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    Default Upgraded emergency light, $25

    I have a couple of Costco 3AA lights that all self-drained their batteries within a year. I need a light that's there when I need it

    These are for stationary use, cars, trailer, motorcycle, backup for house. They need to fit in a glove compartment, but they are not going to get carried much when not actively in use. A wide beam is preferred. I'd like the light output to be even over the life of the battery. A battery indicator would be killer, but I am OK with just following a replacement schedule. It needs to provide light for ... that's a good question. Let's say though the night on a medium setting.

    Battery type is not a big issue - I don't plan to run out while away from stores, or I can put a spare with the light.

    ==================Flashlight Recommendation Checklist================

    1) How would you prefer to purchase the light?

    X_This will be mail-order or Online (location doesn't matter).
    China is OK (Can wait for shipping)

    2) Budget: An easy question, but you may change your mind after answering the rest! :-)

    X___Up to $25.
    I'm a value buyer - I can spend more if there is a good reason to. I'll spend less if I find what meets my needs for less.

    3) Format:

    ____I want a flashlight (hand held/self contained).

    4) Size:

    ____SMALL - Every day carry (4-7 inches).
    ____MEDIUM - Holster/belt ring carry. (>7 inches)

    Fit in glove box

    5) Emitter/Light source:

    ____LED (known for efficiency, longevity, and compactness)

    6) Manufacturer:

    Don't care. No brand affiliation

    7) What power source do you want to use?

    Anything other than rechargeable.

    8) How much genuine out the front (OTF) light do you want/need? Sometimes you can have too much light (trying to read up close up with a 100 lumen light is not a happy experience).

    ____I want to illuminate my entire backyard or a campsite (150-300 lumens).

    I would err on the side of caution and say 400+. Really want a wider beam.

    ____SPECIAL NOTE: Burst/Turbo mode Category - There are several lights that will run at a super bright maximum for a very limited period (usually 5-10 minutes) and then will "step-down" to a lower level for thermal control. Check here if this is acceptable.

    9) Flood vs Throw: Flood covers an area, Throw reaches out to a distance.

    ____Wide Flood: I want a defined flood area for semi-close tasks like after-dark campsite tasks or working on a car.

    9a) Distance: How far away will you typically need to see with this light (check all that apply)
    ____30-50 yards/meters (I have a big backyard)

    10) Runtime: Not over-inflated manufacturer runtime claims, but usable brightness measured from first activation to 50% with new batteries (Measured on maximum continuous output).

    ___30-60 minutes (I have plenty of batteries just ready to be changed)

    11) Durability/Usage: Generally the old phrase “you get what you pay for” is very accurate for flashlights.

    ____Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box).

    12) Switch Size, Type, and location (choose all that apply):

    Body or tail, no twisty

    13) User Interface (UI) and mode selection. Select all that apply.

    ____I want multiple light levels. (Some lights have 5-16 light levels.)


    ____I don’t care.

    15) Water resistance

    ____IPX4 (Splash resistant) or better

    16) Storage conditions
    ____Automobile glove-box (wide temperature swings, long standby periods, critical reliability)

    17) Special Needs/extras: Is there anything else you want or need that hasn't been mentioned? Select any/all below.

    Battery indicator would be cool, but might narrow the field too much / make it too expensive.


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    Flashaholic* Dave D's Avatar
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    Mar 2013
    Andalusia, Espańa

    Default Re: Upgraded emergency light, $25

    Rayovac Workhorse Pro 2AA Virtually Indestructible Flashlight, RRP of $19.99, put two Lithium AA batteries in it and forget about it until you need it.

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