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    Default Looking for a tiny LED flashlight and an LED headlamp

    Flashlight Requirements
    • Metal body. Aluminum or steel is perfect.
    • Relatively water resistant (Coastal Oregon monsoons). Will see use in temperatures from 105 degrees to 34 degrees, and 100% humidity for most of the year.
    • Light source: 1 LED.
    • Integrated red lens/filter switcher, ideally something that you twist to change from white to red. Don't need green or blue lenses/filters. Prefer something that without a blue lens, or which lets you switch out integrated lenses/filters.
    • Tiny size, no more than 4 inches long.
    • Enough battery capacity to last several hundred hours.
    • Beveled body.
    • Circular hole somewhere for dummycording to belt loop.
    • Doesn't need to be very bright, just enough to generally see where I'm putting my feet with a red lens at night, and to avoid gouging my eyes out on tree branches.
    • No additional modes (flashing, blinking) needed or wanted. Just on-off, and one power level is perfect.
    • Must have a switch that is easy to find in the dark, hard to accidentally turn on, and doesn't make much noise when turned on. I have a little flashlight made in China that unfortunately has the on-off switch as a twist that also opens the battery holder. I really don't want to drop my batteries in a creek again, hence this thread.
    • Must be fairly robust, able to survive being dropped on a needle-covered forest floor and jostled about in a pack.
    • Would be nice if it's easy to replace broken parts or dead LEDs without any tools or specialized knowledge.
    • Belt clip is nice if a light meets all over criteria, but isn't critical.
    • Budget is less than $200.


    Headlamp requirements
    • Same as flashlight, for the most part, except in a headlamp.
    • Must be very simple/easy to use, absolutely no flashing, blinking.
    • Red lens only.
    • Can't make any noise when turning it on.
    • Need some way to cover/hood parts of the light (and/or angle it) so it only illuminates specific areas, like just below my feet and directly in front of me, and isn't visible from farther than 100 feet unless I look straight up.

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    *Flashaholic* Burgess's Avatar
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    Default Re: Looking for a tiny LED flashlight and an LED headlamp

    Hmmmmm . . . . .



    • Tiny size, no more than 4 inches long.
    • Enough battery capacity to last several hundred hours.




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    Default Re: Looking for a tiny LED flashlight and an LED headlamp

    No experience with these models, but might satisfy most of your criteria (not all):

    Flashlight: Nitecore P18
    Headlamp: NU35

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    Default Re: Looking for a tiny LED flashlight and an LED headlamp

    Try parametrek flashlight finding tool. It is quite helpful.
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    Default Re: Looking for a tiny LED flashlight and an LED headlamp

    Quote Originally Posted by Burgess View Post
    Hmmmmm . . . . .



    • Tiny size, no more than 4 inches long.
    • Enough battery capacity to last several hundred hours.




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    I've had a little 1 LED flashlight with 3 AAA batteries which I haven't changed in 6 years. I used to read books with it every night while camping. I have no idea what it's capacity is - or what's considered normal - but it's lasted a long time.

    So let's change that to "the absolute longest duration of battery capacity possible".

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    Default Re: Looking for a tiny LED flashlight and an LED headlamp

    look at WOWTAC

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    Default Re: Looking for a tiny LED flashlight and an LED headlamp

    No can do on a tiny flashlight that goes several hundred hours at any sort of usable light level it will take a larger light perhaps 18650 based. As for a headlamp I have a Fenix HL60R with dual red LEDs and hidden flash modes and 5 lumen mode that goes for a long time.
    Fenix Split rings 1400+ sent, SWIVELS now available also!
    Psalm 112:4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous.

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    Default Re: Looking for a tiny LED flashlight and an LED headlamp

    An hds or malkoff can stretch battery life a few days on low.
    a single sunbeam is enough to drive away many shadows- St. Francis of Assissi

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