First off apologies for yet another AA thread To make this hopefully a little easier I'vee got it short listed to two lights so far
1) Quark AA (Either Regular, with a tactical tail or Tactical model. I'm still trying to figure out how often/quickly I'd need access to all modes...).
2) Fenix LD10+
(Should the Quark be the winner, I am wondering if i am better off waiting for a possible upgrade to the newer XPG R4 LED (as opposed to the current XP-E R2).)
As far as I can tell these are pretty much on par with each other. Has anyone any thoughts on how they compare after real world use?
Also if anyone has any other suggestions I will happily take them.
My ideal UI would be a combination of the Regular and Tactical Quark. Two user definable modes but being able to cycle through to the others with out reprogramming.
In the interest of completeness I've filled out the questionnaire and will give a little background on it's planned use.
I currently pocket carry a LD01, and am looking for something will a little more oomphf in a small form factor to be carried in bag / organiser.
Requirements, are a clip, a beacon mode (would rather a regular interval flash than SOS. Strobe ok as long as beacon is there too), tail button with momentary on.
0) What Region/Country/State will the light be purchased in?
_X__I will be mail-ordering or buying online, so this doesn't matter
1) Price Range: An easy question, but you may change your mind after answering the rest! :-)
_X__I could spend $40-60.
_X__I want a flashlight.
_X__2-4 inches. (Pocket carry)
_X__I don’t care.
5) What batteries do you want to use?
_X__I want common Alkaline batteries. (AA, AAA, C, D)
6) How much light do you want?
_X__I want to read a map, or find a light switch, in a dark room. (5-10 lumens)
_X__I want to walk around a generally paved area. (15-20 lumens)
_X__I want to walk unpaved trails. (40 lumens)
_X__I want to do Caving or Search & Rescue operations. (60+ lumens)
7) Throw vs Flood:
8) Runtime: Not over-inflated manufacturer runtime claims (like some LED lights). but usable brightness measured from first activation to 50% with new batteries.
_X__60-120 min. (1-2 hours) (Preferably On Highest output)
9) Durability: Generally the old phrase “you get what you pay for” is very accurate for flashlights.
_X__Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box.)
8) Switch Type:
_X__I want a "clickie” switch. (Stays on until pressed again.)
_X__I want a momentary switch. (Only stays on while held down.)
9) Switch Location:
_X__I want a push switch on the back end of the body.
10) Operational Modes: Check all that apply.
_X__I want multiple light levels. (some lights have 5-16 light levels.)
_X__I want a strobe mode. (blinks to show location.)
11) Is it important whether the body is metal or plastic/composite?
_X__I want a metal-bodied light.
12) Special Needs: