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    Heres a few of mine...

    The first is one one of my first Ďdecent lightsí from years back when I went searching online for a good light.

    My beloved Jetbeam ba20, 2x aa batteries and two simple modes which suit its job perfectly. One thing people new to the light world will learn is thereís no perfect light, just one perfect for a specific task. Iíve used this light for inspections for many years and itís laid in mud, puddles, dropped hundreds of times and still works perfectly. Itís the best tool in the toolbox and never ceases to amaze me how some people will struggle on without a decent light. I canít believe I havenít lost it (being a mobile tech) and Iíve had a few heart stoppers thinking itís gone only to find it in a pocket of a jacket or a drawer it shouldnít be in. Iíd be gutted if I lost it.








    And then then my Olight i3 (my second keychain light see below)




    Finally my ITP A3 that spent a fair while on my keys with a 14500 inside and I enjoyed blowing peoples minds with the output. After a while the little ring mount in the centre wears through, I filed that down and drilled a hole to mount it on the side, a while later that wore through so now itís permanently retired.






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    Great pictures of some well used lights, Torch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chauncey Gardiner View Post
    Great pictures of some well used lights, Torch.

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    Thanks.

    Looking at these you wouldnít believe Iím fussy as anything with the rest of my lights! My other lights that arenít tools donít have a mark on them and usually go away in their boxes or holsters. I remember when I first had the BA20 Iíd be cleaning it and ultra careful, then it started to pick up some marks and the rest is history.

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    WOW. Great stories and some real world wear on those bad boys. Happy to see those little Olights holding up for you since I just got my first, an I3s.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tworch View Post
    Thanks.

    Looking at these you wouldnít believe Iím fussy as anything with the rest of my lights! My other lights that arenít tools donít have a mark on them and usually go away in their boxes or holsters. I remember when I first had the BA20 Iíd be cleaning it and ultra careful, then it started to pick up some marks and the rest is history.

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    That Jetbeam is way cool! How long have you had it?

    Thanks for posting it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gurdygurds View Post
    WOW. Great stories and some real world wear on those bad boys. Happy to see those little Olights holding up for you since I just got my first, an I3s.
    Thanks. You wonít be disappointed with the little I3. Just make sure you donít unscrew the head too much. Iíve lost and found the heads (only once or twice) but a tip... tighten the head so itís on, loosen a tiny amount and push the head down, it will prob illuminate, then just undo it in tiny amounts until pressing doesnít activate the light but itís the least amount unscrewed (if that makes sense). Will give you zero chance of it activating in pocket and the best chance it wonít come off.

    Quote Originally Posted by Toohotruk View Post
    That Jetbeam is way cool! How long have you had it?

    Thanks for posting it.
    No problem, thanks for the comment. The BA20, I donít know for sure... I want to say about 8 years. It would have been a current light when I got it. I know it was my first proper light, I was actually in maplins one day and saw the LED lenser lights (was looking for a new work light) came home to google if there was a better option and then found all these other manufacturers Iíd never known of. I donít think the LL would have fared as well in the wet all these years.

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    The sites not letting me post the pic of my old [Date scribed right in it-1982] 3-D cell mag light.

    Does anyone know of a LED retrofit for that^ unit?

    I used to do hog depredation at night behind dogs and that was a decent light, though banging it around it went through a lot of bulbs... I don't miss the bulbs one bit!

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    My most beat up light is a Jetbeam Jet III-M (R2) from 2009 so well over 10 years old, spent most of it's life (when not in use) in a nylon pouch, the stainless steel bezel protected it well when accidentally dropped.












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    Quote Originally Posted by FREI View Post
    Inova after 2 years of use, Xeno after 3 month:
    It's hard to believe that ano on that Inova is so durable...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Agpp View Post
    It's hard to believe that ano on that Inova is so durable...
    I had an Inova T3 a couple of years ago, nice light sold it on eventually (regretful sale) but the Anodizing was indeed top notch 👍
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slumber Pass View Post
    I wasn't babying my SC62d, but it looked really good after 2-3 months of use until last night. I went down on my motorcycle and scraped it up pretty good. It has strands of cotton stuck under the deformed fins. Still works fine.
    Six years later and I finally killed the Zebralight. It was a house beater the last few years and we constantly used it as tail standing area light. It would get hot on max at 320 lumens and I'm not sure this one had thermal protection.





    It still lights up, but the tint has changed and it's probably putting out 20 lumens at most.

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    Thanks for the update. Too bad it finally gave it up.

    It's always good to see new posts in this thread though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slumber Pass View Post
    Six years later and I finally killed the Zebralight. It was a house beater the last few years and we constantly used it as tail standing area light. It would get hot on max at 320 lumens and I'm not sure this one had thermal protection.





    It still lights up, but the tint has changed and it's probably putting out 20 lumens at most.
    Dang, what a trooper of a torch. Looks prime for an emitter swap though. Have you considered it?

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    How great, Slumber Pass! Really great for you to update.
    Year or so ago I contacted Zebralight about one of my 3 SC62d's going dim. They said send $15(?) and the light. I did and a few months later got it back, nicely renewed. I implied to ZL it would be cool if they replace with a more contemporary emitter. It looks to be another Luxeon, and that's fine; back in the ring to make another swing, though current nightly workhorse duty is an SC64 LE now. Wife uses a pair of the 62d's now.

    Wondering if ZL will still do that for a customer. Couldn't find anything on their website reaffirming that service.

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    I sent zl 4 modified, beat to crap lights missing tail caps, reflectors etc (s600ís) & received 4 working lights in return. No questions asked.
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    Still going strong...


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    The one on the bottom celebrates 4 years this month of daily trouser pocket carry.
    The top one celebrated 4 years daily trouser pocket carry back in June.


    I'd say being they are surrounded with coins, small knives and other objects all day, everyday the PVD coating is a success.
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    One of my most beat up lights, an Okluma TinyDC from Jeff's very first little run of three or five lights here. I took a chance on a new maker, and man, I'm glad I did. One of my favorite users for years now. It shows why I like bare metal lights, it's got tons of scratches and some bezel and tail dings I've kind of sanded down, and it still looks good. Works great too.








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    Really cool piece of flashlight history!

    To stay on topic. A recent pic of my EDC beater E2D Tana TripLED. with some other lights for scale.

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    Yikes James!!!

    Holy moly...hats off!!!

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    This used to be a Surefire Winelight. Its on its 3rd switch cover and obviously has no color left except a faint tint on the bezel.

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    That's impressive. I never saw a light lose its finish. I wish you many many more years with it.

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    This is the only way it happens. I needed both hands for something, place it in my lap. Forget. Stand up. Falls on concrete.

    I don't recall the other handful of times. Nothing happens when there isn't concrete. Laps and concrete are the bane of my lights' existence.




    Brand new SC5c II I have been raving about across threads all week. Wow that hurts. Maybe it will wear in.

    Please help me feel better by posting pics of your bites and the stories that go with them. Thx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chillinn View Post
    [...] Please help me feel better by posting pics of your bites and the stories that go with them. Thx.
    Merged with existing thread, similar topic. Thx,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kestrel View Post
    Merged with existing thread, similar topic. Thx,
    Nicely done. Thank you.

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    One of the best CPF threads ever.

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    I feel better already, and this without taking any pleasure in the misfortunes of others. Rather, I am in good company. We are as one, CPF.


    Quote Originally Posted by aginthelaw View Post
    I sent zl 4 modified, beat to crap lights missing tail caps, reflectors etc (s600ís) & received 4 working lights in return. No questions asked.
    Amazing, and reassuring. I only have 2 ZL now. I guess I better get a couple more. I actually have my eye on two in particular, but I must wait until payday and bills paid.
    Last edited by chillinn; 08-25-2020 at 12:14 PM.

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    One of my favorites as well!

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    This is the way.

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