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    Default What I chose for my EDC 18650/2x123 light, and why

    Like most of you, I love to think -- and usually, overthink -- my gear choices. Frankly, I love my lights just for the face that you press a button and THEY MAKE LIGHT. But also live when I can actually justify a new purchase. What do you think of my choice and the reasons, and would you have bought differently? I knew I'd have to compromise some requirements to more closely match others, and here's where I ended up.

    I was looking for an 18650 light, more E-series size than full 6p size, and it had to also be able to take 123s for reasons that will become apparent when I state my requirements. The three use cases are: EDC & utility use, tactical/defensive use, and earthquake/extended-blackout use.

    EDC/utility: The way I use my light, I turn it on, then I turn it off again, and turn it on again -- though I can't guarantee that I won't turn it back on again very quickly. In other words, hard requirement that the button that turns the light on not be the one that changes modes. I'm fine with high, medium, low. Once I'm in a mode I tend to stay there, so I have some patience for the UI beyond this. Once I"m done with EDC use, I always reset the light to high for....

    Tactical/defensive use, with or without a handgun: Simple requirement - when I push the on button, which must be rear-mounted, it must come on in high, and if it's a clicky, it must be a forward-clicky so I can have a momentary mode. Extra points for instant access to strobe, but not required. Light must have a bright center but still leave no hiding spots in a good size room or hallway, and bright enough to light up the entire yard.

    Earthquake/blackout: Because there's a good chance that I'll be, say, out in the city, possibly without spare batteries, possibly without the ability to get home for a while, I've been thinking an extended-runtime low would be useful. A good low-low lets me run the light a lot, navigate at night, not attract too much attention, etc.

    I winnowed the lights under consideration to Klarus XT2C, Fenix PD32 UE, and Thrunite TN12.

    I ended up picking the Thrunite, despite the fact that it has, by far, the most cumbersome mode-changer UI. Its biggest advantage over both of its competitors is the moonlight mode whose runtime is measured in weeks, vs Klarus 20ish hours on low and Fenix about a week (though I wonder to what extent I've been fooled by different methods of measurement which just made Klarus artifically bad, or if Klarus runtime on low is really so much less efficient). In retrospect, Fenix's runtime on low is probably sufficient, and the button UI seems so much better than head-twisting. The Klarus has the ultimate tactical UI, but with 40% less brightness and such little runtime on low, I regrettably ruled it out. There were a number of other really interesting lights I didn't look at closely enough, like the Niteye MSC20, though its UI seems like it could be over-engineered.

    I've happy with the TN12, especially its performance on high. The head twist UI in general, and the fact that sometimes I twist and the mode doesn't change, is a little bit of an annoyance... I can get very curmudgeonly about these types of things, so it remains to be seen whether I stick with it long-term

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    Default Re: What I chose for my EDC 18650/2x123 light, and why

    You're doing it wrong.

    You buy them all.

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    Default Re: What I chose for my EDC 18650/2x123 light, and why

    Well yes, but I need to put together an order for which one next!

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    Default Re: What I chose for my EDC 18650/2x123 light, and why

    F comes before K, so it's got to be the Fenix.
    There can never be too much honey to lick off your fingers.

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    Default Re: What I chose for my EDC 18650/2x123 light, and why

    Great info and thinking. I EDC a Fenix PD32 S2 and also usually keep it on medium. When I go out at night, the light is switched to high or turbo for tactical use.
    FENIX E01, E05, E15, LD22, PD32 S2, TK15 S2, TK35 U2. STREAMLIGHT PolyTac LED, Strion LED[B]. Foursevens Quark Pro QP2L-X. And a couple of old MagLights for nastalgia, and lets face it- if you ever lose your hammer... 18650 Charging provided by Xtar WP2 II.

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    Well, just to add, with the Klarus XT2C, it always comes on on High...and the strobe is just a press of the mode button away.

    Actually, based on the initial description of the requirement, the Klarus would have fit the bill.

    The rest are just for collection purposes! hahaha

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    If the small size is not a hard requirement, I would have suggested the Armytek Predator. So long as you get the right version, it's incredibly customizable, has a firefly runtime measured in months, is durable, and even has a reserve circuit that will run firefly mode should something happen to the main circuit. And it meets your requirements of a forward clicky switch completely separated from mode changes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KeeblerElf View Post
    If the small size is not a hard requirement, I would have suggested the Armytek Predator. So long as you get the right version, it's incredibly customizable, has a firefly runtime measured in months, is durable, and even has a reserve circuit that will run firefly mode should something happen to the main circuit. And it meets your requirements of a forward clicky switch completely separated from mode changes.
    He did mention that he needed an EDC light, not a thrower light.

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    My Jetbeam rrt21 using 1x 18650 battery fits the bill. 2x 18650 for extended runtime with extender.

    1. you can set the light to different brightness before turning on. Forward clicky with momentary. Strobe is a quick twist to one end.
    2. I have a weapon mount with pressure switch and side switch tail cap
    3. You can use 2x 123a batteries in emergency.

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