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    Arrow Which factors will you consider for your next TACTICAL Flashlight?

    Which Factors
    will you consider
    when purchasing your next
    TACTICAL FLASHLIGHT?
    🤔🤔


    What Percentage
    of importance
    will you give to these factors?

    High Lumens
    Long Beam Distance
    Easy to Operate
    Price
    Reliablity
    Long Runtime
    Brand
    Cost of Performance
    Appearance
    Low Temperature/Good Heat Dissipation
    Other

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    Last edited by klight; 05-07-2019 at 11:22 PM.

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    Flashaholic* ChibiM's Avatar
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    Default Re: Which factors will you consider for your next TACTICAL Flashlight?

    For a life or death situation I would only care about 1 thing: Press that button and have max output. In situation where you can't think clearly anymore, the worst thing to happen is a light in Electronic Lockout Mode, or accidentally accessing in a programming mode by pressing the switch multiple times.

    1. Reliability
    2. Easy to operate (you shouldn't have to remember the UI)
    3. High Lumens
    4. Long beam distance

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    Default Re: Which factors will you consider for your next TACTICAL Flashlight?

    Single frequency strobe (instead of that awful alternating frequency strobe) would be better for light painting photographers - which is quite an increasing market (one light painter now has 190k instagram followers).

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    Default Re: Which factors will you consider for your next TACTICAL Flashlight?

    Price, Reliability, Tint (CRI), simple modes with firefly (sub 1 lumen mode).
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    Default Re: Which factors will you consider for your next TACTICAL Flashlight?

    Personally I use a tactical flashlight at work as a police officer. With this background, these are my factors to consider, when I buy a new duty flashlight:

    1. reliability.
    2. reliability.
    Yes, that is the most important thing. The light has to work. I don't want to think about, if the flashlight may fail on duty.
    3. easy to operate.
    Same thing. The light has to work and I don't want to think about, which button I have to press how many times. Start with high mode every time, easy to switch modes. No bells and whistles, no fancy stuff.
    4. Lumen output / beam distance / runtime
    Well, these should be at a reasonable level. No dragster with a crazy amount of lumen, which will decrease the runtime, increase the chance of killing the driver or other components, blinding myself,... Depending on the beam pattern, about 1000-1500 lumens in a medium wide beam with good capabilities in short to medium distances is a nice package for a edc-duty-light carried on the belt.
    5. size
    A edc light should have a small head. We have to carry a lot of things on the belt, the seats in our cars are quite narrow - the smaller the light is, the more comfortable it is for me. A flashlight, which is carried in the bag in the car can be bigger.
    6. price / brand..
    The brand is not this important. But I buy lights from brands, which have a good reputation or have proven, that they are able to build good flashlights. Regarding the price: of course it is a difference between paying around 100 EUr or 300 EUR. In the "normal" price range (100-150 EUR) I am willing to pay 10 EUR more for getting the better light.
    If some lights are on the same level, then some other aspects will decisively: anti-roll feature, very grippy design (not slippery, e.g. rubber used on the 360x1), led tint....


    greetings
    Michael

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    Default Re: Which factors will you consider for your next TACTICAL Flashlight?

    Tactical is such a broad term. It could mean anything really. However, for me a "tactical" light comes down to fast deployment and operating; a quick and instinctive means of operation.

    Personally I like:

    * 4-6 inches long with a pocket clip
    * max of at least 500 lumens
    * tail switch with momentary capability
    * mode memory
    * strobe is fine but preferably "hidden"
    * uniform beam with good flood/throw
    * reliable
    * decent IPX rating
    * good knurling

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