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    My son is headed off to college. What can I send him with for his dorm room? He has used Mini Mag Lights for years. I want to get him something higher quality. Prefer to spend under $50. AA or AAA so he can easily buy batteries.

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    EagleTac makes very nice lights. For example, consider this one (available at illuminationGear for $39.99):

    EagleTac D25A Mini - 1xAA - 168 Lumens
    - XP-G S2 Emitter- 3 Brightness levels 5/44/130/168* Lumens
    - OTF 3/29/86/110*
    - 1000 LUX
    - Runtime 50+/6/1.2 hrs
    - 5 Hidden Auxiliary modes - Strobe/Flash-High/SOS/Beacon/Flash-Low
    - "Twisty" Switch type
    - Head Diameter .69"
    - Length 3.1"
    Included Accessories: Stainless Pocket Clip, Lanyard, Rigid Belt Holster* Turbo Boost for 90 Seconds.

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    Get him hooked on a little Eagtac flashlight, more reputable imho than XTAR. foursevens are too pricey and klarus not mainstream at all (short runtimes! in actual tests). Eagtac keeps our scene vivid and exciting, like a pulse which Maglite used to be in the beginning with constant updates. Sites like md-lightsource . com, illumination gear or light junction carry them all in stock; all three are supporting sellers on cpfmp. Eagtac is US brand, US company. well-loved on cpf.

    The cute Eagtac D25 clickies were recently reviewed by selfbuilt. Outstanding efficiency and compactness.

    + 1 for the D25A clicky or mini (1xAA/14500)

    i am sure that you wouldnt regret the purchase and that he'd be immensely fond of it (superb packaging, holster, all top quality feel).

    EDIT: the only disadvantage i see with the D25A is: it's MAYBE too slim to be mounted on a bycicle. and people could bug him ("where did you get this?" "how much is it?" "can you order one for me?"), or he could turn into a flashaholic who wants more (of the non-budget) flashlight stuff, like foursevens, fenix. Eagtac lights are addictive!
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    Agree with the eagletac d25 aa clicky recommendation. Recently released light too. I think he will appreciate a clicky as he would have been used to the mini mag twist for years.

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    My kid really likes my ZebraLight AA. The switch on the side, the low low, and the UI seems to be a huge hit with teenagers. AA batteries are always preferred.

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    It depends on what size he Likes. Similar in size to the MMags, , the Terralux Light Star 220 hasa clicky, 2 levels, 2 AA, is bright, and not really expen$ive. For a smaller one, I bought my wife the Fenix E 11. Small, Bright 1 AA.
    That old Black Maglight has me in its spell;
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    Something small, edc sized would be best, and clickies i think are the best for the size and i just like them the most.

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    I originally recommended the EagleTac D25A Mini (twisty) because of its < $50 price tag ($39.99). However, if explorerlyon is willing to go a little above $50, illuminationGear also offers the EagleTac D25A CLICKY (XM-L U2 or XM-L T6) for $51.99. Either light would be good, but I'd probably go with the clicky, even though it's a little more expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danielight View Post
    EagleTac D25A CLICKY (XM-L U2 or XM-L T6) for $51.99. Either light would be good, but I'd probably go with the clicky
    the Eagtac D25A Clicky XP-G S2 costs $$46.90$ [ET/D25A-C/XP-G] but i'd probably go with the XM-L U2. bright, floody, and more valuable than the Xeno E03 XM-L (T5/T6).

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    Thanks for the advice. I love the look of the Eagletac. I am ok with the 1xAA version at $52. How does this light compare to the Fenix LD12 at about the same price?

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    the D25A is on my purchase list (ive put it on order!) and i was looking at the LD12 too. has a genial user interface and imho superior to the D25A's UI. fenix is also the better brand with thousands of customers (amazon, ..), the best known Ch*na-made brand for power LED flashlights. the LD12 has an old emitter (XP-G R5) with great electronic circuit and very good runtimes (according to official specs). Why i preferred the Eagtac?

    The looks, esthetic design. I dont find the LD12 pretty, beautiful, elegant, sexy nor attractive in any way, just look at it. Then surf over to the apple-like Eagtac website and look at their products. Exciting looks!!

    Boys are not girls. But guess why girls enjoy, love and desire jewelry. Often looks are important and decisive (hot car, hot flashlight, hot clothes, hot girlfriend, hot guy) and while it's a matter of taste and in the eye of the beholder, this practical aspect of enjoying a possession should never be overlooked. If the LD12 performs better (longer runtimes for example) than the D25A, does it also mean that i will enjoy the LD12 more? Not me. I will enjoy the better looking torch more ... simply because it is better looking. And that is exactly the reason why some flashlight models exist in a variety of colored anodizations (Fenix E01, ..).

    Some Fenix lights have good looks (LD20, ..) vs. most Eagtac lights have outstanding looks (wow factor). S*x sells! (EDIT: i am now realizing that the linked thread was started by the same OP lol!!)

    btw, if you check cpf thread history you will notice that there is massive enthusiastic response regarding Eagtac flashlights, for example the original D25 series ("Mini") and now the D25 Clickies (and Titanium), and response for the LD12 was rather moderate ("meh"). There is nothing to be excited about with a LD10 or LD12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shelm View Post
    ... foursevens are too pricey and klarus not mainstream at all (short runtimes! in actual tests). Eagtac keeps our scene vivid and exciting, like a pulse which Maglite used to be in the beginning with constant updates. Sites like md-lightsource . com, illumination gear or light junction carry them all in stock; all three are supporting sellers on cpfmp. Eagtac is US brand, US company. well-loved on cpf.


    So you guys are all recommending the Eagtac D25A for $51.99 (XM-L U2 or Xm-L T6). Yet you say that foursevens are too pricey when it's roughly the same. It would be easy to find the clearance 4Sevens of the old branding?

    Not questioning your statement, but rather I'm looking for my first light as well and need some insight. Should I be looking into the D25A as per recommendations or get a 4Sevens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brokenbuyyer View Post
    Not questioning your statement, but rather I'm looking for my first light as well and need some insight. Should I be looking into the D25A as per recommendations or get a 4Sevens?
    4sevens is on clearance, true. with cpf discount code one could dig and find a Quark X AA Tactical for 40$ (shipped or not i dunno), nice price. i have it too. after Fenix, the Quark is probably the most often reviewed power LED flashlight on youtube, proud young (age!) owners film the unboxing, read off the specs from the manual, tell how much they like the new purchase and then title the youtube video "review". super useless videos, most 4sevens video reviews are like that!

    i am going to recommend the Quarks too. however their typical street price is around ~70$ and therefore it's not a fair comparison (or inclusion).

    My only substantial gripe with Quark(s) is the tint lottery: the standard offering (preon, quark, xpg, xml, clearance) is not known for non-greenish tints. "Nice" tints (i.e. with less or no greenishness) will cost you extra in form of special runs: High CRI, WarmWhite, NeutralWhite, a.o. Do a board search on < quark greenish > and you'll learn ..

    There is always tint lottery with flashlights, sure. Eagtacs are rather known for premium tints and the least colorization across the beam profile.

    If you dont mind greenish tints and can get a Quark for 40$ and looks dont count much in your book, then i'd give the nod to a quark 1xAA or 2xAA. Has perfect diameter (22.0mm) to fit Fenix accessories (21.5mm), a reversible clip (normal carry or deep carry), tactical momentary activation, different tail caps (for tailstand or not), full support of Li-Ions (no eaten modes!), state of the art efficiency and regulation (buck-boost-driver) and good professional looks (yet unexciting like Pretty Woman Julia Roberts no offense). Sooo many cpf boardies own a quark and are happy with it.

    Quark is a functional workhorse, very practical and extremely versatile.
    Eagtac is an attractive joystick, slim, light-weight and compact. Delights the people.
    Solution is: order the two and test them for a few days, then take a final decision and return (for a full refund) the one which you "liked" least. Quark is a great torch but maybe you will like the Eagtac a hint more because it produces more joy (because of the better looks). A flashaholic doesnt agonize but buys them both!!

    EDIT: Look at the impact of selfbuilt's review, 1000 views within 48 hrs and 37 replies already!!?!?!?! Seriously LOL?
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    Hard to beat the price of a mini maglite or even a C or D cell powered one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by explorerlyon View Post
    My son is headed off to college. What can I send him with for his dorm room? He has used Mini Mag Lights for years. I want to get him something higher quality. Prefer to spend under $50. AA or AAA so he can easily buy batteries.
    You know, if your son likes Mini Mags the new Mini Maglite Pro Plus has the classic feel and quality of the old Mags with a 60/245 lumen output, good runtimes and only about $30. Robin24k reviewed it here:

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    I just got one and I'm in love with a Maglite for the first time in years. They aren't available in the big box stores yet, you'll need to try an online retailer like Amazon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shelm View Post

    Quark is a functional workhorse, very practical and extremely versatile.
    Eagtac is an attractive joystick, slim, light-weight and compact. Delights the people.
    Solution is: order the two and test them for a few days, then take a final decision and return (for a full refund) the one which you "liked" least. Quark is a great torch but maybe you will like the Eagtac a hint more because it produces more joy (because of the better looks). A flashaholic doesnt agonize but buys them both!!

    EDIT: Look at the impact of selfbuilt's review, 1000 views within 48 hrs and 37 replies already!!?!?!?! Seriously LOL?
    Thanks for the post...

    My initial thought was to get the 4Sevens QMini 123 Ti. People weren't selling used, so I looked for regular aluminums. It was new at ~$35 from FourSevens but didn't like the new branding. During this time I started reading and started discovering so many different options: Xtar, Fenix, Zebralight, EagTac...

    Was recommended the EagTac D25C and almost bought that. I guess both brands would be good. At the time of writing the EagTac and Quark's will be roughly in the same price range with clearance/discount.


    After reading all this I think your son will be very satisfied with a D25A XM-L U2 at $52. I'm considering the Thrunite Ti for a keychain light and it's a steal at only $16.

    If you are stuck with the EagTac/Quark like me, do what shelm said: "buy both" for your son and let him decide what he wants.

    (I personally bought a Fenix L1D and Zebralight SC51 just cause they were both a steal. Gonna have to consider the SC51 or a D25A)
    Also filled out the survey for Coast for a free light (pay shipping) not sure when that'll get here. Hope I didn't hijack too much and that this will be somewhat helpful.

    Quote Originally Posted by Xpress View Post
    Hard to beat the price of a mini maglite or even a C or D cell powered one.
    See post above. Was going to start with one, but there are sooo many others choices I'd prefer. Aesthetics included
    PM me if you have a Quark Mini for sale!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brokenbuyyer View Post
    (I personally bought a Fenix L1D and Zebralight SC51 just cause they were both a steal. Gonna have to consider the SC51 or a D25A)
    Contradiction Brokenbuyyer? Have you bought the SC51 already (which price)? Zebralights have industry-leading Eneloop efficiency but Quarks and Eagtac are in the same top league, even with official LiIon support. Fenix too but Fenix lights are driven at lower current levels: they are dim with long runtimes and therefore a different horse imho. Zebralight designs interesting compact torches with comfortable UI (and no tactical momentary activation) and the stellar efficiency on Eneloops. For 1/3 of their MSRP i would buy one, although i really dislike their esthetics. In practice the lack of some essential features makes them much less versatile than Quarks (Fenix accessories, Quark prism, reversible clip, keyring/lanyard attachment, removal of clip, accidental activation, lacking esthetics, bad tail looks'n feel, ..). I observe Zebralights product line and when they produce a light which really rivals a Quark, then i would buy one.

    In any case, a nice dealer would ship a box full of torches and let you try them out. Once you do, things like specs (runtime, 130lm vs 200lm, efficiency) will become less important and why you like a torch better than the other will depend on things which are not found on the specs sheet:
    + versatility
    + haptics
    + looks, esthetics
    + glitches, deal breakers
    + tint
    + beam beauty, beam perfection
    + (...)

    Remove the pocket clip from the SC51 and use it for a while. you wont like it.. because of the sharp edges. Yes, the pocket clip is removable but the pocket clip is not meant to be removed. The SC51 was not designed to be used without pocket clip.
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    I like the Quarks and Zebralights for their moonlight modes and other low single digit lumen levels (<4). Those low levels will really be ideal in shared dorm room to minimize disturbance to the roommates, not to mention runtimes well in the hundreds of hours per AA, and of course being easy on night adjusted eyes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelm View Post
    Contradiction Brokenbuyyer? Have you bought the SC51 already (which price)? Zebralights have industry-leading Eneloop efficiency but Quarks and Eagtac are in the same top league, even with official LiIon support. Fenix too but Fenix lights are driven at lower current levels: they are dim with long runtimes and therefore a different horse imho. Zebralight designs interesting compact torches with comfortable UI (and no tactical momentary activation) and the stellar efficiency on Eneloops. For 1/3 of their MSRP i would buy one, although i really dislike their esthetics. In practice the lack of some essential features makes them much less versatile than Quarks (Fenix accessories, Quark prism, reversible clip, keyring/lanyard attachment, removal of clip, accidental activation, lacking esthetics, bad tail looks'n feel, ..). I observe Zebralights product line and when they produce a light which really rivals a Quark, then i would buy one.

    In any case, a nice dealer would ship a box full of torches and let you try them out. Once you do, things like specs (runtime, 130lm vs 200lm, efficiency) will become less important and why you like a torch better than the other will depend on things which are not found on the specs sheet:
    + versatility
    + haptics
    + looks, esthetics
    + glitches, deal breakers
    + tint
    + beam beauty, beam perfection
    + (...)

    Remove the pocket clip from the SC51 and use it for a while. you wont like it.. because of the sharp edges. Yes, the pocket clip is removable but the pocket clip is not meant to be removed. The SC51 was not designed to be used without pocket clip.
    No I bought it at $45 from Marketplace. Was going use it and see if I liked it. Then consider that or the D25A.

    Took me awhile to decide on the Zebralight. Didn't like them at first, but then thought to just give them a try. The general mass seems to like them and they are pretty appealing to me now. Might get a Quark 123 for $38.

    Right now I have SC51, D25A, QMini 123, Quark 123 on my list. Then maybe a Thrunite Ti or Fenix E01 on my keychain. This is what I've come up with on my search for my first light. For the SC51 gonna try to back pocket carry it.

    Quote Originally Posted by reppans View Post
    I like the Quarks and Zebralights for their moonlight modes and other low single digit lumen levels (<4). Those low levels will really be ideal in shared dorm room to minimize disturbance to the roommates, not to mention runtimes well in the hundreds of hours per AA, and of course being easy on night adjusted eyes.
    This was appealing to me too. The SC51 can run at 2.5lumens and 0.4lumens which is great for navigating the dorm room/reading without disturbing roommates.

    Also another reason I liked the Thrunite Ti was the choice of low mode 3lumens or 0.0.4lumens, then a max of 60. It's only $16, would be a great edc. Low mode will help with navigating the room and he'll be able to have 60 lumens when he needs it. May be a good direct replacement to the Mini Maglite if he was running that on his keychain.
    Last edited by Brokenbuyyer; 06-01-2012 at 09:29 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Brokenbuyyer View Post
    I'm considering the Thrunite Ti for a keychain light and it's a steal at only $16.
    Follow this thread. You can get the Ti light for $5. http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...92#post3954592

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    The reason I brought up the ZL AA options back on post #5, was that non-flashlight geeks usually love the UI. They also hate CR123's.

    When I was at school, even buying batteries was an issue. This light is very economical. The low/low is amazing. I accidently left mine on for 5 days straight, and the light was still going strong. It serves as an excellent night light. During a powerfail, I set it in the middle of our kitchen table ceiling bounce on medium level and we played cards for a couple hours. Small size, not too showy (subject to theft), and very useable by all. And yes, leave the clip on. It won't roll off the table that way and it grips way better. It just feels right holding it.
    Last edited by JJohn; 06-02-2012 at 09:04 AM.

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    I would suggest the NEW Inova X1 2-level (55lm/6lm) AA light, @ less then $20. Buy them 2 & have $10 dollars for batts..

    My .02 FWIW YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by shelm View Post
    the Eagtac D25A Clicky XP-G S2 costs $$46.90$ [ET/D25A-C/XP-G] but i'd probably go with the XM-L U2. bright, floody, and more valuable than the Xeno E03 XM-L (T5/T6).
    I ordered the Eagtac D25A XM-L U2. I love the looks of the light and think my son will also. Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I will post back after it arrives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by explorerlyon View Post
    I ordered the Eagtac D25A XM-L U2. I love the looks of the light and think my son will also. Thank you everyone for the suggestions. I will post back after it arrives.
    you also bought the Quark AA Tactical, what's up with that?
    Congrats to the purchase of the Eagtac. I ordered the same model in Titanium material from illuminationgear. it's 20 bucks more but the anodization wont get scratched up
    Hopefully both of you like the D25A XML CLICKY!!
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    I also purchased my Eagtax from iluminationgear. I have the feeling that when the Eagtac arrives, it will never make its way to my son. I will likely keep it and buy another for him. I purchased the Quark for myself becasue it was on sale for a good deal. I am fairly new to quality flashlights so starting to aquire a few. The Quark seemed like something worth trying given all the comments on these sites and it was a bargain. I am not sure I am going to like a tactical light, so this is an inexpensive way to find out what I like.

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