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    Default Suggest a Durable Bug Hunting Light

    ==================Flashlight Recommendation Checklist================


    xxx This will be mail-order or Online (location doesn't matter).

    2) Budget: An easy question, but you may change your mind after answering the rest! :-)

    xxx Up to $50.

    3) Format:

    xxx I want a flashlight (hand held/self contained).
    I had a Fenix MC 11 which I quite liked. Currently have a Rofis Mr 70 which I like as well. looking for a double A flashlight for nite time insect identification. ____________________________________________

    4) Size:

    xxx TINY - Every day carry (2-4 inches).

    xxx SMALL - Every day carry (4-7 inches).


    5) Emitter/Light source:

    xxx LED (known for efficiency, longevity, and compactness)


    6) Manufacturer:

    xxx I want to buy a light from a large/traditional manufacturer that is ready to go out of the box.

    xxx I would like a light from a specialty manufacturer (Possibly limited run/Custom).

    xxx I am interested in assembling my own components. (for example a “host” or flashlight body from one manufacturer, and a “drop-in” emitter from another source).

    7) What power source do you want to use?

    xxx I intend to use "Primary"/Disposable Alkaline batteries based on the usual AAA/AA/C/D sized cells common to most stores.


    xxx I intend to use Rechargeable cells (NiMH or NiCD) based on the usual AAA/AA/C/D sized cells common to most stores.

    Really want a single AA light, but might consider some other power source. This is to be my insect finding, dark backalley light. I have a Rofis MR 70 as my powerbank, light up the path hiking light.

    7a) If you have selected a rechargeable option

    xxx I don't care, I can charge every nite.

    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 not a happy experience).

    xxx (150-300 lumens).


    9) Flood vs Throw: Flood covers an area, Throw reaches out to a distance.

    xxx Narrow Throw: I want a beam with a very tight "hot center" and minimal "side-spill". Good for distance viewing, fog, and looking through dense undergrowth.

    xxx Less than 1 yard/meter (reading, other close work)

    xxx 30-50 yards/meters (I have a big backyard)
    Hoping to get a little single AA light with the highest candlepower, nice tight hotspot that will light up a spider or other bug in a natural light for taking pics. Throw is important, want that nice tight hotspot.


    10) Runtime: Not over-inflated manufacturer runtime claims, but usable brightness measured from first activation to 50% with new batteries (Measured on maximum continuous output).

    xxx Up to 30 minutes (I want the brightest [and potentially smallest] light for brief periods)

    xxx 30-60 minutes (I have plenty of batteries just ready to be changed)


    11) Durability/Usage: Generally the old phrase “you get what you pay for” is very accurate for flashlights.

    xxx Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box).


    12) Switch Size, Type, and location (choose all that apply):

    xxx I don’t know.

    xxx Other, please specify __A fast operating switch preferable. _________________.

    13) User Interface (UI) and mode selection. Select all that apply.

    Maybe I want multiple light levels. (Some lights have 5-16 light levels.)

    Maybe I want a programmable light.

    Maybe I want a selector ring.

    No I want a strobe mode. (Oscillating pattern to confuse/blind aka "Police Mode")

    No I want SOS mode. (blinks in ...---... emergency pattern)

    No I want a beacon mode. (Regular flashes at full power to show location.)


    14)Material/Finish/Coating

    xxx I don’t care.


    15) Water resistance

    xxx IPX8 (Submersible to greater than 1 meter for 4 hours)

    16) Storage condition:

    Edc pocket carry

    xxx Pocket/belt clip

    xxx Holster

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    Default Re: Suggest a Durable Bug Hunting Light

    You might want to take a look at
    Eagletac D25A Clicky Nichia 219

    the Nichia 219 is a high CRI LED that will render colors well.

    You may also be interested in getting the D25A in titanium for a few dollars more.
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    Default Re: Suggest a Durable Bug Hunting Light

    Quote Originally Posted by Poppy View Post
    You might want to take a look at
    Eagletac D25A Clicky Nichia 219

    the Nichia 219 is a high CRI LED that will render colors well.

    You may also be interested in getting the D25A in titanium for a few dollars more.
    Looks like a great light but it's over my price range by quite a bit, cheapest I can find it with shipping to Canada is 89 dollars.

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    Manker T01ooks great but I can't find a Canadian outlet to buy it from. Any other double A throwers with specs like this?

    Max LumeOutput: 900LM
    Peak beam intensity: 20,000 cd
    (Drive by 14500 Lithium Battery).

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    Default Re: Suggest a Durable Bug Hunting Light

    Maglite ML25 2C running on Eneloops - not a AA light, but it will run on AA's using a simple homemade spacer tube made from a piece of PVC pipe or even some rolled up news paper. The ML25 has a brighter hot spot than any 2AA light that I am aware of with a nice big spill just bright enough to keep you from walking into branches and such.....it is about the same length as a 2 AA light but a little chubbier, which I find gives a better grip and makes turning on with one hand easier.

    https://www.maglite.com/shop/maglite...lashlight.html

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    Default Re: Suggest a Durable Bug Hunting Light

    Maglite looks good, but it's too big. What about a light that has a UV Led as well as a white one. I hear that some bugs glow intensely under UV light.

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    Default Re: Suggest a Durable Bug Hunting Light

    Fenix recently released the LD02 V2.0 with a high CRI LED and a UV LED combined but at 70 lumens it is lower output than what you specified. The larger 2XAAA LD05 V2.0 has a slightly higher output of 100 lumens.
    I respectfully reserve the right to purchase yet another light......

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    Default Re: Suggest a Durable Bug Hunting Light

    The Fenix LD 02 V2 looks like the best fit, thanks for your help.

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    NOW TO FIND IT ON Amazon Canada, which I cannot seem to do...

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    Default Re: Suggest a Durable Bug Hunting Light

    Did you have any luck? REI has reasonable coverage of the Fenix line south of the border, possibly MEC carries them north of the 49th...

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    Default Re: Suggest a Durable Bug Hunting Light

    I have the LD02 V2 now and while the neutral/warm output is great the UV output seems weak compared to other UV lights I have. The UV works fine and I believe it probably is 365nm but the output is only good for close up use.
    I respectfully reserve the right to purchase yet another light......

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    Default Re: Suggest a Durable Bug Hunting Light

    I have the LD05 V2.0 for a few weeks. I find the UV output weak too. Yes, it is 365nm.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZMZ67 View Post
    I have the LD02 V2 now and while the neutral/warm output is great the UV output seems weak compared to other UV lights I have. The UV works fine and I believe it probably is 365nm but the output is only good for close up use.

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