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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Stop making me feel old..

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Interesting thread here !






    My very first "power LED" flashlight
    was purchased from Bright Guy in Ohio,
    via mail order, and arrived 3/31/2006.

    It was a Streamlight ProPolymer Luxeon
    4AA in yellow and black.

    It had been very highly rated in
    "The Flashlight Review" website,
    so I decided to give it a chance.
    Wanted to see if it would be bright enough
    to replace a REAL flashlight,
    such as a 2-D cell model, with PR-2 bulb.


    Well, I inserted the 4 alkaline batteries,
    and turned on the switch . . . .

    * W O W * ! ! !

    What an Amazingly Bright White Beam ! ! !



    Rated at 40 Lumens,
    this nice, tight beam was almost
    TOO BRIGHT for use inside my house !

    Gave incredible performance outdoors !

    Certainly passed my test for being
    able to hold its own against a
    2-D cell / PR-2 bulb flashlight !



    I will never forget that day !

    For YEARS afterwards, I kept wishing
    (and even posting here on CPF)
    that Streamlight would bring out a new model
    with a Low Mode setting.
    (perhaps 25% of maximum)

    But, sadly -- they never did . . . .
    :-(

    Other manufacturers, however,
    have certainly answered that call.

    What an exciting time
    to be a Flashaholic !


    _

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    CMG Infinity Ultra. It was my walk out to the hunting spot light for 2 solid decades year after year up until this year. Olight H1R dethroned it. Much more flood, neutral white, same 2 lumens on low. Oh and it runs 6 days straight instead of the lowly 100 hours at them lumens.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    From ~2006-2012, pre-finding CPF, I usually had a tiny coast/led lenser like this on my keychain:


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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Hi folks,

    my oldest LED Light is a photon light. It does still see use by the wife. After that it is my klarus xt11 and she uses that as well

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    My oldest LED is a Princeton Tec impact and a impact 2. I also have an “ Everled “ installed in one of my D cell lights.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    1. Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    2. What was your first LED light?

    3. What was the LED light that started your light addiction?

    4. What was your first real high performance LED light?

    1. Brinkmann LED light. I still have it. Rear clicky that was easily actuated with tongue tip in mouth hold. I bought it in 2001 and used it to do 15 minute beadchecks when on overnite shift when I was night staff supervisor at the local secure facility for extreme at risk teenage girls. Topics such as this topic bring back memories fairly regularly when such topics come up.

    2. Same as above.

    3. Four-sevens MMU-X3. Ultra classic, but I had to have moar power.

    4. Niwalker MM15. Another ultra classic, it gave me more power, but I had to have moar and moar power.
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    I bought this many years ago, It has 4 5mm led`s and runs on 3AA, It has "longlite.com" written on the side and the website is still open.

    Does anybody know when this flashlight came out??

    EDIT: I found it, see link below, It`s came out in 2005, So it`s 12 years old.

    http://www.flashlightmuseum.com/Ligh...nyard-3AA-2005



    John.
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fireclaw18 View Post
    My oldest LED flashlight is a red LED keychain light. I forget the manufacturer. Maybe it was Tekna. It has a cylindrical plastic body with a titanium sleeve. The keychain mount comes out the back center of the light. Twisting the keychain mount turns the light on. It's powered by 3 button-cell batteries. Light source is a single 10mm red LED. When turned on, the light produces a very dim red beam. Beam pattern is pretty ugly. It consists of a square surrounded by a circle with no spill.

    The illumination is so weak its best use is illuminating a keyhole in a door, though the beam pattern is narrow enough to project maybe 15'. Not sure of the total output, but my guess is a few lumens.

    I got this light in 1989 or 1990. Back then white LED lights didn't exist. Even this red LED light was unique. This light also predates all the tiny plastic keychain LED lights with 5mm LEDs.

    I still have this light and it still works.
    Now, this post was done correctly. For an interesting thread, old means before 2005. So, <2005, post year came out, lumens, and year purchased.

    The CC Craine Company was advertising white led flashlights on the Art Bell C2C show in 1998 or 1999. Callers claimed 60 hour runtime. At the time I was using $4 keychain incan squeeze lights from cvs, to get tools out of vehicle during night work. (So, for $20-$40, I could buy enough hands free-using teeth-squeeze lights for every glovebox, house drawer, and pocket. I never saw incan bright enough or with enough runtime to use over a 12 hour night shift,though by 2003 i realize the headlamp need.... Then, in 2004 or early 2005, a npr article claimed 10x efficiency for led over incan. A lie, but not for long. So, I laid down a few hundred for a few Brinkman lux 1 headlamps, batteries, chargers, and aa mods, in October 2005. The 1200 to 600 candela lights were a huge boost in productivity. Probably 29 lumens on fresh 3aa at 340 ma. So, 2 year old 2003 technology, typical for a brick store.

    I didn't realize that led tech was exponentially moving forward, until the Brinkman lux 1 was discontinued in my area stores, roughly Octoberish of 2007, with nothing on shelf to replace it. Then, I started researching led emitters, realizing how far behind the 29 lpw lux 1's were, even back in 2005. Still, it took years to ween myself away from the impulse purchase of the latest $20 b&m store light. I have built up enough disdain that my defenses are high enough to avoid most of these, nowadays.
    Last edited by degarb; 11-27-2017 at 07:30 AM.
    Some people are all lumens and no lux, while others are all lux and no lumens. Some just thank God they have neither.-- All of my lights have throw--some pretty darn far, into the garbage.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Im Only 19, but this was the first high output light i bought with a rechargeable 18650 battery i think when i was 13/14 just getting into Flashlights
    The light is a Heider CFX rated at 700 meters throw, but its obviously not true haha, still works but i never use it now because of the better lights i now have lol.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoodzy98 View Post
    Im Only 19, but this was the first high output light i bought with a rechargeable 18650 battery i think when i was 13/14 just getting into Flashlights
    The light is a Heider CFX rated at 700 meters throw, but its obviously not true haha, still works but i never use it now because of the better lights i now have lol.
    What year did you purchase, and from what year, roughly, did it come out?
    Some people are all lumens and no lux, while others are all lux and no lumens. Some just thank God they have neither.-- All of my lights have throw--some pretty darn far, into the garbage.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by richbuff View Post

    4. What was your first real high performance LED light?
    What we think is high performance today, hopefully, will not be high performance, soon enough. I am still waiting on my 303 lpw at 350ma 4000k or 5000k cree: I want the 2014 prototype. But expect at least 240 lpw. I assume it is on the slow boat from China. Yes, yes, this is the reason I am still using my 2015 202lpw at 350ma, xpl home builds. Otherwise, I might believe Cree fired their head innovator.
    Last edited by degarb; 11-27-2017 at 08:08 AM.
    Some people are all lumens and no lux, while others are all lux and no lumens. Some just thank God they have neither.-- All of my lights have throw--some pretty darn far, into the garbage.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Did a little Google. Correction: In 1998, C. Crane introduced the "CCTrek" flashlight. This flashlight used two white LEDs as opposed to an incandescent bulb.

    The Bob Crane company is ahead of the curve on many items. But, probably lagged behind someone who was really ahead, as I have seen on other items. I wonder, who?
    Last edited by degarb; 11-27-2017 at 07:53 AM.
    Some people are all lumens and no lux, while others are all lux and no lumens. Some just thank God they have neither.-- All of my lights have throw--some pretty darn far, into the garbage.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoodzy98 View Post
    Im Only 19, but this was the first high output light i bought with a rechargeable 18650 battery i think when i was 13/14 just getting into Flashlights
    The light is a Heider CFX rated at 700 meters throw, but its obviously not true haha, still works but i never use it now because of the better lights i now have lol.
    Ok, I was reading lm 19, a. k. a.19 lm (lumens) , not I'm 19.

    At only 19 lm, I was thinking it looked like my 2007 Jupiter emitter. But few used 18650s, except few on cpf.

    I love that the 51 lpw jupiter bare emmitter is still selling in 2017. https://www.amazon.com/24pcs-Nichia-.../dp/B00FP22N26
    Last edited by degarb; 11-27-2017 at 08:10 AM.
    Some people are all lumens and no lux, while others are all lux and no lumens. Some just thank God they have neither.-- All of my lights have throw--some pretty darn far, into the garbage.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Inova x5, one of the original grooved bodies not the later and brighter hex bodies.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by richbuff View Post
    1. Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    2. What was your first LED light?

    3. What was the LED light that started your light addiction?

    4. What was your first real high performance LED light?
    1) Oldest? No idea how old my early LED lights are but I think the ARC AAA LE is the oldest.

    2) First was an LED Lenser V2 triple. I have no idea when or where it was acquired, but do know I still drank when I got it and have been sober nearly 15 years.

    3) A Coast HP7 started my fascination with LED lights. Being a recovered addict "addiction" is no longer allowed. I bought several versions of the HP7 before a SureFire G2x Pro turned my attention to all things cop lights.

    4) My PK Design Lab FL 2 was my first "high performance" flashlight and is still my benchmark.
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    1. Oldest - CMG Infinity (Red)
    2. First - same light
    3. Addiction - CMG Infinity (White), I sat it bezel down on the dresser one night and forgot to turn it off. When I picked it up the next morning it was still as "bright" as the night before. I was hooked!
    4. Performance? Depends on the what you consider that to be. At one time high performance was 30-60 lumens from LUX I and LUX III or the 100 lumen "wall of light" from a LUX V. I guess the INOVA XO (original TIROS version),INOVA T1(TIROS) and the Fenix L2P come to mind.The CMG Reactor may have been the first I had forgotten about it.I think the XO was first. Never did get a LUX V fortunately the CREE XR-E came along and changed everything. My first XR-E light was the Lumapower D-Mini.


    EDIT:Added a light I forgot about!
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    I respectfully reserve the right to purchase yet another light......

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    My oldest light is a cheap plastic 2 celled light from the 80s or early 90s which my father had. But the earliest light i EDCed was a mini maglite from around 1995. I still have it.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    I have a flashlight . It's 20 years old

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    My oldest light with LED must be some 5mm blue/white keychain light from 2002-2003.
    My first quality / real LED light is Fenix LD20 from 2007. Still kicking strong after 10 years.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    My oldest light (my first LED torch and the oldest flashlight I still have) is an HDS Systems EDC Ultimate 60 GT. <br>
    <br>
    It’s still a great flashlight, and the tint is awesome. My most well-used light by far. For many years it was my edc light, and I also regularly used it as a headlamp (clipped to the brim of a hat). To this day, it still gets used as a backup light.
    Last edited by Jeff S.; 11-28-2017 at 12:50 PM.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    My oldest and first was my car key light the bulb burned out and online someone posted an upgrade to led. I was hooked.
    Got an innova clone. The fenix l2p with nekomane cr123 body. All those are gone.
    Now my oldest updated is Mr Bulk Chamelion. Driver acts up. But love the feel and UI. Circa 2004??

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by wjv View Post




    I used to have one of those. On mine the body tube was made of translucent blue plastic but otherwise looks like the same light. A fairly big 3xAA light with two 5mm LEDs as the light source. I got it at a diving shop and it was the very first white LED light I'd ever seen. Prior to that around 1989 there were red "superbright" LEDs you could buy such as the Tekna Nighteye, but white LEDS didn't exist. Go back a few more years before 1989 and even the red superbright LEDs didn't exist. LEDs were still found everywhere but they were very dim and used mostly as indicators on the controls for various devices.

    My friends and relatives were amazed when I showed it to them. They'd never seen a white LED light before so this was unique. The light "looked" bright because of the cool white tint. Back then, just about all flashlights were incandescent so seeing a flashlight without the warm orange tint seemed unique. Of course when I actually tried shining it on something it quickly became apparent that while the light "looked" bright, it was actually quite dim. A 2xAAA incan maglite was brighter and throwier.

    I forget exactly when I got this light. Sometime between 1992-1995. Sadly, I no longer have it.
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fireclaw18 View Post
    I used to have one of those. On mine the body tube was made of translucent blue plastic but otherwise looks like the same light. A fairly big 3xAA light with two 5mm LEDs as the light source. I got it at a diving shop and it was the very first white LED light I'd ever seen. Prior to that around 1989 there were red "superbright" LEDs you could buy such as the Tekna Nighteye, but white LEDS didn't exist. Go back a few more years before 1989 and even the red superbright LEDs didn't exist. LEDs were still found everywhere but they were very dim and used mostly as indicators on the controls for various devices.

    My friends and relatives were amazed when I showed it to them. They'd never seen a white LED light before so this was unique. The light "looked" bright because of the cool white tint. Back then, just about all flashlights were incandescent so seeing a flashlight without the warm orange tint seemed unique. Of course when I actually tried shining it on something it quickly became apparent that while the light "looked" bright, it was actually quite dim. A 2xAAA incan maglite was brighter and throwier.

    I forget exactly when I got this light. Sometime between 1992-1995. Sadly, I no longer have it.
    Now this is why I am bothering to read this thread. So, what year, exactly, was this 2 led light from?

    No offense people, but I am old and crotchety. I don't give a darn about your first 2011 led light. Heck, soon kids will post about their first dim xml they were fascinated with back in 2017, before they nearly choked to death on the light in their crib. And, how they wanted to like the 18650, until they realized they don't pass as easily in the stool as the trusty AA..... I want to know more about old leds. I have seen media misinformation, stating that the white led was invented in 1999. It could not, because the C Crane Co. was selling them in 1998.

    I also was going to state that red leds and incan do not count. I remember toys with red leds back in 1981, or earlier. However, the super bright red, intrigues me.

    So, anything pre 2000 led really is my interest. I do wonder how soon after the lux 1 came out, did people start using them. Did cpf members pimp out their 5mm's to 100 lumens before the 1 watt. And who killed the lux 2,3,4 siblings of the lux 1 and 5?


    How many rgb, pseudo white, flashlights were made before the white led?
    Last edited by degarb; 11-28-2017 at 05:58 PM.
    Some people are all lumens and no lux, while others are all lux and no lumens. Some just thank God they have neither.-- All of my lights have throw--some pretty darn far, into the garbage.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    LED's were invented in the 1970's. It was the late 80's before they really took off. Late 90's before they began to be flashlight useful, and CPF was born long before they could outshine an overdriven light bulb.
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Red 5mm led Infinity Ultra, at some point I pushed out the pill and sacked the aluminum twisty body, not exactly sure why now, but the pill/ light engine works as well as ever with any .8v - 1.5v power supply, and only weighs a gram or two.
    A week of room filling, red light from a single AA battery is still pretty neat.

    Before that I had a few of the original Photons, I'm not counting those.
    The originals were nothing more than a glass filled plastic case and a fulcrum to keep one of the 5mm led legs away from the 2032 battery unless the body was squeezed.
    These are fun to make as rebuildable disposable lights, using large diameter heat shrink tubing and a few smaller diameters to build up a shoulder around the led.
    Last edited by eh4; 11-28-2017 at 06:37 PM.
    The brighter the light, the darker the shadow.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by degarb View Post
    What year did you purchase, and from what year, roughly, did it come out?
    Haha, im not sure it was years ago though, i think it only has like 300 lumens but thats only from what it looks like too the eye

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by degarb View Post
    Ok, I was reading lm 19, a. k. a.19 lm (lumens) , not I'm 19.

    At only 19 lm, I was thinking it looked like my 2007 Jupiter emitter. But few used 18650s, except few on cpf.

    I love that the 51 lpw jupiter bare emmitter is still selling in 2017. https://www.amazon.com/24pcs-Nichia-.../dp/B00FP22N26
    Hahah oh yeah thats My age to clarify haha 19" 🤣, very nice

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Well i found that my oldest white led flashlight (post 38) came out in 2005, So that`s like 12 years old.

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