I’ve been collecting flashlights for a little over 6 months now. I am starting to scratch the surface of modding, but I haven’t really gotten too deep into it yet. I am curious what essentials every flashaholic should own? I think there are different levels of flashaholic-ism, such as beginner, casual, advanced, and modder. Other than flashlights themselves, what essentials do you think each level of user should own?
Here’s my thoughts. Bulleted items are options.
Nitecore Intellicharger i2
Nitecore Intellicharger i4
2-4 Protected Sanyo UR18650FM or Panasonic NCR18650A
4-8 Sanyo Eneloop AA
4-8 Sanyo Eneloop AAA
El-Cheapo Digital from Amazon, Harbor Freight, Fasttech ($20 range)
I don't think you could make a list that would fit. It's all going to depend on each individual's desires. Some may want only very expensive batteries, some may want a hobby charger, some may want a Fluke meter. I think there's too many possibilities, depending on the person.
I have seen some amazing work by individuals that don’t have all those expensive tools. They do things with simple hand tools and a $5 soldering iron that are simply amazing. What tools are needed depends on the individuals skill level. Ma_sha1 comes to mind with his human lathe method with making shorty maglites.
You forgot one important thing. A healthy bank account.
If you don’t have an understanding spouce, no spouce at all can be helpful.
Actually, having a non understanding spouce can lead to having no spouce at all.
After you get the lawyer paid off, you might have more money to spend on lights.