EDC handheld flashlights

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  1. Armored farmer

    Armored farmer Member

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    If there is a better edc flashlight than my old ... 16378591754897286000526506460783.jpg
    STREAMLIGHT MICRO STREAM...
    I want to know about it.
    It must have pocket/ hat clip.
     
  2. SharpDog

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    That's what I use.
     
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  3. JTQ

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    Me too.
     
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  4. ericuda

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    Same here.

    Have a surefire titan too which is super bright on high but twist on/off is bad for pocket carrying. After a year threads loosened/wore so not reliable. They replaced free of charge.

    Microstream is hard to beat regardless of cost.
     
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    Streamlight fan. Have carried the 1AA for 5 years and upgraded to 1L - 1AA a while back.
     
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  6. trackskippy

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    Streamlight fan here too. Used to carry Scorpions, now, its Polytacs.

    Streamlight has great stuff and is a great company to deal with.
     
  7. JohnKSa

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    I've been carrying a Fenix light of one sort or another for some years now.

    The first was an L1T V2.0 which was run by a single AA battery. Tail cap button operated with click on and also temporary on by pushing the button lightly. It had two light levels, one about 15lumens for close work and one about 100lumens. The light level was selected by twisting the head so the selection persisted and was solid--didn't change accidentally. I really liked that light, it was compact, very simple to operate, and I used rechargeable AA's so once I was past the initial investment it was very cheap to run.

    But eventually the Lithium Ion battery powered models just outclassed it in terms of brightness.

    I upgraded to a PD25 which will run off a single CR123A, a rechargeable 16340, or better yet, off of Fenix's special version of the 16340, the ARB-L16-700U that has a micro-USB connector built right into the battery so you can charge it directly with a typical phone charger. It has typical tactical tailcap button operation for on-off and temporary on.

    The only downside to the PD25 (and indeed most of Fenix's offerings) is that Fenix apparently feels that if a light doesn't have at least 5 modes, the user will feel cheated. Fortunately with the PD25, the modes are controlled by a separate button on the side of the head. I have not had trouble with the button being operated accidentally and operation is simple. Pressing it cycles through the brightness levels from about 5 lumens (which is really almost too low to be useful) up to 550 lumens in "turbo" mode when using a 16340. Using a CR123 drops the turbo mode to 400 lumens. The light will remember what mode it was in the last time it was used and come on in the same mode automatically.

    Runtime (in terms of battery capacity) is very good, even at the high levels, but when you're running the light in turbo mode it will overheat long before the battery runs out. The overheat condition will be detected and cause the light to drop down to the medium light level of 150 lumens. The same is true if the battery gets low--the light automatically drops from turbo to medium. I generally leave mine in turbo mode when I'm carrying it so I have maximum output immediately if I need it and then I can drop to a lower level if I need to.

    There is a strobe and at least one other mode, but those are harder to access--you're not going to get into strobe mode accidentally which is just fine with me. But the mode is there for people who want it.
     
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  8. Armored farmer

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    I use my microstream for work.
    I have a few Nebo for my casual carry, but they never perform as well as my old streamlight.
     
  9. Corpral_Agarn

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    This is the way
     
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  10. Bazoo

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    I carry a streamlight stylus pro, the big brother. Mines been reliable for 4 years. The one it replaced was reliable until the batteries leaked. Energizer by the way.
     
  11. herrwalther

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    I like my EDC lights to have a lot more brightness than a single AA or AAA battery can provide. I have been using a Fenix LD30 for a few years now. The only thing I don't like about it is the pocket clip came off too easily and I had to replace it with a different one I found on Amazon. Works better than the original clip anyway. I use several no-name brand 18650 batteries in it with no problems.

    https://www.fenixlighting.com/product/fenix-ld30-flashlight/
     
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  12. uzimon

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    I have one with micro USB charger port
    My hlx 1000 lumen is my faithful work light maybe 5 years now
     
  13. frogfurr

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    I have three of these. One on the bed stand, one in the garage toolbox, and one I keep in the car. They are a nice flashlight.

    These have built in USB chargers. With the charging cable provided I can charge them in my car on the way to work and in my garage while plugged into my PC.
     
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  14. Bazoo

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    The stylus pro is perfect brightness for me. I have used sure fire 6p lights some. They are great for some things, but not as an all purpose light for me. Mostly because of battery cost
     
  15. 1eyeedshooter

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    Yes that's what i use !!!
     
  16. Dibbs

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    Handy, lightweight, efficient.
    Nice Christmas presents, too.
     
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    The photos of my Nebo flashlight follow. One A battery, defensive crown, strobe light on second push of on/off button, adjustable light beam angle, dual,clip for pocket , belt, or cap visor, and a belt holster. Bought it on eBay for $19 a decade ago. Quite bright and easily handled. B998C277-3955-436A-A17F-CFEBC85B9A6D.jpeg DA1FB602-467D-4EE7-AFEE-24FD68426F33.jpeg DA1FB602-467D-4EE7-AFEE-24FD68426F33.jpeg
     
  18. mcb

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    I was carrying an Fenix E12 for several years.

    I won an Olight Warrior Mini last year and I really like it. Rechargable using a USB charger. Really bright but really dim if needed. Good two direction clip.
     
  19. armoredman

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    I bought the hard "holster" from Surefire so I can carry my G2 Nitrolon on both my off duty and on duty belts. Damn good light.
     
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  20. luzyfuerza

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    I love to see pics of carry gear that is clearly being used every day. A lot of blueing rubbed away, some dirt in the stippling, bumps and dings on the leading edges. And it just keeps on working!
     
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  21. ms6852

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    I just recently bought 3 O-light Baton 3 flashlights with a max lumen rating of 1200. Comes with its own charging box that will last for months. About the length of my middle finger.
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  22. Tirod

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    Microstream USB. With clip, easy to charge, lasts longer than a AAA, no fussing with swapping out a battery altho you can do that.

    The programs are different for different colors, I got the sky blue model. Ten tap will go straight to the same setting regardless and if I drop it the blue is more visible than blaze orange - or all those earth tones which will blend in and conceal it all too well.

    Brighter colors will wear on the edges however even milspec does and worn blue is a patina where worn black is just worn.
     
  23. Jimster

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    Streamlight Pro-Tac 2L for me. I keep a spare in the Jeep console and the daily carry on the bed stand at night. It has some nice wear on it.
     
  24. sean m

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    been impressed by several of the olight edc lights. EORS3 and EORS5 use AAA and AA batteries. The S1r and S2r have a quick rechargeable battery with magnetic chargers.All of mine have been very good over the past4 to 5 years.
     
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    I have a small Steamlight like the one in the picture. Mine is a lot less worn and has USB Charging (Microsteam USB Pocket Light). I travel for a living, installing high end firewalls and other networking gear. It gets dark in Server racks and I need a good small light. I have to dress nice and can't take a lot of stuff with me when I am on site. This light is perfectly sized to help me get things done; I can carry it in my pocket. So much different than what I carry in my truck or tool box.
     
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