what was the first led flashlight you owned?

Dave_H

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
Nov 3, 2009
Messages
1,392
Location
Ottawa Ont. Canada
Mine back in 2003 was a small keychain light which had been adapted from 1AAA to single LED (5mm white) using a small stack of four LR41's. Not very bright and not much runtime but it was a start.

Dave
 

snakebite

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
Mar 17, 2001
Messages
2,725
Location
dayton oh
Probably made it out of a pr base and 4 of the new at the time hp ultrabright red 5mm.
Late 80's
Use was in a 2c plastic cheapie to use when treating hornet and yellow jacket nests with a dust puffer at night.
They cannot see red.
Never got chased or stung.
First "white" led light was likely a photon.
Then the dam burst and the leds were cheap enough to stick em in everything in place of a bulb.
I still have some first gen nichias.
A blinding 6400mcd at 15 degree beam.
 

Hamilton Felix

Enlightened
Joined
Jan 2, 2010
Messages
934
Location
Marblemount, WA, USA
Before Y2K we were enlarging the reflector hole a bit on 2 AA mini mags and poking in red LEDs bought at Radio Shack, to make red "night lights."

My first commercial flashlight with LED was a Streamlight Syclone. The primary bulb was krypton incandescent, but the secondary "low" bulb was a yellow LED, designed to give just enough light to find your way out of the tent to pee or read a map up close.
 

JimNSULaw17

Newly Enlightened
Joined
Jun 22, 2020
Messages
5
20+ years ago and still lives in the kitchen drawer
20220418_164921.jpg
 

Attachments

  • 20220418_164939.jpg
    20220418_164939.jpg
    181.2 KB · Views: 98

dida104

Newly Enlightened
Joined
Nov 12, 2018
Messages
2
Maglite Solitaire with xenon bulb. My first LED flashlight is a Nitecore P25 Smilodon.
 
Last edited:

Hamilton Felix

Enlightened
Joined
Jan 2, 2010
Messages
934
Location
Marblemount, WA, USA
While that Syclone was my first purchase with an LED, I think the little Coast LED Lenser "V" I bought at a gun show was my first pure LED light. It uses three AAAA cells, hasn't ridden in my pocket for years but still hangs on a hook above my bed/night stand.
 

JimNSULaw17

Newly Enlightened
Joined
Jun 22, 2020
Messages
5
While that Syclone was my first purchase with an LED, I think the little Coast LED Lenser "V" I bought at a gun show was my first pure LED light. It uses three AAAA cells, hasn't ridden in my pocket for years but still hangs on a hook above my bed/night stand.
I have the V2, with the white & red. The red button has started to fail and inly turns on about 30% of the time.
 

Monocrom

Flashaholic
Joined
Aug 27, 2006
Messages
20,397
Location
NYC
First was an Inova X5.
I probably still have it, somewhere in storage for more years than I can remember.
 

raggie33

*the raggedier*
Joined
Aug 11, 2003
Messages
13,748
crazy and i thought it was so bright lol mine quit working then i lost it. i lose most small lights
 

Brasso

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
Jan 17, 2005
Messages
1,638
Location
Alabama
I had some 1watt luxeon, 2aa light that Costco put out. It was all silver alluminum with a tir reflector.
 

lampeDépêche

Flashlight Enthusiast
Joined
May 15, 2012
Messages
1,241
It's ironic to see the fellow who played a role in the industry and even invented some of it be ranked "newly enlightened" here at CPF.
That's like saying Bill Gates knows a little bit about computers.
I'm sure Mr. Keller never designed a flashlight that stopped working just when you need it, and then says "abort, retry, fail".
 

dmenezes

Newly Enlightened
Joined
Oct 23, 2020
Messages
74
Location
Currently in Chile.
My first was a genuine Photon Microlight (the "II" model IIRC, with the white LED), bought in 2004 and carried in my keychain until it literally fell apart from use ~10 years later.

I still carry a similar light on my keychain, but nowadays it's a cheap Chinese clone; could not justify spending $10 in a Photon when a pack of 5 clones cost about half, and work just as well (they're all plastic anyway and will eventually wear out just the same). Truly enough, that Chinese replacement has been in my keychain for 5 years already and it's still working.

My first "real" LED flashlight was an ITP A3 EOS, a "special edition" (purportedly from a custom run for law enforcement, without any markings and also without the "strobe" mode) which I bought on eBay in 2010 and is to this day my preferred flashlight. I love its simplicity (just 3 modes, medium/low/high in that order -- specially like it not having the strobe, which I find useless and distracting, and the modes it has provide just the right amount of light for each situation), extremely small size/weight being AAA, and working great with eneloops.

I carry it in my belt pouch all the time (along with an extra AAA just in case) and use it very frequently. After 12 years of heavy use it has never had any issues, and even the black anodizing is still holding except in a few spots. My only complaint is that being twist-operated makes it hard to turn on with just one hand; all the rest is just about perfect.
 
Last edited:

dmenezes

Newly Enlightened
Joined
Oct 23, 2020
Messages
74
Location
Currently in Chile.
I'm sure Mr. Keller never designed a flashlight that stopped working just when you need it, and then says "abort, retry, fail".
And also never said no one would ever needed more than 640 lumens in a flashlight :)

Seriously, all his billions notwithstanding, I think billg is one of the most overrated jerks of all time. If he had never been born, the computing world would probably be a better place without the Windows crap and stifling monopolistic tactics MS keeps applying to this day.
 

pennzy

Newly Enlightened
Joined
Dec 20, 2016
Messages
65
Not counting the free Harbor Freight ones I think my first was a Coast from Home Depot. Actually posted about it here and someone steered me to the Convoy S2+. About 50 lights later including a bunch of S2+ , well you know the story.
 
Top