Hello, I was recently trying to find a good quality flashlight and was burned by DX. Little did I know that Romisen was a "Budget brand light", as opposed to a "closer to the manufacturer = lower price" type. So, I've upgraded my expectations a little.
I'm looking for a light that has good durability and will last for quite some time. With the cheap $2 checkout lights, I noticed that the light started flickering a lot after some use and it seemed like the switch was at fault. But, even when it was working, its light output kind of sucked.
With an "upgraded" $17 light off of harbor freight, it had a forward clicky and the performance was amazing compared to the previous type. Unfortunately, it only lasted for about 10 minutes.
So, now I'm looking to upgrade even further. What gets me is that a maglite from walmart costs something like $17 and those are pretty much guaranteed to last quite a while. Is there no equivalent in the sub-$30 category?
I realize I may be asking the "too right" crowd as I'm guessing most here are afficianodos and appreciate the best of the best. Such is the case at the electric vehicle forum that I usually hang out at, however, I'm looking for something that *works* rather than pricy performers. I'm thinking that it shouldn't take 3 times the price upgrade to get, at a minimum, maglite reliability and decent output.
So, are there any good light out there will last a while and will stand the occassional 4 foot drop on concrete for under $30? I really don't want to spend $100+, and $50 for the fenix tk20 seems to be pushing it a little. However, I could be a little ignorant of the state of things, so feel free to correct my n00b perspective.
My only requirements are -
-Forward clicky or spin type(Don't care, I just hate having to push a button all the way in and *click* to get it to turn on.).
-Last a good while, like 5 years.
-Can withstand a small drop
-I'd prefer more lumen output as opposed to runtime.
-Let's me see things a mile away
-So bright, it can let me see through walls. That'd be handy.