What's The Best Flashlight with most Lumens , Brightest & Throw--under $30 ?

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What's The Best Flashlight with most Lumens , Brightest & Throw--under $30 ?

The best flashlight brand/model under $30 that has:

(1)-Most Lumens__(2)-Is Brightest__(3)-Most Throw

With either single or multi-leds and uses the battery

sizes—18650_or_26650—(single or multiples)

**Attn: I posted this thread today once before , but
somehow it disappeared.

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A cheap SRK clone. I can’t imagine what else it would be?

EDIT: for <$30 before shipping you could go with a more expensive SRK clone. RMM sells the Securitying for $29.95 w/ very reasonable shipping prices inside the US. That’s one of the higher quality SRK clones available.

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The old thread never went anywhere: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/37322

dangerous wrote:
Assuming you’re talking about quality stock lightts, my offhand guesses would be: 1) Most lumens: Solarstorm T4 2) Is brightest? 3) Most throw: Yezl Y3 or XM-L2 HD2010

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No single right answer. also under $30 without batteries is going to be different than under $30 batteries and charger included.

I would say a c8 would be good bet for under $30 including battery and charger and with many models to choose from in that design you can find an XM-L2 with some digging. http://www.fasttech.com/products/1601/10002773/1206302-cree-xm-l-t6-5-mo...

If the $30 doesnt include battery cost, the Smallsun ZY-T08 is a great thrower, with good battery life that can usually be had <$30.
http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=80&pr...

A Trustfire 3T6 is a good flooder that puts out a ton of light in the $30 range batteries not included.
http://www.tomtop.com/trustfire-3t6-led-flashlight-torch-3800-lumens-5-s...

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There are several SkyRay Kings (or King clones?) Cree 7X XM-L T6 flashlights up for auction on eBay, should be able to win a bid for under $30.
Currently the color choices are black or gold (for under $30).
(Personally I’m trying to find a good deal on SRK 7X XM-L T6 in a gray color, best price I can find is $38.99)

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I’m just trying to find the under $30 “flashlight only.”

I don’t need the batteries included with it. I just listed

the size batteries I preferred for use in the flashlight.

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wiljen wrote:
No single right answer. also under $30 without batteries is going to be different than under $30 batteries and charger included.

I would say a c8 would be good bet for under $30 including battery and charger and with many models to choose from in that design you can find an XM-L2 with some digging. http://www.fasttech.com/products/1601/10002773/1206302-cree-xm-l-t6-5-mo...

If the $30 doesnt include battery cost, the Smallsun ZY-T08 is a great thrower, with good battery life that can usually be had <$30.
http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=80&pr...

A Trustfire 3T6 is a good flooder that puts out a ton of light in the $30 range batteries not included.
http://www.tomtop.com/trustfire-3t6-led-flashlight-torch-3800-lumens-5-s...

I have all 3 the ZY-T08 throws the best, may not be the highest total output but farthest.

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202bigmike wrote:
I’m just trying to find the under $30 “flashlight only.”

I don’t need the batteries included with it. I just listed

the size batteries I preferred for use in the flashlight.

Is this the order for your priorities? “(1)-Most Lumens__(2)-Is Brightest__(3)-Most Throw”

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Depends on how you prioritize throw vs output But…

I’d say some proven choices:
HD2010— good throw + good spill. Great all around. 18650 or 26650 About $26
Jacob A60— fantastic pencil beam long throw, not great spill, so-so output & only $16ish. Terrific value & “must have” first thrower.
ZY-T08— IMHO Slightly more throw & less spill than HD2010. 2 cells for more runtime. Can be modded into fairly beastly thrower. I have one Cereal_Killer modded—and it Is a prized possession.

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