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Krauty
09-05-2011, 15:50
I was on a traffic stop last night and my Streamlight LED decided to stop working. This is the 2nd time in a couple months it was acting up at a time I didn't have another light handy. I want to start carrying a little backup flashlight in my pocket for times like these. Anybody have a light they recommend?

collim1
09-05-2011, 16:13
I have not had good luck with my Streamlight Stinger LED. I carry the incadenscant Stinger now and my LED sits in a drawer. I keep a Surefire 6P LED, 3D Maglite LED, and Surefire E2e as backups.

The E2E is a great light, has a pocket clip and is small enough to clip in a pocket and not get in the way.

My LED Stinger has some serious issues with the switches. It turns itself on and off at will, but never when I ask it to. I turned it in and got it back a few weeks later and it still sucks.

I looked like a total tool walking around with my light on strobe and not knowing it.

RetailNinja
09-05-2011, 16:28
Based on the performance/fit/finish of my jetbeam BA20, id recommend the jetbeam BA10 or BC10

Vigilant
09-05-2011, 16:41
For a pocket flashlight as a backup? Shell out about $17.00 including shipping, and buy an Inova X1 off Ebay. 55 lumens, runs off 1 AA battery. I use rechargeables, and change the battery out periodically before it loses all the charge. It ain't a tacticool brand, but it works for me for a pocket light.

Chico Bill
09-05-2011, 16:58
Streamlight PT1AA or PT1L
Quark AA Tactical
Streamlight Microstream (The mouse-gun of tac-lights!)

Rabbi
09-05-2011, 17:01
My Streamlight Stinger LED let me down last weekend. I was not doing anything important, thankfully, but I needed it to work at the moment. The switch sucks. I threw it in my bag and when I pulled it out latter, it worked. Go figure. POS.

I know you might find better, but for the money, I am in love with my little Maglight XL5. This thing fits in a puch that is about leatherman sized. (I used a small mace pouch) You dont notice it is there and it throws a very respectable amount of light. Wal-Mart has them for 20 something bucks.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Maglite-XL50-3Cell-AAA-LED-Flashlight/15715368

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRELsIqPyZk2nTxhhg0ZgWqqVTo325EXSVe9Z2K6HrTGEAkemV8

Cochese
09-05-2011, 18:27
Streamlight Polytac.

Brought to you in part by DABigBR.

$30.00 and it fits in a SF V70.

Do it.

ghstface38
09-05-2011, 22:39
I use a Surefire E1B Backup carried in my left side BDU pocket.

Spydermonkey
09-06-2011, 00:36
I have an incan Stinger with a Terralux led drop-in. It lasts around 3hrs+ which usually translates into charging it once a month. I work 1500-2300hrs before one of you guys ask. My backup to that on my belt is a Surefire G2 with a led drop-in and rechargeable 123s. I also have a Magcharger with a Terralux drop-in.

My pocketable lights that I carry off duty are a Surefire E2DL and a 4Sevens Quark Tactical single AA.

SCSU74
09-06-2011, 02:11
Strion all the way, i love mine, it is small and rechargeable

lawman800
09-06-2011, 08:26
I don't have a singer led. Mine is the incandescent poly and it never let me down although the battery life sucks compared to the pelican 7060 which is my work light.

For a small powerful light, I go with the fenix PD30. It's the size of 2 CR123 batteries and puts out an honest 230 lumens at max power. Trust me, it's plenty. You can also turn it down to less lumens to save on juice as well as not piss off people so much. It also has strobe and SOS mode. $55 shipped from a member here. Forgot the s/n....

Agent6-3/8
09-06-2011, 09:10
I keep (or kept and hopefully will again) a Surefire G2 on my belt. Everytime I rolled out of the car, from dusk till dawn I had a Streamlight 20X in my off hand. Nice light, but even better impact weapon. :whistling:



Also had a Streamlight M3 on my 4566. Another combination that could be used as a bludgeon in a pinch. :supergrin:

Krauty
09-06-2011, 13:28
Thanks for all the responses! Now it's research time!

msu_grad_121
09-06-2011, 14:09
Streamlight Microstream (The mouse-gun of tac-lights!)

This.

Not retina burning, not enough to light up a parking lot, but a great little light.

Glock411
09-06-2011, 14:33
I carry a Surefire E1L in my front Left pocket (E1L is a small 1 cell LED), I have carried this light and its predecessor for almost 10 years, I use the snot out iof it almost daily I would be lost with out it, I also carry a Surefire E2E in a utility pocket. I also keep another Surefire E2E and X200 weapon light with spare batteries, in a Fanny Pack

DaBigBR
09-06-2011, 16:54
Streamlight Polytac.

Brought to you in part by DABigBR.

$30.00 and it fits in a SF V70.

Do it.

This, naturally...

The Streamlight PT1L is a very sound, single CR123, true "pocket" sized light with a clip, dimmer, etc. I carry the PT1L off duty all the time.

lwt210
09-06-2011, 18:25
This is what I carry clipped to my back pocket.

http://www.4sevens.com/product_info.php?cPath=297_305&products_id=1599

I also have one of these in a basketweave belt holster.

http://www.4sevens.com/product_info.php?cPath=22&products_id=2143

Neither have failed me yet. Plenty of light on turbo with lower settings available.

Texas357
09-06-2011, 23:57
ITP light, single AAA battery, smaller than your pinky, 96 lumens on high.
http://www.batteryjunction.com/itp-a3-eos-r5-upgrade.html

Or maybe you want something a little bit bigger:
http://www.batteryjunction.com/itp-a4.html

I am a fan of the ITP lights.

BigLaw
09-07-2011, 07:38
I used a Surefire E1B untll I picked up a Fenix PD20. I carry it on and off duty. It is smaller, just as bright and you dont have to untwist the cap to prevent it from coming on in your pocket. The button is recessed. I love it!

ghstface38
09-07-2011, 08:37
I checked out the Fenix PD20 and was about to order one... until I realized it does not come with a pocket clip. Damn.

kayl
09-09-2011, 17:47
Look no further:

http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-88030-Tactical-Flashlight-Lithium/dp/B003GXF9MW/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1315611955&sr=8-4

I have one and love it!

Here's my review:

I picked this light up after one of my friends showed me how well it works as a hands-free shoulder light for law enforcement officers. The light clips onto your microphone tabs on your uniform and is easy to activate with your support hand when needed.

The different levels take a bit of practice to get used to, but after a little practice you will be able to activate the low beam with ease. The low beam is perfect for writing down info in low-lit areas while keeping both hands free of a larger flashlight. The low beam is also good for checking if someone's pupils show equal dilation when exposed to light.

The high beam is bright enough to serve as a duty flashlight if needed. I would not recommend use of this light as your only duty flashlight, but it makes a great backup light. The included pouch is small and easily fits on a duty belt.

The strobe is bright and disorientating when shined in someone's fact, but I cannot see myself using the strobe feature very often.

After I used the light for a few nights, 2 co-workers said they had to have one! :)

I highly recommend this light for any LEO, security officer, EMT, or other professional who could benefit from having both hands free while using a light. A++

itstime
09-09-2011, 17:59
Surefire e1b or g2 led.

ghstface38
09-09-2011, 19:01
Look no further:

http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-88030-Tactical-Flashlight-Lithium/dp/B003GXF9MW/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1315611955&sr=8-4

I have one and love it!

Here's my review:

Just bought one of these, can't beat the price. I'll post a comparison of the Streamlight Vs. my Surefire E1B.

neby98
09-09-2011, 21:53
I'm lost 2 of the microstreams now they are kick ass. I started carrying them after my stringer died on me. I found myself using them a lot- for small things where light discipline is important.

lwt210
09-10-2011, 09:39
I checked out the Fenix PD20 and was about to order one... until I realized it does not come with a pocket clip. Damn.


http://www.4sevens.com/product_info.php?cPath=22_419_422&products_id=2580

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?250989-New-Fenix-PD20-(vs-PD20)

You mean like this?

wrenrj1
09-10-2011, 09:45
I've got one of these from Pentagon Tactical. It's a Molle type flashlight, very durable. Energizer makes one that I have as well. Not a good weapon light, but a good bright light.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0014HQY3U/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000S5DT0U&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=14BTDJJ7V6WBNZB48FHJ

ghstface38
09-10-2011, 10:25
http://www.4sevens.com/product_info.php?cPath=22_419_422&products_id=2580

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?250989-New-Fenix-PD20-(vs-PD20)

You mean like this?

Touché.


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LAWDOGKMS
09-10-2011, 12:27
Get one of these and clip it in your pocket next to your pen..

Plenty of light for an emergency-backup..

Love mine..

http://doctorflashlight.com/images/P/66118-01.jpg

MakeMineA10mm
09-10-2011, 14:16
I was on a traffic stop last night and my Streamlight LED decided to stop working. This is the 2nd time in a couple months it was acting up at a time I didn't have another light handy. I want to start carrying a little backup flashlight in my pocket for times like these. Anybody have a light they recommend?

Obviously, you already realize this, but remember the principle:

Two is ONE; One is NONE.

I carry back-up restraints (flex cuffs and a second pair of cuffs), firearm, non-lethal weaopns (three of them...), flashlight, and communications (cell phone in addition to portable radio).

For the main light, I got our department to purchase Sure-Fire 8AXs (they were just "8Xs" when we got them, as they didn't have the polymer version yet), so we all have those. The rechargeable batteries need replaced every year or so, because they start to take a set and won't hold a charge, but they're pretty good lights.

Since then (>5 years ago), flashlight technology has marched on, and now there's pocket lights as bright or brighter than that 8X.

I bought a Sure-Fire E2L Outdoorsman a year and a half ago, and carry it on and off duty. It's bright enough I often use it instead of my 8X as my primary light... I carry it on my vest-carrier in the lower pocket next to my PBT, so with my hands in my interview stance, if it's not already in my hand, it's right there <1" away from my off-hand... I'm still on my original set of 123 batteries amazingly, and I use the heck out of this little light.

Lately, I've been looking into getting a Sure-Fire L2. It's a small light, about the size of my Outdoorsman, but it has more lumens than large, re-chargeable, full-size duty lights. It's a little pricey, and I do wonder about it's battery-life, but it sure looks like it would be an amazing light.

DaBigBR
09-10-2011, 14:46
Get one of these and clip it in your pocket next to your pen..

Plenty of light for an emergency-backup..

Love mine..

http://doctorflashlight.com/images/P/66118-01.jpg

+1

Pretty cheap, runs on a couple of AAA batteries, and stays out of the way. A good light that isn't overpoweringly bright. I use mine all the time.

WIMPY
09-10-2011, 21:21
I bought a small light $5 at office depot. Led. runs on on 3 AAA. Very bright.

CAcop
09-10-2011, 21:47
I have two of the Streamlight Stylus Pros. The 2AAA I have at work in my shirt pocket. It is not much bigger than a pen. The 1AAA is in my pocket off duty. Good lights.

I really want to pick up a PT 1AA for hinking, camping, whatever since my camera uses AA batts. IF I get lost in the dark I can scavange a battery to throw into the flashlight.

Krauty
09-11-2011, 13:25
Ended up buying the PT1L. Should arrive this week sometime. Again, thanks for all the input!

Krauty
09-17-2011, 05:35
The PT1L is exactly what I was looking for. Extremely small and bright!

DoogieHowser
09-17-2011, 13:18
http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-LD20-180-Lumen-Flashlight/dp/B004CXNY3G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1316287094&sr=8-1

Love it 180 lumens and runs on AA batteries, none of that specialty nonsense.

Texas357
09-18-2011, 12:26
ITP light, single AAA battery, smaller than your pinky, 96 lumens on high.
http://www.batteryjunction.com/itp-a3-eos-r5-upgrade.html

Or maybe you want something a little bit bigger:
http://www.batteryjunction.com/itp-a4.html

I am a fan of the ITP lights.

update: ITP was owned by O-light, and was closed down. The ITP lights I recommended are now O-light branded. They are very good (and very small) lights.

Cochese
09-18-2011, 12:42
We should start a repository of small lights such as these, which fit into the Surefire V70 holster.I'd love to try some of these but my requirement is that I can fit it in the V70.

Ajon412
09-18-2011, 12:54
Get one of these and clip it in your pocket next to your pen..

Plenty of light for an emergency-backup..

Love mine..

http://doctorflashlight.com/images/P/66118-01.jpg

Same here...I have two older versions (one clear and one blue) and it compliments my vehicle mounted Mag charger and belt carried Surefire 6P...:wavey:

ULVER
09-18-2011, 22:42
Sucks to be old, retired and out of the loop... :crying:

I still carry my old Surefire Z2. In the day, I thought it was a miracle tool, after years of those mega-D battery MagLites.