X03 saves the day

LEDoutlet

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Hi all,

thought i'd share a story.

My brother-in-law bought a pickup from a dealer about 5hrs from home about a month ago. The roads were horrible since it was blizzard conditions (canada= ICY, snowy, cold + dark) and as he was going over some railroad tracks in the boonies about 1/2 hr. from my place he lost control and rolled his truck. He was fine, and he called me to help roll the truck back on its wheels as it landed on its side.

11:30PM in canada in december = Flashaholics wet dream. I brought an X03 and L1T to help with the lumens. The roads were very icy but i made it in good time to help. I stuck the X03 in the snow and pointed it at the truck and we proceeded to put it back on its wheels. He was still stuck about 25 feet from the road in hip-deep snow so i stuck around for the tow truck.

A good hour later the tow truck shows up and the driver whips out a $3 dollar drugstore flashlight with half-dead batteries. Watching him fumble about in the semi-darkness i decided to let him use a proper tool (X03). his first words? "Whoa that's bright!" He went and did the same thing i did, putting the X03 in the snow as a make-shift work light and left it in there. Got the truck out, took the guy home and he's still driving the same truck without any repairs!

This is the reason i am a flashaholic. what's your reason?

side note, -20C, windy, in the snow, over an hour constant, non-dimming illumination. you just can't beat lithium and LED!:)
 

cheapo

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so the hip-deep snow padded the truck, so thats why it didnt need repairs? good story.
 

LEDoutlet

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Exactly, the only damage was 2 flat tires from us rolling it back and cosmetic body damage (big dents on the roof and one side).
 

chmsam

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Good story.

BTW, is two flat tires and a few big dents to the side and the roof the Canadian version of "Just Like Brand New?" Sounds like what I'd expect from a couple of my brother in laws -- they'd say he just got the new truck "broken in." Been there, done that. Glad everyone was OK.
 

Lee1959

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I used my X0 early this morning to yank a van out of the ditch with my truck. I have a big 3/4 ton GMC 4x4 and it yanked that full sized Dodge van out of the ditch without even breaking a sweat :). Two Japanese gentlemen were in it and they simply drove into the ditch in the white out snowstorm, heavy wind here all day.

I told them that I could not guarantee the van would not roll, it was a deep ditch and it was on quite the angle. But they pleaded because they had no road service so I did it for them. The X0 gave more than enough light for climbing under and hooking up the tow strap.

They were amazed at the light and the snow/ditch/wind/truck, lol. They gave me enough that I went and picked up an X02 this afternoon at Target since I heard the Tiros are going bye bye.
 
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