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    SEEKING - Light with a GITD bezel.

    My wife would like a "nightstand" flashlight with a nice GITD (Glow in the Dark) bezel. I have one with a GITD "O" ring, but that isn't enough, she wants one where the bezel or a ring on the bezel gets charged each time she uses the light. I found a couple of cheap plastic junk ones, but...
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    REAL WORLD REVIEWS – HELIUS Sigma VI

    REAL WORLD REVIEWS – HELIUS Sigma VI ================================================================ A brief opening note about the "Real World Reviews" At this point many fellow "flashaholics" have developed very sophisticated and detailed methods for measuring nearly every conceivable...
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    Missing the NEW POSTS button

    I see the "What's new" tab, but we seem to be missing the "new posts" button that used to be underneath it. Thanks
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    REAL WORLD REVIEWS – ThorFire BLF Q8 Searchlight

    REAL WORLD REVIEWS – ThorFire BLF Q8 Searchlight ================================================================ A brief opening note about the "Real World Reviews" At this point many fellow "flashaholics" have developed very sophisticated and detailed methods for measuring nearly every...
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    Safety Discussion; It’s NOT “just a flashlight” anymore!

    In the past, failures of “flashlight etiquette” (eg, shining a light into the eyes of another person) were annoying and sometimes pretty uncomfortable but in general couldn’t be considered particularly hazardous. Similarly failures in maintenance and/or handling might have created an awful mess...
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    Blast from the past.... it doesn't use any batteries!

    I don't know if anyone else remembers this gasoline powered flashlight. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=OcdVaslktBE OMG... I laugh every time he yells "AND IT DOESN'T USE ANY BATTERIES"
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    Manufacturer Grades_Who makes what level of quality.

    I haven't seen a thread doing a cross-manufacturer quality comparison in quite a while so I thought it might be interesting to see how we, the lighting community, feel that the manufacturers stack up these days. Every manufacturer produces its superstars and its duds so I'm hoping we can take a...
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    UPGRADE REVIEW – Night-OPS Gladius_SweeneyMod

    UPGRADE REVIEW – Night-OPS Gladius_SweeneyMod ================================================================ Back in 2005 I discovered a really neat (at the time) light called the Gladius. At the time it was being manufactured by a new company called Night-Ops, later to become part of...
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    Law Enforcement Lights - Where we Were (c1939)

    Today is the Anniversary of my Grandfathers passing at the too young age of 68 years old. He died in 1985 after what we, today, would consider an awfully short life but it was a very busy one including being one of the original group of "Florida Highway Safety" Officers, a group later known as...
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    Testing and measuring rigs... update

    I'm up to generation 4 of my home-brew testing and measuring rigs. While they certainly aren't "laboratory" class, they do give surprisingly consistent results so if nothing else the readings are comparable to other items tested which is pretty much good enough for me. Runtime and temperature...
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    REAL WORLD REVIEWS – Nitecore NU25 Headlamp

    REAL WORLD REVIEWS – Nitecore NU25 Headlamp ================================================================ A brief opening note about the "Real World Reviews" At this point many fellow "flashaholics" have developed very sophisticated and detailed methods for measuring nearly every...
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    REAL WORLD REVIEWS - NEO Light 5 LED Headlamp (Gangnam Style)

    Gangnam Style Reviews – NEO Light 5 LED Headlamp ================================================================ "GANGNAM style", a neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul, where people are trendy, hip and exude a certain supposed class, however as...
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    LiFePO4 and temperature

    I'm just moving into LiFePO4 territory and like most chemistries there is a LOT to unpack. The one thing I want to know is would LiFePO4 be suitable for Vehicle/Glove-box use. In short how is the self-discharge rate? How are they when used in the -20F range (about the coldest I ever get in my...
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    REAL WORLD REVIEWS – ThorFire TK15S

    REAL WORLD REVIEWS – ThorFire TK15S ================================================================ A brief opening note about the "Real World Reviews" At this point many fellow "flashaholics" have developed very sophisticated and detailed methods for measuring nearly every conceivable...
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    REAL WORLD REVIEWS – ThorFire TG06S_UPDATE

    REAL WORLD REVIEWS – ThorFire TG06S (UPDATE... SEE END OF REVIEW) ================================================================ A brief opening note about the "Real World Reviews" At this point many fellow "flashaholics" have developed very sophisticated and detailed methods for measuring...
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    A little humor courtesy of XKCD

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    Real World Reviews - The harsh realities

    Every once in a blue moon I get a sample light from a manufacturer and they say "this is a prototype, we'd like it back and please treat it with care". When that happens I generally split between sending it back saying "no thank you", or doing a "private" review that will only go back to the...
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    Drop Testing for the Real World Reviews_Your input requested

    I'm seriously considering adding some sort of "Drop Test" to the "Real World Reviews" but I'd like some input and thoughts from others before I start doing it. My intention is that I would like to test a little of the shock-and-impact resistance capabilities of some lights but I don't really...
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    REAL WORLD REVIEWS – WUUDI Spotlight (Gangnam Style)

    REAL WORLD REVIEWS – WUUDI Spotlight (Gangnam Style) ================================================================ "GANGNAM style", a neologism that refers to a lifestyle associated with the Gangnam District of Seoul, where people are trendy, hip and exude a certain supposed class, however as...
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    Random thoughts on flashlight lifespan.

    For all the years I've been indulging my love of lights I never really paused and thought about how much each individual light really gets used at a time until I started doing reviews. I quickly realized that my lights actually get used a lot less than I thought. For example, my "bedstand...

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