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    Default New to flashlights - steer me in the right direction!

    Recently I have realized I have never really owned a "nice" flashlight, most of my were purchased from wally world or the like and generally have costed south of $20. I would like to purchase my first nice flashlight and have been a bit overwhelmed with the selection out there. So maybe some of you can give me your recommendations. Here is the criteria I have so far; something bright- I am looking for something that has a nice amount of brightness and also throw, durability- I want something that won't break if I drop it or get it wet (I've been checking out thrunites), my budget is around $100 but that may be flexible. I am looking for a general purpose type light. Something not so small it's a pen light or something so big and heavy like a mag lite, I would like something about 4-6" long and 1-3" or so bell diameter (probably not the correct terminology). What battery type should I be considering? Please give me your recommendations!

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    Default Re: New to flashlights - steer me in the right direction!

    Have a look at the Surefire G2X Pro, 600/15 lumens for RRP of $70.

    It runs on 2 x CR123's or one 16650 rechargeable.

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    Default Re: New to flashlights - steer me in the right direction!

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave D View Post
    Have a look at the Surefire G2X Pro, 600/15 lumens for RRP of $70.

    It runs on 2 x CR123's or one 16650 rechargeable.
    I'd throw out the Convoy C8 and S2+ if the OP is prepared to enter the world of lithium-ion rechargeable cells. If not, than he's gotta stick with the two CR123As, alkaleaks, or NiMH (which he should get into anyhow...).

    For simplicity, I might suggest an AA, 2xAA, or 4xAA light, like my Sunwayman D40A. Nice throw, nice modes, not too big, but not a pocket light and it runs on common AAs (4).

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    Default Re: New to flashlights - steer me in the right direction!

    Quote Originally Posted by bandanabandit1 View Post
    Recently I have realized I have never really owned a "nice" flashlight, most of my were purchased from wally world or the like and generally have costed south of $20. I would like to purchase my first nice flashlight and have been a bit overwhelmed with the selection out there. So maybe some of you can give me your recommendations. Here is the criteria I have so far; something bright- I am looking for something that has a nice amount of brightness and also throw, durability- I want something that won't break if I drop it or get it wet (I've been checking out thrunites), my budget is around $100 but that may be flexible. I am looking for a general purpose type light. Something not so small it's a pen light or something so big and heavy like a mag lite, I would like something about 4-6" long and 1-3" or so bell diameter (probably not the correct terminology). What battery type should I be considering? Please give me your recommendations!
    Email me at SkyLumen54@gmail.com. I think I can help ;-)
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    Default Re: New to flashlights - steer me in the right direction!

    For starters, check out Eagtac's D25A2. It takes 2 AA batteries, produces up to 450 lumens, and is just a fun overall light.

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    Default Re: New to flashlights - steer me in the right direction!

    I would highly consider getting a 18650 battery type flashlight as it will give you a lot more options.
    Acebeam L16 is my recommendation.

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    Default Re: New to flashlights - steer me in the right direction!

    Good recommendations everyone! Ill look into them.

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    If vinh can help, you wont get a better performer off the shelf!!! The world of v54 awaits, be warned though...........................the want and need does not get any weaker


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    Default Re: New to flashlights - steer me in the right direction!

    X2 on the G2x Pro. 320 or 600 lumens. Tan if you can find it. Tan is so nice.
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    Default Re: New to flashlights - steer me in the right direction!

    What batteries and chargers do you have already? This will really help to steer you in a particular direction because then the $100 can be spent on a single, quality light, rather than having to split it with all the ancillary equipment you will need to support it.

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