What light made you a flashaholic?

Big_Ed

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I've always liked flashlights, ever since I was 2 or 3, anyway. My parents let me hold an old Eveready stainless steel 2D cell flashlight during a really bad thunderstorm back in 1974 or 1975. It helped calm me down a little bit. Ever since then, I've just had this fascination with flashlights. I'm sure you can all relate.

I've always had more flashlights than most people I knew, and always carried a couple in my car, but it wasn't until sometime around 1998 (give or take a year or two) that I got a light that made me even more interested in flashlights. It was a PAL Light. It was my first LED light. I thought it was so cool that it used a 9-volt battery, and had that "always-on" glow mode.

Even though the LED in that light has turned very blue for some reason (why is that, by the way?), and I don't use it any more, it still holds a place of honor in my collection for being the light that converted me from a guy who liked flashlights into a true flashahloic who, according to his friends and coworkers, is completely out of control when it comes to flashlights.

So what flashlight(s) made you "turn the corner?"
 

Youfoundnemo

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Im pretty sure LEDs turn "angry blue" when their about to die, for me it was my uncles 6P that started me on my fascination of flashlights
 

Electric Factory

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The Surefire E2DL and A2 Aviator lights.
Both of them convinced me, possibly irrevocably... need more lights !!
 

Sgt. LED

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1 AA Rayovac incan circa 1983.

Red plastic bezel/slide switch and metal body. I can't explain it but this was what got me started, no doubt in my mind. I carried it during the daytime too.

After I lost it I got a HE-MAN squeeze light. I was instantly amazed that it would never run out of power and long as I could squeeze it. Sure was loud though. It's size killed any carry but the lanyard went around the bedpost so I could always find it.

Now I love LED's because of lower power consumption and still concentrate on long long runtimes over huge output.
 

CobraMan

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For me it started when I was in high school - way back in 1980 and I used money I got for christmas to buy a blue anodized Mag 4D. Subsequently picked up a few 2AA and 2AAA over the years but not a real serious photon fanatic.

That all changed when I found this web site and with the release of the Surefire U2 and Lionheart :eek:oo::eek:oo::eek:oo:. From there it was no turning back!

The rest is history.

Cheers,
Tim
 

zx7dave

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It was always in my blood from a child...just financing it became easier as a adult. I think you are either born with it or not...
 

BlueBeam22

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It was my 10 million candlepower Sharper Image spotlight (Basically a 10 million candlepower Thor) that turned me into a Flashaholic. When I bought it I was amazed at how it looked so much brighter and had so much more throw than my 3 million candlepower twin beam Vector.
 

squareone

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first flashlight i bought after the 94 earthquake in northridge. I think it was a yellow everready
 

Chadder

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During college I was really into mag AA and AAA. In about 1996 a co-worker introduced me to the SL Scorpion. I was hooked. I then started looking for better and brighter. That led me to flashlightreviews and then here!!
 

Cydonia

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Duracell Durabeam around 1985-6. Even back then I asked for, and got, a second identical light.
You know... for back up! :D
 

Big_Ed

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Duracell Durabeam around 1985-6. Even back then I asked for, and got, a second identical light.
You know... for back up! :D

I had one of those back in high school. (2AA version) I really liked that light. Several years back, I was in an old hardware store that happened to have those still on the shelf. I bought 3 or 4 of them. They still are in the original packages.
 

Novaflash

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I cannot remember my first light. I just always remember that I was fascinated with handheld lights at an early age. Through my early teens it was mags and then when I was 19 old I bought my first surefire (9Z) at a gun show. I actually sold it on CPFMP a year or so ago.

It has all gotten very expensive since then, but i love it.
 

waddup

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rc-n3 about 6 weeks ago.

thanks besinbenny:twothumbs:twothumbs
 

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