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macville
10-15-2012, 16:02
So I am looking at LED flashlights right now to put on my Christmas list. I've known about Surefire flashlights for a few years now, but I believe they are kinda out of my price rage for the list. Therefore, I am looking for something similar but cheaper (unless my wife really loves me this year!)

This is what I am looking for:

Similar size to a SF 6PX
Aluminum body
Weatherproof would be nice
150+ lumens (bright would be nice)
in the $50-$75 range

Does something that's decently made exist in that price range with features like that? Or do I really need to spend $80+ to get a good flashlight that will last?

Ideally, I will use it for mult-iuse. Home defense. Walking my property at night. Working on my car in the dark. Etc. Really an all around smaller flash light.

And if I do need to spend more, what are other brands that might have better features than surefire for a similar price and what are the features that make them better?

*ASH*
10-15-2012, 16:05
check lowes , they got what you need , good lights to , the coastal ones , and the lens one

wjv
10-15-2012, 17:17
Fenix PD22
Fenix LD12
Fenix E25
Fenix E11

woodasptim
10-15-2012, 17:34
Eagletac D25lc2 - 741 lumens - $62

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ERASER
10-15-2012, 17:36
I have 2 Surefires......they are excellent lights.
I have also purchased quite a few lights from 4Sevens. I have 3 that I use on a daily basis. While not quite as sturdy or heavy as my Surefires, they ALWAYS work and they are brighter and less expensive than the Surefires.

Check out the Quark line in particular.

http://www.foursevens.com/

NeverMore1701
10-15-2012, 17:37
Go to www.fenix-store.com find something you like, and be happy. Great lights for great prices.

Rooster Rugburn
10-15-2012, 18:38
http://dx.com/p/hugsby-p2-cree-q5-wc-190-lumen-led-flashlight-1-aa-1-14500-32876?item=1

Orkinmna903
10-15-2012, 19:01
Streamlight TAC2L. 180 lumens and will fit in your pocket. paid 55.00 for mine local.

fowl intent
10-15-2012, 19:23
Check out the ICON Rogue 2. It has a 2 output switch, 100 lumens and 10 lumens. Price range is around $30. I have two and love them so far. Here is the listing on Amazon.com, very well rated too. <http://www.amazon.com/ICON-D-RO-COL-Icon-Rogue-Flashlight/dp/B004EDU6JY>

Jeremy_K
10-15-2012, 19:27
Fenix TK-15 or TK-21. I can use my TK-21 to spot deer with.

X-Aggie95
10-15-2012, 19:30
I bought a Fenix PD32. Check out the specs...over 300 lumens its a great flashlight especially for the price and quality.
It was just too tough for me to spend the money for a Surefire with similar specs.


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stolenphot0
10-15-2012, 19:30
A couple Surefire Polytacs on sale at ****** tactical

http://myemail.constantcontact.com/First-Responders-Sale--Streamlight-PolyTac-Flashlights--19-99.html?soid=1102470514556&aid=l1qzuH2IZDs

Amazon has great reviews for them

GlockPride
10-15-2012, 19:44
Fenix PD32. Love mine!

F14Scott
10-15-2012, 19:54
Olight M20S R5 Cree XP-G R5 LED Warrior Special Operations 320 Lumen Tactical Flashlight with Side Switch,Black - Amazon.com@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Wj7Shnj%2BL.@@AMEPARAM@@41Wj7Shnj%2BL

I own two of these, one for my bedside and one mounted to my HD shotgun. They are indestructible flamethrowers. Highest possible recommendation.

frank4570
10-15-2012, 20:00
Olight M20S R5 Cree XP-G R5 LED Warrior Special Operations 320 Lumen Tactical Flashlight with Side Switch,Black - Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Olight-M20S-R5-Operations-Flashlight/dp/B0051F7S2C/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1350352253&sr=1-2&keywords=Olight)

I own two of these, one for my bedside and one mounted to my HD shotgun. They are indestructible flamethrowers. Highest possible recommendation.

I also own 2, my girlfriend has one right now. For my purposes, they are the perfect light.
Highest possible recommendation. x2
My sister-in-law says she has flashlight envy.

Lampshade
10-15-2012, 20:06
Klarus makes some cool lights.

ArtificialGrape
10-15-2012, 20:19
I've also been very happy with Fenix and Olight.

-ArtificialGrape

Steel Head
10-15-2012, 20:32
I'm watching this thread.
I have a little E1 surefire for pocket carry but am looking for a bigger and brighter light.
The Fenix PD32 looks nice.

racer11
10-15-2012, 20:34
I have 2 Surefires......they are excellent lights.
I have also purchased quite a few lights from 4Sevens. I have 3 that I use on a daily basis. While not quite as sturdy or heavy as my Surefires, they ALWAYS work and they are brighter and less expensive than the Surefires.

Check out the Quark line in particular.

http://www.foursevens.com/

I have a 4sevens cree that uses AA bats and I love it and its in the OPs price range

02LimitedX
10-15-2012, 20:34
Fenix ld12 is awesome. I had a mte c3-907 and liked it but I dropped it off a 4ft ladder at work and broke it. Replaced it with the fenix ld12 don't regret my decision to change lights.


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woodasptim
10-15-2012, 21:00
I bought the Eagletac after my Fenix pd31 got stolen. The build quality is just as good and it's easily twice as bright.

bmoore
10-15-2012, 22:20
Fenix PD32 or Olight.

wjv
10-16-2012, 11:43
Look carefully at the user interface on these lights.

The new Fenix (for example) have a side switch for brightness selection, and remember the last brightness setting.

On the Eagletac D25lc2 you have to twist the head to select the primary mode, and then half-presses of the switch cycles picks the final output modes. Which also means you can't do "momentary" illumination.

Neither is better/worse. They are just different and which one works for you depends on your intended usage, and your personal preference.

Braken
10-16-2012, 20:39
I just got 2 new flashlights last week.

Maglite.
I've had a 4 D cell light for 30 years. Makes a heck of a club. Light output is better than no light, but it's been doing it for 30 years or so now.
I took the batteries that wouldn't make this old light shine and stuck 2 of them in the new LED Maglite. Wow! not only did it come on but it's a torch.
I got new D batteries yesterday and changed them out. Damn!! Spot light for a block away, rated at 388 meters.
$30 at Lowes no batteries included.

The second light I got is the Mini-Maglite LED. Same Wow! as the full size Maglite. This is more of an area light, but awesome bright.
$20 with 2 AA batteries and holster for it.

I'm gonna get some for my friends for Christmas.

Big Bird
10-16-2012, 20:45
Fenix TK11R $69 at Battery Junction

Buy a light that can use both CR123 and 18650 rechargeable batteries. Buy the Tenergy 18650 four pack with the charger for about $30 and you will thank me. They have better capacity than CR123 by far and run cooler.

caponec2
10-16-2012, 21:26
i use a streamlight strion led rechargable on duty.. its awesome

ctrl
10-16-2012, 21:37
My wife got me a Fenix LD20 last year. Awesomely bright little light.

Drain You
10-17-2012, 10:32
I'm looking into getting a light too. Never felt the need to carry a real flashlight, but I do use the flashlight feature on my phone quite a bit.

The next phone Im getting doesn't have a flash on it unfortunately so that won't be an option. I looked at flashlights and I think I want the $99 cheap Surefire model, but man that is over kill just for opening the door at night and I hate carrying just a phone/wallet/gun/mag as it is.

I may try one of the cheaper ones.

VC-Racing
10-17-2012, 10:50
I have have 2 Browning Alpha LED lights. They run on 1 AA battery. One is 90 lumen, the other is 100 lumen . They are under $50. 228411

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shyguy
10-17-2012, 10:52
Hi Macville

Here is a Surefire 6PX for $82 from B&H Photovideo. Go to the following web site

http://www.bhphotovideo.com

and enter Surefire 6PX in the search field. They carry almost all of the Surefire line. They have good prices (but not the lowest) and are one of the only New York based photo stores that I trust. I have done a lot of photographic business with them over many years. FYI I have the 6PX defender model and I am pleased with it. A soft press of the tail cap for momentary on, a hard press/click for continuous on and thats all. Simple and rugged, the very definition of a defensive light.

Rinspeed
10-17-2012, 11:00
The thread I started here about my Zebralight must have gotten purged somehow. If any of you are looking for a smaller EDC type light these really are the cats ass.



http://www.m4carbine.net/showthread.php?t=95364

tango44
10-18-2012, 09:56
Fenix TK11 is what I use, sinco 2007 and still running and no problems at all...

$70 at Amazon, free shipping:

Fenix TK11 R5 285-Lumen Cree XP-G R5 LED Flashlight - Amazon.com@@AMEPARAM@@http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41AiPCgpAXL.@@AMEPARAM@@41AiPCgpAXL

Magnus2131
10-18-2012, 10:08
I also have a TK 11 Nice light.

scccdoc
10-18-2012, 10:32
I have 2 Surefires......they are excellent lights.
I have also purchased quite a few lights from 4Sevens. I have 3 that I use on a daily basis. While not quite as sturdy or heavy as my Surefires, they ALWAYS work and they are brighter and less expensive than the Surefires.

Check out the Quark line in particular.

http://www.foursevens.com/

Always thought you were a bright guy, why do you need a flashlight? lol........... DOC

GAFinch
10-18-2012, 10:34
BCM has the 6PX on sale for $75 right now.

Gino
10-18-2012, 18:02
4sevens, Fenix, Jetbeam, and Olight are all very good manufacturers, and they are much cheaper than Surefire. They all make a variety of models. I'm sure you can find one that fits your needs...

That's all Brother
10-18-2012, 18:47
Dept. issued Streamlight Stinger rechargble. Has never failed me. Around $100.00.

ERASER
10-18-2012, 19:34
Always thought you were a bright guy, why do you need a flashlight? lol........... DOC

I'm so bright that my mother called me son.

<it doesn't work well when you have to type son/sun.>:supergrin:

DJ Niner
10-19-2012, 02:02
Streamlight ProTAC HL

600 lumens (although I think it drops off to 500-something pretty fast; still dang bright).
$64.99, free shipping right now.

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NeverMore1701
10-19-2012, 02:38
Fenix TK11 is what I use, sinco 2007 and still running and no problems at all...

$70 at Amazon, free shipping:

Fenix TK11 R5 285-Lumen Cree XP-G R5 LED Flashlight - Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/Fenix-TK11-285-Lumen-Cree-Flashlight/dp/B003EGGY70/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1350575262&sr=8-4&keywords=fenix+tk)

I've had two of those for a few years now, one is my EDC. Great lights. I also have an older P3D that lives on my pest control .22.

I have a Surefire G2X Tactical that I got when they first came out on my HD AR and a 4 year old Surefire G2 with Malkoff LED on my shotgun, they've both held up fine, which is no surprise.

I'm thinking about one of the new Surefire Fury lights on my varmint AR, unless Fenix has something brighter for cheaper, I haven't looked in a while.

boone10
10-19-2012, 04:36
Streamlight Polytac

DaveJ
10-21-2012, 08:07
Going Gear has a bunch of 4Sevens lights on clearance right now,check this out.65$ regular 149.Free shipping plus use code ggcpf10 for extra 10% off,fabulous deal.I already have too many similar lights so I did not get this one but I did pick up a nice 2aa light for 32$ after code.
4Sevens Maelstrom G5 v2 350 Lumen