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Help with 3 flashlights pls

Hey guys!

I'm new to this forum, but I like it (probably my wallett wont Smile )

I'm just about to make my first order from DX and I'm eyeing with 3 lights.

Which one would you recommend, choose?

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/mx-power-ml-310-cree-wc-q5-3-mode-180-lumen...

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/ultrafire-a1-cree-q5-wc-5-mode-230-lumen-le...

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/romisen-rc-a4-cree-q3-wc-3-mode-150-lumen-l...

Or could you recommend a better one in the < 16 $ range?

I need the tail-cap clickie, at least 2-3 modes,preferably a clip and a pretty brigth output.

 

Thanks!

 

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Hi Spoon! Good to have you here.

 

If you like the styling, I'd go for the Romisen (Though it is the only one of the three I don't own.). Alternatives would be 

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/ultrafire-c3-stainless-steel-cree-q5-wc-5-m...

Which is not as nice a light as the earlier versions but is still a good light. And I like stainless steel lights anyway. With a 14500 it gets too hot to hold in about 3 minutes.

Or if you want to use rechargeable CR123 cells

Aurora SH-034 Stainless Steel Cree R2-WC 5-Mode 240-Lumen Memory LED Flashlight (1*16340)

is another very, very nice light.

 

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

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

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I'd stick with the normal CR123-s, I dont want to invest into a charger too.

It's the first time I buy anything that uses CR123 battery. Any opinions about the mx-power or the Ultrafire? Aren't they good? They use Q5 led, were the Romisen uses a Q3, is that any advantage in brightness?

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Aloha and welcome to BLF Spoon!

Don wrote:

Hi Spoon! Good to have you here.

If you like the styling, I'd go for the Romisen (Though it is the only one of the three I don't own.). Alternatives would be 

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/ultrafire-c3-stainless-steel-cree-q5-wc-5-m...

Which is not as nice a light as the earlier versions but is still a good light. And I like stainless steel lights anyway. With a 14500 it gets too hot to hold in about 3 minutes.

Or if you want to use rechargeable CR123 cells

Aurora SH-034 Stainless Steel Cree R2-WC 5-Mode 240-Lumen Memory LED Flashlight (1*16340)

is another very, very nice light.

I have both the C3 and SH-034 and I'm also very fond of stainless steel (I wonder who got me hooked on stainless Don).  They are both very nice but I love the SH-034 more even though it's a little bigger and heavier.  It's also a lot brighter and built like a tank.

 

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Can the Sh-034 be operated with normal CR123 or just with rechargeables?

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Spoon wrote:

Can the Sh-034 be operated with normal CR123 or just with rechargeables?

Both.  Here's Don's review and why I bought mine:

http://budgetlightforum.cz.cc/node/237

 Another thing--I have a ton of lights now and a bunch that are better built and more expensive but I keep going back to the SH-034 as my edc. 

 

Don wrote:

"But as I said long ago, you are more likely to be killed by a dead fish dropped by a seagull in the Sahara Desert than by a lithium ion

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Shame it doesnt have a clip...

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I know this one it's a semi budget light, but... what about ITP A1? @ ebay you can find it for less than $26 (incl. ship.) Wink

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I would go for the Romisen or other Romisens, these:

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/romisen-rc-c6-flood-to-throw-zooming-q3-wc-90-lumen-led-flashlight-1-cr123a-26792

or

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/romisen-cree-rc-n3-3-mode-led-flashlight-1xcr123a-2xaa-9070

 

The last one is $1 over your budget though, but it is a very nice light to which you can get a

extensiontube, so it can be used with 2xAA regulars.

Cheap quality is good - Expensive crap isn´t

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I have those 3 Spoon. Go with the MxPower.

MX-trower(excelent)

Rominsen- flood

A1 - low output, but pocket friendly. No sharp things to get stuck, or shread your pockets.

Never used cr123. Only protected 16340.

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I like the idea of the ITP A1,but I dont like the twist head.

To be honest, I like the design of the Mx-power the best, but I just dont know, if its a good light or not?

 

Thanks for the suggestions guys, good to be here!

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Spoon wrote:

I'd stick with the normal CR123-s, I dont want to invest into a charger too.

It's the first time I buy anything that uses CR123 battery. Any opinions about the mx-power or the Ultrafire? Aren't they good? They use Q5 led, were the Romisen uses a Q3, is that any advantage in brightness?

A charger and rechargeables are a really good investment though. You'll end up saving lots in the long run, and safe the environment too.

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Spoon wrote:

To be honest, I like the design of the Mx-power the best, but I just dont know, if its a good light or not?

I've got 3 of them. It's my farm EDC light and my rifle light. It gives a 10meters diameter ball of light at 40meters. Usable light... hum... 80meters. It goes beyond that, but not usable. The lens are quite good.

It goes through a 16340 on high without problems. It hasn't a very good runtime. 20-30 minutes on high. It does heat, but won't get hotter than 40ºC(+-).

I love this light.

I don't use the rominsen that much, but it gives more light than the A1.

The A1, was my first EDC light. Used and abused this light for 1 year. Sometimes I grab it, but I have smaller lights, and with more powerfull leds. The output is not that great, but I like being able to have the 5 modes at my demand.

 

Spoon wrote:

Thanks for the suggestions guys, good to be here!

Welcome to BLF!

 

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 Well blue beam  is in the middle of a review of the programable akoray 109 cr123 light like the ultrafire you were thinking about .  http://budgetlightforum.cz.cc/node/1959

 for a flood to throw i'd just not buy a cr123 and buy a AA version  like a sipik 68 or something like that .I like 123 lights but not cheaper ones . You might want to look at the eastward 08 ? cr 123 .. I bet it's a sexy little light  tyhe knurling on the AA model like it is very nice http://www.dealextreme.com/p/eastward-yj-j08-cree-xp-g-r5-3-mode-260-lumen-memory-led-flashlight-with-clip-1-cr123a-1-16340-44961

welcome to blf 

 sorry everyone always has a different opinion ... Mine is just that the lights  you're talking about are pretty ordinary  other than the fact they are cr123.. the question in my mind is ..why make it a cr123 if it's also a AA and somewhat common as a AA ?? cr123 for me is sort of reserved for my own ..special light .. Not something you'd just hand to someone to use randomly .

If I didn't have a million Nitecore ex 10 123's I'd buy the eastward ..what it does have is the xpg ... what it doesn't have I've heard is a true low ..If people are saying that it's probably like 30 -40lumens

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"sorry everyone always has a different opinion ... "

True. Probably not only because of differences in taste and use, but also because, the budget end of lights tends to produce quite a large variety of performance. Get two of the same light, and they'll be different.