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Budget flashlight recommendation from eBay

Hello everyone, new here, I decided to buy a flashlight, I have a few 18650 batteries, I am looking for a budget flashlight from eBay, with free shipping international, any recommendations? (eBay only)

I see Cree xhp70, xhp50, led flashlights for 12$ are they genuine?

Which one should I choose?

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I hope you enjoy your stay, Darkblue99!

I doubt those flashlights are genuine.

I don't know of any nice flashlights on eBay.

(It's kinda difficult to find a nice one on the Bay.)

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Why eBay? You can get free shipping from some excellent Aliexpress retailers such as Convoy.

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Why eBay? You can get free shipping from some excellent Aliexpress retailers such as Convoy.

Or Sofirn.  :THUMBS-UP:

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eBay gave me a 5$ coupon, Blushing Facepalm

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You are kidding right?

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Let’s try to be productive and help new members, rather than being sarcastic and dismissive…

The problem with trying to buy a flashlight from eBay is that if you don’t search for a specific brand (and even if you do), you get mostly junk in the results. If you do search some of the known budget brands (like Sofirn and Convoy mentioned above), the price increase from buying the same lights from AliExpress (for Convoy) or Sofirn’s own site eat up that $5 coupon and still cost more.

Look through the reviews and discussions of different 18350 lights (or ask about specific ones) and then ask if we here think they’re right for what you’re looking for and where’s the best place to buy. Use that eBay coupon on a good, used Victorinox knife or something.

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I get most of my over-the-counter medications and supplements on eBay, usually because it's cheapest there if you look hard enough.

I don't know if that applies to the OP, but if it does, you could buy something like that on eBay and then get a great flashlight on AliExpress or one of the Chinese web shops.

Also, as suggested earlier, if you collect knives, eBay has some good deals on them.  :-)

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Regardless of the $5 eBay coupon, I suggest that you instead check out the Convoy flashlight Store for a high quality, reasonably priced flashlight as others have suggested. Simon, the owner, is a great guy and a member here. He has great customer service, stands behind his products, and the shipping is pretty good.

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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One of the funniest flashlights I’ve ever owned. Beer

Whats the most serious flashlight you have ever owned? Flat Stare
How about the most and least sombre? Hat

Finally which was the most studious light? Grad

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The problem with buying a flashlight from ebay is that its like buying a “Gucci” watch from the back of a van Sad

The Journal of Alternative Facts TM

"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of alternative facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists"

 

 

 

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The problem with buying a flashlight from ebay is that its like buying a “Gucci” watch from the back of a van Sad

Well said! Beer

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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Thanks everyone, I don’t like aliexpress, I had problems with their new buyer protection.

Packages get lost and they say buyer protection ended.

Other than that aliexpress and other Chinese shops I guess became very expensive & aliexpress website unusable, and their search is useless.

I had a few lights from them a few years ago, they used to be cheap, but now triple the price on aliexpress banggood, gearbest, at least the ones I checked.

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Darkblue99 wrote:
Thanks everyone, I don’t like aliexpress, I had problems with their new buyer protection.

Packages get lost and they say buyer protection ended.

Other than that aliexpress and other Chinese shops I guess became very expensive & aliexpress website unusable, and their search is useless.

I had a few lights from them a few years ago, they used to be cheap, but now triple the price on aliexpress banggood, gearbest, at least the ones I checked.


I don’t use Aliexpress either. But that doesn’t mean go to ebay Sad
What is your budget and how many lumens are you looking for?

The Journal of Alternative Facts TM

"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of alternative facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists"

 

 

 

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NeutralFan wrote:
Regardless of the $5 eBay coupon, I suggest that you instead check out the Convoy flashlight Store for a high quality, reasonably priced flashlight as others have suggested. Simon, the owner, is a great guy and a member here. He has great customer service, stands behind his products, and the shipping is pretty good.

They are good, but budget just keeps creeping up.

Probably, the $5 coupon is a good signal, so we are talking 5 to 40? Probably light, battery and charger, too.

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Legitimate question. Why not make use of a coupon and get a good light to use with spare 18650 batteries? Sounds like a budget move.

Sofirn used to have an official store on ebay, and I bought my C01S (AAA flashlight) from there with one of those ebay coupons. Unfortunately that account seems gone now.

The problem is that in many/most cases ebay is not cheaper. Taking a quick look at popular Sofirn budget lights available now, like the SP40 or D25x, they are sold by unknown sellers from various countries and at a significant markup (i.e. double) compared to what you would pay from aliexpress or directly from vendors’ stores. So you might have to look hard to find a good legit deal that also lets you use your coupon.

Aside, you might want to start by stating the intended use. Looking for a traditional flashlight? Angle light? Headlamp?

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Aside, you might want to start by stating the intended use. Looking for a traditional flashlight? Angle light? Headlamp?

That kind of talk is how they can end up with several. Cool

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Bort wrote:
2-26350-P91 wrote:
One of the funniest flashlights I’ve ever owned. Beer

Whats the most serious flashlight you have ever owned? Flat Stare
How about the most and least sombre? Hat

Finally which was the most studious light? Grad

Most shocked flashlight:

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To actually try to answer the question, try one of these:

olight AAA https://www.ebay.com/itm/164765345208

Streamlight 18650 https://www.ebay.com/itm/304082471483

Convoy S2+ (7135*6, so not as bright as an *8, but also not as hot) (5000k, so cool white) https://www.ebay.com/itm/304084818738

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SemiNormal wrote:
Bort wrote:
2-26350-P91 wrote:
One of the funniest flashlights I’ve ever owned. Beer

Whats the most serious flashlight you have ever owned? Flat Stare
How about the most and least sombre? Hat

Finally which was the most studious light? Grad

Most shocked flashlight:

!{width:50%}https://i.imgur.com/Ma99Z7O.jpg!


Nice!

My most pretentious light is my Cyclone C88. However it failed to live up to its potential. Its in a box so no photo.
This is perhaps the most down to earth flashlight i can think of, i am impressed at how even the ano wear is, no idea how the owner managed that:

goshdogit wrote:
I’m down to just two now. A black S2 with the Nichia UV emitter, and my red ‘rat rod’ S2+ with triple 219B sw45. Its tailcap is my avatar photo.

I’ve built some other S2 triples and had a couple of BLF A6 and Astrolux S1 models but sold them.


https://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1784222#comment-1784222

The Journal of Alternative Facts TM

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I’m flattered, Bort!

I hope you aren’t too disappointed that my red S2+ is sporting ‘poser patina.’ Party

More details here.

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I bet that streamlight is skookum af.

Cyclone c88 is more prepper than pretentious.

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dthrckt wrote:
That kind of talk is how they can end up with several. Cool

No point resisting the inevitable. Party

SemiNormal wrote:
To actually try to answer the question, try one of these:

olight AAA https://www.ebay.com/itm/164765345208

Streamlight 18650 https://www.ebay.com/itm/304082471483

Convoy S2+ (7135*6, so not as bright as an *8, but also not as hot) (5000k, so cool white) https://www.ebay.com/itm/304084818738

Good effort, but the OP specified international shipping and all of those seem to ship to USA only.

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I’m flattered, Bort!

I hope you aren’t too disappointed that my red S2+ is sporting ‘poser patina.’ Party

More details here.


OMG Big Smile LOL Crown Beer
Thats mighty impressive (and also explains the uniformity).

What gave you the idea to do that?

dthrckt wrote:
I bet that streamlight is skookum af.

Cyclone c88 is more prepper than pretentious.


It is not prepper.
Prepper is my Klarus P1A that runs off 1AA.

I imagine there are other even preppier lights these days. Heck one could call my XTar Moon RC2 prepper, its USB rechargeable, has excellent long runtime modes and can run in any mode while recharging. One could even call the Wurkkos WK30 prepper, it has long lasting modes, 26650, charging built in and an excellent tint and hunting red light.

The Journal of Alternative Facts TM

"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of alternative facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists"

 

 

 

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Good effort, but the OP specified international shipping and all of those seem to ship to USA only.

Well… Facepalm

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hello,
you can go to the “trurstfire2020” store,our lumen is real~

https://www.ebay.com/sch/trustfire2020/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_ipg=&_from=

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Hey Darkblue,

Unless it’s a genuine manufacture store or some other well known store, I’d stay well away from all the rubbish that’s sold on Ebay.
Been burnt many times with BS product that’s not genuine and even though some supposedly had a 5 year warranty, they simply ignored my many requests for service. These players have hundreds of ebay sites but are effectivity the same company.
Ebay was useless in holding these to account. I rarely look at “crapbay” these days unless its a manufacture site or local store I know I’II get great service.
….which is one reason I’ve ended up here to find reasonable quality light sources Smile

Would be nice to know the following:
- your budget
- what sort of use are you wanting
- any specific features

There are a couple of really good “budget” brands that produces some great quality lights in the $10 to $25 range that will outperform/outlast most of the Ebay imitation garbage Smile
- Sofirn https://www.sofirnlight.com/
- Convoy https://convoy.aliexpress.com/store/330416?spm=a2g0o.detail.100005.2.6d8b67b2aICTEU

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Here ya go, check THIS. An older but still very bright light. It’s modded by Vinh Nguyen. I have one, stock not modded. Great light. I’ve had a couple of them. Never had a problem.

"Everywhere I go, there I am"

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Thanks everyone again, coupon was going to expire, ordered a Cree xml2 ultrafire wf502b or something like that, with coupon only 6$ shipped. Smile

Hope it comes as advertised specs.

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Hey, how about this little guy! Mini Zoomie! About the size of your pinkie.laughing

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If that takes a 14500, then that photo is NOT to scale.  ;)

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