What’s a Decent Flashlight for Carry and for Home Use?? NiteCore any Good?

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  1. Nalapombu

    Nalapombu Millennium Member

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    Hey all.

    I’d like to get some info or suggestions about what would be good flashlights you own for carry and then for home use. You know, if you hear something at 2am, what light do you grab to check the house, garage and back yard with?

    As for a carry light, I’d like to pick up one of the small lights the size of your thumb or finger.

    I can’t spend $75 for a flashlight. As a matter of fact most all my lights now are budget lights from China. They perform great, but they can be a tad temperamental.

    I also don’t mind what cells they use. For the small light, I’d like to be able to use AA or AAA cells just because it’s much much easier and convenient when you’re out running around and your light runs down. Pick up batteries anyplace and you’re back in business.
    The other light can take 18650 lithium cells or whatever. I don’t really like the CR123 batteries, but will use them if I have to.
    I’d also like to try one of the lights that lets you charge it with a USB cable.


    Also, what do you think of the lights from NiteCore? Anyone own them? Which ones do you suggest?

    thanks all.
    BD.
     
  2. Lampshade

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    I've been using a Klarus XT1C for a few years and have been quite happy with it. Small enough for carry but still quite bright at 245 lumens.

    There's a newer version out now rated at 1000 lumens and comes with a USB rechargeable battery. It runs about $50. This would probably be a good "do all" light.

    There is also XT1A which has similar output but can also run on a regular AA battery, but you'll get about 300 lumens instead of 1000 with their rechargeable battery.
     
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  3. lineback911

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    Try a Streamlight Protac Dual Fuel Professional takes either one AA or a 123 battery. About 35.00 comes in black or fde
     
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    I’ll bite. $35 where? Looks like $45 at Amazon.
    Thanks

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  5. cowboy1964

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    Nitecore P12 (2015 edition) is awesome. It's my EDC and it will take the Switchback tactical ring. It's only $45 too, great deal. 1000 lumens max and great mode spacing including a moonlight mode. 13,500 candela, which is quite high compared to most. Candela is important for self-defense use. It's on the larger size for carry but it's much more versatile than a little AA light. I have an Olight AAA light on my keychain. Redundancy is good.

    There is a "New P12" too but it's larger, more expensive, and won't fit the ring. Really a different light from the P12 (2015). Nitecore frankly should have called it something other than P12.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GZYNX8G/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


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    Streamlight is my preference
     
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    I bought a smallish flashlight from walmart about a year ago that plugs into my phone chsrger,I think the brand is ozark trail model OT 500 L .It puts out anywhere between 300-500 lumens,forget which.It was somwhere between 20 or 25 dollar range and it has become my favorite flashlight.It puts out a decent amount of light and I don't have to recharge it too often.My second favorite light is the 2 c-cell maglights,it's not as big as any of the D-cell lights which I prefer.
     
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    NightCore is great. I have 3; no problems.
     
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    I've been buying these lately

    https://www.amazon.com/s?k=Skysted&i=tools&ref=nb_sb_noss

    Good prices and they don't have a bunch of setting that you have to cycle through to turn them off, they are on or off.
    I like the 18650 batteries and you can get chargers for usb or straight plug in.
     
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    Surefire with rechargeable 18650s
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    I have thousands of dollars worth of flashlights and the Nitecore P12 is one of my favorites.
     
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    I use a surefire g2x, I prefer the cr123s due to their consistent performance across a wide range of temperatures and I haven’t had any issues with batteries swelling or leaking either
     
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    Nitecore makes good stuff. I own the P12 and a headlamp of theirs which is awesome.

    I find myself looking at Olight more recently. I EDC the it3 EOS single AAA light. Two modes, low at 5 lumens and high at 180. I also want the i5t EOS AA version, same thing but brighter. They have lights that charge through the magnetic tail cap, just snaps into place. Proprietary battery though, which is it's only downside. They also have several weapon light options. Good company.

    https://www.olightstore.com/
     
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    Nightcore, Fenix, or Olight


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    My Nitecore is my go to light...............have been using it for years, just keep recharging the 18650's
    I've got a Fenix that never gets used, due to the Nitecore being with me all the time.
     
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    I have an Eagle Tac D25C that I carry everyday. It takes RCR123 A batteries, is small and light enough to carry in a pocket, and I have had no problems with $54.00 now at Illumination Gear. I also have Maratac, Surefire, Olight, Solar Force, and others. I have spent a lot of money on flashlights, batteries and chargers. Do not go to Candle Power Forums, it becomes a sickness, much like this place!
     
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    A one mode 1200 lumen light? That really limits the daily usefulness of it.
     
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    I think 21700 cells are going to be the new 18650. 18650 is good enough for me for now though.
     
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    I agree, if I didn't have to buy a new charger for the 21700s I would probably have already ordered one of the new Nitecore P12s.