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Author Topic: A simple LED flashlight? (rant)  (Read 23092 times)
AC7CW
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« Reply #30 on: August 07, 2016, 02:02:57 PM »

This one is very bright, runs from three AAA's very nicely, remembers the last mode, costs $10 or so. The button is convenient enough if you hold it like cops to and operate it with the switch but no momentary position [I hadn't thought of that until reading this thread, might look for it next time] https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00R5VM3FM/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Aside: anybody that is using D, AA, AAA, 9 volt etc. batteries can save a heap of $ with eneloop type rechargeable batteries. Biggest problem is when roommate says "I need a battery for... " and I give them a rechargeable. I tell them to get it back to me but they seem to be like books; nobody returns them... I think they toss them same as they are used to...
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« Reply #31 on: August 09, 2016, 09:11:27 AM »

Nebo redline select... Is a great flashlight I carry this everyday.. Now everybody can quit crying..


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL5on5XlxiI


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QblkQ-J6zio
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« Reply #32 on: August 09, 2016, 06:29:10 PM »

But, that's not the worst of it.  Most all (except for a wee few) have multiple "modes".  Great.  Now when I grab the flashlight, I may have to sequence through all these modes just to get to the "high" setting.  Some require an On/Off cycle between each mode, some just require you to keep pressing that annoying pushbutton.  So after 4 to 8 presses, I finally get my high beam.

No, don't get me wrong, I like the light provided by these flashlights.  I liked the light provided by my old Maglite with a Krypton bulb.  It was a two-handed flashlight though and could be aggravating when you needed a quick focused light and replacing bulbs was always a challenge (trying to find one).  No, I don't want to return to the old incandescent flashlights.  I just want a normal-sized flashlight I can grab and operate with one hand and one activation of a easy to use switch.

Agree!

I have got some small led flashlights with 3 led, two AA cells gives not A LOT, but THE RIGHT amount of light to see with, just enough to see what you are doing, without completely clobbering your night vision.
The batteries last quite a long time.

I'm not parting with thoseā€¦  Wink
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« Reply #33 on: August 09, 2016, 10:31:37 PM »

wow.  Flashlights on a ham radio site.. Wow.
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« Reply #34 on: August 10, 2016, 08:59:51 AM »

KTN, Why not, flashlights are part of the radio/light spectrum. Otherwise known as the Electromagnetic Spectrum.
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« Reply #35 on: August 10, 2016, 01:11:55 PM »

KTN, But flashlights are part of the radio/light spectrum. Otherwise known as the Electromagnetic Spectrum.

Indeed, and it is called the "Misc" forum.
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« Reply #36 on: August 10, 2016, 03:43:32 PM »

wow.  Flashlights on a ham radio site.. Wow.

They do CW, not in the daytime so much but when it's dark...
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« Reply #37 on: August 10, 2016, 07:59:30 PM »

pshaw, you young fellas, when my candle burns out I light my finger and the dripped wax goes for another hour. no batteries. heh, in my day, had to make my own battery acid.....
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« Reply #38 on: August 10, 2016, 08:01:55 PM »

the only flashlight i need is my 3D cell maglight, it does double duty as a defensive weapon!

i dont like led light ( i find it irritating! ) but if i wanted to, theres an led upgrade available for it.
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« Reply #39 on: August 10, 2016, 09:02:02 PM »

the only flashlight i need is my 3D cell maglight, it does double duty as a defensive weapon!

i dont like led light ( i find it irritating! ) but if i wanted to, theres an led upgrade available for it.

Do you know a reputable company that supplies the LED upgrade?

I've seen kits for $15, I would be more likely to just buy another Maglite if I decide to go LED.
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« Reply #40 on: August 10, 2016, 09:10:33 PM »

home depot has them for 8.97 usd. http://www.homedepot.com/p/Nite-Ize-C-D-Cell-LED-Flashlight-Upgrade-Kit-LRB2-07-PR/204787538?keyword=maglite+led+upgrade

the same bulb is used for 2 - 6 cell flashlights? thats different!

8.97 is still too much, should be 5 or less imo.

a new concern i have: are led bulbs prone to emp? they are a solid state device.
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« Reply #41 on: August 10, 2016, 09:23:39 PM »

Thanks!

Yeah.. I'd be better off keeping this one the way it is.
Just pick up another, if I like the LED.
http://m.homedepot.com/p/Maglite-3D-LED-Flashlight-with-Batteries-in-Black-ST3DDX6/203840391
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« Reply #42 on: August 10, 2016, 09:27:19 PM »

 Wow.
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« Reply #43 on: August 10, 2016, 09:31:40 PM »

i googled my question and there are many pages of stuff saying that they are very prone to emp and so are laser sights!

if you go led, keep a spare krypton bulb around!

in fact ive decided to order a quanity of the old bulbs and upgrading to the 6 cell maglite!
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« Reply #44 on: August 11, 2016, 06:13:01 AM »

I'm gonna try a Xenon incandescent upgrade. Candlepowerforums gave good reviews. Worth a try for $4. Some of the other incandescent upgrades require a aluminum reflector, glass lens.
http://m.homedepot.com/p/Maglite-Mag-Num-Star-II-Xenon-Replacement-Lamp-for-3-Cell-C-and-D-Flashlights-LMA301/100384229
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