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    Default Re: Has anyone ever used strobe mode?

    Low frequency strobes are great on bicycles at night. You get more attention and respect. The feeling of enhanced safety is great. It's better than than driving in bright sunlight, to be honest.

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever used strobe mode?

    Quote Originally Posted by TEEJ View Post
    Personally, I think its overkill/unfair to use a strobe like a bike light...and if enough people start doing it, it will then fall into the norm, and no longer garner the attention, or the tactical element, that was its premise.
    Agreed. I was impressed with the 270lumen warning mode on my Jetbeam ST Cycler. Shines a floody 270lumens and pulses an intermittent burst of turbo at a very low frequency. Not as distracting as strobe, but still will get enough attention on the road.

    *** I also use it for night time walks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TEEJ View Post
    Personally, I think its overkill/unfair to use a strobe like a bike light...and if enough people start doing it, it will then fall into the norm, and no longer garner the attention, or the tactical element, that was its premise.
    Actually I don't agree, most drivers associate a slow strobe or blinky light with a bike (I'm not talking about a higher frequency strobe here). It can increase the distance at which a driver recognises that there is a bike coming up. If one day there are so many people using this type of light on bikes that it doesn't get attention any more, then drivers will be so used to bikes being everywhere that they will be on the lookout for them already, and the lights won't be as necessary anyway.

    Anyway, if it increases your visibility its going to do that regardless of whether other people are using the same technique. Its often a question of not being seen at all (SMIDSY) vs being seen. Its not about standing out from the crowd.

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    Sounds like it's a matter of defining the line between strobe and blinky/flashing. I still agree with TEEJ on strobe, but blinky doesn't bother me as a driver.

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    Default Anyone actually use Strobe?

    I am curious to know if you have ever actually needed to use the strobe function on a flashlight - I have half a dozen lights with this function and sure, I've flicked it onto strobe every now and then but realistically, I cannot ever see me using it....well, I guess I hope I never have to! The beacon function seems like a much more useful tool to me - I have used small flashing leds in the past to mark my campsite if I'm off photographing critters. What's your feelings about strobe?

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    It's not for me.

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    I use strobe on suspects and to signal other officers. Feisty drunks become blind feisty drunks.

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    I use strobe to annoy my wife and kids. I also use it when people are drinking because its funny to mess with drunks and set the dance floor mood.

    I actually used it once at night when there was a broke down car on the side of the road at night. Strobe is good to put on a vehicle that is in a dangerous spot. I didn't shine it in the oncoming drivers eyes, it was pointed down. It worked well, every car slowed down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idleivey View Post
    I would love to hear that as well!
    One time i signaled a rescue helicopter using the S.O.S mode on my eagletac since i got lost in a forest and my GPS died on me.

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever used strobe mode?

    I used strobe once...... to see what the strobe mode looked like.

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    Default Has anyone ever used strobe mode?

    Quote Originally Posted by Shooter21 View Post
    One time i signaled a rescue helicopter using the S.O.S mode on my eagletac since i got lost in a forest and my GPS died on me.
    Hopefully you were not charged a fee for the rescue.

    I use strobe with a diffuser cone as a warning beacon when I plow snow in my pickup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texas cop View Post
    I use strobe on suspects and to signal other officers. Feisty drunks become blind feisty drunks.
    Yep, when you train to use the strobe mode with a bright light, it can be a pretty effective disorientation tool. A light that puts out 20,000 - 30.000 candela can temporarily blind a suspect in low light conditions with a single flash (useful trick with drunks, flash them once then take a couple of steps to the side and they'll continue acting/speaking to where you were previously standing). With a belligerent drunk though, shining a bright light in their eyes blinds them and makes them pause for a second (and can make them turn away or raise a hand to shield their eyes), but if they're belligerent, aggressive, advancing drunks, they often tend to put their heads down and continue advancing with a constant bright light, where a bright strobing light tends to usually make them stop.

    In fact, a bright strobing light in their face tends to make the drunks throw up (and then they're not belligerent/aggressive anymore). Over here in the US though (as detailed in the tactical use of strobe thread), LEO vs violent civilian hand to hand encounters aren't as common as they apparently are in the Netherlands or EU, but there is an increase in disorientation in low light environments vs not using a light or using a constant bright light (and sometimes that slight edge is all that's needed). As TEEJ mentions though, it's unwise to count on a strobe as any kind of deterrence (although it may work as such against an easily dissuaded target). It's simply a tool to gain a temporary window.

    A strobing flashlight, as many folks have already mentioned, is also much more effective for signalling than a constant light. Many folks tend to ignore a flash of a bright light (if it's not hitting them in the face), even if you flash it several times as there are many other things in an urban environment that can cause a brief flash of light (car headlights going past etc.). A bright fast strobe though catches attention much better because it's not a common or natural occurrence.


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    One time I got lost on purpose on a night hike just to use the strobe mode on my Fenix PD32 to signal a rescue crew. They said they would have never seen me if it weren't for the strobe light shining directly at their eyes. After I told them why I got lost, we all had a good laugh and I actually ended up getting sucker punched by one of the angry searchers.
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    thought I posted in this thread already..... As a driver I have used it. When either I am broke down, day or night, or assisting another driver on the side of the road, ill set on up somewhere near the back to warn people. As drivers have a bad habit of not moving over even if they have room. Closing in on 20 years of this, I have also seen more than my fair share of accidents and at times am first on scene. So ill set up a few lights in strobe till proper help arrives. Ill usually try to block/protect myself and them with my semi if I can, but you never know. As was suggested in another thread on this subject, I now aim it at the back of the vehicle rather than at traffic. Or at a warning triangle. As the reflecting light off the tail lights, reflector tape and other surfaces is just as effective it seems, without being blinding. Also useful in getting my wifes attention when she is on the lawn tractor driving around. And for Halloween, at least when kids used to come by, now they all go trick or treating at the mall and stores...., we set them up on our porch with assorted home made filters for different effects.
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    I used it when a dog charged at me once. It didn't seem to care and came right up to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by figuy View Post
    I used it when a dog charged at me once. It didn't seem to care and came right up to me.
    Note to self: strobe not effective on mother-in-laws.

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    Quote Originally Posted by figuy View Post
    I used it when a dog charged at me once. It didn't seem to care and came right up to me.
    What flashlight? I haven't used strobes on dogs/animals much, but I'd expect a 3,000 candela strobe to have as little effect on animals as it does on humans.


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    Quote Originally Posted by texas cop View Post
    I use strobe on suspects and to signal other officers. Feisty drunks become blind feisty drunks.
    Agreed... flashlights in a low light environment can be effective at disorienting others (more so strobe), however the vision of "substance impaired" individuals recovers even slower from the same bursts of light IMHO
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    Where I work in Sarf London, if you used a strobe to illuminate a broken down car someone walking past would nick it!

    I can see it being handy if we ever broke down on a motorway or autobahn (freeway), especially in winter. For some reason you hear of a number of cases there people are killed or injured while in or near their vehicle, when it is hit from behind - even though they are off the motorway in the safety lane or hard shoulder. It surprises me because this means crossing tactile lane markings and bumping over cats eyes in the process. Are the drivers asleep at the wheel or texting?

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    I use strobe quite a bit to get attention at Mardi Gras Parades. It definitely gets the attention of the float riders!

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    I use the strobe function EVERY DAY! I turn on the strobe function and beam it into co-workers office across the hall. I get a point if he doesn't notice, lose one if he does.

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    There is a small moth that gets in the house from time to time. I strobe them and they land every time. WHACK! No more moth!

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    Plenty of fantastic responses here. My personal uses have all been named but just to add to the pool of data:

    -Signaling people in high stress situations.
    -Getting the attention of my dog from afar.
    -Definitely used it as a dance floor strobe!
    -Majority of people see a strobe or patterned signal as a sign of authority and have actually approached me as such on a few occasions.
    -Helping a friend locate me in crowded areas (clubs, city streets, long train stations, open fields of my family's farm)

    And I could certainly see myself using SOS an kind of hope that one day I could come back from an adventure because of it.

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    I've only used it once. A mates car broke down on a hill with a bend in the middle of the night. I stood out with the strobe going to wave cars around the broken down car. It seemed to work quote well with cars slowing very quickly once they saw it...

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    Strobe mode almost got me put in a 3rd world prison last week! I posted a couple months ago I disliked strobe; now I passionately hate strobe!

    Presently I have 5 lights - thrunite, eagletac, magic shine that all have a "hidden strobe" and ALL of them malfunction and randomly drop into strobe mode - usually from low mode... the mode I want to use to preserve my own night vision.

    So last week I was on the runway getting on a civilian flight between Timur Leste and Sumba. It was totally dark on the runway and I used my Eagletac D series in the lowest mode to look at my ticket. It came on in the lowest mode for 2 seconds and then jumped into full power strobe. I got our pilot and a bunch of military guys (locked and loaded) right in the eyes.

    Last night however though I didn't appreciate it someone else did. There was a motorcycle accident right in front of me in Kuala Lumpur and I slammed on the brakes, pulled over and got out to help. Rider had a busted femur coming thru his skin and pant leg. I had my unreliable eagletac G25C2 with me (I presently EDC "unreliable lights" because every single light I own but my varapower is unreliable and it's a bit big to EDC). I was with the victim and tossed my light to another guy to warn traffic. It was set to come on on low and I was about to explain how to switch to high by twisting the head when it automatically switched to strobe. I'm convinced high with a shaking wrist is just as good at night but the guy with my light certainly thought the strobe was AWESOME!! I was pretty bloody and busy but he was having a hoot shinning it in everyone's eyes - mine and the eventual paramedics included!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickypanecatyl View Post
    Strobe mode almost got me put in a 3rd world prison last week! I posted a couple months ago I disliked strobe; now I passionately hate strobe!

    Presently I have 5 lights - thrunite, eagletac, magic shine that all have a "hidden strobe" and ALL of them malfunction and randomly drop into strobe mode - usually from low mode... the mode I want to use to preserve my own night vision.

    So last week I was on the runway getting on a civilian flight between Timur Leste and Sumba. It was totally dark on the runway and I used my Eagletac D series in the lowest mode to look at my ticket. It came on in the lowest mode for 2 seconds and then jumped into full power strobe. I got our pilot and a bunch of military guys (locked and loaded) right in the eyes.

    Last night however though I didn't appreciate it someone else did. There was a motorcycle accident right in front of me in Kuala Lumpur and I slammed on the brakes, pulled over and got out to help. Rider had a busted femur coming thru his skin and pant leg. I had my unreliable eagletac G25C2 with me (I presently EDC "unreliable lights" because every single light I own but my varapower is unreliable and it's a bit big to EDC). I was with the victim and tossed my light to another guy to warn traffic. It was set to come on on low and I was about to explain how to switch to high by twisting the head when it automatically switched to strobe. I'm convinced high with a shaking wrist is just as good at night but the guy with my light certainly thought the strobe was AWESOME!! I was pretty bloody and busy but he was having a hoot shinning it in everyone's eyes - mine and the eventual paramedics included!
    Cool story!!

    I agree with just signaling with a torch instead of strobe. Many reviewers describe the strobe as "disorenting" or "nauseating". The last thing I want to do is "disorient" or "nauseate" someone in control of a 4000lb chunk of glass and metal traveling at 60mph. Not good. Of course you probably won't be pointing it right in their eyes, but considering how easy it is to make a mistake, we're walking a fine line here. Flares, traffic wands, waving lights just seem more approptiate to me.
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    I am on jury duty today and everyone has to go through a metal detector and have their bag x-rayed on the way into the courthouse. When I first arrived the security guard didn't ask about the Malkoff MD2 in my bag, but when I went through again he specifically asked if it had strobe. He said they confiscate lasers and strobes because they can be distracting in the courtroom.

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    While reading that I was envisioning a bored jurror whipping out his flashlight and playing with it during some technical blah, blah, blah testimoney. When he found strobe and then shined it in the judges eyes, that was when they decided to ban strobe in certain courtrooms!

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    I use mine almost daily to get my kids attention when they are playing outside so I don't have to yell for them. It even works during the daytime with my TN30.

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever used strobe mode?

    I once used a small light, set on disorienting strobe, to light up the inside of a carved pumpkin on halloween. Worked great for that purpose. My kids said that it looked much cooler/scarier than if I used a candle or just a uniform blinking light.

    That is the only opportunity I have ever had to use a flashy mode. I really don't like these modes unless it is impossible to trigger them accidentally.
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