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I don’t think my collection is any big. Nor does it contain any rare and expensive types. Some old ones from the 30th maybe, but I don’t have enough.

“………but I don’t have enough.”  Seriously, seek help.  How can 300+ torches not be enough?  OK, how many would you need before you felt you had enough?


I don’t care about quantity. It’s not about use. I use Lumintop Tool AAA Cu together with Leatherman Surge and DQG 18650 in my pocket. I like lamps. In my collection I have bad lamps, I like interesting lamps, but also ordinary. I never sell any lamps from my collection. One day it will be an overview of what was produced. My collection of lamps has no rational reason. I just like it and have it at its disposal.
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a firearm wont fail with a vent with flames.
i would only agree that flashlight collecting is cheaper.
i have never had any type of dangerous failure with a firearm.
and i do my own reloading.
i have had 2 flashlights melt down and threw them out in the yard to burn out.
and 1 was a surefire.

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Way cheaper than collecting guns.
And safer!
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snakebite wrote:

a firearm wont fail with a vent with flames.
i would only agree that flashlight collecting is cheaper.
i have never had any type of dangerous failure with a firearm.
and i do my own reloading.
i have had 2 flashlights melt down and threw them out in the yard to burn out.
and 1 was a surefire.

I'm glad you weren't hurt, but what injures and kills more people worldwide each year, firearms or Li-Ion batteries?

 

Spoiler alert:

The answer is firearms, even though there are far more Li-Ion cells than firearms around the world.

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snakebite wrote:
a firearm wont fail with a vent with flames. i would only agree that flashlight collecting is cheaper. i have never had any type of dangerous failure with a firearm. and i do my own reloading. i have had 2 flashlights melt down and threw them out in the yard to burn out. and 1 was a surefire.

You’ve had two flashlights melt down? One, I would consider bad luck. Two, you’re cursed. Someday, you’re going to accidentally fatally shoot yourself, probably twice.

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Ooooh, I can see it now… Ultrafirearm!

As shown, with 9900 round magazine!

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Bad batteries can be a risk, but so can cheap ammo. Nobody puts cheap ammo in a quality gun. Bad can happen.

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Put a light on a gun and you’re really have a dangerous weapon.

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raccoon city wrote:

snakebite wrote:

a firearm wont fail with a vent with flames.
i would only agree that flashlight collecting is cheaper.
i have never had any type of dangerous failure with a firearm.
and i do my own reloading.
i have had 2 flashlights melt down and threw them out in the yard to burn out.
and 1 was a surefire.


I’m glad you weren’t hurt, but what injures and kills more people worldwide each year, firearms or Li-Ion batteries?


 


Spoiler alert:


The answer is firearms, even though there are far more Li-Ion cells than firearms around the world.

The difference is that a flashlight might do it while it’s sitting there and nobody is touching it. It’s unlikely, but it happens often enough to warrant concern.

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Rayoui wrote:
raccoon city wrote:

snakebite wrote:

a firearm wont fail with a vent with flames.
i would only agree that flashlight collecting is cheaper.
i have never had any type of dangerous failure with a firearm.
and i do my own reloading.
i have had 2 flashlights melt down and threw them out in the yard to burn out.
and 1 was a surefire.


I’m glad you weren’t hurt, but what injures and kills more people worldwide each year, firearms or Li-Ion batteries?


 


Spoiler alert:


The answer is firearms, even though there are far more Li-Ion cells than firearms around the world.

The difference is that a flashlight might do it while it’s sitting there and nobody is touching it. It’s unlikely, but it happens often enough to warrant concern.

^^^ This.
I once left my FAL on the porch all day. Nothing happened. No one was injured (or worse). Funny things, these inanimate objects. Innocent

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Virtually every light I buy has an intended use (although some of those purchases don’t measure up and never get used). The “collection” part is an accidental consequence of upgrading my lights from time to time Smile
this!!!
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I have many tools. I don’t collect tools. I have many flashlights. I consider them tools.

I have been told that I collect garden tractors.

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I joined over a week ago. Before joining I was just glad I had a good flashlight with me. I only had a keychain light. Ordered it 2 months old too. After joining BLF, I now have 7 other flashlights on order! Big Smile
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In a few months time the question will be “Why do I collect flashlights?” Big Smile

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People collect flashlights?
I bet there’s even dedicated forums & stuff too.
Weerdos Big Smile

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I’m starting to think I “collect” Convoys. Two S2’s, an S2+, a C8, an M1, and now an M2 on the mail.

What can I say, it’s a fun brand.

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I only collected flashlights until a nephew grew up enough to be trusted with li-ion batteries.
Now it’s hand-me-down time.

Which is only fair, he hands-me-up his outdated no-long-cool consumer electronics, since I have no need of looking cool.

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hank wrote:
I only collected flashlights until a nephew grew up enough to be trusted with li-ion batteries. Now it's hand-me-down time. Which is only fair, he hands-me-up his outdated no-long-cool consumer electronics, since I have no need of looking cool.

What??? Consumer electronics are considered cool (at least at some point in their life cycle)?  This is news to me. I thought them to be totally utilitarian, nothing happening in the cool department, flashlights excepted of course. There's something deeply worrying going on with those things. Last month I just owned an old (5 to 8 lumen mini mag), nothing else in the flashlight department. Now I have 4 of the infernal things and am waiting on a further 3 to arrive. Xmas is slowing the process up some as planetary use of the mailing system goes bananas in December, can't think why. Still, at least the Chinese have managed to actually produce multiple brands of a generic item that can be said to be quality items. For once, the phrase "made in China", a phrase that used to strike fear in to hearts of many, a phrase known for being the very byword for quality (deep sarcasm here), can, with most of these flashlights be viewed as being items of quality. 

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Jack Kellar wrote:
I'm starting to think I "collect" Convoys. Two S2's, an S2+, a C8, an M1, and now an M2 on the mail. What can I say, it's a fun brand.

I have noticed that certain brands are more prevalent in certain countries than others, which tends to skew debates somewhat, as one group on the forum make reference to brands A, B and C, whilst most other people are much more familiar with brands X, Y and Z, a product of Web browsing predilected and predirected towards brands with a strong presence in those regions.

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Th558 wrote:
In a few months time the question will be *"Why do I collect flashlights?"* :D
 

Just press the "any" key.

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whiteheat1963 wrote:

Jack Kellar wrote:
I’m starting to think I “collect” Convoys. Two S2’s, an S2+, a C8, an M1, and now an M2 on the mail. What can I say, it’s a fun brand.

I have noticed that certain brands are more prevalent in certain countries than others, which tends to skew debates somewhat, as one group on the forum make reference to brands A, B and C, whilst most other people are much more familiar with brands X, Y and Z, a product of Web browsing predilected and predirected towards brands with a strong presence in those regions.


I can say that in Brazil, the most prevalent manufacturer is Fenix. Fitting because only the semi-wealthy here buy flashlights that aren’t made of plastic with a built-in plug for charging. (Not that I’m really throwing shade, I had a VERY old [8+ years] light of this kind that I gave to my brother when I was moving house, and later, out on a fishing trip, it was the one torch that didn’t crap out on him. And he has an Olight S1 Baton.) AFAIK, I’m the only Convoy fanboy in the entire Pantanal area.

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I think that I collect them because I am STUPID! I have to be to have collected over 130 of them. And I have a logical mind, or so I thought. Where is the logic here? At times I look over my collection and say “WHAT WAS I THINKING?” Could have been worse from what I read, my most expensive light was $150 … compared to some others that is tame. Only a couple, 3 at the most over $100, whew! Not sure what to do with them. They are everywhere. Batteries, boxes, chargers, etc. All shelf queens. I admire those in this Forum who have said ENOUGH, and unloaded their collections.

when I need a light at night when I go somewhere I carry a Nitecore Tube!

Christmas greetings!

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for me it started like most little collections, by wanting one really good tool for important situations. Blackout, stuck in the woods, losing a contact at a bar… etc. then once you get what you think are the right group of tools, you have learned more, or want different things, and have to keep going. Then you’ve spent so much time looking and playing with those things you like them and want more.

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saypat wrote:
I think that I collect them because I am STUPID! I have to be to have collected over 130 of them. And I have a logical mind, or so I thought. Where is the logic here? At times I look over my collection and say "WHAT WAS I THINKING?" Could have been worse from what I read, my most expensive light was $150 ... compared to some others that is tame. Only a couple, 3 at the most over $100, whew! Not sure what to do with them. They are everywhere. Batteries, boxes, chargers, etc. All shelf queens. I admire those in this Forum who have said ENOUGH, and unloaded their collections. when I need a light at night when I go somewhere I carry a Nitecore Tube! Christmas greetings!

Yes, I am starting to favour Nitecore with Fenix a close second.

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  I collect hot babes . I'm just starting my collection and want to keep them in my basement .

 Since I don't yet have a basement I'm hoping they will be excited about digging one .

Why collect flashlights ?.... I needed a place to put my battery collection .

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Why collect flashlights ?…. I needed a place to put my battery collection .



rent a storage space, most likely cheaper Wink

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One of those extra large 12'x24' storage pods is what I need .

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If you can find the answer,send it to me please.Perhaps you can help me save enough money. Wink

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Why do people collect flashlights?

Hell! I even collect chargers, batteries, nice tools, electric screw drivers with esoteric bits, even old packing materials that I think I can eventually use.

Enjoy whatever you can lay your hands on, you’ll never know when you can no longer continue with it!

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Often it’s compulsive shopping.
It’s common on the era of consumer and materialism.

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tatasal wrote:
Why do people collect flashlights? Hell! I even collect chargers, batteries, nice tools, electric screw drivers with esoteric bits, etc

Yes, that’s true for most people. It's the utilitarian thinking of acquiring and keeping whatever you think will be and continue to useful in the present and future. To some degree that's a facet of hoarding which in moderation is probably fine. For some people it becomes a real issue though. But all that aside, the question I posed was pointed at why people acquire a multitude of flashlights assuming they didn't have specific need for particular flashlight or two. And even if there was a specific need for a particular flashlight or two, why were additional flashlights acquired when there was no specific need for them. That was where I was going with this.

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