Flashlight to keep my hands free while walking?

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Flashlight to keep my hands free while walking?

I don’t want forehead flashlight and I also don’t want to hold anything in my hands. I have this jacket with velcro places (kinda like military has), is there a flashlight out there, that would stick there? I guess it’d have to be some with right-or-lower-angle head.
I have semi-decided for FENIX WT20R and maybe glue velcro to it or see if clip can hold it in front thigh pocket, but figured I might ask the experts first Smile

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the Sofirn SP40 would be a good choice with either the 18650 or 18350 tube.

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Katherine Alicia wrote:
the Sofirn SP40 would be a good choice with either the 18650 or 18350 tube.

I second the SP40. I’ve been using it for walking at night as a headlight. You could put some velcro on the headlight mount.
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There are plenty good headlamps around it depend on how much you can spend.

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I third.

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A belly button flashlight might work

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If you’re going to hang it on your clothes then get a flooder. Any kind of throw or even directional beam will just be irritating as it swings back and forward

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Some angle head flashlights come with clips to attach to a pocket or the front of an unzipped jacket or button down shirt

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You’re probably going to want to be able to adjust the light up and down to some extent. So if you took a headlight mount and velcro that to the jacket then you could adjust the headlight up and down just as if it was on your head. And as some have said I think you want a wide beam. And that rules out the sofrin SP40 as the it is much more spotty and throwy than most other headlights.

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My vote’s also for a right-angle headlamp with a pocket clip to affix it to a pocket/belt.
But if you don’t have a good place to clip the light, you can also wear a headlamp around your neck and point it at the ground.

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I am lucky to have a TH20 with a clip. Also have a SP40 with a clip. At the moment the SP40 is in its headband. The last few nights I have been using the TH20 clipped to my coat and it works great! Could use the SP40 this way as well. On my coat I am able to clip the light horizontally so it is easy to adjust the height up and down. This would work for either light.

Here are some pics of how I have used the TH20 for hands free use. Any right angle light with a clip like the SP40 would likely work well for this.

https://budgetlightforum.com/node/70472

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welcome to the forum destabilizator

> FENIX WT20R

my critique of that light
1. high price
2. it uses 2xAA, I would rather just use 1x of whatever battery type you like
3. it has a Low CRI LED, I would rather point you to High CRI

alternative
Manker E03H
choose the
Neutral White SST20 4000K 95CRI option

1. lower cost, includes headlamp bracket that lets you easily aim the light up and down..
2. Uses 1xAA, carry another as a backup, so you dont go dark without options.
3. Buy the High CRI version for best light spectrum, closest to sunlight.

"High CRI Lights for Sale":https://budgetlightforum.com/node/75426

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Might look weird, but what about a chest gimbal? I remember seeing some vids by a jogger who used one and it really stabilized the video. Ok it would definitely look weird!

I don’t know if I could give up control of the light, though. You don’t want to accidentally get your hotspot in the eye on oncoming traffic. If you hear a noise or something you’ll want to know what it is sooner than you could fart around with aiming something on your chest. And sometimes I hear noises in the trees. Gotta know right away if I spooked a barn owl or if it’s that damned evil monkey.

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Hands free, unobtrusive, and forgotten… If anyone looked at the pictures I referenced above you would see my current dog walking setup. A TH20 clipped to my Swedish Military Parka. Last night, after dog walk, my wife asked me to empty the pockets so she could throw it in the wash. Being the good husband… When the wash finished I threw it in the dryer. Wife was ready to go to bed soon after and the thumping from the dryer was too much. (I thought it was just the big zipper on the parka but turned the dryer off anyway.) She said don’t worry she would start the dryer in the AM and it would be dry when I needed it. Sure enough, when I as ready to to out this AM the parka was ready to go.

Am sure you know by now what I found when I put the parka on. A very clean TH20 clipped and ready to go for our next walk!

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Don't forget the so-called inspection lights, like the Streamlight Jr Reach (link). It's my favorite hands-free light. Just wrap it around your neck while walking. It's grab-and-go convenience. It's a more sophisticated version of the old Black & Decker Snake light.

 Two AA batteries, puts out 115 lumens.

 

It's my wife's favorite hands-free as well.

 

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Bwana wrote:
A belly button flashlight might work

Only if he’s got an “innie”.

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Oli wrote:
You’re probably going to want to be able to adjust the light up and down to some extent. So if you took a headlight mount and velcro that to the jacket then you could adjust the headlight up and down just as if it was on your head. And as some have said I think you want a wide beam. And that rules out the sofrin SP40 as the it is much more spotty and throwy than most other headlights.

Wasn’t there a Rofus that had a swivel-head that rotated from straight to right-angle?

That, and some diffusion film to dethrow it.

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Oh yeh, goggle some Markus vids. He had a belt-holster that you could swivel to all sorts of angles. Looked quite handy…

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Not sure if this would help, but RovyVon E300s!

https://www.rovyvon.com/products/angel-eyes-e300s

It has different modes and a versatile operation throught the top and the side buttons.

Not the cheapest option eventually, considering the ones presented above, but, well, another one in the table!!

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Lightbringer wrote:
Oli wrote:
You’re probably going to want to be able to adjust the light up and down to some extent. So if you took a headlight mount and velcro that to the jacket then you could adjust the headlight up and down just as if it was on your head. And as some have said I think you want a wide beam. And that rules out the sofrin SP40 as the it is much more spotty and throwy than most other headlights.

Wasn’t there a Rofus that had a swivel-head that rotated from straight to right-angle?

That, and some diffusion film to dethrow it.

Rofis made some pretty neat lights with that unique feature! Unfortunately, it seems they’ve vanished from the market.
I have a couple of cheaper swiveling lights made by NICRON, but the build quality and UI are a mixed bag from them.

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MascaratumB wrote:
Not sure if this would help, but RovyVon E300s!

https://www.rovyvon.com/products/angel-eyes-e300s

It has different modes and a versatile operation throught the top and the side buttons.

Not the cheapest option eventually, considering the ones presented above, but, well, another one in the table!!

I have one in Nichia. Best EDC I have found, and I have a few.
Battery Juntion has it for 60 bucks for black Friday. I paid 80 for mine two years ago.
Put it in the back pocket and forget you have it.
Only problem is the side switch is hard to press. But the Turbo switch in the top works just fine.

Cheers.

Lighting up the world one flashlight at a time.

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elbakan1 wrote:
MascaratumB wrote:
Not sure if this would help, but RovyVon E300s!

https://www.rovyvon.com/products/angel-eyes-e300s

It has different modes and a versatile operation throught the top and the side buttons.

Not the cheapest option eventually, considering the ones presented above, but, well, another one in the table!!

I have one in Nichia. Best EDC I have found, and I have a few.
Battery Juntion has it for 60 bucks for black Friday. I paid 80 for mine two years ago.
Put it in the back pocket and forget you have it.
Only problem is the side switch is hard to press. But the Turbo switch in the top works just fine.

Cheers.

Nice you like yours Thumbs Up I got the XP-G3 and replaced them for XP-L, floodier and brighter, and…hotter!
Most of the times I double or triple click the side switch for a brighter mode. But yes, if one wants the lowest mode (ML), requires some pressing!
Other than that is a great light Cool

I sometimes use it as headlamp too Wink

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Simple easy answer is  to wear a headlamp  with the strap fully loosened around the neck instead of like an idiot on your head . 

I like the rovy von idea but $65 ? oh come on now .. how about a  $10 Boruit D-10 loose around your neck .< this has become one of my favorite ways to run a light .  Having both hands free is invaluable .

 I like the idea of a shoulder mounted light as well but you'd have to be wearing the same thing all the time and getting a mount to be stable right and left would probably be a pain .I've run stuff clipped onto the collar  under your ear but there is again too much lateral movement .

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Boaz wrote:

Simple easy answer is  to wear a headlamp  with the strap fully loosened around the neck instead of like an idiot on your head . 


I like the rovy von idea but a 100$ ? oh come on now .. how about a  $10 Boruit D-10 loose around your neck .< this has become one of my favorite ways to run a light .  Having both hands free is invaluable .


 I like the idea of a shoulder mounted light as well but you’d have to be wearing the same thing all the time and getting a mount to be stable right and left would probably be a pain .I’ve run stuff clipped onto the collar  under your ear but there is again too much lateral movement .

See, this is why you are an inspiration! You come with different and budget ideas that do the job Wink
When I read your text I thought “Nah, it will not point to the right direction, it will be too loose!!”
But then I picked my D10 and…well, it is pointing towards the right place, and since the light can be adjusted top/down in the plastic holder, it really is a useful beam!

You’re great man!! Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

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Yep I'm the man ...and my wife ..She's the woman ....Great is questionable .

 I'm sure the idea came from someone else but I have to admit it's a very nice way to wear a light when you hate having something strapped to your sweaty forehead . I can't think of anything worse .  Otoh I had a d-10 around my neck while grocery shopping the other night and was pleased I had a mask on to hide my identity . .

 

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Boaz wrote:
I’m sure the idea came from someone else but I have to admit it’s a very nice way to wear a light when you hate having something strapped to your sweaty forehead . I can’t think of anything worse .

Wellp, I can. I’m just not going to say…

 

Oh good God. Of course…

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How about Armyteks Wizard?

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Smallest angle light you can go is Nitecore Thumbi found it on this site

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Thank you for all the input! I’ve checked all of the proposed models Smile
I gave it a bit more thought and wonder, if there anything similar to my love-at-first-sight WT20R with High CRI LED (I’ve explored what that means, yey!)?
I might have use for something like this, standing, angle-able – I paint miniatures
I’m willing to pay around the price of WT20R

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What leds are in WT20R? Seems easy to swap though.

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Skilhunt h03 comes with a clip you can put oh the front of your shirt or jacket. Same the the fireflies pl47

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