i’m looking to 1-2 dozen of the same light, preferrably a single 18650 that is more of a floody light than a thrower because these are going to be lights that I will be put in every vehicle, I need a good dependable light, I have my nice fancy lights that I take care of, then there is this case where I want to buy a dozen of the same light for work purposes, these are going to get banged around, dropped, etc… I have a few work trucks, a dump truck, various tool bags where I want to throw 1-2 lights in each of the work trucks, dump truck, toss one in the tool bags, so if I go to a job site where they don’t have running lights, i always carry my tool bag and it would be nice to always have a light to work with already in each tool bag so I’m never without a light.
Also around home I want to put one in my personal car, one in the wifes car, one in the family room, one in the basement, one in the outside shed, one in the barn, etc…
I’m looking for a rock solid dependable light, i’m looking for something inexpensive but not ‘cheap’, a good value light.
I have about 10-15 different lights and out of the lights I have and know of, the closest match to the type of light I’m looking for would be the sipik sk68. I had bought a few 2 packs of the sipik sk68 clones by ultrafire, they are an incredible value, you can get 2 for $9.99 with free shipping on eBay, $5 a light is very affordable and I’ve been very rough on them, like accidentally dropping them straight onto concrete and besides nicking the aluminum body, they just keep going, they hold up very well, but the only drawback is the 14500 battery is just on the edge of not being a long enough run time light, where iif I would step up to a light that runs a single 18650 that would give me a little longer run time that i’m looking for.
Although not 100% mandatory, i do like the simple on/off (no brightness levels to deal with, no strobe, etc…) of the sipik sk68, nothing is more annoying than a light that doesn’t have memory or doesn’t auto reset back to high setting after being shut off for 5 or more seconds.
Remember when maglites ruled the world, simple, on/off, durable, that is what i’m looking for, but obviously not the huge size, just a simple light for stashing in the glovebox of every car, work truck, tool bag, etc… so we have a light to grab if we need one.
I’ve seen sipik sk98 which runs a single 18650 but i haven’t bought one yet. They are running around $11-12 a piece and although that isn’t above what I could afford, i’m always seeking the best value. if there is a light in the $5-9 range that would be a good contender, every dollar saved adds up.
I have a hd2010 it is a great light, very durable, but entirely way too big and higher than what I would want to spend when looking to buy 1-2 dozen lights.
I have a UltraFire G4-MCU with a Q5 cree, i paid around $15 for it, it is a very strudy light but it has a really tight hot spot and is much more of a thrower, if I use it up close, it blinds me, but it does have the brightness settings, and if I turn it to the 3rd setting (low) i can use it without blinding me but there is the nuisance of it not having memory so if i shut it off and turn it back on it defaults to high so I have to go back thru the settings to get to setting 3 to ‘calm down’ the light, and if i accidentally go past setting 3, then i’m into the annoying blinking settings.
honestly, if there was a inexpensive c8 that had a simple high & low setting, that would probably be the best light to suit my needs, because the c8 can be one intense thrower for a small light, but to be able to simply choose between just 2 settings, high & low, would be easy to use. And in a case where i need to shine out a far distance, i can just choose high and if i’m working in close quarters, i can choose low setting. That would be perfect for my needs, but I did what searching I can do and couldn’t find a two setting c8.
I did some searching and ran across this light on eBay,
$5.75 with free shipping
7W 400lm CREE Q5 LED ZOOMABLE Focus Flashlight Torch Lamp 18650/AAA SA9 Zoom
Three working mode: Strong - Low - Strobe
Battery type: 18650
This looks like it has some features i’m looking for in a light, not sure what the quality is like, i’ll probably order one just to test it out.
Well anyway… If anyone wants to toss in a few suggestions to other lights that you’ve used and think would fit the bill for what i’m looking for in a light, please let me know. Thanks in advance.