Looking for best ~30$ flash light, trying to get it fast

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aceb
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Looking for best ~30$ flash light, trying to get it fast

Hey guys, never been around, I am starting to look into flashlights, I wanted to get something pretty nice in the let’s say 30$ budget range, I am leaving to go camping on the 20 of this month and wanted to order something real quick to get it by the end of next week. I live in Canada… when I bought stuff from dx I didn’t really get it on time… so let me know what are my options. I just need something decent as a “spot light” I already have something to light up all around. I did some searches around the forum but couldn’t really get the info I was looking for.

Thanks in advance.

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aceb wrote:
Hey guys, never been around, I am starting to look into flashlights, I wanted to get something pretty nice in the let’s say 30$ budget range, I am leaving to go camping on the 20 of this month and wanted to order something real quick to get it by the end of next week. I live in Canada… when I bought stuff from dx I didn’t really get it on time… so let me know what are my options. I just need something decent as a “spot light” I already have something to light up all around. I did some searches around the forum but couldn’t really get the info I was looking for.

Thanks in advance.

I don’t know what Canadian sellers are, but Armytek is in Canada, but also I think they might ship from the Far East?

Anyway, there’re several good dealers in the U.S., not listed in any particular order, that I know of:

- Illumination Supply (illuminationsupply.com)
- Lighthound.com
- SB Flashlights
- Battery Junction (batteryjunction.com)

Edit: Adding md-lightsource.com

Tmart has a U.S. warehouse, located in New Jersey I think, so if you order from them, make sure you select the U.S. warehouse, but for me (in the Washington DC area), shipment is almost always a week from them (don’t know why).

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2D maglight pro ? Maybe ? I don't live in the great white north so not sure what things cost up there with the HCT or what it is called. Amazon has them and can ship quick.

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Thanks for the fast info. So now any suggestions on a good flashlight for my budget ? ( around 30$ )

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If you can find one of these at a local home depot its a very good thrower that uses common 3C alkalines. Some had trouble finding them in Canada, might be worth a look.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/17899

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Hi,

From md-lightsource:

http://md-lightsource.com/Crelant-V9U2-compact-long-throw-flashlight-650...

Quote:
Modes: High-low-Strobe

LED: CREE XML U2 Lifetime 50 000 Hours

Max Output: 650+ Lumens @ 2.2A for 120 Minutes

Reflector: Smooth

Circuit: Step up and down constant current driver,with high efficiency dual mode DC-DC regulator (PWM / PFM)

Lens: Toughened ultra clear glass

Body: Hard Anodized Type II Aerospace Grade Aluminum Alloy T6061-T6

Bezel: Stainless steel

Color: Black

Run Time by Battery Type: – 2x CR123A 650 Lumen 85 Minutes – 1× 18650 Li-ion 650 Lumen 120 Minutes Working Voltage: 2.75V to 8.5V

Waterproof: IPX-8, beyond 5m depth

Size: Head diameter 44.5mm, Length 153mm

Reflector: 36 mm diameter x 42 mm deep

Weight: 156g (excluding battery)

Extras: Spare O-Rings, wrist strap, warranty card, gift box

$29.95 free shipping to Canada :)!

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Thanks for the suggestions, keep them coming. I do not need strobe but don’t mind it. Do these flashlights need a special battery pack or can I just use normal batteries until I decide to buy something serious ? Upgrade-able flashlights are welcome as long as they will do the job when I go camping. Thanks a lot for the quick replies.

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aceb wrote:
Thanks for the suggestions, keep them coming. I do not need strobe but don’t mind it. Do these flashlights need a special battery pack or can I just use normal batteries until I decide to buy something serious ? Upgrade-able flashlights are welcome as long as they will do the job when I go camping. Thanks a lot for the quick replies.

The Home Depot ones are mostly standard alkalines. The Crelant I posted is 18650 Li-Ion.

md-lightsource has the Crelant V11As, which I think are AA.

http://md-lightsource.com/Crelant-V11A-450-Lumen-AA-powered-light-CREE-XML-U2-V11A.htm

http://md-lightsource.com/Crelant-V21-A-450-Lumen-2X-AA-flashlight-XML-U3-V21A.htm

but I don’t know how throwy they are (but will get one of the V11As one of these days :)).

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Sorry, I forgot to including shiningbeam.com.

This should be pretty good thrower, and AA:

http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/the-266/***NEW***-Romisen-RC-dsh-G2-X...

$16.75.

P.S. He’s in NY, so should be pretty fast shipping to you?

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Thanks! so far I’m looking at this one with the 9$ battery that “comes with it” depending if they can get it here on time. Let me know opinions and if anyone has beam shots. thanks

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Get something in Canada if you want it by he 20th.

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Where are you located in Canada? There are some good brick and mortar flashlight stores in Canada.

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Hi, Located on the east coast. Montreal, Quebec.
Still looking for other options it seems MD-lightsource won’t ship batteries and not sure about shipping because he quoted me 24$ shipping… I asked about free ship and got no reply yet.

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aceb wrote:
Hi, Located on the east coast. Montreal, Quebec. Still looking for other options it seems MD-lightsource won’t ship batteries and not sure about shipping because he quoted me 24$ shipping… I asked about free ship and got no reply yet.

Wasn’t that one light free shipping to Canada? That’s what it said on the md-lightsource.com page. Also, BTW, he is on BLF sometimes, username is “madecov”.

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Just got a reply, he said free shipping may take 2-3 weeks to arrive( that’s slower than if I receive it from China what the… ). Still looking for other options. Thanks!

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Do you have a Costco membership and one nearby? You might want to check out this thread about a Techlite 1000 lumen available in the Canada Costco…

Costco Techlite 1000 lumen

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Do you have Home Depot in Canada? If so, $29.99 USD will buy you a Defiant ArmorMax. 600’ish Lumens! I am a proponent of this light. It will throw a beam easily over a 1/4 mile and runs on your typical Dcell batteries. Waterproof, shockproof to a 30 ft drop and sturdy enough to knock out a bear with a good swing lol. Ive never taken it out into totally dark woods but for the price I dont think you could do better for camping…. Search the site for beamshots. ***This is better than some of the spotlights we use in our patrol cars!!!**** Good luck!!! : )

http://m.homedepot.com/p/Defiant-ArmorMax-3D-Tactical-Flashlight-809-373...

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Side by side comparison of the ArmorMax with your standard 3D Maglite…..

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If you want it by July 20, I would put up a “flashlight wanted, Canada only” thread on this forum. Sure someone in Canada has a light that matches you criteria and could ship right away.

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Ok so I checked costco.ca they didnt have it online but i saw some post from a member from Montreal who said he just bought it. I went to check and they do have the techlite 1000 lumens flashlight for 40$. Is this a good choice? Is the defiant thrower 3c at homedepot better? They dont have it online but they may have it in store, i didnt go to check that out. If the techlite ia a good choice, what are the upgrade options? Rechargeable battery etc etc? Thanks

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Got both the home depot one ( or I thought it was the good one.. it is a MAGLITE 3D cell flashlight ) and also got the one from costco ( techlite cree 1000 lumens ) . There is no fair comparison… the maglite is way overpriced @ 40$ ( techlite is the same price at costco ). So I will be bringin back the MAGLITE. What are my options for rechargeable batteries ( C 1.5v ) and charging “station?” Any good upgrades for it ? Is there any way to disable strobe ?

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With C batteries you can get NiMHs (1.2v), but I’m not sure where to get them and if you want to charge them, you should get something like a Nitecore i4 intellicharger v2 to charge both NiMHs and Li-ions if you ever decide to upgrade.
There is no way to disable strobe unfortunately.

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aceb, where are you located, and what have you settled on for a throw distance? I may have something in that price range that will meet the needs.
The ‘standard’ battery requirement could be a problem with my collection though.
I can tell you that the Defiant Super Thrower 3C is in stock in the Bradford, Ontario HD for $24.97. As a thrower, it can’t easily be beat for the price. I’ve heard it’s in stock in some other HDs as well, and some have it on sale for under $20.
Edit: nevermind… somehow, I didn’t see your last couple of posts. :~

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+1 on the Super Thrower…. Great light!

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was wondering why no one recommended the old standby C8, which is available from any number of Ebay sellers in NA, who ship really fast? Plus w or w/ cheapo battery(s) and charger, that would have been under $25 and easier to stow in a pocket, jacket, pack than the larger Defiant light from HD.

To those (and they seem to be many) who have the HD light, how does it compare to a decent C8 in throw and spill?

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How is the super thrower compared to the techlite 1000?

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Here are beamshots of the Defiant Super Thrower I took (post 237 in that thread). I don't own a Techlite.

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With the price and availability of the defiant, it be hard to beat for a thrower.
That’s the reason garrybunks thread is approaching 1000 reply’s.

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The C8 is a decent option, if you want to make the jump to Li-Ion. It’s one of the options I have here. I have custom built ones in hand. No charger or cells I can part with though, so not much help. A US seller isn’t going to get anything to him by the 20th. There’s this imaginary line between Canada and US that adds several days to the transit time.

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Let me just point out that the Defiant 3C is a BIG light. It weighs 725g (1lb 9oz). It throws a very long spot, but it’s not very practical for anything else. Unlike some of the other lights mentioned, you can’t just stick it in your pocket when not in use. You can’t really carry it without dedicating one hand to it at all times. I have one by the door to check out noises at night, but I usually carry a smaller light.

If you want to light up a deer at the far end of a field at night, the Defiant 3c might be your choice, but carrying it until you need it is out of the question. It’s also so bright that it will destroy your night vision if you try to use it for, say, walking a trail at night.

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Thanks for the answers guys, I already have the techlite 1000, any upgrade options? Can anyone recommend some rechargeable c batteries? And charger? Thanks. I will start looking for smaller ones too… Is the costco snapon 3 pack any good?

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