Which Turnkey Flashlight Has the Brightest Incandescent Beam?

recDNA

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All of the horror stories I've read about exploding bulbs or 10 minute runtime before poof scare me off putting together my own high powered incandescent. Some of the needed parts are also tough to get and seldom manufactured any more.

Does anybody sell a fully put together ready to blast incandescent flashlight with over 600 lumens output. I don't want an HID because they're just too big and heavy.
 

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As far as handheld Incan Flashlight (excluding HID), I believe the M6 is the brightest out of the box with the included MN21 High Out put Lamp Assembly (HOLA). It's stated at 500 lumens, but measure around 650 IIRC?

The M4 however throws farther, from my experience, at least with the LOLA bulbs.
 

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As far as handheld Incan Flashlight (excluding HID), I believe the M6 is the brightest out of the box with the included MN21 High Out put Lamp Assembly (HOLA). It's stated at 500 lumens, but measure around 650 IIRC?

The M4 however throws farther, from my experience, at least with the LOLA bulbs.

I was looking for something smaller, brighter, and hopefully cheaper than the M6 but it may be the best available. I wonder why there aren't more incandescent modders who build turnkey pocket rockets?

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The IMR-9 is a bit orangey with 2x18650 laptop cells, but has decent output. (2xIMR 18500's will probably be whiter) I dunno if it has higher output than the P91- the IMR-9 is rated at 500 bulb lumens on 2x IMR18650's, and the P91 200 Surefire lumens on 3 primaries.
 

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I was looking for something smaller, brighter, and hopefully cheaper than the M6 but it may be the best available. I wonder why there aren't more incandescent modders who build turnkey pocket rockets?

The main reason is voltage. 2 cells is barely enough for big output. Huge output prefers 3 cells and 3 cells require space. The best 'compact' incan would be a 9P type setup with a WA 1331 or 1185 in an FM sunsocket, with 3x16340's or better yet, 3x1835's - 1K lumens. Scale up to an M6 and you can go 1909 on 3x18650 - 2K lumens.

There's a great deal on a turnkey 1909 right now:
http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?311395
 

recDNA

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The main reason is voltage. 2 cells is barely enough for big output. Huge output prefers 3 cells and 3 cells require space. The best 'compact' incan would be a 9P type setup with a WA 1331 or 1185 in an FM sunsocket, with 3x16340's or better yet, 3x1835's - 1K lumens. Scale up to an M6 and you can go 1909 on 3x18650 - 2K lumens.

There's a great deal on a turnkey 1909 right now:
http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?311395

A bored C3 with 3 X 18350 is a decent size. I wouldn't want to go any bigger. Last I heard those FM sockets were no longer for sale right (or at least some part of the setup isn't)? I see the "pocket rocket" concept doesn't really apply with incandescents if I need to use at least 3 cells. 3 X 18650 is too big for me unless it is in a "fat body" (side by side) rather than a "long body"

As you can tell I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to incandescent set ups but if I'm going to go huge I might as well get an HID. I'm totally unfamiliar with the model you linked to but I like the 2K lumens idea!

Thanks for the explanation.
 

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As you can tell I'm pretty ignorant when it comes to incandescent set ups but if I'm going to go huge I might as well get an HID.

FM seemed to make the sunsockets in order to sell off extra reflectors he made for smaller format bulbs, but they became popular in their own right. I've only seen him make 2 batches, but it couldn't hurt to ask. Its also worth post a WTB, someone's bound to have an extra.

Here's a guide to get you started. Post 2 includes ratings of different combinations:

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?228965
 
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