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How do you store your flashlights?

I’m thinking something like this might look kind of cool (to flashlight nerds at least), and get me to use my lights more, instead of them ending up in different drawers, shelves and bins all over the house.

Seems expensive for the size.

I’ve seen some corner curios on here – I don’t have that many flashlights. I’d love to see how people store/display their lights.

I found Muto’s thread w/ cigar boxes, which is great but I’d like to be able to see them.

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Might work for little flashlights, but many of mine are far from little. At only 14×12×3.75 inches this is more suited to use as a spice rack. Plastic storage bins is what I use. They are stackable and I can seperate them by type, Huge long throwers are in large bins at the bottom, soda pop size floods in the next bin…also large due to having so many. EDC size is next up, and the tiny keychain size ar in plastic and string strengthened plastic bags, Of course most used lights are in a seperate bin for convenience…that is not including those with batteries installed on end tables, dressers, coffee tables and cabinets throughout the house. All stored lights are stored without batteries inside. Batteries are stored in plastic holders, and are labled based on how married. Due to the variety of lights I have several sets of 4×21700, 3×21700, 2×21700, 2×18650, 3×18650, 4×18650, 2×20700. These are used in both lights and vape mods. Some of the 4×21700 are protected for the Thrunite TN42V2, where the 3×21700 for the Wildtrail WT90 has unprotected cells. I also have many of each size unmarried. Unlike some, I do not attempt to keep batteries for every device specifically. I will have 2 sets of spares for any light I grab, at least. For instance, I have about 6 4×18650 married sets, but have at least 10 lights that use 4×18650 cells. The important thing to remember is the batteries are married to each other, not the device. I lable them with…, date, set a of 4. date, set b of 4 etc. They are stored together, charged together, and used together, but not necessarily in the same light. Since I have probably 200+ of both vape mods and flashlights, having batteries dedicated to each light and mod is not practical. Unfortunately, the TN42V2 is my only 4×21700 device that uses protected 21700 batteries, so it ties up 12 protected 21700 batteries. I am not even considering getting any light using the ne 21800, or whatever size the new cell is. I likewise would not get 14500 lights that use multicells. All my 14500 are single cell lights.

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… any available flat surface… Facepalm

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They are just sitting on my work table. Well more like a hobby table where I got my tools, soldering iron, spare parts and outdoor stuff like carabiners, zipper pulls, cords, gasses, alcohol, first-aid etc.
Pouches too in the drawers if I take them out.

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Face down on a designated table.

What you have pictured is no where near enough space.

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I don’t store my flashlights, I use them.

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Might work for little flashlights, but many of mine are far from little. At only 14×12×3.75 inches this is more suited to use as a spice rack. Plastic storage bins is what I use. They are stackable and I can seperate them by type, Huge long throwers are in large bins at the bottom, soda pop size floods in the next bin…also large due to having so many. EDC size is next up, and the tiny keychain size ar in plastic and string strengthened plastic bags, Of course most used lights are in a seperate bin for convenience…that is not including those with batteries installed on end tables, dressers, coffee tables and cabinets throughout the house. All stored lights are stored without batteries inside. Batteries are stored in plastic holders, and are labled based on how married. Due to the variety of lights I have several sets of 4×21700, 3×21700, 2×21700, 2×18650, 3×18650, 4×18650, 2×20700. These are used in both lights and vape mods. Some of the 4×21700 are protected for the Thrunite TN42V2, where the 3×21700 for the Wildtrail WT90 has unprotected cells. I also have many of each size unmarried. Unlike some, I do not attempt to keep batteries for every device specifically. I will have 2 sets of spares for any light I grab, at least. For instance, I have about 6 4×18650 married sets, but have at least 10 lights that use 4×18650 cells. The important thing to remember is the batteries are married to each other, not the device. I lable them with…, date, set a of 4. date, set b of 4 etc. They are stored together, charged together, and used together, but not necessarily in the same light. Since I have probably 200+ of both vape mods and flashlights, having batteries dedicated to each light and mod is not practical. Unfortunately, the TN42V2 is my only 4×21700 device that uses protected 21700 batteries, so it ties up 12 protected 21700 batteries. I am not even considering getting any light using the ne 21800, or whatever size the new cell is. I likewise would not get 14500 lights that use multicells. All my 14500 are single cell lights.

Yeah, pretty small, and too pricey to buy several. I searched a lot more on amazon and the web and not finding a large one.

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sp5it wrote:
I don’t store my flashlights, I use them.

I must have 50+ flashlights, kind of hard to use them all at once, particularly when sleeping!

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I live in a medium crime area so I store my flashlights in a TRTL30x6 ISM safe that weighs 3,250 pounds. The door weighs 770 pounds. 

 

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

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Heavy duty! My 2 gun safes don’t weigh that much together.

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Heavy duty! My 2 gun safes don't weigh that much together.

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

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That’s a great idea. Puts me closer to buying one.

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I just store mine on metal document trays in the study. Boring!

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Door ledges in the old house. Window seals, computer desk, fridge and some in Plano boxes with charger and extra cells for when I am traveling or camping.

There are several easily knocked over inches from my fingers as I type this.

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Mine are everywhere.. All over the house. Where ever i am standing in the house, garage, shed, trucks, car, ATVs, or RV. i can see at least one in view. Also when i roll over in bed at night, i either roll on one, or kick one on the floor. When i open the fridge to get a beer i have to move a light.. or two.

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I just put them everywhere. Anywhere I walk, there’s a light within reach – as how it should be.

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Box queens, in their original boxes and “stored” in banker boxes.

Daily-use, on my table right here, like a flashlight orgy.

Semi-used and/or “rotated in”, in canvas sling-bags.

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I would love to have a multi-shelf glass cabinet with lights for illumination at night to store my flashlights, preferably near my WFH desk.

While at work alone in my rather quiet room, I have found some solace in those small blinking auxiliary LED colourful lights in some newer flashlights. Now I am waiting for the arrival of an Astrolux MF01S with blinking 18 LEDs.

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… any available flat surface… Facepalm
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Location: Holding the proverbial flashlight

All have designated storage locations based on intended use.

Some rooms have a dedicated light, others are in easy to grab locations and one is only used for emergencies and is in a dedicated spot at can be found by touch in pitch dark. Which has happened once.
Also 5 live in the car in designated locations and can be found by touch in pitch dark (though the car has LED upgraded trunk and cabin lights).

The Moon RC2s float but end up back in the designated spot eventually.

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I’d like to send a bunch of my flashlights back to the “store”

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How do you store your flashlights?

I don’t Facepalm

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Those Nightseeker lights are some of my most used lights ( $30) —Especially the XHP50.2 version (4000k) with the 21700 tube

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djozz wrote:
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How do you store your flashlights?

I don’t Facepalm
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Is that 240 etched into the light?

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I dremeled the output into the head yes, I once used it as an output reference.

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I dremeled the output into the head yes, I once used it as an output reference.

I like to try and keep my lights looking mint, i cringed when i saw that Crying

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3 cardboard boxes. One holds extra batteries, both charged and discharged. One for old hot wire lights. And one for the current crop of LEDs, excluding the 8 or so that are scattered about the house.
Been thinking about something better, but can’t decide what that might be…
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Bort wrote:
djozz wrote:
I dremeled the output into the head yes, I once used it as an output reference.
I like to try and keep my lights looking mint, i cringed when i saw that Crying

Lights are tools. They are meant to be used. I have several wrenches I have heated and bent or twisted because they do a specific task more easily that way. Socket extensions that have been cut and welded together with a pipe extension. All sorts of customized or bastardized depending on ones outlook. The list includes a small light I filed a groove into to make finding the side switch in the dark easier, as well as an S2 with a magnet epoxied to the end.

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Bort wrote:
djozz wrote:
I dremeled the output into the head yes, I once used it as an output reference.
I like to try and keep my lights looking mint, i cringed when i saw that Crying

Lights are tools. They are meant to be used. I have several wrenches I have heated and bent or twisted because they do a specific task more easily that way. Socket extensions that have been cut and welded together with a pipe extension. All sorts of customized or bastardized depending on ones outlook. The list includes a small light I filed a groove into to make finding the side switch in the dark easier, as well as an S2 with a magnet epoxied to the end.

I have to disagree. Lights are tools but what kind of tool is the Acebeam X50 or any light that has off the chart specs? Most of the lights on the market are really nothing more than novelty lights to wow your friends. We basically are attracted to the high horsepower and low price and we buy them under the guise of needing them. Nobody needs an X50, or an MF04S, or any a light that can throw a mile (or two.)

In your tool box you have a ratchet, a set of wrenches and a vice grip. You don’t have an air powered jack hammer with compressor to match?

30 years ago we got by just fine with a 2D Eveready flashlight, now we “need’ an Acebeam X50. We “need’ 10,000 lumens and 1,000,000 candela. People walk their dog with a 20,000 lumen light when a S2+ would work just fine.

Need and Want are two separate things not to be confused with each other.

Having said that, its noon in NY now and I really want a burger from Shake Shack.

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I keep all mine pristine… unless/until it ends up with a ding, and then it becomes a “beater”. I still don’t abuse it, but I don’t cry myself to sleep if it falls again and gets another ding.

If I were a mechanic or plumber or whatever, and had a work light, it’d be a different story. It’d be functional, and I wouldn’t get a special color, certainly not Ti or Cu or brass or anything. And it’d probably be a throwaway light in case it ever went kaboom after a fall. And past a certain point, I wouldn’t care if it got greasy, or scraped, or dented, etc.

But you can keep an EDC pristine if it’s always in a pocket, or holstered, and you don’t go using it as the puck when playing street-hockey. But then again, that wouldn’t be a work light.

Think of watches. You can have your old beater that takes a licking and keeps on ticking, even if you’re banging it on pipes and on the ground, etc., but that ain’t the same watch you take when going out to a nice place to eat.

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