Do you purchase multiples of the same light?

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Yes, keep batteries in those that i use everyday or every week, and if not used in a month or so then the batteries come out. Gosh the money i have in batteries alone i do not want to think about, must be hundreds of dollars easy. And then there’s the 6 charges i have.

Think of it as an investment.

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Also surprised how few people would jump on an FW3A deal.

 

It's not the same now as when it was designed and first introduced.  Still a great light, imho, it was just better before they started tweaking it.  Seems like a bit of a bad taste left over from the whole...the shenanigans.

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I would jump on a deal, or even a sale of, the exact models I want. I didn't answer that part of this thread but- if an sst20 4000k (good bin like early 2020 or earlier) in sand came available, I'd buy 2+. Or the same emitter in the raw aluminum, I'd buy it, that is if they had no markings on the head/bezel too. So basically very specific versions of the fw3a, because unfortunately some are just better than others. Otherwise I'd buy kr4's all day over a fw3a honestly. They offer better options and are more consistent quality. 

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I have no idea what you are talking about.

 

 

 

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Yes, I would buy more of the same model, especially when there is a better discount, or new choices of colour. I have bought Astrolux FT03 Mini in black, copper, and brass. I have also bought Convoy C8+ in purple and in black. Now I am resisting my growing temption to buy more Lumintop 3A and 4A, especially now during the Father’s Day Sale.

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I have multiple s2+s because they’re so cheap, but that’s the only one.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Too many times. Facepalm I want or "need" multiples of lights I like and use regularly, just to not be without one in case one breaks, gets lost, stolen, etc.

 

Exactly.

 

It's surprising no one has said - "2 is 1 and 1 is none"

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Doesn’t everybody? In reality….in lights I like a lot under $80, almost always. In lights between $80 and 150, only in very well liked lights. In lights between 150 and 250…never. Lights I like under 50 bucks, I seem to always have 3 or more. I am for sure a sucker for a sale on them. I am not saying I should buy 6 identical flashlights, but do it anyway. I actually think it is a weird practice at best, and borders on insanity. I am especially fond of throwers. Who does not want to illuminate objects a mile away? I do not seem to desire any of the LEP lights with 0 spill, and have none. I also do not care for lights that have extreme lumens.

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Multiple EE X6 in black and one in copper. One each black+copper of the x5 14500 version. 2 Jax Z1 zoomies.

Generally I use my doubles for side by side direct comparison of leds or drivers.

One exception is that I have several Thorfire tg06s that are all built different and are my edc shirt pocket lights. I change which one I am carrying depending on what I plan on doing that day. One will probably be getting a sst-20 swap soon actually.

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Only AAA lights so far. Don’t see a reason to buy two of the same light unless it’s a light I really like and will be discontinued soon. There’s new lights coming out all the time anyways might as well try something new when one breaks.

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Generally speaking, if it’s something I like to use a LOT, then I’ll sometimes get a backup. Many of the things I like tend to get DC’ed or options changed, so if it’s not something I can imagine will be improved (significantly) than I’ll get a second to keep for when the first gets lost, breaks, etc.

This also means that I’ll have to use it extensively before I get another for backup.

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I have multiple S2+ and multiple Thorfire VG10. Five times the Thorfire TG06.
Two C8 Convoy, the ones with the integrated shelf.

all other lights only once.

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Come on, who on BLF only bought one D4v2? Come forward.

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> If you came across say an FW3A for $20 , would you buy two? Or more?

Not even one. I’ve read the warning signs. The TK version would have been interesting, but just to support TK, or to have such an icon on the shelf. But things turned out suspiciously again. No, no more Lumintops for me.

> If you believed you found the best EDC, would you buy two or more?

Yes, absolutely. Can’t affort it right now, unfortunately, but will look for one in the future.

> If a light you love, is offered in multiple colors and multiple emitters, would you buy multiple units?

No. As a matter fact, I am or was a collector, but I’m getting better now. Felt unhealthy. As some point, I’ll sell a lot of lights.

If I’d buy a backup, it would have to be the same as the original, so I have one to use carelessly, as if it was a tool. Currently, I find the RRT-01 superior in nearly all aspects, but it cannot replace my S1R, which is heavily beaten up. Terrible if my only original RRT-01 would look like this. This is still a symptom of the collectors desease I guess.

zoulas wrote:
Come on, who on BLF only bought one D4v2?

That would be me.

Smile, you cannot kill them all.

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When my Olight Baton S2R II was my everything, I wanted to have a 2nd one.

I figured that everytime I have to charge it, I could instead just swap to the full one.
Making re-charge times feel instantanious.

The light itself is barely bigger than the 18650 inside, so instead of carrying around a 2nd battery when I might need it, I could take both lights just as easy.
Then my “back up battery” is also protected in a perfect “case” and I could swap lights faster and easier than trying to change the battery.
Safer too if im in the rain. If needed, I could also hand the 2nd one off to another person. Or even use both at once for double output!

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CRC wrote:
When my Olight Baton S2R II was my everything, I wanted to have a 2nd one.

I figured that everytime I have to charge it, I could instead just swap to the full one.
Making re-charge times feel instantanious.

The light itself is barely bigger than the 18650 inside, so instead of carrying around a 2nd battery when I might need it, I could take both lights just as easy.
Then my “back up battery” is also protected in a perfect “case” and I could swap lights faster and easier than trying to change the battery.
Safer too if im in the rain. If needed, I could also hand the 2nd one off to another person. Or even use both at once for double output!

Good strategy.

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zoulas wrote:
Come on, who on BLF only bought one D4v2? Come forward.

I even didn’t buy one! Ok, I’m the new guy so give me some time…. Facepalm , I’d amaze myself if I’d buy 2 thou. In fact: I actually think I’d even make a choice between the FW3A and the D4v2 and buy only one because of about the same type of light with the same use.

Now if you’d find me that $20,- sale, it would make the choice a lot easier. Big Smile

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I have recently.

The Sofirn SC31 Pro fits my needs perfectly and so I now have one on each of our two nightstands, another is my EDC, one in my bathrobe and another as a spare. I have gifted one to a grandson, and also bought an IF25A for a Desk/Houselight. I really appreciate being able to have all these work exactly the same way (Thank You ToyKeeper/Anduril) so that whatever one I am using, I know the operational sequence for features. I probably need another for each of our cars, you know, just in case. The fact that they seem pretty well built, bright enough, and come with a decent 18650 battery for basically chump change when on sale also helps.

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Kwispelhond wrote:
zoulas wrote:
Come on, who on BLF only bought one D4v2? Come forward.
I even didn't buy one! Ok, I'm the new guy so give me some time.... Facepalm , I'd amaze myself if I'd buy 2 thou. In fact: I actually think I'd even make a choice between the FW3A and the D4v2 and buy only one because of about the same type of light with the same use. Now if you'd find me that $20,- sale, it would make the choice a lot easier. :D

it's funny, I once thought the same thing. I scoffed at people on Reddit (I still do sometimes, they make it easy lol) for buying so many D4's. I bought the kr4 the day it was released and carried it everyday since. 

well, about 6 months ago I bought a brass d4, and it was nice. I liked the lighted switch. Then, since I already had 3 kr4's (backups and such, and titanium) I figured it'd be nice to buy the titanium D4, and it's really nice, I like it more than my beloved titanium kr4 actually. 

then, well, I saw that Hank would put that beautiful lighted switch into an aluminum d4 for no extra cost, so then I had to order a cyan d4 with cyan Color and a dark gray d4 with amber switch color. 

I guess what I'm saying is, I was adamant against Not buying a D4, figured I had no need for it. But once you own one, and the quality / price sits with you while you use it, it just happens. They are too easy to buy, and to fun to use and collect for the low price. 

It may just happen to you too, so be careful lol. 

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In my collection the only multiples are from Convoy – multiples of S2+, C8, T2, ..
Convoy flashlights are so affordable and quality at the same time, you can’t really have too many.

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good things come in pairs


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Artiet59 wrote:

Kwispelhond wrote:
zoulas wrote:
Come on, who on BLF only bought one D4v2? Come forward.
I even didn’t buy one! Ok, I’m the new guy so give me some time…. Facepalm , I’d amaze myself if I’d buy 2 thou. In fact: I actually think I’d even make a choice between the FW3A and the D4v2 and buy only one because of about the same type of light with the same use. Now if you’d find me that $20,- sale, it would make the choice a lot easier. Big Smile

it’s funny, I once thought the same thing. I scoffed at people on Reddit (I still do sometimes, they make it easy lol) for buying so many D4’s. I bought the kr4 the day it was released and carried it everyday since. 


well, about 6 months ago I bought a brass d4, and it was nice. I liked the lighted switch. Then, since I already had 3 kr4’s (backups and such, and titanium) I figured it’d be nice to buy the titanium D4, and it’s really nice, I like it more than my beloved titanium kr4 actually. 


then, well, I saw that Hank would put that beautiful lighted switch into an aluminum d4 for no extra cost, so then I had to order a cyan d4 with cyan Color and a dark gray d4 with amber switch color. 


I guess what I’m saying is, I was adamant against Not buying a D4, figured I had no need for it. But once you own one, and the quality / price sits with you while you use it, it just happens. They are too easy to buy, and to fun to use and collect for the low price. 


It may just happen to you too, so be careful lol. 

Im very interested in the D4’s and KR4’s.
With all the different options, theres no way I’ll be satisfied with just one lol

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What light is that in the top picture? Looks awesome

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CRC wrote:
What light is that in the top picture?

thanks for asking

It is a Jetbeam TCR-1, my grail, the Ti version of the 2012 Jetbeam RRT-01 (16340/18350)
here is a thread about it

the next pair of lights are Sunwayman V10r (AA/16340)

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Like $18? A few years ago.
Quite simply the best floody beam there is for closeup work.
Absolutely no hot spot at all. Used one this week installing cabinets.

I could tell this was not long for this world and I never want to be without one.


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PS, if that $10 tacklife (with 5000mah 26650) was still around, I’d get a couple more to stash in various places where I wouldn’t want to leave an expensive light.

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Yes but not exact copies. I had enough of that when I purchased a second Convoy S2 in grey with XM-L2 4C to replace one I had with 3/5 driver, then said ‘screw it’ and bought a Biscotti driver for the older one (it was a gift, it has sentimental value). Now the newer one sits in my flashlight maintenance bucket, unused for ages. I’ll probably give it to my brother, who owns my old C8.

The most similar lights I have are two S2+, one in grey with Nichia 219C 4000K and smooth reflector and the other black with SST20 2700K and 30° TIR optic. They’re different enough that there’s no redundancy.

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Jack Kellar wrote:
They’re different enough that there’s no redundancy.

yup, even just a different color LED switch, can justify another, “non redundant” duplicate.. LOL

you know were hooked, when we start making LED differences a justification for buying another light.. Im quite good at that myself.

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jeff51 wrote:
PS, if that $10 tacklife (with 5000mah 26650) was still around, I’d get a couple more to stash in various places where I wouldn’t want to leave an expensive light.

Hjeh, I instantly recognised that Tacklife… LOL

When I heard everyone saying how it’s “built like a tank”, and the UI didn’t suck too bad, I got like 3 of ‘em. Was/Am keeping one for the gf in case she changes her mind (loves her Cometa but has issues charging it).

Btw, diffusion film is great on that beastie. Perfect around-the-house light that way.

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