What lights are on your radar in {2024}?

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I'd go with a Nitecore MH12 Pro (552 yards of throw) and a Byrna self defense pistol loaded with kinetic rounds followed by pepper rounds as backup. If you accidentally hit a friendly person in the dark by accident, you wouldn't have shot them accidentally with a real gun. If you do hit an intruder, pepper shot to the face and a few bruises will at least give you some time to escape. Best to mitigate lawsuits while increasing security.
 

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I would choose a different kind of blast.

I'd go with a Nitecore MH12 Pro (552 yards of throw) and a Byrna self defense pistol loaded with kinetic rounds followed by pepper rounds as backup. If you accidentally hit a friendly person in the dark by accident, you wouldn't have shot them accidentally with a real gun. If you do hit an intruder, pepper shot to the face and a few bruises will at least give you some time to escape. Best to mitigate lawsuits while increasing security.
You might have noticed that I very specifically did not mention any other devices I might use in conjunction with a flashlight.
 

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Also, it's not really a flashlight, but I broke down and made a FOMO impulse purchase of the discontinued Nitecore NWE30 emergency whistle/strobe beacon. I hope I never have to use it, but if I ever do, I hope it works.

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And I forgot to mention, I decided that I might get a Fenix HM70R headlamp. It's a 21700 light that can be mounted on common helmet mounts with the ALG-04 adapter. The older I get, the more I think that the idea of being in the woods without a lid on my noggin is a bad idea.

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I have one of those electronic whistles. Light sensor disables the light during daytime to conserve power for emergencies. Good to attract attention to a rapist, or thief in a dark alley, or find you when stranded in the wilderness, but makes an unreliable alternative to a flash bang if there are other lights around to disable the 2000 lumen beacon. Got mine when I started developing a movement disorder and was still solo hiking up trails 15 miles. Was losing my voice and having trouble breathing too. Figured if I couldn't scream for help, I'd better have a backup plan. Only annoying thing is the battery drain. Kills it in 6 months. Have to hear the whistle every time you change out the battery.
 

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And I forgot to mention, I decided that I might get a Fenix HM70R headlamp. It's a 21700 light that can be mounted on common helmet mounts with the ALG-04 adapter. The older I get, the more I think that the idea of being in the woods without a lid on my noggin is a bad idea.

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That would depend on what woods you are in. Some you have what are considered widowmakers, or falling trees. Awareness of your surroundings goes a long way in preventing being bonked on the noggin, taken out by falling rocks, or caught in a mudslide or avalanche. Personally, I never wore a helmet unless I was rock climbing or working construction (hard hat). When working, my favorite headlight was the Nitecore HC60. Dropped it off an 8 foot ladder once (slipped off my hard hat while I was working on top of the ladder-it was higher than 8 feet). Got in trouble for breaking a tile on the floor from the headlight. The headlight never failed. Upgraded to the 2.0 version and it is a huge improvement for trail running. 21700 batteries are a little heavy and awkward for a headlight. 18650 is about the max I'm comfortable with.
 

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You might have noticed that I very specifically did not mention any other devices I might use in conjunction with a flashlight.
Seriously consider a 9 ounce or bigger canister of pepperspray to go along with said flashlight. I've posted this elsewhere on CPF, very last day of 2023; pulled out a canister of pepperspray when a violent low-life street thug confronted me at my 3rd shift job. Pointed it at him, he must have been sprayed sometime in the past. (Likely by the NYPD.) All of a sudden, he wanted nothing to do with me. Didn't have to push the button, but I was ready to.

Believe me, far more effective than lighting up a violent individual and hoping that THAT is enough to make him run away. I get it. You value their life. They do NOT value yours at all. They'll end yours as easily as most folks would step on a cockroach, and literally not lose any sleep over it. With pepperspray, they'll recover.... And once out of jail, be out robbing, terrorizing, sexually assaulting other decent human-beings such as yourself. But at least you'll know you didn't cause them any permanent injuries.

Just telling it like it is with honestly zero sarcasm in my previous paragraph.
 

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If anything is on my radar, it's the Jetbeam M64. I love that big honkin' single-die thrower (cough-poorman's-BEAST-cough) form factor.

Shocking to say, nothing new has really got my attention lately. I recently scored a vintage Kel-Lite from F/\ceb00k marketplace and have been playing around with it. Late 70's, 5 D-cell. Emailed Don and he confirmed 1975-1980 made in Barstow, CA.
 

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If anything is on my radar, it's the Jetbeam M64. I love that big honkin' single-die thrower (cough-poorman's-BEAST-cough) form factor.
Oh! It is absolutely worth getting. I love mine, and would never part with it. (More like an upgrade over the SureFire UDR Dominator.)
 

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21700 batteries are a little heavy and awkward for a headlight. 18650 is about the max I'm comfortable with.
I'm prepared to live with that fact to have cell compatibility with my other lights. I don't own anything that takes an 18650, and I don't intend to buy anything that does. I do, however, already own a PD36 TAC that takes a 21700, and I'm planning on getting a TK22 TAC that also takes a 21700.
 

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Seriously consider a 9 ounce or bigger canister of pepperspray to go along with said flashlight.

Believe me, far more effective than lighting up a violent individual and hoping that THAT is enough to make him run away.
What I mean to say is that I live in a constitutional carry state, but I'm not going to publicly discuss what other devices I may have for which I may need the flashlight to help me locate and aim at a target, or where and how I carry them or under what circumstances I may choose to use them.

I absolutely would never consider the idea for even one moment that a flashlight would be sufficient on its own to deter an attacker, especially not one inside my home. The flashlight is to illuminate and potentially disorient and/or blind a target, so that I can be sure other means of stopping an attack don't miss.
 

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I have one of those electronic whistles. Light sensor disables the light during daytime to conserve power for emergencies. Good to attract attention to a rapist, or thief in a dark alley, or find you when stranded in the wilderness, but makes an unreliable alternative to a flash bang if there are other lights around to disable the 2000 lumen beacon. Got mine when I started developing a movement disorder and was still solo hiking up trails 15 miles. Was losing my voice and having trouble breathing too. Figured if I couldn't scream for help, I'd better have a backup plan. Only annoying thing is the battery drain. Kills it in 6 months. Have to hear the whistle every time you change out the battery.
It's very specifically only for helping a rescue team locate me, should I happen to be unable to self-rescue, in a rural or wilderness setting. Definitely not something I would ever try to use in the event of a personal attack. As for the battery, it's a simple matter to remove it when not needed (ie, at home).
 

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What I mean to say is that I live in a constitutional carry state, but I'm not going to publicly discuss what other devices I may have for which I may need the flashlight to help me locate and aim at a target, or where and how I carry them or under what circumstances I may choose to use them.

I absolutely would never consider the idea for even one moment that a flashlight would be sufficient on its own to deter an attacker, especially not one inside my home. The flashlight is to illuminate and potentially disorient and/or blind a target, so that I can be sure other means of stopping an attack don't miss.
I appreciate the clarification. You'd be surprised how many folks I've encountered who think a bright enough light, or strobe mode on a high enough setting will somehow magically make a violent attacker poop his pants before running off.
 

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MyNitecore NWE30 came in today, I've tested it briefly, and I'm happy. I will put it away in the Plano fishing tackle box that holds my backcountry lights, and pick up a spare CR123A for it.

I maybe, might add a Nitecore NWL20 work light to my wish list. That would make a fourth 21700 light in my kit, and it has a built-in charger and comes with a cell. I would probably leave that one on my kitchen table, ready for use around the house, and for use as my 21700 charger. I don't have a separate battery charger.

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Perhaps I spoke too soon. I just found out about the Fenix CL27R, although it's more than double the price of the Nitecore NWL20.

 
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