Thoughts on this flashlight?

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  1. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo NRA Life Member

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    I was wondering what the CT think tank had to say about this flashlight, potentially for patrol use?

    http://www.batteryjunction.com/olight-m20s-x.html

    500 lumens from a reputable manufacturer for less than $100!

    I am ahead of the game thinking about possible gear I will need, but I thought that would make a great back up light.

    What say everybody?
     
  2. CJStudent

    CJStudent No Longer Fenced In

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    That's almost a rediculous amount of light! To me, the only thing it would be good for is an outside search over a fairly large area; up close, you're going to have a lot of it reflected right back in your face.
     

  3. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo NRA Life Member

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    Part of the reason I like it is because it is obnoxious. :supergrin:

    You are right though. It would make an awesome search light.
     
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    Its ok. I used to have one and switched to a fenix pd32 instead. For the lumen's it provides its throw is not very good.

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    Travclem Badass Member Lifetime Member

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    I have a 4Sevens Quark 123^2 TurboX

    450 lumens for $60 and it has excellent throw. I have used it as a spotlight while pig hunting.
     
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    I have one I've used for over three years. The paint is wearing off but it's the first one I reach for and it's used every day.
    Also, Olight has a great warrenty and customer service if you need it.
     
  7. msu_grad_121

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    Gee, I hope you didn't tell them that during your psychological exam. "Subject displays jerk tendencies." :rofl:

    If I hadn't just (and I mean JUST) ordered the Terralux upgrade and a 3500mah battery for my good old Stinger, I'd probably look into this one, tho.
     
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  8. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo NRA Life Member

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    Of course I did not say anything like that during the hiring process. :whistling: And your post literally made me :rofl:.

    I figure if a bright light in somebody's eyes is enough to stop their actions and keep me from having to taze them or go hands on, then it would be a great option. :cool:
     
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    KiloBravo NRA Life Member

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    Thanks a lot! I will give that one a look as well. :wavey:
     
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    KiloBravo NRA Life Member

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    Great to know! Thank you very much.
     
  11. msu_grad_121

    msu_grad_121 BOOSH

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    ...Or get them to hold still long enough that you can get proper aim, right? I'm pickin up what you're layin down, brother!

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    In the face! IN THE FAAAAAAACE!
     
  12. KiloBravo

    KiloBravo NRA Life Member

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    That may, or may not be the hidden thought in what I stated earlier. :whistling: :supergrin:

    BTW, that is an epic movie! I just watched it again on DVD last night. :rofl:
     
  13. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

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    There is such a thing as TOO BRIGHT, believe it or not. Like horsepower, there are also different ways to measure lumens, too. Not saying that this light does not deliver what it advertises, but it's something to be aware of.
     
  14. Fuerte

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    I have the M20's bigger brother - the Olight M30 Triton. (700 lumens) it is a fantastic light as I suspect the M20 is. I also have the LumaPower Signature LX. It pushes 500 lumens like the M20, but the run times are better:

    The all new LumaPower Signature LX crams a lot of light in a surprisngly compact package. Integrating the top of the line CREE XM-L U2 Cool White LED, the Signature offers an amazing balance between runtime, output, user interface, and size. Designed for tactical use under the most demanding circumstances, the Signaturre has something to offer even the most discerning tactical user.

    Features and Specifications:

    LED: Premium CREE XM-L U2 LED at up to 580 Lumens!
    Reflector: High Precision Orange Peel (OP) Reflector
    Output Levels: 25 Lumens (Low) to 580 Lumens (High)
    Runtimes:
    Ultra Output on 2xCR123A Batteries: 80 Minutes to 50%
    High Output on 2xCR123A Batteries: 150 Minutes to 50%
    Ultra Output on 1x18650 Battery: 180 Minutes
    High Output on 1x18650 Battery: 300 Minutes

    Input Voltage: 2.8V to 12V
    Battery Compatibility:
    Primary 123A
    Rechrageable Li-ion (16340, 18650)
    Dimensions:
    Length: 133mm
    Bezel Diameter: 27mm
    Body Diameter: 22.5mm
    Tail Cap Diameter: 27mm
    Anti-Roll Retainer Diameter: 30mm
    Reflector/Lens Diameter: 23mm
    Weight: 80.5g (Without Batteries)
    Material: T6 Aircraft Grade Aluminum
    Finish: Type III HA
    Included Accesories: Spare O-Rings, Rubber Switch Cap, Holster
     
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    msu_grad_121, I think you'll like the Terralux on the Stinger. I have them on my two Stingers and they work great at a great price...

    I would agree with DaBigBR that there such a thing as too much light. That same light you use for a search is the same one you may be using to write notes or discreetly look at a VIN in a parking lot. The Terralux I have puts out about 225 lumens, which is a good compromise for me on Mids.

    Randall
     
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    Thanks for the input gentlemen. I never would have thought there was such a thing as too much light.
     
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    Keep in mind that most lights will have multiple output levels. In my opinion, "too much light" is a non issue. Why not have a light that provides the option if you happen to need it at some point?
     
  18. txleapd

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    Agreed. A buddy of mine got a Terralux 600 lumen upgrade for his SL20. Went in to clear a house. Turned it on, and pretty much blinded everyone who made entry into the front room. They all had to wait for the spots to clear before finishing clearing the rest of the house, which wasn't the best tactical scenario. He now only uses it for exterior work.
     
  19. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

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    I'll even submit that the light that you want to search a house is different than the one you want to do a dog track in a field is different than the one you want to read somebody's insurance card. I'm definitely not saying that you should overcomplicate things with a pile of lights (although I do have that going on...), but there is something to be said for a handheld light with an intuitive, and difficult to accidentally enable, dimmer. One of the things that surprised me going from the X200 to X300 weapon lights was how much more discipline the brighter light required indoors due to the number of reflective surfaces.
     
  20. msu_grad_121

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    I can get on board with that. I used to have the Stinger (something like 100 lumens) for general work, an Insight clip-on light for documents (20-25 lumens as I recall), a Microstream in case that failed (20ish lumens) and an el cheapo LED "tacticool" light in my jacket pocket in case my Stinger crapped out (250 lumens, and happend more often than I'd like to admit). Cutting loose with that LED in a small room or reading made so much splashback that you'd be useless for a good few seconds. Thankfully, there's a way around it where you don't point the hot spot directly in your line of sight. Seemed to work ok for me...