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    Lightbulb The Flashaholic's "Must-Have" List -- Cast your vote!

    I thought it would be very interesting to see which lights would be considered a "must have" by the die-hard flashaholics of the CPF Community. These wouldn't necessarily be lights of one specific size, output, range, purpose, or price range, but are lights that for some reason would make you say it is a "must-have" light.

    To fit in this category, it must meet the following criteria:

    *NOTE: The below criteria were updated in 2011 to remove restrictions which made it impossible for some to list all of their true "must-have" lights.

    • It has to be a "must-have" for you. Meaning, of the lights you own, this one is a "must" have - and therefore you would never consider selling it. (unless of course you were in dire straits)
    • It must be a specific light - this is a specific "must-have" flashlight for you, not a favorite manufacturer or line of flashlights
    • It is not a list of lights you own - if you have more than one light you feel is a true "must-have" light, feel free to list more than one. However, we want to avoid individuals indiscriminately listing all their lights. **Please limit your total votes to no more than seven (7) lights. This doesn't mean you should automatically list 7 of your lights, but this is the limit.
    I realize you may have multiple "must have" lights - I do. Therefore, there is not a limit on what you submit. I want to make sure this is a highly endorsed list of lights by the CPF Community, so I will only add a light to the "must have" list after it has been recommended as a "must have" by at least 5 CPF members. As the number of nominations increase, the number needed to be on the must-have list will be increased to keep the list at a Top 10. The "must-have" list can't always remain at exactly 10 lights due to voting ties which may put it a little past 10 lights at times.

    I'll start with my own "must have" lights: Ra Clicky - extremely versatile, practically indestructable and highly efficient / M6 - one of the best incans with tons of options making it a very practical incan / A2 - one of the only regulated incans available, with the practicality of long-run LEDs when needed / McGizmo Haiku - simply perfection of design, beautiful beam pattern, indestructable Ti.

    NOTE: For those of you who are non-Flashaholics or new to this forum, you should be aware that several of the models lend themselves to be very easily modded. For example any of the models using a P60 sized dropin (developed by SureFire), such as the SureFire 6P, C2, Solarforce L2, L2m, etc., can be easily converted from an incandescent to LED, or from a stock LED to a new higher output LED. In fact, this ability to easily be modded/upgraded may in fact be large factor for it being included in the "Must-Have" list. As these lights cannot be purchased as a host only, they are listed as a complete light.
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    *The Flashaholic's "Must-Have" List* (Top 10 Lights by Ranking) *currently 17 or More Nominations*

    ---#1: HDS Systems EDC (Ra Clicky)
    ---#2: SureFire 6P
    ---#3: Zebralight H501
    ---#4: Nitecore D10
    ---#5: SureFire A2
    ---#6: SureFire C2
    ---#7: SureFire M6
    ---#8: (2-way tie)
    ------- Fenix E01
    ------- iTP A3 EOS
    ---#9: LiteFlux LF2XT
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    The Nominees (& Number of Nominations) - 790 Votes so far *Updated through Post #689*
    • HDS Systems EDC (Ra Clicky) (66)
    • SureFire 6P (38)
    • Zebralight H501 (31)
    • Nitecore D10 (29)
    • SureFire A2 (21)
    • SureFire C2 (20)
    • SureFire M6 (19)
    • Fenix E01 (18)
    • iTP A3 EOS (18)
    • LiteFlux LF2XT (17)
    • 4Sevens Quark AA (16)
    • 4Sevens Quark MiNi AA (15)
    • Malkoff M61 P60 Drop-in * (14)
    • SureFire LX2 (14)
    • HDS Systems EDC Twisty (Ra Twisty) (13)
    • Fenix TK20 (12)
    • SureFire U2 Digital Ultra (12)
    • Maglite/KevinL Mag ROP (11)
    • McGizmo Haiku (11)
    • Photon Freedom (11)
    • Muyshondt Aeon (10)
    • Dereelight DBS (9)
    • 4Sevens Quark AA^2 (8)
    • Malkoff MD2 * (8)
    • SureFire L1 (8)
    • SureFire E1B (8)
    • SureFire E2DL (8)
    • 4Sevens Quark 123 (7)
    • 4Sevens Quark MiNi 123 (7)
    • Arc AAA (7)
    • Fenix L2D/LD20 (7)
    • Fenix TK40 (7)
    • Lummi Orb RAW (7)
    • Maratac AAA (7)
    • SureFire E2e (7)
    • Fenix LOD/LD01 (6)
    • NovaTac 120P (6)
    • 4Sevens Quark MiNi CR2 (5)
    • 4Sevens Quark 123^2 (5)
    • Cool Fall Spy007 (5)
    • Fenix TK11 (5)
    • Malkoff MD3 Wildcat (5)
    • Nitecore EX10 (5)
    • Zebralight SC50 (5)
    • Maglite Mini-Mag 2xAA (4)
    • Peak Eiger (4)
    • Princeton Tec EOS Headlamp (4)
    • SureFire C3 (4)
    • SureFire G2 (4)
    • 4Sevens Preon II (3)
    • EagleTac M2XC4 (3)
    • EagleTac P20C2 mkII (3)
    • Fenix TK30 (3)
    • Maglite 3D (3)
    • McGizmo Sundrop (3)
    • Modamag Draco (3)
    • Nitecore EZAA (3)
    • Olight M20 Warrior (3)
    • Oveready Bored/Modified 6P Host * (3)
    • Solarforce L2 (3)
    • SureFire 9P (3)
    • SureFire Titan T1A (3)
    • Zebralight SC30 (3)
    • Zebralight H51 (3)
    • 4Sevens Quark Turbo 123^2 (2)
    • 4Sevens Preon I (2)
    • Arc 6 (2)
    • BigBeam Lantern (2)
    • CMG Infinity (2)
    • Cool Fall Tri-V (2)
    • Eveready Dolphin (2)
    • Fenix HP10 (2)
    • Fenix P2D/PD20 (2)
    • Fenix PD30 (2)
    • Fenix TA21 (2)
    • Jetbeam Jet-1 Pro (2)
    • Jetbeam RRT-0 (2)
    • Jetbeam M1X (2)
    • Lummi Wee (2)
    • Mac Customs SST-50 EDC (2)
    • Mac Customs Mag623 (2)
    • Mag-mod Mag P7 (2)
    • Malkoff M60 P60 Drop-in * (2)
    • Malkoff Mag Drop-in * (2)
    • Malkoff Hound Dog (2)
    • Olight SR 90 Intimidator (2)
    • Photon Micro-light II (2)
    • Polarion PH40 (2)
    • Solarforce Masterpiece Pro 1 turbo head * (2)
    • Stanley HID 0109 (2)
    • SureFire E2D (2)
    • SureFire E2L (2)
    • SureFire L4 (2)
    • Tiablo A10-G (2)
    • 4Sevens Quark RGB (1)
    • 4Sevens Preon REVO (1)
    • 4Sevens Quark MiNi AA^2 (1)
    • AELight 35/50 HID (1)
    • Arc LS (1)
    • Arcmania X6 (1)
    • Black & Decker 2AA Clip Light (1)
    • Coast X-21 (1)
    • Deft HO (1)
    • Delghi Iris (1)
    • Dereelight C2H (1)
    • Dereelight Javelin (1)
    • EagleTac P10A (1)
    • EagleTac P10C2 (1)
    • EagleTac T20C2 MKII (1)
    • EagleTac P100A2 (1)
    • Electrolumens Anglelux 1W (1)
    • Electrolumens EDC MCE (1)
    • Energizer AA headlamp (1)
    • Fenix E10 (1)
    • Fenix LD10 (1)
    • Fenix TK10 (1)
    • Fenix TA30 (1)
    • Fenix TK45 (1)
    • FiveMega D36 1x26650 Host * (1)
    • Gerber Infinity Ultra (1)
    • HyperBeam Elite 7G (1)
    • IlluminaTi R5 (1)
    • iTP A1 (1)
    • iTP A2 (1)
    • iTP C7 (1)
    • Jetbeam Jet-I AA (1)
    • Jetbeam Jet-III M (1)
    • Jetbeam RRT-1 (1)
    • Jetbeam TC-R3 (1)
    • Led Lenser P7 (1)
    • Led Lenser V8 (1)
    • Lighthound 5mm Keychain (1)
    • Lumapower D-Mini VX Ultra (1)
    • Lumapower Incendio XP-G (1)
    • Mac Customs SST-50 Mag Drop-In (1)
    • Maglite Mini-Mag LED AA (1)
    • Maglite XL100 (1)
    • Maglite 2D (1)
    • Maglite Solitare (1)
    • Malkoff M31 P60 Drop-In * (1)
    • McGizmo McLux III PD-S (1)
    • McGizmo Ti-PD (1)
    • Microfire Pioneer (1)
    • Moddoo Triple-XPG P60 Drop-in * (1)
    • Muyshondt Mako (1)
    • Neofab Legion II SST-50 (1)
    • Nitecore Defender Infinity (1)
    • Nitecore EZCR2 (1)
    • Nitecore SR3 (1)
    • Olight M30 (1)
    • Olight T25 (1)
    • Peak Beam Systems Maxabeam (1)
    • Pelican 7060 LED (1)
    • Petzl Takktica XP (1)
    • Photon Proton Pro (1)
    • Photon Rex (1)
    • Polarion PH50 (1)
    • Power On Board 35W HID (1)
    • Princeton Tec Apex (1)
    • Princeton Tec Pulsar II Red (1)
    • Rayovac 300L Lantern (1)
    • Rayovac 2AA Penlight (1)
    • Romisen RC-G2 (1)
    • Romisen RC-N3 (1)
    • Solarforce L2M (1)
    • Solarforce L2P (1)
    • Solarforce L2R (1)
    • Streamlight Strion (1)
    • Streamlight SuperTac (1)
    • Streamlight Stinger XT (1)
    • SureFire 6P LED Defender (1)
    • SureFire E1e (1)
    • SureFire E1L (1)
    • SureFire G2Z (1)
    • SureFire G3 (1)
    • SureFire M2 (1)
    • SureFire M3TL (1)
    • SureFire Saint (1)
    • SureFire Stratum (1)
    • SureFire Z2 (1)
    • SureFire Helmet Light HL-1-D (1)
    • SureFire 6P LED (1)
    • Thrunite Catapult (1)
    • Thrunite P60 3-mode Drop-In * (1)
    • UltraFire C3 (1)
    • UltraFire RL-2088 (1)
    • Velore AA (1)
    • Vital Gear FB1 * (1)
    • Wolf-Eyes M90 (1)
    • Zebralight H30 (1)
    • Zebralight SC60 (1)
    * Hosts / Dropins (Not Complete Lights)


    Highest Number of "Must-Have" Votes by Manufacturer (Those w/ 2% or more)
    • SureFire - 187 (24%)
    • HDS Systems - 79 (10%)
    • 4Sevens - 73 (9%)
    • Fenix - 71 (9%)
    • Zebralight - 44 (6%)
    • Nitecore - 40 (5%)
    • Malkoff - 34 (4%)
    • iTP - 21 (3%)
    • LiteFlux - 17 (2%)
    • McGizmo - 16 (2%)
    • Photon - 15 (2%)
    Last edited by RichS; 08-08-2011 at 02:18 PM.

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    TK30/TK40
    4Sevens Quark

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    Fenix TK20

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    SF-6P
    Zebralight H501 as an area flood light / lantern/ molle attachment
    SF-A2
    MAG ROP
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    SF M6
    SF LX2
    HDS/RA twisty or clicky

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    Quote Originally Posted by was.lost.but.now.found View Post
    TK30/TK40
    4Sevens Quark
    Thanks. Which Quark? These are must-have lights, not just manufacturer or line.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kramer5150 View Post
    SF-6P
    Zebralight as an area flood light / lantern/ molle attachment
    SF-A2
    MAG ROP
    Which Zebralight?
    Last edited by RichS; 09-26-2010 at 02:23 PM.

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    Arc LS First Run

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichS View Post
    Thanks. Which Quark? These are must-have lights, not just manufacturer or line.
    Since they lego so well it's hard to pick just one. They all have the same beam/head aside from the different voltage and UI options. Can you just call it Quark R5?
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    Quote Originally Posted by was.lost.but.now.found View Post
    Since they lego so well it's hard to pick just one. They all have the same beam/head aside from the different voltage and UI options. Can you just call it Quark R5?
    I agree it is great that they lego so well, kind of like SF flashlights. But if you had to pick the one(s) that are a "must have" for you right out of the package, which one(s) would it be?

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    Quote Originally Posted by F250XLT View Post
    Arc LS First Run
    Can you still get these pretty easily or are they a collector's item?

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    Fenix TK20
    iTP A3
    Nitecore D10
    Zebralight H501

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    Tri-V

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    Quark MiNi AA
    Zebralight H501
    Preon 2
    QMiNi123-AA,AAww,CR2,Preon2,Fenix LD20,LD15,TA30TK40,iTP EOS A1,A2ss,A3Ti,UF c3,501b,502b, Glo-toob, RomiRC-b12,SFP7,SolarforceSkyline,L2,L2r,SST-90Mag4D,MiniMagAA,PetzlHL,PrincetonTecHL,TFZ1,200m w laser

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    Lummi Orb RAW
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    Quote Originally Posted by RichS View Post
    Can you still get these pretty easily or are they a collector's item?

    They can be had if you ask, and there is a member here on CPF that still has hosts available I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldways View Post
    SF M6
    SF LX2
    HDS/RA twisty or clicky
    Ditto on the Ra Clicky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichS View Post
    I agree it is great that they lego so well, kind of like SF flashlights. But if you had to pick the one(s) that are a "must have" for you right out of the package, which one(s) would it be?
    Sorry, you're just not liking my answers. I was intending also to lump the TK30/40 into one group, because while some individuals have both, the understanding is that the quality of the two is due to the constant output and beam quality, which is shared equally by both lights. The choice between the UIs and the battery type simply comes down to personal preference but by most they are considered the same light. This also explains my thoughts on the Quark.

    I'm just thinking your results are going to be watered down by being too specific. I mean, when I say Quark do I also need to specify aluminum vs. Ti? I think it's a little much. But anyway if you must have only one, for my vote just go with TK40 and Quark AA Regular for the other.

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    P60 drop in host - ElectronGuru bored 6P with McClicky, HAIII or cerakote.

    Bored because so many custom P60 drop ins will run on one 18650 - but won't run on 2 rcr123s. Specified ElectronGuru, not sure where Nite is on sales of FiveMega hosts, also ElectronGuru is "one stop shop" right down to the AW batteries and chargers.


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    Quark 2AA R5.
    Quark 2 123-R5.
    Quark mini cr2.

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    TK40 if I could only have one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RichS View Post
    Which Zebralight?
    Oops... H501
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    Surefire C2.

    Because the other must-have is the Malkoff M61 drop-in.
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    Nitecore d10
    L10 + L10c nichia 3mode : Jetbeam rrt-01 : 2x ZLh501w : IncenDio-v3 : Jet-III-M-ww : Parasitic drain ones: HDS high cri : Nitecore D10 nichia ramping.

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    I must have and always do have with me...

    Draco (chrome) keychain edc always there for emergency

    when I went mountain climbing and weight was the premium concern for everything I took only 2 lights

    the Zebra light sc30 (neutral white)
    and ITP A3 eos 3 stage with a 3.7V 10440 as a super lightweight back up

    for asthetic value there are many lights I like and want ...but I own
    a Lummi Raw in Damascus,Lummi N/S Raw is pretty nice too with 5 trit slots and 2 speed 20/200 or 100/200 lumen

    and JHanko's 3D Trit D10 custom is pure art in Titanium and tritium
    I own his latest 21 Red trit version

    a custom machined Mag 1D with SST-90 and 2 x 18650 running D Flex 8 stage up to 1450 lumens...it does everything except pop into your shirt pocket

    another keeper is my rainbow killer... perfect neck carry light
    too easy to throw on and use in a split second,thanks Fred


    finally and surprisingly deal extreme does the button lights with 22,000mcd ... 10 for $4.57 they are on anything I own that has a zip or tag, back packs hooks and nails all around the house and workshop
    all my friends have been given one and even saved a mate in a flash flood
    I think I have bought about 100 now ... they are so handy.

    wish list...
    when I get the $ together I will get a Haiku...that will be on the list aswell
    Tri-V probably won't get this one but if I did it would have to be no.1

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    Darkness.
    If and when the the big dookie hits the fan, and global chaos ensues, i want a couple of quality AA lights within reach.

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    Photon Freedom. It's the light that is always in my pocket. There are lots of others, but the only light I feel lost and uncomfortable without is the Freedom. Same for its constant sidekick, the Swiss Army Executive.
    Looking for something, use a handheld. Actually doing something, you need a headlamp.

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    HDS RA Clicky
    Quark 123
    Nitecore SR3
    EagleTac T20C2 MKII
    EagleTac M2XC4
    Tiablo A10-G

    I have a feeling the Maelstrom will be must have but who knows at this point.

    I am suprised I don't have any Jetbeams or Fenix lights on my must have list but I guess I like my other lights better. Maybe a Jetbeam RRT-3 but I don't own one (yet).

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    SUREFIRE 6P
    RA TWISTY

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    Solarforce L2, bored 6P or any solid 18650 P60 host. Wish I would have jumped on this bandwagon a long time ago! Add a 1aa and headlamp and I'm not sure why I keep my other lights around!

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