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Posted: 9/11/2005 9:40:05 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/11/2005 10:09:22 PM EDT by Winston_Wolf]
... After a few weeks of snooping around, I think I may have found the absolutely best engineered carry light.

... The A2 Aviator® (A2-HA), just got mine this weekend


... The Aviator's unique digitally controlled two-stage switching mechanism allows the user to choose LEDs for close-up work or the high output lamp for full power applications. Digital current regulation circuitry provides a more consistent (even) level of incandescent light output ...





... I've finally found my new favorite, compact and robust yet diverse flashlight for daily carry





Link Posted: 9/11/2005 9:41:44 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/11/2005 9:42:24 PM EDT by ARDunstan]
Eh.
That ain't shit.





Link Posted: 9/11/2005 9:48:15 PM EDT
Surefire 9p works for everything I need a light for. Not too big, plenty of power. Use a P91 lamp for uber brightness or a P90 for a bit more battery life. The perfect daily carry light for me. I even have the Z32 bezel just in case
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 9:54:11 PM EDT
I like my Z2
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 9:54:43 PM EDT
I dont have the Aviator, but I love my Surefire flashlight
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 9:55:02 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/11/2005 9:55:33 PM EDT by Winston_Wolf]

Originally Posted By Mr45auto:
Surefire 9p works for everything I need a light for. Not too big, plenty of power. Use a P91 lamp for uber brightness or a P90 for a bit more battery life. The perfect daily carry light for me. I even have the Z32 bezel just in case



... Good choice, but burn times between the P90 & P91 are negligible - and short

... I kept finding my Surefire C3 Centurion was burning through CR123's too fast during casual use, leaving me with a useless hunk of aluminum in my pocket. The "dual bulb" Aviator answered that problem nicely. I would like to see the "dual bulb" concept have more competition, the Aviator was 150 stones - eek
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 9:55:31 PM EDT
Easy: ARC AAA.

If I wanted bigger, I'd go with your selection, the aviator, hands down.
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 10:00:12 PM EDT
Mag lite.

Not only is it a rugged light, but if I came across any undocumented workers, I could.....well.....you know.
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 10:01:41 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 10:03:43 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Papertargets:
Easy: ARC AAA.

If I wanted bigger, I'd go with your selection, the aviator, hands down.




ditto
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 10:11:04 PM EDT
With 3-watt Luxeon LEDs now producing an honest 75 lumens of pure white light, I just can't see any reason for owning an incancescent flashlight any more - The bulb is fragile, has a hideously short lifespan, is expensive to replace, produces a yellowish color that rapidly changes to dull orange as the batteries discharge, and doesn't take kindly to LiON rechargeable cells.

Incandescents are the vacuum tubes of the flashlight world - obsolete in all but a few niche applications.
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 10:18:29 PM EDT
Usually it's a M3 Streamlight.
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 10:26:44 PM EDT
Surfires are nice, but i cna't justify the expense. some are astronomical!
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 10:27:55 PM EDT
surefire u2 ultra
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 10:29:38 PM EDT
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 10:32:01 PM EDT
Check out this forum. These guys are serious about their flashlights!

BTW, I like my INOVA X0.
Link Posted: 9/11/2005 10:38:13 PM EDT
anything made by surefire.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 1:39:58 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Skibane:
With 3-watt Luxeon LEDs now producing an honest 75 lumens of pure white light, I just can't see any reason for owning an incancescent flashlight any more - The bulb is fragile, has a hideously short lifespan, is expensive to replace, produces a yellowish color that rapidly changes to dull orange as the batteries discharge, and doesn't take kindly to LiON rechargeable cells.

Incandescents are the vacuum tubes of the flashlight world - obsolete in all but a few niche applications.



+1
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 1:46:18 AM EDT
A2 is my choice as well.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 1:49:15 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2005 1:50:42 AM EDT by dacat]
Streamlight Propoly Luxeon 4AA. Does it all and is only $30. NYFD chooses them too. Luv it!

Oops, just saw you said carry light. I still luv it!
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 1:53:03 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2005 3:03:04 AM EDT by Specop_007]

Originally Posted By Skibane:
With 3-watt Luxeon LEDs now producing an honest 75 lumens of pure white light, I just can't see any reason for owning an incancescent flashlight any more - The bulb is fragile, has a hideously short lifespan, is expensive to replace, produces a yellowish color that rapidly changes to dull orange as the batteries discharge, and doesn't take kindly to LiON rechargeable cells.

Incandescents are the vacuum tubes of the flashlight world - obsolete in all but a few niche applications.



You mean niches like...throw? Nothing throws like an incan.
Well, except a laser.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 2:31:15 AM EDT
I have a couple LED's but my surefire has the 90 Lumen bulb and it kicks ass
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 2:54:37 AM EDT
Surefire G2Z

Cheap, unbreakable (so far) and batteries are cheap at the PX, 12 for $17
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 3:12:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Skibane:
With 3-watt Luxeon LEDs now producing an honest 75 lumens of pure white light, I just can't see any reason for owning an incancescent flashlight any more - The bulb is fragile, has a hideously short lifespan, is expensive to replace, produces a yellowish color that rapidly changes to dull orange as the batteries discharge, and doesn't take kindly to LiON rechargeable cells.

Incandescents are the vacuum tubes of the flashlight world - obsolete in all but a few niche applications.




Nice try for a metaphor, but they are vacuum tubes...really.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 3:42:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2005 3:45:55 AM EDT by JackBurton]
I love my Surefire 6P. It is a constant companion on missions here in Baghdad, whether clamped on my M16 or on my IBA as situation dictates. I could have gone with a more expensive model, but this one does what I need it to. For non-tactical uses I go to my mini-maglite with red filter. The Surefire I view as more or less a defensive weapon. I have used it to stop vehicles coming into checkpoints, and as a gunner to get vehicles out of my way. They are great tools and have helped save us from having to kill (or at least fire on) more than one person who was just doing something stupid.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 3:42:38 AM EDT
Streamlight Twin-Task...does the exact same thing yours does at a fraction of the cost.

Mine has served me well over here so far.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 3:50:07 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2005 3:52:15 AM EDT by TheOtherDave]
Gladius...


I don't see a reason to own any other personal flashlight. Surefire makes some weapon lights that I'd buy, but if it were a flashlight to carry around, the Gladius has the Surefires beat down in a bad way.

The Gladius is a very intelligent design-not as good looking as a Surefire, but it has a LOT of utility and DAMN! does that strobe feature fuck a guy up!

Dave

ETA 90 lumens for 90 minutes at high settings, and 400 hours at the low setting.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 3:59:58 AM EDT
If I was in NO, with no hope of batteries/recharging, the Everlife flashlight is the one. Just shake and shine.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 4:02:05 AM EDT
Surefire E2e. It is with me everywhere I go, day and night.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 4:04:45 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 4:24:04 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 4:32:54 AM EDT

If you were to carry just one flashlight, what would it be?


E2D.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 4:35:39 AM EDT
My surefire E2e. I carry it all the time.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 4:49:23 AM EDT

Originally Posted By SteyrAUG:
Usually it's a M3 Streamlight.



+1
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 5:04:30 AM EDT
4D cell Maglight because of the unique sound it makes when it hits a human cranium.
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 5:21:12 AM EDT

Originally Posted By AILapua:

If you were to carry just one flashlight, what would it be?


E2D.

+1
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 5:47:51 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 5:53:26 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/12/2005 5:55:11 AM EDT by twl]
Link Posted: 9/12/2005 6:04:17 AM EDT
I carry a 2AAA Pelican Mity lite in my front jean pocket, and a backup Photon II. I have both Sure fire 6Z and a 9Z, and a Streamlight Scorpion, but they are too big to be carried daily, and without a holster, will wear in hole in you pocket.
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