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  1. M@elstrom

    Power Outage, How many Lumens, How many batteries? (for lights and more)

    I've never experienced a prolonged power outage (that wasn't scheduled maintenance) in my life, that said I suspect that to change as our Country gravitates towards renewable energy and battery infrastructure. We have several large capacity powerbanks and I keep a charged back up battery for my...
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    Show your nightstand flashlight!

    My bedside table is like many a dumping spot for pocketable items 😅
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    Mod work?

    A true "Flash-a-holic" would purchase both the CRI and alternative LED option (or at least aspire to) LOL :crackup: Welcome to the Forums (y)
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    Modifying a 3 C cell Maglite using lithium at 6-8vdc

    Sorry I was unaware these heatsinks were now unavailable, I haven't done much modding over the last 5+ years, thankfully I put a Mag C heatsink aside (for a future project).
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    What did you use your flashlight for today?

    Lumintop Tool AA (IMR 14500) - external (and cabin) inspection of 2 suspicious vehicles parked in an unusual location near a workplace during early morning hours.
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    Modifying a 3 C cell Maglite using lithium at 6-8vdc

    If you wanted to go LED... a heatsink pill to mount the emitter to would also work equally well, just need to remove the bulb tower and cut/mod the switch, a driver board with suitable range could be mounted to the underside of the pill.
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    When was the last time you actually needed to use a flash light for 7 or more hours

    I can't say I've ever required such runtime (even when rostered for overnight Patrols), I use my torches sporadically in conjunction with night adapted vision (which I prefer) but carry the equivalent of 7-9 hours of constant useable Lumens on my duty rig with an additional 4-8 hours in my shift...
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    My power outage/ balck out kit

    Various USB powerbanks A large selection of torches, lanterns and portable area lighting A good supply of AA (primarily for gaming controls) Candles Portable camp gas cook top Portable AM/FM/SW radio
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    Led Lenser upgrade

    Each to their own, how much brighter would you want to go? Will there be sufficient thermal mass to keep the emitter cool? The emitter looks like a Luxeon series most likely the 5w variant, I used to pick up the el-cheapo Kmart 3D aluminium lights with the 1w emitter and swap in the 5w...
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    Lookin' for the some "Old Timers" forum members

    LED technology has certainly changed since way back then... higher CRI lights etc. Biggest issue I see is sourcing replacement incandescent bulbs ☹
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    Lookin' for the some "Old Timers" forum members

    What is this heresy? 🤣 I still carry a Streamlight Stinger at work everyday to compliment my high mileage Klarus XT11, I admittedly use it rarely but appreciate the warmer light on those odd occasions 👍
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    Default Where to find Energizer PUL3BU1 light, or one like it?

    Should you not be able to restore your present light, would you consider a pocket mounted light? a few come to mind the Quiglite PRO, Skilhunt PL1 or Night Seeker pocket light essentially it clips into your shirt pocket and you tap it on/off 👍
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    Flashlight / torch use by the public less common?

    I mostly rely on my night adapted vision but always carry a low/high output light for use as the requirements change... each to their own.
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    Show your beat up light.

    I had an Inova T3 a couple of years ago, nice light sold it on eventually (regretful sale) but the Anodizing was indeed top notch 👍
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    Show your beat up light.

    My most beat up light is a Jetbeam Jet III-M (R2) from 2009 so well over 10 years old, spent most of it's life (when not in use) in a nylon pouch, the stainless steel bezel protected it well when accidentally dropped.
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    What did you use your flashlight for today?

    Q: What did you use your flashlight cor today? A: Same as always... to chase the darkness away :laughing:
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    Flashlights Are Basically Toys

    I disagree... I have lots of lights but I don't use them all the time, I am fascinated by big high output lights but would class them as either collectibles OR tools, I have 6+ hammers which I don't use all the time (mallets, clubs, engineering etc.) does that then make them toys? I think not...
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    Wow, why in the world do you carry a flashlight with you?

    Yes true but the extra spill is more than useful... I EDC an A2L :thumbsup:
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    Flashlight 'Unknown' Code of Conduct.

    Where were you walking in a public place? was it well lit? I'll happily "light up" anyone lurking somewhere in the shadows, their discontent is not my concern.
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    The 2013 Flashaholic's "Must-Have" List

    Re: The 2013 Flashaholic's "Must-Have" List -- Cast Your Vote! Surefire L1 Surefire A2 Surefire A2L Klarus XT11 Jetbeam Jet III-M (R2)