So I'm working last night and get dispatched to an alarm call -- way out of the city and in a somewhat remote area -- it's an old building on a huge property with other derelict buildings on site. "Front office motion" is what we get on our screens.
The rookie on our shift (a great guy by the way!) comes to assist me. It's quite dark and we are using our lights to illuminate around the huge property and buildings. By now the alarm has shut off, so we are checking for any evidence of anyone hiding around on site, or looking for signs of entry. I'm using a Surefire 6P with Malkoff M60, powered by two AW16340's (17670 in a pocket as backup). He's using a Scorpion LED. I illuminate a deer bounding away just adjacent to one of the buildings from about 200ft away.
Alarm turns out to be false, as we are lighting our way up the path back to where we parked our cruisers, the rookie turns to me and says
"Man! That light of yours is bright, tell me where you got it, I'm going to buy one!"
So, I explain to him the cost, drop in, etc... he kind of gets discouraged and says
"well, I need something brighter than this POS anyway! It used to be bright, but now it sucks!"
I tell him I"m surprised because my S/O has a Scorpion LED and it's quite bright with decent throw (his is a dismal 15 lumens maybe).
Then it dawns on me...
"bro, you bought that light when you started at the college right?" (which would be about 8 months ago).
"When did you change the batteries last?"
"Well, I didn't. They are the same ones that came with my light. They cost about $15 for 2!"
"Bro, get new batteries."
"Oh. Uh... oh."