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    The time has come for a GOOD, inexpensive flashlight designed to run on 2 x D sized alkaline batteries. I would like 250+ lumens.

    I love my exotic beasts but the kitchen drawer needs a 2D, it just does.

    These batteries are so inexpensive on sale I don't want to bother with rechargeables. I'd like to push the envelope without rupturing them. Seems to me they should be able to power an r2 for throw or an xml or xpg for flood.

    Personally, I think flood is more practical indoors where it is most likely to be used so xml seems the best candidate but S2 could be nice too.

    I've looked at the various mods for maglites but they are expensive and a pita to install. I'm looking for easy here.

    I miss the 2 D cell size and simplicity. (I dont miss the crappy beam they put out with incandescent bulbs)

    New expensive flashlights in that format require nimh which I find a pita. Obviously, the flashlight should be priced under $50 because alkalines do frequently leak and ruin. Even with that weakness I prefer them because they are so cheap and easy to use. How about it?

    Please don't whine about leaking and lack of energy density. This thread is about solutions. We all know the problems.
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    Default Re: How abous a nice 2 x D flashlight?

    The new Maglite XP-E 2D should be a good choice, or if you're open to C-cells, the ML100 will be even better.

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    Default Re: How abous a nice 2 x D flashlight?

    Rayovac makes 2 models that fit the inexpensive light with flood They work great around the house.The yellow one has 3 led's that are slightly on the warm tint side. The other one is like neutral white.

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    I'd really prefer an xp-g or xm-l. I was hoping 4sevens or another decent but not outrageously priced brand would produce one. Maybe an addition to jetbeam's new inexpensive line or something from shiningbeam?

    I'm not even blowing off Dx
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    tk50,

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    Really nice flashlight but too expensive and designed more for throw outside than for indoor use. Its really my only decent choice at the moment but I'd like something cheaper. I've had my eye open for a used ine cheap but no dice.

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    i keep duracell daylight 2d in my car, (the one with aluminium body, not plastic, thou the led module is the same on both) vey good light, claimed 160lm, looks like it is compared to other lights, battery tube has flutes inside, even if cells leak they wont freeze inside. has flood to spot focus. cost me 25 few years back,
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    I see where you're coming from, when you want an XM-L or XP-G emitter. I really have to say, though that for the money, the new Mag LED 2D's are nice. I picked one up @ Home Depot for about $15.00. Get some clear spray paint to stipple the reflector, and you've got a nice floody beam with a subtle but well defined hot spot that's perfect for use around the house.

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    I wish one of our modders could find a way to churn out something with an XM-L cheap...even if they have to go to 3 C cells to do it but please no NiMH. I've had it with rechargeables. Just too expensive and too much trouble. I'll always have plenty of quality flashlights but I want a good dependable 2 D size that takes alkalines for the kitchen drawer.

    Would it really cost Maglight much more to use XM-L instead of XP-E? Why are American companies always so far behind the curve.
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    For those emitters not sure you can meet your req. Malkoff is the only xpg I know of. Bullet proof and as simple as it gets. Drop in, tighten set screw, trim reflector. But more than you want to pay.
    Keep it between the ditches and the shiny side up.

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    You won't get much benefit from an XM-L driven at a low current, and alkaline batteries cannot sustain the high current. That's why NiMH or Li-Ion is required for many of the XM-L lights.

    Have you looked at the Dorcy 6AA with XM-L? Check out the runtime graph for it, it's pretty bad. That's why NiMH is required, although I'm not sure why you're so against it. Eneloop AA's will stay charged for a long time, and won't leak. All you need to do is get an adapter and you're all set. That's what I do for my C- or D-cell lights.

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    Elektrolumens makes the anglux with XML and xpg. Based of the Fulton 2D angle head. Prob as close as you'll get. And they are tough by themselves. With his led upgrade you get everything you want.
    Keep it between the ditches and the shiny side up.

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    Default Re: How about a nice 2 x D flashlight?

    Read your post.......buy a Fenix E05 AAA and a pack of Energizer L92 Lithium cells, if you need a little more light get a 4Sevens MINI AA or EagleTac D25A and a pack of Energizer L91 Lithium cells, if they don't have enough flood put some d-c-fix diffuser film to put over the lens.

    Alkaline cells are best kept in their pack till they are needed........the 2D Kitchen Drawer light always took up too much space

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sway View Post
    4Sevens MINI AA
    This is what I've been using for house lights (I have two) with excellent results; it has a big, broad beam that is indistinguishable from an XM-L. I've argued for some time that someone should make a 1D body for it, would make a perfect ceiling bounce candle.

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    If Mac makes them again, get one of his drop ins for a 3D maglite. It won't run on high for very long off alkalines but low and medium will run for ages.

    Beauty of the setup is that if the batteries leak, just buy a new host for the drop in. Might cost a bit more than $50 up front, but it's a beautiful floody beam that's great for around the house. You can choose from SST-50 or XM-L. PM him to see if he'll build one for you.
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    Default Re: How about a nice 2 x D flashlight?

    Wouldn't a 2-D cell light give you longer battery life than a 2 Cr123 light or similar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighlanderNorth View Post
    Wouldn't a 2-D cell light give you longer battery life than a 2 Cr123 light or similar?
    very possible, 2d cells 3v 12000mah, 2 cr123 6v 1300mah.

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    Default Re: How about a nice 2 x D flashlight?

    I think either a Duracell Daylite 2D, or a Maglite LED 2D would be fine for the kitchen. I just picked up a blue Maglite 2D LED at Lowe's on Black Friday for $14.97. I like the forward clicky button, and a fairly bright beam. I have a 2C Duracell; but the lumens is supposed to be the same as a 2D...
    Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

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    ack NO alkalines

    What we need are decent NiHM C & D cells

    I hav eone of those first Fulton anglehead lights with a 1w Luxeon (two in fact one is at my parent's place)

    My dad really got a kick out of the old GI lights with an LED

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    ack NO alkalines What we need are decent NiHM C & D cells

    I have one of those first Fulton anglehead lights with a 1w Luxeon (two in fact one is at my parent's place)

    My dad really got a kick out of the old GI lights with an LED

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    Default Re: How about a nice 2 x D flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Double_A View Post
    ack NO alkalines What we need are decent NiHM C & D cells

    I have one of those first Fulton anglehead lights with a 1w Luxeon (two in fact one is at my parent's place)

    My dad really got a kick out of the old GI lights with an LED
    Alkalines leak and ruin your flashlight. They are also the 1st items sold out in an emergency.
    Regular NiMH will self discharge to useless in a month. Not good for leaving in a kitchen drawer.
    LSD NiMH D (10000 mAH) are expensive. Walmart Canada sells Ray-O-vac hybrids at a reasonable price but at 2900 mAH vs 2000 mAH for AA it is simpler to go with an AA light.
    My suggestion is stick with alkalines but STORE THEM OUTSIDE YOUR FLASHLIGHT WHEN NOT IN USE.

    In addition to a 1 watt drop in for the military anglehead flashlight you can get Elektrolumens Anglelux-XML ($69.99).
    http://www.cpfmarketplace.com/mp/sho...x-XPG-goodness

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    I don't like angle lights. I would prefer an xpg or xml in a 2 x d alkaline for under 50 dollars. If maglight can do it with xpe they can do it with xpg.

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    Maglite LED 2D - simple and cheap

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    I've got the Dewalt 2D cree XR-E flashlight which I bought for a highly discounted price; £50 down to £10 here in the UK. If you shop around you can find some good prices for this light. I guess no one is buying it at full price. Build quality is comparable to that of a maglite but has stippled metal reflector and glass lens.

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    I also agree with the Maglite recommendations.

    It's silly to buy a nice enthusiast light like a TK50 and put alkalines in it.

    It's like spending all that time to make hand made pasta, and then pouring a can of ragu on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haelous View Post
    It's silly to buy a nice enthusiast light like a TK50 and put alkalines in it.

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    ????? it is made to work with alkalines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alpg88 View Post
    ????? it is made to work with alkalines.
    Why would you risk the batteries leaking with a nice light like that?

    Sorry, it just doesn't make sense to me...

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    Default Re: How about a nice 2 x D flashlight?

    Dorcy makes a 2 D cell, and a 3 D cell. Ray o Vac has a nice 3 C cell sportsman extreme on sale at Amazon now.

    http://www.amazon.com/Rayovac-SE4W3C...392639&sr=8-48

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    I second the 2D MagLED Maglite. Only $15.88 at Home Depot. I have a 2D, and a 3D Mag with Malkoff. Granted, my eyes probably aren't as sharp as you flashoholics but I would need to have both with me to actually see a difference. Both throw far outside, though the 2D seems to be throw a cleaner beam. Lighting up the top of the palm tree in my neighbor's backyard who lives across the street, I can't really discern the "brightness" difference between the Malkoff 3D and the 2D MagLED.

    The batteries in the 3D are six months old though...not sure if that makes a difference.

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    The Malkoff's are definitely nice, and they are brighter, but for the money the Mag LED is the better buy.

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