Oldest LED lights you own

SCEMan

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I just discovered this light while going thru my old emergency bags. I have a few of these. They're built like a tank with great knurling. Runs on 2 CR123s and the switch has the following sequence: Off-On 3 LEDs; OFF-On 6 LEDs; OFF-On Incandescent bulb & LEDS off. Pretty innovative at the time, like a low budget SF A2.
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aznsx

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hugodrax

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A bunch of CMG Infinity lights and then a Surefire L1. need to find where they are 😂
 

M@elstrom

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I just discovered this light while going thru my old emergency bags. I have a few of these. They're built like a tank with great knurling. Runs on 2 CR123s and the switch has the following sequence: Off-On 3 LEDs; OFF-On 6 LEDs; OFF-On Incandescent bulb & LEDS off. Pretty innovative at the time, like a low budget SF A2.
That looks/operates exactly like a Streamlight Twin Task 2L, Cabella's also had a similar product around then as well.



My oldest/working LED torch is a 5mm LED cluster light, complete with 3AAA battery holder of a brand I don't recall, purchased back in 2006 as my first duty light, disappointed a Jetbeam CL/E V2 (twisty) soon followed 🤣

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turbodog

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surefire L4

used it so much the emitter ruptured
they replaced head under warranty

still going strong (and hot)
 

Billy Ram

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First and oldest LED. Bought from Optics planet 3/21/2008.
 

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josekym

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From 2009: Mini-Maglite 2AA converted with NiteIze LED Upgrade, 25lm and tail clicky. Still in service.
From 2010: Fenix LD12 Gen 1, 115lm. Still in service.
 

Poppy

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Brinkman 2D 3 watt LED review

I bought this light at Target on clearance for about $10.00 so I guess it was around 2009.

It is a 2D model that I modded to run on an 18650. The mod was simply inserting a 1.5 ohm 5 watt resistor in line, and using a spacer to adapt the battery. Here we are 12-13 years later and it still performs flawlessly. It has been gently abused, like tossed under the car to the other side, and it has certainly been dropped a number of times. The rubber head, and the fact that overall, it is pretty light in weight, must have helped its durability.

The head and the tail cap is what holds it together, and I used clear packing tape to reattach the plastic control cover that has the printing on it, describing what the buttons are.
Until yesterday, this was my oldest LED flashlight.
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It's On/Off switch failed, or perhaps the LED, but it went into the trash.

So other than those three dollar, 9 LED lights, I might still have a couple of those lying around, I think my oldest LED light is my recently found SolarForce L2N.

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Phil2015

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Ive had the Nitecore TM26 now for 5 yrs and I take it everywhere with me, even when I go out to pubs/bars, as I have it permanently attached to my wheelchair:LOL: The display is very dim now for some reason??

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Batuche

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We purchased a Fenix TK41 in the fall of 2018 and it was the brightest thing we had ever seen at 800 lumins turbo (2h 10min advertised), and 335 lumins high (7h 15min advertised). We knew nothing about LED flashlights and purchased this from Fenix after seeing it online.

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It is a beautiful flashlight, and from the Fenix manual; "… the unique design makes TK41 much more compact and light weight." While that may have been true at the time it is huge and heavy by today's standards with a healthy appetite for AA batteries which it devours eight at a time. After forgetting a batch of alkalines in it over one summer the corrosion almost ruined it so we began stocking eneloops. In 2018 we used it for scouting/camping. Today it sits by the back door for occasional use in spotting critters, etc., at night.
 
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