What was your best / favorite / coolest flashlight of 2020?

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What was your best / favorite / coolest flashlight of 2020?

Time for the yearly tradition:

What was your favorite of 2020?

Can be in any category. Multiple categories are also fine. 

 

(PLEASE ONLY LIGHTS YOU GOT IN 2020)

 

Always fun to look back at past years' favorites as well.. 

so here you go: 

 

What were the most popular lights of 2019

https://budgetlightforum.com/node/70614

 

What were the most popular lights of 2018

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/63915

 

What were the most popular lights of 2017

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/57696

 

What were the most popular lights of 2016
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/51162

 

What was your best flashlight of 2015
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/44364

 

Best stock flashlight buy in 2014
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/36339

 

Best modified flashlight buy in 2014
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/36403

 

Best 3 of 2013
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/27791

 

Best budget flashlights of 2012
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/15090

 

Best budget light in category : value for money 2011
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/5642

 

What’s the best flashlight, (for the money you paid) that you ever bought? 2010
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/790

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Mine: Weltool W4 (throw)

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ChibiM wrote:

Mine: 


Huh?
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2020 isn’t over yet Wink

Still have some incoming….

Most impressive = Noctigon KR1. But also the most frustrating as it turns on in my pocket when trying to EDC it! Hoping the new deep carry pocket clip incoming will solve this.

Most astonishing = Astrolux A02. Bought on a whim. It has flaws. But my word is it a handy little thing with a wonderful beam and tint. And all on a AAA/10440.

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In no particular order…

Sofirn SC31pro – great all-around light, legos with lots of lights with the same DNA, including mag caps and shorty tubes, configurable out the wazoo as long as you can deal with the UI minefield.

Skilhunt M200 – great UI, beam, awesome regulation, magnetic charging, very nicely put together, a really nice top-shelf light.

Skilhunt E3A – for an AAA light, this takes top-notch to a whole new level, from the pebbled TIR lens to the not-done-as-an-afterthought milled lanyard hole but an actual protruding tab, with HA3 ano, and a ridiculously high bang for the buk.

Wuben TO46R/219C – awesome light with amazing warmth and high-CRI from the 219Cs, and a great dual-switch UI.

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I'm waiting for delivery of a headlight.

Once it arrives, I'll probably make a post in this thread on my best new light for 2020.

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1st: No doubt, the Olight Warrior Mini for stock lights! (My EDC Love )

2nd: The RovyVon Aurora A23! (My other EDC Crown )

3rd: Well, several lights I received but didn’t get much use till now: Skilhunt M200, Brinyte PT18pro.

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As for modded lights, my triple Convoy S6 and the “AmuLuxeon” quad build!! Definitely the ones that make me proud Wink

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In the value-conscious, sensible, reasonably necessary-to-have (at least 1) category:

FT03 SST-40 – best bang for my buck.

SC31 Pro – honorable mention.

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Lightbringer wrote:
In no particular order…

Sofirn SC31pro – great all-around light, legos with lots of lights with the same DNA, including mag caps and shorty tubes, configurable out the wazoo as long as you can deal with the UI minefield.

Skilhunt M200 – great UI, beam, awesome regulation, magnetic charging, very nicely put together, a really nice top-shelf light.

Skilhunt E3A – for an AAA light, this takes top-notch to a whole new level, from the pebbled TIR lens to the not-done-as-an-afterthought milled lanyard hole but an actual protruding tab, with HA3 ano, and a ridiculously high bang for the buk.

Wuben TO46R/219C – awesome light with amazing warmth and high-CRI from the 219Cs, and a great dual-switch UI.

I agree. This is an underappreciated light IMHO. – the Wuben that is ; )

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Wurkkos FC11 4000K – handy, really nice tint and affordable

Wuben H1 Headlamp – powerful for biking, nice moon red light, could have more lower modes

Fenix E16: Perfect EDC (I prefer 16340), tiny, well made and great NW

(Skilhunt M200 and Fenix TK25 Red are on my wishlist)

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My choice: Sofirn SC31 Pro – I got this on a whim when it was first released and it turned out to be my best purchase of 2020. It has all the hallmarks of a great budget EDC in a slim package. I only wish the bezel was not glued and the heat fins were chamfered to reduce their sharpness and the wear on the anodizing.

Other notable mentions:

Skilhunt E3A: Smallest AAA light in my collection and the prettiest with its unique knurling and slate blue anodizing.

Olight i1R 2 EOS: What can I say…it fits on a keychain, very bright for its size, and while the built-in rechargeable battery is non-replaceable, it’s still darn convenient and for the $5 that I paid, practically disposable. This and i3E are the only Olight I’ve owned and would recommend.

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Chicken Drumstick wrote:
2020 isn’t over yet Wink

Still have some incoming….

Most impressive = Noctigon KR1. But also the most frustrating as it turns on in my pocket when trying to EDC it! Hoping the new deep carry pocket clip incoming will solve this.

Most astonishing = Astrolux A02. Bought on a whim. It has flaws. But my word is it a handy little thing with a wonderful beam and tint. And all on a AAA/10440.

Where did you get the clip for kr1?

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For work: Thrunite TT10, I love the dual tail switches for instant access to Turbo & Strobe. and the 5000mah 21700, plenty of juice to last all day. 

 

For EDC:  Lumintop FW1A, perfect size for my pocket, love that it squeezes an 18650 in such a small sized light, fun UI, all the customization I'll ever need.

 

For my backpack: The Sofirn SC31 Pro, another great budget 18650 light with Anduril UI.

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Fenix TK30

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Unbranded LEP from neal for best bang for buck LEP
Astrolux EC03 best all rounder for the price
KR1 with deep carry pocket clip best pocket thrower
Nitecore Tiki best bang for buck keychain light

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Another vote for the SC31 Pro.

Hopeful prediction for 2021 might be for a SP40 Pro with Andruil 2, and a deep carry clip 4000k. That would likely replace my SC31Pro as an EDC.

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Manker E14III
Manker MC13 green
Sofirn IF25

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Sofirn Q8, Astrolux FT03, Manker MC12, Convoy S11, Sofirn SC31 Pro & Wowtac W1

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SC31 Pro. I always wanted an S2+-ish light with Anduril, and the SC31Pro is the closest thing to it.

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Enjoy the light show - LedTed

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For Outdoor use:
IF25a in 6.5k (which is closer to 6k)- LOVE the tint and doesn’t lose it’s amazing THROW for such a small (cheap) light (like it’s twin in the 4k tint which is very nice, but worthless past 80 yards without a lot of fast heat in the hand!) My older Lumentop EDC18 is a better light (and the little green rabbit looks great up on the “Queens’ Shelf”), but the USB C charging keeps the IF25a by the back door where it’s used almost nightly Big Smile

For indoor use:
The little $9.95 Sofirn S11c (Boruit resell) with the LH351D emitter invaded our stash of older Sofirn SP10s and finally took over. Again… USB C charging is starting to win us over and the UI in this little el cheapo’ light works superbly around the house with the “zoom” set about 1/2 way. Perfect! (and did I mention… CHEAP!) That said, I would not give or sell this light to many since it’s NOT waterproof (at all) and outdoor it’s pretty useless. It is what it is Wink

For Camping:
The LT1 is the bomb- technically a late 2019 light, like Covid it really took off in 2020 (ok, bad joke, sorry) Silly AND… this “camping” light is used every night by my wife and I on our night stands (next to the S11c’s). We’ve had them there by our bed for 6-7 months and I can’t remember ever charging them yet!

I guess my favorite lights this year came mostly from Sofirn and had a LOT to do with Anduril and USB charging. The wife does love her SC312 Pro too. I like the folks at Sofirn and I’ve never got a bum light from them- lucky I guess!

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Hands down – the Sofirn SC31 Pro.

I think the 5000K tint is great and Andúril is so much fun!
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BLF GT94. 20,000 lumens and 2,450 meters throw. Very big performance from a very big light. There are lesser lights. But only a very few greater ones. 

Because I like big lights, my flashlightical views lean heavily toward both the extreme bright and the extreme heft.

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I bought fewer lights than usual this year but these stand out.

Favourite- YLP Gryphon G180- great build quality, lovely warm beam and surpringly bright.Also an astonishing price, thanks fnksb.

Coolest – Acebeam E10, 26350 lights are tactile and I love the stubby shape although there’s not a lot of choice either in lights or battery manufacturers.This throws a huge distance for its size.

More used than expected- an Olight Perun mini in orange though I still don’t like propriety batteries.

Olantern in green- not much liked on this forum apparently but I like the candle effect and there is a You Tube video of it constantly being thrown high into the air and dropping on to concrete and still working each time, I wouldn’t try that with my BLF LT1. Just avoid paying list price for it.

Honourable mention- Reylight pineapple copper, just so well built and the patina is beginning to get interesting.

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Headlight with running backlight.
That is why i bought this light.

cause of some activities
like dog walking,sport,get some wood.

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So far I have not spend a lot of money on Flashlights in 2020. Mostly AAA.
But I like to roam the web looking for items I missed (or could not afford) in the past.
Preferably NIB.

And I found this SS Solarforce X3 AAA light (no link). And now they are gone!
Performance-wise it is a bit outdated. But who cares! Just the wonderful feel of it!

You are a flashaholic if you are forced to come out of the closet, to make room for more flashlights.

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AAA, the Manker E02II.
AA, Manker T02
CR123, Manker E04
18350, Sofirn SP40
18650, Emisar D4V2
21700, astrolux EC03
26650, astrolux FT03

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Top Bill Spot
KR4 – Only light i use everyday, without exception. Its a beast, ive dropped it probably 100 times, the paint is wearing at the “seams”, its looking like a proper used light, and as hard as its hit the pavement numerous times it is still 100% reliable. and Bright. and easy to use. oh, that deep carry clip really just makes it faaaantastic. Hank killed it with this one. now just make us a Copper version, Please!

Favorite Purchase / Biggest surprise
Convoy M21a (w/ CSLPM1) – Just a great sized small thrower, sand ano is really nice. Mechanical switch is a great feel. I am convince it throws the same and has as Great Spill as my L21a CULPM1 to the point where i took then both apart to make sure they didnt have the same LED in them. Also 21700 battery lasts forever, and it doesnt heat up quickly at all compared to my other Osram Lights. For under $25USD, this light is porbably my favorite purchase of the year! Holster carry in the EC03 holster.

Others
Lumintop X9l – just awesome. really impressive for size, more than most others. Love this light.

Astroux EC01 (xhp50) – just surprising how much throw and spill this “little” light has! Charging and 21700 battery life. would buy again if it were in stock, but i have the sst40 coming in to compare it to.

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I’m a big Convoy fan, but my FT03 and a cheapo D10 headlight got the most use of the 2020 lights.

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Convoy C8+ Osram. Sure the hotspot is tiny, but the distance.

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I only bought two lights so far this year, and one of them is still in the mail.

So that leaves the Sofirn IF25A winner by default.

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Lumintop x9L just so much fun to play with I can’t leave it alone.

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