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    As the title says, if you have to pick one light only what would you look for? Do you already have one that fits? I will exclude a good tactical light as I believe one should keep a dedicated gun light with their arm of choice.

    For context let’s say you are going on extended travels, or downsizing to a small residence or bugging out. Whatever. For me, I’m not really sure. Headlamps are great for practicality but I have used the aaa light on my keychain more than anything else. Of course this form trades a lot of utility for handiness, although with modern LEDs that balance has shifted quite a bit. At this time my handgun light is a surefire g2L with Malkoff m61n.

    That said, a 1xAAA twisty keychain light with something like a neutral xpg or even a nichia 219c would be pretty good. I like LMH or MLH order of modes, a strong and reversible clip to use with a ball cap, and of course a higher IPx rating.

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    Surefire Tactician, extremely useful features, momentary only high output tail cap, twist for constant on, twist bezel for low output of 5 lumens, clips to ball cap, has useful lanyard, max vision beam 800 lumens, very clean flood beam with about 100 meter range, will take 2 x 123A, 16340 or 1 16650 ( max output reduced with a 16650 )

    5” long and only 1” diameter. Very slick light, heavy duty pocket clip.






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    If it were 1 light? Then some cheapo double A battery.
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    HDS Rotary 200 with the fabulous Nichia 219b 4000K r9050. Answer has not changed since I first got this light a few years ago and is not likely to change in the near future.
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    In the unlikely event that I had to downsize to one flashlight, I'd rebel and keep two. My HDS executive 219b 4500K R9080 and my Malkoff Hound Dog 18650 in neutral.

    (Might stash one or two more in a pocket or pack if no one else was counting.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Modernflame View Post
    In the unlikely event that I had to downsize to one flashlight, I'd rebel and keep two. My HDS executive 219b 4500K R9080 and my Malkoff Hound Dog 18650 in neutral.

    (Might stash one or two more in a pocket or pack if no one else was counting.)
    Wait, you don't have 10 flashlights buried in various locations for exactly this scenario?
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    Emisar D4 XP-L HI 5K 10623 Flood Optic


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    HDS Rotary with the 3 o’clock high emitter.

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    A 1 xAA light, still just small enough to be a bulky key chain item, smooth reflector, 3 levels between 5 lumens and 130lumens, I can still target stuff to 40 yards with this in a pinch. Basically a fenix E12 really except I'd change its crappy interface, easier way to select levels.

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    I have an E12 and really dig it. But would prefer it be a forward clicky so I could change settings then press to hold.

    When it first arrived I thought it was a AA E01 alternative but noticed sometimes it would become brighter and other times not so bright. Whut-thuh?

    So I did a little reading and thought "awe man this thing is adjustable? woohoo". But it being my one and only? Nah.

    If big brother took away every light but one I'd keep my yellow 320 lumen SureFire G2x Pro and stash a Maglite Solitaire LED where the sun don't shine so they'd not find that one. Nice and smooth. My PKDL PL2 would get pretty uncomfortable pretty quickly.

    Eh, a little more pondering brought me to think a 3C Maglite ML50 would get the nod since it's bright, has really long run time at 20 lumens and is packable. Plus has enough oomph to crack a coconut if stranded on a dessert island.
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    I have come back to this thread several times(today alone) and read what others are putting. I honestly can not name one light, its impossible. Too many variables in them, some i prefer X others Y and the size of Z.

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    I suppose it would be the one that's always in my pocket.


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    One light?

    I’d have to go with the Acebeam X65.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    ...stash a Maglite Solitaire LED where the sun don't shine so they'd not find that one. Nice and smooth...
    Yep. You're a flashaholic. While I wouldn't use that particular torch after it came out from hiding, I would hold you in the highest possible regard for keeping it. Good one.
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    Malkoff MD2 with the M61N drop in and high/low ring.
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    ^^ A fine choice.
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    Despite the fact I'm currently moving mine on. I'd have to say an emisar d4s with sst20 but in 4000k next time (3000 is too warm for me)
    Just does a full range of outputs in a perfect compact size. Love the auxillary lights to. It's a perfect blend of fun meeting practical.
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    Copper Maratac aaa. Mine is an older version with stronger knurling and has been modded with a 219b and preon driver. I like this light because it is small enough to carry in any pocket and it tailstands well.

    My 2nd choice is the neutral Eagtac D25A Ti. It's small for an aa light and I like the knurling on the titanium body.

    My 3rd choice is the neutral 4Sevens Preon Revon SS. It would have been the 1st if the spring was stronger. I never bought the stiffer spring so if any one has extras I'd like to buy a few. Over the years I've dropped it and had it not turn back on until I'd pull the spring out and stretch it.

    My 4th choice is the Zebralight H51W. I use it all the time but it is not my 1st choice because if I had only 1 light I wouldn't rely on having to keep an inventory of cr123 batteries or 16340s with a charger. For a single light I prefer the convenience of aaa or aa eneloops which I also use for things other than flashlights.

    Despite stating my prefernces above I still keep buying new lights, have some nicer custom lights and older surefire lights. As much as I like using a Spy 007, HDS Rotary or Krono Cu X5 they are larger and heavier than the Maratac aaa so I carry it more often.
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    If I could choose just 1 light to live with I would have to pick a AA model just for easy battery availability in general.
    This leaves me with really 2 choices but luckily they are almost identical anyway.



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    I'm going to have to say my Quark AA2 (non "tactical" switch).

    It's got pretty much everything I want:
    o A great close range full beam
    o A brilliant and easily, directly and safely accessible moonlight mode that lasts for weeks
    o Easy to find batteries
    o Slim enough to EDC in trouser pockets
    o Easy to access strobe
    o Optional clip
    o Excellent UI

    I've had my original one for 8 years and it's been in my pocket for every one of those days and very rarely lets me down.
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    The one light that covers most bases for me is my Surefire E2D fitted with Malkoff MDC LMH head, Lumens Factory 2 way clip and a Keeppower 16650.


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    This is too easy. HDS ROTARY!

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    I would still say the Tactician. Unless you want a far reaching beam or a AAA light.

    Surefire Tactician is a good all rounder.

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    An HDS of course.iwas going to say my 140 clicky. But probably my U60XRGT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Modernflame View Post
    Yep. You're a flashaholic. While I wouldn't use that particular torch after it came out from hiding, I would hold you in the highest possible regard for keeping it. Good one.
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    It's strange, when I can have as many lights as I want, I spend lots of time looking for the "perfect light" to add to my collection. But if I could only have one light, I find myself just thinking what would be "good enough" for 99% of my expected needs.

    "Good enough" means most or all of the following:
    1. slim enough to fit comfortably in my front pocket
    2. light enough that it doesn't pull down my pants when I'm not wearing a belt
    3. at least 1 mode that is 10L or less
    4. no memory or memory that can be bypassed
    5. modes in ascending order (L->H, L->M->H, etc)

    Lights that I have that would be "good enough":
    Fenix e12
    Malkoff MDC AA
    4Sevens Quark AA (my first quality light...and still one of my favorites)
    Thrunite Ti3 AAA

    My ZebraLight SC52 turns on in my pocket, so it's disqualified even though I want to love it so bad...

    Edit: it's a SC51, not a SC52. Sorry!

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    Interesting thread here !




    Been EDC-carrying my 47's Quark 2xAA
    non-Tactical interface Titanium flashlight
    since I received it nine years ago.
    (in a Rip-Offs holster, on my belt)

    Has served me well, and never failed.

    That would be my choice !


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    Quote Originally Posted by flatline View Post
    It's strange, when I can have as many lights as I want, I spend lots of time looking for the "perfect light" to add to my collection. But if I could only have one light, I find myself just thinking what would be "good enough" for 99% of my expected needs.

    "Good enough" means most or all of the following:
    1. slim enough to fit comfortably in my front pocket
    2. light enough that it doesn't pull down my pants when I'm not wearing a belt
    3. at least 1 mode that is 10L or less
    4. no memory or memory that can be bypassed
    5. modes in ascending order (L->H, L->M->H, etc)

    Lights that I have that would be "good enough":
    Fenix e12
    Malkoff MDC AA
    4Sevens Quark AA (my first quality light...and still one of my favorites)
    Thrunite Ti3 AAA

    My ZebraLight SC52 turns on in my pocket, so it's disqualified even though I want to love it so bad...

    --flatline
    Is the SC52 clipped to the pocket or just in the pocket?
    I have carried one since they were released and never had it turn on in pocket but I do clip it to the top of the pocket.
    And EVERY other light I have tried pretty much has turned on somehow too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AVService View Post
    Is the SC52 clipped to the pocket or just in the pocket?
    I have carried one since they were released and never had it turn on in pocket but I do clip it to the top of the pocket.
    And EVERY other light I have tried pretty much has turned on somehow too?
    I tried it clipped to the top outside edge of my front pocket.
    I tried it holstered in the 4Sevens Quark AA holster.

    In both cases I had issues with accidental activation.

    I find locking out the tailcap to be unacceptable, so the SC52 was removed from my EDC rotation. I now use it strictly as a jogging light.

    --flatline

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess View Post
    Interesting thread here !




    Been EDC-carrying my 47's Quark 2xAA
    non-Tactical interface Titanium flashlight
    since I received it nine years ago.
    (in a Rip-Offs holster, on my belt)

    Has served me well, and never failed.

    That would be my choice !


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    Nine years of service. Man! I would really appreciate seeing some pictures of it.

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