** ALL you DOG-walkers - FAV LIGHT? **

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** ALL you DOG-walkers - FAV LIGHT? **

I’m looking for a light <$50 that will serve for dog-walking duty. It must have a nice mix of flood and throw(think C8), it’s gotta be bright(XML) and it’s gotta have a good form factor. I live in the country and there’s a bit of wild life out here…
Side switch a plus!

I think a TK35 clone would be nice. I also really like the looks of the JM07 side switch light. What are your thoughts?

What’s your go-to light for dog-walking?

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Fenix E21.

Low for regular mode then you can twist to quickly get to high. No mode-switch or modes to cycle through. It works for me, and I use it in the winter with gloves or mitts.

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A side switch would definately be a plus.  I always assume these torches are on the expensive side.  If something breaks I feel that it will be harder to fix and that's the reason I settle for the typical clickies.

My fav lights for dog walks are the c8 type.  Good amt of throw and spill like you mentioned.  KE5 is the one I like most as it is the smallest of the bunch and has the most focused hotspot.


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STL-V2, but the 7G5CS would probably be better because of the side switch. 

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BIGWOOD, I agree about the C8. It has the right mixture of flood/throw. But I think I would prefer a 26650 or a side-by-side 18650. I would prefer something a little more substantial in the hand than an 18650 C8.

scaru, I’m afraid there won’t be enough flood with the STL-V2. Also, I’m not a big fan of long skinny battery tubes.

I’ve been using a modified TR-J12, which is awesome, but it’s a bit overkill and maybe a little big. Plus, I’m jumping at the opportunity for a new light Smile

I would really like single-handed control, as my other hand is usually holding at least one leash.

Surely, there are more night dog walkers??? Hmm, maybe I’m a freak Smile

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The Stl has plenty of throw, I'll try to take a beamshot on the sidewalk. 

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At the moment its my SC600.

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Recently, i’ve used my Solarforce L2M with a 1.4A XP-G, and also tried my Olight S10.

It’s starting to get dark earlier now, so ill need a light everyday for walking soon. I’ve a 2.8A triple XP-E to try walking yet, and a 4.5A XM-L on a copper star(P60) on its way Smile

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Slightly over $50 but a NW skyray king would be really good. Or a P60 with NW drop in.

And to oldbobk, if you can get a reasonably high driven xml it’ll warm up the light itself serving as a hand warmer Smile The king would decimate your hands on high though, so probably throttle down to medium once you feel it getting a bit hot.

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SC51w on low on the forehead and a P20C2 MKII neutral xm-l in the jeans back pocket in case i quickly need to see further than the SC51 can throw (great idiot proof forward clicky UI and fantastic beam).

I find headlamps more practical for walking, hands free and they light where you look, neutral is a must for me in outdoor situations, much easier on the brain than cool white.

I sometimes put a illuminated collar on my dog to be able to locate him easily, most are useless but i found one that is ridiculously bright, doesn’t seem to bother the dog.

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You want a mix of flood & throw with a side switch and compact form factor then you want a Skyray King or its Fandyfire clone. Either can be had for under $50 and you wont find a better light for the money, IMO.

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My dog-walking setup is a headlamp on low or medium, plus a handheld light on medium or high, with my arm just hanging freely at my side. Like oldbobk said, less bounce-back with the main light away from your line of sight, plus fewer bugs hanging around your forehead, plus you see shadows way better, which is important if the trail isn’t smooth. And the headlamp is a must, for when you need both hands free to pick up “stuff”. (the handheld light goes in the pocket temporarily)

The headlamp I use most lately is an Ultrafire UF-H6, and the handheld is an XTAR D35. I wasn’t going to comment in this thread since the D35 isn’t exactly < $50, but I wanted to mention that lights with control rings are just as great (better in my opinion) as lights with side switches. The D35 gives you 100% single-handed operation even with gloves on, and bi-directional mode changing. It’ll never overheat in the winter even if used continuously on High. Electroman, if you want “something a little more substantial”, the D35 fits the bill. Smile

I concur with JamesB about neutral being better, but unfortunately both of these lights aren’t available in neutral. I plan to mod them both with NW some day, when NW U2 bin is available (I hope).

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Just go for this one
it’s an ultrafire C8 with xml-t6, i use it everyday for walking with my dog, and for 17.99$ you can’t be f*cked. and they deliver FAST

Greetz thomas

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Balder SE-2 NW, Ultrafire UF-T50, Trustfire TR-J12, Apex 5T6 NW and Solarfore L2P Ace with E1320 NW XM-L dropin. The Balder has been my go-to as of recently though, just a damn fine overall light.

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I have a Sunwayman C20C on the way from DinoDirect, $53 with 10% off.
Sideswitch with nice UI, compact for a 18650, same length but skinnier than a ZL SC600.
Decent throw from the reviews I’ve read, 450lm on turbo.
XM-L u2 emitter.

Currently using my SC600 (a little too thickheaded but bright) or SC60 (perfect size but not as bright)

Hoping for the perfect compromise in the C20C!

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borstar_micke wrote:
I have a Sunwayman C20C on the way from DinoDirect, $53 with 10% off. Sideswitch with nice UI, compact for a 18650, same length but skinnier than a ZL SC600. Decent throw from the reviews I’ve read, 450lm on turbo. XM-L u2 emitter.

I think the side switch is the best option for dog walking. I just took the dogs out with a Surefire C2, and it wasn’t half as comfortable to operate as the Olight S10 I have. The C20C should be a great light for the job.

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I use a 501A with a direct drive XML 3 mode: low, high, strobe powered by some IMR 18350s attached to a .45 caliber Glock with a 13 shot clip and a 30 shot clip as backup in my coat pocket. I have a gentle little 160lb Cane Corso and live in the country like you with lots of Coyotes and Black bears plus a large cat was recently spotted in my neighborhood so I refuse to take the chance of having my sweet little baby girl get hurt. I use a Skyray King or a Dry as a walk around light until I need the equalizer.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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E1320, that's a good looking dog.  Does that lady slobber all over the place?  Couple towels needed by the water dish?  LOL

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E1320 wrote:

Our pug is 1/8 scale to your girl – lol, body shape seems pretty much the same though.

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I agree, looks like a pug, except my pug is fawn and not black, lol.

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E1320 wrote:
I use a 501A with a direct drive XML 3 mode: low, high, strobe powered by some IMR 18350s attached to a .45 caliber Glock with a 13 shot clip and a 30 shot clip as backup in my coat pocket. I have a gentle little 160lb Cane Corso and live in the country like you with lots of Coyotes and Black bears plus a large cat was recently spotted in my neighborhood so I refuse to take the chance of having my sweet little baby girl get hurt. I use a Skyray King or a Dry as a walk around light until I need the equalizer.

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I have close to the same setup for my G23. Cool. Smile

JAFFO

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What holster do you use for this?

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BIGWOOD wrote:

E1320, that’s a good looking dog.  Does that lady slobber all over the place?  Couple towels needed by the water dish?  LOL

Couple towels by the water dish yup she is a little sloppy

I don’t have a good holster the Glock with the 501 fits in so I just stick it in my coat pocket

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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bose301s wrote:
I agree, looks like a pug, except my pug is fawn and not black, lol.

Yeah, our pug is fawn also . . but the shape is spot on.

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I like all my lights so I rotate through them after I use them for a week. It also helps to justify buying more since I DO USE THEM ALL!!!

I can't remember the last time I bought a flashlight I "NEEDED".

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Fenix E21.

The 2xAA format has the best compromise between brightness (I’m one of the rare Eneloop-only guys) and the ability to comfortably carry in a pocket, so that’s why it’d be my choice.