[19-FEB-2013] Help choose three new lights for the BLF frontpage welcome!

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[19-FEB-2013] Help choose three new lights for the BLF frontpage welcome!

Hi everyone, the following is a familiar site for thousands of BLF visitors daily:

In fact, by now it’s probably a bit too familiar. So, it’s time to change those three moniker flashlights. Since the inception of BLF, LED technology has evolved rapidly. When I first picked those three flashlights (Tank007 TK-566, Akoray K-106, and Tank007 E07) a few years ago, they represented some of the most fascinating options available in the budget flashlight world. Now, they have been supplanted by other newer, more attractive, budget flashlights. But which are they? I’ll leave that to the BLF users to determine.

In the brainstorming/voting box below, please vote for up to three options. Also feel free to add new suggestions.


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Please try to include and vote for different battery types and styles for different purposes. For starters, I included a 2×18650 thrower and a 1xAA pocket light. And there’s obviously a lot more out there. But please keep the budget aspect in mind! This is BudgetLightForum, after all. At the end of a week of brainstorming and voting, I’ll pick the top three models, and then you guys can help me locate and get permission to use images of the top three.

Enjoy the decision making process!

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Edited by: sb56637 on 03/11/2013 - 14:36
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sk68 is ubiquitous!
everybody has a SRK King, except me

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just throwing out there that you are providing free advertising to the winners

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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Bort wrote:
just throwing out there that you are providing free advertising to the winners

Yep, and I guess the eventual winners deserve it too. Smile They’ll only be images, I won’t link to the product at any particular seller, just as it is currently. The links we are adding to the brainstorm are only for reference purposes.

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Sk68
King
HD2010
Mini-01
Jacob A60
HD Defiant

I can’t edit the thing but these should be choices

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Tecmo wrote:
Sk68 I can’t edit the thing but these should be choices

The “Add new idea” button should work for everybody.

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I wouldn’t mind a picture of a panasonic 3400 mAH cell, unless there is an 18650 with more juice

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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sb56637 wrote:
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Sk68 I can’t edit the thing but these should be choices

The “Add new idea” button should work for everybody.

Yeah it’s just a pain on the phone Wink

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Skyray king ought to be one maybe the 3T6 and the hd2010

Edit – SK68 everyone has one of these

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Tecmo wrote:
sb56637 wrote:
Tecmo wrote:
Sk68 I can’t edit the thing but these should be choices

The “Add new idea” button should work for everybody.

Yeah it’s just a pain on the phone Wink

Ah yes, gotcha. Smile

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Bort wrote:
I wouldn’t mind a picture of a panasonic 3400 mAH cell, unless there is an 18650 with more juice
Shocked

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We need to keep the heritage of the BUDGET Light Forum alive, so I think we should include a very-budget oriented light, then maybe some staples of the community such as the Black King (distinctive, popular, looks good, and Black shows up better on a light-colored background), a C8 (I think about everybody has one), or a P60 host such as the SolarForce L2m as it is such a quality host. Maybe the Small-Sun ZY-T08 (unique style, good performer) or the Small Sun ZY-T13 as it's a good super-budget thrower...

I'm trying to think of a unique budget light of <$10 as an option. The SK-68 would be an option, but that's not a pretty enough light for the banner. Maybe use a 501b for the P60 host instead of the SolarForce as that light embodies the Cheap-Yet-Functional aspect of the Budget Light mindset.


Keepin’ the “B” in BLF

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

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keltex78 wrote:

We need to keep the heritage of the BUDGET Light Forum alive

Good point, thanks for mentioning this. I update the first post to this effect.

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Sipik SK68, unless it's too "tacticool" for your friends.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oh no. What did I say? I think I did it again.. Sorry! Wink
 
 
 
 
 
Seriously: New BLF edition lights must be included:
- BLF A8
- BLF mini

=the=

 

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I created an entry for the awesome Convoy S2 (1x18650) lineup and specifically the 1.4A/5C option for ~$16. The true essence of "budget" or "bang-for-the-buck".

Pros:

Emitter options XM-L 1B,5C,7C tint

1, 1.4, 2.1, 2.8 Amps driver option

no strobes mode group available

1000,1400 mA model takes long protected cells and also unprotected cells due to a long front spring

1400 mA has a 5%,30%, 100% mode spacing... better than the other models which have a 50-60% medium which is too high imho

Anodized rear threads

can barely tailstand

very edc-able for an 1x18650 light

Possible cons:

2.1 and 2.8 Amp options might have trouble with the longer protected cells or shorter unprotected cells but I don't own these to verify.(short front spring of the Nanjg 105c)

medium too high on 1000,2100,2800 mA model , but that is in the eye of the beholder and personal taste

Boaz complains about the lack of grippy knurling, that old knurling fetishist Wink

Costs

only $14~17 depending on the options

Link to Fasttech

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Sipik SK68 for AA

SR King for value multi-emitter

HD2010 for best value thrower

The C8 deserves a spot as well

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lights added

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Sipik 68 because of its proliferation
Jacobs A60 because it’s the throwiest thing you can get on a tight budget right now
…something else. Maybe a C8? A Match or OL Magmod? Zxhaeiou (or whatever) or Convoy S2?

Home-brew is mastic.

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This thread is quickly turning into a spectacular reference for the top picks of 2012-2013. Nice job guys!

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Forgot about the “everything is compared to it” C8.

SK68
King
C8

If the Defiant was global I would vote for it over the C8.

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I can’t really work with the thingy up there on my phone. Sad
Black SRK
Xeno E03
Nitecore EA4 or Convoy S3 or XtinD C8 or HD2010

Can’t decide on that last one. :bigsmile:

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I chucked a couple up there on my phone, clunky but doable.

The whole convoy list could go up there, based on cost vs options there’s a convoy for every job pretty much if you do li-ion.

Despite not owning an sk68 (i quickly realised, the only flood to throw I like is the Maglite) I think it perhaps should be there. I also found it hard to suggest any primary/small lights since my smallest cell lights are 18650 powered.

I would offer up the m10 in c8 size since its a much more handsome light than a c8 imo.

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Darn, and I already voted before the new lights were added lol.

I completely missed that it’s possible to add more. Big Smile

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Spasmod wrote:
Darn, and I already voted before the new lights were added lol.

I completely missed that it’s possible to add more. Big Smile

No problem, I removed your votes so you can vote again.

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sb56637 wrote:
Spasmod wrote:
Darn, and I already voted before the new lights were added lol.

I completely missed that it’s possible to add more. Big Smile

No problem, I removed your votes so you can vote again.

Thank you Sb

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Nice 8)
It’s good to update frontpage lights every now and then!

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Skyray King

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Best budget throw for the price: SMALL SUN ZY-T13

Only $18 at this moment and easily modified.

My pics:

  • 1. SMALL SUN ZY-T13
  • 2. C8 (driven at 2.8-3A)
  • 3. SRK (with 3 terroid driver)

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@flashpilot
it’s already on the list, just vote for it Wink

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Hmm, do we really include special deals that only last a short time? I think something that's worth getting on the front page should be a permanent good-value-for-the-money. This thread isn't about short term deals.

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