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View Poll Results: Best USA flashlight manufacturer (Which would you trust your life to)

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  • Surefire

    23 21.50%
  • Streamlight

    5 4.67%
  • Malkoff

    41 38.32%
  • ElZetta

    8 7.48%
  • HDS

    30 28.04%
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    Default Best USA manufacturer

    Surefire, Streamlight, Malkoff, Elzetta, HDS
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    Yes to the above.

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    I'd add Peak
    ... is the archimedes peak

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    Or this: candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?416653-Lights-you-would-trust-your-life-to, and subtract Fenix, to be in sync with the the current topic title.
    Acebeam two X65Vn, X45vn70.2. Eagletac MX25L4CvnT XP-L. Fenix TK75vnQ70. Manker MK34Vn XPL.
    Nitecore TM06Svn 4 x XHP50.2. Noctigon Meteor M43vn XP-L dd. P60vn Quad XP-L HD 2 cell host Cryos Cu head. Thrunite TN36UTvn, TN42vn.

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    Malkoff For Life

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    Complete Respect to Malkoff (do not own one)

    Oveready, without question, is the best manufacturer for quality and excellent design.

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    Best is oh-so subjective.

    Quality? Well they're all quite good.

    Best modularity:
    Best bomb proof:
    Best innovator:
    Best at keeping up with current tech:
    Best customer service:
    Best pizaz:
    Best selection:

    I picked Elzetta because they send you a sticker with the hand written thank you note on a stack of Elzetta sticky notes.

    Simply put I think they all ROCK!
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    Although this forum must be growing weary of me saying it, my answer is Malkoff. Elzetta would also be in the discussion.
    Fully potted or bust...

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    If only malkoff solve their PWM problem and replace their switches ( don't like McClicky ) they would be perfect..

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    Like 'em all, but for me....HDS takes the top spot.

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    All of those, plus Oveready.
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    Prometheus lights deserve mention also.

    McGizmos are supposed to be pretty nice.

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    I am stunned by the quality of HDS.

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    My vote goes to Elzetta. Best price/performance and aesthetic value. I mean the Bravo AVS line.

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    Yes add oveready and mcgizmo to the already mentioned, they are all better than the others at different things

    Bottom line i guess you need a few or all of..................that way you can decide which is best for you Customer service is a major part as well............not too sure if surefire is up top there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ven View Post
    Yes add oveready and mcgizmo to the already mentioned, they are all better than the others at different things

    Bottom line i guess you need a few or all of..................that way you can decide which is best for you Customer service is a major part as well............not too sure if surefire is up top there.
    What's wrong with Surefire's customer service?
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    "Sharp intake of breath"........
    Did you really mean to ask that?
    If you did, this thread has about 12 hours to live.
    Tick, tick, tick, tick..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by BugoutBoys View Post
    What's wrong with Surefire's customer service?


    No bad experience myself , just read a few issues(all on here) over the last year or so. Same breath(you can breath again P) i still read good customer service as well.

    For example, oveready and malkoff...............nothing but great customer service, not read a single negative over the years.

    I dont have all brands named, but a good few and they are all worthy of being part of anyone's flashlight ammunition. Some may seem quite spendy, but its definitely a case of buy once cry once. Other than loosing it, its a life time investment and usually up-gradable(p60/ engine etc).

    BOB......................you defo need a HDS in your life, it will become your EDC for..........ever!

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    Voted Surefire, would add McGizmo and Cool Fall at the top end. Have experience of both and very happy overall.

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    HDS HDS HDS
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    All of the above are worthy, and Muyshondt deserves mention here too.

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    Are Streamlights made in USA?
    I only fear that if something happens to me, my wife will sell all my sh*t for what I told her I paid for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnnyh View Post
    Are Streamlights made in USA?
    Some are, some are assembled here and many are China made.
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    My vote goes to Malkoff but there are some good choices in that list.
    I respectfully reserve the right to purchase yet another light......

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    It's nearly impossible to choose just one "Best" but since that's the only poll choice I chose Elzetta. Malkoff stuff is just as durable if not more so and I trust it completely. I only have one Peak light- an El Capitan- and it's utterly reliable as well (and fully potted). Everything I have heard about HDS has been positive but I've never used on of their lights. Surefire is pretty good but IMO not in the same league as Elzetta and Malkoff.

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    No idea why Malkoff lights get so much repect here when most of them have no reverse polarity protection (i.e. simply insterting a CR123 the wrong way around will and has killed Malkoff lights before). Also the MDC HA TAC 1CR123 has the worst non-tactical interface ever, where it can turn on in the lowest mode if you accedently double tapped the switch earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Some are, some are assembled here and many are China made.
    Actually I think you'll find that no Streamlights are "Made in USA", only some are ""Assembled in USA", however most are "Made in China".

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugoutBoys View Post
    What's wrong with Surefire's customer service?
    Well Surefire is known for not answering emails (but good if you call them and don't mind being in a queue for an hour or more), then again word on the street is that Elzetta has never checked their inbox since forever.

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    Why is 6 D-Cell Maglite not on the list?

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    Last edited by Arizona_Mike; 05-05-2017 at 09:14 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GoVegan View Post
    Well Surefire is known for not answering emails (but good if you call them and don't mind being in a queue for an hour or more), then again word on the street is that Elzetta has never checked their inbox since forever.
    Yeah, you've got to email Wade if you want a response. That info email address is a cyber graveyard. Also, they don't answer the phone. You have to leave a message and wait for a return call. I really dislike that. I also have a job and can't sit around waiting at their convenience. However, when you talk to someone, they're quite helpful.
    Fully potted or bust...

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