I’ve been driving myself crazy doing research the last few days. Im trying a thrunite tn12 2016 and fenix pd35tac. Nitecore p12gt on the way. So something in similar style.
I’ve decided this what I’m looking for:
around 1000 lumens min
instant moonlight mode access(this is the tricky feature to find)
prefer momentary on by pushing button part way (added after edit)
$80 or so range, but flexible
Wondering if I’m overlooking a light that has these features.
Definitely prefer the clearer beam of the fenix over the thrunite, but no moonlight on the pd35tac.
Eliminated eagletac dx30lc2 due to no moonlight or memory.
Zebralight UI lacks standard memory but you can easily get to any mode you wish very quickly. The modes are configurable as well. For instance if moonlight is not to your liking you have several choices by entering a config mode and selecting a different lumen level. On paper the UI looks confusing but in practice it works great. Not cheap but worth it IMO.
Direct link to UI operation: http://www.zebralight.com/assets/images/USER_GUIDE_V40_2013.pdf
In order to have momentary, you need a “forward” tailcap switch. The lights like P12 and TN12 have both “forward” tailcap switches and electronic switches. The S30 and Manker U11 have electronic switches exclusively.
It was mentioned over CPF in the large MK3 thread, order from illumn and use the CPF –15% coupon, can’t remember it right now, will have to look it up for you. But most people still ordered direct from ZL, they believe this way they receive the “newest batch” without the green tint.
Take a look at the new zebralight SC600 MK3 with XHP35… Price between $80-$95. Zebralights are considered to have “perfect UI” and this one is well over 1,000lm
Another Zebralight option is the new SC63 (cool white) or SC63w (neutral white). Basically, it’s the same as the SC600 Mk3 but a little shorter, so better for EDC. You won’t find a smaller and brighter 1x18650 light anywhere. I really like the Zebralight UI; programmable and lots of modes to choose from.