What was your best flashlight(s) of 2017

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After some consideration I would nominate $7 S2+ as well. Unlike some other awesome deals it is something that an average but determined person can grab. And it’s worth it.

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1)Skilhunt H03 . Good host, modding friendly. Actually I have 3 different moded H03 as favorite of year)
2) D4 excellent host.

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1 Skilhunt H03
2 Thrunite TN40S
3 haikelite MT01
4 Thorfire VG10

That VG10 is not the best but those are the all I’ve bought in 2017 Tired

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Franz wrote:
4 Thorfire VG10

That VG10 is not the best but those are the all I’ve bought in 2017 Tired

Forward clicky, nigh perfect mode spacing, nice beam… what’s not to love?

That’s still one of my all-time faves.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Franz wrote:
Thorfire VG10

nigh perfect mode spacing

Personally I find mode spacing of D4 much better. Silly
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Agro wrote:
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Franz wrote:
Thorfire VG10
nigh perfect mode spacing
Personally I find mode spacing of D4 much better. Silly

Ain’t got a D4, so can’t compare.

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Just ordered a D1 and THAT might be my best of 2017.

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D4 has smooth ramping. No modes, even optionally.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Franz wrote:
4 Thorfire VG10

That VG10 is not the best but those are the all I’ve bought in 2017 Tired

Forward clicky, nigh perfect mode spacing, nice beam… what’s not to love?

That’s still one of my all-time faves.

I hate that low voltage protect, it kicks in much earlier and this light flickers so much…… some times the low protection kicks even with fresh batteries Facepalm

That forward clicky I don’t like, but is ok for me. I’ve tried to fix it tightening those retaining rings, but with no success Sick

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Emisar D4 and D1

I don’t have them yet, but I have a feeling I’ll love the Lumintop Tool AA and Nitecore HC33 once mine arrive

In my Tree

My collectionEmisar: D4 / D1 / D4 (broken) ― Convoy: C8 Clear / S2+ Clear / S2+ / S2+ UV / S6 ― Nitecore: Tube / Thumb / Concept 1 / HC30 / HC33 / TIP / TIP CRI / TINI ― Lumintop: Tool AAA / Tool AA / HLAAA / EDC05 ― Sofirn: SF10 / SF12 / SF12 / SF14 / SF14 / SF14 / SP10A / SP10A (gifted) ― Jaxman: E3 ― UTorch: UT01 ― Trustfire: Z2 ― Skyfire: SF-065 (trashed)

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BLF Q8

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For 2017 I’d say the Convoy L6, Jaxman E2L, and my Jaxman Z1.

2016, Acebeam K40M.

(Edit)

Now adding the Olight x7 Marauder NW to the 2017 list.

2018, mabey the Astrolux MF-01.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_3:16 

Flashlights:

x2 Sk68 modded 1 Nichia 319AT, 1 Cree XP-G3 - x1 Solorforce P60 drop in custom XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver - x2 Lumintop EDC05 CW - x2 Jaxman E2L tripple XP-G2 S4 
x1 Jaxman Z1 Zoomie, w/ Cree MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Acebeam K40m thrower with MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Xintd SC-82 V5 Limited Edition C8, XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver
x1 Convoy L6 moded with a Cree XHP-70.2 P2 1D LED - x1 Rare Olight x7 Maurauder with a Nuetral White LED - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Nichia 219c - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Cree XP-G3 - x2 Zebralight SC5w MKII  

x2 Lumintop Tool AA - x1  x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 - x1 Lumintop ODL20C - x1 Lumintop GT mini - x1 Olight i3E EOS - x2 Zebralight SC600w Plus MK IV XHP 50.2 4500k 80 CRI - x1 Fenix CL30R - x1 Lumintop C01 Bike Light - x1 Lumintop Zoom 1 - x2 Zebralight Sc700d - x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 Ti - x1 Olight I3T EOS

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As a newbie, thanks to lurking around here, my favorite is the BLF A6 3D with some DC-Fix (thx Boaz). This light works great for nightly walks with a huge output, a super floody beam, and at a budget price.

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My vote goes to the Nitecore EC23. It’s 1/4th of an inch shorter than my Fenix PD35 and nearly twice as bright 960 vs 1800 lumens. I can’t wait to see where they take this next.

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The light that I find myself using and enjoying (despite the odd UI) most frequently is the Nitecore EC23 as well

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For me, the Convoy S2+ in red. FAN-TAS-TIC!!!!!

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Convoy l6 sry but this light is hard to beat for me, insane value for money.

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Convoy l6 sry but this light is hard to beat for me, insane value for money.

I remember picking this light (black L6) out of the box for the first time (last year) thinking that it’s impossible that such awesome machining, feel, and stealthy matte finish can be bought for about $60. It’s amazing alright.
Convoy L6 was my light of the year 2016. Cool

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hIKARInoob wrote:
mortuus wrote:
Convoy l6 sry but this light is hard to beat for me, insane value for money.

I remember picking this light (black L6) out of the box for the first time (last year) thinking that it’s impossible that such awesome machining, feel, and stealthy matte finish can be bought for about $60. It’s amazing alright.
Convoy L6 was my light of the year 2016. Cool

Oh yeah it’s a great light. Best bang for your buck, that’s for sure.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_3:16 

Flashlights:

x2 Sk68 modded 1 Nichia 319AT, 1 Cree XP-G3 - x1 Solorforce P60 drop in custom XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver - x2 Lumintop EDC05 CW - x2 Jaxman E2L tripple XP-G2 S4 
x1 Jaxman Z1 Zoomie, w/ Cree MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Acebeam K40m thrower with MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Xintd SC-82 V5 Limited Edition C8, XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver
x1 Convoy L6 moded with a Cree XHP-70.2 P2 1D LED - x1 Rare Olight x7 Maurauder with a Nuetral White LED - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Nichia 219c - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Cree XP-G3 - x2 Zebralight SC5w MKII  

x2 Lumintop Tool AA - x1  x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 - x1 Lumintop ODL20C - x1 Lumintop GT mini - x1 Olight i3E EOS - x2 Zebralight SC600w Plus MK IV XHP 50.2 4500k 80 CRI - x1 Fenix CL30R - x1 Lumintop C01 Bike Light - x1 Lumintop Zoom 1 - x2 Zebralight Sc700d - x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 Ti - x1 Olight I3T EOS

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I’m curious why so many rave about the Convoy L6. Not saying it is a bad light in ANY way…in fact i dont even have it to compare.
Compared to Thorfire S70S, it doesnt throw quite as far, both are 26650 lights and Thorfire is at least $10 cheaper (almost $20, depending on the website).
Is the machining and quality that much different/better on the Convoy?
I have the Thorfire myself and love it, just wondering what the difference is.

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contigo wrote:
I’m curious why so many rave about the Convoy L6. Not saying it is a bad light in ANY way…in fact i dont even have it to compare. Compared to Thorfire S70S, it doesnt throw quite as far, both are 26650 lights and Thorfire is at least $10 cheaper (almost $20, depending on the website). Is the machining and quality that much different/better on the Convoy? I have the Thorfire myself and love it, just wondering what the difference is.

Actually depending on the vendor, for example, http://www.thorfiredirect.com/ThorFire-S70S-XHP70-LED-Flashlight-3960-Lumens-Long-Distance-Searchlight-IPX8-Waterproof-for-Camping-Hiking-Outdoor-Sports,S70-Upgraded-Version-p-152.html

costs more then the L6 but not by much.

https://www.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_359831.html?currency=USD&vip...

Convoy is a little more well known than Thorfire from what I’ve seen. The reputation for Convoy’s quality and value is well known. The L6 is easily modded, and in it’s stock form it already comes with bypassed springs.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_3:16 

Flashlights:

x2 Sk68 modded 1 Nichia 319AT, 1 Cree XP-G3 - x1 Solorforce P60 drop in custom XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver - x2 Lumintop EDC05 CW - x2 Jaxman E2L tripple XP-G2 S4 
x1 Jaxman Z1 Zoomie, w/ Cree MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Acebeam K40m thrower with MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Xintd SC-82 V5 Limited Edition C8, XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver
x1 Convoy L6 moded with a Cree XHP-70.2 P2 1D LED - x1 Rare Olight x7 Maurauder with a Nuetral White LED - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Nichia 219c - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Cree XP-G3 - x2 Zebralight SC5w MKII  

x2 Lumintop Tool AA - x1  x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 - x1 Lumintop ODL20C - x1 Lumintop GT mini - x1 Olight i3E EOS - x2 Zebralight SC600w Plus MK IV XHP 50.2 4500k 80 CRI - x1 Fenix CL30R - x1 Lumintop C01 Bike Light - x1 Lumintop Zoom 1 - x2 Zebralight Sc700d - x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 Ti - x1 Olight I3T EOS

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My favorites from 2017 are all BLF-related:

  • FW3A prototype
  • Emisar D4 with frosted optic and 3D-ish tint (5D+3D+3D+2B)
  • Emisar D1 and D1S
  • BLF Q8

I may be a bit biased though, considering I was involved in these to various degrees and have my code on all of them. As for stuff I didn’t make, my favorites are mostly a bit older. In chronological order:

  • OKluma DC2 copper (2017)
  • Olight S-Mini Ti (2016)
  • DQG Fairy (2015)
  • Zebralight H52Fw (2013)
  • L3 L10-219 (2013)

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There’s been many great lights, but I’ll list some that actually get a lot of use

  • Olight H2R – this is clipped to my winter jacket all the time
  • Emisar D4 219C – doesn’t need any introduction
  • Olight M2R” (emitter changed to an XHP35 HI) – Gotta love the instant tactical turbo and the great tint
  • Astrolux MF01 (driver changed to the Texas Ace one with NarsilM, thanks Lexel!) – >10k lumens with >CRI90, my favorite light atm

Not a flashlight, but needs a mention

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NITECORE SRT-9

By time you read this I will have changed my mind…

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best for me, a rotation among my modded Cu Maratac AAA’s w high CRI Nichia sm303 9050, sw40 9080, and sw45 9080, w NoPWM

and my PT-16 “Camp Lantern”, w sm303 High CRI mod, w NoPWM

worst LED.. the green tinted 6000k XM-L2 w Constant Flicker driver in my lovely looking Cu S Mini

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jon_slider wrote:
best for me, a rotation among my modded Cu Maratac AAA’s w high CRI Nichia sm303 9050, sw40 9080, and sw45 9080, w NoPWM

and my PT-16 “Camp Lantern”, w sm303 High CRI mod, w NoPWM

worst LED.. the green tinted 6000k XM-L2 w Constant Flicker driver in my lovely looking Cu S Mini

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I love the tint on the far right flashlight on the very top out of the three. What Nichia LED is that and the kelvin color?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_3:16 

Flashlights:

x2 Sk68 modded 1 Nichia 319AT, 1 Cree XP-G3 - x1 Solorforce P60 drop in custom XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver - x2 Lumintop EDC05 CW - x2 Jaxman E2L tripple XP-G2 S4 
x1 Jaxman Z1 Zoomie, w/ Cree MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Acebeam K40m thrower with MT-G2 Q0 LED - x1 Xintd SC-82 V5 Limited Edition C8, XM-L2 U4 1C, Qlight Rev.A 7135*8 3.04A Driver
x1 Convoy L6 moded with a Cree XHP-70.2 P2 1D LED - x1 Rare Olight x7 Maurauder with a Nuetral White LED - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Nichia 219c - x1 Astrolux MF-01 Cree XP-G3 - x2 Zebralight SC5w MKII  

x2 Lumintop Tool AA - x1  x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 - x1 Lumintop ODL20C - x1 Lumintop GT mini - x1 Olight i3E EOS - x2 Zebralight SC600w Plus MK IV XHP 50.2 4500k 80 CRI - x1 Fenix CL30R - x1 Lumintop C01 Bike Light - x1 Lumintop Zoom 1 - x2 Zebralight Sc700d - x2 Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 Ti - x1 Olight I3T EOS

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sovereignknight wrote:
I love the tint on the far right flashlight on the very top out of the three. What Nichia LED is that and the kelvin color?

thanks, me too
sw45 9080 is a special 4500k N219b that came from Clemence but is not yet back in stock. Discussed here
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BLF Q8 – what could you possibly want more?

EMISAR D4 in 18350 – XXXfun with a capital F (and a very effective headlight on a cap, and I worked out a lanyard for it)

S2+ 18350 “The Red One” + triple XP-G3 (thanks kiriba-ru!) – much abused this year, very tactile to handle

NITECORE TIP 2017 – just a very practical package, excellent on a hat after dark too

OLIGHT i3e (silver 120 lumens) – a perfect mini EDC neck-light

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If I had to pick one, it has to be my BLF A6.

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Probably Folomov EDC-C4 – it is a bright, small 1×18650 with USB charging, and a tolerable but not great UI

I do EDC it – but the only days are weekends.

and it’s a power bank – if you want to carry around a weird special cable, i never use it for that.

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You don’t need a special cable to use EDC-C4 as a powerbank.
It’s enough to get an adapter like that:

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