My fellow CPFers'. Are we getting silly when it comes to flashlight size?

KDOG3

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I have to say I think so. A while back I read a comment here in some thread where a member stated that they thought the G2 was "too big." I got a chuckle out of that. I just got around to posting about this subject though. I think its funny that people think a light the size of a G2 is large in any way. Of course its matter of opinion, but I think us CPFers get a little carried away with how small our lights gotta be. I carry my C2 clipped in my front pocket and it doesn't bother me a bit. I don't even notice it really. Oh well. Thats' just my 2 cents....
 

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yes i think we are WAY to pickey. i edc a A2 in a john willis pouch, but on the weekends or when i am doing some serios busnis i carry my L5 with SW02 on it and find it alsmot the perfect size for real use and not just playing around with it.
 

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Good thing you brought up this topic. I have an A2 and sometimes I feel that this is a bit big, but with the quality of this light, I sometimes think its all worth it. I really like to edc a one battery light since I carry a knife and a kubaton. To each his own... i suppose.:)
 

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You know Kdog (my nickname also but spelled "KDogg" BTW ) You're on to something here!



I know I don't mind a 2+ cell torch but... as of late find myself looking for the most bang in a small package! With the new super LED's my excitment takes over and for example, the Rexlight 2.0 is amazing in my eyes!




Don't get me wrong, I still lov my M4 and will always buy large torches, it just seems as of late my preference has been "size and might" :)
 

flashy bazook

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iceman said:
Good thing you brought up this topic. I have an A2 and sometimes I feel that this is a bit big, but with the quality of this light, I sometimes think its all worth it. I really like to edc a one battery light since I carry a knife and a kubaton. To each his own... i suppose.:)

what you need to reduce the load you carry is a flashlight that is also a kubaton.

wait, someone already did this (streamlight?).

but wait again, they stopped making and selling it.

don't know why really. though maybe one could find a used one.

plus maybe the light wasn't a very good one. But then one of the Inova T's would probably serve as a kind of kubaton while being a decent light?
 

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Tell me about it! I remember a long time ago seeing a thread where some members were talking about torch sizes and someone commented on how the HDS EDC was too bulky. I still haven't been able to figure that one out :thinking: .

Either way, as a kid I used to EDC a mini-mag, so I'm used to non-micro lights and prefer my HDS with the 2 x 123 tube, or even my 6Ps.
 

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I'm surprised the G2 would be considered too large, I have held on and it is diminutive (spl?). And for the output it gives it totally beats a mag in size to output, runtime is another story, but I bet the same end result comes up, the G2 is not big and it has more power than most people ever need.
 

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I'll go against the grain and say, no, it's not silly to want smaller lights. It's all a matter of personal preference, nothing more. I fully understand a larger reflector is generally needed for the best throw, and a larger barrel is needed for more power or runtime. That's fine if it's what you like or need. I just happen to like smaller more pocketable lights more. If they can be made yet smaller and brighter then I'm even happier.

Geoff
 

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I EDC my G2. I like the way that size light fits in my hand comparred to something like a fenix L1T. Although I might take a look at the new surefire L1 or the new Novatac thats comming out to possibly replace the G2 as a EDC.
 

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I also agree with Flying_Turtle. I think a lot of the lights we use, we want to EDC. It is much better and easier for us to have them in as small as a size as possible. The G2 is not too big in terms of a light where I just need to grab to use but in terms of EDC, it is a little too big in length and diameter for pocket carrying comfortably IMHO. I wish I could carry a G2 or M3 in my pocket with having the discomfort of a metal pipe on my leg. Mostly just a matter of preference and what one can tolerate.
 

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It's just a matter of preference. I feel the need for several sizes. I carry a 2 CR123 in holster. Last six plus months, it's been the Gladius. Prior to that it was the U2 for around six months.

Lights the size of the LionCub/Chameleon, HDS U60, PDIII, etc., are great in-pocket lights. Any smaller is not optimal for my hands.

The Orb Raw and Raw NS are tiny, and make excellent in-pocket backup lights. If I was gonna wear a light around my neck, it'd be these.

My size tolerance has changed since coming to CPF. The Inova T4 seems a bit big, even in it's Kubotan holster. Kinda rubs into my side. Still like the light. The Streamligh TL-3 is just too big for pocket comfort, especially with the bezel. It throws well, but it's not comfy to me. Haven't tried it in holster yet.

As to the G2 comment, I once thought I lost my G2, not long after purchasing it. I looked everywhere several times and became frustrated after the fourth go round. Had to go and reached for my keys. Guess what was in my pocket? :ohgeez: So no, I don't think it's too big!
 

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KDOG3 said:
I think its funny that people think a light the size of a G2 is large in any way. Of course its matter of opinion, but I think us CPFers get a little carried away with how small our lights gotta be.

G2 is a nice size to carry and feels nice in my hand.

I don't like general purpose lights smaller than about 4 to 4.5 inches, depending on the design.

Lights smaller than that have ergonomics that are not ideal for me, and are not easy for me to use.

Keychain lights are another matter. I don't expect much in the way of ergonomics or ease of use from a tiny keychain light. Just happy to have a light in my pocket for when I need it.
 

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I suppose I have the opposite problem. Granted, there are times when a small EDC or belt ligth is really handy. But for the most part, I feel that for a flashlight to be truly utilitarian, it should have additional uses--you know--door knocker, club, battering ram, etc.... I love my big torches :grin2: .
 

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if size wasnt part of the issue, we would all still be hauling around 3D Mags :)
one of the cool changes, is having the same Runtime, same output, same functional usage all around, and having that fit in your pocket, instead of trunk.

i hope they keep getting smaller, and more powerfull, untill its key sized, has 500W light output, and runs for 10 years on its nuclear battery :) with levels of course, no use wasting.
 

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I think the idea on super small lights beyond the coolness factor is just that it's only useful if you have it on you when you need it, and for a lot of people in a lot of situations, a great big pipe of a light is either unwanted, impractical or illegal as a potential weapon. Are you going to carry a 3D Maglite to a wedding? Good luck getting one past security at the House of Blues.

That being said, I just found one of my G2s today, after losing it for 6 months.... on my desk. This has led me to two conclusions -- the G2 is not too big, and I need to clean up my desk!
 

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Depends on what You mean with "too long"

I for myself am searching for some hosts for a Cree/SSC + 18650 light,
and mostly all I came around feature totally useless thick sidewalls and even more useless strike bezels and unnecessary long tailcaps, all leading to too long / too thick lights.
Thats why in the end I came to use my old SF 6P for this mod (and use the other hosts for friends).

So its not overall "too long" I am concerned, but its "too long as necessary to hold all parts for a working light together".

PS: but it would be great to have a multilevel (!) SF E2E sized 500 lumen light, cool running for 5 hours at max, automaticly using spot or flood -> depending on what will be needed
;)
 
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Someone over on the Amilite T5 thread said it was "HUGE". It is less than 4 inches long!
 
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