Flashaholics Anonymous: The Flashlight Purchase Refusal Kudos Thread

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I have had a serious relapse. Since Solarforce is phasing out of the P60 business I have been buying host bodies and parts and pieces, even more than I bought when I first started to buy flashlights. So I am playing mix and match with parts. But I also don’t own a real boomer so I have been looking around for something good at $50 or less. I have been looking at the Trustfire J18. But I haven’t been keeping up with the changes in technology so I am looking for recommendations for a real high lumen light that will run on 18650’s and/or 26650’s.

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I fell off the wagon the other day and bought the Prince (ok I bought 2 of them) even though they are cool white just because they look nice in some photos. I’m trying to atone, and I did not buy the Manker U21, and I’ve reduced my play time with the X7 so as not to be influenced by any strong radiation that might be reflected back at me. I pulled out a Fenix P1D to remember and cherish the old memories. I’ll try again to go 2 weeks without buying a light. It’s been two days since my last purchase, but that one was not entirely my fault as someone here posted a coupon for a Ti Light and I’m sure they made sure I saw it… anyway it’s just an AAA light and a backup at that in case someone covets its sister such that it disappears, so it almost doesn’t count.

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I’m a bad flashaholic. For the first time in ages, I left the house for a quick mid-day errand without any of my custom-built lights, and I ended up needing my Cypreus. I ran into someone who was really interested in flashlights but I had nothing to show off. He’ll probably end up on BLF regardless, but still. Would have been better if I could show what it actually looks like to have 3000 lumens in the palm of your hand.

Kind of embarrassing really. I was ready to have an epic moment where I’d be like…
Behold! The wondrous rod of light!

But I reached in my purse and it wasn’t there. Crying

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Every time I come across this thread and vow “this is my last light for a while I accidentally click on the for sale thread and buy something

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Oh, nuts… okay. i resisted the urge to buy a “real laser” again…. I mean, I remember when a couple hundred mA laser? mean you were a cut above? You almost need to get over a full WATT now to be considered more than “someone who plays with the cats”

of course when you dont BUY something, that just makes it more appealing to learn to MAKE one, lol…

With enough black coffee and cigarettes? all things are possible…

I am currently still shipping… REAL GENUINE CREE xp-g emitters, the classic… brace yourself? as low as 20 cents apiece!! Check out the SALES THREAD, everyone is happy… then PM me

SALES THREAD:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/52528

if you are into reloading? this is my site… I inherited the remains of what was once arguably the best reloading site on the internet… its the “BLF” of reloading sites…

http://reloadbench.freeforums.net/

if you think night vision would be cool? It IS… this site i am a member of, and its basically the “BLF” of home made scratch-built digital night vision. They are at the leading forefront of advanced DIY for digital night vision, and thats gun mounted or handheld… builds rival and exceed commercial offerings…

http://nightvisionforumuk.com/

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Just followed a thread on an airrifle site about flashlights two weeks ago.
Someone recommend the Blf A6 with Panasonic 18650 and a Nitecore
D2. Okay, I use it for my work during surveiilance, so it’s a legitiment buy.
I need also a nice holster for it….there are now 6 flashlights with different purpose on their way, incl. holsters and al kinds of batteries that’s will fit the D2. I really try to calm down and first overview – like the man with one gun – but time is running out on the coupons and subscribed for 2 GB….don’t want to miss good deals, so I tell myself ‘for that price, I can’t resist and it’s logical to purcase. My girlfriend already has give me a nickname – lampie -
But now she wants also their own flashlight, carried beside her Mora survival (pink) knive for the summer holiday in Sweden in the bush, so everybody is happy Smile

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Maglite mini + Philips TTS-2AA / Maglite 3 D camouflage / Nitecore NU30 XP-G2 S3 / Nitecore P15 Cree XP - G2 (coming soon) / Nitecore Tube / Petzl Tikka blue / Ultrafire mini zoom XPE Q5 / Ultrafire Cree XM-L T6 / Ultrafire C8 XM-L T6 (coming soon)

 

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De-nile… is a river in Egypt, lmFao…

With enough black coffee and cigarettes? all things are possible…

I am currently still shipping… REAL GENUINE CREE xp-g emitters, the classic… brace yourself? as low as 20 cents apiece!! Check out the SALES THREAD, everyone is happy… then PM me

SALES THREAD:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/52528

if you are into reloading? this is my site… I inherited the remains of what was once arguably the best reloading site on the internet… its the “BLF” of reloading sites…

http://reloadbench.freeforums.net/

if you think night vision would be cool? It IS… this site i am a member of, and its basically the “BLF” of home made scratch-built digital night vision. They are at the leading forefront of advanced DIY for digital night vision, and thats gun mounted or handheld… builds rival and exceed commercial offerings…

http://nightvisionforumuk.com/

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Well, I’ve been pretty good. I haven’t bought a new flashlight in a couple months! And the one I bought then was a cheapie from Lowe’s, so it doesn’t count. Big Smile

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I’ll be good too this month, because i have spent all… Facepalm

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I haven’t modified a flashlight all week Innocent

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Does this count? I just deleted a flashlight from my KD shopping cart… (It was a cheap AA-sized host)

(of course, the only reason I removed it was because it’s become not-available since I added it so I can’t purchase it anyway…) Blushing


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

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If I go a month without buying a flashlight… What do i Win??

I hope it’s a Flashlight.

I sold ONE, does that cancel out One purchase?
If I buy them as Hosts do they count? It’s not a working light….

I need the the rule book on this so I can find loop holes.

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vwpieces wrote:
If I go a month without buying a flashlight… What do i Win??

I hope it’s a Flashlight.

I sold ONE, does that cancel out One purchase?
If I buy them as Hosts do they count? It’s not a working light….

I need the the rule book on this so I can find loop holes.


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This thread is set aside for members to reward themselves for each month they can go without spending anything on flashlights.

Rules are:

1) You are encouraged to post every month gone without making ANY flashlight or flashlight accessories purchases.

2) You are encouraged to report back each time you vow to go a month with no purchases, and then again if (when!) you fail. If you don’t post failures, this thread may well go dark quickly.

3) If, after succeeding one whole month (Hah!), a member wishes to renew their vows of non-spending, they are encouraged to re-post.

Let’s get in therapy. Everyone of us is LONG overdue!

Looks like all you win after a month of not making any flashlight related purchases is… another month of not making any flashlight related purchases! Party

Here’s the “loophole” I’d suggest making for yourself: after every consecutive month of not buying anything flashlight related, give your self $$$ credit to spend when you inevitably do make a flashlight related purchase again. So, it’s like the lottery. Each time around that nobody gets the jackpot, the prize amount goes up! Cash

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Excellent solutions David.
So if I skip 2 months and have more to spend on the third month I am getting cured, right?
Now to figure out what months have the best sales and to get the MOST out of my Quarterly Spending Bonanza.

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I can refrain from buying lights longer than anybody!
Current offerings make it so easy to do, given my preferences and requirements.
If you can’t resist buying a light, try me, and I’ll tell you why I think you shouldn’t buy it.

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I failed again this month. Just received today what I order four days ago…a Lumintop T5 tactical thrower. I just could taste it. Before I knew it, I was pouncing on that PP button!

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vwpieces wrote:
Excellent solutions David.
So if I skip 2 months and have more to spend on the third month I am getting cured, right?
Now to figure out what months have the best sales and to get the MOST out of my Quarterly Spending Bonanza.

That’s the spirit! Party

The Cycle of Goodness: “No one prospers without rendering benefit to others”
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Rusty Joe wrote:
I failed again this month. Just received today what I order four days ago…a Lumintop T5 tactical thrower. I just could taste it. Before I knew it, I was pouncing on that PP button!

…and now an Ultrafire UF-L5!

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I haven’t made a single purchase in March yet

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I tried to buy a Convoy L6 in clear finish but they are out of stock. So I guess I’ll wait and see what comes next that is bigger and badder. :>)

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Windsurf wrote:
I tried to buy a Convoy L6 in clear finish but they are out of stock. So I guess I’ll wait and see what comes next that is bigger and badder. :>)

Well it seems I didn’t have to wait long. I have wanted a big boomer flashlight for a couple of years. I had been looking at a couple of the Trustfire J series and couldn’t quite pull the trigger. Then I saw the Convoy L6 Clear and fell in love. But they were out of stock. But after a few months of not even thinking about flashlights (well that’s not true since I pick up a flashlight and take it with me every time I get up and walk away from my desk) but I didn’t think of buying any flashlights for a few months. Then for some reason it just hit me and I started to order parts from Kaidomain, Fasttech, etc. Spent more on parts than if I bought a couple of boomers. And while looking around for parts I found out the L6 Clear is available from Simon and so I bought one. I could go on and on for hours about how beautiful this flashlight is but I don’t want to knock anyone else off the wagon. Just to say it is beautiful, well balanced and bright.

I also bought a couple of very cheap Ultrafire XML-T6 zoom flashlights that can work from either an 18650 or 3 AAA batteries. Not really a great flashlight but works on AAA’s which are plentiful so I can loan them to people looking for a flashlight and not have to give up/out any of my good P60’s to people who don’t understand flashlights.

But now that I have plenty of P60’s and I have the most beautiful boomer ever made in the Convoy L6 I have no other choice but to start buying drop in parts and building my own drop-ins. I own XM-L2, XP-L & XP-L HI drop-ins and I have to say the XM-L2 is my favorite. Just the right balance of throw and bright so I will try to build a couple of 3A XM-L2 drop-ins. Maybe one of those triple XP-G3 triples for the P60 that looks very interesting.

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I want to wish all the flashaholics a happy holiday season, and a very prosperous and flashlight filled new year. Every day I see more and more LED based lights being used by society so our LED flashlights seem more common than ever before.

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They won’t let me stop. They keep sending me new lights.





(half of which don’t even work!)

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Ouch, this thread hurts… I feel guilty now with all the bestsellers I bought this year :
- Nitecore TIP (though I resisted longer than I thought)
- Lumintop Tool AA (well, I regretted this one… nothing fancy)
- Emisars… all three models
- X2R’s… for resale, I still don’t own one because they sell so fast to coworkers Big Smile
- same for Nitecore Tube’s

I didn’t buy :
- BLF Q8 (I’m not so much fond of soda can lights…)
- BLF GT (I love throwers, but 8*18650 is really too much)
- Astrolux MF01/MF02 (really, too much weight because of multiple 18650…
- Utorch UT01 and UT02 (I LOVE the form factor and performances of both, but that UI isn’t for me… long press for OFF is a no-no for me)

I’d like to support a BLF special edition, but I’m more in EDC form factor than mega perfomers…
I WILL buy a FW3A, and I would LOVE to see a single AA/14500 slim BLF flashlight in 2018.
We really lack a good AA driver with simple UI and good spacing.
An inspiration could be th L3 L10C, but with memory (only thing missing to me on this one)

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Ronin42 wrote:
1) You are encouraged to post every month gone without making ANY flashlight or flashlight accessories purchases.
(non purchased in a long time)

2) You are encouraged to report back each time you vow to go a month with no purchases, and then again if (when!) you fail. If you don’t post failures, this thread may well go dark quickly.

I have not bought a light or parts …(see above)

3) If, after succeeding one whole month (Hah!), a member wishes to renew their vows of non-spending, they are encouraged to re-post.

Let’s get in therapy. Everyone of us is LONG overdue!

I know I need help (in taking apart a 15 emitter monster that has a bum driver, help!
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things would be a lot more complicated than they already are.”
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X3 wrote:
- Utorch UT01 and UT02 (I LOVE the form factor and performances of both, but that UI isn’t for me… long press for OFF is a no-no for me)

I hope the Schoki’s driver will be upscaled to UT02 size eventually, so we’ll have a $50-60 UT02 with twice the turbo output and BLF UI. Smile
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I received an email from Battery Junction on Dec 21st wishing me a happy National Flashlight Day. !!! I didn’t know the U.S. had a national flashlight day. I apologize for not wishing everyone a Happy National Flashlight day on the 21st and getting all you flashaholics a present (of a flashlight, of course). My bad. I will try to do better next year.

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Wait. That’s for real? My birthday is National Flashlight Day?

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That sounds about right.

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I spent $400 in lights this past month. I’ve done TERRIBLE at staving off alluring purchases!

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