How to choose flashlight. Main things in simple words.

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^ Good to hear it. It has a very good explanation about the relativity of throw, spill, brightness, and temperature. And yeah, those zoomies are novelties for the most part. Wink

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thanks for taking the time to lay this all out for me Mr Newbie. I will go over it a few times in the next while. Thanks

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Good article, you put a lot of work into this! Its very informative, thanksfully.

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This is the flashlight bible in the making...

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that bible has been written several times..

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Okay, evenif it was only bumped by a spambot, I’d hate if this got buried again. So… Bump.

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BUMP – Very well done. Wish I found this 2 months ago when I first started researching flashlights!

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Can always add:

It must list “tactical” in its description. If it’s not “tactical”, it’s garbage.

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But these is almost always black.  So don’t that make em’ almost all

ways...tactical? wink

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I kept getting confused and mixed up between throw and candela numbers so did some research and wrote up what I found out. Also added some more explanation and a quick reference:

https://davestechreviews.wordpress.com/2020/05/26/converting-candela-to-...

Hopefully this will make it easy to compare 2 lights when one’s specs says 100kcd and another says 600m.

Here’s some of the numbers to save you a click:

  • 500cd = 45m
  • 1kcd = 63m
  • 5kcd =141m
  • 10kcd = 200m
  • 20kcd = 282m
  • 50kcd = 447m
  • 100kcd = 632m
  • 200kcd =894m
  • 500kcd = 1,414m
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hm 

interesting, thanx!

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√(cd*4) also gives you FL1 throw in meters from candela numbers.

(Throw^2)/4 gives candela from FL1 throw.

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