What did you use your flashlight for today?

Monocrom

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Sounds like that didn't end well. That disassembly didn't happen to involve a hammer did it? :)
Would have, but I was at work at the time. Sadly, my Gerber MP600 Bladeless multi-tool is also hammer-less too.
 

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Nightstick Tac-310XL.

It worked reliably for literally a few days. Then I found two clear plastic sleeves inside the battery tube I hadn't noticed before. Found them while swapping out dead cells for new ones. One of the cells caught the lip of one of the sleeves and pushed it down a bit. I removed the sleeve. Took a closer look inside. Found another sleeve just like it. But this one was secured firmly in place.

Swapped out the cells. Light refused to switch on. Placed the first sleeve back in. Tried it again. Nope! It then dawned on me that the company in China that made the light for Nightstick (based in Texas), had no clue what the hell they were doing! Couldn't bore a polymer flashlight body properly. So used thin, clear, plastic sleeves sliced down the middle to compensate for their shoddy job!

Originally was going to review the light on its own, on my YouTube channel. But then decided to make an apples-to-apples versus video instead. So that's what I did. Put it up against my trusty Streamlight PolyTac, single-output 600 lumens light. Before I could film the video, the Nightstick crapped out completely on me. The rub? They're both the same price! So, filmed the video, uploaded it, then immediately took the light apart. Salvaged the O-rings and the clip from it. Then tossed the remaining parts in the garbage where they belonged!
 
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Nightstick Tac-310XL.
I actually guessed that part Mono! (which is why I didn't even ask). I'm not very smart, I just had good intel. I thought you mentioned that NS (I recall looking it up). I knew you had a PT. I knew that would invite a comparison so you might be using both. I pretty much knew if one failed the eval it wouldn't be the PolyTac. Figured it was likely the Nightstick that didn't make it home in one piece that night. Simple guess - even for me!
 

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Last night I used my Tool AA to try troubleshooting the leaky POS swamp cooler in my bedroom. Took me a pretty darn long time of taking the basic parts off and inspecting the ones screwed in, then putting most of it back together to inspect the water flow.

Couldn't find a thing wrong despite watching the water's descent into the water tray like a hungry hawk, but apparently keeping said tray pulled back about 1 inch from its "intended" position, instructions be damned, stops the leak. I'm chalking it up to F-tier cheap design.
 

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Setting up the coffee maker in the haste and haze of a bleary Monday morning, I -ALMOST- turned it on before I decided to check the water resevoir with my Novatac and realized I hadn't poured the water into it yet, it was still in the carafe.
 

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It was dark on the job site today due to storms rolling overhead. The sf stiletto pro was the only light I had that could clip to my hat so I used that a bunch, and used the zebra sc64 as well. I really wish there was a two way clip option for the zebra.
 

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A night shift operation at my work required my presence to ensure the rookies knew their role(s). Ordinarily I use a Maglite ML150 when I need the light to reach beyond 50 yards. But last night I opted to try out the new MagTac2. Now it aint got the ability to drill through humid darkness like the 800+ lumens of the shorty MzL150, yet it did drill through the thick moist are much better than the 300 some odd lumens would suggest. No bad.
 

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Used my Tool AA 2.0 (with 14500) to... make a gift.

Over here the police goes toe-to-toe with "gangs" that any other country would outright label terrorist groups and get paid a DEPLORABLE salary for it. The crooked criminal-loving media makes it so much worse that officers are practically afraid of saying they're police.

I'll spare the minutiae for safety, all that needs to be said is I felt that lad was a good egg, and when I asked he said he had no flashlight on him (plain clothes, no duty light). That's been rectified now :buttrock: Only the charger is on him, but he has my advice on where to fetch a good one.

And before someone crows like a horny rooster that "A REVERSE CLICKY IS NOT OPTIMAL", I'll remind you beforehand that any flashlight is better than no flashlight.
 

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Used my Tool AA 2.0 (with 14500) to... make a gift.

Over here the police goes toe-to-toe with "gangs" that any other country would outright label terrorist groups and get paid a DEPLORABLE salary for it. The crooked criminal-loving media makes it so much worse that officers are practically afraid of saying they're police.

I'll spare the minutiae for safety, all that needs to be said is I felt that lad was a good egg, and when I asked he said he had no flashlight on him (plain clothes, no duty light). That's been rectified now :buttrock: Only the charger is on him, but he has my advice on where to fetch a good one.

And before someone crows like a horny rooster that "A REVERSE CLICKY IS NOT OPTIMAL", I'll remind you beforehand that any flashlight is better than no flashlight.
jesus christ man, where do you live...?!
( also kudos for helping out the dude )
 

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Sitting outside, feeding the skeeters when I heard a hoot owl next door.

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Owl said "turn out that #%€ light!!"
3 cell Maglite ML50LX
 

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Alongside my father, used my S21A in turbo mode last Saturday to try and check the alarm sensor under the hood of my car during daytime hours. Sadly it was a fruitless effort, the water tank for the radiator doesn't allow a line of sight to the sensor's lower bit.
 

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After collecting dust for a while today I pulled out a 1 cell SureFire Aviator outfitted with an incan head that contains a 100 lumen neutral 219b Tana singLED and a scout tailcap.
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I added a plumber o'ring for a bit more grip at the tail end. When it arrived from the CPF seller it had a SureFire E1 bulb module that I replaced with a Lumens Factory module until the Tana arrived.

I had forgotten how throwey it is until...
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I went to check on the status of a firepit I was burning some twigs in. The yard aint on fire.

But how bright is this little dude on high?
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Not bad for such a small flashlight fed by an Elzetta RCR. A CR123 would not maintain the minimum 3 volts needed to drive it so it would power to high and drop to 25% after a few seconds.
I keep it set on 25% to mimic the original output of the SureFire bulb. But I use an RCR for those times I want it to run in high.
 
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Advance Autoparts 2C Task Force LED light. Keep it on top of the fridge. My favorite coffee mug is Navy blue. So, pouring boiling water onto the instant coffee means I can't see anything inside the mug. Used the flashlight today to make sure I didn't over pour.
 

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There have been plenty of times that I used a light to watch the water as I poured it over the coffee so it wouldn't go over the paper filter (I only make my coffee pour-over style, straight into the thermos). It definitely comes in handy even with ceiling lamps available, and it's satisfying to watch the steam wisps rise and roll lazily over the ground beans.

With spring approaching and days getting longer, there's not much chance to use a flashlight in my routine anymore, and the few uses I had were repeats of what I've mentioned before.
 
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