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Soda can lights

Many have similar performance. Do you have a favorite and why? I prefer my Haikelite MT40 due to it’s beam profile
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Fireflies ROT66. They got my attention when they released it as their debut product and it had many flashaholic features— beryllium springs, stainless steel bezel and tailcap, ramping ui, aux lights, not to mention offering the famous 219B SW45K as an option.

Nowadays I rock the ROT66 generation 2. I like it with SST20 FD2 bin plus a Lee804 filter with the 45degree beaded optics. It’s a perfect amount of floody light with amazing cri and tint for hiking.

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Only one I have is SP36 BLF and its really nice. Great tint, ramping UI, good mix of flood+throw and size is compact.

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Plus one ^.I do have the Q8 but since the 36 it has become an lantern light.

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Noctigon M43 219C. My reference light.

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I really like the BLF SP36, the beam is a little better than the Q8. But, I will not be giving up my Q8’s any time soon.

EDC rotation:
FW1A, LH351D 4000k (second favorite)
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (favorite light!)
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
S2+, XM-L2 T6 4C

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Another vote for Sofirn SP36. Smaller than the Q8 and fits in a jacket pocket quite a bit easier. My Q8 lights are for around the house and property, but the SP36 is the one that gets the nod for camping trips away from home.

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Ditto: Noctigon M43 219C

There will always be more darkness than I have lights.

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If I ever get around to finishing my Supfire M6… Need to reflow the contact ring onto the new driver, but I don’t have the tools.

EDC Rotation: ZL SC62 | Jaxman E2L XP-G2 5A | Purple S2+ XPL-HI U6-3A | D4 w/ Luxeon V | RRT-01 
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I’ve got a few popcan lights 2 q8s, 2 m43s with the 219c, emisar m18 with 3000k sst20, and astrolux mf1 with the 219c. The M43 is the best built and gives a really nice floody beam, the q8s have the best throw and are a great value. But the Emisar m18 kills it with being so compact and so powerful. I like them all, but would prob get rid of the mf01 first since it’s not as compact as some of the others and the ui isn’t as nice, but it’s still super bright.

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My favorite.. modified Sofirn Q8 4×50.2 3v 5600k.. Just for the sheer output…. 17,000+lm

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KawiBoy1428 wrote:
My favorite.. modified Sofirn Q8 4×50.2 3v 5600k.. Just for the sheer output…. 17,000+lm
Wow, for how long. Must get hot.
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KawiBoy1428 wrote:
My favorite.. modified Sofirn Q8 4×50.2 3v 5600k.. Just for the sheer output…. 17,000+lm

That needs to be a Sofirn option. Even a modest 2,000-3,000 lumens each LED would be a great option.

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Still my 3 favorites: tn36ut, x7, m43

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All of mine are equal favorites, because as performance increased over the past few years, the older ones gained more sentimental value.

 

Nov. 2014- Niwalker MM15.  I was so super excited about this light for more than a few weeks, that I started to get black rings under my eyes from lack of sleep.

June 2015- Noctigon Meteor M43 XP-L. For more than a few weeks, I excitedly followed the development of this item in the Russian forum.

Jan. 2016- Thrunite TN36UT. I was so excited about this light for a few months, that it got beat up from edc use for almost half a year.

Feb. 2016- MM15MB 

Aug. 2016- Fenix TK75 Vn 70-  so far, my only Fenix light, even though I love the looks and feel of the build quality. 

May 2017- Nitecore TM06Vn XHP 50.2- My first strictly collectors item, I decided to not let it get beat up.

June 2017- Acebeam X45vn boosted to 25,000 lumens has been my daily use pop can light for a longer time than its predecessors. 

Pop can flooders got me into flashlights, K70 got me into throwers, and TM9K has me finally into its size class.

 

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I only have two, the M43 and the Q8. I hardly ever use them. I don’t think I have ever ran down the cells in them. They are immensely fun to play with once in a while though.

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toddcshoe wrote:
I only have two, the M43 and the Q8. I hardly ever use them. I don’t think I have ever ran down the cells in them. They are immensely fun to play with once in a while though.
So true Todd.

Let me add to list here : Nitecore TM28, Sofirn Q8, Thorfire BLF Q8, Haikelite, MF Tactical Mini Monster, just to name a few.

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I like the BLF Q8 for beam profile and thermally sustainable output. I do hikes where I’m running it at thousands of lumens continuously. Any smaller and that would become problematic. Any bigger and it won’t be as comfortable or fit in my jacket pocket. It’s about perfect. If anything, I wish it was a bit floodier or the hot spot less defined. But I’m nitpicking.

I also like the Thrunite TN4A. Something efficient to run in AA.

They both tailstand and have a low moonlight. They’re the perfect combination for an emergency light.

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I have the mf01s, q8, x80 and rot66 and I like each and every one of them.  Q8 is my favorite work light and x80 if I feel like showing off a little, but they are all great lights in their own way.

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Hugh Johnson wrote:
I wish it was a bit floodier or the hot spot less defined. But I’m nitpicking.

Have you tried with D-C fix BLF link? I haven`t tried D-C fix on my BLF Q8, but it made my Sofirn SP40 and Astrolux HL01 headlamps beam much more pleasant for close up work with less prominent hotspot.

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lumens007 wrote:
Let me add to list here : Nitecore TM28, Sofirn Q8, Thorfire BLF Q8, Haikelite, MF Tactical Mini Monster, just to name a few.

And the Airpro DC7. Rather Q8ish but with a basics-only UI (ramping works great, and shortcuts to moonlight’n‘high) and onboard usb-c charging.

Cooler and throwier more like the Sofirn rather’n BLF Q8.

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Hugh Johnson wrote:
I do hikes where I’m running it at thousands of lumens continuously.

!!

Keeping the werewolves at bay or something?

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I have the meteor and a couple older soda can lights, but my favorite is the Emisar D18 because of the size and UI.

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Mergundus wrote:
Hugh Johnson wrote:
I wish it was a bit floodier or the hot spot less defined. But I’m nitpicking.

Have you tried with D-C fix BLF link? I haven`t tried D-C fix on my BLF Q8, but it made my Sofirn SP40 and Astrolux HL01 headlamps beam much more pleasant for close up work with less prominent hotspot.

Thanks, I’ll check that out.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Hugh Johnson wrote:
I do hikes where I’m running it at thousands of lumens continuously.

!!

Keeping the werewolves at bay or something?

That’s exactly what I’m doing. When I hike with someone else I’m mostly using low levels. Under 50 lumens is plenty. When I’m alone it feels spooky and I overcome that by making it daylight. It’s fun.

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Original TM11 from Nitecore. Got two because of the gun store sale at 150 each. Time to change emitters now. Skyray King cool and neutral, TN36 ut, 3 Meteors and a 4000k D18. Got another one coming from Vinh fitted with 219b's. Can't wait!

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Hugh Johnson wrote:
Lightbringer wrote:
Hugh Johnson wrote:
I do hikes where I’m running it at thousands of lumens continuously.
!! Keeping the werewolves at bay or something?
That’s exactly what I’m doing. When I hike with someone else I’m mostly using low levels. Under 50 lumens is plenty. When I’m alone it feels spooky and I overcome that by making it daylight. It’s fun.

 

Wait'll you get old. I need a good 500 lumens to feel comfortable enough walking dogs. 50 lumens probably wouldn't even register.

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Me too. My outdoor comfort level is 1000+ lumens. Preferably 1500 with the option of turbo to scare away the boogie man.

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I’m liking my mf01s. Can blast 4-5k lm messing around long periods of time and no heat issues etc. Can turn on the sun for “what the hell was that” moments! But she does heat up quick in turbo, but i hardly ever need it. Akso love the beam, it’s like a 15k hot spot lol. Real throwy. Just enough flood and throw

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Lightbringer wrote:
lumens007 wrote:
Let me add to list here : Nitecore TM28, Sofirn Q8, Thorfire BLF Q8, Haikelite, MF Tactical Mini Monster, just to name a few.

And the Airpro DC7. Rather Q8ish but with a basics-only UI (ramping works great, and shortcuts to moonlight’n‘high) and onboard usb-c charging.

Cooler and throwier more like the Sofirn rather’n BLF Q8.

Is the Airpro even available anywhere anymore? I went to buy another one and it said unavailable on Amazon.

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BillyBobJoe wrote:
Is the Airpro even available anywhere anymore? I went to buy another one and it said unavailable on Amazon.

Huh… so it is.

That stinks, ‘cause it’s a nice light. Got mine right in front of me as a “Wotnahell was that??” light.

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