Flashlight Recommendation Checklist - Updated MK II

Polargirl

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In light recharging capability should be added to the list in its own category since that can have a few different options of its own. The Olight R40 Seeker is designed to be primarily recharged in light whereas the Nitecore TM 26 is designed to be secondarily recharged in light. There might be other lights that have that option only for infrequent emergency use only.

Not having this option is a deal breaker for most enlightened career driver's ranging from police officers to 18 wheeler drivers. It should be on the checklist.
 

NoNotAgain

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In light recharging capability should be added to the list in its own category since that can have a few different options of its own. The Olight R40 Seeker is designed to be primarily recharged in light whereas the Nitecore TM 26 is designed to be secondarily recharged in light. There might be other lights that have that option only for infrequent emergency use only.

I don't agree that the TM26 battery charging while inside the light is the secondary method for charging.

The light isn't sold by Nitecore with batteries. Unlike the TM36, you've got the option to purchase and use any button topped protected 18650 cell your heart desires.

Per the TM26 manual, and I quote:
"Charging the TM26
1. Connect the charging cable to the flashlight and the A/C power adapter to
the wall outlet as shown in the adjacent image. Fully charging four depleted
18650 batteries takes approximately 7 hours."

Those that are into typically "into" lights have a few sets of 18650 batteries and as such have other options for charging. Nitecore does offer a 12 volt accessory charging cord for those times when you need to charge from a vehicle.
 

amichljr1

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Hi and welcome to the forums! :)

So if you fill out this checklist, you will get a lot more responses as it helps people make suggestions to best fit what you are looking for (just copy and paste it into your thread):

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...hlight-Recommendation-Checklist-Updated-MK-II

There are a lot of compact lights that are fairly bright, but keep in mind the smaller the light and the brighter it is, the less runtime it will have. :)
A checklist like that is like an SAT test. Best quick description. 3 setting light in the 4 inch range capable of longer runtime say on medium. (Rechargeables ok). Metal belt clip. 20 foot light range but very bright on high setting. Just a few to look at for ideas. $50. - $100. Is ok. I'll hit the Sports Store & check out some brand name suggestions. Throw a few names at me to check out. Fenix, Four 7. etc. Whats your fave? Hows that? Thanks! Appreciate it!

Hi and welcome to the forums! :)

So if you fill out this checklist, you will get a lot more responses as it helps people make suggestions to best fit what you are looking for (just copy and paste it into your thread):

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...hlight-Recommendation-Checklist-Updated-MK-II

There are a lot of compact lights that are fairly bright, but keep in mind the smaller the light and the brighter it is, the less runtime it will have. :)

(see emphasis added above) ... ;)

EDIT - Just to clarify to new members that this checklist can be used to create a new thread requesting recommendations, instead of replying in this thread.
 

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A checklist like that is like an SAT test.

Completing the check list gives members all of the information they need to recommend the flashlight that best meets your specification. Completing the list is not compulsory, you can choose to complete, partially completed or not Use the list at all.

Norm
 
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amichljr1

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Completing the check list gives members all of the information they need to recommend the flashlight that best meets your specification. Completing the list is not compulsory, you can choose to complete, partially completed or not Use the list at all.

Norm
Thanks Norm. As with Ham Radios, Scanners and other gadgets, seeing and trying them out 4 yourself is the best way to decide. "4 anything" But having the experience with them is reason for the questions in the first place. Its uderstood being an engineer. It is in fact just a flashlight. I'm tearing open walls in subway trains and & looking at components,welding, & wiring. I could get away with the flashlight on my cell phone in a pinch. Ive used a $6.- maglight many times before. I just wanted to go all out this time. I appreciate all your time guys. If I have a half hour or so to kill, I'll see if I can fill out the checklist. Thanks so much for your time & have a great week! ☺
Completing the check list gives members all of the information they need to recommend the flashlight that best meets your specification. Completing the list is not compulsory, you can choose to complete, partially completed or not Use the list at all.

Norm
 

amichljr1

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A checklist like that is like an SAT test. Best quick description. 3 setting light in the 4 inch range capable of longer runtime say on medium. (Rechargeables ok). Metal belt clip. 20 foot light range but very bright on high setting. Just a few to look at for ideas. $50. - $100. Is ok. I'll hit the Sports Store & check out some brand name suggestions. Throw a few names at me to check out. Fenix, Four 7. etc. Whats your fave? Hows that? Thanks! Appreciate it!

Alright guys. Here's the huge checklist. Do your thing. Thanks 2 all that gave input!

1: Don't care where I purchase it. Want it fast though. Overnight or from store in New York City.

2: Budget up to $75.-

3: Format: Handheld w/tight metal pocket clip.

4: Size: Small no more then 4"

5: Emitter: LED

6: Manufacturer: Superior quality. (What would make a seasoned EDC light guy say: "Damn, sweet light" ☺

7: Power source: NiMH/NiCD rechargeables preferably

7a: Rechargeable option: Separate wall deal adapter.

8: How Much General Light out the front? 15 to 50 lumens (No burst/ turbo)

9: Flood vs Throw. Wide to narrow flood. Adjustable if possible.

9a: Distance: 5 yards or a touch more.

10: Runtime: 30 to 60 but I'll always have a charged spare.

11: Durability: Very important to critical. could get dropped & such.

12: Switch size: Reverse clicky.

13: User interface: I want a multimode unit. At least 3 settings. LMH

14: Material: Titanium or Aluminum

15: Water resistant: As water resistant to waterproof as possible.

16: Storage conditions: Home, safe, controlled

17: Special needs: Nylon sheeth. Must have TIGHT belt clip. Strong bezel. Replaceable if needed.
This important thread was resurrected and cleaned up by was.lost.but.now.found but has been a little neglected and was starting to show it's age so here is yet another update as we try to keep this relevant, accurate, and useful.

As always, comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.
Ze.

To all new members: Feel free to copy and paste the questions below into a NEW THREAD (no need to reply on this one) when you are seeking advice on buying a light. Don't worry if you don't know the answer to every question, this is simply a way for us to see what criteria that are important to you. Also, the more answers you provide, the better the responses from experienced members will be.

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

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 ______________.
____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.
____Up to $100.
____Up to $200.
____Up to $300.
____Essentially unlimited.


3) Format:

____I am not sure, please help me decide.
____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).
____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:

____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:

____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.
____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).
____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.
____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)
____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).
____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).
____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.
____Other, please specify____________________.


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.)
____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).
____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)
____IPX7 (Waterproof to 1 meter/30min)
____IPX8 (Submersible to greater than 1 meter for 4 hours)

16) Storage conditions
____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
 

PittsburghAndy

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This is a great shopping/questions list. Thanks for creating this.

i'm tired of buying cheap lights at the hardware store or Amazon that don't seem to last very long nor put out a lot of light.

I'm looking for something very bright for occasional use on my rental properties within the city. Sometimes I find myself having to walk around outside at night to check on things, as well as in basements when the power's out. Having the strobe option for safety/protection would be desirable. I would plan to use it maybe once a week on average at most. I think I would like something with at least 900 lm, settings to adjust the brightness, and something that is rechargeable or uses rechargeable batteries or is plug-in and friendly for days or weeks of downtime without being used. I'll answer some questions below, I really appreciate any input and advice. Thanks!



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

1) How would you prefer to purchase the light?

either. I live in Pittsburgh.

__x__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.
_x___Up to $50.
_x___Up to $100.
_x___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:

Either of:

____MICRO - Keychain size.
__X__TINY - Every day carry (2-4 inches).
__X__SMALL - Every day carry (4-7 inches).
__X__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:

____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)
__X__I don't know.


6) Manufacturer:

Either of these would work for me, I'm in engineer in pretty handy, I just didn't realize that you could actually buy "kits."

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

__X__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.
__X__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)
_X___5-20 yards/meters (check out a noise in the backyard)
_X___30-50 yards/meters (I have a big backyard)
_X___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).

_X___Up to 30 minutes (I want the brightest [and potentially smallest] light for brief periods)
_x___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).
____Slightly Important (Walks around the neighborhood).
__X__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).
_X___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).
____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.
____Other, please specify____________________.


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.
_X___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).
_X___Stainless steel (durable, but much heavier than aluminum)
__X__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
__X__IPX4 (Splash resistant)
____IPX7 (Waterproof to 1 meter/30min)
____IPX8 (Submersible to greater than 1 meter for 4 hours)

16) Storage conditions

I could adjust the storage situation to match what is ideal for it.

__X__In house (temperature/climate controlled environment)
____Emergency kit (long standby periods)
__X__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[/QUOTE]
 

KeepingItLight

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Although I do not own one, it sounds like the Nitecore MH20 would fit the bill. I would buy the neutral-white model myself, but emitter tint is a personal choice. Check out the review by CPF member selfbuilt.

A small negative about the MH20 is that medium mode is much brighter that it is supposed to be. It is rated at 50 lumens, but selfbuilt measured it something like 125. That means there is a gap in the modes of the MH20. It would be nice to have a medium that is below 100 lumens, just so the battery would last longer, if for no other reason.

Be careful about storing Li-ion batteries in your glove box. The top of a glove box is one of the hottest places in a car. Low in the center console or trunk is generally better, but Li-ion does not age well in a hot car. For long-term storage in a car, most CPF members recommend lithium primary batteries.

Unfortunately, as you can see in selfbuilt's review, the turbo mode of the MH20 does not work well on CR123A lithium primary batteries. It pulled more amperage than the batteries could supply, eventual causing the PTC protection on the batteries to kick in. If, however, you stay away from turbo mode, CR123A work fine. All the other modes work perfectly.
 
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PittsburghAndy

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Thanks! I really would like to have a reliable turbo/1000 option though. The EC4S may be more than I need but might be worth a look.
 

willstark

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Hello Ze,
Thanks for the post! A great way to get to the bottom of what people need. Its also a great way to introduce folks who have only seen hardware store lights to the world of flashlight options. I see this as a mini crash course in the world of flashlight options. Before I found CPF and BLF I thought my mini mag was the pinnacle of EDC lights!

Since you asked for suggestions here are a few:

What flashlights have you used?

A section that lists what flashlights the person already has helps to establish the users reference points in terms of output, features, range, size, weight and newbieness, etc. Forms a basis for comparison.


Light levels available in the light:
i.e." moonlight to supernova and everything in between or just supernova" Introduces the infinitely dimmable to folks who think a flashlight is either "On or Off"
Also can be used to introduce UI and the range of programmable options Ie "Toykeepers Bistro"

Color temperature:
Cool, Neutral or Warm?
A bit about Kelvin and the range of colors and applications in the case of LED’s etc
i.e.“for photography use neutral LED's ~4000K”
"for max throw, stick with the cool LED's"













 

Dave D

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Is it possible to remove the 'Searching from a Helicopter' quote in question 9A?

It causes unnecessary confusion because in reality nobody is going to search from a helicopter with a handheld flashlight.

Having spent 10 years as a Tactical Flight Officer on a Police Air Support Unit I feel qualified to state that even a 30 million candle power search light, fitted to the aircraft, is not an effective search tool.

Thanks.
 

aginthelaw

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NJ, USA
Is it possible to remove the 'Searching from a Helicopter' quote in question 9A?

It causes unnecessary confusion because in reality nobody is going to search from a helicopter with a handheld flashlight.

Having spent 10 years as a Tactical Flight Officer on a Police Air Support Unit I feel qualified to state that even a 30 million candle power search light, fitted to the aircraft, is not an effective search tool.

Thanks.

Depends on how close you are to the ground
 
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