How many flashlights have you collected

TORCH_BOY

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How many Flashlights have you collected in the past.
IE: what types, what vintages, any thing of historical value, any thing unusual, and how long for. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
 

Brightstar

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In the past I have collected about 20 different flashlights
over the last three years.
 

Roy

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You want to know how many I've collected or how many I own?

I currently have 19 AA MiniMags each of a different factory color in my collection.
 

Pirate63

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I currently own about 40 flashlights at last count. Its quite an eclectic mix.

Here is a pic of about half of my collection.
 

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Lumen83

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I have somewhere around 50. Some are older surefires. Those I consider my fun lights. I really enjoy using the older incans around the house and yard. They have a character about them like a classic car. But I also have collected many modern LED lights for speciffic purposes like Search and Rescue, Firefighting, weapon lights, etc.
 

bykfixer

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I have collected a lot more than I should have. For using I have way more than needed but much less than collected.
I've never taken the time to count them tbh
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This was my avatar at one point, made of flashlights from a portion of my collection.
 

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I have 67..... on my desk..... currently.... I just cleaned it.





Most of what I took away was flashlights. My desk is not any cleaner.
 

cody12

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At last count, 165 Surefire. 30 miscellaneous. Ace, Solorforce, Fenix
2015 until 2021. Then life got in the way.
Steve in L.A.
 

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dotCPF

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Oooo a 12zm! Nice line up of 6P/ defender series too, I'm working on that set as well :)
 

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Mmmm, well mine is not SUCH a collection?? As to what sort of number!!
I would estimate I have around 80-120 different MODELS. But actual torches, head torches, lamps and various knives??
Well, it has to be in excess of 10,000? Plus all manner of additions to go with them with different filters, led"s , lamp bodies and other spares ontop?? And all (well most anyway!) From China!? Yes, got a few. But ONLY JUST STARTING TO Really get interesting! Like the I/R LED's. As I also mess around with night vision cameras and video machines! And my real homey gig is, well gotta be building personal night vision systems. I have the parts. I have the know how and I have the parts. So WHAT M,I, missing?? A decent workspace? Not STRICTLY TRUE!! I DO HAVE A ROOM. But it's just full of my projects! And me? I'm stuck in bed last 2+years. That's all!?🤭😂👍. Well poor ol' me eh?? Nah! I'll cope if only till I can get some wonga together! And a certain Mr Kumar!! May just be the answer!! He wants to buy my car!! So watch this space my best buddy boys!!
 

Christoph

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It would take bit to compile a list. I started buying in the early 60's. I have had lights from almost every custom builder that has posted here on CPF. Most were sold to other collectors. I still have close to 200 lights 25-30 of my own built lights. So I have probably had 3-4000 lights at one time or another. Since 2000 maybe 3-400 starting when led's were 15 -20 lumens. had some ones that I wish I had held onto a bit longer. I still have a few earlier ones that may be worth something.
C
 

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Mmmm, well mine is not SUCH a collection?? As to what sort of number!!
I would estimate I have around 80-120 different MODELS. But actual torches, head torches, lamps and various knives??
Well, it has to be in excess of 10,000? Plus all manner of additions to go with them with different filters, led"s , lamp bodies and other spares ontop?? And all (well most anyway!) From China!? Yes, got a few. But ONLY JUST STARTING TO Really get interesting! Like the I/R LED's. As I also mess around with night vision cameras and video machines! And my real homey gig is, well gotta be building personal night vision systems. I have the parts. I have the know how and I have the parts. So WHAT M,I, missing?? A decent workspace? Not STRICTLY TRUE!! I DO HAVE A ROOM. But it's just full of my projects! And me? I'm stuck in bed last 2+years. That's all!?🤭😂👍. Well poor ol' me eh?? Nah! I'll cope if only till I can get some wonga together! And a certain Mr Kumar!! May just be the answer!! He wants to buy my car!! So watch this space my best buddy boys!!
10,000???
 

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I joke about it, but honestly have no clue. Easily into the hundreds. Possibly the thousands? No clue. Wouldn't mind going back to roughly 2004 or '05 when the flashlight bug first bit me, and warning myself to stick with my first 3 lights for the next decade. Would have saved so much money just alternating between that modified incandescent 2AA black Mini-Mag, Inova X5, and SureFire black C2 w/ 120 lumens lamp.
 

luxlunatic

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My collection has hovered around 50ish lights for the last 15+ years, or when I discovered CPF. I have had a flashlight thing far before that but CPF brought it to a new level! Now, I have had probably 10x that amount come in and out of the collection, and a bunch of those I really miss... actually, I miss them all!! And some I have bought back!! But parting with some has allowed me to add some grail lights to the collection that I will not part with. Most of my current collection would be considered old-school (Gizmo, ARC, Arcmania, early Muyshondt, early HDS), not that I don't appreciate the new custom stuff but they just don't move me the way the classics do. Still always on the hunt for late 2000 stuff.
 

pnwoutdoors

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How many flashlights have you collected

At one point, I had dozens, as I was examining the features of each in order to see what I wanted and required.

Ended up selling every one of them but a handful, once I decided what works for me.

Current "collection" (if it can be called that):

  • Malkoff M61 drop-in w/ SolarForce head and tube, McClicky switches, powered by 1x or 2x Panasonic NCR18650B 3350mAh Li-Ion -- several of these.
  • LambdaLights 2D MagLite custom XM-L
  • 4Sevens Quark 123 Tactical XP-G R5 LED, powered by 1xCR123A
 
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