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Recommend me a car flashlight - criteria inside

Hello BLF. Long time lurker. Got a new car and my trusty old maglite (the horror! Shocked ) I kept in my old truck won’t fit. Time to upgrade!

  • 1 × 18650 platform
  • Straight body
  • 1000 lumens (edit 1000ish)
  • No parasitic drain. Will be stashed away for weeks without use
  • reliable US-based dealer/amazon prime preferred
  • as cheap as possible while still being reliable
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A Convoy S2 or S2+ should work well and is quite inexpensive, though maybe not quite 1000 lumens. Others will have to chime in on a US dealer.

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http://www.mtnelectronics.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=80

and then choose one of the convoy S* flashlights

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That is my EDC and around the house light. Richard at Mtnelectronics is an awesome source and he can build it to do whatever you need it to do.

EDC rotation:
KR4, SST-20 FA3 4000k (favorite!)
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (second favorite)
FW1A, LH351D 3500k (third favorite)
FW1A, XP-L Hi 3A
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
Emisar D4V2, SST20 4000k
Emisar D4V2, brass E21A 3500k (night light of choice)

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+1 on both posts. In my car I use a protected cell. You should get that from Richard too.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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Where are you in the US? Some people may disagree with me, but I don’t like leaving 18650’s in cars that reach temperature extremes like 130f+ down to -10f. I keep a couple of lights that take AA’s in my car so that I can use lithium primaries just as a backup for an emergency. If I know I’m going to need a light ahead of time, I bring something that uses rechargeable along, but I don’t leave it in my car. Again, I know some people disagree, but it’s something to think about.

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A quality light such as Convoy S series tube light is compact & reliable.
Maybe a C8 or large reflector lights if you need a light with more throw for outdoor use (if you have space to store it.)
If you are going to check it/use it periodically— a Li ion cell should work—
but if it is for emergencies- and might be stored for long term—you
might consider something like a
Solarforce L series light with 2x cr123 Lithium primaries
( with ultra long 15 year shelf lives, and no “alka-leak” issues)

Or, I imagine- be like most of us, and have SEVERAL lights in the car Smile

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As mentioned
I also like having an AA light – so that if I need to find extra readily available AA primaries —when natural disasters or other “shit-hits-the-fan” scenarios—I have a better chance of finding AA cell size.

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Doesn’t the s2+ handle two cr123s?

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In my opinion, it’s nice to have at least a c8 sized light with sos or strobe.
The extra throw from a c8 sized light vs a small tube light like the s2 might come useful or handy when looking for addresses or just seeing stuff a little farther away…maybe an animal, creature, or human.
The strobe or sos may come in handy if broken down and need to get someone’s attention

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Yes, I am in coastal California where frost on the ground and 90 Fahrenheit are about as extreme as it gets. In the Midwest, I think I would use lithium primaries too.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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carbine15 wrote:
Doesn’t the s2+ handle two cr123s?

No. The manufacturer only lists the option of one 18650. No operating voltage range, so I would recommend against trying 2 x cr123s.

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I’m in coastal California but I’ve seen 130F inside my car — get a few miles inland and it happens surprisingly often.
And I’ve also been camping in the mountains not all that far inland and experienced the temperature crash when a winter cold front chases Autumn away
So I +1 what Pilotdog said — lithium Energizer primary AAs for the permanent resident car light.

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Fenix E25 LED Flashlight Ultimate Edition 2015 and an affordable AA or AAA headlamp, or…..

The Fenix gives you your 1000 lumens on 14500 cells, it also uses AAs, and has strobe and a usable low of 5 lumens for 100 hours. http://www.fenix-store.com/fenix-e25-led-flashlight-ultimate-edition-2015/

It should also fit in this Nitecore Headband. https://www.fasttech.com/product/1825601-nitecore-hb02-elastic-nylon-hea....

Order a couple of AAA to AA dapters when you order the headband, and you have a great setup for the car. https://www.fasttech.com/products/0/10001913/1137300-translucent-aaa-to-...

You can also get a little car charger for the batteries.

I like to keep such items in a camera pouch or small, soft sided cooler, and in the coolest part of the vehicle, preferably the trunk.

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I find this hard to beat for carrying in an auto.I really like the magnetic base and side light in case you have to change a tire on a dark night.Just attach it to the fender and the side light light gives you plenty of work light.Great for under the hood also.Amazon sells it but not Prime.
http://www.batteryjunction.com/sunwayman-c22c-xml2-u2.html

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Sipik SK-58 or Ultra OK SK-68 with a lithium primary.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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I guess I didn’t list specifics. I keep a big 3D Defiant light with AA to D adapters filled up with Lithium Energizers. And also a 2AA rayovac indestructible light, highly highly recommended for vehicle use. Then I supplement those with other lights, usually my Jacob A60 or UF-1405

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I keep basic maglight d cell. The batteries last forever and its solid enough to use as a defensive weapon if needed.

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I wonder if anyone has taken his Tesla to Death Valley in the Summer yet.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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I have several lights in my van and I live in an area where the temperatures do not reach the extremes.

I placed my Starry Light BLF Edition SA-22 (4x AA) along with an MXDXL AAA stainless steel light in my upper glove compartment. I think my upper glove compartment becomes the hottest part of my van if parked under the sun hence the primary batteries.

I also have a SingFire SF-522 HeadLight (2× 18650) in my right tool box. I’ll need it during during quick inspections and repairs like changing of tires at night.

My modified Black Shadow Terminator (4× 18650) with 4 dedomed XM-Ls is placed in a holster hanging behind the right 2nd row seat. Fog and heavy rain is frequent in my place so I’ll need it on emergencies during inclement weather.

Attached to my car keys is my KD Buckle V6 Max (AAA) and I carry my 4 Sevens Maelstrom X10 (26650) with dedomed XM-L2 in my belt and my Lumintop Tool (AAA) in my right pocket so there are at least 7 flashlights inside my van when I’m driving it. Smile

2 holsters are also hanged behind the left 2nd row seat and the right 3rd row seat. When my family goes on long trips like a vacation, my modified Sky Ray King (4× 18650) with 3 dedomed XM-L2s is placed behind the left 2nd seat and my modified Olight SR-52 Intimidator (3× 18650) with dedomed XM-L2 is placed behind the right 3rd seat. I also place my modified Solar Storm SP03 (4× 18650) with 3 dedomed XM-L2s lower glove compartment and my modified BTU Shocker (3× 18650) with 3 dedomed XM-L2 inside the left tool/utility box.

11 flashlights in all would ensure that each family member (we’re 5 in all and each are also issued with their EDCs) have access to a powerful flashlight during long trips when the need arises. :bigsmile:

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if it is for your car i highly suggest sunwayman c22c.
its has a magnetic tail. dual led. and tungsten steel spike for breaking windows.
can also be used on two cr123a.

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Fritz t. Cat wrote:
I wonder if anyone has taken his Tesla to Death Valley in the Summer yet.

tesla’s are liquid cooled but I understand that the nissan leaf is not, and ran into longivity isses in the South West because of the heat killing the cells early.

but it might just be a rumor.

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Look this is easy.

As a flashacholic just put your second newest light in the car. (and keep updating it so its always the second newest) Smile

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Lol!
I used to keep Surefire E2e with KL1 head for a few years until I found out later that they are already OOP and people out there are willing to pay more than the retail price.
After that, I change it to a very old Pelican M6 LED and Inova X5, which are too dim, and later to Fenix P3D Q5. All these lights use CR123.
I also have Convoy S2+ using some cheap 18650, but my S2+ is only using 3* 7135 drivers, so it is only rated to 4xx lumens, unlike those using 8* 7135 drivers

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Nightbird95 wrote:
I have several lights in my van and I live in an area where the temperatures do not reach the extremes.

I placed my Starry Light BLF Edition SA-22 (4x AA) along with an MXDXL AAA stainless steel light in my upper glove compartment. I think my upper glove compartment becomes the hottest part of my van if parked under the sun hence the primary batteries.

I also have a SingFire SF-522 HeadLight (2× 18650) in my right tool box. I’ll need it during during quick inspections and repairs like changing of tires at night.

My modified Black Shadow Terminator (4× 18650) with 4 dedomed XM-Ls is placed in a holster hanging behind the right 2nd row seat. Fog and heavy rain is frequent in my place so I’ll need it on emergencies during inclement weather.

Attached to my car keys is my KD Buckle V6 Max (AAA) and I carry my 4 Sevens Maelstrom X10 (26650) with dedomed XM-L2 in my belt and my Lumintop Tool (AAA) in my right pocket so there are at least 7 flashlights inside my van when I’m driving it. Smile

2 holsters are also hanged behind the left 2nd row seat and the right 3rd row seat. When my family goes on long trips like a vacation, my modified Sky Ray King (4× 18650) with 3 dedomed XM-L2s is placed behind the left 2nd seat and my modified Olight SR-52 Intimidator (3× 18650) with dedomed XM-L2 is placed behind the right 3rd seat. I also place my modified Solar Storm SP03 (4× 18650) with 3 dedomed XM-L2s lower glove compartment and my modified BTU Shocker (3× 18650) with 3 dedomed XM-L2 inside the left tool/utility box.

11 flashlights in all would ensure that each family member (we’re 5 in all and each are also issued with their EDCs) have access to a powerful flashlight during long trips when the need arises. :bigsmile:

Sounds like a true Flashaholic mobile center!

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akoposilester wrote:
if it is for your car i highly suggest sunwayman c22c. its has a magnetic tail. dual led. and tungsten steel spike for breaking windows. can also be used on two cr123a.

That one is ticking a lot of checkboxes!

Headlamps are also handy to have in a vehicle.

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pilotdog68 wrote:
I guess I didn’t list specifics. I keep a big 3D Defiant light with AA to D adapters filled up with Lithium Energizers. And also a 2AA rayovac indestructible light, highly highly recommended for vehicle use. Then I supplement those with other lights, usually my Jacob A60 or UF-1405

My big Defiant 3D sits in the hunting Jeep within arms reach. Great weapon and is bright enough to even handle mild spotlight duties. A solid headlamp is also a requirement for all my vehicles.

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I am one of the guys who don’t want 18650 in a car trunk…
I have a 26650 light with a bigger reflector in my car equipped with 3*AAA lithium primaries, I thought about exchanging it with the sd10 I have but I never did.
I never use this light so it still has the stock driver and emitter it’s just there for the case I need a light.

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akoposilester wrote:

its has a magnetic tail.

That wouldn’t be useful with my car. It is all aluminum and plastic on the outside.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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Fritz t. Cat wrote:
akoposilester wrote:

its has a magnetic tail.

That wouldn’t be useful with my car. It is all aluminum and plastic on the outside.

What car IS it?

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Wrathbringer27 wrote:
Fritz t. Cat wrote:
akoposilester wrote:

its has a magnetic tail.

That wouldn’t be useful with my car. It is all aluminum and plastic on the outside.

What car IS it?

An old Honda Insight.
I have had two aluminum bodied cars in my life. The first is a Lotus Seven. I still own it, but is isn’t running. The current one is an original Honda Insight. The second generation Insight has a steel body but the first has aluminum. The whole unit construction is aluminum, and even suspensions struts and the compact spare are aluminum. Some external parts like fender skirts and rear view mirror fairings are plastic of one sort or another. Its lifetime average is 53 miles per gallon.

Flashlight designers should look at lighthouses and pottery.
这些谁设计的手电筒应该看灯塔,以及在陶器。

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