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    I will never forget losing a surefire e1l the updated 90 lumen version I believe it was. Bought that thing almost retail. Had it for a bit and lost it on a job. I have a guess which job it was but that was 6 years ago plus donít remember the house. Used to love that thing. This was when I used to carry only two lights.

    now I carry 4-5 daily in each pocket

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    I recently ordered two Foursevens Quark Smart QS2L-X flashlights, they connect to an app on your phone via Bluetooth and one of the features is remembering where you left it with GPS coordinates. Neat.

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    Could have used the GPS tracking on my Olight S1 Mini, it went missing sometime between Thursday evening and Saturday morning. Searched all the places I could but not all I had been in that time as it included three counties. Late Saturday evening I gave up and ordered a replacement. About an hour later I found the lost light in the waste basket by my desk. I guess Iíll have a spare now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sld View Post
    Could have used the GPS tracking on my Olight S1 Mini, it went missing sometime between Thursday evening and Saturday morning. About an hour later I found the lost light in the waste basket by my desk. I guess Iíll have a spare now.
    It sounds like a neat feature (if you don't mind the privacy issues), but in reality how useful is it to find a light you misplaced indoors? It can't tell you on what floor it's located, and most GPS devices don't seem particularly accurate indoors anyway. It's a bit like knowing you lost your car keys somewhere in your house. Well, okay....

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    Not sure if you have any idea where you lost it, but it may turn up. I lost a decent Benchmade folder once for about a year and found it on a closet shelf. I must have set it up there while doing something and walked away. I also lost a Malkoff Hound Dog 18650 that I use for work in the winter months, but got lucky and tracked it down. Found out a maintenance guy picked it up and was using it. He gave it back.

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    Losing a flashlight or flashlights, in my case can be painful. Three years ago l lost an HDS and an Elzetta Alpha at the same time. I did not realize it until a I came home. Needless to say, my initial thoughts were less than religious. I retraced my steps, and everyplace I had been with a fine tooth comb. I have moved on but still have not replaced those two lights yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dicaeopolis View Post
    Found out a maintenance guy picked it up and was using it.
    Refresh my memory. Why did we stop tarring and feathering people?

    Quote Originally Posted by billbebob View Post
    Losing a flashlight or flashlights, in my case can be painful. Three years ago l lost an HDS and an Elzetta Alpha at the same time. I did not realize it until a I came home. Needless to say, my initial thoughts were less than religious. I retraced my steps, and everyplace I had been with a fine tooth comb. I have moved on but still have not replaced those two lights yet.
    That is very painful. I've become much more focused on gear retention lately.
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    I'm a creature of habit. Let's just say the 70's were fun but I'm paying the price now.

    So memory issues make habits a good idea. But then there are those hurried times where you think "awe yeah I'll remember where I put that (insert item here)" then later have no flippin' idea where you placed it. "Well did I leave it at (insert location here) then obsess over it... "did I leave it at work, did I drop it, did it get stolen? What".... But it seems to turn up at some point. At least with flashlights. Pocket knives is another matter....
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    Quote Originally Posted by TA_ls1 View Post
    I'm sure it's happened to at least some of you at some point, but I lost one of my lights and worst of all it was my EDC. An Olight s1r Baton. I loved that little light. It had everything I want in an EDC. It's very easy to pocket with or without the clip. The lockout is easy to engage or disengage. It's very bright for a cr123 light. It was always reliable for me. Lastly the magnetic charging tail cap is so convenient to charge and to stick to anything metal.

    I've looked around and it's looking like there is no other light that has all those features that would be an upgrade so I'm probably going to be out $65 and have to buy another s1r. Oh well I guess...
    I lost my Zebralight SC52 about 3 years ago.
    It had a nice, screw on pocket clip, so I simply slid the body of the light inside my front left pants pocket, with the clip over the front edge of the pocket, so the light didn't just drop all the way down and get mixed up with keys or change. The problem was, there were 3 separate times where it's clip got hung on a bush near where I was working, and caused the light to come out of my pocket and hang on the bush for me to find a few days later. Or it became attached to my keys and fell out of my pocket as I pulled the keys out. That happened twice. Then, finally, I lost it for good in roughly 2015.

    I started carrying my Spark SL5 220CW for a few months, til it's switch stopped working. Then I carried my Zebralight SC600 mk1 in a holster for a long time.

    Finally, I bought a Jetbeam Jet II mk a few months ago. Its smaller than all others I've carried. I decided to attach its lanyard to the light, dropped it into my right front pants pocket, but then I loop it's lanyard around my belt, so even if it comes out of my pocket, it can't go anywhere, because it's attached to my belt. Granted, I wish it had a quick-release lanyard, because I have to unlatch my belt if I want to hold the light higher than 9" above my waist line when using it! But at least it can't get lost.
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    My son & I went to summer camp with our Scout troop last week. We were headed to the main campfire, and my son said he left his light back at camp. I had a headlight and a handheld. I gave him my favorite headlight Zebralight H52w. He's never lost a light before and has always been very responsible, but as you've guessed he lost it. No biggie, I'd just replace it, BUT ZL stopped making it and the new H53w doesn't support 14500 cells. I prefer that cell over Nimh, and was bummed. I searched & searched & finally found a caving company with 2 in stock! Sooooo like a good respectable flashaholic, I bought them both. I then went looking for another handheld Zebralight SC52w which also supports the 14500 battery just in case I lose mine. No luck. At least I was able to replace the headlight this time.

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    About six years ago I lost a new Surefire E1B. I thought I left it on my vehicle one night and drove off. I was so disappointed. Fast forward and six years later I was crawling around in my attic and found my long lost Surefire. I still have it to this day.

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    I believe I lost my Prometheus beta qrv2 yesterday with tritium tailcap. out at the beach with the kids and I guess jumped out of my pocket. Could be at the bottom of the ocean by now. Or sand. I hope someone else finds it so itís rescued.

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    I hope I never lose any one of my lights...but if I do I am not out that much in dollars. I always know where any one of my lights are at any given moment, another side benefit of not having that many.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HighlanderNorth View Post
    I decided to attach its lanyard to the light, dropped it into my right front pants pocket, but then I loop it's lanyard around my belt, so even if it comes out of my pocket, it can't go anywhere, because it's attached to my belt. Granted, I wish it had a quick-release lanyard, because I have to unlatch my belt if I want to hold the light higher than 9" above my waist line when using it! But at least it can't get lost.
    Ooh, you *almost* do what I do. Try buckling up, then poke the lanyard down through the belt, and drop the light through the wrist loop and down into the front edge of your pocket. Then you can use it at your waist, dangle it "floor bounce" hands-free, or pop it up through the wrist loop to use free of the belt, without having to undo your belt. Almost as ready access as a clip, but infinitely more secure. And when you do slip it out to use, you can put the lanyard around your wrist, so you don't drop it: overboard - over the cliff - into the tree chipper - etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HighlanderNorth View Post
    I decided to attach its lanyard to the light, dropped it into my right front pants pocket, but then I loop it's lanyard around my belt, so even if it comes out of my pocket, it can't go anywhere, because it's attached to my belt. Granted, I wish it had a quick-release lanyard, because I have to unlatch my belt if I want to hold the light higher than 9" above my waist line when using it! But at least it can't get lost.
    Go to your local dollar store and buy a carabiner (regular or locking). Alternatively, you can go to an outdoor store and buy a real one.
    https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5007-0...crewgate-Biner
    https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5043-5...i-II-Carabiner
    Run your belt through it, and then put the landyard into it.

    Another idea is to use a Nite-Ize S-biner
    https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5019-593/S-Biner
    https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5052-8...iner-SlideLock
    One end can go in a belt loop, and the other can hold the landyard.

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    My LF2XT exited my pocket without my knowledge.


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    Quote Originally Posted by LeanBurn View Post
    I hope I never lose any one of my lights...but if I do I am not out that much in dollars. I always know where any one of my lights are at any given moment, another side benefit of not having that many.
    100% on that

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    I empathize
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    I've gotten into the habit of putting a small label that I make in MS-Word with my name and phone # and "please return to" and a "reward" (I'd offer them a Nitecore Tube) and scotch tape onto each of my flashlights in the event I lose a light.

    I have lost one, a D25C, but I suspect it's amid some clutter in a room that I have not felt motivated lately to search through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LetThereBeLight! View Post
    I've gotten into the habit of putting a small label that I make in MS-Word with my name and phone # and "please return to" and a "reward" (I'd offer them a Nitecore Tube) and scotch tape onto each of my flashlights in the event I lose a light.

    I have lost one, a D25C, but I suspect it's amid some clutter in a room that I have not felt motivated lately to search through.
    I do that too, but I wrap it around the battery! Hopefully it pays off one day.
    Sort of unrelated, but I also decided to make a QR code label to put on my Apple AirPods thatíll link whoever scans it to m contact info.
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