We all know there are a lot of elements that go into a flashlight making it into production. Technical limitations are only one factor. Companies need to consider markets, supply chains, competition, costs, areas of primary focus. Many things can impact whether we, the users, actually get our hot little hands on a product or not. Well, I don't really care much about all that. I just want cool lights.
This thread isn't about fantasy lights (10,000 lumens for 100 hours on 1 battery, which gets turned into solid gold when the cell is depleted. Only $10!!) This thread is about what COULD be produced RIGHT NOW but ISN'T.
This is what I wish I could buy right now, but nobody will sell to me:
SureFire U1 - based on the old U2 chassis (not the UA2/UB2 chassis), just cut down to 1x123. Put a more efficient LED in it and underdrive it for a 40-60 minute runtime on high. I think is the obvious baby brother for the two new lights and a great way to continue to utilize the old platform which I am not keen to see fade away.
SureFire Regulated Incan Turbohead - PK has stated that SF is not developing incan bulbs anymore. Fine. I don't like it, but I can deal with it. Why not take one of the existing turbohead lights and put a regulator in it? It will boost sales of the turbo lights and allow for additional revenue from an existing platform in the form of the bulbs. We know these exist in prototype form. A turbo A2 would be a wonderful thing to bestow on the world as a final parting shot to history.
McGizmo LunaSol 38 - This may very well be the light I want more than any other. I doubt it's under development, but I think my brain will explode if I learn this is being produced. The S27-PD is tied for my favorite light of all time (see below). Combine an S27 reflector with the flood of a LunaSol/Mule in one light and I will have reached flashlight nirvana. Too big for EDC, but ideal for night hiking.
HDS/RaClicky GT - My other favorite light is my HDS U60XRGT. There is just no other light that renders colors more correctly. It is my standard reference light. I wouldn't upgrade the LED in it if someone offered me the rarest best LED in the world and said they'd do the mod for free. I really, really, REALLY want to see Henry support the GT feature in the new Ra Clickie series. He told me he will consider it in a few months and I hope he follows through. I'd like to see other makers strive to support a similar feature in their LED offerings as well.
What are the lights that YOU believe COULD be produced TODAY that would get you excited if you learned they were actually coming?