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Best budget flashlights of 2012

What are the best budget flashlights for 2012 ?

 Now that it's the gift giving time of year I thought that we should evaluate which of the lights that came out this year give the best performance for the price .

My favorites are :

 Xin TD V3 XML neutral

Balder SE-1 XML neutral

Solarforce L2m

Thrunite Ti

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Mini 01 and Ti

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HD 2010 (Various brands)
Thrunite Ti
MXDL SA-16

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BetweenRides wrote:

HD 2010 (Various brands)
Thrunite Ti
MXDL SA-16

I don’t have the HD, but it’s had many raves along with the Jacob A60 and the Skyray King.

I’ll add the $11 UF G4MCU. Though the MXDL might be the better buy at the same price and a heck of a bargain for those who got it on sale.

EDIT: SK68 clones on the cheap!

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King, HD2010, Mini-01, Small Sun ZY-T13

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but for absolute budget-bang for the low dollar instant down-the-block gratification buck, #1 goes to…………..

1). The 200-lumen XPG 3-pak Techlite’s at Costco for about $15 on sale which include 9 Duracell AAA batts. I bought “a few” of these for poopies, gifts, and giggles. I’m planning to mod some to a higher plane of enLIGHTened consciousness. A fairly underrated who cares torch which is fun to mess with and learn on. And it doesn’t perform actually too bad either given the batt platform. Everyone should have a least one of these paks for non-flashoholic hand-outs, glove boxes, and sundry grab n’ go give to a neighbor/family emergency application.

2). The genuine TrustFire X8 from Rey over at Solar Technology which includes the extension tube and spare parts kit. Quality torch to price bargain of the year IMO. Much less exemplary customer service.

3). The Sippy68 single-mode Ultra-Ok clone from MicroDigital on e-Bay. Consistent quality, pre-lubed, low-price, and rugged as Rosie O’Donnell in a bare knuckle fist fight.

4). And almost last but not least, those Ultrafire C8’s from Rosefireboy on e-Bay for around $7.69. Those who know, know what I’m talking about.

5). And really last but certainly not least, my beloved 10B Cree’s from DX. Maybe the lightest 16340 torch around even with a batt that puts out something useable and is still built to hang with most all in that class for less than $9. Buy one or two.

Well, this is what I can remember right off the top of my noggin for truly ‘budget’ and bang. And I really should include the XinTD V3 NW 3-mode from Int’l too here. Quality. Oh, geez almost forgot the Jacob A60 for less than $15 at DX. Talk about budget-priced and performance. Forget about it.

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I’d say XinTD C8 V3, and SkyRay King. Monster of balance, and monster of flood.
For EDC use – I’d say Xeno E03, but then again, I’m a little biased. Silly

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Best Budget ?

Hd 2010, Thrunite Ti

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HD2010

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Keygos M10, Jacob A60, cheap C8 with XM-L from ebay

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What a good question.

XinTD V3
HD2010
Mini-01

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Hmm, just had a thought..

This costs <$2, has runtime of ~100 hours, and is very easy to fix and upgrade. Budget light 2012 winner! Silly

Edit: proof of upgrade-ability: http://youtu.be/pgE8PhhR9Zg Big Smile

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Thrunite deals…HOT DEALS…The Ti especially

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Although I don’t have it (yet..?!) I vote for the small sun t08

Shadowww wrote:
Hmm, just had a thought..

This costs <$2, has runtime of ~100 hours, and is very easy to fix and upgrade. Budget light 2012 winner! Silly

Edit: proof of upgrade-ability: http://youtu.be/pgE8PhhR9Zg Big Smile

That is some serious tint shifting going on there! Big Smile
Seriously… how/why is it doing that?

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HD2010 (Various)
Romisen RC-T602 II XM-L U2 z (Shinningbeam)
Jacob A60 (DX)

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The SkyRay King brought compact triple goodness to the masses, completely unseating the DRY as reigning potentate. 

 

The Thrunite Ti democratized firefly mode, cultivating a new generation of low-lumen snobs.

 

The HD2010 became the torch bearer for 26650-powered performance in an affordable package.

 

Runner-ups include the Jacob A60, Balder SE-1, and the Mini-01.

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Wait, released in 2012 or just the best of the year? SE-1, E09, C8 are older.

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Lumens per dollar,sky ray king flood monster wins for flood category.I think the sleeper thrower of the year is thesmall sun zy-t13,at $24 price tag it's hard to beat.

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Philipp wrote:
That is some serious tint shifting going on there! Big Smile
Seriously… how/why is it doing that?
That’s color-changing LED which changes it’s color every 3-5 seconds Silly
They can be easily found on eBay.

Edit: here’s vid of it doing same thing, but covered with piece of paper (this way camera fucks up color perception much less): http://youtu.be/PQzgwPKUSBk

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Chicago X wrote:

The SkyRay King brought compact triple goodness to the masses, completely unseating the DRY as reigning potentate. 

 

The Thrunite Ti democratized firefly mode, cultivating a new generation of low-lumen snobs.

 

The HD2010 became the torch bearer for 26650-powered performance in an affordable package.

 

Runner-ups include the Jacob A60, Balder SE-1, and the Mini-01.

Excellent post. Well put.

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SkyRay King

HD2010 (all versions)

Thrunite Ti

TrustFire Mini-01

Small Sun ZY-T13

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Lumatic: what’s the big deal with the rosefireboy C8s? Somehow different from the many other ebay C8s?

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than me could explain it better, but essentially it’s their construction. Screw-in pills, EZ900 XRE’s, really nice aluminum reflectors, nice machining, anodizing, solid-brass flat machined surfaced tail-cap negative spring contacts, glass lenses, nice tight hot spot, throws plenty well, all in all for when they were at $7.69, well kinda an unbeatable thing. I hope they go back on sale again.

The only thing I don’t like about them is next memory 5-mode. But I just take care of that by solder-bridging the C1 Capacitor to make it just one-mode. I think Pulsar13 solders on a 1 megaohm resister over said C1 and he shortens the going back to high after shut off to the tune of just 3 secs.

Here’s one good thread on that general subject……

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/13846#node-13846

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Good info. So how can one tell these C8s from others? Is this seller on ebay the only one with them?

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Xintd c8 v3, there’s just something for everyone
Hd2010
Skyray king.

Also rans include the edc18650 from intl outdoor, the small sun zy-t08 which is a victim of its own popularity and the eagletac dc25 clicky seems to be gaining a lot of attention, at the prices I’ve seen though, its not budget to my mind.

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Not busget but I would go with ThruNite TN30 and TN31.

Also Shadow JM-07 Pro and teh Apex 5T6.

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As far as I can ferret out, yeah he’s the only one although one would surmise his maker is most likely supplying it to other sellers. But who knows. Maybe he has an exclusive arrangement with a small shop. I say small because my hunch is that the QC is too good on these to be a big maker who has a lot of different workers with varying skill levels. I think the shop prolly has relative few people and they’re able to keep the quality consistency up as a result. Just a hunch.

The tip-offs are these ‘different’ markings on the tube.

1). His units have, ‘HWA/WTS’. Most C8 clones have ‘HWA/WYS’.

2). UltraFire has the flames all solid white, and the “Registered” or R with a circle around it is also up by the flames instead of typically down by the ‘e’ in ‘fire’.

3). Lastly, it’s real subtle but on the tube again next to ‘CREE’ you’ll see the double-diamond symbols. His have the first diamond with black stripes with a white background and a solid thicker black line in the middle, with the backgrounnd or overlaid quarter-diamond being solid white. If you note on other clones they don’t quite match to his unique markings.

HTH…..

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HD2010
MXDL SA-16
Ti
E1320

Im sure there are more

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Small Sun ZY-T08
L3 Illumination K40
TK35 clone

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For me, it's gotta be the L2M because it's not just one flashlight . . .

For gifting, $11 isn't as cheap as the L2i used to be but the L2M offers a lot of versatility/Legobility.  Someone would think you spent more than you did when they feel this hefty guy in their hand.

 

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