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need ccw flashlight recommendations

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by Revolver Ocelot, Apr 8, 2009.

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  1. Revolver Ocelot

    Revolver Ocelot Member

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    I've already purchased a ld10 flashlight from fenix and love it, however I'm looking for something alittle brighter for ccw.

    I would like to have a flashlight that runs off of cr123 batteries with preferably a diameter no greater then 1" and a brightness level of atleast 180lumens, I've seen some stuff from fenix that I find quite appealing but unfortunately can't find one with a pocket clip aside from the tk10 offering which I feel the head looks like it could catch on something easily and end up not in my pocket.

    I got about 100 bucks to spend, I need any suggestions I can get even if they don't meet the criteria I'm looking for. post any ideas or lights you use with good results.

    if this is in the wrong forum please move it.
     
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    I just picked up a SolarForce L2 for $25. It has the self defense bezel on the end. I like carrying this around much more than my surefire which cost over a hundred bucks. The solarforce is compatible with the surefire's parts, and also takes cr123 batteries
     
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    I will be curious to hear what others suggest for under a hundred with over 180 lumens.
     
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    See if you can find a used Surefire E2D LED (new runs $150). They are a great light, tough as nails, decent impact weapon, and simple. There's no 4 dozen brightness levels to choose from (bright, dim, off), and the first button push is eyeball-searing bright, like it should be.
     
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    do the olights go straight to high mode when activated or can you set them to do that?
     
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    great suggestions from everyone, right now the one I'm liking the most is probablly the olight t20-m, the strobe on that one would have to be nauseating for whoever was on the recieving end. I'm still considering the fenix tk10 but I really want a more streamline design for comofrt of carry and I don't realy need the bezzle as I'd just be using it to stun a bg long enough to draw my sidearm.
     
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    ...and the giving end.
     
  11. highorder

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    strobe is overrated. Get a simple bright light.
     
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    Strobe...

    I beg to differ... although I do not have one, the bright flashing light can disrupt your adversary's vision and some of the new LED Strobe/ flashlights I saw at last weeks gun show are rated at 220 lumen's!!! Take a look and all your older tac lights top out around 100-120... N this could easily give you the edge in a bad situation if you know to flash and move!

    BTY they sold for 85 bucks, N CR 123 were 10 for 15 bucks from the same vendor...
     
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    Any scenario in which a strobe might conceivably be used for defensive purposes, one wants a firearm in the other hand. At that moment, the target needs fully illuminated and blinded by white hot steady light. You need to clearly see your target, but a strobing light causes problems both ways.

    I wouldn't want a strobe switch within a hundred miles of my EDC flashlight.
     
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    I use a Surefire E2D and love it. It is not as bright as you asked for, but it is very reliable, has a good battery life, has strike bezel tip and tail, and a belt/pocket clip. Honestly, it is plenty bright for a gun light. Blasts a painful, focused beam. I have 2 of them. I paid $109 for the first, and found the second for only $79 on sale.
     
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    I beg to differ with your beg to differ.

    I have several, including a Flupic driven (microprocessor) light with a variable strobe rate from 2 to 18 Hertz.

    It's overrated.

    To those that own Surefire E2's:
    Lumensfactory makes aftermarket lamps that use rechargable batteries and put out 150 to 350 lumens, depending on the model. here is the 350 lumen lamp:

    http://www.lumensfactory.com/product_detail.php?id=75

    I came to THR from here:
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/ :)
     
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    Sunlite Eagle Turbo Rechargeable 220 Lumen for about $135. Swap heads for 300 lumens. I love it.
     
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    I have the Surefire E2D Executive Defender for my pocket carry while on campus, and the M6 for the handgun rail. Both are great, but the batteries only last 60 to 75 minutes total. That gets costly.

    Geno
     
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    Go to rechargeable Li ion cells. Guilt free lumens. You can reconfigure both the lights you mentioned to run rechargeable.
     
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    Fenix PD30. 230 lumens!
     
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    U had considered both the p3d (the premium one as it has the 215 lumens) and the pd30, I ended up deciding against them for lack of a pocket clip, last thing I want to do is befumbling around in my pocket should i need it.
     
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    thanks for the holster ecommendation, soounds interesting however if anything I may end up making a pocket clip and atatching it to the lanyard holes on the end of it if need be, also that e2 with the 350 lumen light assembly sounds awfully appealing, the 15 minute battery life is not all that great but this wouldn't be a looking around flashlight anyways so I could live with it
     
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    If you don't mind doing a bit of shopping you can go to dealextreme.com which is based in China, and sells a wide variety of China-made goods, including probably hundreds of flashlights. You can get a wide variety of tactical flashlights for $15 to $50 each, and if you choose carefully many lights are of high quality. I have a couple that I really like. And if you find one you like a lot, being so cheap you can buy several: to distribute around the house, to replace one that gets banged up, etc.
     
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    remember, that lamp is driven by 2x rechargeable cells, so its really just 15 minutes between charges. After you use the light, just top off the cells.

    Trust me, rechargable cells LiIons are the way to go.

    PM for tech details, or grab your reading glasses and spend some time at the Candlepowerforums. :)
     
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