3000 Lumens with Instant On 3000 Lumens ?

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1) How would you prefer to purchase the light?

____I would like to purchase the light in person from a brick and mortar store. I am located in ______________.
___X_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! :)

____I don't know yet
____Up to $25.
____Up to $50.
___X_Up to $100.
____Up to $200.
____Up to $300.
____Essentially unlimited.


3) Format:

____I am not sure, please help me decide.
__X__I want a flashlight (hand held/self contained).
____I want a self-contained headlamp.
____I want a headlamp with an external pack/power source.
____I want a mounted light (typically for a bicycle or vehicle)
____I want a lantern/area light.
____I want a portable spotlight (it may have an external power source).
____Other ____________________________________________


4) Size:

____MICRO - Keychain size.
____TINY - Every day carry (2-4 inches).
___X_SMALL - Every day carry (4-7 inches).
____MEDIUM - Holster/belt ring carry. (>7 inches)
____LARGE - Big enough to need its own travel case.
____I don't know/I don't care.


5) Emitter/Light source:

___X_LED (known for efficiency, longevity, and compactness)
____Incandescent (known for superior color rendition)
____HID (known for max output, but often at the expense of size)
____I don't know.


6) Manufacturer:

___X_I want to buy a light from a large/traditional manufacturer that is ready to go out of the box.
____I would like a light from a specialty manufacturer (Possibly limited run/Custom).
____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?

____I intend to use "Primary"/Disposable Alkaline batteries based on the usual AAA/AA/C/D sized cells common to most stores.
____I intend to use "Primary"/Disposable Lithium batteries based on the usual AAA/AA/C/D and CR123 sized cells common to most stores (often a cold weather or long storage choice).
____I intend to use Rechargeable cells (NiMH or NiCD) based on the usual AAA/AA/C/D sized cells common to most stores.
___X_I intend to use Rechargeable cells based on less common formats (18500 or 18650 Li-Ion, RCR123, et-al).
____I want a light with an integrated rechargeable battery pack.
____I don't know/I need more information on power sources.

7a) If you have selected a rechargeable option
____I want a light that plugs directly into the wall (literally with prongs built into the light)
____I want a light that has a recharging adapter (your typical "wall wart")
____I want a light that snaps into a cradle (usually mounted on a wall)
____I want a separate/stand-alone charger (this involves removing the batteries to charge)
____I don't care


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).

____I want to navigate a dark room or read a map (1-10 lumens).
____I want an indoor "blackout" light (15-50 lumens)
____I want to confidently walk around an unlit/unpaved rural area (60-150 lumens).
____I want to illuminate my entire backyard or a campsite (150-300 lumens).
____I want to illuminate an entire field, the neighbor's front yard several houses down, impress my friends and neighbors, etc. (300-700 lumens).
___X_I want search and rescue type illumination (800+ lumens).

____SPECIAL NOTE: Burst/Turbo mode Category - There are several lights that will run at a super bright maximum for a very limited period (usually 5-10 minutes) and then will "step-down" to a lower level for thermal control. Check here if this is acceptable.


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

____All Flood: I am doing "arms length" tasks like reading and campsite cooking.
____Wide Flood: I want a defined flood area for semi-close tasks like after-dark campsite tasks or working on a car.
____Narrow Flood: I want a sharply defined flood area that will project some distance for tasks like trail walking.
___X_Wide Throw: I want a beam with a noticeable hot-center for distance throw and a significant amount of "side-spill". Good for rough trail hiking, search and rescue, and general distance work.
____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.
____Turbohead: I want a far-distance projector with a sharply focused spot of light and minimal or zero side-spill. Good for extreme distance and impressing your friends.

9a) Distance: How far away will you typically need to see with this light (check all that apply)
____Less than 1 yard/meter (reading, other close work)
____Less than 5 yards/meters (looking for something inside a dark shed/garage/basement)
____5-20 yards/meters (check out a noise in the backyard)
___X_30-50 yards/meters (I have a big backyard)
____50-150 yards/meters (I live in a very rural area/farm with wide open spaces)
____150+ yards (I am searching from a helicopter)

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).

____Up to 30 minutes (I want the brightest [and potentially smallest] light for brief periods)
____30-60 minutes (I have plenty of batteries just ready to be changed)
____90-120 minutes (Runtime is moderately important, but still not critical)
____3 hours + (I critically need this light to run on max for extended periods in between battery changes/charges).




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

____Not Important (A "night-stand" light).
__X__Slightly Important (Walks around the neighborhood).
____Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box).
____Critical (Police, Fire, Search & Rescue, Caving, Survival).
____I don't know.


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

____Any size switch will do.
____I need a BIG switch (I'll be using gloves or have very large hands or coordination issues).
____I want a forward clicky (Helpful for momentary activation and signaling).
____I want a reverse clicky (For use with multi-mode/level lights).
____I want a momentary switch (Predominantly for use with signaling and short bursts of momentary light only).
____I want a twisty switch (Tighten the head/tailcap to activate, and the light will stay on until the head/tailcap is loosened).
__X__I want a body mounted switch (near the head, like on a Maglite).
____I want a tail mounted switch (found on the majority of today's high end lights).
____I want a remote switch (usually found on high-end bicycle headlights)
____I don't care.
____I don't know.
___X_Other, please specify___Instant On 3000 Lumens _________________.


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

____A simple on-off with only one output level is fine for me.
____I want 2 light levels. (Brighter/short runtime and Dimmer/long runtime.)
____X I want multiple light levels. (Some lights have 5-16 light levels.)
____I want a programmable light.
____I want a selector ring.
____I want a strobe mode. (Oscillating pattern to confuse/blind aka "Police Mode")
____I want SOS mode. (blinks in ...---... emergency pattern)
____I want a beacon mode. (Regular flashes at full power to show location.)
____I don't care.
____I don't know.


14)Material/Finish/Coating

____Plastic/composite body (this may limit your choices significantly).
__X__Anodized Aluminum – either type II or III (Hard Anodized) (Aluminum, specifically HA, is the most common material/finish for today's higher end flashlights).
____Stainless steel (durable, but much heavier than aluminum)
____Titanium (durable and nearly as lightweight as aluminum, but can be moderately to significantly more expensive).
____I don't care.
____I don't know.
____Other, please specify____________.

15) Water resistance
____None needed
____IPX4 (Splash resistant)
__X__IPX7 (Waterproof to 1 meter/30min)
____IPX8 (Submersible to greater than 1 meter for 4 hours)

16) Storage conditions
___X_In house (temperature/climate controlled environment)
____Emergency kit (long standby periods)
____Automobile glove-box (wide temperature swings, long standby periods, critical reliability)
____Other_____________________________________________


17) Special Needs/extras: Is there anything else you want or need that hasn't been mentioned? Select any/all below.

____Red filter (for preserving night vision).
____Other filter colors (Amber, Green, Blue, _________).
____Dedicated R/G/B secondary LEDs.
____"Hybrid" light (bright incandescent combined with long running LEDs)
____Pocket/belt clip
____Holster
____Wrist/Neck Lanyard
____Crenulated bezel
____Non-sparking, Intrinsically Safe (IS) for use in explosive environments
 
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Think I found it :

Zebralight SC700d XHP70.2 or Lumintop GT mini Pro 3500 Lumens XHP50.2
 
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I'll throw a vote in for the Streamlight Protac HL 5-X. It hits all your points except size, it's a tiny bit outside your stated range.
On high, it's instant 3000 lumens. It has multiple modes, you can set it up pretty simply using their 10-tap click sequence.
 
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I'll throw a vote in for the Streamlight Protac HL 5-X. It hits all your points except size, it's a tiny bit outside your stated range.
On high, it's instant 3000 lumens. It has multiple modes, you can set it up pretty simply using their 10-tap click sequence.
Thank you ; I like it and am considering despite the size .
 
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Klarus XT21X Pro. 4400 lumens on turbo. Instant access to turbo in tactical setting.
 
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Klarus XT21X Pro. 4400 lumens on turbo. Instant access to turbo in tactical setting.
Thanks . I'm now thinking that 2000 lumens would be ideal for my home defense flashlight .
Beam between spot and flood .
 
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You might want to consider the Fenix PD36 TAC as well
 
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I bought the Streamlight Stinger 2020 !
It's Perfect for my home defense flashlight needs !
 
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I bought the Streamlight Stinger 2020 !
It's Perfect for my home defense flashlight needs !

Have one of those too, and IMO it's an innovative design from one end to the other - and it's innovation that really 'delivers' and works, not just innovation to be 'different'!
 
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Very nice! Great choice.

I think we should update the lumens numbers in our form to reflect current offerings with 1000/2000/3000+ categories :)
 
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Very nice! Great choice.

I think we should update the lumens numbers in our form to reflect current offerings with 1000/2000/3000+ categories :)
I'm thinking of getting the Protac HL 5-X also ; is that redundant ?
 
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I'm thinking of getting the Protac HL 5-X also ; is that redundant ?
Well, you're asking the wrong person on the wrong message board if you're asking me if you shouldn't get both :crackup:but to answer your question, no. I have the HL 5-X but not the Stinger to compare it with. The HL 5-X is a good addition as a rough duty high-output blaster. It will also take (4) primary CR123's in a pinch, so that's a good feature.
 
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I'm considering the Protac HL 5 also. Does it come with the remote switch to attach to home defense toy?
 
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Well, you're asking the wrong person on the wrong message board if you're asking me if you shouldn't get both :crackup:but to answer your question, no. I have the HL 5-X but not the Stinger to compare it with. The HL 5-X is a good addition as a rough duty high-output blaster. It will also take (4) primary CR123's in a pinch, so that's a good feature.
Don't need a "rough duty" light so maybe I'll look elsewhere .
I was considering the 5-X for it's higher lumens and longer throw over the Stinger 2020 .
 
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Don't need a "rough duty" light so maybe I'll look elsewhere .
I was considering the 5-X for it's higher lumens and longer throw over the Stinger 2020 .

Well, with the 2020 you got plenty of durability with the deal, as it has a FL1 Impact Rating of 2 meters, whereas the also excellent (from what I hear) 5-X is rated at 1 - and remember that per FL1 test criteria, '2>>1x2'.

I'd kinda like to test drive a 5-X as well, and as someone already pointed out, when it comes to potentially critical equipment, basic N+1 redundancy is recommended; so even if you get a 5-X as well, no one here will give you any stick - 'redundant' or not:). You might even find that they excel in somewhat different applications, so having both could be useful anyway. Easy for me to say of course, since it's your money!
 
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The Stinger is easier to carry, easier to use and more practical. The 5x is heavy and ugly but it has 3500 lm and it is fun.
If any of us worried about redundancy this forum wouldn't exist.
 
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The Streamlight HL 5X has a lot of output, but it's not tightly focused and thus doesn't "throw" like a classic HID with a deep reflector, you won't see that long range "pencil-beam" profile. It's a wall of light though, and I've hit trees at night from a couple hundred yards and it lights up the whole thing.
 
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I'm considering the Protac HL 5 also. Does it come with the remote switch to attach to home defense toy?
I don't believe so. SL specializes in many models of dedicated weapon-mounted lights, but in terms of 'conventional' flashlights (which can also be used hand-held) [EDIT: specifically "long gun" lights], I believe there are several models in the Protac line which are not only capable of weapon-mounted operation, but are sold with all the required 'kit' for that application. Those are the ones you'd probably be interested in. They're listed on this page:

 
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