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    Default new flashoholics are so lucky.

    for real i recall 10 lumens blowing my mind. now where seeing lights with 5000 lumens. hect i just bought 21 led flashlights for 17 bucks shiped. and id guess there at least 20 lumens. i give them away to those who been nice to me
    LED's have gotten too bright in our stuff. Many nights I'm awakened by my modem lights blinking.had help with my sig thank you for your help.

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    A $20 flashlight today beats the pants off a $100 flashlight 10 years ago.
    A 10-cent pencil from the office supply store writes as nice as $1 pencil from 20 years ago.
    My son's graphing calculator has more memory and compute power than my original desktop computer.

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    It's a shame in some ways too, because most people don't really appreciate how useful 20 lumens, or 120 lumens can be. I'm very glad I went 'back in time' with my collection, totally changed the way I approached buying and using lights.
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    i recall my fav computer years ago had a 8 core amd cpu. now my ipad is way faster. what is even more crazy if i recall just the cpu alone in my old pc pulled like 200 watts. i love technolgy
    LED's have gotten too bright in our stuff. Many nights I'm awakened by my modem lights blinking.had help with my sig thank you for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotCPF View Post
    It's a shame in some ways too, because most people don't really appreciate how useful 20 lumens, or 120 lumens can be. I'm very glad I went 'back in time' with my collection, totally changed the way I approached buying and using lights.
    Absolutely! I occasionally go back to my Incan lights just to remember how amazing the mini mag was and than I take out the Surefire e2e just to go wow!

    Light pollution in the city does make me glad for my powerful lights but the Incans really put a smile on my face.

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    Remember the craze when HDS released the U85?!
    In no order: HDS/Malkoff/OVEREADY/McGizmo/Sky Lumen -PSM

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    My flashaholic disease began in 2015 and frankly I feel like I missed the most fun period.

    Reading old posts when folks were estatic over 10 lumens from LED's? Then 100? That must have been a real fun time. 500 was the bar when I joined here. P60 was still king then. Light bulbs were becoming an endangered species. The lights with really bright ones were collecting dust as more and more folks chose LED technology.

    If I use the word lucky I'd say those who missed 'blumens' are lucky, yeah as even the grocery store checkout kind have decent tints these days.
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    "new flashoholics are so lucky"

    Recent advancement in flashlight performance is far and away the only, single, sole positive point in the human race in the past few years. There are no other advancement points in humanity in the past few years compared to high performance flashlights. They are far and away the material things on this earth that bring much spiritual happiness. The only other physical things worth mentioning are tools that are needed for self-defense against macro-bio threats.

    In this age, the final end-stage of the decline and fall of human civilization, high performance flashlights may not be able to save human civilization, but they bring joy to people who recognize their spiritual meaning.
    Think of how hostile the average surface of the earth is, and realize half of the surface of the earth is more hostile than that.

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    I dunno Rich, those battery operated tools are giving flashlight advances a good run.

    These aren't your fathers cordless drills.

    But folks buying their first ever LED flashlight sure have got some mighty fine choices lately. Even bad flashlights aint bad these days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    I dunno Rich, those battery operated tools are giving flashlight advances a good run.

    These aren't your fathers cordless drills.

    But folks buying their first ever LED flashlight sure have got some mighty fine choices lately. Even bad flashlights aint bad these days.
    i have a cordless brushless circaler saw its crazy strong i also have a brushless cordless impact wrench its good for like 700 foot pounds. i love tool becuase they put food on the table
    LED's have gotten too bright in our stuff. Many nights I'm awakened by my modem lights blinking.had help with my sig thank you for your help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    [...] folks buying their first ever LED flashlight sure have got some mighty fine choices lately. Even bad flashlights aint bad these days.
    I'll drink to that! The bad stuff has become relatively decent, and what is good has become so affordable it's not even funny. I remember back when we paid a premium for 500 lumens that lasted a few minutes before voltage sag kicked in, while most budget brands of today do it for hours as a medium mode.

    Definitely a good time to enjoy flashaholism

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    Sometimes I think I had more fun back in the days of using an Inova X5, ARC AAA premiums, and Peak LED Solutions Matterhorns.
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    Quote Originally Posted by richbuff View Post
    they bring joy to people who recognize their spiritual meaning.
    I`m really glad you said that, it`s nice to know I`m not the only one that`s made that connection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richbuff View Post
    spiritual meaning.
    spiritual how?

    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine Alicia View Post
    it`s nice to know I`m not the only one that`s made that connection.
    what connection?

    do you mean bykfixr's signature link to the new testament?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon_slider View Post

    do you mean bykfixr's signature link to the new testament?
    Huh?
    Now I'm confused. I thought they were talking about the positive vibes you get when activating the electric fire on a stick.
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    Yes, but I'm glad I was around to see all those changes. It was a bit heady being on the cutting edge of portable lighting tech for all those years, seeing each new innovation has they came out, showing them off to my buddies at work.

    I never did buy a bunch of lights, only a few choice ones here and there that I actually needed for work, updating occasionally when my finances allowed, and most of those lights are still in use today, although they've mostly been relegated to around-the-house jobs now.

    So, are new flashaholics, lucky? In some ways, sure, but I feel luck too, having had the opportunity to help shape the direction our hobby has taken, through judicious support of fledgling new and innovative companies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derek Dean View Post
    ...I feel luck too, having had the opportunity to help shape the direction our hobby has taken, through judicious support of fledgling new and innovative companies.
    What a great perspective.

    Regarding spirituality and devices for illumination:
    Ever had an amazing dream and then tried to describe it to a loved one? Didn't sound so momentous when described probably. Guessing an explanation to slider would be the same. But if we remember that our sun is the known primary lifesource for our precious planet, and what is given is basically photons. We can look at our torches as photon givers. The (presumably) void of darkness gives way to the light.
    This brief, feeble word burst is but a pale reflection of what really is. One opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KITROBASKIN View Post
    if we remember that our sun is the known primary lifesource for our precious planet, and what is given is basically photons. We can look at our torches as photon givers. The (presumably) void of darkness gives way to the light.
    That`s a big part of it coupled with the fact that we Choose this, even though some of us don`t even know why.
    I think there`s Many levels to it as well, Perhaps I go to too many raves but I often can`t help but see the Magical aspect of it as well, looking at a little tiny spark inside a glass bubble, or a crystal that gives off light when you give it electricity! yes I understand about depletion zones and band-gaps but there`s still that unshakable magical feeling when I see a LED or an Incan bulb working, LOL it gets even better when you consider solar panels where you have a crystal that gives you electricity when you give it light, and then you charge a battery with it, pop it in your torch and you can have a pocket full of sunshine! :-D

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    On a separate but somewhat related quasi-spiritual note, I'm regularly mindful of and humbled by the knowledge that the lights in my pocket, however bright they may seem, are at best an imitation of what the sun radiates each and every second of our lives, and in the grand scheme of things, we're still in the "firefly" stage of our ability to produce light.

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    New flashoholics have new LED options, with more choice of,
    lumens, throw, CRI, tint, color temperature, battery type and size..

    If it is true that the sun is the source of Electricity, then
    Ive got canned Sunshine in my pocket.

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    It's like digital cameras - if they were good then, they are still good now. That doesn't stop me from buying new things from time to time but I am mostly interested in runtime vs. lumens.

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    For many years I had several various Maglights. My first foray into the LED world was those 9 led x 3 AAA battery POS Chinese flashlights that seemed to flood the market. After going through 3 or so of these I knew them to be the typical quality crap of goods being produced in China. Then about 2012 I found a FourSevens Quark AA single AA battery, single emitter flashlight and decided to give it a try. I was quite surprised that a light produced in China could be of such quality. It is a great light that will outdo any inc Maglight yet still go down to 0.2 lumens so it's perfect for navigating to the trump in the middle of the night to take a leak.

    Don't remember why, but my next light was a Fenix PD32 that provides 340 lumens on high, down to 5 lumens on low. It's a great light that fits through a belt loop on my jeans, very convenient for EDC. One day my wife grabbed my jeans to wash and neglected to check my belt loops. My PD32 went through a complete wash and rinse cycle and was discovered just prior to going into the dryer. Needless to say those nice crisp edges around the bezel and tailcap were beat to hell and now silver, but the damn thing worked flawlessly. Knowing I was upset, she told me to order a replacement and I ordered a PD35TAC capable of 1000 lumens. When I got the PD35 I found it was too large in diameter to fit through a belt loop, bummer. Since she frequently used my PD32 to illuminate & check the back yard for skunks prior to letting the dog out at night, yes he has been sprayed, I gave her the new PD35 and kept my PD32. There is no way you could get me to part with the PD32, I just love that light, it's a real survivor.

    I am more of a flashlight enthusiast than a flashoholic. I don't feel the need to get different units from different manufactures. I notice Olight offers their products in limited edition colors like Blue, Green, Orange & Purple and although nifty looking, colors are for chicks (no offense intended). I have found a brand of flashlight that is reliable and I like, Fenix. I started my Xmas shopping this week and ordered 2 new Fenix flashlights. An LD42 for my wife , same high lumen count as her PD35TAC but it uses AA batteries, her preference. An E30R for me as it will go directly from off to 1600 lumen strobe making it an almost perfect non-lethal first line of defense. The PD35 will be going into our camping gear. I'm sure there will be other lights in my future, but they will most likely be Fenix and will be selected to fill a specific purpose. Gotta keep those addictions under control...

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    Quote Originally Posted by manticore View Post
    colors are for chicks (no offense intended).
    "no FACT intended" would have been a more accurate thing to say!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine Alicia View Post
    "no FACT intended" would have been a more accurate thing to say!
    You have my humblest of apologies. I will be very careful in any future posts.

    What I should have said is "I find it hard to take a manufacturer serious when they produce flashlights in Easter Egg colors".

    I beg your forgiveness...

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    Easter egg colors? Where? Sounds interesting. I am a man who does not need to be limited by what a 'man' can like or not. This is not a 'how to be a real man' forum.

    Certainly in the past, perhaps now even, we have been graced here at CPF with creative people making interesting flashlights; cutting edge and downright extreme. For so much of humankind's existence, the darkness has been a truly scary, dangerous place. Can you imagine what it was like for the first humans who tamed fire (could easily have been women)? Talk about spiritual, practical, 'now we've got something to make it harder for the local predators'. Flashlights can be seen as an extension of this, yes? So new flashaholics are lucky, but perhaps it is only our seasoned perception of what is now normal that keeps us experienced users from reliving the wonder of portable illumination.

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    Meh. There are plenty of things that new flashlights offer, compared to 10 years ago. A wide selection of pastel colors isn't one of them, IMO. YMMV.

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    other than the Convoy S2+ series there aren`t many out there that I`v seen with colors, different metals sure, not sure if Camo counts?
    I`v got about 30 Led lights and other than the Convoy (which is gray) and 3 brass ones, all mine are black! LOL

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    My first *good* flashlight was a Night-Ops Gladius. Built like a brick with 85 max lumens and a rotating tali switch. It was a brilliant light in its day and, you know what? It still is. More choices today, more lumens, lower prices but a good light is still a good light. What I appreciate is the little stuff that can run on rechargeables and lithium, neither of which have leaked.

    I'm not by any means a "flashaholic" and don't care about most of what interests those who are. I'm just interested in decent lights that perform and don't cost an arm and a leg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine Alicia View Post
    other than the Convoy S2+ series there aren`t many out there that I`v seen with colors, different metals sure, not sure if Camo counts?
    I`v got about 30 Led lights and other than the Convoy (which is gray) and 3 brass ones, all mine are black! LOL
    Convoy is the brand I know that offers the most colours. The S2+ is queen, but there's also the many paint jobs of the C8+, the 21700 models, and so on. It's also the only brand I know that offers clear anodisation for that silvery look.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katherine Alicia View Post
    other than the Convoy S2+ series there aren`t many out there that I`v seen with colors, different metals sure, not sure if Camo counts?
    L3 Illumination comes to mind... there's others out there that offer a range of colors, surely? If nothing else, cheapies from eBay, DX & co can be had in any color imaginable. Not to mention custom lights if 'money is no object'.

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