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vonroyale wrote:
Yeah DQG Tiny is very hard to find, a few of them still around but hard to find.

i doubt any of them lasted with those terrible switches

i broke 2 of them

and they are totally unfixable

"You never have the wind with you - it's either against you, or you're having a good day."
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It never gets easy, you just go faster.   
-Greg Lemond.
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first good led was a home depot $30 2xC cell light, mostly a thrower, i used it as a [marginal but better than nicad+incandescent) bike light

then some $11 CR123A light from fasttech i think

then XTAR WK42, CR123A size, still like that one but it broke, i converted it to ‘direct drive’ and use at work now as an inspection light

"You never have the wind with you - it's either against you, or you're having a good day."
    Daniel Behrman, "The Man Who Loved Bicycles".
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I am surprised and happy that cellphone did NOT kill flashlight market. Remember, the film camera and film manufacturer thought digital cameras were toys and will never amount to anything. Then digital camera guys thought phone cameras are joke and had nothing to worry from cellphone.

Imagine if Apple decides to go after flashlights! Nightmares!!

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They already have! All of my flashlights only have 1 button!

Just keep your stuff clean and boxed, there will be another hipster revolution, you can charge triple what you paid.

Praise be in the name of Biff Turtleburg.

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Bort wrote:
The technology improved but things are different. I also miss some of the posters from back then, Match, Foy, Dchomak and many more.

I also missed many threads about how modern drivers work, back when i was learning it was tail switches and linear drivers.

I bought my first “expensive” light because of a Foy review. I still have that TK41 with a diffuser in my current truck. Does anyone remember Shining Beam? I think I bought almost every model light he sold! OK, now I have to go pull my Blaze out of storage and put a fresh cell in it.
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flightless22 wrote:
"Defiant Super Thrower":https://budgetlightforum.com/node/17899 brought me here.

 

I was cleaning up a flashlight parts drawer and almost threw out a Home Depot receipt for a $ .01 Penny defiant super thrower .

 I need to frame it ...and then put that back in the drawer 

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tactical_grizzly wrote:
Relatively new flashaholic here. Thanks for the awesome thread! This is a tread to read through. What was Hank doing 10 years ago? Did he have another brand before Noctigon/Emisar? That SkyRay 7 LED light sure looks an awful lot like Q8. Did SkyRay become Thorfire and then Sofirn?

 

Hank sold the hell out of emitters . Every tint snob on the planet waited for the newest obscure offering that couldn't be found any where else .

  talk about old times  I remember buying two XML emitters before they were even out to the public from Cutter . They were $20 for a pair of NW bare emitters .

We waited for 4 months with Cutter refusing to answer any email or reply to any query . By the time we got them everyone on the planet had them .

 

*note to self ...paypal dispute 

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What I see is a general increase of the prices respect the last few years in addition of the introduction of VAT.
That made this hobby no more so budget Sad

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Nice thread.
My first light brand of choice was Romisen with XRE Q5 emitters. The RC-G2 was bright for a 1AA. They all still work.
My first “expensive” light was a titanium iTP A3 EOS from Shining Beam. I’ve carried that light for many many days. Has a 219b 45k 9080 emitter.

I still use the P60 format. Mostly in Solar Force hosts, but have a couple Surefires also from when they closed out the incan versions. They make an easy, cheap way to test new emitters.

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First light I had was a surefire L4 where I took the KL4 off, put it on an E1L body and threw a RCR123 inside

I miss old Nitecore when they did the Defender Infinity (first Cree light?) and the PD lights (still my favorite interface)

I miss everyone using that dark grey HA III

I still have a Sandwich shoppe drop in for a Mini M@g (BB750 NG with a Lux III and a Mc 18R reflector)

No one cared about CRI, we were happy to have our 100 lumens, but people definitely started complaining about the green tints

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