Retirement trips planned-Need a new light



Newly Enlightened
Sep 20, 2008
Edit-Repost form wrong place. Sorry.

Good afternoon.

It’s been years since I dropped by. Glad to see things still humming along.

I was looking for a new EDC and went to the Malkoff products page and realized I couldn’t understand the descriptions (McClicky forward clicky (latching) switch-huh? Chuckle)

So I thought I’d ask you guys for some help. Then I found the list of newbie questions. So here goes. Above all, I want a tank of a light in an 18650 size format. Buy once; cry once.


PS-What a great list of questions!

1. Mail order. Need by Sept 4 for a trip to Kodiak.
2. Up to $300. But it would have to be a heck of a light.
3. Format-Flashlight. Tail clicky with momentary.
4. 18650 size (or cr123). E.g. Nitecore MH12.
5. LED
6. Any manufacturer. But happy to support quality custom.
7. 18650/CR123 unless there is something better out now.
7. a. I usually recharge my 18650 in a separate charger but no objection to an on board usb charger as well.
8. I would like search and rescue level light with the option to step down several levels to moonlight. I’d also like a strobe function and an SOS function. Though the SOS is maybe optional.
9. Wide-throw
9. a. 1-150 yards depending on brightness I’m using.
10. 90 minute runtime? I’ve never used my light for more than a 30 minute walk but more would be better. Can carry extra 18650.
11. Durability-Critical. I will be out places and doing things. I need a tool I can absolutely rely on. Able to withstand recoil would be nice should the need arise.
12. I believe I want a tail switch with momentary.
13. Multiple light levels, strobe, beacon, sos.
14. Metal. Probably alu.
15. Ipx-7 or 8 water resistance. Will be sailing in salt water.
16. Storage in house and auto. Texas temps in car 130 F plus.
17. A clip would be great. A lanyard attachment is necessary. No crenulated bezel please. A somewhat shrouded lens would seem like a good idea.


CPF Supporter
Sep 20, 2020
"...that famous Texas part of Hamburg"
Take 2: Well, you were bang on with Malkoff already. Forward clicky simply means that it’s a clicky switch with momentary function (half press for momentary, full press for constant on).

Most lights which excel at durability (like Malkoff) don’t tend to have a heap of features (more complicated electronics and interface = less durable and/or less reliable). The Malkoff MD2 (which you likely already looked at) also comes with a Hi/low switch, and to my eyes the low is plenty dim enough to almost pass as a "moon light", but still bright enough to spot things at close distance. On high it’s got plenty of throw for its output. Malkoff also sells a clip for the MD2. This clip also has a dedicated lanyard attachment point.

It’s got all your bases covered apart from a "super low" mode and sos/strobe. In your case Id advice just to get a smaller backup light with those features, and to use the MD2 as your primary light. It’s not worth it to compromise for a less durable/dependable light for features one is likely never going to use in the first place IMO.


Newly Enlightened
Sep 20, 2008
Qué lástima!

Thanks for the recommendation. Unfortunately, sold out. Maybe I can find used.


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