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Sunday, September 26, 2010

As some of you asked...

I thought I'd delve a little deeper into the world of custom and high-end flashlights.

The first question on everyone's mind is money.  How much do you want to spend?  There's great lights available for $50 or $100.  That might seem like a lot to spend on a flashlight, but just like a pocket knife (we'll get into those later), you don't realize how often you'll use it until you have one.  You want sometime that's water resistant at the minimum (if it keeps water out, it keeps sweat, dirt, grit, pocket lint, all of that out), and runs on batteries that you can find pretty easily.

There's two routes you want to consider - do I want to buy something from an online retailer, drop the batteries in the light from the box, and have a great flashlight?  Or do I want to buy a light or light body (a "host"), pick a drop-in LED module, pick some rechargeables (if you'd like), and build an incredible light?

That's not to say that there isn't off-the-shelf lights that are shit-hot awesome in terms of output and runtime, but sometimes building it yourself from a few select parts turns out a really nice light.

If you're looking at off the shelf, here's some brands to consider - Fenix,  Quark, 4Sevens, NiteCore, Novatac, Malkoff, SureFire, and HDS Systems.  Those are pretty much ascending in price, but give google a shot and have a look around.

If you're a custom kind of guy, and are considering throwing something together that meets your specifications, you're going to want to consider SureFire's line of products, but buying a light just to pull the LED module out and drop something else in.  Two kinds of SureFire's you need to worry about - 6P/C2's, and E2E/E2D's. One's got a slightly larger head, the other slightly smaller.

The 6P uses 2 batteries, it's bigger brother the 9P uses 3, and it's slightly different cousin, the C2 and C3 lights, all use the same sized dropin.  What's known as a P60.  Malkoff, Nailbender, and a few others are relatively inexpensive (think $60), and have an absolutely incredible output and runtime.

Either route you take, you should probably ask yourself whether you want to use AA, AAA batteries, similarly sized rechargeables, or CR123's, the industry standard.  All are available at Wal-Mart, but CR123's are going to run you a little more.  Better to buy online.

But this is just a rather introductory post - you should really head over to candlepowerforums.com if you'd like to do a bit of research yourself.

I'll post some pictures in the next few days to show you what you're looking at.

If you have any questions, comment!

26 comments:

  1. hmm I like the custom setup from the way you described it, ill check out the forums to get more details!

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  2. I just learned more about flashlights than I think I've ever learned...EVER!

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  3. That sounds really cool to make a custom flashlight. It's like building your own computer.

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  4. Going the second route and building a light is pretty easy - not a daunting task. Takes a bit of reading, as per which batteries will fit, which rechargeables you should use, the voltage and amperage maximums of whatever dropin you're using, but once you get the basics down, it's no problem.

    Bear, you're very right. It's almost exactly the same - buy a video card, drop it on your motherboard. :)

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  5. I now know more about flashlights than all of my friends and family, should I be happy or sad? Following you, keep me updated with all this useless info! lol jk it was interesting.

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  6. You are really, really into flashlight 0_0

    I can totally relate to Ajeis comment xD

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  7. I never knew there was so much to know about flashlights good info!

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  8. Great peace of info brother, I work for a security company and we use high powered flash lights all the time here.

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  9. I own a flashlight. It cost 99 cents and is bright green. I use it to wave at strangers when they're walking by my house

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  10. Wow, a full lesson about flashlights!

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  11. nice blog man, continues that.. gdl

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  12. haha flashlight enthusiasts, now I've seen it all. No offense meant! I just only use them during power outages /shrug.

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  13. I dont actualy need a flashlight.. but still - interesting post :)

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  14. Hey brovah, loving the page! I'm big into cave spelunking, and other such dark adventures, and for the life of me I can never seem to find a flashlight that suits my needs. Maybe this'll help ;) I've got you on follow, keep up the awesome work

    -JKane

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  15. Wow. I had no idea there was so much info on flashlights. You sound like a really smart feller.

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  16. i never knew someone could be so in depth wiith flashlights x)

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  17. Thanks for all the great info. never realized there was so much involved with flash lights.

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  18. I totally used to have an old-school giant 4 d cell battery flashlight... I'm gonna go find that thing

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  19. how the hell do you know so much about flashlights

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