Do you loan friends your top lights?

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Do you loan friends your top lights?

Recently an acquaintance wanted to borrow a flashlight, i didn’t want to give them one of my good lights so i loaned an old 100 lumen light i don’t use anymore and don’t care if it gets wrecked or never returned, how do you feel about loaning of your lights?

Edit: I had a bit of trouble in picking a title for this thread, i mean top lights as in anything li-ion powered or high brightness or expensive

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no

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Generally, no not top lights since they are 18650, and I don't entirely trust them to not screw up.

I specifically have ~5 lights for no other purpose than to loan out in case asked, which I know are reasonably reliable, but I won't care if they are lost, damaged, etc, and run off of regular batteries.

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Most my friends know I’m OCD about keeping everything clean and in mint condition so anything that I give away most likely will come back unharmed otherwise it will be them who is harmed.
But yes, I loan out my big lights to my friends Smile

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I have loaned out good lights, but only to those who know what they have and respect the power source. Also they only need them for a day, so no charging. I drop in protected cells for the loan period.
As far as getting wrecked, with the exception of obvious shelf queens (I don’t have many) I don’t worry too much about dings and scratches. No intentional rolling down driveways or 5-story drop testing though Wink

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relic38 wrote:
No intentional rolling down driveways or 5-story drop testing though Wink

i don’t expect this to happen, most people i would consider loaning a light to would not intentionally try this, but i would expect dropping onto concrete, draining of the battery, being left in a hot car, losing batteries, light going missing that sort of thing

The Journal of Alternative Facts

"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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No way.

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I keep some old non 18650 clunkers around for people who want to borrow.Not many people I know really ask to borrow either so I'm safe for now.

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Not a chance..

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i think if i HAD to loan out a light, it would be my ZL sc600 BLF special. though i am thinking about trying to return it to ZL for an exchange, if they really live up to their warranty... then i dont think i have anything i would trust anyone but my fiance with if i was more than 10' away

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Nope.

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Top lights never, nice lights rarely(wife only). Costco specials, all the time.

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glad to know i am not the only one who won’t loan high brightness lights, though the costco special is an excellent idea, can they run on nimh or do they need alkaline for full brightness?

The Journal of Alternative Facts

"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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In a word…NO. I always keep a couple of cheapo lights (beaters) around for occasions like this.
The last light I lent out came back with the lens cracked right thru. No big deal, since it was an old one, and I hated the tint anyway.

Lights out! That's when things get interesting...

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    I have some friends I wouldn trust a glow stick with then there are friends that nothing but the best would do.plus it might open their eyes up to my addiction oops hobby...

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No frigging way! Flat Stare

I have loaner lights for that! :bigsmile:

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I used to. Not my top one, but I lent out my modded HD2010 to a friend who lost it camping. Sad part was it took me a few weeks to realize it wasn't around the house and remember I loaned it. There went ~$50.

Side note, built a 2D XP-G Mag for my parents. Alkaline batteries leaked in the tube so they threw the whole thing away before giving me a chance to salvage the H22A heatsink and LED Sad

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Top lights? I wasn’t specific enough the first time. I would not loan out top lights, like D40A, EA4W (I’m scared to use that one, silly switch), BTU Shocker, ArmyTek anything (even though they can take abuse), OLight, and monster Trustfires. The cheaper EDC sized and single cell lights could be loaned out for day-use.

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relic38 wrote:
The cheaper EDC sized and single cell lights could be loaned out for day-use.

one does not often need lights during the day Silly

The Journal of Alternative Facts

"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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Only my i2 can be borrowed, and for 3 minutes or so.

cool i'll see you when you get there

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To friends who I know on a personal level I do, but they have never needed it for more than a few days.
But to people I only know, they get the beaters :bigsmile:

"Whoa that's a bright light!" ... Yea I guess.

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Heck no, all of my lights still look new except 1 Solarforce L2 I dropped on concrete once, it’s still 99%. I have let friends use lights in my presence and it just makes me mad, they sit lights down on rough surfaces and such. Every time I look at a picture by Foy with the lights sitting on a concrete block it makes my skin crawl, LOL. I know I’m OCD, it runs in my fathers side of the family but it skipped him, my grandfather was and a couple of uncles are. Nobody has ever asked to take a light but if they did, I would let them borrow some cheap Ultrafire ???.

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I will loan out expensive lights and have done so many times. What I will not loan out are li-ion based lights. So basically, surefire primaries or aa/aaa lights.

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I was going to loan SK68 the other day, but it had a good ZL14500 battery in it, I said you can chuck a AA battery in it if you want, but they weren’t keen, suits me!

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I would too! That cell is worth more than the light. lol

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I only loan out my idiot proof lights such as a mini Maglite because well… they’re not too knowledgeable about keeping a li-ion happy. Smile

Edit: It’s not about the price, it’s whether or not others can use it without too much hassle.
I would lend out an EA4 (if I had one) because it’s one of my easiest and safest lights to use.

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No way, Jose

But last year I loaned my SF Yellow P1, XM-L T6 3C dropin with protected battery to my 11yrs old nephew when he went for a school organized caving trip.

Well, he came back & told me proudly he is THE lead man alongside two teachers :bigsmile:

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what???
me loan my top flashlight to my friend???
even they beg real hard i only loan them no more than a $10 flashlight

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zelee wrote:
what???
me loan my top flashlight to my friend???
even they beg real hard i only loan them no more than a $10 flashlight

the flashlight i mentioned loaning in the beginning of this thread cost $20… but so does my Convoy M1

The Journal of Alternative Facts

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Yes I would borrow some of my flashlights to good friends - but not the 60 or above € class. Some points are important: Only flashlights with low voltage warning and I told the friends, that they have to put in another battery, if the flashlights began to blink.

Light up the darkness.

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i bought a 3xAAA zoomie for this purpose.

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