I Got On a Flashlight Kick

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It is no doubt and not practical for typical/daily use, but there when I need that serious amount of light/battery capacity. I buy lights like I do tools... quality and something that will function 100% when I depend on it. Go to some of the light forums and look at the tons of posts of some guys having dozens and dozens of lights they barely touch, more life shelf queens. Then some buy high output lights just to burn holes in things, lmao, take beam shots in fog, that sort of thing. To each their own of course, but yeah Fenix makes some high quality lights with functionality/longevity in mind.
Yeah, I’ve noticed that.

The pocketknife community is similar. A couple of years ago, I got on a (fairly short-lived) pocketknife kick, and, through my research on the knife forums and pages, I noticed that some people seem to have more of an interest in the collecting aspect, than the actual use aspect.

I like Spyderco knives, and they do cater to the “enthusiast” knife guys, what with making variations of their knives with different blade alloys, different colors, handle materials, designs, etc.

The OEMs and retailers take full advantage of it, staging “releases” weeks ahead of time, and then emailing and texting, reminding you of the time the knife in question will “drop”. Of course, that drives up the interest among the knife nerds, prices go up, and you go to log in to buy a knife and can’t get one because speculators have bought multiple pieces to put on the used market.

Guess i went off on a tangent there, didn’t I. 😂
 

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Do you think that light could illuminate a trail for mountain biking? I have lights for mountain biking, but I could always use more. The problem I have with mountain biking lights, is that they’re really only good for the bike - I’d like to buy something that I don’t have to use exclusively for a mountain bike, and have the light sitting around doing nothing 90% of the time. Seems like such a waste to me.
I do.

It has the SST-40 diode, which has a good combination of throw, spill, and brightness.

The ”high” setting is listed at 800lm, which should provide pretty good trail illumination, and they claim 2 hrs runtime for that setting.

Of course, it has stepless ramping, so you can boost output even more than that, and, being on a bike, it’ll run longer without stepping down due to heat, because the light will be actively cooled by the wind rushing past.

And you could carry an extra battery or two if you’ll be riding for hours.

Shouldn’t be too hard to ziptie to your helmet.

Im a mountain biker myself, and i bought a Magicshine (another Chinese-made light) bike light, about 10 years ago. It has the Cree XP-L @ 1000 LM. Has a battery back with, I think, like 4 18650 batteries. It would last for hours at the high setting.

I haven’t tried it, but I’ve heard that the hot setup is having a light with more throw on your helmet, and a more floody light(s) on your bars. makes sense.

This is the light I have:



I like it very well, but I‘m sure there’s an updated version by now.
 
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This is the light I have:



I like it very well, but I‘m sure there’s an updated version by now.

Looks very similar to the Xeccon S14 light I bought from Pablo a while back. It's a good light with a great balance of flood and throw.

 
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I’ve read that it’s difficult to get a flashlight that’s 100% made in USA.

In case you’re not aware, being made in China is no longer synonymous with poor quality in all cases.

Id recommend the Sofirn SP10v3. Small form factor, 1000-lumen, 90-CRI, Samsung LH351D diode, 14500 lithium-ion rechargeable (or AA alkaline, or NiMh) batt, built-in USB-C recharging, long runtime, etc, etc, etc, for $17.39 to your doorstep. It’s on sale on their site right now.

Id get that, as long as you don’t mind waiting a bit for it (Sofirn is shut down for Chinese New Year holiday right now).

This absolutely blows hardware store brand alkaline battery flashlights out of the water, for about the same, or less money.

And there’s no way in you-know-where that it could be made in USA and sold for anywhere Close to that price.

Heck, reading over those specs, I think I just talked myself into ordering one, maybe two of these!


Ended up pulling the trigger on this one. (y)
 

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Ended up pulling the trigger on this one. (y)
I ended up getting one myself, and, I can’t believe how bright it is!

The charger they sent with it, I did have trouble plugging the micro USB into its port.

I am curious to see if yours is the same way. It was pretty sticky.

Doesn’t matter; I ended up buying a Vapcell S4+ charger that I’m using now. Really like it so far. In case anyone is interested, Sofirnlight.com has it cheapest right now. They drop shipped it from a warehouse in New York City, so, it did not really take that long to get here either. About a week.
 
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One of the thing which we all (at least sometimes) forget that our eyes perceive brightness on logarithmic scale. Thus for us to "see" one flashlight doing 100% better than the other, it needs to have 4X lumens. I appreciate insane amount of blinding sun to emit from my hand but for all practical purposes, there is indeed an optimum lumen value needed per task and going overboard is not necessary. But if you are a flashaholic, then you do want to go overboard!

In most cases, 350 lumens makes a useable flashlight. Just couple decades ago, I was paying 3 digit money to get something like that and now you can easily get it under $9.99
 
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