Well here we go- from lurking to posting! more details on what I"m looking for at the bottm
1) I will be mail-ordering or buying online
2) Budget: Less than $100. I'd like to keep it to this including a rechargeable battery if possible
3) Format: I want a flashlight.
4) Flashlight-specific format/size:
____Every day carry small (2-4 inches).
____Every day carry medium (4-7 inches).
5) Emitter/Light source:
____LED (known for efficiency, longevity, and compactness)
____I want to buy a light from a traditional mass producing manufacturer that is ready to go out of the box.
7) What battery type do you want to use?
Pretty open to any battery type, reg alkaline, NimH are o.k. Lithium types are o.k too. I'll factor these in with the cost of the light and would like to keep the total package under $100
____I intend to use alkaline batteries (AAA, AA, C, D) (disclaimer, while it does not preclude all choices, these are not recommended for many of today’s most powerful lights)
____I intend to use rechargeable nickel chemistry (NiCad, NiMH, NiZn)
____I intend to use lithium primary batteries (CR123, CR2, Energizer Advanced/Ultimate Lithium AA/AAA)
____I intend to use rechargeable lithium (li-ion) chemistry. Feel free to specify a size if you know which size you want (14500, RCR123/16340, 17500, 17670, 18650, etc.)
8) How much genuine out the front (OTF) light do you want/need? Sometimes you can have too much light (trying to read up close up with a 100 lumen light is impossible).
Need opinions on 150 vs 300+ inside a home for tactical use and a low setting
I'll need a low setting ~10 lumen, and need some advice about med vs high lumens. 150ish to 400ish? how much is too much inside a home? I'm planning on using this as a "tactical" light at times on a shotgun. It'll also get general use so a 300+ for camping etc would be nice.
9) Throw vs. Flood: At what distance will you be most likely to use this light? Select all that apply.
____Less than 1 yard/meter (reading, other close work)
____Less than 5 yards/meters (looking for something inside a dark shed/garage/basement)
____5-20 yards/meters (check out a noise in the backyard)
____30-50 yards/meters (I have a big backyard)
10) Runtime: Not over-inflated manufacturer runtime claims, but usable brightness measured from first activation to 50% with new batteries (Measured on maximum output).
____30-60 minutes (I have plenty of batteries just ready to be changed)
____90-120 minutes (Runtime is moderately important, but still not critical)
11) Durability/Usage: Generally the old phrase “you get what you pay for” is very accurate for flashlights.
____Durability is Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box).
12) Switch Type and location (choose all that apply):
____I want a tail mounted switch (found on the majority of today’s high end lights).
I need a light that I can use a remote pressure switch on, when it's mounted to my shotgun
13) User Interface (UI) and mode selection. Select all that apply.
Need opinions on UI, ease of use etc
I'd like at least 2 levels, maybe 3 and a strobe. Ease of use at the interface is important, and the light must either come on in the highest setting or be programmable to come on in a chosen setting. Programmable may actually be preferred, but I'd like opinions on this in particular, as I can think of a few drawbacks. but I'm sure the CPF will help me think of things I've yet to consider
____I don’t care...long as it's durable- preferably really really durable
15) Special Needs/extras: Is there anything else you want or need that hasn't been mentioned? Select any below.
filters would be nice but not an absolute, pressure switch option is a must.
So far I've been looking and think that the Klarus xt2c and the jetbeam pc 25, and the fenix tk11 or even 21? would all work
I'd love opinions on these lights. I've read some of the reviews here- aint search a great thing! but would also like to know if you've used any of these in a similar manner or if there are other options I'm just overlooking
Cheers! And thanks in advance