I've found the Coleman lights to be a bit short on the stated lumens.
Not nearly as bright as some other brands. The price on such
flashlights has come way down. You can find 2x or 3x combo packs
where the per unit price is substantially less.
It's a matter of personal taste. The runtime is terrible, the lumens are
incredible. I use a streamlight 3 AA Xenon/ Led, which is totally
indestructible, put out about 30 lumens, and on led has a runtime of 80
I bought one to give wife for Christmas. Have not tried it but it
looked like a good deal to me. She has a bunch of incandescents she
keeps around for our frequent power failures and all they do is drain
batteries. Comparatively, to me, it appears similar to the 3 watt Cree
I bought at Lowes last year for $30. Lowes light uses 2 C batteries and
I thought run time was only an hour but I've got more than that and its
going strong. I use it for hunting and it is the best light I've ever
owned. There may be better but I'm not buying those $100 lights or
buying fancy batteries.
re: "She has a bunch of incandescents she keeps around for our
frequent power failures and all they do is drain batteries."
You can get crank flashlights for under $20. I have a "LED Tower"
light from HD that can be charged with an AC adapter, run on standard
batteries or recharged with a crank.
Just curious..have you considered crank units for you frequent power
On Wed, 2 Dec 2009 17:07:02 -0500, "Stormin Mormon"
I'm no expert but 115 lumens sounds pretty good. I bought a three
pack of 40 lumen LED flashlights at CostCo for $16 total. They
weren't as bright as I'd hoped but then they were not very expensive.
If you buy one of these please post your "review".
Given the high light output and low battery life, the answer depends on your
intended use. If you are using it as an emergency light to find your way to the
toilet in the middle of the night, you don't need anything nearly as bright and
can make do with something much cheaper with much longer battery life. If you
plan to use it to change a tire at night on a completely dark street, it may be
ideal for the glove box.
Another respondent suggested a crank generator unit. I've been disappointed
with mine (from Target). After only a few months, I found that even with a full
cranked up charge, instead of the advertised 1 hour of usable light, I get about
5 minutes of usable light and need to re-crank the thing very frequently to use
it. Maybe it has a defective NIMH battery that's not holding the charge as it
If I recall correctly the instructions for mine said to charge it at
least every 3 months with the AC adapter.
Dunno...might that make a difference as far as how long a crank charge
I don't use mine enough to be able to answer that.
The intended use is to carry in my pocket. For when I'm
working on something in the dark, or need to walk down unlit
stairs, or find somthing in the dark corner of a room.
Sorry, I hadn't stated my intended use. I presently carry a
mini mag with Teralux module.
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