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    I know, I know; dumb question sure to invoke a laugh or two, but I'm a bit serious here. I'm the new guy in town, and I'm just trying to understand specifically what people mean when they use this acronym. I've gathered EDC means Every Day Carry. The flashlight you carry with you daily. So my question would be more along the lines of, do you carry a light with you at all times? For instance, I always carry keys, a phone, a wallet, a lighter, and a knife with me. Always. Always in my pockets. I've thought about adding a light to my keychain if I could ever find one small enough that I deemed impressive enough. Clearly that would be EDC.

    Beyond that, I work nights and always have a light either in the door pouch of my truck, in my hand, or next to me on a table (just upgraded to the TK41). To me, that would be my EDC because I carry it daily (only at night though) for work. If I didn't work nights, I would probably rarely have a flash light on me. I would have one near the front door for GP. Would that then be considered EDC? I see EDC used a lot, and sometimes I have a hard time imagining someone walking around, sunny afternoon, with a 2 D maglite in their pocket "just in case"

    My question is, what does EDC mean to you? I'm guessing its just a grey area, open to the interpretation of the user. Thanks for the noob help guys.

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    I have a EDC light that lives in my pocket (and another on my keys). I also keep a bigger light in my work bag / day pack depending on what day it is. I guess that counts as EDC since it's always immediately available, every day.

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    I always have a Drake on my medical necklace and at least 1 more in my pockets, but these change every so often....Robert.

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    Maybe we should come up with another one called ENC (every night carry) for the night owls!
    EDC is exactly that, always have one in your pocket and a backup nearby.

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    An EDC item for me is always on me, its something that can withstand day to day use and fill its intended role well. You may have a hard time imagining it, but I do carry a flashlight on me all day, even if its sunny. I work nights too, and the flashlight is different on-duty than it is off-duty. The biggest thing to remember, is that to most of us here, EDC is not only a single item but a lifestyle. We are trying to be as prepared as we can be for anything that might happen thru the day. Thats why alot of us dont only carry flashlights, but knives, multitools, guns, etc.

    Also, something that might qualify for an EDC role for me, may not for someone else.

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    My EDC lights are truly EDC
    i have a Muyshondt Aeon around my neck all the time, unless I'm swimming or in the shower.
    i also have a Sunwayman V10R TI in a belt holster, it's on me whenever I am wearing pants (most of the time)

    Pic I am going out at night I will add either a SF 6P or 9P - both with LED dropins.

    If I am working at night, or I think I will need it I will grab either my Ryobi one+ xenon light, or my Maxabeam - and leave them in the boot of the car unless I actually need them

    My wife EDC's her lights a little differently - a SF G2 in her car, and a V10R in her handbag

    Edc really is whatever it means to you - I Edc close to 2 pounds of stuff on my belt and in my pockets, plus another couple of kilos in my bag (which only gets carried to work and back)
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    I appreciate the feedback guys. I EDC a good deal of things myself. My car (although relatively new and reliable) has a decent size fully loaded toolbox in the trunk, all automotive fluids in a storage container in the trunk, etc. I also have multiple lights in all of my vehicles and conceal a firearm whenever I feel the need or desire.


    I feel a bit more at home around this neck of the woods now, so thanks again!

    It's actually rather interesting to hear what people carry around each day and how they carry it; it could really spark some good ideas among people.
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    To me EDC means you have it “with you” In your pocket or bag. But if you work from a van or car then also in there. So, you know where it is when you leave the house and you've made a point of taking it with you. With a keychain light you have made that decision when you first clipped it to the ring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fiberguy View Post
    It's actually rather interesting to hear what people carry around each day and how they carry it; it could really spark some good ideas among people.
    You may want to check out these threads:

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...Your-Pocket(s)

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...Second-Edition

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...-Third-Edition

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    I carry a AA light everyday. I'm retired but do lots of things like work on cars, appliances and computers and home repairs. My 50+ year old eyes appreciate the extra light when reading part numbers, labels, find screw holes, etc. I use it often, my light is almost as important as my glasses and much of my use is during the day. Sometimes I'll grab a different light if I know I will be outdoors at night.

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    A good way to illustrate an "EDC" is the pair of glasses worn by the otherwise hopelessly blind person. It takes on an indefinite shape and can be attributed to anything that you carry on you at all times. Your underwear is an excellent example of EDC, unless you hail from the Scottish highlands
    EDC does not classify a light, it does not mean the light has to be compact, it doesn't even have to do with lights or where it is placed. Depending on where I am and how concise your definition of an EDC is, only about 5% of what I carry daily actually consist of lights. The smallest piece of gear is probably the eyeglass screwdrivers and the largest is probably the folding carbine in my duffel, neither attracts alot of attention and both are perfect for carrying to the office. [Family owned mom and pop shop]. For lights though, I once EDC'd everything from a 3D Mag85 [I was a student then, my backpack has a place designed to store an umbrella] to a SF M6 [Worked as an inventory manager, hoot-owl shift] until I changed jobs. I think the Surefire L4 has been EDC'd for the longest, since 2008 I think. its been sporting an MCE after I think 2009. In my opinion lights on the bedstand isn't really ENC, ENC would more relate to the light around your neck or the socks your carrying. Imagine if there was a fire alarm or something more horrendous that forcefully evicted you from your house into the yard. What you have on you while on your way out is what your ENC consisted of.

    Hope that helps,

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    I also think of it as one of the essentials you bring with you, like phone or wallet.

    Although probably not considered an EDC, the Inova Microlight is great. It can light your path in the dark and is programmable. Man, I love that thing. Lost it not too long ago and had to immediately go to Home Depot to replace it.

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    May be odd, but I carry an E1B in my pocket daily and my Klarus Mi x6 is on my keychain. Klarus being the light used most throughout day to day work. Edc for some if not most is just having things handy that you would need for any given day.. and not having something when you need it is the worst. So it could possibly go on the edc list. TBH it is a very overused acronym, but it is what it is.

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    LOL

    Its whatever it means to you.

    To me, if you have it every day...its EDC.

    The C part, to me, means you carry it...but, I can see how that can mean on a duty belt, or, in a pocket, or in a back pack if you have it with you, etc.

    I count stuff in the truck/car, etc, if its a regular use scenario too.


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    I have an Elzetta M-60 in my backpack, which I carry with me during the day and I have several "pocket" lights that I carry with me at all times. These consist of an HDS Rotary, Vital Gear FB-1 with E2D bezel, McGizmo 1x123 with Lumens Factory head, FM 3P and SF E1B.
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    You can tie a rope to a string, andd tie the end of the string to a thread. As long as you are mindful of the limitations of the weaker links, you are just a little careful pulling from your rope. So a fauxton on your keys might be just the thread to get to the bulkier, heavy duty light or other tool in bag, car, drawer etc. I do the Batman thing to some extent but prefer to switch gear locations around and focus on situational awareness.
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    EDC has 4 basic categories, so what EDC means if different for everyone

    keychain
    pocket
    holster
    tool box/shelf

    for me
    keychain = 40DD and Photon II
    pocket = Nitecore EX11.2 or McGizmo
    holster = Thrunite TN 11 or Klarus XT11
    tool box/shelf = anything, usually Klarus XT11 or SkyRayKing
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    When I get dressed to walk out the door, I have on my person: Watch, Wallet, Keys, Light, Knife, Pen, Cellphone - that's my EDC.
    Light is usually a Groovy! Knife is a sprint run Para2.
    If I'm driving, I have a Thrunite Ti and SAK Classic, as well. But I don't ALWAYS grab that set of keys.

    When I put on my coat, voila, I have a Surefire with Malkoff, and another knife - but I don't always wear a coat.
    Each of my cars has more of this type of gear in the glove box, and a bag in the trunk with more, including light, knife, tools and emergency gear.
    In my daily driver I have a maxpedition "EDC" bag with a knife, light, leatherman, and other stuff.
    If I'm going to step or cycle away from home, office, or car I'll grab that - but since it isn't always on my person, I don't consider it part of my EDC.
    But that's just me.
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    To me EDC means ON me. If I walk out of the car and go to a store, everything that stays in the car I don't count as EDC... I call it car EDC (like oil, rags, car flashlight, car knife, car pens, maps, rain poncho, etc.)

    Yes, I do have a keychain light, but that's just in case I forget my actual EDC light or run the battery down. I also carry a small pocket knife and most of the time a pen (plus wallet and keys). Weekdays, I EDC 2 flashlights on my belt since I often nearly run the battery down on one of them.
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    Thanks again for all the great responses!

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    Since the OP seems to have gotten the answer(s) to his question...I can be flippant and say that I am glad to know that Echo63 wears his pants most of the time, don't want to know about the rest

    "My EDC lights are truly EDC
    i also have a Sunwayman V10R TI in a belt holster, it's on me whenever I am wearing pants (most of the time)"

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    Lots of people here have what could be called "Core EDC", which is basically your pants and whatever you always keep in them (besides yourself), and "Extended EDC", which is basically the stuff you keep in various containers and places that are usually within reach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
    Lots of people here have what could be called "Core EDC", which is basically your pants and whatever you always keep in them (besides yourself), and "Extended EDC", which is basically the stuff you keep in various containers and places that are usually within reach.
    Whoa... dude, you're taking this to the next level:

    Core EDC = can't open the blinds without item (clothing)
    Basic EDC = can't leave home without items (keys, wallet)
    Regular EDC = stuff you still feel naked without (flashlight, knife, pen, cell phone, coffee, purse...)
    Daily EDC = Stuff you need occasionally (umbrella, rain jacket, boots, gym bag...)
    Weekend EDC = Stuff you carry outside the work week (sandals, different flashlight, bicycle ...)
    Car EDC = Stuff you leave in the car (another flashlight, oil, screw driver, maps...)
    Extended EDC = Stuff you leave lying around (flashlight next to the door, over the washer...)
    Work EDC = yep, you leave it at work in your drawer or on the desk...
    Vacation EDC = I think the picture should be clear by now...

    Did I miss any important ones??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cataract View Post
    Whoa... dude, you're taking this to the next level:

    Core EDC = can't open the blinds without item (clothing)
    Basic EDC = can't leave home without items (keys, wallet)
    Regular EDC = stuff you still feel naked without (flashlight, knife, pen, cell phone, coffee, purse...)
    Daily EDC = Stuff you need occasionally (umbrella, rain jacket, boots, gym bag...)
    Weekend EDC = Stuff you carry outside the work week (sandals, different flashlight, bicycle ...)
    Car EDC = Stuff you leave in the car (another flashlight, oil, screw driver, maps...)
    Extended EDC = Stuff you leave lying around (flashlight next to the door, over the washer...)
    Work EDC = yep, you leave it at work in your drawer or on the desk...
    Vacation EDC = I think the picture should be clear by now...

    Did I miss any important ones??
    Let's see: Core EDC, yea I'm all set. Basic EDC, good to go. Regular EDC, check...

    Good heavens! I forgot to set up my Vacation EDC! Oh the humanity!

    In all seriousness, your list is pretty accurate. I actually have items that fit into every category...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cataract View Post
    Whoa... dude, you're taking this to the next level:

    Core EDC = can't open the blinds without item (clothing)
    Basic EDC = can't leave home without items (keys, wallet)
    Regular EDC = stuff you still feel naked without (flashlight, knife, pen, cell phone, coffee, purse...)
    Daily EDC = Stuff you need occasionally (umbrella, rain jacket, boots, gym bag...)
    Weekend EDC = Stuff you carry outside the work week (sandals, different flashlight, bicycle ...)
    Car EDC = Stuff you leave in the car (another flashlight, oil, screw driver, maps...)
    Extended EDC = Stuff you leave lying around (flashlight next to the door, over the washer...)
    Work EDC = yep, you leave it at work in your drawer or on the desk...
    Vacation EDC = I think the picture should be clear by now...

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    I don't think the "Vacation EDC" is valid. It's not EDC if you don't actually carry it with you, or at least have it where you can easily reach it, more days than not.

    Alternately, if you really are on vacation 51% of the year, I hate you.


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    most importantly, EDC does NOT imply a small size!

    if you carry a shotgun, machete, and olight x6 day in and day out then that's your EDC

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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
    I don't think the "Vacation EDC" is valid. It's not EDC if you don't actually carry it with you, or at least have it where you can easily reach it, more days than not.

    Alternately, if you really are on vacation 51% of the year, I hate you.

    Nope... he means EDC while he's on vacation. It's a legitimate sub-category.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fyrstormer View Post
    I don't think the "Vacation EDC" is valid. It's not EDC if you don't actually carry it with you, or at least have it where you can easily reach it, more days than not.

    Alternately, if you really are on vacation 51% of the year, I hate you.


    Sounds like you don't get too much vacation time

    J/K

    Let's see in more details what Vacation EDC would consist of:

    This one would have to include airport DC (for Daily Carry, since we don't spend multiple days in a row in airports) = bags, passport, tickets.

    Once at your destination you might wear/carry things you don't when at home like sandals and flower shirt or bathing suit. Those would constitute your Core Vacation EDC. Then you might want to leave your home keys in a safe place, but still need your wallet and hotel key (Basic Vacation EDC, which might include passport in foreign countries). Then, as a flashaholic, you'll definitely have some Regular Vacation EDC (probably a smaller flashlight than usual, water, touristic maps, etc.) Then there's the Daily Vacation EDC (towel, sunscreen-could be Regular Vacation EDC depending on your skin sensitivity). Vacation Car EDC usually constitutes only in car rental agreement and maps. Extended Vacation EDC is the toothbrush and toothpaste you leave lying in the hotel room (ok, we need another term than EDC for this one). If you carry some sort of Work-Vacation EDC, you definitely need to re-evaluate to see if you're really on vacation. And finally Vacation-Vacation EDC = booze, condoms, cigar, etc. whatever makes the day go by and you won't leave behind.

    So, any sub-category of EDC can be EDC -even combined with other categories. However, you're right: while it's not on you, it's not EDC, it's just stuff. Vacation stuff, weekend stuff, daily stuff, etc. that lies in drawers, closets and bins.

    So, after pondering for a while, I decided we needed to extend into a few more categories. Now we have:

    EDC (Every Day Carry) = stuff you normally carry in a particular situation (work, weekend, vacation)
    DC (Day Carry) = Stuff you carry for a day on specific occasions (travel luggage)
    C (carry) = Stuff you're just carrying and don't care about (ex.: empty water bottle while looking for a recycling bin, used condom, etc.)
    Stuff = Stuff you're not carrying at the moment
    EDS (Everyday Stuff) = Stuff that's been placed in a stategic location for momentary daily usage (the flashlight on your night stand or next to the door)
    ODS (Occasional Daily Stuff) = Stuff like your luggage that's waiting in the hotel room for the trip back, at which point it will become DC again.
    SS (Stored Stuff) = Stuff you're not using at the moment and that is not accessible.

    As an example, luggage is normally SS, but becomes Stuff for a day while you're filling it. The next day it's DC on the trip to the airport, at which point it becomes EDC (since you'll always have that WITH you in an airport). It gets demoted back to ODS once in your hotel room, possibly even SS if you like to put your clothes in hotel room drawers. Then the whole process is then repeated until you get home to demote it back to SS level again.

    Did I miss anything this time?
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