    "Company really let us down, here."



    You get the picture, i trust.


    Just my personal observations. (wink)



    Hope that your situation is better than what i've related here.



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