What did you use your flashlight for today?

Dave_H

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I sometimes use a flashlight to look into other flashlights (hmmmm...).

Some low-cost 3AAA lights with round cell holder having contacts at opposite ends can also run from 18650. Looking down the tube with end-cap removed, if there's a spring at the head end, as well as the tail end, good chance an 18650 fits, provided the tube is long enough. In one case tube was just slightly too short, but an 18500 fits.

Unfortunately this can't usually be done in-store before buying, as most 3AAA lights I would likely buy these days I would like to run on 18650's.

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Streamlight 1L-1AA to check to make sure I forgot nothing on the backseat of my car.
Such handy little things they are. This may not be a 'do-all' light (if such exists), but it'll do-al(most) everything I need it to do, from casual stuff right up to TAC/backup - in a very usable and handy package overall. Only had mine a few months, but it could end up arguably being the best money I ever spent on a flashlight - certainly on that short list.
 

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Took some pics of my jeep with holiday lights.
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So I was using my Acebeam Rider RX for the last couple of weeks at the contstuction site, because it has a titanium armor and provides a decent amount of light for around and hour, but today for some reason it kept tripping the protection circuit in the 14500 battery, and we were in a hurry doing a job and I wanted to plop in an AA primary to have at least some light. It did not want to slide open ( the blue inner tube slides in and locks kinda like a bolt action rifle ) so I had to push and hit it to at least budge, but when I finally opened it up I noticed that the battery was stuck inside, so another minute of so of bashing cursing and shaking and no give... So I had to climb the ladder wielding a battery operated floodlight, which was very comfortable as you can imagine ( it was not ).

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I tried to get the 14500 out, but while I was busy smacking the back of it to lodge it out the front even the front of the body got bent

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For now I'm gonna get some simple AA/AAA flashlights to try and see if they work, but if anyone has a suggestion for a good penlight, that can do around 100-150 lumens for at least 2 hours and isn't phased by dust and dirt, please do share.

Also for some reason the 18500s in my Malkoff MD3 also decided to cut out on me in the previous days once or twice, so I gave rechargables a try, but this is a hard no for me, I'm a simple man, I push button, light comes out, and that's that, anything else is just not for me I found out.
 

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So I was using my Acebeam Rider RX for the last couple of weeks at the contstuction site, because it has a titanium armor and provides a decent amount of light for around and hour, but today for some reason it kept tripping the protection circuit in the 14500 battery, and we were in a hurry doing a job and I wanted to plop in an AA primary to have at least some light. It did not want to slide open ( the blue inner tube slides in and locks kinda like a bolt action rifle ) so I had to push and hit it to at least budge, but when I finally opened it up I noticed that the battery was stuck inside, so another minute of so of bashing cursing and shaking and no give... So I had to climb the ladder wielding a battery operated floodlight, which was very comfortable as you can imagine ( it was not ).

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I tried to get the 14500 out, but while I was busy smacking the back of it to lodge it out the front even the front of the body got bent

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For now I'm gonna get some simple AA/AAA flashlights to try and see if they work, but if anyone has a suggestion for a good penlight, that can do around 100-150 lumens for at least 2 hours and isn't phased by dust and dirt, please do share.

Also for some reason the 18500s in my Malkoff MD3 also decided to cut out on me in the previous days once or twice, so I gave rechargables a try, but this is a hard no for me, I'm a simple man, I push button, light comes out, and that's that, anything else is just not for me I found out.

I tend to doubt that the light you reference is a serious professional working person's daily use light. When I look for such a light that's also reasonably priced, I look for something that says Streamlight on the side of it. I'm sure you can find something in that category that will meet your needs and is something you can count on.

My current pick is the Protac 1L-1AA, but being dual fuel it's a bit larger diameter than a true AA / 14x50-only 'penlight', although it is also tougher than average. It also offers what I'd call 'flexible simplicity' w/ Ten-Tap. If that's not a good fit for you, there's probably something in their lineup that is.
 
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fulee9999

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serious professional working person's daily use light
well it's marketed as "EDC" light, I'm fairly sure it's great for that, but the design of it did not lend itself great for heavier use I must confirm

the 1L-1AA should be great, I have the old ProTac 90, which is basically the same, just angled, but currently I'm looking for something else, but great suggestion tho, from personal experience I can confirm they can take a beating
 

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well it's marketed as "EDC" light, I'm fairly sure it's great for that, but the design of it did not lend itself great for heavier use I must confirm

the 1L-1AA should be great, I have the old ProTac 90, which is basically the same, just angled, but currently I'm looking for something else, but great suggestion tho, from personal experience I can confirm they can take a beating
10-4 on that. The main reason I said "tougher than average" is partly a Borofloat glass lens, but more to the point, an honest 2-meter FL1 impact rating. I doubt that Acebeam offers(ed) either of those, but your ProTac 90 probably does. Those are 2 things that aren't so easy to find these days, and that impact rating is important for my work lights. Statistically, impact is what's most likely to kill my work light at just the wrong moment (not that there's a good moment, of course).:)
 

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Elzetta Alpha 415 on low was used see the back yard at 5:00am.
Wrist strap makes it a centrifugal device if the need arises.

maybe I'm in the wrong here, but my "what was that noise?!" flashlight is a fully loaded old Maglite 4D right next to the door... you know... "if the need arises" :D

I know I wouldn't want to be on the wrong end of either of those, gentlemen!
(Both pretty darn bright!):)
 

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Over here Bic pens with fine points come with opaque orange reservoirs like these below:
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That makes it very hard to see the level of ink inside. So I used my Lumintop EDC01 to illuminate the inside of the reservoirs of a few of my pens and check how much I've used them.

Turns out I use red a lot more than I do black, but neither compares to the sheer amount of blue ink I write with. The blue pen has ink only inside the nib itself (the reservoir is dead), red is about 60% full, and black is basically brand-new.
 

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3D cell, 500 rated lumens, LED Defiant flashlight:

Politely and professionally kicked out yet another overnight trespasser at the client's site parking lot, fast asleep in their vehicle. Used it to check inside the vehicle before tapping on the window to wake him up. He was groggy, said nothing, but left after climbing out of the backseat of his SUV, putting on some pants and a shirt, and getting behind the wheel.

They're so predictable too. Always parking against the HUGE far wall on the Southwest side of the lot. I guess they think security will never check there. Honestly, it's the first place we check because everyone trespassing onto the property parks against that wall. My favorite ones are the ones who try to block the windows with blankets, trash-bags, windshield sun-shades, etc. Yes, thank you for making it even more obvious you're sleeping in the back of your vehicle. I just shine my light in at an angle from the driver's side window. They comply when informed they need to leave.

These aren't even homeless people living out of their cars. With one exception, everyone I've kicked out was driving a newer and nicer vehicle than I am. Go home and sleep! I did consider that they might be drunk, and looking for a place to sleep it off before driving and risking the lives of other drivers. But again, nope! All of them were clearly sober. One was a young guy who brought his girlfriend to the Wall. To hang out and eat fast food. What the hell kinda cheapskate plans that as a date?! And, what kinda young woman has so little respect for herself that she puts up with that? That's just sad. So yeah, kicked out another trespasser.
 

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When I was dating my first wife we'd often grab fast food through a drive through and park at a local quiet spot. From there we'd go out to wherever we were going that evening. We just didn't want to go sit down in the restaraunt.

And when I pull a double at work with a long commute back home I'll pull in a safe looking place and take a nap. At my work just now I saw a guy snoozing in a pull over mail drop off. Upon checking on the guy he said he's got a bad cold and had worked a 16 hour day so he wanted to get a little sleep before driving home.

Early this morning I was using a flashlight to find a light bulb for my Tom Thumb light that blew the bulb. I found one, then ordered more online. Tom Thumb light worked again, so I went back to sleep.
 

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Over here Bic pens with fine points come with opaque orange reservoirs like these below:

That makes it very hard to see the level of ink inside. So I used my Lumintop EDC01 to illuminate the inside of the reservoirs of a few of my pens and check how much I've used them.

Turns out I use red a lot more than I do black, but neither compares to the sheer amount of blue ink I write with. The blue pen has ink only inside the nib itself (the reservoir is dead), red is about 60% full, and black is basically brand-new.
I used to use blue the most then one year I switched to mostly black. Don't know when or why to be honest. I carry a mechanical pencil and a Cross clicky with a black ball point ink. We have a lot of recycled paper that causes modern oil based ink to skip at the darndest times, which is why the pencil for taking notes.

I used to use a light bulb flashlight the most but little by little LED lights got the most use. Probably more for run time than anything else. But lately the light bulb lights get the most use. Seems like each year when we go from summer heat to fall chill it happens again. If I need really bright the LED is chosen because really bright bulbs are getting as rare as an honest politician.
 

fulee9999

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We have a lot of recycled paper that causes modern oil based ink to skip at the darndest times, which is why the pencil for taking notes.

why not just buy a fisher space refill? it's somewhere around a tenner and you can write on glass while underwater with that
 
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