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    Default Uses for Flashlight's Strobe Function?

    Does anyone have a use for it?

    I can't find any.. Am i missing out on something?

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    Yes, you are missing something. A strobe feature usually prevents me from buying that light. Strobe thus saves me money. It is utterly useless IMHO.


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    They are good for "Disco Night" at the club. I can smell the polyester from here!!!

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    Call attention to yourself across large open public spaces. Ever been on the phone with someone, and one of you is saying "Can you see me waving my arm?", when there are no less than about 500 other people waving their arms in a stadium of 80000 people? (just an example). Stadiums, parking lots, arenas, shopping malls, etc. It's a useful feature for grabbing someone else's attention.


    SOS on the other hand is useless IMO. Such a small chance of EVER using it.

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    I've used it to help friends find my apartment - it's one of those complexes with 20 buildings, each 3 stories tall, with 8 units on each floor. About 3 roads shooting each direction off the main entrance. I just tell them which "exit" to take off the main road and look for the strobe in the window.

    Also use it sometimes on my dog's collar at night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiessling View Post
    Yes, you are missing something. A strobe feature usually prevents me from buying that light. Strobe thus saves me money. It is utterly useless IMHO.


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    Great post!

    To me, strobe is a huge money-saver as well.

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    If it happens to be on a light, i like using it on my bike.

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    Signaling but most importantly, parlor tricks like "stopping" the rotation of a fan blade in a dark room and approximating silent movies with the apparent slow motion movements--again, in a darkened room. Other than that....


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    A strobe has a couple very good purposes. Since there are a couple kinds of "strobe" I'll discuss each of them.
    First as mentioned it is a great way to draw attention. Even in daylight with the LED setups we have now a strobe can be used with good effect.
    Second, a blinking function can be a simple marker or beacon, similar to above but with potentially different purposes.
    Third, a strobe can be a very effective tool for LEO or Military provided that they have trained in methods of use. A strobe can give more effective blinding than just a bright light making.
    Also, a fast strobe in the proper conditions can be very disorienting and thus prevent someone from moving effectively/ quickly and escaping.

    I enjoy having a light with blinking/ strobe functions. I do not want to see every light with them, but it is nice to have a couple lights with strobe features provided they are accessed intelligently. I cannot stand the generic Chinese 5-mode driver whee one has to cycle thru strobe and SOS. But a Proton Pro on the other hand has the blink functions out of the way but accessible.
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    +1 for PhantomPhoton
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    I like strobe.... I actually used it not too long ago. I was on my way home from a party around 12:30...1 when I got a flat on the highway, pulled the car over placed my p2d on the trunk(had a g2 with led drop in in the glove box) with strobe on to warn on coming drivers. Everyone slowed down as they approached me. So yes.... I like the strobe even in an emergency at night you can hail down cars for help, signal other drivers, or like some other people said just have people locate you. I like that in the event you need it you have it because thats what edcing, and bob's is all about.
    Its better to have it and not need it, then to need it and not have it.

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    blinding friends and laughing as they try to run after you? thats about it for me. the sos is the "in the way" function on most lights. the fenix system is in my opinion very good with keeping the strobe out of reach unless it is truly needed.-lance
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    Annoying yourself and others!

    That's all I got really, I hate strobe.

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    I thought that someone would have mentioned this, but no one did. I walk my dog every night, and I use the strobe feature of my Fenix lights (P2D, L1D, L2D, P3D all Q5) along with the white diffuser tip to alert oncoming traffic of my position. Something to remember is a light that is doing something is much more noticeable than a light that is doing nothing. I use to shine my lights directly at oncoming traffic effectively blinding the drivers which could cause them to lose control of their vehicles. Now I use the strobe feature with the diffuser tip (white) and have had no problems what so ever. Try it, the oncoming traffic will drive around you every time. Just my 2 cents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marduke View Post
    Call attention to yourself across large open public spaces. Ever been on the phone with someone, and one of you is saying "Can you see me waving my arm?", when there are no less than about 500 other people waving their arms in a stadium of 80000 people? (just an example). Stadiums, parking lots, arenas, shopping malls, etc. It's a useful feature for grabbing someone else's attention.


    SOS on the other hand is useless IMO. Such a small chance of EVER using it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by karlthev View Post
    approximating silent movies with the apparent slow motion movements--again, in a darkened room. Other than that....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marduke View Post
    Call attention to yourself across large open public spaces

    I thought that's where throw came in.

    "Oops, sorry, I tried to hit the guy beside you. Please throw the light back"

    I don't like it on a light if you have to cycle through it and since I always have at least a white and red key chain light would use those to wave at people. A couple summers ago I had white, red, green, yellow and blue so we just had a light show backstage.

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    I have used the strobe function to help drive pesky skunks away at night with generally good results (From a reasonably safe distance of course). Only had one cock his tail and even he moved along. Have had similar results with my SuperTac and XO3, but the strobe really seems to annoy them.

    That being said, it has to be accessable....Or should I say hidden....In a way that does not interfere with normal use. I like where fenix locates their strobe and wish they would put the SOS there as well. I dislike my Huntlight which forces me to scroll through both the strobe and SOS when cycling through normal functions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CARNAL1 View Post
    I thought that someone would have mentioned this, but no one did. I walk my dog every night, and I use the strobe feature of my Fenix lights (P2D, L1D, L2D, P3D all Q5) along with the white diffuser tip to alert oncoming traffic of my position. Something to remember is a light that is doing something is much more noticeable than a light that is doing nothing. I use to shine my lights directly at oncoming traffic effectively blinding the drivers which could cause them to lose control of their vehicles. Now I use the strobe feature with the diffuser tip (white) and have had no problems what so ever. Try it, the oncoming traffic will drive around you every time. Just my 2 cents.

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    +1 When jogging/walking in the city, I like to use the strobe mode to alert innattentive drivers especially when I am about to cross the street in the marked crosswalks. It's surprising how many drivers are either on their cell phones, not paying attention, etc. The strobe really gets their attention and makes them take notice to slow down and pay attention to pedestrians.
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    I couldn't resist and stuffed my L0D-CE in the eyepiece of my 6" reflecting telescope and point that around, it is by far the most attention grabbing mode ever....

    if your going to use on the road though, say as a marker, point it down on the asphalt, or your asking to get highbeam'd / honk'd every time a car wants to pass you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EXCALIBUR1 View Post
    +1 When jogging/walking in the city, I like to use the strobe mode to alert innattentive drivers especially when I am about to cross the street in the marked crosswalks...
    I do that too. It really only works if they can't see your not a Cop when you do. Otherwise you get the Stinkeye or very colorful sign language.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kelmo View Post
    I do that too. It really only works if they can't see your not a Cop when you do. Otherwise you get the Stinkeye or very colorful sign language.
    thats what the M6 is for at times...
    Some reason people makes the mistake of thinking the light from your flashlight is a glare from somewhere and dismisses it...then when they are really close to you and you engage the strobe function they're like and I guess it gives them the impression that you snuck up on them and intentionally pointed your strobe at them.

    pointing the M6 a long ways out [while aiming towards the ground] gives drivers around here the impression that theres a motorcycle pulling out and some do slow down

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    For me the only use for strobe is for visibility purposes when cycling - no use for it then in perhaps most lights especially if it gets in the way.

    Quote Originally Posted by quatra2008 View Post
    blinding friends and laughing as they try to run after you? thats about it for me. the sos is the "in the way" function on most lights. the fenix system is in my opinion very good with keeping the strobe out of reach unless it is truly needed.-lance
    I would prefer if the Fenix system had no SOS and strobe was located after "high" mode with the bezel lossened leaving ONLY "turbo" mode when the bezel is tight. That way you could fit the Fenix forward clicky and use it as a tactical light. Perfecto!

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    I run @ 0500 just about everyday. A strobe to me is very useful to warn sleepy drivers that I am there.
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    I place my light with strobe under the strap of a long load of lumber hanging out the tail of my truck, in addition to the red flag.

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    When my wife and I tuck the little ones into bed at night, just before prayer, sometimes I pull out the P3D and start strobing the room and then like flies to the stink, they jump out of bed and start gettin' dowwwwwwn! Sometimes wife and I get down too and we have a silent little dance off there in the dark..then it's prayers and sleep having ensured they're wide awake! lol

    BUt yeah, other than disco dancing bump chicka wah wah..there's showing off your strobe at 200 lumens..and of course that .0001% opportunity to disorient the intruder in the middle of the night as you bead the intruder's head with your gun sights!

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    For people who thinks that strobe is utterly useless:

    Case 1:
    I have used mine in an accident sometime ago. It's around 4am and still kinda dark, a motorcycle hit a car coming out of a store. The motorcyclist was lying on the ground immobilized, while there are oncoming vehicles on both side of the road. Lit up my light to alert drivers of the accident. 911 was called and soon we could hear sirens, then we saw a police cruiser zoom pass the road where the accident was, maybe the police didn't see us and went the wrong way. I turned on my strobe and pointed it at the police cruiser, he saw us and turned around to go the right location. I kept the strobe on and to serve as a beacon for the ambulance and the other first responders. They said it worked well.

    How's that for "useless"?

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    Ditto on the Auto Accident uses...if yer afraid to point it into traffice, put it back aways, and point it at your car...that will work as well. I keep an Inova 24/7 in my truck. Not too crazy about having it on my lights though...I use my 24/7's and my Glo-ttob Strobe when I cave, and leave them at major "intersections" to remind me which way to go back out the cave. That's the most practical use I hvae found for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stitch_paradox View Post
    For people who thinks that strobe is utterly useless:

    Case 1:
    I have used mine in an accident sometime ago. It's around 4am and still kinda dark, a motorcycle hit a car coming out of a store. The motorcyclist was lying on the ground immobilized, while there are oncoming vehicles on both side of the road. Lit up my light to alert drivers of the accident. 911 was called and soon we could hear sirens, then we saw a police cruiser zoom pass the road where the accident was, maybe the police didn't see us and went the wrong way. I turned on my strobe and pointed it at the police cruiser, he saw us and turned around to go the right location. I kept the strobe on and to serve as a beacon for the ambulance and the other first responders. They said it worked well.

    How's that for "useless"?

    I have other stories if that's not enough.


    In most cases, it is pretty easy to come up with specific situations where characteristic X or Y is very useful. Strobe in this case. However, that nature of the question implies a more general answer about how useful the strobe feature is and the question does not look like a mission specific question.

    So ... of course it can be useful to have a strobe in case of a road accident. Then again ... it could have been harmful, too. The main point is though that you have to counterbalance this little hypothetical event where the strobe is useful to the bazillion times where it is annoying, has to be skipped or might even be dangerous.

    If you need a strobe ... get a mission specific light. In a general illumination tool, strobe is misplaced and has way more flaws than merits.

    IMHO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiessling View Post
    In most cases, it is pretty easy to come up with specific situations where characteristic X or Y is very useful. Strobe in this case. However, that nature of the question implies a more general answer about how useful the strobe feature is and the question does not look like a mission specific question.

    So ... of course it can be useful to have a strobe in case of a road accident. Then again ... it could have been harmful, too. The main point is though that you have to counterbalance this little hypothetical event where the strobe is useful to the bazillion times where it is annoying, has to be skipped or might even be dangerous.

    If you need a strobe ... get a mission specific light. In a general illumination tool, strobe is misplaced and has way more flaws than merits.

    IMHO.

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    I see your point sir. Strobe can really be annoying, specially in lights where you have to cycle through them when you go to the level you want. I have such a light and now it's just collecting dust. However I am sort of a minimalist, I don't want to carry 3 or 4 lights that has each specific functions. If the strobe feature is well hidden and does not get in the way when you cycle through the levels then that will be my light.
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