Cabbie Looking For A Light

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Cabbie Looking For A Light

Hi All,

I am new to this forum and I don't know a lot about these flashlights, so I am here to get some information on which torch I should buy as there are so many to choose from. As a cabbie I am looking for a reliable, yet bright torch for finding people's house numbers while I am driving at night. Currently I am using a 4D Cell Mag-Lite but I'm after something smaller and brighter. Last night I was thinking about purchasing a UltraFire WF-502B, and then I noticed on these forums that the KD C8 CREE XML T6 1000 Lumen 5-Mode LED Flashlight (1*18650) was quite popular. So which flashlight would you guys recommend for me?


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StringBean29

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Welcome . The C8 would be great , but you should really do a fair amount of research here before you decide which light would best suit your needs .

 

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You are on the right track with the c8. It is pretty small and I would say the beam would be perfect for house number hunting. I like the trustfire from Manafont because it's bright and has a little stainless bling to it.

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

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I assume you mean this one http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/trustfire-c8-stainless-steel-he... right?

 

and how long do you get out of a set of batteries?

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StringBean29 wrote:

I assume you mean this one http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/trustfire-c8-stainless-steel-he... right?

Welcome to BLF, StringBean29!  That is the one and I agree. It's the one I'd go with too.
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Are these particular Flashlights with 18650 batteries more powerful then a Flashlight that takes AA or AAA batteries?

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Also is there a combo I can get that would include decent 18650 batteries and charger?

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Far more powerful. The 18650 can supply far more juice to run an XM-L at full power and for far longer.

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Welcome as well. I also agree with this light although I got a clone for about $5 less on ebay. Doesn't have the nice stainless bezel though. Great light! You will be amazed!

For batteries and charger I would take advantage of this:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/4197

Include the car adapter and you will really be set! Better than the bundles from what I can see.

Also ask Serena if she will extend the $13.50 shipped deal for 2 XTar protected 18650s I think she will.  So, for $30.50 you get 2 top quality batteries that could easily cost you $34 alone. Plus, you get a good charger that will allow you to charge your batteries in the cab! Add the C8 from manafont and you end up still under $60 for a light batteries and charger. The light will blow many $100 plus lights away and you have batteries and charger included.

You could save $5 and get this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1300-Lumens-CREE-XML-XM-L-T6-LED-Flashlight-Torc...

(this one may be ended but redlog was good to me and has others. The kegos KE-1 is a very similar clone. Cyberport also sells them on ebay and I think others here have had good experience with them.)

The 18650s simply have more power available than anything else that small. These lights put out a tremendous amount of light. That means they use a lot of power. The 18650 is a nice format as a balance of small size big power. I had my KE-1 out in the country with a friend that had one of those big tool lights with the rechargeable battery like would go in a skill saw etc. His light was 3X the size and probably 10X the weight. Also some kind of "bright" LED light. However, the KE-1 made it look like a toy!  Perhaps run time was longer but with the charger and spare cell above it wouldn't be an issue in your use.

Wade

 

JohnnyMac wrote:

StringBean29 wrote:

I assume you mean this one http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/trustfire-c8-stainless-steel-he... right?

Welcome to BLF, StringBean29!  That is the one and I agree. It's the one I'd go with too.

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Ok thanks, email sent.

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If you can wait, a group buy is the way to go IMO.

I have about 6 torches [impulse buys] that I don't really use!Embarassed

Check and see if the UF-2100 group buy is still on.

 

 

 

 

 
 
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For finding people's house numbers from inside the car I'd suggest a dedicated thrower (thinner but brighter beam, with longer battery runtime as a bonus and no bright spill to blind the user).

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Super-Tactics-CREE-LED-400-Lm-Flashlight-Torch-Lamp-New-/120710615523?_trksid=p4340.m263&_trkparms=algo%3DSIC%26its%3DI%26itu%3DUCI%252BIA%252BUA%252BFICS%252BUFI%26otn%3D5%26pmod%3D400238052627%26ps%3D63%26clkid%3D2821086166681363126

discussed here:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/4501

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Just a note, there's another thread that seems to have similar requirements. UPS driver.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/5021