Torch for police duties here in the UK...

FIM

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Hello,

Long-time lurker but first time poster here so Hello. After 4 years of regular use, my original LED Lenser P7 has given in, not to mention the 4 sheaths I have been through in that time.

With this said I am looking for a new torch for my police duties here in the UK, and id possible I would like the following:

* high lumen output (for searching alleys, roads, open spaces etc)
* tactical torch body
* instant fast strobe function
* something I can get a polymer duty belt holster for (the same as or similar to the Surefire stuff)
* the cost to be a maximum of £70 (I think that is around $110 converted?)

The Klarus XT11 is standing out to me so far, but I'm looking for your expert opinions.

Thankyou all :)





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Dave D

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Welcome to the forum.

What's your reasoning for wanting 'instant fast strobe function'?

I know there is a popular thread on this site about the Police use of strobe however we are not trained in the UK to use it at all.

The XT11 comes with a crenelated bezel, which I wouldn't considered suitable for use in public.

Does your force supply you with batteries? If so what type do they supply or are you happy to pay for your own batteries or would you prefer to use a rechargeable light? If you are going down the rechargeable route then I would recommend Nitecore 18650 batteries and the Nitecore i2/i4 chargers.

Unless you're on firearms then I would suggest a two output light, High (500 lumens+) for searching and Low (15 lumens or more) for checking documents etc.

My best advice, after 30 years in the job, is that if you are not trained or not likely to be trained in the use of strobe then don't bother with it and avoid anything that could be considered an offensive weapon, hence no crenelated bezels.

Check out the flashaholics website and have a look at the offerings from Armytek, Eagletac, Nitecore etc.
 
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mcnair55

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You can pick another 7.2 up from ARCO or if you can cope dealing with the muppets at Maplins as the 7.2 is always reasonable in there. If you are OK with 18650 fuel the Fenix PD 32/35 are good lights.

Remember to use your discount on Flashaholics, by phone just tell them you are a member here and they will deduct it off your bill, you get a tiny but bright freebie when you spend £50 and over.
 

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I've got spare armytek predator cool white and armytek viking pro neutral white here in uk , both in perfect condition - feel free to pm me if you're interested
 

mekquake

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On ebay uk you can find new olight m22 shipment from uk , instant access to strobe and turbo , for about £42
which is a bargain
 
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TheVat26

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The XT11 is a fine choice. Don't know how well it will fit in a belt holster though, others would have to chime in on which ones will fit. The only, although minor drawback (to me at least) to the XT11 is that I like to have the light stowed in a way that when I draw it out, my hand grips with the perfect orientation to access the great dual switch setup. I carry mine sometimes in the weak side sap pocket with the clip orientated just right. Hope that makes sense, fellow XT owners will know what I mean.
 

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Take a look at Malkoff , great lights you can trust and the clicky switch is top notch , also replaceable with a Surefire twisty for 100% safety.
If my life depends on a flashlight I would only use a twisty/momentary tailcap on my light , but thats just my 2 cents
 

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How about the Klarus RS11,

The crenelated bezel is remove able if you decide to not use it. The strobe mode is accessible from off. Has three modes of steady light. The battery can be charged in the flashlight. It is on sale at Battery Junction here in the US. I am sure they would be willing to export.
 

FIM

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Thanks for your reply folks. My budget has reduced somewhat, and my main focus now would be the surefire/polymer style holder and a decent lumen output.
 

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I bought a 2013 version of the Thrunite TN12, only about $30 Aust. It's a cheaper light that's adequate for police, good output and a handy, slim size. If I was to use this light for work, though, I would always have it on "high" and never change modes, because it's quite a drag twisting the head to cycle modes. Oh, and keep in mind there's low shoulders on the switch, which may be a drama if you wear gloves. Dunno about polymer holsters, but you can clip it in your pocket, or use the soft nylon pouch that comes with it, or spend a few bucks and get a NiteIze holster. I use NiteIze because you can get the torch out very quickly.
 

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Well, the only other light that fits in LEO type polymer speed holster that comes to mind would be the Surefire Fury P2x at 500Lms...most on sale in USA for $105.00-115.00 for the Fury P2x Defender which has a strike bezel (crenelated). It appears to have a sort of wide field beam like the klarus xt11...Its pretty small like 5.5 inches...Update: Here's a link to the Surefire YouTube demo.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtube_gdata_player&v=k4xxUKew30c
 
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johnroq220p16

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Check the Nitecore P16 and Nitecore P20...both good for tactical use.

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