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ledbetter

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Oveready bored and refinished 9p with single mode xpg2 5k by nailbender(3.7-12v). Clicky tailcap used for another multi mode light so used older 9p tail that can’t be converted. Always found older sf tail caps don’t work so great with multi mode drop ins.
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bykfixer

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I have a PKDL PR-1 that the ano has been rubbed off over time.
But it's kinda Chuck Norris. Any "beat up" pictures would not be of the light but the objects like concrete or asphalt the PR-1 landed on.
 

hamhanded

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OK, here's mine. BUT... can anyone guess what it is?

Hint: Not Surefire, not Elzetta, but it is a P60 host.
 

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ledbetter

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If I had to do it over again I probably would’ve chosen a G2 to put in my tool box but the MD2 survived ok. Lens is fine since it was against box wall and maybe since it’s a 16mm it helped. Hi/lo still no problem. Just superficial scratches from living with hacksaw, screwdrivers, channel locks, crescent, and assorted screws.
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Megalamuffin

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I loaned this stylus pro to my dad after he lost his. He used it for a year or two I think, so most of the wear is from his use. It found its way back to me eventually and I now keep it in my cleaning kit. Forgot I had it actually.

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whill44

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My Son's Emisar D4V2 has finely quit after 4 years of daily use. I gave it to him for Christmas one year knowing full well it wouldn't last long in his tool like hands. He's not a flashlight guy at all but quickly fell in love with the magnetc tail cap and high output. I mean it a enthusiast light meant to show off not a work light, Right. Three jobs later he has been working maintenance at a coffee manufacturer this last year and using the light daily. This week it quit. I gave him his choice of lights from my collection, he wanted the exact same light which was handy because I had bought two that year outfitted the same. Here are the pics, the switch rubber cap was intact I pulled it off to try and fix it.

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aznsx

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Yeah - when that loop goes there's no apparent easy fix. Oddly enough a Fenix hung in for a decade without that kind of wear and was retired due to intermittent contact problems.
Perhaps "oddly", perhaps not. You bring out a very good (and often not considered) point. I can assure you that not all aluminum is "created equal". Far from it. Some "Al" is pretty much 'garbage'. It's an aspect of product quality many don't even consider. Had I not spent some years in a hard alloy Al extrusions plant, frankly I might not have either. There are rather precise industry specs for all metal alloys and tempers. To the extent that a manufacturer does / does not specify the alloy & temper of Al a light is made of, one should absolutely consider that when shopping.....and yes, '6061 T6' is in fact a very good Al alloy / temper for flashlights. If one considers all properties / qualities / factors, it's essentially optimal for the application. It's yet another case where one should keep in mind that while you may "get what you pay for", one very rarely gets what they don't pay for.
 

idleprocess

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Perhaps "oddly", perhaps not. You bring out a very good (and often not considered) point. I can assure you that not all aluminum is "created equal". Far from it. Some "Al" is pretty much 'garbage'. It's an aspect of product quality many don't even consider.
Perhaps I should qualify things a little better. The Fenix was $40 or $50 a ~decade ago and took more than a year for the finish to start wearing. The Lumintop was less than $10 18 months ago and the finish started wearing within weeks. Accounting for inflation I'm probably a little ahead on TCO, however I'd rather not be looking for a replacement in such a short period of time.
 

rwolfenstein

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I wish I still had the original tailcap for my 6P defender, it was all the way down to bare steel and the rubber was completely gone on the click switch. Its beat up but still going to this day, bought it back in 2006.
 

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aznsx

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Perhaps I should qualify things a little better. The Fenix was $40 or $50 a ~decade ago and took more than a year for the finish to start wearing. The Lumintop was less than $10 18 months ago and the finish started wearing within weeks. Accounting for inflation I'm probably a little ahead on TCO, however I'd rather not be looking for a replacement in such a short period of time.
I absolutely get what you're saying, but my brain just doesn't think in terms of TCO where tools and (most) equipment are concerned, as to me that is generally secondary to quality / reliability every time. Just a perspective thing. Not to be picky now, but that looks like more than just "finish" / anodizing that's worn out, but is rather the structural metal. I'm perhaps less concerned about the finish / aesthetics than the metal.
 
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