New guy from the UK

Nick762

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I stumbled on this forum by accident when I was looking for some info on the new Maglite Tac range. I've found that sites like this where you get feedback from real people, not professional reviewers are invaluable. Consequently I ordered a Nitecore MH25, a company I had never considered but the wealth of detail I discovered from only an hour or so browsing the various forums made me have a serious rethink.

I have to confess that I have always been a bit of a torch (flashlight) freek. My first FL that I can remember was (I'm pretty sure) an Eveready pocket torch of 1960s vintage. I've spent ages trying to find a picture of this on the net but couldn't which surprised me a little as I've always thought of it as a rather iconic design. It was small enough to fit even in my small hands, took 2 AA batteries and was roughly rectangular with the tip of the bulb peeking through the front. The back was curved with a slider switch on the side. These torches were usually two tone with the top lamp and switch housing being white and the lower two thirds (which slid off to give access to the battery compartment) a brighter colour like blue or turquiose. It wasn't the most powerful device but it was ideal for reading under the covers after lights out and made an excellent pretend phaser. My first proper torch was one that I procured from my Dad when he bought home a load of junk while moving offices. It was a simple (probably Rayovac) 2xD silver metal torch with a three position switch! On, off and a middle position which allowed you to signal flash with the button just ahead of the main switch. The best feature of this torch was that at night, you could actually SEE to beam. Hours of fun spent playing searchlights and this was at least a decade before George Lucas gave us lightsabers.

I also had another Eveready which was more of a lamp, it had one of those flattish batteries with dirty great spring contacts sticking out of the top. It was bright though and had the advantage of being discretely pocketable and thus avoid that awkward question from Mum e.g. where are you going with a torch? Learning that her eight year old was off to explore the tunnels under the Thames forts never went down well.

It wasn't until the mid 1980s that torches really figured again in my life. I volunteered as a special constable and felt that a good torch would be an asset. This was when I was introduced to Maglites and bought my first AA mini-mag with holster and accessory kit. I subsequently invested in a 4D mag which I carried for several years until an edict came down from on high that we should not carry anything with more than 2 cells (potential use as an unauthorised weapon). I was issued with a non-descript plastic torch which was never used as I moved on to a 2D Maglite that I lost after it fell out of my belt loop when I jumped over a barrier and landed badly during a "disturbance". I replaced it with a 2C version which I still have (along with the venerable 4D).

My three and four year old daughters got hold of the C Maglite and I don't know how but they managed to break the connector on the switch unit but fortunately I found a supplier of spares and it is now having a new lease of life with an Nite Ize LED bulb. I've ordered another LED for the 4D as well. Even my old mini-mag is getting well played with although there's not much of the original left in it after a fair bit of modding and replacement.

I'm working as a paramedic and a good light source is always useful. You wouldn't believe how many people only have one light bulb in their homes and its never in the room they collapse in. I have a Pelican 2200 which clips to the front of my shirt, these are now quite popular with my colleagues. I also have a Led Lenser in a belt pouch although I'm beginning to realise that it has numerous shortcomings, not least it appears to be unregulated and so loses brightness as the battery drops... which by a round about route has brought me here. Looking for something more upmarket, I had considered the Mag Taclite, mainly from sentimental reasons. When I first met Maglites, they were, in the UK at least, almost a luxury item, usually only found in gun and specialist outdoor shops. Today they are far more widely sold but are clearly facing a lot of competition from the likes of Led Lenser.

I'd always considered myself a bit of an oddball in that I believed that a torch was more than just a device for throwing light around, I'm gratified to see that others take them as seriously if not more so. Oddly, I haven't seen anything like the Andriod/iOS antipathy that you get elsewhere e.g. why spend $$$$ on an iPad when you can pick up a Nexus for $$. A quality product is defined as a product that fulfills its intended function so why spend $$$$ on a flashlight when you can pick up one for $? The answer I feel is to be found here.

Keep up the good work guys and girls.
 

subwoofer

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Welcome (also from the UK).

I suspect though on here, you may intend only to spend $, but will end up being tempted to spend $$$$ :)

Whereabouts are you from?
 

Nyctophiliac

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Welcome from Sunny London (Yep, pissing down ATM).

I agree that it's not about the cheapest, and I hope it's also not about the dearest, but I fear it may be about buying both and then deciding.

That's been my experience so far anyway.

Eyes wide open! It's going to be a blast.
 

Nick762

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I'm from London myself.

Still in the market for a replacement for my Led Lenser, the MH25 had a faulty charging port on delivery and has gone back. Briefly tried it out on the existing charge and it was pretty blinding with a good form factor but not being able to charge it was a bit of a handicap. On paper it still looks IMO one of the best in that price range so I may yet try it again.
 
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