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    Default Opinions? - best buy LED light

    Finnally got hold of an Arc LS - a 1st run,2nd 1x123. A second, apparently, because of some uneven knurling on the head.

    Boy howdy, no wonder the Arc and the SF K1/LS head get all that attention. Falls in a very nice area of the size-brightness-battery life ternary diagram. Of course, when you add cost to make the bang-for-the-buck tetrahedron, it falls off.

    So. When it comes to value, since I need the UL hazardous rating for an EDC light, I have to vote for the ST 4AAA 7LED. But I see the Reactor's down in the same price range - for those who don't need the UL rating, maybe it'd be "best buy" light.

    I know this is a dangerous question to ask in a forum full of fanatics like CPF [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img], but what's your candidate for "best buy"?

    RossB
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    Default Re: Opinions? - best buy LED light

    I know it doesn't quite fit into the realms of commercially available LED lights, but for me the "best buy" LED light has been a bad boy 500 mated to a minimag. Less then $50 for the whole setup. Well just over including shipping.

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    Default Re: Opinions? - best buy LED light

    That all depends on the ol' "How Much Money Can I Spend" variable.

    At the extreme low end: I can say some very nice things about the Brinkman Long Life and the 'Cool Blue'.

    With a few more bucks I'd say a PAL light.

    But after that point the field widens out too fast...
    Arc AAA, the EternaLights and the Opalec module are both "must haves"...





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    Default Re: Opinions? - best buy LED light

    [ QUOTE ]
    RossB said:
    (Yay! Sasha changed the colors so you can read the page numbers now! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img])

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    Err, maybe you haven't noticed, but you can use different style-sheets too. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

    You can find them in the display preferences part of your My Home page. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: Opinions? - best buy LED light

    You are right Bart, but so is RossB.

    He must be using CPF Blues too, because the colors in this style sheet have been changed slightly so that the page numbers are much more readable.

    Pat

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    Default Re: Opinions? - best buy LED light

    B@rt - many thanks. I never noticed that feature. There's even large font options for us old folks who need reading glasses.

    [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    RossB

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    Default Re: Opinions? - best buy LED light

    BOT [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
    I like the ReactorIII for bang/buck. The Infinity Ultra would be up there also. Both with a Lifetime warranty. I don't have one but the SL4AA7LED (also lifetime warranty) was going to be my next purchase before I got the R3

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    Default Re: Opinions? - best buy LED light

    If you consider:

    level of brightness
    quality/throw of beam
    cost of light
    cost of parts
    cost of batteries/usage
    size of light
    quality of build
    durability of light

    Then the BadBoy/MadMax dropins have to rank in at the very top of the "Best Buy" LED lights...

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    Default Re: Opinions? - best buy LED light

    PT Attitude is pretty good bang-for-buck light...

    But I find my Madmaxed MiniM*g to OH so usefull!!

    Easy to carry too! (and not as likely to be stolen 'cause it looks just like a stock mini!).

    My Cop cousin saw my Madmax and liked it... just may have another convert soon!


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