If you were going to spend up to $40 on a good friend...

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If you were going to spend up to $40 on a good friend...

...who is NOT a flashoholic, what flashlight (s?) would you buy for him?

Me, I think I'd give him a Trustfire Z1 and a 4-pack of Cr123 batteries. And keep the change.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

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Perhaps a Quark mini and a bunch of CR123's?

Or the XTAR WK20 and again a bunch of CR123's...

If it's not a flashaholic he will surelly like a more portable format.

Maybe a Itp A2-3?

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I would say something in the aa format.

Due to you can get them anywhere and 

most people are not gonna wanna buy  cr123's

online for a better deal. That was the first complaint

from my father when I got him a nitecore ex11.2

That and it was to much for him to want to figure out the modes.

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Xeno E03 would be great for non flashaholics, simple UI. I would also recommend the Solarforce L2r with 3 mode drop in.

+1 on AA format lights.

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http://www.dealextreme.com/p/trustfire-r5-a3-cree-xp-e-r5-3-mode-230-lum...

and
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/trustfire-protected-3-7v-900mah-14500-lithi...
and
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/universal-smart-quick-charger-recharges-all...

However, when I got mine, they had them in a US warehouse but by the time I ordered for a friend they were out so I am still waiting for shippment. We'll see.

If you were willing to spend your whole budget and leave your friend to his own rechargeable batteries (doesn't almost everyone have rechargeable AAs?), I think this would be an amazingly wonderful gift.

http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/the-251/ITP-SA1-Eluma-Cree/Detail

If a few things go more right with mi finances I may just change my gift to the ITP.  Will likely treat myself to the XM-L version in a year or so when it comes out;-)

 

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Ultrafire BJO8A single AA, single mode...$16.

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I second the Solarforce L2r with 3 mode drop in. Spend around $20 and maybe get him some eneloops with a charger.

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For a non flashaholic a couple of CR123 in a non very draining flashlights could last even a year.

My Wk25 on a eneloop gets charged apporximately every 1,5 month's. I will probably stick to alkalines in the future as eneloops are wasted in this one. I can get decent 8xAA alkies for 2€. excellent for remotes, clocks and other mild to low drain devices. Runs the Wk25 to full potential however.

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xeno e03 or convert him with a KDC8, 2 18650's and a charger. (a little over $40)

 

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I have a retiring WF-139 charger. I could give that to my friend.

He is rather technical guy so will do fine with Li-ions, 18650. He has now Romisen RC-C6 from me, likes it, but hates short runtime Sad

What XM-L for christmas present? Possibly an all-rounder rather than thrower, he especially likes wide usable beam from Romisen.

I´ll leave budget open...

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CheapThrills wrote:

I have a retiring WF-139 charger. I could give that to my friend.

He is rather technical guy so will do fine with Li-ions, 18650. He has now Romisen RC-C6 from me, likes it, but hates short runtime Sad

What XM-L for christmas present? Possibly an all-rounder rather than thrower, he especially likes wide usable beam from Romisen.

I´ll leave budget open...

I am not aware of any exceptional zoomable XM-L lights.

Is the KaiDomain C8 with OP reflector considered an all-rounder?  (http://www.kaidomain.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=11097)  If so, I'd go with that.

If you're looking for something small and floody, I like the 5-mode UF-2100:  http://budgetlightforum.com/node/4480#comment-73032

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Boaz wrote:

I'd buy him a CitCat AA and a BLF s1 from cnqg

http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1287

http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1288

Hmmm.....  interesting

 

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itp sa2..2 aa with good brightness and runtime..

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Xeno E03.   Quality, simplicity, power but still AA.

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jlh454 wrote:

I second the Solarforce L2r with 3 mode drop in. Spend around $20 and maybe get him some eneloops with a charger.

+1 or L2i/xpg

Piers said " ....but who wants enough light, when you have the option for far too much "

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Don't know if your friend has NiMh or li-ion charger, but that could help you to make good decision. If it has Ni-Mh charger, give him a bright 1xAA light or 2xAA light. If it has li-ion - no prob here. Also, if he use CR123 for example, you can give him your TF Z1. But again, I prefer always rechargeable batts/cells. Nowadays, I use alkies only in remote controls and clocks. Besides, regulation with rec. batt/cells are (almost) always better than with primary.

Anyway, as gift, I would give him a good light, i.e. already suggested ITP (C7T, A2, A3 or SA1 from DD for 30 bucks), or Xeno E03, of course. Romisen (from SB preferably) could be a nice choice also (for example this one).

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The Xeno might be a better way to go than the Z1 for him, thanks~

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

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raccoon city wrote:

CheapThrills wrote:

I have a retiring WF-139 charger. I could give that to my friend.

He is rather technical guy so will do fine with Li-ions, 18650. He has now Romisen RC-C6 from me, likes it, but hates short runtime Sad

What XM-L for christmas present? Possibly an all-rounder rather than thrower, he especially likes wide usable beam from Romisen.

I´ll leave budget open...

I am not aware of any exceptional zoomable XM-L lights.

Is the KaiDomain C8 with OP reflector considered an all-rounder?  (http://www.kaidomain.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=11097)  If so, I'd go with that.

If you're looking for something small and floody, I like the 5-mode UF-2100:  http://budgetlightforum.com/node/4480#comment-73032

 

 

Sorry, no need to be zoomable.

These two are very good suggestions. I think there´s a god chance that it will be one of these.

But there still can be good bargains before christmas Wink I´m not going to wait too long though, since shipping takes time.

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It seems as though the Xeno E03 is the most popular when anyone requests a new light. 

 

I also hands down vote for the Xeno!

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I bought the xeno with the diffuser. Used it as a nav light the other night when out fishing. Stuck it in the end of a pole as the boat I was on had no white navigation light

 

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Not A flashaholic.....I am just saying.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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E1320 ,

That looks like more than $40 to me ...

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Sure more than $40, but well spent money. Wink

I vote for the Xeno.

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I'd buy these poor girls some clothes and a pig keychain light..girls like those .

 

I'd buy them a nitecore ex-10 from boaz .

I don't think I'd buy a non flashaholic a AAA light ..maybe  an f-23 ...small lights won't be appreciated by a non-flashaholic.maybe a AA flood to throw ..but not a sipik 68 ..something a little less aggressive .

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jacktheclipper wrote:

E1320 ,

That looks like more than $40 to me ...

where can I buy that?

 

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I suggest the Xeno E03 too! Regular AA cells and if the receiver gets hooked he/she can upgrade to a 14500. Best light for the money and I STILL don't have one! Yell

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Boaz wrote:

I'd buy them a nitecore ex-10 from boaz

Help Boaz to rid of them :bigsmile: No, seriously, it's a very good light. I'm planning on buying one from Boaz, but at the moment is out of my budget Sad But you can, troop.