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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    I had forgotten, I still have a couple original CMG Infinity lights. They may be even older than that tube light I posted.
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Surefire L2 Digital Luminox, or similar name. Not sure if ever seen another reference to it. The L2X is mentioned much more.

    It is OK, nothing special, keep it in the car for emergencies.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    I'm not sure if this counts, considering it's primary is a Xenon-bulb: Streamlight 2C Twin-Task 51010 xenon + UV LEDs from 2008.
    Though I don't think it really took off for me until 2014, with the purchase of a Fenix PD35.

    I mean, we've had some of those generic 3x AAA things, an Energizer 2 AA headlight and some other rubbish in the family, but none of those were mine.
    There are two USB-driven LEDs from 2007, but those are not exactly after any EDC-standard.

    ...

    Aha! Here is one that ticks all the boxes: Streamlight Polytac 88853 from 2010.
    C4 LED - 130 Lumen, 2x CR123 / 1x 16650.

    http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-Po.../dp/B002P44SDY
    Mine are the older, single-mode, 130 Lumen version.

    So, 2010 it is for me then.
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    My oldest white LED light that I still have:

    http://duxcw.com/digest/Reviews/tool...can/index.html

    c.2001? forgot that I still had it. The one I have is OD green and not marked Pelican or L1, but it's the same light.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Surefire released their first LED products in November 2002, not as complete lights, but as the LED upgrade heads KL1, KL2 and KL3.

    For LED flashlight history Henry from HDS has written som interesting documents (the newest from 2003 ):
    http://www.hdssystems.com/Articles/P...Flashlight.pdf
    http://www.hdssystems.com/Articles/A...ghtHistory.pdf
    http://www.hdssystems.com/Content/Pioneer/

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    My oldest LED is a Fenix P1, bought in 2006. In 2010 I upgraded the emitter to a neutral white XP-G. Now eleven years old, the light still looks looks like a piece of bead-blasted jewelry, and thanks to the upgrade, delivers 200 lumens (count 'em !!!) of creamy white light for about three hours on a single CR123 primary.

    It's a current-regulated, single-level light. As a testament to its continuing utility, on days when it mysteriously disappears from its cradle, I need look no further than my wife's purse.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    arc aaa, approx 2002 maybe???
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Original Inova Microlight green. Circa 2002
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lurveleven View Post
    Surefire released their first LED products in November 2002, not as complete lights, but as the LED upgrade heads KL1, KL2 and KL3.

    For LED flashlight history Henry from HDS has written som interesting documents (the newest from 2003 ):
    http://www.hdssystems.com/Articles/P...Flashlight.pdf
    http://www.hdssystems.com/Articles/A...ghtHistory.pdf
    http://www.hdssystems.com/Content/Pioneer/
    I didn't realize HDS were pioneers, until this thread. I love their articles. Certainly, worthy of more research into the current products. But a quick peak, doesn't bring up any head lamps.
    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 Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Good to see you posting here this_is_nascar.

    My oldest led flashlight that I still have is an Arc AAA. I also still have a Surefire A2. I may have something older somewhere but Iím not sure. Itís hard to keep track since Iíve sold so many things.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    For me, probably a toss-up between these three which I still have:

    CMG Infinity Ultra (1 AA cell light)
    CMG Reactor (2 AA cell light)
    Tektite (2 C cell plastic dive light)

    These are all circa 2002 and still work just fine. The CMG Reactor uses a Luxeon Star LED and has a very dim puke yellowish snot green tinted LED. Probably the very worst tint as far as LED lights go that I've ever owned.

    Here's a link to a review of the Reactor: https://www.mountainzone.com/html/in...l/reactor.html

    Man, LED lights have come a looooooong way since then... Especially when comparing the CMG Reactor to my new Emisar D4.
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnno View Post
    For me, probably a toss-up between these three which I still have:

    CMG Infinity Ultra (1 AA cell light)
    CMG Reactor (2 AA cell light)
    Tektite (2 C cell plastic dive light)

    These are all circa 2002 and still work just fine. The CMG Reactor uses a Luxeon Star LED and has a very dim puke yellowish snot green tinted LED. Probably the very worst tint as far as LED lights go that I've ever owned.

    Here's a link to a review of the Reactor: https://www.mountainzone.com/html/in...l/reactor.html

    Man, LED lights have come a looooooong way since then... Especially when comparing the CMG Reactor to my new Emisar D4.


    This is hilarious to me, after owning 6 to a dozen lux 1 lights - 2005 to 2008. Well put too.

    The horrible lottery lux1 tint is more comical, since it was state of the art. I have seen many worse tints in Big lots lights, Chinese led knock offs. And, I bet there are plenty of horrible, angry blue and pissed off purple and sickly green tints on shelves today being sold. Lights that evoke emotion, at least.

    Now, a horrible tint thread, where members share their worst tinted lights off, could be funny. Hopefully someday these poor tints will be collector items and museum pieces, like the horrible cars of 1890s and first decade of 20th century.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnno View Post
    For me, probably a toss-up between these three which I still have:

    CMG Infinity Ultra (1 AA cell light)
    CMG Reactor (2 AA cell light)
    Tektite (2 C cell plastic dive light)

    These are all circa 2002 and still work just fine. The CMG Reactor uses a Luxeon Star LED and has a very dim puke yellowish snot green tinted LED. Probably the very worst tint as far as LED lights go that I've ever owned.

    Here's a link to a review of the Reactor: https://www.mountainzone.com/html/in...l/reactor.html

    Man, LED lights have come a looooooong way since then... Especially when comparing the CMG Reactor to my new Emisar D4.
    I totally forgot the Reactor! I still have two and the 3 cell version( It turned out to be a big disappointment). I liked the 2cell Reactor and can remember using it at work during a power outage. My co-worker at the time was impressed with the output,things have definitely changed! Didn't mind the tint then, at least it wasn't blue.The Reactor was superseded pretty quickly especially in terms of output by other lights if I remember right. Not sure how much faith I should put in my recollection considering I forgot the Reactor to begin with!
    I respectfully reserve the right to purchase yet another light......

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Probably the oldest lights here are a 9V Pak-Lite or Petzl Tikka. Both still going strong -- guess those 5mm LEDs were built to last!



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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Garrity LED Aluminum Flashlight from Target in 2004ish.

    Nichia 5mm running off 3xAAA with a beam profile looking like the moon.

    I could use it as an electronic candle since the head could come off and just have an exposed LED. It was too floody for seeing my cat on the patio at night, so I went for more power... Rock River 2xC with a Nichia Jupiter LED with the same "Moon" beam. It died of leaky batteries. Then I think I went to the Lux3 MiniMag -> Lux3 2xD Maglite -> candlepower forums -> Fenix L0D/L2D -> 4Sevens Quarks....

    The Garrity still works and is fine for very close duties.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigfoot View Post
    Probably the oldest lights here are a 9V Pak-Lite or Petzl Tikka. Both still going strong -- guess those 5mm LEDs were built to last!


    EDP, I love your dates, and mention of the emitter too. I wonder too about your tint recollection.

    I was never impressed enough by any petzl specs, but recall a strong following by 2008,here. I guess 2000 for first led light,they got into it. A very vague history on their website. I am vaguely curious in their early lights.
    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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    John 3:16

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by quangtan View Post
    I have a flashlight . It's 20 years old
    That looks like its from the 1950s.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    A 555 perhaps?
    555 was a project in the late 1970's to raise funds for use in "raising the bar" of lighting technology.
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Yep, I actually still have one of those incan/cfl Energizers as well. The tube seemed sooo cool in a handheld flashlight back then. And when the LED came out a year or two later, I had to have it just because it was LED... even though the incan was much, much brighter.

    They were well made lights, as shown by the fact that mine still work all these years later.
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Well all my angry blue lights are gone, even the Gerber Trio. So the oldest LED light is a B42 HDS. Yes it's had an emitter upgrade to a SSC P4 a while ago, but it still works great, about 80 lumens on high with a sweet neutral color. I have an even older MiniMag that's had a couple of upgrades, currently the NiteIze UG2, but this wasn't originally an LED, even older, an incan from the 80's.
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    My oldest is a Fenix E11, which isnít all that old.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    I had a bunch of lights from the early 2000s that I have away or sold. Electrolumens xm3 was my first high power led light. The only thing I have left is my sandwich shoppe bb750ng inside a mininag with a lux iii

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    I've still got my mini-mag from 1999-ish with the NiteIze led drop-in. That was probably my first LED flashlight.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    JetBeam Mk. 1 "Stealth" version
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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Another vote for the Fenix P1D. It's still the truck light living in the glove box.

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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    I have some older cheapo LEDs but these are what started me into higher quality LED lights.

    2004 Fenix P1D-CE in "brushed natural" finish.
    Fenix's 1st CREE light when others were still using Luxeon LEDs. Good tint, quality and size. Quite revolutionary for the time and one of the lights that solidified Fenix as a quality light maker.

    2005 Fenix P2D-CE - Their 1st CREE light with tailswitch.

    2005 Fenix KM3 knife whe Fenix sold knives too


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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Well I put a LED in this one so does it count?



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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by wjv View Post
    Well I put a LED in this one so does it count?



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    Default Re: Your Oldest LED Flashlight?

    my oldest LED light? Believe it or not that would be an official US Government issue black pen with the ball point on one end and an LED at the other. Must be 37 years old.

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