Seeking handheld flashlight with a tailcap switch with momentary on only (press & Hold)

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For non-Surefire, McGizmo made several lights with a push activation like that. Lunasol 20 is a great light, and even switches between low/high depending on how far you push it.

I keep forgetting that Don is more of an artist while also an engineer, once again I couldn't find any proper description for that light...

So how does it switch between modes? Like the SureFire EDCL1-T gaspedal...?
 

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I have a job function where I use a flashlight approx. 30-50 times during a working day, but only for a second at a time, maybe even less than a second.
I only have one hand free to take the fashlight out of my pocket and operate it.
In addition, my job function also involves a lot of physical movement and walking around, which is why the flashlight can easily be switched on by accident.
Before I bought my first surefire on the recommendation of this forum, I have tried several different twistys and clickies.
But after using my surefires with a momemtary-only tailcap switch for approx. 10 years, I'm not going back to some of the previous on/off mechanisms.
My experience tells me that there is simply nothing easier than a momentary-only tailcap switch in my job function, and I am so glad that someone on this forum took the time to recommend me a surefire ten years ago with this switch.

But I appreciate the recommendation, I can understand why a twisty would be seen as the natural choice.
 
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His 1st post leads me to believe he only wants a momentary on so that the light doesn't stay on when accidently turned on in his pocket.
If that's the case, and he's not a super-hard-tactical user, then a twisty might work great.
You're right, and very often we ask for a particular thing because we can't think of any other possibility so hopefully he finds the help he needed here in the thread and makes a decision that will work best for him.
 

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I keep forgetting that Don is more of an artist while also an engineer, once again I couldn't find any proper description for that light...

So how does it switch between modes? Like the SureFire EDCL1-T gaspedal...?
Push a little for low, and all the way down for high. Really an ingenious mechanism, and utter simplicity itself, although I'm sure it took him a good long time to work it all out.
 

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I have a job function where I use a flashlight approx. 30-50 times during a working day, but only a second at a time, maybe even less than a second.
I only have one hand free to take the flashlight out of my pocket and operate it.
In addition, my job function also involves a lot of physical movement and walking around, which is why the flashlight can easily be switched on by accident.
This description makes me even more certain that depending on what you're willing to spend, you may find perfect satisfaction in one of the McGizmo classics or an HDS light. I've got both and would absolutely think of an HDS Rotary as perfect for your needs.

I ended up carrying nothing but two of them all the time now, largely for the same kind of reasons; momentary light needed on a regular basis, and both of the my other favorite lights constantly coming out of my pocket with dead batteries due to accidental activation.

Definitely take a look at the HDS Rotary, if you haven't already, and find out why it's one of the most well loved lights in the forum.
 

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Push a little for low, and all the way down for high. Really an ingenious mechanism, and utter simplicity itself, although I'm sure it took him a good long time to work it all out.

that definitely sounds the same! :) does that tail work with any other light tho?
 

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This description makes me even more certain that depending on what you're willing to spend, you may find perfect satisfaction in one of the McGizmo classics or an HDS light. I've got both and would absolutely think of an HDS Rotary as perfect for your needs.

I ended up carrying nothing but two of them all the time now, largely for the same kind of reasons; momentary light needed on a regular basis, and both of the my other favorite lights constantly coming out of my pocket with dead batteries due to accidental activation.

Definitely take a look at the HDS Rotary, if you haven't already, and find out why it's one of the most well loved lights in the forum.
I am willing to spend a lot.
As I understand, McGizmo unfortunately no longer makes flashlights with this feature, and I'm mostly to new flashlights, but I'll certainly look into HDS.
 

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I am willing to spend a lot.

This will do exactly what you want.

Peak Logan 17500 with adapter pack:
The momentary takes ~3lbs of force and the harder you press it the more lumens it sends

Momentary at the switch. On is twisting the head
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This will do exactly what you want.

Peak Logan 17500 with adapter pack:
The momentary takes ~3lbs of force and the harder you press it the more lumens it sends

Momentary at the switch. On is twisting the head
View attachment 30909

you can switch the pill and the battery tho and you'll have a high momentary you can press with your pinky
 

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This will do exactly what you want.

Peak Logan 17500 with adapter pack:
The momentary takes ~3lbs of force and the harder you press it the more lumens it sends

Momentary at the switch. On is twisting the head
View attachment 30909
It is a very interesting flashlight. In fact, I have already looked into it and find it very interesting.
But I didn't realize the tail cap switch had a gas pedal function much like my surefires. Many thanks for that information.
 

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I am willing to spend a lot.
As I understand, McGizmo unfortunately no longer makes flashlights with this feature, and I'm mostly to new flashlights, but I'll certainly look into HDS.
Neither route is cheap, but both are such satisfying lights and there is more than one reason that the older McGizmo lights are definitely worth looking for.
 

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It is a very interesting flashlight. In fact, I have already looked into it and find it very interesting.
But I didn't realize the tail cap switch had a gas pedal function much like my surefires. Many thanks for that information.
Same momentary works with all their flashlights. But the 17500 has the larger of the heads so it has more output.

The 14500 El Capitan is fantastic if a 14500/AA size will work for you
 

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A little follow-up.
I have just ordered two more flashlights for my collection.
It was not an easy choice, because there were so many good recommendations to choose from. But after some additional research and thinking time, the choice fell on an Elzetta Bravo and a HDS tactical rotary, which is now on its way to my mailbox.

But since I had such a hard time finding flashlights with this function my self, which has become my favorite user interface, I have written down all the recommendations, so that next time I can find such flashlights more easily. After all, there don't seem to be that many companies that offer this simple user interface, which is one of my highest priorities when choosing a flashlight for work.

Many thanks for all the recommendations.
 
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