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    Default Need help with finding flashlights.....

    Hi there! I have been given a task to find some flashlights for work to go in our power outage/emergency kit.

    I need about 6 to 10 lights that preferably have long lasting bulbs like LED's, CREE, etc.

    Must run on AA battery/batteries.
    must be of decent size(nothing little and nothing gigantic).
    Run time must be at least a few hours.
    Decent brightness, such as 20 lumens or higher.
    Shouldn't look too attractive because we want something that isn't too attractive for thieves to snag.
    and lastly a price tag of $15 or less.

    Also a place/link to purchase them from.

    Anyone know of any? or decent quality/brand name for $15 or less?

    Don't need anything fancy, just something for our kit.

    Take care

    Edit: forgot to mention that I am also looking for some table top lamps/lanterns for when we're out of power.

    Preferably cheap, decent brightness and most importantly LED or other long lasting bulb. Preferably a long lasting run time with large size batteries or a decent run time with more AA batteries.
    Last edited by DemskeetSkeet; 06-19-2009 at 07:25 PM.

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    Best you could do for $15 is probably at walmart or similar store and find what you can.

    I don't think I would want a cheapy light in a emergency situation though.

    If at possible I would suggest to atleast double your budget plan.
    Last edited by jhc37013; 06-19-2009 at 07:25 PM. Reason: typo
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhc37013 View Post
    Best you could do for $15 is probably at walmart or similar store and find what you can.

    I don't think I would want a cheapy light in a emergency situation though.

    If at possible I would suggest to atleast double your budget plan.
    It isn't really my budget plan, it's the boss's budget plan.

    But it isn't really an emergency situation.

    it's just for power outages at work.

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    Anyone ever use Dorcy lights? They seem cheap but durable, decent run time but no signs of how bright they are, anyone know Lumen output on some of the cheaper Dorcy's

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    I have used these around the house over the years and they have served me well.

    http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=10233057
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    I have a few dorcy lights and there not bad for the price. The headlamp might work well at a work environment if you need your hands to get stuff done.
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    Default Re: Need help with finding flashlights.....

    You might want to head to Lowe's if there is one near you. They might still have the 2AA & 3AA LED MiniMags on sale for $14.97. I think it fits your requirement pretty well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by paintballdad View Post
    You might want to head to Lowe's if there is one near you. They might still have the 2AA & 3AA LED MiniMags on sale for $14.97. I think it fits your requirement pretty well.
    at $15 that isn't bad at all!

    Will have to check that out tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhc37013 View Post
    I have a few dorcy lights and there not bad for the price. The headlamp might work well at a work environment if you need your hands to get stuff done.
    I was thinking about this little guy but no output is stated.

    http://www.brightguy.com/products/Do...0_41-4248.php#

    I just need something like 15-20 lumen output.

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    Closest I can come to an under $15 recommendation would be the Romisen RC-G2 for 16.45 each from Shiningbeam.com. I found a decent 14.99 Nuwai at batteryjunction, but it ran on 123s not AAs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DemskeetSkeet View Post
    I was thinking about this little guy but no output is stated.

    http://www.brightguy.com/products/Do...0_41-4248.php#

    I just need something like 15-20 lumen output.
    That one takes AAA's not AA's.

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    Here is another I would try instead of the Dorcy.

    http://www.brightguy.com/products/St...Flashlight.php
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rexlion View Post
    That one takes AAA's not AA's.
    if the runtime is around 40 hours on 3 AAA's than that's fine.

    Just need something with good run time but either AAA or AA is fine.

    I also doubt that the little dorcy would be over 10 lumens.

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    Do you realize how little 10 lumens is? I would assume that dorcy is easily more than 10 lumens. The 40 hours run time is questionalble though. I bet they are counting 10-20 hours of very dim and not really usable levels of light in that total run time.

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    I think you can take a look at the akoray k-102. Its cheap, sturdy and uses one AAA. The runtime is about 150-180 minutes and it has about 25-30 lumen.

    In AA format there are many decent lights in the $15 range, but most of them have only one mode and the runtime is about 60 minutes (RC-G2). Maybe a Ultrafire C3 multimode (but the interface is a kick in the ass and some time ago had quality issues) or the Romisen RC-I3.

    The thing is most cheapos have bad drivers and the efficiency is just too low to get decent brightness/runtime. Probably there are some dorcy, husky, etc that can meet your criteria (but since I dont live in USA I am not aware of their products).

    Edit: Just saw you are thinking in 2xAA too. Then I can recommend the Romisen RC-N3. The Shiningbeam option will probably be much better, but then you are out of budget. The DX version is cheaper and dimmer but the runtimes are comparable (3 hours on max, 10 on med). You can order less lights and get them from a reliable source too.
    Last edited by vali; 06-19-2009 at 11:54 PM.

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    i would also think about buying a set of those cheap led keychains.. fauxtons from deal extreme. 10 pieces for 4.50$. as backup for everyone. cheap to toss around and if the main AA light fails (empty batteries or something) everyone still would have the 45c led as backup. and when they stop working.. just throw them away. **suprising bright they are!**
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    Quote Originally Posted by NonSenCe View Post
    i would also think about buying a set of those cheap led keychains.. fauxtons from deal extreme. 10 pieces for 4.50$. as backup for everyone. cheap to toss around and if the main AA light fails (empty batteries or something) everyone still would have the 45c led as backup. and when they stop working.. just throw them away. **suprising bright they are!**
    Very good idea!!!!

    I may have to mention that to them. We are reallyliking the look of the Dorcy, looks cheap, it's LED, runtime should be good enough. over 10 hours on battery life should be sufficient. I can get AAA's and AA's for much cheaper.

    Just really need to decent quality, long lasting(run time and LED lifetime over just a simple cheap bulb).

    You guys think that little dorcy x3 AAA is brighter than 10 lumens?

    I've seen plenty of small led lights run under 10 lumens.

    I think we're fixed on those because they are kind of small and they look cheap.

    Thank you all for the help.

    Purchased the All weather energizer led lantern today at Target for $21 and must say it lights the room quite easily.

    Take care
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    Default Re: Need help with finding flashlights.....

    why not just get the Fenix E01s, they go for $15 before discount (CPF8) on 4sevens (free shipping too), they run for a very nice long time on 1xAAA, if you guys have ID cards on lanyards, just clip the lights to the lanyards, that way the lights will be with you at all times. In power outages, i.e. REALLY dark, its 20 lumens is more than ample.

    Why not get one to try first?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hyperloop View Post
    why not just get the Fenix E01s, they go for $15 before discount (CPF8) on 4sevens (free shipping too), they run for a very nice long time on 1xAAA, if you guys have ID cards on lanyards, just clip the lights to the lanyards, that way the lights will be with you at all times. In power outages, i.e. REALLY dark, its 20 lumens is more than ample.

    Why not get one to try first?
    Did you say 10 lumens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vali View Post
    Did you say 10 lumens?
    oooops!! i sit corrected.

    TEN lumens it is then, but still it is ample in dark conditions like a power outage, for further reference check out this thread

    quote from that thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Stress Test
    "However, my new best friend during all this was....... The Fenix E01! That's right, the lowly, much maligned, purple ringed beam, E01. In the complete darkness, it put out plenty of light to walk aound, and even did a fair job of illuminating a room in ceiling bounce. I was surprised by how bright it seemed, but it makes a big difference when there's NO ambient light at all. And I didn't worry about run time at all, because I knew I had a few AAA alkalines lying around, and each one would give me something like 7 hours of runtime. 15 bucks well spent!! lol "
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    I have to agree. Sometimes 10 lumens is brighter than desired in certain environments.

    A couple of months ago I was in a dark wood with a Fenix E01 and my Akoray K-106 in minimun. Both were too bright to walk with without blinding ourselves. There are lots of people raving about getting more and more lumens (even if the runtime is ridiculous) for perfect normal situations. Recommending a P7 for in-house use or saying 100 lumen is too dim to be usable makes me laugh. I wonder how many of them were in a wood with leafy trees far away from a city.

    If you need the flashlights just to reach the exit from the office, an E01 is enough. If you need enough light to keep ppl working in some jobs, then the 2xAA with about 80-100 lumen are the best option in my opinion. As I said before the RC-N3 will be my choice: cheap, fairly reliable (but not trust your life to it) and easy to breed. Most of non-flashaholics will open their mouths if they have never seen a decent powerled before.

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    Thanks for all the help so far everyone.

    I am really looking for something around $10 and under with LED's and something that is made cheaply but a decent run time and decent brightness.

    I ordered a Dorcy 3aaa light because it's cheap, decent run time, and has led's.

    Need something that looks cheap so people are less likely to pocket it.

    Thanks, I will still take suggestions if they have those types of features.

    I was thinking about dealextreme's romison light for $10.51 shipped with bulk rate.

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    are you referring to this light??

    Romisens are pretty well received here, i have owned one before, a single CR123 clicky but sold it off as i wasnt into CR123s at that time.

    It looks like a decent light and AA cells can be found everywhere (except in emergencies ). Not too sure what the bulk rate is but i think its a good buy
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    +1 on the Romisens of appropriate battery configuration and price point from shiningbeam.com

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    May I suggest the Streamlight ProPolymer 2AA light in yellow. Approx. 25 lmns. for 18-20 hrs., @ $18.45. I think it is what you might be looking for.

    http://www.brightguy.com/products/St...Flashlight.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by hyperloop View Post
    are you referring to this light??

    Romisens are pretty well received here, i have owned one before, a single CR123 clicky but sold it off as i wasnt into CR123s at that time.

    It looks like a decent light and AA cells can be found everywhere (except in emergencies ). Not too sure what the bulk rate is but i think its a good buy
    That is the light I am talking about, seems like a great light, just not a big fan of the run time on it.

    I received a Dorcy 3aaa light from amazon earlier today and I must say it isn't bad for the price. Feels solid for being plastic, takes 3 simple AAA batteries, testing the run time right now.

    There is really no focus beam on it but it floods a lot which I think it's perfect for what we need it for(basically just locating simple items for work).

    All three batteries come out at once so when the light is not in use when we do have power than you can remove the whole little battery holder so the batteries don't drain.

    I just ordered a 3 pack of them from amazon with free shipping.

    Seems like the perfect light, no one will want to steal it and the run time is long.

    I'm really not sure on the brightness, seems maybe 10 lumens.

    Thanks for all the help!

    The dorcy lights are less than $6 a piece!

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    I also think the Fenix E01 will be a good one for power outages. Despite the small output, 10 lumens is actually quite enough for walking in darkness.

    I recently went camping and I brought a SF G2, DBS MC-E, Microstream, and E01. I used mostly the E01 for walking around campsite and around the campground in general. MC-E was just for the fun of it.

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    I am amazed with the AAA suggestions - surely 2 x AA is far more cost effective in terms of run time vs output? AA cells have much much more stored power than AAA cells! For the emergency standby task I think I would only consider AA Lithium (primary) cells due to the longer shelf life & the longer run time. 2 x AA cells would work out much cheaper to buy Lithium cells for than 3 x AA (3 x AA would be 50% dearer to buy batteries for). Actually wouldn't 3 x AAA cost more than 2 x AA but be much less total power?
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    Default Re: Need help with finding flashlights.....

    Quote Originally Posted by KiwiMark View Post
    I am amazed with the AAA suggestions - surely 2 x AA is far more cost effective in terms of run time vs output? AA cells have much much more stored power than AAA cells! For the emergency standby task I think I would only consider AA Lithium (primary) cells due to the longer shelf life & the longer run time. 2 x AA cells would work out much cheaper to buy Lithium cells for than 3 x AA (3 x AA would be 50% dearer to buy batteries for). Actually wouldn't 3 x AAA cost more than 2 x AA but be much less total power?
    KiwiMark is right on the mark, plus the fact that 3xAAA battery carriers have a considerable number of electrical connections, any one of which could fail and render the light conmpletely useless. These carriers are much-maligned in the reliability department. 1xAA or 2xAA is far superior, IMO. My two lumens,

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    Quote Originally Posted by RWT1405 View Post
    May I suggest the Streamlight ProPolymer 2AA light in yellow. Approx. 25 lmns. for 18-20 hrs., @ $18.45. I think it is what you might be looking for.
    I was going to suggest the exact same light.

    I would trust a Streamlight over a Dorcy

    Because its "just plastic" its probably less likely to be stolen than any metal flashlight.

    Seems like I replied to late though..

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