New member, and new to owning modern flashlights. I still remember my first non
maglite flashlight. A stocking stuffer gift. You know the lights, zoom lens, very bright,
no english instructions. Came with this funny looking battery and a charger that had retractable prongs that fell out of the socket too often. I thought it was junk, a joke really. Then I took that little sucker outside one night. Wow. Had no idea what a loo-min lol was, or a AA battery on steroids was (mAh, volts, Continuous Amps), or this tiny light. How did this thing outproduce my big ole maglite? I catfish often, nite time, always used rechargeable lights, head lamps, lanterns. I look back at my nite time gear 10 years back, 20 years back...bait and tackle have not changed much. Tactics not changed much. Vehicles have changed much, clothing, but more than those- Flashlights/ any rechargeable light, and Cell phones. Small personal hi performance Tech. I have enjoyed the fruits of CPF founders and hard core members trails and tribulations pushing the envelope on tech in this area. So I am greatful that the new norm is a better product. I am also pleased that folks like yourself have put all this info in one place to be looked at like a fine book, we need we search. So is it in decline-or just taking a breather after on heck of a long marathon?
Also maybe led hand cannon lights are reaching a summit in performance- maybe the next marathon are the lazers, or hybrid, or something old made anew. My gut says the biggest hang up on hi output lights is heat. Micro fans may help, or some other way to use the heat/ recycle some energy. Just as you original members pushed this tech from musketball to sniper grade, so may the next "new tech" also need a group to push the next envelope.
At any rate THANK YOU for what you all have done, Im forever greatful and enjoy
your efforts daily as I use my lights daily. I cant imagine having a headlamp made from maglite with a "D" battery that would probably throw 50 feet at 200 lumens and wieght 5 pounds. Its a joke, but thats how far behind we were 2 decades ago.