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    Hi everyone, been eons since I have logged on, longer still since i got a new light. I have a new calling, its called fatherhood, hahahaha, but I am back (can't stay away from the light) and saying a warm hello and also wondering how in the world flashoholics out there can balance getting flashlights without getting a scolding from She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed.

    Anyway, I was just digging around the collection and I found the lights i used the most (in no particular preference) were:-

    Quark Mini (EDC)
    Fenix E01 (still on the 1st AAA which was like bought in 2007)
    Zebralight H501 ( i think)
    Nitecore SR3
    Lummi Raw NS
    Fenix TK20 (tough as heck! and with the red filter it's great for checking on the little rugrat)

    So I am wondering, what sort of lights have stayed with you?
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    I use or carry the following most of the time. Vinhnguyen warm nichia 5mm modded Fenix E01 and 120 HCRI HDS.

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    Sd6vn headlamp has lived on my hip since arrival.
    V11Rvn & c20cvn are my work edc
    Tcr10vn & Tcr2vn are my dress edc

    Tk75vnkt & mx25l3vn & mm15vn are my heavy hitters most used.

    All accompanied by my 3w 445nm cypress custom laser and my sebenza / 0560/ izula2 /Leatherman supertool 300.

    Man I carry tons of crap!
    Tk75vnkt*TK61vn-Tcr10vn*Tcr2vn-C20cvn*V11Rvn*V25cvn*D40avn-D25cvn*S200cvn*MX25L3vn-Mm15vn-X60vn*K40mvn-Hc90vn-Sd6vn

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    Default Re: Most used lights

    Most used; Fenix PD35, TK75 and Olight S10-L2.
    Do change a lot with my lights. Use some for days, and then they rest for a week on my desk.
    Am always changing my EDC-light. And the light(s) I take with me in the evening, depends on where I go to, how long I'll stay there and what my mood is.
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    Default Re: Most used lights

    The two I use the most are both Streamlights: A second gen Microstream and a ProTacEMS. I EDC both of them, so it is basically which one I grab when I get dressed. Lately I have also started using my Eveready LED Area Lantern that I just got a week or so ago. So far I've used it about three hours on low, using the alkalines that came with the light, so we will see how close the real world comes to the estimated five hour run time for for AAs.
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    Generally used as always on keys is the DQG spy,usually have a d25cvn in coat or t10t,work lights most used are lenser t7.2 /thrunite t10s/klarus p1a.Camping etc wise mm15vn,tk75vn/tk61vn/tk51 and tn35vn but will take different ones with me each time.....or all

    Rest of my lights get odd rotation ,have too many

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    Default Re: Most used lights

    yeah, haven't even got the space to carry the Jetbeam M1X though its a cool light especially when you have it in a warm white.
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    welcome back, and congratz!

    i only still use a handful of lights myself.
    a few surefire L1s and an E1L for my edc rotation. all modded because im a warm tint snob...
    if i know that i'll be needing more lumens, i grab my E2DL, also neutral tinted.
    and i still use my zebralight H501w for bedtime reading, occasional soldering work, and other light duty activities.

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    Hc90vn carried a little different.
    Super useful, not rocking the headgear (unless in the proper setting)
    Tk75vnkt*TK61vn-Tcr10vn*Tcr2vn-C20cvn*V11Rvn*V25cvn*D40avn-D25cvn*S200cvn*MX25L3vn-Mm15vn-X60vn*K40mvn-Hc90vn-Sd6vn

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    Nice! See you have the boy starting his good habits young!
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    Jr loves his lights.
    He's got a convoy m1, and c8.
    He walks around the house looking under the furniture
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    Gotta get my 4 year old his own with rechargeable bats. He loves using mine but I can never find them after he touches them. 2 he will never touch are my peak eiger and surefire g2x. The mini mags he can play with. We use them for looking for lost Legos.

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    Default Re: Most used lights

    as much as i hate the run time and brightness the flashlight i have used the most is my Mag lite XL 50 its the old 104 lumen version. the XL 50 was my daily carry for 2012 and well into this year. has been dropped many times and been on many bike rides and repairs with me and has eatin $h*t with me on several occasions. my second runner up is my 2AAA LED mini mag since it is my daily pocket carry.




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    SF LX2 and E1e with Tana Singled 219, Quark QTA XPG2. If I could have only 3 these would be it.
    When the E1DL arrives in my country maybe I'll get one and put it through its paces.

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    I just had a quick look at some retailers, goodness there seem to be so many changes, bwahahahaahaha (evil money spending laughter), right now it seems more practical from living in Singapore (bright, well lit country, we have to hunt for darkness to test the lights), to just carry a EDC and a few spare cells is good enough, thinking of the Atom AL, would the magnet on the light have adverse effects on credit cards and all that?
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    Default Re: Most used lights

    Carry:

    4Sevens Quark MiNi AA (XP-G neutral)
    4Sevens Quark AA Tactical (XP-E neutral)
    Zebralight SC52w L2
    HDS 170CT (when CCW)

    Headlamps:

    Peak Eiger #4 power (clipped to bill of cap)
    Zebralight H50
    Zebralight H51fw

    Outdoors/at home:

    Malkoff MD2 (M61N)
    Malkoff Hound Dog (5000K XP-G2)
    SWM D40avn PDTn


    My most used out of these (for years now) is the Peak Eiger. It provides such a useful, floody beam for many tasks and has great runtime on Eneloop. I always have one on me as my EDC backup.

    I also want to comment on the D40avn--currently my favorite all-rounder. It is a dedomed throw monster with a beautiful beam, but when combined with an Olight M22 diffuser, it becomes one of the most versatile lights I've owned, converting it to a huge 180 degree wall of light with bright center. The tail of the light is the same diameter as the head, so the diffuser can be stored on the end of the tail when not in use. I also use a 40mm silicone domed diffuser with it for camping.

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    EDC: Quark Mini 123 HCRI
    Around the house: Solarforce L2P with NB 219A drop in & Panasonic 18650

    I find myself using my Quark Pro QPLC very often as a nightstand light. I leave the head tightened in high mode in case I need a quick blast of light, but typically loosen the head to use moonlight mode as I walk around the house at night, if I go to bed after my wife.

    I did have a E2E with Malkoff E2 single mode head as a compliment to my nightstand pistol, but have actually swapped it out for a newly acquired LX2.

    If I need a bigger EDC light, I typically switch my Mini123 for either the LX2 or a E1B.

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    Most used, LX2 and a Gerber recon.

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    Great to see the LX2 still doing very well, fantastic light. An upgrade to XPG2 would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertMM View Post
    Great to see the LX2 still doing very well, fantastic light. An upgrade to XPG2 would be great.
    I really like the LX2 so far. It's nice to know that you can instantly access a throwy 200 lumens when you smash down on the tailcap. I really think I could get by with a LX2, E2DL (200 lum version), and a FourSevens Mini123 as my only three lights.

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    I just placed an order for the Olight ST25, man, how things have changed, max 550 lumens from 2 AAs, wow.

    1st light in about 4 years, I have been a good boy hahahaha.
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    With a couple mods there's a light getting 1450lm from 4xaa.
    Super impressive.
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    Outdoors:
    Streamlight Polytac 90 (a right angle 2CR123 light)

    EDC: (carry only one at a time)
    Pelican 1920 (dual mode 2AAA)
    Pelican 1910 (dual mode 1AAA)
    Malkoff MDC 1CR123
    Streamlight Protac 2AAA





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    Nice!! I am EDC-ing an old favourite, a Nitecore EX10, initially i had a few problems with this light, the piston was sticking and a real hassle to turn on, then I read somewhere that it might be an O-ring problem, removed the O-ring (will have to replace it, but that's for later, just avoid water for now) and it's working fine.
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    EagleTac D25C. It's pretty much always with me so that's what I use Very nice UI. Great form factor.

    Runner up - Peak HA Eiger Lug high CRI. It's living on the key ring these days as a backup.

    Ken

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    Now it's a toss up, went and dug around in the old collection, I am going to change EDC, on my key chain is going to switch from my Quark Mini 123 to a tiny Raw NS, the Nitecore EX10 may change to a Novatac 120 or a Nitecore SR3, or maybe just switch between these 3 depending on what i am wearing that day

    Now what to do with the Quark Mini 123
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    Quote Originally Posted by hyperloop View Post

    Now what to do with the Quark Mini 123
    I got their headband kit and stowed mine in the car for roadside work, changing a flat and such. Works very well.

    Ken

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    The headlight kit is a good idea, thanks, I will have to look into that
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    It was a toss up between the EX10 and Novatac as office wear EDC carry, so I did what any flashaholic would do, I carried both but one in the messenger bag, one in my pocket and the Raw NS on the key chain
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    My most used lights:


    Foursevens Maelstrom MMU-X3 - This has to be one of the best general use lights I have ever gotten my hands on. It starts out at 1600 lumens, but drops to around 700-800 lumens after heating up. Some might argue this is no better than any old single XM-L2 light. But the REAL beauty of this light is its nice, floody 'wall of light'. Unlike more throw-oriented single emitter lights, this light lights up everything around, giving good central AND peripheral lighting. It's also reasonably small and light. And it can actually be pocketed on a hike if you hike in during the day (unless you wear skinny jeans, of course). With the new, higher capacity 26650s, I actually get about 2.5 hours from one Keeppower 5200mAH. Not bad. Of course, at the lower 200 lumen setting, it will run for HOURS.


    Zebralight SC52w - I sometimes EDC this light. Or I take it along with a quad of Duracell Ion Cores if I think I might be taking that surprise night hike. No, it's not as bright as the Maelstrom. But it's certainly not bad. And four AA batteries will net me about three hours of use at full brightness. Plus, there are tons of other modes if i need less light. It also has a nice, diffuse, floody beam. And it's so small and light that I barely notice it's there.


    Malkoff XM-L2 Mags - I actually have two of these, a 3C and 3D. And although many here would dismiss them as overly large and archaic, they certainly have their merits. The 3D, for instance, produces around 600-700 lumens for an INSANE 5-6 hours, depending on the batteries (Tenergy Premium or Centura). And the 3C just feels RIGHT in my hand. You also get that great, consistent NiMH performance - there is practically no dimming of the light until it is dead. If I am going car camping, these lights are simply awesome!

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