When people look at my flashlightcollection, more often than not they sigh. Then I point at any of them and say "choose". Then there is light, and they are blinded. Inspired by E1320's moddingthread, I now want a new pocket rocket ;).
When choosing new flashlights, I tend to choose somthing that I have nothing like. I have a single warm-white P60 host, a 14500 zoomie, an aspheric R2 thrower, a super slim AAA TANK007 light and so on. But I want more, and I've figured out what it is that I absolutely, positively must have in my collection.
I already have a WF-501A powerhouse, but it's still quite large and bulky in my opinion. I want to find a very small RCR123A host that I can mod with a kick-ass driver and an XM-L LED. But what to choose, what to choose? I have already realized that the beam will be butt-ugly, since I want it short, but this is just meant to put out an insane amount of light - not throw several miles. It will also propably be a twisty, but that's no problem either. It will also be able to fry (very small) eggs in a matter of minutes, but again - I have no problem with this. So now I just need to find the host for my project.
Quark Mini 123: 58,4mm, and thus the shortest in the bunch. But at 39$ it's by no means budget.
ITP A1: 59,8mm, but still too expensive at ~33$. But definitely a light I'd consider for own EDC. [[edit: 25$ on eBay, making this a possible candidate?]]
Nitecore EZ CR2: 63mm. Okay, this is cheating. This isn't RCR123, but still a nice light. But also too expensive.
XTAR WK20: 63,5mm. At 35$, this is a very nice light/host, but unfortunately over budget.
Romisen RC-D6: 72,9mm. At 11,66$ it's very cheap and a quality brand(but possible a fake from DX?). One of my favorite candidates.
TANK007 M10: 69,55mm and 14$. Also one of my own favorite candidates. I have no idea how easy it is to mod, but I like the design very much. I still think that it's a tad long when I know that Quark is more than a centimeter shorter, and runs on the same battery, but how come there are no alternatives? Has Quark figured everything and hidden their secrets from the competitors? I want cheap budget alternatives to mod :)
I have also flirted with the idea of an Ultrafire A30 like E1320, but at 81,7mm, it's just longer than anyone would find pleasurable('that's what she said'). The Ultrafire WF-009A is only 68,6mm, but sold out at the moment unfortunately.
Any suggestions for other lights than the RC-D6 or M10, or any inputs on the quality of said lights? If anyone own a TANK007 M10 or RC-D6 I would looove some breakdown-pictures. Fire away people!