What was your first White LED Flashlight?

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Here are my LED oldies.

3 old multi 5mm LED lights

3 old multi 5mm LED lights

They are all 3xAAA.

Bought all 3 cca 2001 (cant remember exactly) in a China-shop, Trieste, Italy, about 5 euros each.

Interestingly, one of them was replaced few minutes after I bought them because one of the LEDs wasn't turning on. During the years I got used to 1-3 LEDs randomly working (or not), on all 3.

Over the years they suffered drops, kicks, leaked batteries, and plenty of other abuse. All 3 still work, minus the few LEDs on each. Smile

I carried the left one as a keychain light for a long time. Big Smile

I was always a flashlight enthusiast, ever since I was a small kid. Smile

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The middle one is actually a twisty. The rubber "clicky" is just a decoration, I always hated that. Smile

This is my flashlight collection.

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Dorcy 1 Watt Metal Gear - around 50 lumens...

http://www.flashlightreviews.com/reviews/dorcy_metalgear.htm

Still one of the best form factors ever, IMO. And everybody loved and wanted it. I gave it to an uncle who lost it. I was so blown away at how easily this could whip the 2 D Mag incan I had been using. 

Then came the Inova 82 lumens...

http://www.thegunsource.com/item/413830___XO3_82_Lumen_LED_Black.aspx

And today...too many to count! 

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Richie086 wrote:

 

 

I really don't know why, but I've always wanted a shower head light.

 

The nearest thing I have to it is a Fusion 36 Mag dropin which actually works pretty well.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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Don wrote:

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I really don't know why, but I've always wanted a shower head light.

 

The nearest thing I have to it is a Fusion 36 Mag dropin which actually works pretty well.

 

Hi Don...actually, these shower head type lights seem to be a favorite with me.  I've also been collecting vintage flashlights over the years and the large flashlight bell (shower head) has always caught my eye.  Vintage TruTest, Homart, and Eveready has some great ones.

Richie

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If you love shower heads, then you need the 500 LED Extreme flashlight!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkkU0UO3sek&list=FL0dVZwuUlW_3jgDFdhhrRuw...

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Harbor Freight has a couple of shower head lights; one is a 109-LED flashlight that runs on 4x AA cells. I'm considering buying this one because it looks like the DX 78mm optic would fit, and I'm wondering if it could be used to make an Aspheric Monster...


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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:

Harbor Freight has a couple of shower head lights; one is a 109-LED flashlight that runs on 4x AA cells. I'm considering buying this one because it looks like the DX 78mm optic would fit, and I'm wondering if it could be used to make an Aspheric Monster...

 

But the beam would just project 109 dots/areas of light... if configured for throw. Probably wouldn't work any good. Each led is an emitter with a matched aspheric anyway, focused in or out depending on the beam each led was designed to give.

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My first -WHITE- LED flashlight was the Brinkmann "Long Life" 2AA. http://www.brinkmann.net/products/flashlights_and_spotlights/flashlights... Wow, kind of hard to believe it's still selling for 20 bucks! I loved this light so long ago, I remember putting it up against a random 2AA incan in a runtime faceoff and always being impressed. The reason I highlighted "WHITE" LED flashlight is because I've heard numerous stories of Air Force pilots shoving an infrared LED into a resistored Minimag for use as a cockpit light, WAAYYY long ago.

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Don wrote:

Richie086 wrote:

 

 

I really don't know why, but I've always wanted a shower head light.

 

The nearest thing I have to it is a Fusion 36 Mag dropin which actually works pretty well.

I have always wanted a UV showerhead, a big floody wall of glow light.

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kramer5150 wrote:
I have always wanted a UV showerhead, a big floody wall of glow light.

 

Hi there Kramer...If that's true, you'll like my largest UV shower-head light.  It's 128 LED's @385nm flood beam.  It's powered by 4 "D" batteries  and 15" long with a 3-1/2" diameter bezel.  It also features a side-clickie.  I acquired it about 4 years ago with the other smaller black one.  There primary use and the smaller 3 "AA" powered LED light @395nm is to find the occasional cat pee/spray from our male cats in the house.  Works great.

The silver light in the photo is for scale purposes to show how large the UV light is and obviously from my other post.  But did turn out to also be 128 LED and is 11-1/2" long with a 3-1/4" diameter bezel. 

 

 

Richie

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Six years ago I joined CPF and bought about $600 in flashlights.

Later, Sasha made it her pleasure to insult and threaten me for no good reason and so I left that place forever.  Seriously, Sasha/Greta was insulting a guy for nothing at all, so I posted that what he said did not seem so bad.......so that bitch lit into me.  I am a combat vet.  I did not "fight for the right" for fat girls to call me names and make threats.

I used the flashlights I got then for 6 years before I came into BLF and started upgrading again.

During that period I got several lights that I have used for the last 6 years.

Eternalight came first.  It was "used".  An emergency organization traded in the unused lights from their packs and got new ones.  The owner of Eternalight sold me one for $20 cash and delivered.  I still use it as a tent light.

Streamlight TL-2 LED amd TL-3 LED.  Luxeon 3W and 5W.  Still work fine, dull as dishwater.

I bought the first 2 Fenix 1 AA lights, about 16 lumens and $40 each.  Still work fine, still dim.

For 6 years, the light that I actually used everyday was a Streamlight TL-3 incan.  215 lumen, still works, still on the first bulb.

I also got a pair of Surefire incans.  Got trashed after burning out so many P60 style bulbs that Surefire charged a fortune for. 

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stevetexas wrote:

Six years ago I joined CPF and bought about $600 in flashlights.

Later, Sasha made it her pleasure to insult and threaten me for no good reason and so I left that place forever.  Seriously, Sasha/Greta was insulting a guy for nothing at all, so I posted that what he said did not seem so bad.......so that bitch lit into me.  I am a combat vet.  I did not "fight for the right" for fat girls to call me names and make threats.

 

Hi Steve...sorry that happened to you and thank you for your service to our country.  You are sure welcome here!

Richie

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Richie086 wrote:

stevetexas wrote:

Six years ago I joined CPF and bought about $600 in flashlights.

Later, Sasha made it her pleasure to insult and threaten me for no good reason and so I left that place forever.  Seriously, Sasha/Greta was insulting a guy for nothing at all, so I posted that what he said did not seem so bad.......so that bitch lit into me.  I am a combat vet.  I did not "fight for the right" for fat girls to call me names and make threats.

 

Hi Steve...sorry that happened to you and thank you for your service to our country.  You are sure welcome here!

Richie, thank you for your comment.

 

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okwchin wrote:
keltex78 wrote:
Harbor Freight has a couple of shower head lights; one is a 109-LED flashlight that runs on 4x AA cells. I'm considering buying this one because it looks like the DX 78mm optic would fit, and I'm wondering if it could be used to make an Aspheric Monster...

But the beam would just project 109 dots/areas of light... if configured for throw. Probably wouldn't work any good. Each led is an emitter with a matched aspheric anyway, focused in or out depending on the beam each led was designed to give.

I didn't mean with the existing array, I meant to gut the host and attempt to mod it to take a single higher-power emitter. Although, 109 aspherically-focused emitters would be a cool effect... Tongue Out


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

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Richie086 wrote:

kramer5150 wrote:
I have always wanted a UV showerhead, a big floody wall of glow light.

 

Hi there Kramer...If that's true, you'll like my largest UV shower-head light.  It's 128 LED's @385nm flood beam.  It's powered by 4 "D" batteries  and 15" long with a 3-1/2" diameter bezel.  It also features a side-clickie.  I acquired it about 4 years ago with the other smaller black one.  There primary use and the smaller 3 "AA" powered LED light @395nm is to find the occasional cat pee/spray from our male cats in the house.  Works great.

The silver light in the photo is for scale purposes to show how large the UV light is and obviously from my other post.  But did turn out to also be 128 LED and is 11-1/2" long with a 3-1/4" diameter bezel. 

 

 

 

Holy cat-pee-glow batman!!!

That will scorch some retinas for sure.  Thats some cool gear, thanks for sharing.  A 4AA UV showerhead would be perfect for me.  Where did you get those beasts?

 

thanks!!

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kramer5150 wrote:
Holy cat-pee-glow batman!!!

That will scorch some retinas for sure.  Thats some cool gear, thanks for sharing.  A 4AA UV showerhead would be perfect for me.  Where did you get those beasts? thanks!!

 

LOL...hey Kramer.  I only use them with proper safely glasses as you should.  It just so happens the Ebay seller I purchased them from years ago is still in business and still sells them.  Unfortunately the price for them is still up in the sky and is still the exact same as what I payed.  Here is the link below to a current auction for the big guy, the smaller UV 51 LED is somewhere in his other auctions. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/200380052476?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649  

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my first LED was a bike rear light with 5 red-glowing LED's powered by 2xAAA in series:

( click to enlarge! )

That was almost 10 years ago! Such lights are still being sold in shops lol.

The light still works and hasnt cracked yet despite many drops. I was very impressed by its brightness. More than sufficient in a traffic situation at night. Back then I think i paid 4.99€ for the complete set (rear light + front light) at a local discounter (PLUS/NETTO), price is higher now..

I can make the LED's (with no batteries connected) flash with my DMM. Funny stuff.

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I don’t remember what my first approx 0-1 lumen led light was, but its gratefully forgotten.

Rayovac Roughneck Xtreme Flashlight

Then i had a few bike lights, that were sub 50 lumens
Can’t find a a pic for the Mountain Equipment Co-Op 1W light

still have this one, but its dead

Then I got a dorcy 41-4416, which was my flagship light till a few weeks ago, not even close to the 200 lumen claim, but very bright compared to what most people have

Now I have a Cyclone C88 running off NiMH batteries, with plans to buy lithium batteries, and a zoom xm-l light someday.

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Not counting the home made ones like a solitaire AAA powered by a 12v car remote battery and a resistor, this was my first “real” led light I EDC’ed

ARC AAA I can’t believe they still have a website, and the price hasn’t changed much

http://www.arcflashlight.com/arc-aaa.shtml

I look at it now and ask myself “Why the hell did I buy that?” :~ My Underwater kinetics 2AAA Xenon was a much better lighting tool but, Guess this was the “in” light back in 2002-2003 over in CPF, Didn’t had it for much time since it was very unreliable, sometimes it didn’t light up for no reason at all, This light was the first to really piss me off, So it ended its days as a sacrifice to the lumen gods using a very heavy sledgehammer, VERY satisfying!!! I must say J)

Now I have a E1320 Ultrafire 2100 XML that is my current EDC light at the moment, and I am very pleased with it.

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Fenix L2D Premium Q5. Still have it and use it and it still looks like new. At the time I couldn't believe I was spending $50 on a light, but when I got it, I was surely impressed.

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Inova microlight. Nice white LED but the quality was horrible, it lasted about 3 months on my key chain before it literally fell apart. 

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Ive been obsessed with torches since i was 7 or 8. My first white led torch that i ever got was whwnthey first came out. I bought a rechargeable energizer 5mm torc with a decent reflector and head diameter.

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Foy wrote:

This 50 lumen powerhouse I purchased about 15 years ago because it looked like a “serious” flashlight in the package. (and its $40 price meant it had to be a “professional” torch)

It is actually very robust.  Much more so than its output would suggest

As you can see, this 3-mode wunderlight has hit the ground several times from significant height, always bezel end first of course.

It’s a sad light really but the 10 LEDs are white and it does turn on when the button is pressed.  Which is not too damn often.

sst90host?Foy

Hey, I have one of those too.
Made from stainless steel, HEAVY and almost indestructible.
Works well as a defense weapon, but doesn’t produce much light.

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My first crazy bright light was a Ultrafire C2

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Bought first it and, not knowing better, a VERY cruddy pair of Ultrafires and some garbage no-name charger. 1 month later, armed with a bit more knowledge and fed up with how Med, Hi and Turbo were all the same brightness, I bought a “MCC-2 charger + 2 3400mAh 18650’s” bundle for 50 bucks more. It was NW (I recognize the tint nowadays as 4C), then I broke it on a drop in mid-2015 and decided to swap it for a 1A CW for defense purposes.

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I didn’t realize this is an old thread. but here is my first “serious” light that i consider quite expensive for flashlight probably around $25 back then. Running on 2xAA and Using Luxeon III emitter probably around 50-70Lumens the year probably 2004 what a bright light that was. Cool

Still have it in my box. Before this my light were all incandescence.

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Before Oct. 2014, I struggled for years with irritating junk lights. Then, in Oct. 2014, a miracle happened.  I discovered the hitherto unknown (to me) world of real led lights. My first choice was the Four-Sevens MMU-X3. I still have it; a much beloved bona fide true classic.

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My first was a Peak Eiger Ultra with a custom led. XP-G2 S2 I believe, cherry-picked by Cutter from a lower bin.
Then long nothing…and I came here.

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