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    Default Newby with a very first post.

    Hello. I'm Orion. . . . . . and I'm a flashaholic. It all started with a free flashlight from Road & Track magazine for 1 year subscription. It was a 4 AA cell light with an incandescent bulb (screw type) on the front, and a florescent tube light on the side. Since then, I've accumulated almost 2 dozen lights of varying size and brightness (from a single AA disposable to a "million candlepower" spotlight). Most of my purchases weren't that expensive, until recently. A few weeks ago, I purchased a modification for the Mini Maglight. It was from NewBeam and has 3 white 5mm LEDs with 1 red 3mm LED that lights up when the batteries have been used to their fullest. Usually about 10 hours, with another 5-10 hours of diminishing light. That mod ran me about $30. My most recent purchase was more that double that amount, and I keep trying to resist the urge to buy a Surefire and go broke on 3V Lithium batteries.

    Anyway, it is a pleasure to meet others with my affliction.

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    Everybody: Hi Orion... As for the surefires,
    they are Surefire, resistance is futile, you will be assimilated. BTW what part of the midwest do you live in? I am in extreme NE
    Nebraska.


    Oh yeah, welcome to CPF!

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    Default Re: Newby with a very first post.

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>"they are Surefire, resistance is futile, you will be assimilated"<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I know. [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

    I'm in MO.

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    KC, St. Joe, Jeff City, St. Louis?

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    Near Branson, actually, but I have friends up near St. Louis.

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    My SF addiction started with a 6P then the rechargeable kit then brighter lamps then a Turbo head then a A-19 adaptor and more lamps now another A-19 and even more lamps [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] When all the receipts are in it will be well over $400 [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] But it is the most versatile light I have ever owned and the best [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

    Welcome to CPF!

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    Default Re: Newby with a very first post.

    You know you're too much into flashlights when you start receiving them for your birthday and for Christmas.

    Thanks for the welcome!

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    Actually, true flashaholism begins when people are *afraid* to give you lights as gifts. When NOBODY else in your life knows more about lights than you do, THEN you've arrived....

    Being the snobby SOB that I am, I just laugh at what most people call "flashlights." [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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    Welcome, Orion. If you do decide to...cr*p, I mean *when* you decide to buy a SureFire, there are ways of buying lithium batteries as cheap as $1/ea, delivered. I managed to snag 12 of them at $0.72/ea delivered(!)
    I remember the pain of paying $12 plus sales tax for 2 123's, but those days are loooong gone, now.

    For a taste of SureFire light intensity, at a lower cost (and, of course, not quite as nice) there is the Brinkmann LX, which sells for around $20. Puts out as much light as a SureFire 6P, and consumes 2 123's in an hour. Lots of posts about the Brinkmann LX, if you want to do a search and read up on it.

    And so, the slide down the slippery slope accelerates.... [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img]

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    Welcome,DONT GET ONE and I reaaly mean this because you will realize what a light should be.Iknow it will end up happening though.Maybe a G2 or a scorpion.

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    Gandolf, very useful information! Please, could you inform me of such places to buy cheap 123's?!

    I may try a Brinkman LX. Thanks! As far as Surefire, I think I'll step into them slowly and just get an E1 for my pocket.

    Slippery slope, . . . . .. . yes! Someone needs to come up with a Graemlin that's sliding down a hill!

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    Default Re: Newby with a very first post.

    hey orion,

    i'm in columbia.. welcome to the board!

    --erik

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    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Orion:
    Near Branson, actually, but I have friends up near St. Louis.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I just had some family in Branson...I was [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img]

    ANYWAY you ought to check out the "50 states" topic...don't think we've heard from Missouri yet...well unless you already have, in which case I'll come edit this.

    I am resisting SF at current too...not a problem since I am broke and need an Arc, but we can do it [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ("I will not buy a light that takes 123s I will not buy a light that takes 123s I will not...)

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Darell said this:
    Being the snobby SOB<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
    Saab??

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    Aloha and welcome to the board!

    Regarding getting the E1: Get it later! Get an E2e now!!!!!!

    One night, my brother took out his 4D Mag. I took out my E2e. He shined the 4D against the wall. I shined the E2e and ... you just to have to get one to find out how the story ends! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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    I don't have any SureFire's yet either, and the operative word here is YET!

    The Brinkmann Legend LX could be called the Poor Man's SureFire E2. Both run on 2, 123a batteries, and some people say that the LX is actually a brighter, better beam! At any rate, it is very good.

    Also, the Priceton Tec Surge is a very nice light.

    Do searches on both of these, and you will have hours of reading to do!

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    Default Re: Newby with a very first post.

    I have three Brinkmann Legend LXs. One in the kitchen and one in each vehicle.

    They don't fit my pocket like the E2e.

    Enjoy!

    Richard

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    Hi, Orion! You're not too far gone yet if you're just receivingflashlights from others.

    You know you're truly addicted when flashlights are the only thing you give to other people. Imagine your friends and family, as they tear open your gift on Christmas morn, and exclaim, "Thank you!," only to be followed by a short silence when they see what's inside, "Ohh...another flashlight..."

    On a more serious note, you indicated that you might be picking up the E1. For whatever it's worth, I agree with SFR above, and suggest the E2/E2e over the E1. For a little extra length, you get so much more light, plus the low output lamp should be out soon(?) for more options.

    The E1 is well constructed like all SureFire lights, but for me, the amount of light you get for its size and cost is not warranted. But it depends on your own wants and needs, so perhaps the best thing to do is see if you can try out the light before buying.

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    Default Re: Newby with a very first post.

    Howdy, and Welcome to CPF, your podium to the Glittering World of Flashoholism. And uh -- get your second (or third) mortgage application ready...

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    Thanks for the continued greetings and advise. Okay, when I get my first SF, I'll do the E2. Of course, it all depends on if I can find a cheap supplier of 123s.

    Also, thanks for informing me that I'm not TOO far gone yet. It's always helpful to know that there are others worse off than you! [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Welcome...

    Here in CPF resistance is useless...

    Now repeat after me:
    "I will get them both... I will get them both..."

    YC

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    Default Re: Newby with a very first post.

    <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Orion:
    Gandolf, very useful information! Please, could you inform me of such places to buy cheap 123's?!

    Slippery slope, . . . . .. . yes! Someone needs to come up with a Graemlin that's sliding down a hill!

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    <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    The trick is to buy lithium 223 cells, which contain 2 123 cells in a pastic housing. You have to remove the 2 cells, and insulate them with some tape, but of course you do save a *lot* of money. Somebody has a great website with step by step pictures of how to do this, but I can't remember where I saw the post with the link.

    E-mail me when you get, or have decided to get, a 123 battery eater, and I'll dig up the source(s) where Ive gotten some cheap 223's, in the past. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/cool.gif[/img] [img]images/icons/blush.gif[/img]

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    Thank you, Gandalf. I shall do that!

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    You can also search eBay for batteries.

    I got 10 CR123's for $24. Not the lowest price ever, but it's better than paying $6+ for just one battery at an electronics store.

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    hey, here's another noobie to CPF, and probably another noobie considered to u guys in terms of being a flashlight freak. *heh*

    just for a short intro, i'm from Singapore unlike most of u guys. my flashlight addiction started when i first bought a minimag for myself on my birthday (sad ist it?)... then shortly, another minimag and a 3C mag during my national service term.

    Now i own 3 Pelican flashes (SaberLite, SteathLite and the Magnum Plus)

    i was reading the forum on the PT Surge. seems like a great light. but i wonder how it measures up to the pelicans i have.

    And yes, i'm AMAZED by the SF series. Man, those things are like artifacts! I'd luv to own the E2 and M3 soon. but the conversion rates from USD to SD isnt exactly that encouraging...

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    Default Re: Newby with a very first post.

    I buy lots of things for myself on my birthday. This years birthday (Hmmm..should I post the date? What the heck, 7-10) is likey going to augment my Arc AAA fund, or, if I have already ordered that, start my "Convert my Nordic" fund.

    Technically I'm a newby too, I joined almost but not quite a week ago. Hmmmm...not quite sure when I became a "flashaholic" but I did work with lights at my school (Stage lights are a WHOLE different world...you could NEVER use LEDs there, anyway...) and uhh then I asked Craig a question about the Dorky Cool Blue and he directed me here or something...can't remember exactly how it happened.

    I've been interupted about 3 times typin this in so it's probably lost any hope of focus it ever had [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Newby with a very first post.

    hey, mine's 7-10 too! 7 as in july!

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    Yeah, 7 as in July (I forget sometimes we have people from the land of Tyres and other places here...wouldn't have it any other way though)

    I had a friend with a list of all the days and something that happened on that way...we also share a birthday with the actor that played Herman Munster.

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    Default Re: Newby with a very first post.

    After reading a lot of the posts on this forum, I realize that I am a flashlight Amateur. I HAVE modified some lights, but they were costmetic, or done by someone else and the bulb replaced, like the 3 LED unit I put in my Mini Maglight. Some of the stuff talked about on here are over my head. [img]images/icons/confused.gif[/img]

    It's good to be here! [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

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