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zahc
November 26, 2005, 03:22 AM
I have a G2 that I wear around my neck at work, and it's gotten to the point where I expect to have a flashlight with me, but the G2 is too big, heavy and unfashionable to wear all the time. I was thinking about springing for one of these

http://www.surefire.com/surefire/content/e1eha_large.jpg

Only thing is it doesn't appear to be very bright. But if anyone has this light, do you think it's unobtrusive enough to wear on a some 550 cord around the neck without being irritating?

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444
November 26, 2005, 08:42 AM
I have two of those and use them all the time. They use a single battery and are at least as bright as your common grocery store, 2-D cell flashlight and the Surefire has a better beam. It is bright enough that you will blind someone by shining it in their eyes (obviously only as long as you continue to shine the light in their eyes).
I have one of them sitting on top of my gun safe. I use it for all kinds of gun related tasks: looking around the inside of my safe, minor gunsmithing, that kind of thing. The other one rides in my left front pocket and has for a couple years. I have the LED head on that one. That one has served me well, mainly at work as a firefighter, but having a flashlight in your pocket all the time is a great thing. ONe really cool thing about that light is that if you are wearing a ball cap, you can put that pocket clip over the bill and have a handsfree work light. I have used that at work many times for things ranging from vehicle extrications to starting IVs. I used it just the other day on my hat like that while I was installing a LaRue 7.0 forend on an AR15. I just wanted a little more light on the subject: since it was in my pocket and I was wearing a hat: Voila.

Great light: you will be happy.

Schuey2002
November 26, 2005, 03:51 PM
What 444 said. ;)

If you want to save a few bones, there is a GB currently running on CPF...

http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=94341

Skunkabilly
November 26, 2005, 11:43 PM
zahc, any reason to continue wearing around your neck if the cute little ones (I have an A2 myself) have pocket clips?

I don't like things around my neck, but that's just me....

VWTim
November 27, 2005, 02:50 AM
If you're needing a general use light. Check out the Fenix L1P I'm not sure the webpage, but should turn up in a search. I played with one a few weeks ago and it's a VERY nice light and uses ordinary AA's.

Lots of comments can be found at www.candlepowerforums.com

zahc
November 27, 2005, 02:05 PM
zahc, any reason to continue wearing around your neck if the cute little ones (I have an A2 myself) have pocket clips?

I always try to explain this and it never works. I cannot have things as bulky as flashlights clipped in my pockets, because I will fall on them and they hurt. My spyderco and keys are bad enough. Yes I really do spend that much time recovery-rolling on the ground. Comes with the hobbies.

Schuey2002
November 27, 2005, 04:30 PM
If your now carrying a G2 around at work, you'll have no trouble with the weight of a E1e slung around your neck.. Go for it! :)

zahc
November 27, 2005, 05:58 PM
I actually bought a Arc AAA today. It's a bit smaller and cheaper. I may end up with an E1E anyway.

http://www.arcflashlight.com/images/arc-aaa.jpg

Ringer
November 27, 2005, 09:53 PM
Not sure about the around neck carry but I carry one of these every day IN my pocket. Sometimes I use the tailcap lock and sometimes I don't but this flashlight carries nicely inside my front pocket. It is definetly bright enough as a task light. Lumen wise compared to the G2 you wouldn't think it would be that bright, but it is, bright enough for me anyway. I highly recommend the E1E for an EDC carry functional flashlight (not so much for blinding an attacker).

Screehopper
November 29, 2005, 08:08 PM
There's also the E2e. That's the model that I EDC. For me though, I EDC it in my left (weak size) front pocket.

tarrigoni
December 1, 2005, 04:00 AM
If you're needing a general use light. Check out the Fenix L1P I'm not sure the webpage, but should turn up in a search. I played with one a few weeks ago and it's a VERY nice light and uses ordinary AA's.

Lots of comments can be found at www.candlepowerforums.com


I just picked up an L1P and it's become my edc. I've replaced my E2e with it and have had no regrets. It may not be quite as bright but it's tiny and the ability to use AA's is great. It's also cheaper than the E1E if you buy from tadgear.com.

AnthonyRSS
December 2, 2005, 05:05 PM
What do you do that you are allways rolling around? If you don't mind me asking...

MachIVshooter
December 3, 2005, 12:46 AM
You might try one of these (http://www.quality-items-flashlights.com/popup_image.php?pID=11428&imgID=2). They are single AA LED with stainless housing and rear momentary or constant switch. Up close, the Coast LED lights are as bright as xenon (though they have a bluish tint)-they just don't spot very well at distance. I have 4; one on my keychain that takes watch batteries, one on my hip that takes 3 AAAA's, one I use at work that is rechargable and then I have one identicle to the above mentioned. Alkaline batteries will last between 1/2 day and 1 full day, depending on the light. This makes these little critters more practical for day to day use, IMO. Surefires are excellent weapon lights, but they burn batteries quick and those 3v Lithium cells are pricey. Also, it is near-impossible to burn out an LED.

cslinger
December 3, 2005, 12:54 AM
If you want a small single cell light that is in the Surefire price range seriously look at a HDS EDC Basic 42. About 120.00 from Batterystation.com and comes with 10 or 20 extra batteries. I am a Surefire lover and have several but this light really is the perfect EDC light for me. I have an Ultimate 42 and Basic 60LE. 4 light level settings, runtimes from 200 hours on low to 20 minutes or so with the full 60 lumen blast. About 1.5 hours at 42 lumens.

http://www.batterystation.com/hds-edcflashlights.htm

Size comparison between a Surefire L1 Lumamx, Surefire E1L and a HDS EDC U42
http://www.myfishingpictures.com/img/076560.JPG

Size of EDC U42 with other carry crap.
http://www.myfishingpictures.com/img/076562.JPG

Schuey2002
December 3, 2005, 09:32 PM
Hey, Cslinger, what brand of light is that on your keys? An Arc, Peak, or something else? It looks like a Peak, but it's kinda hard to tell.. ;)

cslinger
December 3, 2005, 10:11 PM
PEAK Matterhorn AAA Ultra Snow. Single LED version.

Chris

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