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Reddit reviews: The best flashlights

We found 9,806 Reddit comments discussing the best flashlights. We ran sentiment analysis on each of these comments to determine how redditors feel about different products. We found 2,387 products and ranked them based on the amount of positive reactions they received. Here are the top 20.

Top Reddit comments about Flashlights:

u/badon_ · 1 pointr/flashlight

> Price Range: UK, up to £50 - the only batteries I have and have experience with are disposables like AA and AAA but I am willing to learn about new types. I have charging cables like USB-C
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> Battery Type & Quantity: Recommend me whatever you like battery wise

I recommend you get these ones (make sure your battery specifications match the packaging in this photo):

  • New battery day! 24 AA Eneloop NiMH batteries in 16 and 8 cell packs. : r/AAMasterRace

    Get this package first to get the highest quality charger on the market:

  • AmazonSmile: Panasonic K-KJ17MCA4BA Advanced Individual Cell Battery Charger Pack with 4 AA eneloop 2100 Cycle Rechargeable Batteries: PANASONIC: Electronics
  • HKJ Review of Charger Panasonic BQ-CC17 - lygte-info.dk

    > A nice -dv/dt termination with only a small temperature increase and no trickle charge, this looks very good. [...] The charger is very good at filling the batteries.

    You need that charger to get the full life out of Eneloops. If you take care of them, Eneloops will last at least a decade, maybe longer. They achieve maximum longevity when you charge any time before they reach 60% depth of discharge (40% remaining capacity). So, if you charge them when they're half discharged or sooner, that's easy to remember.

    > Purpose: Main purpose - used to find correct door numbers when I am delivering in evenings
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    > Other uses would be as an emergency lighting source in my flat in case of a powercut and to take along with me when I'm on a motorbike again for emergency usage. If I could use it randomly in countryside settings where there is not much light pollution that would be great as well
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    > Size: Something easily held in one hand, not to head heavy and not too heavy, needs to fit in a backpack easily
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    > Type: Handheld
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    > Main Use: Whilst in residential areas shining light to find the right door numbers - IMPORTANT must not disturb residents with too much excess light

    You said you want handheld, but if you're using it from a motorbike while delivering, then it really sounds like what you need is a hands-free headlamp, but one that can also be used handheld. I did a search for you:

  • http://flashlights.parametrek.com/index.html?type=headlamp&battery=1xAA+2xAA+3xAA+4xAA+5xAA+6%2BAA&runtime=_+_+dec&features=regulation&price=_+62

    I'm not sure how to use the search features to minimize the amount of spill light, but maybe u/parametrek can explain how to do that. I see beam angle, intensity, and throw that might be useful in filtering for that kind of feature, but I'm not sure if it's actually possible to filter that way.

    In any case, the Zebralight headlamps can be used handheld without the headlamp holder, and they include a pocket clip for that purpose too. I recommend the Zebralight H53c because it uses AA batteries:

  • AmazonSmile: Zebralight H53c AA Headlamp Neutral White High CRI: Sports & Outdoors
  • H53c AA Headlamp Neutral White High CRI - Zebralight

    The Armytek Tiara lights are similar, and imitate many of the features of Zebralights, so although I haven't used one myself, they get recommended often and they might be equally versatile as a handheld light - I just don't know if they come with a pocket clip. The quality of Armytek is good, but is praised less often than Zebralight. They might have some features that are different from Zebralight, in addition to a lower price, so they're worth considering.

    I almost always use my Zebralights without the headlamp strap, although I do use the silicone holder because it makes it easy to swivel and point the light. I put some zip ties on it for a lanyard so I can attach it to the exterior of my EDC bag, without risk of losing it. It's tiny, so it's convenient to always have it ready. I don't need to fish around in my bag or pocket to find it. I just tap the on-button, and go. I don't need to fumble with it or even bother to put it away when I'm done using it. I think in your job, that would be ideal for you too, because it will save you a ton of time, which adds up every time you use it.

    They do have some spill light, but you have fine control over the brightness, so you can dial it down to only the amount of light you need, and you can make the light on time very brief, even though the button isn't quite a momentary on switch, which would be ideal. The way you select brightness by clicking the button might be even more useful than a momentary on switch anyway, so you can minimize the amount of light you use to the point no one will notice you, even if they're nearby while you're shining your light.

    EDIT: Formatting.
u/haroldthehobo · 12 pointsr/Ultralight

Hey, you've got a lot of good stuff going on here. I'll do my best to outline some of the ways you could save a good amount of weight without breaking the bank.

  • First off, your tent is really heavy especially if you're sleeping in it alone. Something like the SMD Lunar Solo or one of the many choices over at Tarptent could help you save ~32oz.

  • A lot of people around here do not bring sleeping base layers. Just sleep in the clothes you hike in. That'll save you 13.5oz.

  • Do you really think you need both shorts and pants? If you want that kind of versatility than convertibles might make sense but most will advocate for not bringing both.

  • Obviously a lot of weight comes from the camera, and additional accessories. If you can live without extra lenses you could save ~20oz and get an RX100. Personal call there though.

  • I don't know too much about resupply and recharge points on the JMT, but a 20000 battery AND a solar charger seems excessive. Solar doesn't get much love on this sub as it is heavy and fairly poor when it comes to charging things. You could drop it and save ~13oz.

  • The headlamp is heavy, and personally I don't think they are overly practical. If you're night hiking, you are better off with a light coming from your hip, or else you will lose a good amount of depth perception (due to lack of shadowing). A little handheld like the ThruNite Ti3 would save you ~3oz.

  • Your trowel is pretty heavy. The Deuce of Spades would save you ~1oz, and there are other even lighter options. I can just personally recommend the deuce.

  • Your first aid kit seems pretty heavy. Most weigh in around 2oz. You can search this subreddit for some suggestions, there are plenty of them out there.

  • Do you really think that you'll get much use out of the hammock? I'm not sure what your hiking style is, but if you're trying to hike for most of the day and then just sleep in camp the ~11.4oz for the hammock doesn't seem worth it. If you're planning on spending a good amount of time in camp it might be worth it.

    All together, you could save almost 6lbs. Obviously some things are based on comfort. For the best bang for your buck, dropping the extra clothes and the solar is free. Getting a lighter tent will also have a great impact.

    Hope this helps!
u/ThisIsWhatICarry · 5 pointsr/caving

What is your budget?

<$20: a good book on caving, or some batteries. Lithium AA/AAA if they don't like rechargeables, AA/AAA NiMH if they do. I've had good luck with the brand Tenergy, which is sold in bulk by AllBattery.com. They're basically cheap Chinese imports but their QA is decent. (Source: I'm a professional photographer who's used them for years.) Go for the 2,500 mAh capacity. You might also consider a decent charger. More on that shortly.

<$50: One of the best chargers on the market is this bad boy, but it's somewhat expensive and only charges 4 cells at once. However, it charges them safely (not overcharging, not charging too fast, etc, which limits long-term life), can identify bad cells, and can charge almost any cylindrical battery out there, including the far superior 18650 cell, which is important for a good headlamp or flashlight. For a good headlamp, consider the ThruNite TH10 in neutral white for $40, or the same headlamp with a battery for $15 more. Note: this light doesn't use AA/AAA batteries; it uses the 18650 battery, which is slightly larger but 4 times the capacity of an AA battery and is able to discharge power fast enough to support amazingly bright lights. Every light I'm linking here supports multiple brightness modes, with a maximum brightness around 1,000 lumens, i.e. as bright as your car's headlights. They also drop to between 0.4 lumens and 1 lumen at their lowest setting, which will last for up to 70-ish days. Yes, really. That's a nice feature to have in a cave.

<$100: A good headlamp/flashlight. Most cavers I know are old-school when it comes to flashlights because they aren't aware of some of the incredible LED and battery innovations that have occured. Most of their headlamps are either small and underpowered or huge and bulky and... still underpowered sometimes. I'd recommend a ThruNite TC-12 v2 in neutral white. It also uses an 18650 battery. The light bundle I linked includes one battery and the light is USB chargable, though that charger I linked earlier will charge the battery faster.

You can add a helmet strap if you know they use a helmet. If you're looking for a headlamp instead of a flashlight, consider the ThruNite TH10 I linked earlier or the Nitecore HC30 in neutral white which is slightly more expensive. Nitecore and ThruNite are fairly similar, though in my opinion Nitecore looks more "tactical" while ThruNite's electronics are slightly better. Both are good companies, however.

<$150: If you decide to get a light and extra batteries, don't get any battery with a brand containing the word "fire". (Those brands are known for lying about the capacities and being fire risks.) I'd recommend a 4-pack of KeepPower 3,400 mAh 18650 batteries if you're going for that kind of batteries as they're a good brand and I own them myself.

Some other considerations: a nice base layer, i.e. thermal underwear. I'd strongly recommend merino wool as it's thin, light, and warm even when it's wet. Cost: $50-$100 per item for a top or bottom/long johns. And they'll always have a warm, fuzzy feeling when they think of you. ;-)

u/Wolczyk · 10 pointsr/CampingGear

Ya I could give some recommendations.

First, that 200 lumens claimed by Black Diamond is more than likely inflated. How long do they claim that lasts?

Second, a lot of people who enjoy the outdoors believe that a red light is best for keeping night vision. Over at r/flashlight it has been debated a lot and the general consensus is that a "sub-lumen mode" is better than a red light for keeping night vision. That would be a mode that is below 1 lumen, and I could not agree more.

Now for the recommendations (Please note I did not have time to find the best deals out there, so please look around for better pricing. Also, I recommend for all the below recommendations that you go with the WARMEST tint.):

Wowtac A2S- Well regarded as one of the best starter headlamps out there at a great price. Comes with a rechargeable battery.

Skillhunt H03- Another highly praised light at a decent price. Does not come with a battery. This light would require a battery that could be charged or a battery with a charger.

Olight H1R Honestly, I don't know much about this one as I am not a fan of Olight. However, Olight is a well regarded brand and I gurantee many people out there enjoy that light.

Armytek Wizard Pro- My personal favorite of the group. Very well regarded light with an amazing beam pattern and vast range of setting. Although a little expensive, this is an amazing light I have no problem recommending. Also check out the Elf and the Tiara

Zebralight Again, I don't know much about Zebralight. However, most people over at r/flashlight debate whether Zebralight or Armytek makes the best headlamp. If you like Zebralight and want a specific model recommendation, check over in the sub reddit.

There are a lot more out there. u/parametrek has created a database where you can put in your requirements and it will show you basically every light under the sun that is a good fit. Check it out http://flashlights.parametrek.com/index.html

u/atetuna · 3 pointsr/flashlight

I wouldn't go for quite the same size. There's not much point to the length, and the weight makes it unwieldy. The thickness is good though. We have what we call soda can lights because they're about the size of a soda can, and I think you'll like that size.

The BLF Q8 sells for around $50. It's a great light. It costs more on Amazon right now, but occasionally it goes on sale. I'll warn that this light was created to work very well in ways that you can't see without taking it apart, and to avoid other lights that look the same because they took a lot of shortcuts that make them perform horribly that can't be fixed without spending more than it would cost to buy a Q8. There's also a Sofirn version of the Q8 that's legit, but it has a colder tint that I recommend against if you want to see rattlers.

The next light I'd look at is the Emisar D18. It's a little skinnier, and twice as expensive, but twice as bright. The best thing about it is the LED options. I've found that rattlers are easier to see with a light that has a slightly rosy tint, so I'd get warm white 3000K LED's. That one also has great CRI, so things will look more natural. I think the D18 would be a better match for you than the Q8.

You'll need batteries and a charger, and you'll need to be careful where you buy batteries. The type of battery you get is a big deal too. The "30Q" is a solid battery. Mtn Electronics is a safe source, and he lists some other batteries that will work at the bottom of the page. Illumn is also a good source. Note that these are button tops. You can find cheaper batteries elsewhere, but they will probably be flat tops that may not make a solid electrical connection.

These two lights will blow you away. They're also side clickies like the Maglite. Honestly, if you've only used that Maglite, then you'll probably be very happy with this Wowtac A1S that only costs $26, and it comes with a battery that can be charged via usb. Make sure you buy the NW version.

I've mentioned tint a couple of times. Even if you don't buy any of these lights, you should pay attention to the tint. Avoid cold white lights. Those are about 6000K or higher. A neutral tint (4000K to 5000K) should be okay. Warm white is around 3000K or lower, and makes the colors on a rattler pop more.

u/ENORMOUS_VEINY_DICK · 2 pointsr/flashlight

Pretty much any single cell 18650 light will do that with the utmost ease. The best way to describe the performance of a single 18650 1000 lumen light that hasn't used one is that it's brighter than you expect it will be multiple times over.

The wowtac a2s in neutral white is a great low cost high quality light. It's a headlamp, but it can be removed from the headband for handheld use. Being able to do both is very useful.

Someone else reccomended the wowtac a1s. It's great too. Its handheld with a better user interface. Better at handheld use. I just reccomend the headlamp since it does both and you might end up using it more than you expect.

Make sure to get the verson with the s at the end, the plain a2 is a 500 lumen cheaper model and the amazon page tries to merge them for some reason.

It comes with a usb rechargeable battery, but i consider it a freebie, not something to depend on permanently in my opinion. The charger built into the battery gets kinda hot and the cell is of unknown quality and true capacity. The ones i gifted to people at Christmas are still going strong though with heavy use. You could very well just buy the light and see how the included battery does.

If you decide on a higher quality battery get an NCR18650GA and an xtar ant mc1 plus. This light needs long protected cells so that one is perfect.

Links:
Wowtac A2S https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZN5LJY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_-BnQAbZY2WE4A

MAKE SURE A2S NEUTRAL WHITE IS SELECTED. Annoying shared page with the a2 and cool white version (tint of light emitted).

Recommended battery.
http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=59_88&product_id=55&sort=rating&order=DESC

Inexpensive and good charger:
http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=79&product_id=496

u/aramid · 13 pointsr/BuyItForLife

Ignore everyone else in this thread saying Maglite. They're decent, but you can do much, much better. Bring your wallet.

If you're looking for unbeatable reliability, the king of the hill is Surefire. I'd suggest their G2X Pro. However, they take sort of weird lithium batteries; if you'd prefer more normal batteries Streamlight has a number of options in their ProTac and TwinTask series. Streamlight is pretty much on a par with Surefire and massively better than Maglite. In any case, make absolutely sure you choose an LED-based model, rather than one with an incandescent bulb.

If you'd like to save some money and still get a flashlight which is massively better than anything you can buy in a hardware store, come by /r/flashlight and fill out a questionnaire to better qualify your needs. There are approximately a billion different flashlights out there, and people who are genuinely passionate about such things, so it's sort of hard to narrow down your options without knowing what you need it for.

If you don't feel like going to such lengths, I'll summarize a couple of options for you.

  1. That Surefire G2X Pro I mentioned above is insanely, stupidly bright and will always work, even after it's been sitting in your shed with batteries installed for ten years. Unfortunately, you must order batteries online, or you'll pay about $15 per set locally.

  2. The Streamlight Protac 2AA is half as bright, takes normal batteries, and is otherwise of similar quality.

  3. The Streamlight Stylus Pro is a further half as bright but smaller. It's still not dim, though; this should rival pretty much any flashlight you've ever used, including massive 6v lanterns and 2-3 D cell hardware store lights. And it's inexpensive; I keep one in each of my cars.

  4. The Fenix E25 is made in China, if that matters to you, but I've generally been quite pleased with Fenix products. It's similar in size to the Streamlight Protac above, but is the first thing I've mentioned from a boutique flashlight manufacturer. It's brighter than the Streamlights and has more brightness levels to choose from. It should be just as indestructible in use as the Surefire and better than the Stylus Pro if not the ProTac. However, Fenix has a bit of a reputation among flashlight nerds for firmware issues (yes, they're microprocessor-controlled), so it's possible their lifetime reliability isn't as good as the others. It should still be about a thousand times more reliable than anything else you've used.

    Like I said, the number of options is just ridiculous. I could have made a list of about a dozen lights and made a compelling argument for each one. If you really want to buy a nice flashlight, you need to ask in /r/flashlight. Clearly explain what you're looking for, and fill out the questionnaire from the sidebar. Or just buy one of the four above; I don't recommend them lightly.
u/Virisenox_ · 8 pointsr/EDC

My personal suggestion:

  • Zebralight SC64c LE: $80
  • 2x Sanyo NCR18650GA: $11
  • Xtar VC2S or VC2 Plus: $15 or $10

    Total: $125ish with shipping
    The flashlight itself is very compact, has a versatile and customizable UI with shortcuts to low, medium, and high, and lots of other great features like temperature regulation and low voltage protection. It also uses a great high CRI LED. If you're not familiar with the term, it makes things look like they actually look in terms of color, as oppoed to a low CRI LED light which washes out a lot of color. On top of all of that, it just has great build quality. Zebralight really knows how to design a great flashlight.
    The Sanyo GA cells are the highest capacity 18650 cells on the market, and they can put out a fair bit of current too. They're the best option for this flashlight. You'll only need one, but having two is much more convenient.
    The chargers are both great. Anything by Xtar will be. These specific chargers are very similar. Both take USB power, both can charge either li-ion or NiMH cells, both can function as a power bank, and both have adjustable charge current (you'll want to charge at 1A (1000mA) or less). The differences are that the VC2S can charge faster (one cell at 2A), and takes a standard micro USB cable rather than a semi-proprietary barrel plug USB cable.

    Other options:

  • ThruNite TC15: $50. This is actually brighter than the SC64c LE, at a fraction of the price. You're losing some of the compactness, the high CRI, and all of the fancy UI. That might be what you want though. Zebralight's UI is fast to get used to and really nice to use (especially if you set one of the mode groups up differently), but it can be a bit intimidating. The TC15's UI has shortcuts as well, and is a bit easier to pick up. The TC15 also comes with an 18650 cell (though not as high capacity, it's higher drain, which is necessary) and it has built-in micro USB charging. It's a complete package.
  • Lumintop FW3A: $40 (with the coupon code mentioned on the page), depending on the emitter choice. It also comes in purple, blue, olive, and shiny. This flashlight is the result of a couple years of work between a couple big flashlight forums, a Chinese manufacturer, and a group of passionate flashlight enthusiasts. It's designed for flashlight enthusiasts, for flashlight enthusiasts. It has a very pleasant ramping UI (you can choose whatever brightness you want) that also has lots of other features. Oh yeah, and it can burn/melt stuff, so that's neat. You'll want a higher drain cell than the GA for this, but the same chargers will still work fine. The main drawback to the lower price tag compared to the Zebralight is the worse QC. It's not entirely uncommon to get one of these that has problems with it, though virtually all of these problems can be fixed with two hands, a pair of tweezers, and five minutes or less of your time. Because of the tailswitch, it's also not uncommon for them to get switched on while in your pocket. I've noticed this more when I'm wearing jeans.
  • Xtar MC1: $4. This is a charger. It's possibly the most bare-bones li-ion charger that's any good. This thing will charge your 18650 (and smaller) cells without any problems, but that's all it does. Nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.
  • /r/flashlight's Arbitrary List of Popular Lights. This was compiled by /u/Zak, a very knowledgeable flashlight enthusiast. This edition of the list was made this summer.
  • /r/flashlight recommendation form. If you have something specific in mind, make a post with this form and /r/flashlight would be more than happy to find you a light that suits your needs.
  • Just browsing around /r/flashlight. Get some ideas of what people like by looking around.
u/archover · 3 pointsr/flashlight

May I recommend my two lights (I walk 1-3hrs most nights) that I use in heavily wooded counrtyside:

  • Thorfire S70S - very good throw and decent flood, rugged and a serious heavy light, 3960lm, 2x18650 or 2x26650 (my use), fast shipping from Amazon at $56. You will need batteries and charger (VC2 for me). I run mine on High (1800lm). IMO the advertised Turbo setting at 3960lm is not worth the heat and reduced run times, and barely noticed output improvement. I use flat top unprotected batteries but most say to use protected ones.

  • Wowtac A2s right angle Neutral White My essential light, great for its size decent throw and flood, light and comfortable to wear, ~1000lm 1x18650 button top protected included, which charges via USB port. Same criticism running on Turbo; I run on High (~400lm) and still seriously bright which does 4-1/2 hrs it is said. Again, fast shipping from Amazon and an amazing $30 value. Note: For best results, use button top batteries. Flat tops cut off with vibration.

    How I use my lights: I walk a lot, and wear the headlamp and carry the S70S on the included sling. My hands are free. The headlamp is on all the time (High) and when I need huge reach, it's one button press away on the handy S70S. No fumbling around. The headlamp lights the way for my feet (especially important because of where I walk), and about 40 yards ahead. The S70S is great for seeing the wildlife (deer, coyotes, etc) across fields. My observation on distance: If you can't make out details you care about, at 500 yards in the day time, don't expect it at night with any light. Your eyes are a limiting factor.

    Finally, a headlamp is a no brainer if you need to work with your hands in the dark.
u/mpak87 · 5 pointsr/flashlight

I'm going to start with battery recommendations, basically the best combination of power and size is a cell called the 18650. It's slightly bigger than an AA, though one of them has the power of about 5 AA cells. They're are a bit fatter, but nowhere near C size. A light that uses one of them is likely your best bet for both EDC and a weapon mount.

For the EDC light, assuming the single-18650 is small enough (tons of people carry them with no issue) I'm going to recommend a Thrunite Neutron 2C. It has as ramping interface, hold the button down and it will gradually increase to the highest level, then back the other way. Let go to choose exactly how much light you want. Additionally, it has shortcuts to the lowest mode (hold down), last used mode (click) and highest mode (double click.) It comes with a battery, and has a built in charger. While it has a strobe, you have to deliberately try to get it, it isn't in the main modes. It's a very commonly recommended first light on here, and I think would serve you quite well.

If that sounds too big, we have a bunch of recommendations for AA-size lights as well. Any of them on this list are awesome.

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For a handgun light, I recently picked up an Olight PL-Mini Valkyrie, and it's awesome. It's a great, compact fit on my Carry-length Sig P320, has as built-in battery with magnetic charging that does a pretty consistent 400 lumen for about 80 minutes, has a good beam shape, and intuitive controls.

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For an AR Mount, we're going to use a bit of your leftover pistol light budget. An Armtek Predator would be a good way to go, it has an optional remote switch. It's a ~1" body tube, so it fits into any mount (theirs isn't the greatest.) Here's a cheap option for that, better are certainly available.

With that light you'll need a couple of batteries and a charger. These will also be compatible with your Neutron 2C. I like getting batteries from Illumn, as Amazon has a not-insignificant danger of getting sketchy counterfeits.

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You may find a few other opinions on here, but these will all serve you quite well.

u/wrathfulgrapes · 8 pointsr/running

You have a lot of recommendations to get a headlamp and a reflective vest, I wanted to weigh in on what kind of headlamp you should consider.

Ideally you'd get something lightweight, with enough power to see in front of you and make yourself somewhat visible (although that's more what the reflective vest is for). You should also get something with removable batteries so you could bring spares.

Most of the recommendations on here are for climbing lights by companies like Petzl which are colorful and fun and if you go with one of those you'll probably be fine.

But there are much better options. Those climbing lights (at least the cheaper ones) aren't waterproof, they're splash/sneeze resistant. Might last a while in rain. But IPX8 waterproof would be better. Also they're mostly plastic. The expensive ones are insanely expensive. Here are some cheaper, more bombproof options (all single AA, there are other AAA and 18650 options too but 1xAA makes for a very lightweight package):

Zebralight H53c ($59)
Excellent light, I own it's bigger brother the H600, fantastic build quality all around. 79 grams with battery.

Manker E03H ($35) Another good option. Go for the Nichia LED, much better color accuracy. 103 grams with battery.

[Fenix HL23] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UHZXAYG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_kglPBbREJNAKJ) ($35) Reputable brand, good light. Not as waterproof, only IPX6. Still solid. 75 grams with battery.


There are a few more options, especially if you want more (18650) or less (AAA) power and weight. Check out /r/flashlight for more info. Or hit me up. Good luck and stay safe out there.

u/jakethebiley · 1 pointr/EDC

This is my first EDC post, hope you all enjoy

  1. Samsung Galaxy S5, Black 16GB
  2. Samsung earbuds
  3. My Knives that I rotate every now and then.
    Kershaw 1830 OSO Sweet Pocket Knife
    Kershaw 1304BW blackwash: this came in the kershaw walmart gift set (2015)
  4. My flashlights that I rotate as well
    Streamlight 66318 MicroStream C4 LED Pen Flashlight
    ThorFire PF01 Tactical LED Flashlight Pen Light
  5. My Watches
    Pebble Smartwatch Black I wear this one the most, as I love being able to control my music with it
    Invicta Signature model 7376 This is my Fancy watch. I bought it on a cruise a couple years ago, I only wear it for special occasions.
  6. Kindle PaperWhite 5th gen I’ve been reading lots of programing books lately
  7. Victorinox Swiss Army Huntsman with Free Pouch
  8. Quick Info Cards with wake turbulence separation, and mandatory advisories, handed out by my Air traffic Control Professor. I’m a ATC Major.
  9. Kershaw keychain tool, Also included in in the kershaw walmart gift set (2015)
  10. 8gb Key flash drive
  11. Sony VAIO® E Series Laptop Model # SVE14A27CXH, great laptop I grabbed before college. Has a I7 and 8gb of Ram. Good for games and school work.
  12. Mophie Juice Pack Charger I love this thing, I waste so much battery browsing Reddit on my phone when I have free time in-between classes or when I have down time at work.
  13. Handmade wallet from Dollywood, theme park, TN. Not shown in the Picture
    That’s it.
u/everythingstakenFUCK · 5 pointsr/MechanicAdvice

Before anything else: Someone else said jack stands - get them. Don't die under a car. I almost did, it's easier to fuck up than you think.



I have the 1.5 ton HF aluminum jack, I wish I had gone for something a little bigger. It doesn't really have the lift height for bigger jobs.



Another thing I don't see mentioned: LIGHTS. I keep two of each of these in my garage:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06W2HTGFL/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015UC17E/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Plus I have the Braun (HF) flexible work light:
https://www.harborfreight.com/390-lumen-magnetic-slim-bar-folding-led-work-light-63958.html
This thing is great, but I have the typical HF complaints about quality especially around its willingness to charge all the time. I put a washer on the battery and that seems to have solved the issue for now.



I wouldn't mess with a pneumatic impact unless you find yourself in a situation where you really need one and can't afford an electric. Your compressor flow rate has a lot more to do with its ability to run air tools than anything else, and unless you really have a shop quality compressor you won't run a pneumatic impact very long.



I'd wait until you really need an impact and if you find you do, I'd suggest this one:
https://www.lowes.com/pd/DEWALT-XR-20-Volt-Max-1-2-in-Drive-Variable-Brushless-Cordless-Impact-Wrench-1-Battery-Included-and-Charger-Included/999947862



Now it's not the best electric impact you can get - the Milwaukee and Makita versions are both marginally better - but it's available at every big box store, and when you factor in the cost of batteries it's WAY cheaper.



For hand tools, I'd go 100% harbor freight (pittsburgh). Most things can be done with 3/8" and a lot of extensions, but having 1/2" is really helpful. If you use it enough to break it, upgrade then. I use 1/4" for lots of things but it's a luxury for the most part. Get metric deep and standard depth sockets. I also consider ratcheting box wrenches nearly a necessity. Again, the pittsburgh set is a great deal for what you get. Get all the lengths of extensions you can.



If you find you want (or need) nicer hand tools, my next step up is generally gearwrench. This set is one of the few things I might consider a splurge on out of the gate:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BTEXPDK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1



You need a torque wrench. Someone else suggested the tekton 1/2" drive and I 100% concur if you had to pick one to start with. Make sure you learn how to use it and how to properly store it. A deep lug socket (19mm or 21mm usually) is your friend, figure out what size your lug nuts are.



I can't live without a couple pairs of vice grips. They're by far my favorite tool for grabbing spring-loaded hose clamps.



You need at least one dead blow hammer. They're cheap as hell at harbor freight (noticing a theme?)



Magnet trays are usually free at harbor freight with a coupon and purchase. Get a nice stack of them, they're priceless.



Other Odds and ends that I use a bunch:

  • I keep a 10mm T-handle which makes my life easier disassembling little crap under the hood

  • The $20 set of t-handle hex wrenches from harbor freight gets used more than just about anything in my garage

  • telescoping magnet

  • telescoping inspection mirror

  • Oil filter socket that fits the things you will work on. Will save your hands and knuckles.

  • 9 mil (black) harbor freight rubber gloves

  • you'll probably eventually need an O2 sensor socket. Get the crowfoot kind

  • 5/16" nut driver gets an absolute workout on screw-type hose clamps.

  • With the age of things you're working on, you're probably gonna need a mapp gas torch too

  • pumice soap, like fast orange or something of the sort

  • I get a lot more use out of my punch set than I expected, but not a must have

    Finally, abuse www.hfqpdb.com - there is often a coupon for whatever the hell it is you're gonna buy at harbor freight. If not, use the 20%.

    I'm sure I'll think of a bunch more stuff later on

    Edit: I told you I'd forget some stuff.

    Prybars are a must have

    A pick set is nearly a must-have

    One of my favorite things I've done is get a big bulk food scoop from GFS and put it in a 5-gallon bucket of oil dry. You end up needing it a lot.
u/fastfreddy68 · 1 pointr/EDC

Seconding the flashlight and multi tool.

I carry my flashlight with a pocket clip just so it can be attached to the brim of my ballcap if I need light and both hands. Much easier than fumbling with my phone.

Also, if I’m in a situation (ie: truck broke down, power’s out, etc) I don’t want to waste precious phone battery for a flashlight, which uses a ton of juice. Gotta save those sweet amps for mobile gaming, or emergency comms.

I just picked up a Thrunite Ti3, very happy with it. It’s very small, study, great output, multiple settings, and the clip is amazingly (surprisingly) strong.

ThruNite Ti3 EDC Cree XP-G2 R5 AAA Torch Max120 Lumens LED Flashlight, Mini, Cool White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LUO028U?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf

Also, a good multi tool is a must for me.

I have several, a Gerber and a Leatherman, as well as a half dozen cheap no name models, but I carry the Victorinox SAK Tinker daily. Fits well in the coin pocket of my jeans. It does have a blade on it though, so be wary of that. If you don’t go with the Tinker, another Victorinox would still be great.

My Leatherman has been with my for well over a decade, and is my daily work carry, but I’m a firm believer that they don’t make them like they used to (mine is a 2002 model).

The Gerber is a forever backup. It was a gift, and my least favorite. Feels cheap in my hands when I use it, but I know it would get the job done if necessary. It stays in my range bag normally.

As for the Tinker, here’s a link;
Victorinox Swiss Army Tinker Pocket Knife, Red,91mm https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00004YVB4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_jGmKAb8QN9QH9

Good luck and happy hunting.

u/zerostyle · 4 pointsr/flashlight

I've been researching this myself. I do think you need to specify a few things first though:

  • Do you ever need to use it as a headlamp?
  • Do you care about weight/size?
  • Prefer floody vs longer throw/spot?

    The ones I'm considering are mostly mentioned in this thread, but I'll list a few:

    Headlamps:

  • Wowtac A2 and A2S - cheap because it includes a rechargeable battery. No neutral white for a few more months, though. $20-$30.
  • Skilhunt H03 - seems to be my favorite option with a coupon. Considered more floody than the wowtac above, and can swap out the TIR for 45/60 degree if you want. $30 with coupon

    Regular lights / slightly cheaper:

  • Atactical A1S and A1 - similar to wowtac above. Dirt cheap good lights. $20-$30
  • Convoy S2+ - also a good cheap small light. People seem to think that the 7135x6 driver is the best option and choose one of the neutral white emitters (4.5-5k or so). The brighter temp is on sale for 9.99 right now, but you might want the 5A or 4C options. Considered a floody light. Custom firmware can be loaded onto it. $10-$16.
  • Astrolux S1 - was designed the budgetlightforum. Similar to the Convoy, but has a custom driver for more brightness but also runs a lot hotter. Has a custom firmware. $23.

    Battery options:

    From my research, the best values batteries are these, depending on category:

    Highest capacity, current good for maybe 6A (some say 10A):

    Panasonic 35E or Sanyo NCR18650GA

    Need high current: (10-20A)

    Sony VTC6 or Samsung 30Q
u/xCentrino · 3 pointsr/flashlight

A couple days ago I got a email from Thorfire about selling the Q8 at a special for $40 on amazon.

Edit: Found it, here's the body of it.


Edit 2: Still not available yet, so much for quick. EBay may be your best bet for quick.


Dear Customer,



Great News! ! BLF Q8 flashlight will be available on amazon USA soon. If you would like to order more, we have limited quantity promo codes(49% off)and the price would be the same as Group Buy: $40.



And If it is convenient for you, could you please spare a few minutes and help to share an honest review of BLF Q8 light on amazon? Here is the product link.

BLF Q8: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0773Q46D3



If any question, please feel free to contact.

Best Regards

ThorFire

u/grumpy_lump · 3 pointsr/ems

I have my own stethescope; I'm not a fan of other peoples junk in my ears. It's easy to go down the path of having all the gadgets, but honestly, most of the stuff you'll cary will be ambulance/company stock. Things like pens, penlights, trauma sheers, extra gloves.

I always have a small folding blade on me (I'm in NH so no clue whats legal there). As far as essential supplies I keep on hand all the time, a bottle of 5 hour energy for that 3AM transfer, a pack of gum and a zippo. Multitools are pretty standard fair, as well as a beefier penlight. I like mine cause It beats the giant maglights we keep on the truck and it's useful for probing into pockets (You told me there weren't any needles on you, and yet what's this in your breast pocket?)


Remember it's less of what you have and more of how it is presented. Dont be this guy

u/Zak · 1 pointr/flashlight

I have a Streamlight Microstream. Using the pocket clip, I forget it's there until I want it. Using the recommended AAA batteries, it's brighter than a phone's LED, but I ran it almost exclusively on 10440 lithium-ion batteries, on which it is many times brighter at a cost of short battery life and heat. It has a forward-clicky switch, meaning that pressing the switch will activate the light before it actually clicks, for momentary use.

The trouble is, the switch broke after a month. While I'm sure I can get it repaired under warranty, I don't want to rely on it anymore and don't recommend it to others. I'm told the Pelican 1910 is a better version of the same thing, and I think I'll get one of those to replace it.

As others have covered, your bigger light should probably run on a single 18650 and it should not be from a Chinese brand with a name ending in "fire". Many of these have the option of running on CR123 lithium primaries as well. It's probably not a bad idea to keep a few of these around as they have a shelf life of at least 10 years so you can be sure you have working spares for emergencies. These lights usually use a Cree XM-L2 emitter and put out 600-900 lumens.

For situations where I think I'll need a light, I have a Nitecore SRT5. I like this light a lot, mostly due to its mode select ring. Lights like these usually either have a bunch of modes with a user interface that requires something akin to keying in Morse code using the main switch, or if they're generous, a separate mode select button all with the light on, or very limited functionality, such as high/low only, selected by turning the head to one side or the other. The SRT series uses a ring to select from several blinky modes and continuous dimming from a very low moonlight mode to 750 lumens on high. It's possible to tell by feel which mode the light is in before turning it on and to select a different mode while the light is off. I find that having a lot of modes does not get in the way with this UI, and given that, I do like having the beacon, strobe and SOS modes. There's also an extra red/blue LED, which I find minimally useful.

The SRT6 and SRT7 are similar lights with larger, longer-throw heads, but I like that the SRT5 fits in my pocket more or less comfortably. SRT5 kits with a battery or two and a charger go for about $100. An SRT5 by itself is around $75. The kits seem to be a good value. There are some other lights with mode select rings, and I listed a few in this thread. Absent from that list is the Thrunite Lynx, which seems to have limited availability and an MSRP of $130. The Lynx puts the selector ring at the rear of the light so it's easier to operate from the same grip as the power switch.

Edit: illumn.com has the Lynx in stock, but only two of them at the time of this post: http://www.illumn.com/flashlights/thrunite-lynx-xm-l2-1000-lumens-1-x-18650-2-x-cr123a.html

u/silverecco · 1 pointr/flashlight

These ThorFires are considered pretty good lights. Probably the best in the cheap-chinese knockoff category on Amazon. You can get better lights for cheaper from banggood and dealbest, like the BLF-348 that's been recommended multiple times, but shipping takes a few weeks. Only issue I have with the ThorFire TG06 is the PWM (visible flickering) on the low modes and the very blue tint. I've become a bit of a tint snob as neutral whites have become more common.

But for a few bucks more I'd go for a Thrunite Ti3 with the neutral white LED. I've gotten a few for a few girl friends (and my girlfriend) and they all keep them on their keys and LOVE them. Instead of using the included chain and clip I just put a small split ring on the light and slip that on their keyring. Only problem is a lost head every now and again.

A cheaper, similar option is the Olight i3E series which also come in fun colors for $11. Cool white only Comes with a Luxeon LED so the tint is probably actually quite nice.

My girlfriend is now carrying an Olight i3S-EOS Brass on her keys that I bought for myself, but she really liked the aesthetics of the brass, and I liked that it pumps out a blistering 180lm (I'd say it's a fairly accurate claim) on the first turn, so it's actually a viable self-defense light. Enough to disorient somebody, kick 'em where it hurts, and run. It's cool white, but a fairly neutral one. I lucked out.

Best to run them on eneloop rechargeable batteries, but they add a bit of weight and initial cost. Performance and runtime is best with those batteries. Lithium primaries ("Energizer Ultimate Lithium") are a good option for a rarely-used keychain light because they are very light, about half the weight of a rechargeable, and they do not leak or self-discharge. With an aluminum light and a lithium cell, the light only weighs a few more grams than a key. I never recommend alkalines (regular duracell, etc) batteries because the leakage can and will ruin a light, especially one exposed to lots of abuse, temperature extremes, and seldom use. It's basically impossible to clean lights that can't be full disassembled, so you may never recover the original performance if it even works at all after a leak.

u/JimmyTheFace · 2 pointsr/msu

I didn't have the dorm experience, but I lived far enough from campus that I would hang out there all day most days.

Quality shoes - you will be walking quite a bit. Depending on your style, consider something like a waterproof hiking shoe that will last through some like snows.

Reusable water bottle that will fit in your backpack well. Sparty's will fill it up, or you can use the drinking fountains.

I'm a fan of some of the /r/edc stuff as well, a small flashlight can be very useful, and shouldn't run over $20.

A small plug splitter, would be very useful. I have a more complicated one, but if I did it again, I'd get this. A lot easier to charge your laptop/phone when you don't have to convince someone to unplug theirs.

Either a collapsible umbrella or packable raincoat.

Extra headphones. I'm lucky enough to have accumulated several pairs of iphone earbuds, so if I lose/break one, I'm still okay.

u/dotMJEG · 1 pointr/photography

Well if you want something nice, small, great color rendition(and common battery option of AAA), the Tool with Nichia emmiter is hard to beat for roughly $20.

If you want part of what we consider the battery master-class, an 18650 Lithium ion setup (effectively most bang for your buck capacity/ power-wise), the Thrunite TC12 is a good entrance to "real lights".

The reigning champs are the Zebralight SC63w, and the Armytek Wizard XHP, but a whole setup with those two including batteries and chargers is more like $120, but I think well worth it.

Feel free to also submit a buying help request over in /r/flashlight, we have a whole form so the bunch of us nutters can nail exactly the best light for you in your price range.

u/angryqueso · 9 pointsr/flashlight

For an aesthetically pleasing and small light, I'd recommend the ReyLight Pineapple.

A beautiful brass light that takes either standard AA's or rechargeable 14500's if you want higher output. High CRI out of the Nichia LED, and isn't too big. Most people will recommend that you get an 18650 light (and so would I honestly) but a lot of new people to the flashlight world don't want to have to get a light with special batteries or one that is as large as an 18650 light.

If you want a buy once/cry once option, there is the Zebralight Sc64w which is pretty much the smallest 18650 light on the market, and practically the best. But then you'll need at least 2 batteries and a charger, so factor that cost in.

I hope I could help!

u/coherent-rambling · 12 pointsr/flashlight

So, right off the bat you've got two criteria that tend to start fights around here:

  • Starting fires is entertaining, but is extremely inefficient. You waste a huge amount of battery power to do it, and can only light certain materials like dark paper. It's a party trick, not a camping tool.

  • The best use of a flashlight for self defense is to make sure you don't trip while running away. The second best is holding the light in your off-hand while your gun is in your dominant hand. Other than that, if it's possible to disorient someone with light, just about any flashlight we like will be good enough.

    Ignoring those criteria, I'm going to suggest a Thrunite Neutron 2C. Click the button for on/off, push and hold to smoothly raise or lower brightness. Includes a good-quality 18650 and charges on USB.

    And grab a BIC lighter for your fires. If you want something fancier, get a Zippo and a butane insert that won't dry out every three days.
u/pyrowopr · 2 pointsr/EDC

First off, many of these things are intentionally cheap, because I do tend to break and/or lose things, so... Here goes.
All have Amazon links, because that was what was easiest.


Jewelry:

u/dubyrunning · 1 pointr/flashlight

Do you mean put the whole light in/on some kind of charging cradle? Those are available, but you'd be limiting your options greatly.

USB charging is more common. There are a number of great lights that'd meet your requirements that have USB or magnetic charging, so you plug a charging cable to the light. Again, your options will be more limited than if you were okay with removing the battery and charging it in a charger, but you'd have more options than if you require a cradle.

For a light with built-in charging you can buy on Amazon, and considering you can probably fit a 1x 18650 light in your shorts pretty easily, I'd recommend the Thrunite Neutron 2C Neutral White. Up to 1,100 lumens with useful lower modes and smooth brightness ramping.

EDIT: Although, the Neutron 2C is closer to 5 inches long than 4. If you want something really small (3.64" by 1") and high quality, you should take a look at the BLF FW3A (not on Amazon and not USB-rechargeable though).

u/effortDee · 4 pointsr/trailrunning

After a headlamp for long miles but don't want to break the bank because it's a potential christmas gift?

Get the Wowtac A2S a 18650 L shaped headlamp and it's perfect for running (unless you're in fog or the clouds and its dark!)

https://www.amazon.com/Headlamp-Headlight-Rechargeable-Waterproof-Headlamps/dp/B071HW5XQH/&tag=crtrftrd-20

Been running with this for a few months now and it's incredible, has firefly 1 lumen mode which apparently lasts weeks, then 10, 60, 200 lumen modes, i run with the 60lumen mode around the mountains and it's perfect, occasionaly clicking in to the 200 lumens to see ahead. Also has turbo and strode modes which I don't use but might one day for some photography stuff.

The reason I got it is that the 63lumen mode can run for 19+ hours, and it's 18650. Everyone needs to start migrating to 18650 running headlamps/torches. It's also a third of the price of any petzl or other "named" headlamp runners use and imo better. If you head over to /r/flashlight they will all say the same.

I am comparing this to a Nextorch Eco star (2xAAA) headlamp which is fantastic but comes in at 40lumens which just wasn't bright enough for some runs. Many different torches (I have a big collection) and i've tested friends petzls and other overpriced head torches, the wowtac beats it hands down!

u/bmengineer · 5 pointsr/flashlight

Here are 113 lights that run on an 18650, have a sub-lumen mode, cost below $90, and have a max output of at least 900 lumens.

Right angle lights double as headlamps and are super versatile. The Armytek Wizard Pro is an amazing option that comes with a battery and integrated charging for $55, and the Wowtac A2S is a budget option with a rechargeable battery for $30

The Zebralight SC64c is special because it has high CRI, which means it renders colors better than typical LEDs - this could be extremely useful for an EMT. Zebralights are very well built and most people that have them love them. They also have similar headlamps, such as the H604c. These lights don't come with a battery or a charger.

If you need more help then help us by narrowing down exactly what you're looking for.

u/benh509 · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

Great, super light, can hold in hand for better trail illumination or clip on to a hat for hands free.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LUO028U/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_b2l2Cb31GDXSB

Awesome headlamp. Super light, lots of levels and a red light and lockable. Get it from Litesmith.com with the shock cord band for an even lighter option.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077Z3LNX9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Q3l2CbTEV8FDE

I have both and love both.

u/_MedboX_ · 2 pointsr/EDC

I'm 28, in the Navy, and here's what I'm usually carrying.

Maxpedition Pocket Organizer

NM Flag patch

Old coin given to me a while ago

Sparrow's Tuxedo Pick Set It's a great set, and a cool thing to learn. The linked set has a different case, I guess they don't do the leather cases anymore. I also had them put rubber handles on mine when I ordered, makes all the difference.

USB cord that came with my phone

Tekton 4" adjustable wrench

Zebra pen. Forgot which specific one...you probably know it though, it's one of the popular choices on this sub. My main pen I keep in my breast pocket, the Fisher Bullet. That's the best pen I've ever had, hands down.

Fine point Sharpie

Rite in the Rain notebook. It's ok. I much prefer Field Notes Expedition which I also keep in mind that breast pocket. Just wish the pages were perforated.

Streamlight Microstream. Awesome little light, and the AAA battery it takes lasts quite a while.

Chapstick

ThermoWorks surface thermometer. Sorry, can't find a link. My buddy gave me this last Christmas. Comes in real handy in the field, to see if my JetBoil is too hot to put away. Also, I dunno, I can tell you if stuff is hot or cold or whatever. Neat.

u/psychxman · 5 pointsr/EDC

Yes and no, phone flashlights can help find something on the floor or follow a path in a pinch but having a dedicated light last longer, is much brighter, can see farther, and can be used in many more types of situations. A phone light will kill your battery very quickly also.

But, again it’s personal preference, really. I like to be prepared for those unique moments. Friends always ask me for my flashlight and I get to be the hero every once in a while lol.

Check out the stream light microstream

microstream

Or the olight s1r or I3T EOS

Olight

Bright, tiny, and cheap. You will get hooked if you get one of these.

u/Magneticitist · 2 pointsr/flashlight

That reminds me to go dumpster diving myself. I've got a coworker who goes all the time with his wife and I don't know how but they are always scoring a lot of goodies.

Anyway it seems like there are some lights out there many would skip over because of better a little more expensive alternatives, but those lights also seem to fit your needs pretty well so there may not be any need to spend the extra money. One such light is the Wowtac A2S I saw reviewed not too long ago. There's also the A2 for ten bucks cheaper but it's half as bright. It's your basic angled 18650 XP-L headlamp that comes with a battery with the built in microUSB recharging port. Again, not the best light for the price range, not the best included battery, but it sounds like you would get good use from it in an all inclusive package.

u/Frenetic_Joker · 3 pointsr/flashlight

Reylight Pineapple V3 for 54$ on amazon, yeah it's a AA light and pretty heavy as it's brass but for it's size it far outperforms any AAA light that I'm aware of and a lot of AA lights too. If brightness is your main concern this would be my choice.

​

Edit: If you grab a 14500 cell too it doubles the already impressive output, I currently use Eneloops in mine and even then this is an excellent light in a fairly compact size.

The Folomov EDC C1 is also a great choice from what I hear and cheaper, they had some QC issues before but they've apparently resolved them, I have one coming

u/-SexyGrandpa- · 3 pointsr/flashlight

Depends on what you need it for. [Wowtac A1S] (https://www.amazon.com/A1S-Flashlight-Pocket-Sized-WOWTAC-NW/dp/B07M5BV8P7/ref=sxin_3_ac_d_rm?ac_md=0-0-d293dGFjIGExcw%3D%3D-ac_d_rm&keywords=wowtac+a1s&pd_rd_i=B07M5BV8P7&pd_rd_r=87edd49d-3423-4285-b39a-a400c6f26d02&pd_rd_w=3a87c&pd_rd_wg=aj6I2&pf_rd_p=983984df-2ad2-4c97-ba7f-4c5a90291c2b&pf_rd_r=SQZ7VJBHA7P696C8KF1D&psc=1&qid=1570875957) or [Sofirn SP31 v2.0] (https://www.amazon.com/Tactical-Flashlight-Features-Rechargeable-Battery/dp/B07FKJDH93/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=sofirn+sp31+v2&qid=1570875985&sr=8-1) for good budget edc lights, $26 and $36 respectively and both come with batteries. Looks like there's a 10% off coupon for the Sofirn on the listing so that's closer to $33. [Skilhunt H03] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07QNPHB43/?coliid=IO5EZ9P7F0TH8&colid=LVIYOC1TPTP9&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it) for a good right angle headlamp that you can use as an edc, about $50 for the bundle that comes with a battery. [Sofirn SP40] (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07XKST56M/?coliid=I28PCTS2ZHHV8I&colid=LVIYOC1TPTP9&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it) for a more wallet friendly headlamp/edc thing, $31 and comes with a battery. [Sofirn C8T] (https://www.amazon.com/Flashlight-Lumens-Powered-Battery-Included/dp/B07PGNVTY9/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=sofirn+c8t&qid=1570877317&sr=8-1) for a super budget friendly throwy light, $23 and comes with a battery. Others mentioned are good, the [SP36] (https://www.amazon.com/Powerful-Flashlight-Rechargeable-Brightest-Excluded/dp/B07KFF5BGZ/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=sofirn+sp36&qid=1570878581&sr=8-3) would be right around your max if you have batteries laying around. $70 for the bundle that comes with batteries.

u/greath · 2 pointsr/AskMen

OK. Here are some EDC options, knives and other things.

u/ahn_anon · 1 pointr/EDC

Multitool: Leatherman Skeletool - $41.03
Knife: Spyderco Manix 2 Lightweight (S110V) - $114
Light: Thrunite Ti3 - $20

Total: ~$175


Edit - I got the Skeletool for $20 when it was on sale at Home Depot and the Manix 2 on massdrop for $98; so you could get everything for $138 or possibly less if you look for deals.
Edit2 - How about some reasoning:
> Skeletool - this is my favorite multitool because it has only the tools I would forseeably need on a day-to-day basis, and leaves out the tools I associate more with camping (saw, can opener). It rides the pocket comfortably with the secure pocket clip. The carabiner-style clip is clever, because it works double-duty as a bottle opener. The screwdriver and bit/holder gets the job done. My favorite feature, though, is that the (liner-lock) knife can be deployed and folded away with one hand, without unfolding anything else. The most common complaint I hear is that the pliers/wireclippers aren't spring loaded. (And that covers all the tools on the Skeletool!)


> Manix 2 Lightweight (S110V) - this is my most frequently recommended knife because it is:


> 100% ambidextrous
>
super lightweight for its size: 2.9 oz (82g) for a 8.03" knife (blade length: 3.37")
>* low maintenance: riveted construction means you can't take the knife apart even if you wanted to. S110V steel is known for its edge retention (I think... I actually don't know anything about bladesteels)

>Thrunite Ti3 - I don't know much about flashlights but I've had this for over a year on the same AAA battery cell and it's going strong. It is tiny, very bright and easy to use.

u/vistillia · 1 pointr/preppers

This is an awesome giveaway. Thank you!

Listed at $29.99, Wowtac A2S LED Headlamp Headlight 5 Modes Max 1050 Lumen USB Rechargeable 18650 Battery Waterproof Headlamps, Super Bright Outdoor Sports Running Walking Camping Reading Hiking Fishing Neutral White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZN5LJY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ILP1Ab2PV9A36
And
Listed at $7.99, Flashlight, DLTND Super Bright 500lumens Water-resistant 3.7" Mini Tactical Flashlight for Camping Hiking Fishing Hunting Outdoor Emergency Hurricanes Stormes Outages https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0721FFT8Y/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_0IP1AbFSMFWG7


I have to say I like the format of setting a dollar amount and letting the recipient pick their prize.

u/phobos2deimos · 3 pointsr/techtheatre

I'm a sound guy, I can help:
-Six pack of plain black tee shirts
-Pack of black hair ties for his pony tail
-Gift card to Old Navy (so he can restock on cargo shorts)
-Nice beard trimmer for his goatee
All kidding aside, a simple but often appreciated gift would be something like a nice small flashlight. You can never have too many. I like this one.

u/parametrek · 2 pointsr/flashlight

> I was wondering what your thoughts on the Tiara C1 Pro were compared to the standard Wizard?

It is bulky for a 16340 light but okay for an 18350 light. You can't lock yourself out of the Tiara Pro (or the regular Wizard), while you can lock yourself out of the Wizard Pro.

The Pro features include a boost driver, flashing modes and a battery voltage check. It also comes with a magnet but Armytek sells the magnetic tailcap as an upgrade for the plain lights.

The biggest downside is the headlamp mount. The 18650 lights have a great plastic clip. The Tiaras are still using the old silicon rubber mount. The new mount is more comfortable and very easy to pop the light in/out of.

Another small 16340 option to consider is the Olight H1 Nova. Though I prefer 1xAA for a small headlamp, like a Thrunite TH20.

u/OneleggedPeter · 4 pointsr/flashlight

I am one that uses a flashlight a lot. I don't have a dozen different lights in my collection, I have 2. Those two are very similar, but there are a couple of differences.
The Thrunite Neutron 2C V3. I like this light a lot. It's my "use it 10+ times a day" light. It runs off of 1x 18650 cell (battery), 2xCR123, or a couple of other options. It has built in USB charging, it comes with a 18650 cell, it has adjustable brightness (ramping), and goes from .5 lm to 1040 lm. This thing is bright! Or dim, whichever you want. It just feels good.
My only 2 gigs against it: It takes a while to get used to finding the flat side switch in the dark. I no longer have any problem locating it, but when I first got it, it was a bit challenging. Second gig is that the lens is not replaceable. The lens being broken on mine has not affected the operation in the least, but I would like to replace it. Thrunite says that it's glued in and is not replaceable. ~$50 USD
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XXFC1VN

My other light is a Thorfire TK18. It's pretty similar to the Neutron, but it has a tail switch. It does NOT come with a battery. It does not have On-board USB (or any other) charging, which means that you would need to buy cells and at least one charger. It feels ok in my hand, but I prefer the feel of the Neutron.
It is also adjustable brightness, but also has a Low/Med/High/Turbo mode which I prefer on this light. ~$29 + cell & charger.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0787Z97ZK

Avoid those Atomic lights and their clones.

u/paperwaller · 2 pointsr/TheForgottenDepths

You should take /u/Helicopterrepairman's advice and check out r/flashlight to make sure you get a few awesome lights. You would be amazed what just $25-$75 can get you. This light would probably work out pretty well for you. There's plenty of options. Doing the exploring you're doing a few proper lights would be a HUGE help for you and it would really help your videos too.

u/bombadil1564 · 3 pointsr/flashlight

I highly recommend the Thrunite TH20 headlamp. Durable, fairly lightweight, simple usage, waterproof; perfect for camping. It can get pretty bright if you need it or has very low levels, too. More floody but with a defined hot spot. I recommend the neutral white version. Uses a single regular AA battery or you can use rechargeables if you like. A single battery gives decent run time unless you run it on high all the time. For camp use, I generally don't use it past 15-25% brightness. $29 on Amazon.

ThruNite TH20 Neutral White 520 Lumen CREE XP-L LED Headlamp https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FCV32SI/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ayOYAb2GT9JK5

Edit: the TH20 isn't bulky on your head like an 18650 based headlamp, but if you need lots of brightness for longer run time, you might consider one of those instead. I use it in pitch black backpacking situations and don't need anything brighter, in fact I've mostly used comparatively very dim headlamps for over 20 years, until getting the TH20.

u/Sikash · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

Pen Light It's probably a little too bright but it's still awesome none-the-less
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00008BFS5 The stylus might be more appropriate

I have also heard great things about the book The House of God even if you are not religious. I have not had a chance to read it yet but it's on my list.

If you are trying to spend a little more money an engraves stethoscope (I recommend the Cardiology III) is always appreciated.

u/EdinDevon · 0 pointsr/flashlight

Seems to be lots of multi comments this time!

Here's my option though, https://www.amazon.com/Zebralight-H53c-Headlamp-Neutral-White/dp/B071ZTPLPD/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=h53c+zebralight&qid=1568655530&s=gateway&sr=8-1

As for less frequent or lower prize value. My thought would be less frequent. When I first joined they were every few months which was amazing. Frequent enough they new people would happen across them, not so frequent as to (hopefully) bankrupt you. I can imagine the big sub 10k ones wont keep going as big as some of the previous ones. I'd rather see great giveaways at every 25k than mediocre ones at 10k.

Of course having said all of that, any giveaway is amazing and the community should be incredibly thankful. (and they seem to be). It's a great place here and you shouldn't feel like you have to do it to keep it what it is.

u/JoeIsHereBSU · 2 pointsr/preppers

In your area keep an eye out for an event called "Stop the Bleed". It is a free event that teachings how to teat medical trauma. Other than that you can go to 2nd hand book shops and look for books related to prepping topics. Other cheap suggestions.

  • LED Headlamp
    • you can find these as cheap as $7 but this is what I suggest
  • LED Flashlight
    • you can find these cheaper but that is what I suggest
  • Edible plant books for your area on amazon.
    • Usually around $10 to $20
  • Medical herbs book
    • you can find more like this on amazon
  • Ask your parents to start gardening with you or at least let you do it. Seeds are cheap.
  • Make yourself a hobo stove. There are videos on youtube on how to do it.
  • Candles.
    • Cheap stuff you can get at thrift stores and on clearance. You'll slowly learn what are good prices on them over time. Right after the holidays are the best time for these.

      I've run out of time. Let me know if you have any questions.
u/Handsome_Zack · 1 pointr/flashlight

Thank you as always Para! I like the spirit of these new giveaways.

Wowtac A1S for me please. I love my A1S BSS v2, but they're not made anymore and only came in cool white. If I can somehow acquire a dual-switch reprogrammable driver I'd absolutely love to make a better version of that with this as the host.

u/Skizzik0 · 1 pointr/flashlight

Wow, thanks for doing the giveaway!
My home country's Amazon only carries books but I'm pretty sure either the German or British Amazon would also ship here.
The Wowtac A2S I see a few people mentioning here looks like an interesting right-angle light. I think that'd be my first choice.

u/Paulmunkotv · 1 pointr/flashlight

Hey just in the nick of time!

I would love to put the mass of 18650's I have left over from before I quit vaping to use. This light seems super cool!

Thanks for the opportunity brotha, some good karma coming your way!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H5CQY41/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_UOg3CbXHCACZE?th=1&psc=1

u/enternets · 2 pointsr/TalesFromThePizzaGuy

if this is your first delivery job make sure you get a good small flashlight and buy some good pens to keep in your car at all times. I also bought a mini clipboard for a few bucks and had the credit card receipts on it. It increased my tips by a lot because when someone didn't fill in the blanks I handed it back to them and told them "You need to fill out the entire receipt" and 80% of the time would add a tip. Also, countless comments of "Fancy/Convenient!" as it is hard to sign a receipt when you have to find somewhere to do it at.

If you drive a older car MAKE SURE you have:

  • a good jack
  • 1 full sized spare in the trunk (junk yard sells these for under $20)
  • lug wrench - it makes it much easier
  • jumper cables
  • rain coat/poncho

    use the maps as much as possible and use google maps in a pinch. This gets you used to learning the lay out of neighborhoods and what not as google maps just tells you where to go.
u/kerrcobra · 3 pointsr/EDC
u/acentrallinestat · 2 pointsr/emergencymedicine
  • Definitely a good light! This is the one I use. Attaches to my badge and has a clip to attach to my scrub pocket. Really great light and I use it ever hour of every day.
  • A cheap(ish) digital watch. I wear a rubber Timex Ironman which is great (and easy to clean if needed). A must have...and I previously hated wearing watches.
  • phone with lots of apps: I regularly use Micromedex, EMRA apps, UpToDate, MedCalX, Journal Club, Evernote
  • a box of pens that you like
  • trauma shears, cheap ones.
  • My program bought me custom cargo scrubs. VERY helpful.
  • A small/nice notebook for tracking patient encounters and procedures.
  • your program should buy you an EMRA/AAEM membership which will provide you with the antibiotic guide (SOOO helpful) and they will/should buy you either Rosens/Tintinalli.
  • I personally bought a panoptic because we see quite a bit of patients with eye complaints and I get a great view and can actually say I did a fundoscopic exam (helped me diagnose pseudotumor once)...but definitely optional!
  • a tablet. I love reading on my tablet. I also keep my references on it (because my hospital basically blocks everything that isn't the intranet...even google!!). But optional, not necessary.
  • Also, not things to buy, but I have quick cards on the back of my badge for common hospital telephone numbers (lab, radiology reading room, etc.) and a quick card with RSI drug dosages. That's very helpful.
u/EDCandmemes · 6 pointsr/EDC

Flashlight my dude, you won't be able to go back after carrying one.

Going by the rest of the stuff you carry i'd say a small AAA light that you can either attach to your keys or clip inside a pocket.

A couple of recommendations:

To clip on to keys: The Olight i3 EOS. 1xAAA 90 lumens, 45min runtime. Simple twist on/off, one mode, plenty bright for most daily stuff. If you want something multi-mode still good for your keys, the Thrunite Ti3 and Lumintop AAA Tool are honourable mentions too.

To clip to your pocket: The Streamlight Microstream. 1xAAA 45 lumens, 2.5hr runtime. Solid pocket clip and push-button that lends itself to be a really good momentary light but can be clicked on for continuous use. Really solid light, inexpensive, Tried and trusted by a lot of the EDC community. Honourable mention goes to the Streamlight Stylus Pro. Almost the exact same light but longer. 2xAAA, 90 lumens, 6 hour runtime if you don't mind the weight of an extra AAA on you.

u/colinmoore · 1 pointr/flashlight

Wow, thank you for the chance! I'd love to try this one - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KFF5BGZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_Et8oDb7224RZ0

Good luck everyone!

u/nakedracinginsect · 4 pointsr/EDC

In the first picture I forgot my Eleaf iCare and then in the second picture I forgot my Nixon The Chronicle.

Everything on here was purchased on Amazon except for the iCare and my actual iPhone SE... and my truck. The light and pen were just added to my loadout thanks to /r/EDC!

Phone Case: Ringke SLIM

Light: Streamlight Microstream C4

Knife: Spyderco Byrd Meadowlark2

Pen: Fisher X-Mark Space Pen

Wallet: Radix One Slim

I like neat and clean. Also, thanks to /r/minimalism I tend to be very critical of my belongings in both my pocket and my life. When I deem there is nothing left to take away it causes a nice calming effect.

u/unsane_imagination · 3 pointsr/flashlight

Thanks as always for all the work you do for this hobby and for these great giveaways. Honestly, given the rate of subscriptions, a rarer 5k or 10k subscriber giveaway would be more significant and let people try out fancier flashlights if they win.

This time around, I’d like to try for the Zebralight H53c headlamp

u/dclutter1 · 5 pointsr/EDC

Microstream The clip on mine is different but I think this is the same light. Love it.

Spyderco Tenacious Easily the highest value knife I've ever had/seen. I cut and pry the shit out of stuff with this knife on a daily basis.

u/ToGoFurther · 1 pointr/EDC

Here is the link for the stylus pro. I've used both the regular and the pro, both are really nice, but I do like the pro a little better.

Uses 2 AAA batteries which are easy to find in a pinch.

It's like a large pen, fits in pockets designed for pens, though tightly. Carried a lot of different flashlights and I can safely say that out of all of them if I only had to have one it would be this one. I've lost one before and I didn't even consider any other options when it came to replacing it. Which is rare for me considering the amount my EDC layout changes.

u/SirRipo · 2 pointsr/EDC

Definitely a Microstream, best bang for your buck and plenty of light for most of what a keychain light is needed for.

If you want a twisty switch, though, I really love my Maratac AAA. Been going on 2 years now and kicking hard as ever. HOWEVER, since they raised their prices, I don't find them to be as much of a bargain as they were. The only Maratac light I'd spring for would be one of the specialty ones (like their newly introduced brass version, or the copper one - especially now that they've finally updated them to Rev.3).

I'd probably personally go for something like the Thrunite Ti3 if my Maratac ever dies. About the same price (a little cheaper actually) as what I paid for the Maratac when I bought it, and my buddy loved his til he lost it. http://www.amazon.com/ThruNite-Ti3-Max120-Lumens-Flashlight/dp/B00LUO028U/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1426784161&sr=8-2&keywords=thrunite+ti

u/macbooklover91 · 4 pointsr/flashlight

A list of some solid choices:

Name | Brightness | Battery life (brightest mode) | Battery type | Price


u/kariboberifefifofery · 1 pointr/flashlight

Thanks for the giveaway!
It’d be awesome to win this , as my husband has been talking up his new flashlights and I’d very much like to one up him. :)

u/dnphpf · 2 pointsr/nursing

I'll try not to sound like an advertisement. I've needed to use various ways to visualize patients at night for a long time, and I'll give you a couple of suggestions. This is an excellent one if you need a white light. It has a rather narrowly-focused spotlight which can help you keep it out of the patient's eyes and is also waterproof and very durable. I've had one for years. This smaller square flashlight may also be useful - it has both a white and red LED (with low and high modes for each) and recharges via USB.

Red is best for keeping night vision and not blinding the patient, but green can also work (but it tends to be brighter). If you're just checking for respiration, reflecting the light off the ceiling or wall can give you enough light in the room to visualize the patient (and the room as well if you're doing safety/security checks). I've found it useful to carry a flashlight(s) that can handle both red and white in both low/high power modes. Red usually does a good job illuminating the room, but sometimes it's necessary to see colors, and then the white beam is needed. Rarely does it wake them up, and I need to check on the patients four times an hour.

u/BrandMuffin · 1 pointr/techtheatre

EDC- Penlight, Pocket Screwdriver, 6" Scale Rule, Folding Utility Knife, Gerber Artifact, Sharpie, Pen, Lighter.

LX- [email protected] 8" Crescent Wrench w/ safety lanyard, gloves, diagonal cutters, sharpies/paint pens, wire stripper, 5-n-1 screwdriver, non-contact voltage tester. In my gig bag, I have a meter, allen wrench set, c-7's, among other tools I don't really need to lug around on the subway, but then that 1% of the time they come in handy and I accept hauling them around the other 99% of the time.

CARP- Dewalt 12v Impact Driver/Drill set, 7/16"-1/2"-9/16" deep sockets each on an adapter for for use in the impact driver. Same sizes in speed wrench.

Just picked up one of these thumb drive ratchets it has been super useful for working on unistrut and holding bolts when putting together flats or platforms.

Edit: I forgot. Always have my chalk bag handy.

u/afternoonjoke · 1 pointr/flashlight

Woop woop this is a weekly thing now lol

WOWTAC A2S LED Headlamp Headlight 5 Modes Max 1050 Lumen Waterproof Headlamps, Super Bright Outdoor Sports Running Walking Camping Reading Hiking Fishing Neutral White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZN5LJY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_cbrLDbQBCH6TF

Hope I can win!

u/Roamiee · 1 pointr/flashlight

I'm a little late to the party, but thank you for this giveaway. As for my choice, I would like the ThruNite Neutron 2C V3

Very generous of you. Thank you again.

u/NerfEveryoneElse · 4 pointsr/flashlight

I believe an angled light is better for camping in general(you need two hands when cooking or setup tent), it can be used as both headlamp or hand held, also can be clipped on belt or backpack. If you dont have any experience with 18650, a wowtac A2S is the best starter package I believe. Or if you are more interested in the straight option, a Nite Ize headband can mount any straight light less than 1" on your head.

u/Gorillaz_Noodle · 14 pointsr/fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu

I hope this doesn't get buried, it can really help you. I fucking love my mini flash light. You would be surprised at how much you will use one. You whip it out when you need it, and fucking bam, you can see the world. This is the one I have, I keep it on my person 24/7 and it is very durable. Don't let the small size deter you, it is fucking legit. On a dark night in my back yard, this thing can go out for maybe 60ish yards. I'm not even a delivery person, and it was one of the best investments I've every made. I just keep it on a lanyard that I always have on me. Usually in my pocket.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015UC17E/?tag=hyprod-20&hvadid=15470184459&hvpos=1o1&hvexid=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=1199059348122094719&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&ref=asc_df_B0015UC17E

u/zifzif · 1 pointr/flashlight

Thanks to both of you!

I think I've gotta go with a RovyVon myself. Mostly so I can ceremoniously exorcise the cool white XP-G3 from its tainted soul. I haven't decided if I want to use one of my SW45 219B's, or if I should go with a LH351D. Either way, I promise to give it a comfy pocket to sleep in, a nice steady stream of electrons whenever it wants, and a gorgeous 90+ CRI neutral white emitter. Because it deserves better.

u/srs2000 · 1 pointr/flashlight

Astrolux S1 / BLF A6

H03 is about $20 more on Amazon but prime shipping

ThruNite TN12

ATACTICAL A1 550 lm Pocket-Sized LED Torch Super Bright LED Flashlight, Black

I'd order a battery from mtnelectronics.com or illumn.com


The H03 is really small compared to most 18650 lights. Way easier to carry.

u/DraaxxTV · 1 pointr/EDC

Looks like you got a lot of suggestions for lights already but as a guy who has a very "light" edc setup, and doesn't like weight or bulk I recommend the Streamlight Microstream. By far my favorite and I carry it everywhere with me. So small, light weight and the battery life is actually surprisingly good. I've had it for almost 5 months now and never replaced the single AAA yet and I use it just about daily for short bursts. Worth checking out and the price is descent.


Streamlight 66318 MicroStream C4 LED Pen Light https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00143JZ08/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Y56yyb7JGY974

u/Fragninja · 2 pointsr/EDC

you could try one of those new synthetic puffy jackets (like this), they are extremely light, and very warm (check out /r/CampingGear for the top of the line ones, otherwise they can definitely be had for less). I got one last winter or the winter before, and except for the -40C days I got last year, I can wear it the entire winter.

I would recommend a flashlight like the streamlight microstream or stylus pro, to just throw in your bag and forget. They can be SUPER useful when you need them, and don't add much weight or bulk.

u/Beastlykings · 3 pointsr/flashlight

You're the best man, I love the h03, would be great to have a second one to keep in the car at all times. Neutral white, in case the link isn't right.


Skilhunt 1000Lumens 18650 Headlamp EDC Flashlight Waterproof Cree LED Headlight for Outdoor Sports Hands-free Camping Light Brightness Flood Light https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LEOL3LU/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_-cFhAbJEGFJB0

u/PabstyLoudmouth · 1 pointr/flashlight

Well, what I carry for everyday is the Streamlight Stylus Pro, small, pretty bright (90 lumens) and uses 2 AAA batteries. I have had mine in my pocket for well over 2 years and I love it. only complaint is that I wish they sold pocket clips for this at a reasonable price. If the clip breaks or bends it sucks, and new clips are like 12$ and you might as well buy another entire light at 19$.

u/AttemptedWit · 3 pointsr/flashlight

More flood or throw?

If flood: Skilhunt H03 Neutral White!

Awesome little light. I just got mine a few days ago and it has replaced my olight S20r already. It's tiny, and puts out a ton of light with 8 brightness modes from 0.3 to 900 lumens. It's a right angle light with a pocket clip, magnetic tail cap and head strap. It's basically a perfect car light.

Edit: if you want more throw, the H03R is only $34. It's not as floody and has more throw.

Edit2: oops H03R is out of stock

Edit 3: Apparently Amazon carries the Skilhunts as well. Both the H03 NW and the H03R both cheaper than GearBest's full prices.

u/SvenWalker · 1 pointr/flashlight

A ThruNite TH20 would be a perfect way to introduce my dad to good headlamps.

Thanks a lot and good luck to everyone!

u/owe84n · 1 pointr/flashlight

Thanks again to everyone that helps out with the giveaways!

I’d love to get the Thrunite TC15 NW. Something a bit special for the form factor :)

u/rturns · 3 pointsr/livesound

Practice this!

Buy This or something similar.

Make sure you can do This!

Also, a good cable tester, a Behringer CT 100 will suffice.

If you can wrap cables in a hurry, have a flashlight, know how to troubleshoot and repair cables then you will be pretty valuable.

Also, re-read what /u/PM_me_guinea_pigs had to say above, he hits the nail on the head!

Don't be late, don't drink, don't do drugs, you will be ok!

u/Nigel_Yearning · 1 pointr/flashlight

Whatever you do, don't buy any plastic flashlights. If you wanna buy some flashlights at a reasonable price, try getting some Maglites. They can be serviced if need be and will last a long time. If I can't afford expensive flashlights at the moment and would need to buy a bunch of them, Maglites can be purchased on the fly at the box stores.

But if you want the real deal, then get a state-of-the-art tactical flashlight that can fit inside your pocket. ThruNite, Nitecore, Fenix, and Convoy are the kings of flashlights. Personally, I recommend the Thrunite TC12 V2 as the reviews on this flashlight praises its durability and reliability. Not too many people had trouble with this flashlight, except with the V1 because people complained about cycling through modes to get to the one they want.

Since power is an issue. Rechargeable batteries are the way to go. 18650 Lithium batteries will last you 500 charges, but you can pick up rechargeable batteries in AA, AAA, C, and D-Cell Nickel Metal Hydrate as well. Since the flashlight kings have torches that run off of 18650, there are adapters that you can use in case you can't get a hold of them. If you want to stick with primaries and AA/ AAA batteries, then get Energizer Ultimate Lithium cells. They're pricey but they last a long time and can be stored up to 25+ years.

Since this is a third-world nation you're sending these lights to, then USB rechargeable lighting an absolute must. If you want true independence, get a solar charging kit, portable energy storage, and a USB rechargeable battery system. You can use the solar panels to charge your flashlight and your rechargeable batteries without ever using the power grid.

u/day1patch · 3 pointsr/flashlight

You can't really go wrong with the Armytek Wizard Pro, it's my favorite light by far. Apart from a lot of other good stuff I like that it doesnt have these cooling rings that tend to get stuck on pants pockets when EDCing it.

The Thrunite TN12 is pretty nice as well.

u/techguy24 · 4 pointsr/flashlight

Might be worth considering a headlamp as well. The Wowtac A2S is probably your best headlamp option under $50.

If you want a regular light, I tend to like the Convoy S2+ as a work light. It's cheap, fairly indestructible, and parts are easy to get. Otherwise if you want to stick with ThruNite, the Neutron 2C V3 would probably be a good option for you.

-Edit-

If you get the convoy with biscotti firmware you can configure it for a variety of different modes, so you can exclude strobes. Also on the Neutron the strobe isn't in the regular mode group, you have to double tap the button to access it (If I'm reading this right) Don't know if that still counts for you.

u/jayy42 · 1 pointr/Goruck

Thrunite is a great brand that makes high quality lights usually at a better value than the competition. They also sell directly on Amazon, which makes it easy.

I like the TC12, which comes with a battery, on-board micro USB charging, and 1100 lumens.

u/riddifd · 1 pointr/flashlight

Thanks as ever for the giveaway.
My preference would be for fewer draws but maybe more winners per draw. E.g. every 5k but 2/3 winners.

Wowtac A2S NW for my entry.

https://www.amazon.com/Wowtac-A2S-Neutral-White/dp/B075ZN5LJY/?tag=parametrek-20&utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

Thanks.

u/cheezerman · 2 pointsr/EDC

I purchased this light after a favorable review by a friend.

It is pen sized, has a great beam, the batteries last a long time. I have a set of rechargeable batteries that work great with it.

u/Tad_LOL · 2 pointsr/flashlight

I got both of those lights for under $40. The left one is an Emisar D1 mini thrower. I just got it this week and I love it. It has a good flood but not sports worthy, I would suggest the $65 BLF Q8 (largest, 4th from right in bottom picture) or $100 Emisar D18 at for that. The light on the right is a Nitecore P30. The P stands for precision. It's a fairly long range thrower and can light stuff up at 500 yards easily. I got it on sale for $35 but it's typically around $60. There is no flood for sports either. Both the D1 and P30 are 18650 powered throw lights but pocketable. You might like the BLF Q8 because it can be belt pouch carried or back pocket or jacket pocket carried. It also has a threaded spot for camera tripod mounts and would be great for camping and sports. It will require you to buy 4 high drain 18650 button top batteries and a charger.

4x Batteries:
https://liionwholesale.com/collections/batteries/products/samsung-inr18650-30q-battery-15a-3000mah-button-top-wholesale-discount-genuine-and-tested?variant=35782220241

Charger
https://liionwholesale.com/collections/chargers/products/xtar-vc4-battery-charger?variant=12202219864158

BLF Q8
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0773Q46D3/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_djbVCbAEP6Z9W

u/Chainmail_Danno · 2 pointsr/santashelpers

I don't know what Pi kit you're getting, but make sure that the charger is giving it the proper juice. You may also want a powered USB hub for peripherals such as a mouse, keyboard, etc. A small WiFi adapter and camera module can also come in handy.

I really like my Leatherman Squirt. It fits on the keychain that I carry every day. I also want to add this small flashlight. If you're into DIY, you might find Instamorph useful.

u/crispyscone · 7 pointsr/EDC

A few things I would probably get.

  • Flash light always comes in handy. I noticed you didn't say anything about one. I streamlight is a great brand with nice seemingly durable lights. You will probably lose it before it shits out on you or breaks. I prefer the stylus pro or the microstream (difference between the two is microstream is shorter. It's penlight size makes it easy to slip in and out of your pocket.

  • Always carry a good pen. Zebra makes decent pens. If you want to stretch your gift card further, you could get the f301 but I really prefer the f701, it's just a nicer pen. There is also the space pen if you ever feel you need to write something in zero gravity. If "tactical pens" are more your thing, you have plenty to choose from

  • saw you were looking at a cheapo fixed blade. If you were to get any "cheapo" fixed blade at all, seriously consider mora. You can read more about mora in this post, but I assure you that you will not find a better fixed blade for the price.

  • You have anything to carry your beverages in? Nalgene bottle or camelbak for water, thermos for hot beverages.

  • Get you a nice rum cake or whiskey fudge
u/ThePresenter183 · 1 pointr/flashlight

I recommend the WowTac A1S, it produces an honest 1000 Lumens, has great modes and the battery is reliable and easy to charge (uses a cellphone charger). It includes a pocket clip as well which is convenient.

https://www.amazon.com/A1S-Flashlight-Pocket-Sized-NEW-WOWTAC/dp/B07M5BV8P7/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=wowtac+a1s&qid=1557923472&s=gateway&sr=8-3

u/Solancea83 · 1 pointr/flashlight

First, thank you for hosting this, I never knew about this subreddit until this was xposted now I have yet another place to look at cool shiny stuff and find more things to get. Second Congratulations to whoever wins!

I'd go with 2 of this link and have you draw a second person to share with.

https://www.amazon.com/ThruNite-Ti5-XP-G2/dp/B00LUO028U/?tag=0x5054-20

OR if that is not an option

https://www.amazon.com/Olight-S10-L2-Baton/dp/B00ELPPI6Q/?tag=0x5054-20

u/burnerzero · 5 pointsr/flashlight

If $50 is a hard line, Sofirn SP33 is 2500 lumens and more than most uses require. It comes with a 26650 and charger for $41.

As others have stated, Sofirn SP36 BLF edition with Anduril is probably the best option in that range. You can get the light with stock Sofirn branded batteries for $70 or get it without for $50.

If you want slightly better than the stock Sofirn batteries, you can get 3 of the popular and budget friendly high drain 18650's like the Samsung 30q for $16.50 + shipping.

u/Darkdistroi · 4 pointsr/flashlight

Been interested in getting my Reylight Pineapple back after selling it do to some financial trouble

https://www.amazon.com/ReyLight-Pineapple-Custom-Flashlight-Nichia/dp/B0746R313C/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=reylight+pineapple&qid=1572410267&sr=8-1

Thanks as always for the giveaways! They're always a lot of fun and seeing someone get an awesome new toy is fantastic

u/_dus · 1 pointr/flashlight

Sweet! Thanks for the opportunity.

ThruNite TH30

Good luck everyone!

u/jonfromm · 1 pointr/flashlight

I can see how in your case zooming is beneficial. I’m a security supervisor, in my case I use flashlights for patrols and searches. For a throwy light I’ve convinced one of my officers to get the BLF GT Mini it’s a great searchlight type light that can fit in a jacket pocket.

I convinced another to get a Wowtac A1S it’s a good EDC sized floody light with 1100 lumens output. It’s great for those who haven’t used higher end lights as it comes with an 18650 that has a build in micro USB charging port.

I haven’t come across a zoomie that I’d be willing to recommend to anyone but maybe someone else will chime in.

u/apintandafight · 1 pointr/flashlight

streamlight microstream.
http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-66318-MicroStream-LED-Flashlight/dp/B00143JZ08/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333652631&sr=8-1
this is what I have EDCd for the better part of a year, I love it! and for 18 bucks you really cant go wrong. I have the single AAA but you can get the double AAA if it suits your fancy, due to the circuitry efficiency the battery life is much longer on the double AAA model, but both are great.

u/jquagga · 7 pointsr/flashlight

I’d scale back the frequency now and potentially the prize amount later (cap it). While we greatly appreciate it, I don’t want you to suffer for our prizes.

That said, if the random number generate favors me, I’d like a Zebralight H53c. I’ve determined I have hard preferences for 4000-4500K, high CRI and regulated lights. I have a wowtac and a sofirn which are 5000K and they need to go. My existing SC53c is a favorite. :-).

u/MyNameIsAdam · 2 pointsr/Ultralight

Nice man, both your kits are pretty solid. I'm at work so I can't be as thorough as I would like but here are a few ideas that stood out.

1/8" Pad: Drop it, cut two panels off your zlite to use as the frame and then just pull them out the pack to use at night to sleep. I did this all summer with my KS50 and it worked great. You'll need to cut a little bit off the width for it to fit, but it's minimal and not noticeable when sleeping.

Headlamps: There are much lighter headlamp options and many prefer flashlights for night hiking to bring the light closer to waist level and elongate the shadows. You can also clip them to a brim of a hat for hands free use around camp. A little thrunite ti3 would be a good bet if you don't plan on much night hiking, or a Nitecore Tip 2017 for night hiking.

Knife: The Victorinox Classic SD only weighs 22grams or if all you need is a knife check out Spyderco Ladybug at 16grams. Avoid amazon for the ladybug, there are counterfeits going around i hear.

FAK: You could likely pair this down, mine only weighs 1.5oz

Houdini P/O: Seems unnecessary with the versalite? But I've never worn the Nano-Air Light Hoody, is the idea that the houdini would provide a breathable wind barrier when used in combination? I know this is a common strategy with fleece.

Kahtoola Micro Spikes: If we end up needing them this year I'm going to try Snowline Chainsen Light. Quite a bit lighter than microspikes.

On a side note, when do you start? I'm heading out on May 18th. Edit: Nevermind...somehow missed this in your post...maybe I'll see you all in Oregon or Washington! I'm targeting a late August finish.

u/Sirflow · 2 pointsr/EDCexchange

So, I do not have one to trade or anything, but before you order one, I will share this. I researched the uc35 for hours. Read on all the forums, looking at every comparable light that met the criteria as you listed. The conclusion that people kept leading me to was to forget the Fenix altogether, and get a ThruNite. The quality of construction is significantly better, the light is brighter, the light modes are more usable and varied. Plus, it's cheaper. I now have 2 of them, and after using them, 2 of my buddies ordered themselves one as well. I highly recommend it over the Fenix, and in this size and class, I think it really shines. Link for lazy. Get the $65 V2, and I personally prefer the neutral white version (NW) over the blue tint cool white (CW).

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M3TSBB6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_wbwzzb65JPHTX

u/IgnoranceIsAVirus · 5 pointsr/flashlight

Wowtac A2S LED Headlamp LED Headlight 5 Modes Max 1050 Lumen USB Rechargeable 18650 Battery Waterproof Headlamps, Super Bright Outdoor Sports Running Walking Camping Reading Hiking Riding Fishing https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071HW5XQH/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_wu.TAbCC4SCAZ

I have the A1s and am very happy with it, going to start getting into bicycling to lose some weight.

This will help after dark.

(Keeping fingers crossed)

Thanks either way, made me poke around where I didn't look before.

u/cthulhubert · 3 pointsr/EDC

I have a FourSevens M2A. 2xAA, but it's almost as slender as a pen light. It's the only two battery light that's been comfortable clipped to the back of my pocket. Heck, I don't even find 1xAA (or 1xCR123) comfortable in the bottom of my pocket. I even like the extra length, since it makes it more substantial, easier to grib and hold. It's not absolutely perfect as is. I had to put in a paper shim to prevent battery rattle, and stretch out the spring to stop the light from bouncing on and off.

As a note, I've heard that the ITP A3 EOS is suspected of being the same light as the Maratac AAA.

But if I wanted to buy a single battery light right now, I'd probably get the ThruNite I've seen others link here.

u/korgothwashere · 1 pointr/flashlight

I was going to recommend something small like the Streamlight Stylus Pro or the Microstream coupled with rechargeable AAA batteries. Or maybe the Terralux or the Thrunite Ti4. You can keep a few spare batteries in your bag, and will be good to go for a long while....but..../u/bob60626 linked to a really good deal on those olight s20r lights...so now I'm going to suggest that. It seems though that they only do Paypal or Check payments though, so that might be a deal breaker.

I'd also suggest something like the Nitecore Tube, which can be recharged via a standard USB micro connection (your current phone charger if you have an android).

u/followupquestion · 2 pointsr/flashlight

Wowtac A2S, hopefully FTW!
Wowtac A2S LED Headlamp Headlight 5 Modes Max 1050 Lumen USB Rechargeable 18650 Battery Waterproof Headlamps, Super Bright Outdoor Sports Running Walking Camping Reading Hiking Fishing Neutral White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075ZN5LJY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_HL6eAbE9DS869

u/m0nday · 3 pointsr/flashlight

I love my Streamlight Stylus Pro. It's about the size of a Sharpie. I keep mine in a pen pocket on my uniform, and it's a great "quick draw" light. It pumps out 48 lumens, which is all you need for up-close and smaller areas. Best part is it's only twenty bucks.

u/DriftMonkey · 3 pointsr/flashlight

The ThruNite TH20 (neutral white) is right in your range, but I think something with an optic/frosted lens would be better suited for working on cars. So...

It's a bit over your stated $30, but I think the Skillhunt H15 (neutral white) fits the bill. The TIR optic should spread the beam nicely and work very well for working on cars. There is a group buy thread over on BLF that might knock down the price some as well.

Both of these are AA/14500. If you'd be willing to go with a 18650, you could get something with more output/runtime, but that'd be up to you.

u/dcabines · 7 pointsr/onebag

The suggestions here are great and OP has probably picked one, but I wanted to share an alternative for anyone else that may be looking. I really enjoy my $15 Xtar PB2 paired with two 2500mah 18650 batteries. You can get the batteries for just under $4 each. This way you get lots of capacity and you can swap out batteries and it still costs less than the typical powerbank of that capacity. Also some devices use the batteries directly like this flashlight.

u/sco0ts19 · 2 pointsr/flashlight

Thanks!

ThruniteTH30 NW


Edit:

Thank you r/flashlight u/parametrek
and u/mcfarlie6996 for the amazing giveaway! I will enjoy the new th30 very much!

u/cujo255 · 1 pointr/EDC

I have a ProTac 1L-1AA and like it a lot, but I don't think it would be that good to clip on your pocket for day to day use, maybe look into a single aaa light such as the Thrunite Ti3 or Ti5 whether you prefer a tailswitch or twisty. This form factor is big enough to be useful but small enough to not take over your pocket.

If you're set on Streamlight I like my Protac 1AAA for its size compared to the 1L-1AA, but it is still much bigger than the Thrunites and a lot of other single aaa lights.

u/Chasethelogic · 0 pointsr/EDC

This is the one that I have. It fits perfectly in my pocket, it's very easy to use, it doesn't come on by itself very easily, it's flipping bright, and it's quite affordable. Just my recommendation

u/itshowyousaidit · 1 pointr/flashlight

Site is looking good. Thanks for your generosity. I like Thrunite TC15 NW please!

u/SockMonkeyLove · 1 pointr/EDC

I carried a G20 for a good while then upgraded to a Stylus Pro by Streamlight. $20 And comes in a few different colors. It's been a great light, puts out a good amount of light for it being so small, and it fits very nicely in my pocket next to my knife.

u/vehementvelociraptor · 1 pointr/EDC

http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-88033-Tactical-Flashlight-Batteries/dp/B003GXF9OA

Streamlight ProTac 2xAA

Pretty inexpensive and great build quality. I love the 3 modes of illumination. Pick up a pack of eneloop batteries and you'll never have to worry about battery shelf-life again.

u/BlueSwordM · 1 pointr/flashlight

There are a quite a bit of flashlight which have tripod mounts.

We have the BLF Q8:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0773Q46D3/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1525779259&sr=8-2&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=blf+q8

Haikelite MT07S:

https://hesaidshesaidsales.com/shop?olsPage=products%2Fhaikelite-mto7s-702-version

I would recommend the MT07S, since it has the most stable brightness as the battery drains, and a still good user interface.

At 4500 lumens, it should be bright enough.

u/JusticeUmmmmm · 1 pointr/flashlight

I love this sub! I think less frequent would make them more special.

If I get so lucky I would love a GTMini I don't have a thrower yet.

u/Sarkhan_Vol_RS · 1 pointr/flashlight

I’ve been really interested in powerful flashlights for awhile now after seeing a gif hit the front page. Just found this subreddit at the perfect time.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KFF5BGZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_HP7FDb77Q059M?th=1&psc=1&utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

u/MadameBattleMonkey · 3 pointsr/CampingGear

100 lumens and IPX-4 waterproof rating leave a lot to be desired. Visit /r/flashlight for a proper recommendation (refer to the sidebar for recommendation form if on desktop). Great community over there. They love to help.

For a budget option Wowtac A2 or Skilhunt H03 are mainstay recommendations. If AA form factor is more your style the ThruNite TH20 is another option.

u/TrueKingOfTheNerds · 1 pointr/flashlight

I think smaller, more frequent prices vs bigger less frequent prizes kind of depends on the intention of the giveaway.

For people who spend a lot of time on this sub, I would guess that if there was something that they want that is less expensive they would have already picked it up or just generally be less excited to win. If you’ve already got a zebralight it’s a little less exciting to win a wowtac a1. They would prefer bigger prizes.

However, if the goal is to grow the subreddit and bring people in, more frequent giveaways is a better way to accomplish that goal.

I am in the former group where I have 2 convoys, the ylp penlight and an h03 that I got on sale and modded to be pretty decent, but I haven’t taken the plunge to buy anything more than 25.00 or so.

Zebralight H53c AA Headlamp Neutral White High CRI https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071ZTPLPD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_fQ.FDbK65X1MZ

u/VenomzzxD · 1 pointr/ProtectAndServe

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003GXF9OA/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I personally love this flashlight. It's small which I'm sure you would enjoy, cheap, and really bright.

u/pRoded · 1 pointr/flashlight

The flashlight would actually be for my mom she's taken an interest in them lately. This one seems to be pretty cool. Gl everyone :)

u/PreparationX · 2 pointsr/flashlight

Love the giveaways! Thanks, Para! I'd love a Rovyvon!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07F5H3CFH/ref=twister_B07GQKMZYV?_encoding=UTF8&th=1

Edit - Added Link.

Edit edit - I'm not a smart man.

u/CoconutJohn · 1 pointr/flashlight

I think making the giveaways smaller would make more sense than fewer giveaways, though realistically you could do both and I doubt anyone would complain. There's lots and lots of great lights available for smaller dollar amounts, and more chances to win would keep the excitement up for a lot of people. Just my 2 cents.

Anyway, thanks again, para! In for the SP36.

u/FuckleNut · 13 pointsr/flashlight

Wowtac A2S

Definitely the most recommended budget friendly headlamp around here. Bright, tough, waterproof, good UI with shortcuts to firefly and turbo, can be used handheld or on a headband, comes with a battery that has a micro USB port for charging, so it’s perfect if you don’t have 18650s and a charger yet.