What's the best carry-able HOT ROD?

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FW3A is a good, small, bright light – for a minute or so before it gets too hot to hold

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lightboks wrote:
I just got my FW3A and it was immediately clear that my D4 will now have to leave my pocket after 8 months of daily EDC use. The FW3A has a better switch (tail), easy lockout (4 clicks instead of 6), is a bit safer to use in pocket, slides better in and out of pocket, almost as bright and the clip is better.

I will probably from now on only use my D4 with short-tube only. With 18350 tube it is super-tiny and still #1 pocket rocket. Only need to find a good clip for the D4 for hat lamp use.

For EDC, the FW3A takes the throne.

I don’t think the FW3A should take the throne for anything. It comes on entirely too easy when carrying it and it’s wickedly slippery with anything but super dry hands. Yes you can lock out the FW3A but why should I have to? I don’t take the blades off my knives and put them on only when I need them. My FW3A’s are relegated to house duty. I do have a holster I am thinking about trying to use with it though. Guess I will see how that goes. Other than those two deal breakers it’s a mighty fine light. UI is fine and the design is on point. It’s a great value for what you get but, A D4 or a DQG will keep finding a way into my pocket everyday.

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I have the earlier mentioned MH20GT and agree that it is a great light. The downside for me is that it has cold white tint, which I no longer prefer. And I would not call it a hot-rod, with 1000 lumens it is quite conservative for todays standards.

BTW which D4 LED type and which DQG model do you use?

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Dioda wrote:
I have the earlier mentioned MH20GT and agree that it is a great light. The downside for me is that it has cold white tint, which I no longer prefer. And I would not call it a hot-rod, with 1000 lumens it is quite conservative for todays standards.

BTW which D4 LED type and which DQG model do you use?

I have 5000K XP-G3’s in the D4 and the DQG is the tiny 18650 in NW. Love that little light. I carry ZebraLights around too, kinda of have a rotation of my favorites.

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What is out there that’s M43 or ROT66 sized that has toy like output

I haven’t used the MT03, but I do have the MT09 R. It’s got much larger reflectors than on a MT03 and is probably my favorite very high output light because it’s one of the few lights that’s around 18k Lumens, good throw, and relatively compact. I’ve carried it in a big down parka, but it’s about the upper limit of what somebody would put into a pocket.

I have a couple of the M43s, the MF01, and the D18. In comparing them the M43 is obviously the shortest and you can hide the whole light in your hand behind the lens. It’s also the lowest turbo output, but really good regulated output in the lower modes. But it also has the most quality feel to it. The switch is a little soft and mushy but the rest of the light is super solid. The Astrolux MF01 is next level floody brightness, but it’s bigger and has a pretty basic sequential UI with instant access to Turbo. It’s a good value light, but I’ll pay the extra for better quality and better UI. The Emisar D18 takes only 3 cells and feels the most compact because the barrel is the smallest diameter. It’s only slightly longer than the M43. Quality is right up there with a D4s, meaning really meaning really good. It has better throw than the MF01 with higher output so it seems significantly brighter. Also with all the features in the UI on the D18 you can tune it to exactly how you want to use it. There is no question the D18 is the way to go in my opinion.

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lightboks wrote:
I just got my FW3A and it was immediately clear that my D4 will now have to leave my pocket after 8 months of daily EDC use. The FW3A has a better switch (tail), easy lockout (4 clicks instead of 6), is a bit safer to use in pocket, slides better in and out of pocket, almost as bright and the clip is better.

I will probably from now on only use my D4 with short-tube only. With 18350 tube it is super-tiny and still #1 pocket rocket. Only need to find a good clip for the D4 for hat lamp use.

For EDC, the FW3A takes the throne.

Actually since I first bought a side switch Emisar D4, i never bought a tail switch again because side switch flashlight is much more natural to hold, i don’t have to raise my hand or bend my twist to click. The tail switch is more suitable for tactical flashlight

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Tiny lights are such. None can hold a decent output for long with the small battery in them.
I carry Either a S41 on 4 or 5. Going up to 7 for short periods for looking further.

On longer walks.
My Imalent DN35. (sometimes 70) with favourite, sensible use battery 26650.
Both give full ranges from dim to super long/bright with decent spread.
I have absolutely NO problem carrying either in shorts pockets. (I don’t wear trousers.) and they both give decent output.

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Anyone mention the C8F yet? 3500 lemons in basically a C8. What’s not to like?

The C8A and C8T are damned fine lights, at 1700 and 1300 or so, but 3500 in a C8 form-factor? Kicks ass…

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All flashlights are “carry-able.”

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