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ToyKeeper wrote:
Silly question… has anyone here ever actually used a strobe for self-defense?

If so, did it work? Did you manage to get away unharmed?

Yes (sort of) and it worked: dog self defense/fight prevention. I walk with dogs at night, an off leash aggressive dog approached, I strobed it which deterred more advance and held mine back physically till the owner caught up.

This is a question I’ve thought about vs people too: I’ve used turbo/high on a person lying in wait in the bushes, it was an easy “oops, heard a noise in the bushes, I didn’t see you there (I see you there better not try anything)” double message, that gets turned into something which may force an action if I strobed him…? I think its usefulness on people is much more rare.

*edit: of course after I posted this I realized it is so situation specific and person specific. If you were in the same situation you might better use strobe to your advantage and retreat/pass by. I wanted the “I see you there better not try anything” message to get across, calmly walking by while still allowing him to see that I’m a large guy and attacking me would be risky. For females/smaller people, it may have been better to strobe so he did not see your size as clearly and distance yourself. If I strobed him however, I feel it would have been mis-applied, since I did not intend to advance on him or retreat, but to pass by with a warning to him to “leave me alone, I see you and I’m not worth the risk”.

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ToyKeeper wrote:
I almost specified “not counting LEOs” when I asked about the strobe, since that’s an occupation-specific use case, and seems more offensive than defensive. I’m more wondering if anyone has used a strobe to actually fend off or evade an attacker of some sort… like getting threatened on a dark street, or having someone break into your home. Sometimes I’ll have a light ready to blast a strobe at someone if I have to walk to/from my car late at night, but I’ve never had reason to use it and I wonder if it might do more harm than good. Perhaps it’d be better to talk my way out of a bad situation instead of just flashing and running.

The most likely situation for me would be if drunken guys left a bar around the same time I’m trying to get to my car to go home, on a night when I drove without friends. It’s dangerous for a girl to walk alone at night.

As for LL/low-low/moon, having an unused mode first is a definite fail. That’s why TheStar’s 3-mode UI is so great; it has great primary modes, but the LL and other infrequent modes are still available and can be memorized if you expect to need one. For someone as photosensitive as me though, low-low is what I use like a third of the time, so it’s a nice default. 0.1 lumens is enough to light my entire bedroom at night, and 3 lumens is painful during a 3am restroom trip.

We’re on the same page. The sawed-off shotgun training scene from Lightning Jack (56:40 – 58:40) springs to mind. (The deep link doesn’t play nice with the advert… refresh after the advert if you care enough to watch ;-)) If I were in the situation you describe [right this moment] I think I’d either stick with Turbo or not employ the flashlight at all. I’ll be nearly as interested as you in any anecdotes of using strobe defensively.

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I have used strobe several times as a nurse in an ER with psychiatric patients. Over simplified, negotiations have broken down and the patient needs to be secured and subdued for everyone’s safety or they snapped and are on the attack. It catches them off guard and freezes them usually and then they fear distrust me usually afterwards but they don’t get hurt and we don’t get hurt. Also a patient picked up a chair to hit another nurse and I strobed him. He acted like the chair shocked him and dropped the chair and turned away. Another got almost in a position like someone running track and getting into the blocks to run for the door, I strobed him and said his name and no, he jumped onto his bed and said he wasn’t doing anything. Twice they just looked at me. Those two times I was further away. Either the beam was too diffuse or just not strong enough. I am always looking for a better strobe. Strobes do not work on dogs like on people. Solid bright beam stopped one dog attacking me and my family. So a perfect light for me can do both easily with one or two clicks.

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scottyhazzard wrote:
I have used strobe several times as a nurse in an ER with psychiatric patients. …

Huh. That’s really interesting. I wouldn’t have thought of that. Smile
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Couple of years ago, one tried to kill me, got pretty close to succeeding. I had to learn new ways or do something else. It’s a complex game and punching back is worse than the most terrible form of cheating in this game. They are after all deranged and irrational making it very difficult to get rational responses or actions from them so a bright or strobe light can be more than just a gimmick it can at least get some stand of distance and keep us both safe.

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