Flashlight you didn't buy (and later found it was a wrong decision)

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Flashlight you didn't buy (and later found it was a wrong decision)

So, I got Olight S1R Baton today, for a repair. What a (more than) sweet little light, can’t believe I didn’t get this one when it was popular
and there were deals/groupbuys to chase. Now only one dealer (shipping from Chna) has stock and the price is just too high… Facepalm

I would bet there are others with same “experience”!?

 

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Kinda wishing I’d bought one of Steve Ku’s limited run Titanium Liteflux LF2XT years ago. Might have cost $200 back then but probably worth $800+ now.

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Nothing like that, but I do wish I had bought a few of the Ultrafire WF 602C hosts back when FastTech had them so cheap.


Keepin’ the “B” in BLF

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It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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Not me, but I can imagine people regretting not having bought the Zebralight S6330. Luckily I have a lot of experience with lights I bought, and later realised it was an awesome move.

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I’ve always wanted a TK45.
Still can be found in some places, but I would just keep it as a collectors item and I don’t really have money for extra stuff like that.

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hIKARInoob wrote:
Not me, but I can imagine people regretting not having bought the Zebralight S6330. Luckily I have a lot of experience with lights I bought, and later realised it was an awesome move.

This flashlight immediately came to mind when I read this post. It was no longer available when I became a flashlight-aholic, but I probably wouldn’t have spent the money at the time for it anyways. But it’s one I’ve always wanted despite it’s cool white tint.

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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I didn’t initially go with Imalent which was a mistake. I have personally matched it up against modded 2,000 dollar modded lights and the Imalent DX80 is every bit as bright. 3,000 dollar mistake not going with Imalent DX80 and opting for modded torches. Not anymore. My five Imalent DX80 is a fraction what I spent on modded torches. Imalent DX80 is the best value and a true BLF Monster power flooder.

1 x HR20 1 x DN70 1 x DT70 5 x DX80

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a bit off topic, but regret not buying many Victorinox saks that were far cheaper 5-7 years ago then they are today

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the4ds9 wrote:
I didn’t initially go with Imalent which was a mistake. I have personally matched it up against modded 2,000 dollar modded lights and the Imalent DX80 is every bit as bright. 3,000 dollar mistake not going with Imalent DX80 and opting for modded torches. Not anymore. My five Imalent DX80 is a fraction what I spent on modded torches. Imalent DX80 is the best value and a true BLF Monster power flooder.
![url=https://posting.org/image/otmkhqntv/][img]https://s5.postimg.org/otmkhqn...!

I always think will those buying expensive custom modded light regret later, those modded lights are insanely expensive but i doubt their reliabilities.
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Wish I’d ordered more of the DITO stainless steel lights last year during their 11/11 promo. 1-2 bucks for excellent SS lights including a ton of extras like ss rings and stuff. I bought just 1. tracked and insured shipping included.
Looking at Aliexpress on 11/11 today, there are no Dito lights to be found. They disappeared.

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FPV wrote:
Wish I’d ordered more of the DITO stainless steel lights last year during their 11/11 promo. 1-2 bucks for excellent SS lights including a ton of extras like ss rings and stuff. I bought just 1. tracked and insured shipping included. Looking at Aliexpress on 11/11 today, there are no Dito lights to be found. They disappeared.

Funny, I was JUST in Ali looking for them. Dito is Gone.

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I’ve bought some that I shouldn’t have!! Does that count?

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stfc69 wrote:
I’ve bought some that I shouldn’t have!! Does that count?

Nope. This happened to everyone here.
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DENGOH wrote:
stfc69 wrote:
I’ve bought some that I shouldn’t have!! Does that count?
Nope. This happened to everyone here.

Well that makes me feel a bit better…

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BLF Giga thrower

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Just thought of one: the Defiant Super Thrower that Home Depot sold a few years ago! I actually did buy one but I had offered it as the prize for my 1k post giveaway. Then Home Depot stopped selling them before I could get one for myself.

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Don wrote:
It sounds like the XM LEDs won’t really be suitable for flashlight use. Pity…

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Lumintop SD10.
Runs on anything from 32650s to AAs, and gives very useable light for a very long time. I bought one, and wish I’d have bought a lot more.

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Uniquefire 2100, Ultrafire WF-504B and Roche F12 Love , but it was some years ago and I was afraid of li-ion. So I bought 3xAAA flashlights like Ultrafire SK96 instead Facepalm . Now Roche F12 is gone forever Crying . It would compete with my Convoy S3 as my edc.
Do you think I like small flashlights with a shiny bezel too much ? Wink

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black shadow terminator

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black shadow terminator

This was also a bit in the back of my mind as well. One of the few soda can lights that throws fairly well. Nice looks and finish. The most notorious competitor with comparable beam profile was the Nitecore TM26 costing a whopping $400. The Terminator was something like $140? So much more affordable but still not cheap though. Nice how prices of really good quality lights have dropped significantly. Big Smile

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I wish I have bought a fenix tk20 ten years ago.

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I will not buy a MF01 because it is quite some money to spend, it has a meager UI and there is some incidence of faulty lights, and in performance it is too close to a well-modded Q8, with the Q8 being cheaper, smaller and having better throw.

But it still is one of those lights that if Astrolux had done a bit more thorough job on it (and had used a nice TK firmware), the form factor, led+optics lay-out and use of high CRI Nichia’s had made it a must-have for a good price. I’m still tempted and may once regret not having bought one.

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djozz,
you just described most of the Astrolux line.

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djozz wrote:
I will not buy a MF01 because it is quite some money to spend, it has a meager UI and there is some incidence of faulty lights, and in performance it is too close to a well-modded Q8, with the Q8 being cheaper, smaller and having better throw.

But it still is one of those lights that if Astrolux had done a bit more thorough job on it (and had used a nice TK firmware), the form factor, led+optics lay-out and use of high CRI Nichia’s had made it a must-have for a good price. I’m still tempted and may once regret not having bought one.

You can have mine, v.2, for what I paid, but that is no sort of deal. The LEDs are superb in Nichia. Otherwise it is a disappointment to the discerning, all down to driver and UI. It could have been so good, and still is, in a limited way. You might I suppose regret not owning one, if that’s what floats (or sinks) your boat, but time moves on, and better things keep coming still, though I think we might be reaching “peak flashlight” soon.

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vwpieces wrote:
FPV wrote:
Wish I’d ordered more of the DITO stainless steel lights last year during their 11/11 promo. 1-2 bucks for excellent SS lights including a ton of extras like ss rings and stuff. I bought just 1. tracked and insured shipping included. Looking at Aliexpress on 11/11 today, there are no Dito lights to be found. They disappeared.

Funny, I was JUST in Ali looking for them. Dito is Gone.

Ah yes, DITO SS, that was awesome offer back then, I would slap myself for not buying it then even for full price (I think it was something around 10$ or so), Instead I bought a bunch of whistles and carabiners (stuff I don’t actually use) Facepalm

But there was one light that was popular back when I joined this forum. It was a big and heavy light with 3 emitters (back then that was a WOW), used, I think, 3 18650 cells, simple design, no fancy cnurling like this days lights are (I would say something between ThruNite TN40 and TN42, a bit taller than TN40, not that wide head like TN42). Man, this is going to bother me until I find it…
Edit: found it, Big Smile I was googling for Fenix TK61 (one of those I really wanted but was disappointed when I found that is has a plastic reflector and led shelf) and found then so popular BTU Shocker Big Smile

 

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Alcius wrote:
Uniquefire 2100, Ultrafire WF-504B and Roche F12 Love
It is still there. UltraFire WF-504B LED Flashlight at Fasttech Party
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Fenix E35UE. It sounds weird but when they were on clearance I put together some group buys for my team at work. They were down to about $27 each and I had one earmarked for myself but a last minute request came in so I let it go. I must have spent 3 or 4 times that amount chasing those features when I found out there were none left.

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the4ds9 wrote:
I didn’t initially go with Imalent which was a mistake. I have personally matched it up against modded 2,000 dollar modded lights and the Imalent DX80 is every bit as bright. 3,000 dollar mistake not going with Imalent DX80 and opting for modded torches. Not anymore. My five Imalent DX80 is a fraction what I spent on modded torches. Imalent DX80 is the best value and a true BLF Monster power flooder. ![url=https://posting.org/image/otmkhqntv/][img]https://s5.postimg.org/otmkhqn...!

Just curious, why five? Do you use them all at the same time or for multiple people?

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Sirius9 wrote:
vwpieces wrote:
FPV wrote:
Wish I’d ordered more of the DITO stainless steel lights last year during their 11/11 promo. 1-2 bucks for excellent SS lights including a ton of extras like ss rings and stuff. I bought just 1. tracked and insured shipping included. Looking at Aliexpress on 11/11 today, there are no Dito lights to be found. They disappeared.

Funny, I was JUST in Ali looking for them. Dito is Gone.

Ah yes, DITO SS, that was awesome offer back then, I would slap myself for not buying it then even for full price (I think it was something around 10$ or so), Instead I bought a bunch of whistles and carabiners (stuff I don’t actually use) Facepalm

But there was one light that was popular back when I joined this forum. It was a big and heavy light with 3 emitters (back then that was a WOW), used, I think, 3 18650 cells, simple design, no fancy cnurling like this days lights are (I would say something between ThruNite TN40 and TN42, a bit taller than TN40, not that wide head like TN42). Man, this is going to bother me until I find it…
Edit: found it, Big Smile I was googling for Fenix TK61 (one of those I really wanted but was disappointed when I found that is has a plastic reflector and led shelf) and found then so popular BTU Shocker Big Smile
!http://img.banggood.com/images/upload/2012/chenjianwei/SKU115467n.jpg!


I still remember i disliked it bcoz certain people who bought it kind of disrespect Fenix TK70 but it is a copy of TK70. I owned a TK70 at that time.
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hIKARInoob wrote:
mudguts wrote:
black shadow terminator

This was also a bit in the back of my mind as well. One of the few soda can lights that throws fairly well. Nice looks and finish. The most notorious competitor with comparable beam profile was the Nitecore TM26 costing a whopping $400. The Terminator was something like $140? So much more affordable but still not cheap though. Nice how prices of really good quality lights have dropped significantly. Big Smile


Too bad Black Shadow didn’t survive. Luckily we have other good brands now.

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