This is my first post ever in the forum, let me introduce myself briefly.
I’m from Spain, I have always liked flashlights and have always tried to have one in the house. Which type? Ha, no idea, whichever was very cheap, could give some light and would last at least 1 year working correctly. This means I have never known anything.
A couple weeks ago I started looking for a decent flashlight (will explain later why) and put some thinking into it, I started to read some webs and watch some youtube. Oh my, is this a big world or what?
End of introduction, basically I like this but have almost no idea of flashlights.
Ok, this winter I have been making 2-3 times a week a small 10 km bycicle travel. The route is between two villages and the roads are the roads between orange trees orchards, it is pitch black and I have been using the bycicle’s dinamo with the cell phone light as backup (never needed it).
Not that this travel is dangerous, but after the winter I have decided to get a decent (or good) flashlight which gives me a good backup and that I can use to defend myself a little. Again, the route is safe enough but being out in the dark and alone made me wish I had some means to better light my path and maybe defend myself by throwing a bunch of candela to any weirdos arround (if the day comes it will probably be both of us who get scared).
Finally (sorry if this was very long), the question. Should I get an Olight Warrior 3S?
I have been looking at the best options arround and this seems one of the best flashlights you can get, not too big, pretty powerful, high quality, good company behind, etc.
Olight is celebrating its 15 anniversary, so I could get one for 105 euros, expensive but manageable. Should I do it?
To me it would seem like Olight is one of the best companies out there BUT is one of those companies which have chosen a premium product policy. I have the feeling that they make a lot of marketing campaigns and that their products are waaaay overpriced. The anniverasy sales could help with that but, should I get one anyways? I could deal with the charger thing and the propietary batteries thing, I also would get this one instead of a warrior mini 2 because in these sales the price is not that different.
Would you reccomend it?
If I don’t get one of these I think that I will end getting either a Convoy S21a or a Sofirn SC31T. I know, not exactly direct competitors of the Olight Warrior 3S. My reasoning for this is:
- These two seem very good flashlights and very good bang for the buck
- The two seem way more user friendly with standard batteries, easy to repair, some even use open source firmware! Much more customizable too.
- The two seem to have a good lumen output and strobo modes that I could use. Not nearly as easilly as the other one, but I guess easy enough to flash someone if needed.
- These two seem very well suited for EDC. The Warrior 3s is not very un-EDC to me (it could work no problem), and also I’m mostly networking nowadays, I don’t EDC much no more.
With the sales going on and all the youtube videos that I have seen, I have some FOMO about the Warrior 3S. Should I get a very nice flashlight? Or should I get something which can cover my needs decently and we’ll see later when I have more knowledge about this world?
(During the introduction I should have said that I like to write loong posts)
Any replies are very wellcome, thanks everyone in advance.