you are only allowed one flash light for rest of your life.What is it ?

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Could be anything from a Led Lenser Hokus Focus to a MiniMag-lite, or perhaps a Streamlight Scorpion Xenon. I'd probably pick something I liked the looks of and had high nostalgia for. Only one is a terrible idea. Now if you go by usage or being practical maybe a Petzl Zipka or a X21. Lights is one place where you can really specialise. Only one is a terrible concept.
 

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It would have to be my modded backup, with a h17fx driver, bored for 18350 and LH351D led.
 

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Or the black one, or the Novatac. Any of them I'd be fine with. ;)
 

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My choice would be boring but functional; the Streamlight ProTac 1L/1AA. It's as bright as I'd ever need, has multiple settings, and is easy to carry. But the best part is the "dual fuel" capability - CR123 and 1AA. Obviously when using the AA the output is much less, but still bright enough.
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Zebralight SC64w HI 90 CRI from Bob_McBob, Acebeam X75 XHP70.3, Jetbeam RRT01 with 219b sw45k.
 

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Cloud Defensive MCH - EDC Dual Fuel 1700 lumens.
with the new user programable UI and 4 output levels,

Runners up:
Malkoff MD4 with M91 warm Hi-lo head
Malkoff MDC BGV2 (perfect defense light, just no low and hard to use clip)
Surefire Tactician
Thrunite T10T V2 (outstanding performance running Orbtronic Japanese 14500)
Surefire Titan Plus (been on my keyring for years with no issues at all)
Supbeam K40M customized by Vinh (an oldie, and large, but excellent low and simple reliable UI)
 

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I honestly don't understand why variation of "what is the best" seem to plague every kind of enthusiast forum I've ever joined in my life. There's no way that one device could ever be the best at every possible use, such that it would ever make sense to rely on one model for everything. Nor is there really any conceivable scenario in which one would be limited to only one. Even if I were ultralight backpacking, I'd still carry at least two lights, and realistically, probably three: a headlamp, a handheld, and an area lantern.
There's just no such thing as one best; even if there is a light that would excel at some particular task for which one might need a light, another user will find a different model that fits their needs better.
 

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Based on: constant carry, reliability, smallest, lightness, brightness, good flood and easy functional interface:

Nitecore Tip SE
 

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Hooked on Fenix

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For me, if I only have one light for the rest of my life, it has to be a headlight. From hiking with trekking poles so I don't slip, to rock climbing at night, to doing electrical work, and now dealing with a movement disorder where I can't trust my hands to hold a flashlight still, a headlight is a must have. The one I go for is the Nitecore HC60 v.2. It has an even floody beam from a single light source. This lets you run down trails when necessary and the beam shows shadows of trip hazard rocks instead of wrapping light around corners to hide them like lights with multiple l.e.d.s. Runs a month on low on a 3600 mAh 18650. Has USB-C charging for solar charging while backpacking, car travel, or home use. Has replaceable batteries with one of the most mass produced rechargeable battery sizes on the planet. Takes 2 123A cells as well for cold weather and long term battery storage options. 1200 lumens at max is plenty to see anything you wouldn't need binoculars for anyway.
 

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you are only allowed one flash light for rest of your life.What is it ?
The question becomes WHY would you be limited to using only one flashlight for the rest of your life? Is it a STHF, or are you stranded on some island for many decades? In that scenario the big issue becomes replacement batteries. If you can't get another flashlight, then likely you won't be able to get any replacement batteries either. The problem with rechargeable batteries in a situation like this is they are only going to last so long. If I had no choice, and I had a way to recharge them, then I would choose a rechargeable flashlight with enloop batteries as they should last a few decades. But even they would eventually wear out before my lifetime. So in this scenario I would choose to go with a homemade flashlight I made at the start of the pandemic.

At the start of the pandemic when the lockdown started. Since I was unable to leave the house, I decided that I would build myself a long-term flashlight out of parts only found from around my house. The flashlight was to be sturdy enough to last my entire lifetime, be functional, and bright enough to be for everyday use. This would let me save my expensive flashlight for rare uses when I needed an extra bright light relying on limited battery supply. Using an old metal DC motor and gear case (in good condition and added grease), I soldered it to a modest supercapacitor/voltage protection board. I then tuned a LED driver for high efficiency, and connected it to a switch. I then put this assembly in a small wooden box with posts made from metal screws I had in my basement. I spaced the screws the same as an old 6 volt DC battery. For the top I mounted an old 1950s Ray-o-vac lantern/spotlight (though it functions as a lantern, it will swivel into a spotlight), and replaced the filament bulb with an efficient LED white light, and red LED blinker (a switch toggles between these two modes).

When I was finished I had a fantastic durable hand crack lantern! Using a quality Maxwell supercapacitor to hold the charge means it would not wear out in my lifetime (capacitors can do 50 million+ cycles easy). Easily cranking the lantern for 1 minute easily gives up to 8 hours of good light! A functional lifelong tool made from only parts scattered around my house. 🙂


So if we narrowed the criteria, and said you would be stranded on a desert island, with just one flashlight, and you're on your own to charge/ resupply. How does that change your calculus for what flashlight you bring? 🙂
 

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