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What is your favourite light at the moment?

I’m playing with a Klarus XT12GT, Imalent DN70 and a BLF X5. For the cost of either of the first two lights you could buy 3 or more of the X5s yet the X5 keeps on impressing me.

The size, tiny. The weight, just right. The brightness, PERFECT.

It’ll light up my garden and road, it seems to run for ages on a single cell.

It seems like a perfect light apart from the bright light in the tail cap.

The XT12gt, too big. The Imalent DN70, the power buttons are too fiddly.

I’m honestly thinking of grabbing a few more of the X5s if they pop up on offer again. I can think of so many people who would want one. Leave it in a car, leave it in a cupboard, purse, laptop bag…. The list goes on.

I feel I need to buy something big and stupid as at the moment all of the lights I’ve received recently have been “small”. The other two recent additions are a Klarus mi7 and a manker e11 so I’m feeling a little emasculated.

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Crelant V4A, came yesterday, takes 4AA eneloops, has the throw of a C8 and has infinitely variable programmable modes.

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Bort wrote:
Crelant V4A, came yesterday, takes 4AA eneloops, has the throw of a C8 and has infinitely variable programmable modes.

Something nice about quad AA lights. I’ve had a few EA41s. Often end up having people buy them off me and I need to order another. I like the sounds of the programmable modes.

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My 2900 lumen Fenix TK75. A nice combination of throw and flood. Great battery life as well. Second would be my Convoy L6’s. Amazing build quality and a very bright floody beam. For the price, nothing comes close.

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Awaiting the Q8, Nitecore TM06S
Thorfire S70 or Convoy L6 (depends on what door I use to exit, both do the same job excellent)

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My old modded Sipik 58 with reflector. I recently rebuilt the tailcap, which solved the reliability issues I was having with it. I also upgraded the emitter from XML2 to XPL HI.

It has the following features:

  • 3.0 amp driver with lumodrv firmware (2-way ramping with shortcuts to min and max)
  • Electronic tailcap switch
  • Unique optic system: 18mm plastic aspheric lens with a small plastic reflector behind it surrounding the LED.
  • polished bare aluminum with chrome bezel

What I like about it? The optic system. I have another modded Sipik 58 with an LED Lenser style optic in it and FET driver. However, despite having a lower powered driver, I find the flood beam on the reflector Sipik to be much more useful. The tiny reflector adds a broad diffuse hotspot in the center of the floodbeam. This broad hotspot makes for a surprisingly useful and bright beam and is considerably brighter than the center of the floodbeam of all my other zoomies, including larger ones powered by FET drivers and IMR 18650 cells.

In spot mode, the reflector shows up as an extremely ugly giant donut around the projection of the die. Fortunately this donut is very dim, and is really only an issue in white-wall tests.

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I’d have to say favorite right now is the astrolux s2 with the xpl2 direct driven over 1800 lumens. Or convoy m1 xpl2 direct driven over 1700 lumens. Its to close to call between the two. Soon it maybe a c8 since the xpl2 makes over 2k lumens in them

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chrisc wrote:
Bort wrote:
Crelant V4A, came yesterday, takes 4AA eneloops, has the throw of a C8 and has infinitely variable programmable modes.

Something nice about quad AA lights. I’ve had a few EA41s. Often end up having people buy them off me and I need to order another. I like the sounds of the programmable modes.


Indeed, i am writing a review on it

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lumintop tool – so cheap, so tiny, so well made!

or i will carry a manker U11 for when the light needs to be brighter or longer lasting
(though it is almost too big for pocket EDC)

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I keep coming back to my first PFlexPRO P60. 3.8 amps 3 modes in a Solarforce L2N, with the A001 head. Got it in the start of 2014.

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As I’m waiting on my DQG Tiny 26650 3th 7x XP-G2 CW 2500LM to come, my first new light in a minute.My light of choice at the moment
is a FandyFire Warrior.It has 3 leds but I would not know the particulars.It holds nice and will light up the inside of a barn.

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Klarus XT12GTS

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chrisc wrote:
I’m honestly thinking of grabbing a few more of the X5s if they pop up on offer again.

They are still available on the banggood flashlight clearance page. If you use the code, it comes out to less than 20 USD.
http://www.banggood.com/collection-2072.html?p=IO0117468906201403!A&utm_...

For anyone in the US, they have some in the US warehouse for 23.99 USD but only 1A tint.

According to tracking info, mine is supposed to arrive this weekend. Based on what you wrote, I am looking forward to testing it out!

btw, my favorite light right now is the Utorch UT01! This little thing is nice and bright! I particularly like the user programmable levels. But this is also my only acquisition since joining the 2 flashlight forums. I’m pretty n00b to this!

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Utorch UT01. I EDC it along with a Spyderco dragonfly and 2 backup 14500 cells.

I use it at work all the time so I guess that makes it my fave. Just today I used the firefly mode to take a picture of a really small date wheel on a defective cooling fan. I sent this pic to my supplier and they determined it is OK to use.

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S2+ with a triple Nichia
X5

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Yup those x5’s are really nice. I was finally able to purchase two of them for the sale price. Never wanted to pay the regular price. At the sale price, I might purchase a few more as well. But one of them came with a faulty driver I think. It has previous mode memory, instead of next mode, it comes on previous mode?! Hahah

That’s my favorite stock light. My most favorite light is my Tn40vn. It now has Xhp35hi’s.

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What is your favourite light at the moment?

Acebeam X65vn.

Because it makes everything else look like a sub caliber. The beam profile/performance is what I favor. All other flashlights have beam profiles that are lessor in performance.

Yes, I actually get more routine use from the Olight S2 Baton.

Yes, a .22 rimfire gets more use than a .458 Winchester Magnum. But, I carry the X65 during my nightly six mile brisk hilly walks, and I can fire it without causing a huge ruckus.

Acebeam K70vn, EC50vn, X65Vn. Eagletac SX25L3 MT-G2, MX25L4CvnT XP-L. Fenix TK75vnQ70 dome on. 47's MMU-X3. Niwalker MM15, and MM15MBvnSpec1. Noctigon Meteor M43vn XP-L dd. Olight S2 Baton. P60vn Quad XP-L HD 2 cell host Cryos Cu head. Thrunite TN36UTvn, TN42vn. In the mail from Vinh March 22nd: 2nd X65vn, and Manker MK34Vn.

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I’m in the midst of replacing gobs of galvanized plumbing in a basement, so my trusty Zebralight H502W headlight is my favorite at the moment. It’s absolutely perfect for the job.

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I find myself using the UTorch UT02 quite often, it’s becoming a go-to for the weekly walk down the lane taking the trash out. I subsidize it with the 7200 lumen L6 or the TM16 at 6969 lumens. Once in a while I carry the TN42 as well, but the UT02 seems to be such an easy smallish thrower it’s getting more carry time than most any other light I have.

Of course, my Ti/Cu Quad is on my waist at all times, my Texas Poker Nichia 219C around my neck virtually always, only being removed to bathe.

The VG10 is a nice light, but man I’ve got so many “nice lights”, ya know? The little copper Lumintops from Massdrop are beautiful lights, the Rey Ti Lumintop is sweet, and the ZebraLight SC52 is very handy as well.

Need to remind myself that every night, no matter what couple of three lights I’m carrying, I have a headlamp on as well. Either the ArmyTech Wizard or the Nitecore HC50, Maybe I’m a bit addicted?

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For me, all my new flashlights and any bright ones from past purchases are my favorites.

I’ll start with the Olight S-Mini Cu and Ti Limited Edition.
I soon got a buyer remorse after I clicked PAY Facepalm for not one, but two of them.
One is the polished titanium in NW and the other one is the Cu Rose Gold in CW.
However, once I received them, I really really like them. They are very well made and beautiful.
These are the only flashlights that are more collectible item than all the rest that I have.
They are showcased on my nightstand as a piece of art.
I wish I have the budget to collect the rest of the variations: Raw Copper, “Black”, Bead Blasted, Rainbow PVD etc.

The biggest-bang-for-the-buck has to be Convoy L6 which I have Clear in CW and Black in NW.
These two are really well made. I really really fall in love with my L6.
Very bright, yet very affordable. Steady at tail-stand. I am considering buying 1 or 2 more.

Next in line would be the Thorfire S70. The body is not as well designed as L6, nor is the workmanship.
However, I am a sucker for flashlights with big head and massive heatsink.

Two-cell version of JM35 with XHP50 CW emitter. Though less popular now that it has been surpassed by L6, I bought it anyway. I love the shape and the diameter contrast between the body and the head. I even ordered a 2nd one, a single-cell version with MT-G2 NW emitter. It is on the way.

BTU PK26, a unique flashlight that takes 26350. It sure wins the trophy for the fattest, shortest, flashlight with high lumen output and high capacity battery. It is my favorite EDC. I bought 2, one CW and one NW. However FT screwed up and sent me a NW.
Now, I am thinking buying another one in CW. Big Smile

Manker MK34. I am also a sucker for lights with unique design. With 12 emitters grouped in 3 group of 4, it fits that category.
I first got the Nichia 219C NW version thinking it will be bright with pleasant tint. However, to my horror, it was way too much yellow and reminded me of old incandescent light bulb with very warm temperature. I swear it must have been around 3500K color temperature. I was misled by wrong information on the vendor website. I asked to exchange the light and now I got the XP-G3 CW version which is much brighter than the 219C NW. Now I am happy with this unique flashlight.
I so like this unique design that I have a Noctigon Meteor M43 on its way.

DQG Tiny 26650 7x. At the time I ordered all my new lights in NW thinking they will be really neutral white. Just as the Manker mixed-up unfolded, I found that my new DQG Tiny NW is almost as yellow as the Manker 219C. I am thinking of selling it and buy the CW version. It is too bad that vendors use NW for anything from 5000K down to 3000K. It should not be called NW if there is more yellow than white.

A real NW to me is the Acebeam K40M with MT-G2. It is a white light with slight yellow tint or a little bit yellow light with much white in it. It does make skin tone looks better than with many of the CW flashlights.
Anyway, The K40M is my work horse. I use it everyday in my rest room while getting ready to go to work. After a couple years it is still one of the brightest lights that I have.

Imalent DN70, like OP, I have one as well. I love single-cell 26650 flashlights because they fit better in my palm and the battery has higher capacity than 18650. They are far more steady when tail-stand than 18650 flashlights. I chose DN70 over the competitor offerings because it has blue color accent at the bottom. Black color flashlights are generally boring to me. Other features I like from DN70 are the dual switch, the OLED display, the excellent knurling and of course the XHP70 CW emitter.

For smaller AA EDC, my favorite is Xtar WK50. It takes 14500 to make it three times brighter than with an AA alkaline or NiMH.
I have several of them which I bought from an Xtar dealer a few years ago. So I have one everywhere, in my pocker, at work, in my back pack, glove compartment, on my night stand, in several drawers etc.
They produce more than enough lumen for most of my purpose. I was in a dark network closet doing re-cabling. The WK50 with 14500 battery provided enough light that allowed me to complete my work quickly and accurately. I had one tail-stand at maximum output to light up the entire room and another one in my hand or my mouth to light up the small area in front of me. I have used the WK50 for many other usage now and then.

Next, I perhaps have an almost complete set of those Skyray clones. From the 3x emitters, 4x, 5x, 6x, 7x, 8x, 9x. A few years ago they stopped at maximum 9 emitters but now they have them up to 14x (LOL). So I bought the ones I didn’t have. I understand that the LEDs are under-driven but they are bright enough, some of them are in fact very bright. I have been using them when I go to my backyard. The very bright floody lights fit the purpose well. In cooler nights, the lights have beneficial undisclosed feature: hand warmer!

Lastly, I also like to play with those branded 2×18650 flashlights that I have such as Olight M3X Triton, Nitecore MT40, Sunwayman T40CS Plus. I found that The M3x with the extension tube removed can use 2 × 18500 battery. It is really fun to go through my sets of 18500. Every hour I replace with two fresh batteries after the existing ones depleted.
The MT40 can use 4 × 16340, but I’d rather put 4 × 18350 for a little bit more runtime and have fun using the flashlight with unintended battery model.

Ok I promise this is the last one. You got to have one of these flashlight that is shaped like a straight security baton.
http://www.banggood.com/Outdoor-Emergency-Anti-Wolf-Self-Defense-Torch-L...
I have two. Althought the light is dim unmod, it is really fun to carry along with me. Leave one in the car as a safety device such as when you need to break you car window in an emergency. Now I need you modders to give an idea how to improve the brightness of this baton flashlights.

Too many flashlights!!!

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After my gushing about how awesome the BLF X5’s were last night I decided to buy a couple more. They work out to be ~£16 each shipped and when you can get really decent cells at £1.50 a piece it makes them too cheap not to get.

Bought one for keeping in my car and one for keeping in the wifes car.

…maybe bought a few more for friends and I’m sorry if anyone was using the ecig shop in the uk for £1.50 sanyo 14500 cells.. I just bought a large number of those too Big Smile

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chrisc wrote:
After my gushing about how awesome the BLF X5’s were last night I decided to buy a couple more. They work out to be ~£16 each shipped and when you can get really decent cells at £1.50 a piece it makes them too cheap not to get.

Bought one for keeping in my car and one for keeping in the wifes car.

…maybe bought a few more for friends and I’m sorry if anyone was using the ecig shop in the uk for £1.50 sanyo 14500 cells.. I just bought a large number of those too Big Smile

I have a couple X5’s as well, and they will gain a lot of value for me when a 17mm BLF boost driver will be made and available, to use them on Eneloops. I have used a chinese trash driver in one that came from a sk68 and the output and throw is still amazing. Just the modes and PWM of those drivers are dreadful.

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Astrolux S41S, but not sure about Blue tint problem
this should be the best EDC flashlight if it doesnt have those problems

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My brass CNQG triple.
I’ve yet to find a light that is so compact yet classy being brass made.
The patina that developped since I own it gives it a classical look.
It’s more a host though, because there’s nothing stock in there, neither the switch, driver, led or optic !

I tend to carry its little brother AA (swapped with a 219C sm305) which I found equally attractive apart from the somewhat basic stock driver (L-M-H rather well spaced) and of course less lumens.

In stock form, I love the Lumintop Tool ! Good mode spacing, great machined body and so light it disappears in your Pocket !
The 2*AAA Lumintop IYP365 is also really good !

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EDC lights:

I use to like Convoy S2+ triple LEDs but now i felt in love with Utorch UT01 (AA) as it can do about 400 lumens with AA nickel metal hydride battery which is amazing.

It’s a nice little light with programmable modes but some people complaint the switch issue. I can’t complaint much for the low price i paid.

Medium size flooder:

I love my Thorfire VG10 modified to quad leds with illuminate tail switch

Big heavy duty lights:
I love my Convoy L6 with modified resistor to the driver

and I also have room to love Thorfire S70 which is on the way from shipping Big Smile

Thrower lights:
Utorch UT02 (nice pocketable thrower) but i love my AceBeam K70 more.

I only like flashlights and I am not a flashaholic Big Smile

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Nico, there’s a meeting downtown this weekend at 2 PM. You might want to be there… Silly

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i have to get an express air ticket Dale Big Smile

I feel kinda odd in australia as we dont have many flashlight lovers here.

I manage to influence 2 mates into flashlight after i mod their lights and i need to infect them more hahah

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It’s my EDC and goto light for most tasks:

Manker E14 / Astrolux S41 with Nichia 219B

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