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good one for gifts

When I read through some of the reviews on sites like DX I see people saying "I'm going to get some of these as gifts". The thought occurs to me, hey, I could get some of these as gifts.

 

I guess my question would be, as a noob myself, I need a solid performer with a rep for reliability and suitable bling to give as a gift. I (so far) lack the skills to really dig in to a torch. I would hope to buy a handfull of said torches and be fairly confident in consistent reliability.

 

I'm leaning toward the Ultrafire C3 SS. It gets lots of mentions here with pretty good marks. Seems to be one of the staples of this community.

 

Anyone have other suggestions? I suppose an AAA light is not out of the question, but I think the AA format makes for a better all-around gift for a nonbeliever.

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I think Don has mentioned a few times that the Ultrafire C3 SS is not one for everyone. It requires a few tweaks here and there to make it right and there's the 93mm version and 98mm version. I might be wrong though. Smile

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Many of the Hk dealer lights may require tweaks on some samples. It comes with the territory it seems. I did receive my C3 SS from lightake without much trouble. The head was not screwed in all the way so it wouldn't light up at first. It was easy to tighten and then it worked fine. If you want to guarantee a rock solid light from the get go, you should go with the ITP A2 or A3, they cost a tad more, but still in budget territory. They are one of most popular gift lights around. You can get them from US and European dealers so if there is a problem, it is generally pretty quick and simple to have the dealer replace them, and you will get them in a few days instead of waiting weeks to months.

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Maybe it's just because I want one of the C3 SS's for myself.Laughing

 

Agreed about the itp. Probably even more respected around here than the C3. Another one I want for myselfWink

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I guess I was hoping for a $12 light without reliability concerns. Pie in the sky, anyone?

 

(edit) Ah! I got it! Maglite solitaire. They work every time.Wink

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Are you in the US? If so, go to goinggear and use the CPF discount code for 10% off and buy a bunch of the older Q5 A3's. They'll run you 15.75 after discount and if your order totals over $50 you get free shipping as well.

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For $10 you can't go wrong with a Sipik SK68, or the SS C3 from tmart, I love both.

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I ordered six of these without any issues. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130509355348&ssPageName=ADME:L:OU:US:1123

If you offer him $8 he will take it. I ordered 1-2 at a time he may take less depending on the quanity you order.

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The C3 SS is really good -  I give it to 5-6 persons as a gift (goods friends, who have a Maglite (old version without LED) - now they have a bright new light.

The C3 alu-version could make some problems (some of them flicker and you have to invest some minutes to get a nice light). With the SS version I ahve never such a problem.

Another nice light is the UniqueFire AA-S1 - old4570 test it (take a look at the DX review of him, posted on 9/21/2010 ).

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/uniquefire-aa-s1-3w-osram-160-lumen-led-fla...


I use this lamp as a gift, too. The LED has a nice warm yellow lightcolour.

The color of the flashlight is also awesome.


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Trustfire Z1

Trustfire T2

wf501A with a nice XP-G dropin

 

But none are AA

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

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Dave wrote:

I ordered six of these without any issues. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130509355348&ssPageName=ADME:L:OU:US:1123

If you offer him $8 he will take it. I ordered 1-2 at a time he may take less depending on the quanity you order.

 

Ah, a rebadge of the Sipik Zoomer. I've been eyeing that one. Eight bucks apiece is a mighty tasty price. Good thrower from what I've read. Might have to give it some serious consideration.

 

I think one of the notions I had in mind for a gift light was a kind of sleek, non-tactical stainless bling. Superficial to be sure, but hey, it's a gift. I really like the looks of some of those that just resemble a polished chunk of straight stainless tubing. Or better still, some of those minimalist "cube" styles. They just look so cool, ya know?

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I think the TrustFire XP-E F23 would make an excellent gift.

 


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the type of bling I had in mind.

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This is a great light for gifts. Reliable, choice of a couple of colors. http://www.dealextreme.com/p/tank007-tk-703-ha-iii-cree-q3-wc-110-lumen-... The output is really surprising to regular folk.

Piers said " ....but who wants enough light, when you have the option for far too much "

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I recently gifted a grey L2r plus 3-mode XPG dropin which was liked very much. I think I'll get more of those for christmas. It's 23$ combined, so not the cheapest one to gift away. But the looks, quality and output (and the bling, of course) will impress any non-flashaholic and they'll think it costed at least twice as much.

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fishinfool wrote:

I think the TrustFire XP-E F23 would make an excellent gift.

 

Yep, I bought one of these for my wife. It so small and shiny, she just love it. The Sipik is nice too and it has this certain wow effect. It's probably the smallest Cree zoom for AA.

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I think ITP stinks ... it's way off my list of lights I'd reccommend .. the bad pwm makes me want to throw up and makes the light  unusable junk. I think it's better to give  really nice lights to people who will appreciate them rather than lots of junk to everyone .I like AA Tanks  .people like 566's  in single /5 mode  and with extentions.. it's an easy light to like imho.. i also like tank AAA's as gifts 701's or 703's.

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How about the Romisen RC-G2? It's impressively bright with decent throw, and runs on a single AA cell. Plus, it has a good quality switch and is reliable.


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I'd go for C3. Is a good light. Use both AA and 14500 and it really seems an indestructible flashlight. Is a little heavier than other flashlight.

Also Sipik Sk68 is good but C3 has a better construction quality.

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The stainless steel C3s are very different and very much better creatures than the aluminium C3s. I've had no trouble from the SS ones.

 

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 agree that AA is a better light to gift .AAA lights are tooo small and tend to get lost .but it may depend on the person .I do like the cheap ebay 3aaa flood to throw ligts .. i'm not fond of the sipick68 styling ..more like a c78 or x2000 light .. people love a flood to throw

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