Recommend me a good flashlight for the car.

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  1. harlenm

    harlenm Millennium Member

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    Need a light to keep in the car. Was thinking about buying an Olight M21, and putting my M20 in the car, but figured I'd ask here.

    Want the brightest I can get, with adjustable settings. Preferably powered by 123's. Size isn't really an issue since it will be kept in the car.

    All suggestions appreciated.

    Thanks.
     
  2. rhino673

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    Well, I was going to suggest a 3D maglight. I've carried one for many years and it's heavy enough to make a damn good head knocker if needed.
    It sounds like you are wanting something a little fancier though. lol
     

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    Blaster Hunc tu caveto

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    For the car?

    Anything Bayco makes. I've come to the conclusion that they are the best "all-purpose" flashlight out there.

    (This is coming from a guy w/ over $3k in Surefires.) :embarassed:

    Example:

    Flood on the front, 20 LED lamp on the side w/ two intensity settings.

    http://www.baycoproducts.com/consumer/LEDs.html

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  5. Never Nervous

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    These are hard to beat. I bought a pack of three, went home and tried them out and went back and got two more packs. They can light up the night and the price is right.

    NN
     
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    I got a Dorcy light at Orchard Supply Hardware that plugs into the cig lighter. I think it is a capacitor rather than battery power storage because it is pretty light for its size. Powerful but not blinding bright. Good for general around the car use. It charges up in 30 minutes or so of driving. It charges faster if you top it off more frequently. I like it because there are no batteries to change.

    http://www.dorcy.com/p-255-41-1041-50-lumens-12-volt-rechargeable-built-in.aspx

    It is probably not a good light if you just want to drop it in and forget about it. I won't be putting one in the wife's car because she would never think to charge it up.
     
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    I like my 6D mag light, makes an even better head knocker if needed, and the output of light is pretty good.
     
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    I have a 5.11 Light for Life mounted in the new work Expedition. I like it. Works well so far. And a 90 second recharge is frickin awesome.

    ETA - 5.11 says that it doesn't hurt it to stay in the charger and plugged in, so I just leave it plugged in all the time, ready to go.

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    Mounted vertically, right where the center console meets the dash. Looks something like this, but not quite as obtrusive as it seems. (Quick photoshop job, its late, and I didn't want to go outside for a pic)

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    I'll stack it up against my Surefire E1E Executive any day of the week as far as light output goes.

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    I'm sorry, but Maglite needs to step it up before they roll over and die. When you can get the same amount (or more) light out of something 1/15th the size and a menial fraction of the weight...well, something just isn't adding up. :whistling:
     
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    +1

    Good china cheap truck/car light and tac light. Very bright
     
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    Yeah, but it would take all day to beat someone senseless with that puny thing! Real men carry lead-filled aluminum pipes!
     
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    Olight and Fenix make great lights or you can get a malkoff maglite drop in and use it as a backup weapon.:whistling:
     
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    Yeah -- and they're attached to my torso!!! :tongueout::rofl::wow::whistling:
     
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    Not cheap but the Malkoff light modules are as good as you will find.




    http://www.malkoffdevices.com/
     
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    4D maglight for me, spent an hour and a half last weeekend standing waiting for a tow truck and the light was as bright when I got home as it was when I first got out of the Jeep and used it to check the fuse box. Kept it on the whole time to help keep people from hitting the truck, I was in hilly country.

    I have a Streamlight TwinTask that uses 123s but I have never used it long enough to decide how long the run time would be if I just turned it on and kept it on. I don't think the Zenon run time would be very long, but the LED run time might be ok.
     
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    edit: Don't waste money on a D cell maglite, every one I have had, has been a piece of junk. I always have to bang mine on things to get it to light up. The batteries always seem to be flat.
     
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    Wow, bet you never do well in the lottery either. I have D cell maglights in both cars, at the front and back door and in my tool box and gave one to my daughter with the car we gave her. I had one set of batteries corrode in one and threw it away. Other than that, nothing but good luck with mine.