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    Ven, my company bought us a bunch of Dell laptops in like 013 and other than corparate hicups they've been flawless. My personal stuff is an 18" ASUS (gamer) from 2013 but I like those Dells.

    The wife just bought an HP and my son just bought an Acura TSX. I figure when my family has better stuff than me it's a mission accomplished thing.

    Meanwhile I used this little dude

    Microstream hat clip'd PL 2...


    To see in the barrel of this 2D Mag
    It's one of those older kind like my pop had in the 80's that had a stuck battery. (Bought it cheap as a result) and I used my little hat mounted light to see inside the barrel while removing the alka-leak-yuck-age before refurbishing it. I put in a brand new reflector and an ultraclear hard coat acrylic lens. A polish took place after the photo was taken and it turned out awesome.
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    Very cool mr fixer, i am ashamed to say i dont have a decent mag in my collection. Only the little AAA which is stashed away(too dim for my uses). But i keep thinking about another D cell(used to have one years back from mr snap on man). Then thinking about an AS drop in or malkoff...........Something about those mags, make an awesome host

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    It seems as though you guys have a store called "Halfords" who carry Maglite products.
    The fabled 2 or 3 C make mighty fine hosts without being "big" lights if they carry those.
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    Halfords, yep we do and have a trade card(only covers oils n stuff, not lights or accessories). The discount makes it not too bad, other than that they are quite an expensive shop imo. Off to Cornwall soon, lots of swiss army knives and maglites in abundance

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    Tried out my new First-Light TORQ LE model during my work-shift. Yeah, there are some issues with it that the CR123 lights from the company doesn't suffer from. Piss poor designed latch to hold the battery compartment closed, absolute joke of a pocket-carry clip (thankfully I ordered the optional belt mount attachment for mine, which is the only practical way to carry it on you). And the idea of this being a weapon-light that you don't actually mount onto a handgun is even more laughable than the carry-clip that comes with it. Along with cheap feeling overall construction. Honestly, an old incandescent Garrity angle-head light feels more refined in the hand. (For those of you who remember those, yeah; that's saying quite a bit.)

    Though if you want a very good modern-day rendition of the classic Amery Angle-head light with good output and other useful modes, the TORQ works well in that regard. I love the very low red LEDs output for checking maps at night without shining a beacon to your precise location. Treat it as such, and it's useful.
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    ^^ Really?
    I like the torq LE. Took some getting used to the UI, but once I did I thought it pretty easy to like.
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    Sat chilling watching netflix on the ipad last night in the conservatory, doors wide open for cool air. A panic and slight scream as Rach stood up, i turned to notice quite a substantial size moth, then another. Two of these furry winged monsters(her eyes) are about to attack and eat her............I picked the little ZL s5c which was sat in front of me on the table eager to be used. One click for a pre set decent amount of light and walked to the door, shining it back at them and a face hiding behind the inner door . Within 10 to 20s, they followed the bright light towards the open doors and simply flew out back into the night. "see, now you see again why i always have a light at hand, comes in useful" "yeh yeh i know.......thank god for that".

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    ^^ Really?
    I like the torq LE. Took some getting used to the UI, but once I did I thought it pretty easy to like.
    As a non-mounted weapon-light, it falls short of its marketing. As a modern rendition of the old military Angle-head light evolved to a fantastic degree, that's where it shines (pun unintended).

    I like it in that role. But I can't overlook the fact that this thing is rough, literally. I spent a few minutes of my work-shift using a marble hardtop to basically sand down the plastic around one of the pivot screws for the floor plate that holds the batteries in place. Also, mine shipped with no indicators for how the batteries are supposed to go in. No + or - signs anywhere on or near the battery compartment. I've already had one incident in which I tried to draw the light from the optional belt-mount (which works fantastically BTW, and I highly recommend it), but the latch on the light's battery compartment popped off! Only reason I didn't have the batteries drop out is because the floor plate itself is rather stiff.

    Someone in my position, it's not a general purpose EDC light. Yes, I carry multiple lights on me. But I work security at a place I can't talk about, except to say it's a prime terror target, if the wrong people find out just what actually goes on there. And that's no exaggeration. If I need to draw my light to check out something that seems off when I'm doing my outdoor patrol late at night with almost zero light pollution; I need my primary light to work when I grab it.

    That thin wire clip right up against the forward portion of the floor plate simply doesn't instill confidence. I don't mind a light that's rough if it's reliable in all the important ways. Sadly, the more I use it, the more I think it would be better as a general purpose angle-head light. Must admit, I do love how incredibly easy it is to program. And the belt mount lets you walk around with it on constant-on to use as a hands free mini search-light. I don't hate it. But First-Light is just marketing it the wrong way.
    "The World is insane. With tiny spots of sanity, here and there... Not the other way around!" - John Cleese.

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    The torque is intended for close quarter action so the user doesn't have to resort to holding his/her flashlight in a sexy way with pistol deployed like Brad Pitt does in the movies. Usually for indoors. Anything at distances can be handled with modern day IR gear.

    Anyway I used my Coast HP7R to light up stuff a good ways away while paving on an interstate where footages are measured in the thousands. At 75mph a thousand feet goes by pretty quickly and we do a couple of miles each night.


    Checking reflectivity or looking for markings to ID mile points is easy with the HP7R.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    The torque is intended for close quarter action so the user doesn't have to resort to holding his/her flashlight in a sexy way with pistol deployed like Brad Pitt does in the movies. Usually for indoors.
    Must admit, the TORQ has pretty good throw outdoors on max. mode.
    "The World is insane. With tiny spots of sanity, here and there... Not the other way around!" - John Cleese.

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    Used my PD35 on medium for manuevering around backstage during a rock concert. The smoke machine made the PD35's beam quite visible.

    /Not a roadie.

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    At my work where we remove pavement and put it back along the interstate we pave to near guardrails. The pavement goes under the guardrail. But in order to replace that part we have to remove the guardrail, and put it back later.

    My current assignment is a pinchy pincher where we are paving in less expensive ways. Removing and replacing guardrail is expensive. So on this job we pave as close to it as possible.

    Now when a car leaves the lane for whatever reason we want them to be able to correct as easily as possible and not have our new pavement edge be what causes them to hit the guardrail. And our edge is about a pair of tires wide.

    There can be no raised edge at the edge of our new pavement edge to keep the car from correcting away from said guardrail.

    Last night I used my floody PKDL PR-1 to check the edge of work done. The contractor asked what I was looking at. I showed him how his work was correct, and how the previous paver had left a lip. I explained what I was looking for.


    To the left was no bueno
    To the right was what the contactor had done.
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    I used my Surefire E1E (circa 2000) with Kl1 head to search my child's bed after he woke up with numerous, mysterious bug bites.

    I didn't find anything so it must have happened outside just before he went to bed.

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    Jetbeam 3m, checked on my garden when I got home last night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    Used my PD35 on medium for manuevering around backstage during a rock concert. The smoke machine made the PD35's beam quite visible.

    /Not a roadie.
    Stalker or Security?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Monocrom View Post
    Stalker or Security?
    Lol - neither. Technologist, making sure their network needs were met.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhotonWrangler View Post
    Lol - neither. Technologist, making sure their network needs were met.
    Ah! Hadn't thought of that.
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    I used my new Malkoff MDC 1XAA neutral in the house tonight with the lights of to see it's creamy goodness. My girlfriend comes out of the bedroom and rolls her eyes, " Why don't you put the light on it's a lot easier " I look at her and say you wouldn't understand.

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    I used my ThruNite Archer 1A V3 to find the On/Off Switch on my CC Shortwave Radio while camping last night. I'll likely use it again tonight. Yes it is a bit hot for camping, but my joints are loving the heat of Summer. All I sleep under is a mosquito net....no tent when it's this hot.

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    Last night, me and another guy were standing next to our motorcycles just shootin the breeze after an event we attended where we had to park in 4" grass. When he removed his glasses to clean them off, one of the lenses popped out and fell into the grass. No real ambient light and that lens all but disappeared. To the rescue came my Lumintop Cu Tool from my right front pocket! Bang! Needless to say, that guy was very happy to meet me and my tool.
    I only fear that if something happens to me, my wife will sell all my sh*t for what I told her I paid for it.

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    Good deal Johnny!! That's pretty cool.


    I gave my Streamlight Double Clutch headlamp flying lessons last night. (Poor flashlight)

    In a rare temper tantrum I threw my hard hat down (light turned on) and it bounced into the lane of traffic I was working next to. "Thud, boing, boing" and along comes a transfer truck and sends my hard hat tumbling the length of a football feild then into some woods on the other side of the road... to about 50 yards I could see the poor light all spinning around and I yelled out "WILSOOOOON" but soon after it went out. I made my way over to the edge of the woods that were lit by construction equipment lighting. Low and behold the hardhat was only ding'd slightly and 1 battery had partially popped away from the spring that pushes it toward the positive end. Battery position corrected and the light went back to working.

    A testiment to 3M hard hats, Petzel headlight to hard hat clips and my Streamlight Double Clutch.
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    Wow. You should send that story to 3M. Or Petzel. Or Wilson Sports Equipment

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    I think he was referring to a Tom Hanks "Wilson".

    Bill

    edit: PhotonWrangler, you got it too. LOL.
    Last edited by Bullzeyebill; 07-22-2017 at 04:37 PM.

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    Today I used my ThruNite TC12V2 to get a good look at the mechanism of my Flexsteel Recliner. I found the problem and have the new part on order.

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    My son used my Maglite 2AAA Yugi modded light to find his clone (with a rear clicky) Maglite 2AAA Yuji modded light he had misplaced.
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    Used my Lumintop IYP 365 penlight to check the trash bin at work. Sometimes my co-workers "forget" to empty it at the end of their shift.

    Thankfully this was one of my lucky days.
    "The World is insane. With tiny spots of sanity, here and there... Not the other way around!" - John Cleese.

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    Before paving could start last night they had to fix a leaking hydraulic hose. There was enough sunlight left where the mechanics celphone wasn't enough light into the dark crevice where the hose lurked. A crowd had of about 8 workers had gathered. I whipped out my PR-1 and flooded the hole with photons... for about 30 seconds and the light flashed a few times and went to low. (Low fuel warning). I turned it off. By then their boss had walked up asking what was the diagnosis. The mechanic turned around and asked "where'd the flashlight go?" The boss said "hang on man, give the inspector time to reach in his pocket for another.... (I turned on my PL2) one" lol.

    Two workers laughed and one says to me "we knew you had at least one more with you".... The mechanic tightened a fitting and soon they were underway and my PR-1 had a fresh fuel cell soon after that.
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    Today i was on amon amarth concert (it's a death metal band)https://youtu.be/ARnBgW5XgSo
    And as in any metal concert there was a mosh pit (pepole just push each other and jump like crazy)
    And my id and wallet fell out of my pocket
    But i had my lumintop worm in my pocket clipped to the outside of my pocket and because of it i colud see my id on the ground
    I didn't found my wallet but when i got home i got a phone call from smone who found it.
    And at least it was an amazing concert.

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    Testing some of my area lighting & emergency gear.
    Streamlining most of my gear to run of AA (single cell if possible since this also makes it easier to weed out a bad cell) due to accessibility of power source, ease of charging, and safe chemistry. Good balance of output and runtime as well.

    • GE Enbrighten Lantern - 350 lumens in CW but closer to neutral tint. (I like this light so much that I'm picking up the newer 600 lumen version.) 8xD but can run on 4xD at half the runtime. I have AA->D Eneloop adapters.
    • Energizer Light Fusion 2-in-1 flashlight/lamp 4xAA (Cool white but not bluish white.).
    • Energizer 2-in-1 lamp 2xAA. (The lamp LED is almost neutral but the next one I bought was cool white.)
    • UCO Leschi extendable flashlight/lantern 1xAA.
    • Nite-Ize 3-in-1 extendable flashlight/lantern/beacon 1xAA.
    • Fenix LD10 with diffuser wand (my pocket EDC) 1xAA.
    • Coleman flashlight/wand in Red & Green. 1xAAA.
    • Olight UC magnetic Ni-Mh/Li-Ion charger. (My EDC and bugout gear charger)
    • Goal Zero Nomad 7 solar panel.
    • Goal Zero Guide 10+ batter charger & power bank.
    • Axing 4xAA power bank.
    • Klarus XT11 Upgrade is peeking from the left side (my bag EDC)


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    At the weekend we did a Beer Tent at a Suzi Quattro (remember her?) open air concert in the local woods.
    The concessions tent had no power, so no light to sell CDs and T-Shirts.
    I lent them my Malkoff Wildcat and set it up to point at the roof of the tent, the cells lasted long enough for them to do their stuff and believe me you could see that tent for miles.
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