I've got a couple of the HF freebies so far, and plan to monitor my ad
throwaways closely for some more of the coupons. They are one notch
above junk, but for what I need them for (briefcase, both cars, etc)
they are good enough. Somewhere around here I have an old-style Mag
4-cell, but I haven't used it in ages. As long as there aren't oncoming
headlights or something, my dark vision is still pretty good, so a dim
blue light is good enough for most of my needs. In the road-trip car, I
carry a plug-in Brinkman Q-beam, which is basically an aircraft landing
light. Haven't needed it in years, probably oughta make sure it still
works. There is a revolving magnet-mount light in the same bag with it.
I don't go out at night much anymore....
I've got a couple of the HF freebies so far, and plan to
monitor my ad
throwaways closely for some more of the coupons. They are
above junk, but for what I need them for (briefcase, both
they are good enough.
CY: The HF "short lights" are reasonable for the sale price.
I actually like them.
Somewhere around here I have an old-style Mag
4-cell, but I haven't used it in ages.
CY: Please replace the batteries at your earliest
convenience. I just found another light of mine with a
corroded battery. So, that's in my mind at the moment. I've
heard Energizers are very good quality.
As long as there aren't oncoming
headlights or something, my dark vision is still pretty
good, so a dim
blue light is good enough for most of my needs.
CY: They may have changed LED, cause the HF light I got a
couple years ago really screamed out light. I was pleased.
Wonder if I still have that around.
In the road-trip car, I
carry a plug-in Brinkman Q-beam, which is basically an
light. Haven't needed it in years, probably oughta make sure
CY: Should, if your lighter socket is powered.
There is a revolving magnet-mount light in the same bag with
I don't go out at night much anymore....
CY: You're not missing much.
There are a zillion different models out there now.
I have an older one that uses D cells with multiple little LEDs,
the advantage is it can run for 100 hours or more. It's not that bright,
Newer 1-3 watt LEDs are very bright - and compact - but use a lot of power,
will only run a few hours on a couple of AA cells.
Depends what you need it for.
Get a couple, they're mostly pretty cheap.
Four years ago, I asked this newsgroup for recommendations for a good
flashlight. I can't remember who recommended it, but I bought a Streamlight
twin task, which is Xenon, and LED. The model I got uses 3 AA batteries, but
they have others that are rechargeable. I use this thing every day at work,
five days a week or more, and I don't mean that I carry it, I use the thing,
and it works as well today, as the day I got it, in fact it hasn't even
burned out the xenon bulb yet. If you want top quality, built to take abuse
and keep going, check out Streamlight
I like the idea of AA cells. In my experience, AA NiMH will hold a
charge many weeks, and you can carry a charged set in your pocket in
case you get caught short.
My most useful light uses 3 AA NiMH. Unfortunately they are soldered
in. To me, that's a big flaw because I can't change to charged cells
when using it as a lantern in a power failure, and it will be more
trouble to repair if it needs new cells. However, the 14-hour run time
has always been adequate, and the cells work fine after 2 years.
It's a Victor Bright Bar trouble light with 26 LEDs. It cost me about
$25. The first advantage is that it floods an area with an even light
that makes it easy to see what I'm doing. The second advantage is that
it's versatile in the way it can be hung, stood, leaned, or laid to
light a work area. The light is so effective that if I'm working on my
car, I may be able to see better if I wait until dark and depend
entirely on the Bright Bar.
Its yellow handle and 15" height make it easy to spot in a cluttered
room. To carry, it feels about like a conventional light with 2 D
cells. The evenness of the light make it desirable to spot a small item
on the ground or a small animal 50 feet away. I have a sealed-beam
light whose beam is pretty intense even 1000 feet away, but for most
purposes I can see better with the Bright Bar.
I also have an Energizer LED head lamp, which cost about $10. Its
switch sequences through a 70ma spotlight, a 35ma floodlight, and a red
light. The floodlight makes a better work light and for my purposes is
as bright as the spotlight. I would have designed it with the
floodlight only and to use 3 AA cells instead of 3 AAA cells.
It's useful because it requires no hands and fresh cells could be popped
in during a power failure. That reminds me, I should buy more AAA NiMH.
They're pretty cheap these days.
One major good resource for LED flashlights, along with some
non-flashlight LED products, a few non-LED flashlights and lighting
products and a few laser products, is:
Please allow yourself time for that one!
The author there is a major contributor to candlepowerforums.com,
another useful resource although that one is a discussion board.
- Don Klipstein ( firstname.lastname@example.org)
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BEST LED Flashlight? Look to spend about $300. Do not know what makes
those the best, though. I have one that costs about $15, and I like it. I
have had three that are on headlights, and have thoroughly different
opinions about them all, favoring Ray-O-Vac because it has a red light, a
LED light, and a regular bulb. One type of light does not fit all
situations. I don't like the blue LED lights, the ones that make everything
True Story: A police officer in Boulder City, Nevada, was shot, and his
expensive LED flashlight caught the bullet. The company heard about it, and
sent him a new one. Guess for the average guy, those titanium cases
wouldn't come into play.
If I ever spend $300 on a small flashlight, please just shoot me. Even if I
was to win the Super Lotto, I would never fork out that money. That's like
spending a couple of hundred for Oakley sunglasses. Stupid.
My wife has a business. We were sent two dozen LED metal flashlights as
samples. I can find four or five of them right now if I had to. Whatever
you buy will probably go in a drawer or get lost somewhere.
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