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Old 10-14-2021, 06:23 PM   #1
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I currently have a Guide Gear one I got off Sportsmans Guide many years ago. It did well for me but is having problems now so on the market. I would prefer smaller on with rechargable battery. Any suggestions out there? Not too concerned about price but not looking to break the bank on a flashlight either. Thanks in advance.
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Old 10-14-2021, 06:27 PM   #2
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Fenix flashlights. Expensive but BRIGHT!
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Old 10-14-2021, 06:29 PM   #3
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Depends on what you want but these two items are just a pure pleasure.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 10-14-2021, 06:30 PM   #4
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I have several Fenix and Olight lights they are all very good. You can get them in several different sizes and brightnesses depending on what you want.
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Old 10-14-2021, 06:31 PM   #5
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Old 10-14-2021, 06:39 PM   #6
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I own streamlights w/ replaceable batteries. I have a buddy with a rechargeable streamlight that is crazy light for how bright it is.
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Old 10-14-2021, 06:48 PM   #7
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Fenix flashlights. Expensive but BRIGHT!
I agree. I am slowly but surely weeding out my non fenix for fenix. Amazon carries them and they are great.
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Old 10-14-2021, 06:56 PM   #8
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i've been very pleased with my Sniper Hog Light. Would something like this interest you?
https://sniperhoglights.com/38lrx-fl...th-1-4-colors/
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Old 10-14-2021, 07:02 PM   #9
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This thing is unreal

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Old 10-14-2021, 07:20 PM   #10
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Old 10-14-2021, 07:24 PM   #11
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Ledlenser is the best I have owned. Have a rechargeable headlight that is too bright some times. Lasts a very long!

https://www.ledlenserusa.com/
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Old 10-14-2021, 07:47 PM   #12
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I currently have a Guide Gear one I got off Sportsmans Guide many years ago. It did well for me but is having problems now so on the market. I would prefer smaller on with rechargable battery. Any suggestions out there? Not too concerned about price but not looking to break the bank on a flashlight either. Thanks in advance.
Fenix is probably the most popular brand of the more expensive (but not stupid expensive). I have about half a dozen. I also have a couple of ThruNite, an Olight and a couple of knock-offs. I am maybe a little partial to Fenix but from my experience, the others seem just as good. I have a $200-ish ThruNite that is listed at 11,000 lumens. It will literally light up a city block. It is not an every day carry however. It is only about 5” long but 2.5”’ wide so not something you can throw in your pocket.

This is my main suggestion. Most of these kinds of flashlights now run on 18650 rechargeable batteries. They have been the most popular for several years. The newer 21700 batteries have up to about 50% more power and it shows in both brightness and runtime of the newer flashlights. Whatever brand you choose, you might want to look at the 21700 battery models.

This is my favorite edc at the moment and probably the one I carried the most often while on patrol.

Fenix PD36R 1600 Lumen USB rechargeable CREE LED tactical Flashlight with EdisonBright charging cable carry case bundle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TJ41TMC...1MWW0728W55GRC

There are several good brands out there.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:05 PM   #13
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Streamlight for me have been awesome.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:05 PM   #14
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Fenix is probably the most popular brand of the more expensive (but not stupid expensive). I have about half a dozen. I also have a couple of ThruNite, an Olight and a couple of knock-offs. I am maybe a little partial to Fenix but from my experience, the others seem just as good. I have a $200-ish ThruNite that is listed at 11,000 lumens. It will literally light up a city block. It is not an every day carry however. It is only about 5” long but 2.5”’ wide so not something you can throw in your pocket.

This is my main suggestion. Most of these kinds of flashlights now run on 18650 rechargeable batteries. They have been the most popular for several years. The newer 21700 batteries have up to about 50% more power and it shows in both brightness and runtime of the newer flashlights. Whatever brand you choose, you might want to look at the 21700 battery models.

This is my favorite edc at the moment and probably the one I carried the most often while on patrol.

Fenix PD36R 1600 Lumen USB rechargeable CREE LED tactical Flashlight with EdisonBright charging cable carry case bundle https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07TJ41TMC...1MWW0728W55GRC

There are several good brands out there.
I too have several Fenix, 2 Olights, a tiny streamlight, petzl, Coastal, and several other assorted brands, but day in and day out I use my Thrunites more than any others.
The TN 36 you mentioned goes everywhere with me, and never leaves my truck.
When you flat out need to light something up, no floodlight does it better.
The TN 42 stays with me constantly as well.
When it comes to distance, it is the farthest shining "usable" light you can buy as far as I know, and has plenty of usable light in the immediate area.
I use it for almost everything.
As advertised you can light someone up at a mile, I've done it, and it will burn non-stop until the batteries are dead(36 will to).
TN 50, wow!, but not a usable.
Not what the op is looking for I'm sure, but I'm bit of a flashlight junkie, and TN has won me over.
Just wanted to give them a nod since you mentioned them.

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Old 10-14-2021, 08:07 PM   #15
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fenix is a great choice,,, i started carrying them in my shop several years ago, to this day( 5 years now) i still carry a small fenix with 450 lumens in my pocket, still running the original battery it gets used a lot and occasionally gets put on the charger with the other 4 fenix lights i have
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:15 PM   #16
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I have a Coast flashlight that is subcompact and fairly bright but eats batteries faster than Oprah eats bonbons.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:21 PM   #17
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I too have several Fenix, 2 Olights, a tiny streamlight, petzl, Coastal, and several other assorted brands, but day in and day out I use my Thrunites more than any others.
The TN 36 you mentioned goes everywhere with me, and never leaves my truck.
When you flat out need to light something up, no floodlight does it better.

The TN 42 stays with me constantly as well.
When it comes to distance, it is the farthest shining "usable" light you can buy as far as I know, and has plenty of usable light in the immediate area.
I use it for almost everything.
As advertised you can light someone up at a mile, I've done it, and it will burn non-stop until the batteries are dead(36 will to).
TN 50, wow!, but not a usable.
Not what the op is looking for I'm sure, but I'm bit of a flashlight junkie, and TN has won me over.
Just wanted to give them a nod since you mentioned them.
We were working a major crime scene about three years ago. It was about 2:00AM and the crime scene unit needed some photographs of the front of the house. The technician went to put the camera on the tripod and… the tripod was broken. It was so dark she could only shoot at about a one second shot so it had to be on the tripod.

I told her hang on, let me go get my flashlight. She said the flashlight is not gonna work because the whole thing has to be lit up and a narrow flashlight beam just won’t do it. I came back with the TN36. Her comment was, Oh My God!

It literally lit up the entire house from the street and the house was sitting about 70 feet off of the roadway. She was able to shoot the photographs in about one 1/20 of a second.

I’ll look at the TN50 and being a flashlight junkie, I kind of want it but I don’t buy flashlights nearly like I did when I was still working at the police department. I think it is a little over 16,000 lumens. I have a harder time dropping $200 on the flashlight, even one that stunning. If I was still working, I would have one by now.

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Old 10-14-2021, 08:24 PM   #18
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Fenix flashlights. Expensive but BRIGHT!

This is my go to brand.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:26 PM   #19
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Geez, $200 for a fleshlight...
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:29 PM   #20
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Love my stream light.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:31 PM   #21
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Geez, $200 for a fleshlight...
One that might light up 2 city blocks? Yes.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:42 PM   #22
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I have a Sniper Hog Light headlamp. I love it and prefer my hands be free.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:55 PM   #23
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I’m a Fenix fan too. Most used one while in the field is my Fenix headlamp. Hands free and adjustable brightness.
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Old 10-14-2021, 08:59 PM   #24
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I’ll look at the TN50 and being a flashlight junkie, I kind of want it but I don’t buy flashlights nearly like I did when I was still working at the police department. I think it is a little over 16,000 lumens. I have a harder time dropping $200 on the flashlight, even one that stunning. If I was still working, I would have one by now.

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Just know that when you start getting into these ultra bright lights, there is a threshold that once crossed, makes the light nothing more than a toy, "unusable".
TN walks a fine line with the 36 & 42, in the fact that they will run on the brightest setting until the batteries die.
Once the lumens get so high, the heat build up cannot be dissipated fast enough, and these crazy bright flashlights will start stepping down or shut off all together.
The 50 will make it about a 60 sec on turbo s before it steps down to 3000 lumens, 2 min on turbo before it steps down to 3000 lumens, 10 min on high before it steps down to 3000 lumens.
Meanwhile the 36 will burn continuously at 11000 lumens until the battery dies, but it will be so hot you cannot touch it, and it will melt plastic, or just about anything it touches its so hot.
We are making progress on that though.
The exception to the above being flashlights like the W30 that use a laser to excite phosphorus.
2 hr runtime, 500 lumens, will throw almost 2 miles, but again unusable as the beam has 0 stray light.
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Old 10-14-2021, 09:09 PM   #25
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Geez, $200 for a fleshlight...
But it’s ribbed.
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I own streamlights w/ replaceable batteries. I have a buddy with a rechargeable streamlight that is crazy light for how bright it is.

I carry 2 of these rechargeable Streamlights with me and and 2 smaller ones with lithium batteries and a cylinder of extra batteries. I also carry a handful of green chem lights just in case I get that strapped.


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Old 10-15-2021, 02:22 PM   #29
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I appreciate all the information gang. Leaning towards Fenix but looking at some of the others mentioned as well. Anything is going to be an upgrade from what I have now. Thanks!
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Geez, $200 for a fleshlight...
And it doesn’t talk back are keep asking you for money
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Old 10-15-2021, 02:45 PM   #31
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Fenix for flash light and Zebra for head lamps!
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Old 10-15-2021, 03:55 PM   #32
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And it doesn’t talk back are keep asking you for money
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Geez, $200 for a fleshlight...
Wait til you find out about Modlites....
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Wait til you find out about Modlites....



Good **** ain’t cheap and cheap **** ain’t good.
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My dad has one of these, forget a “blood light”, you shine this thing on the ground in the dark and it makes red pop out as red as red can be !
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Depends on what you want but these two items are just a pure pleasure.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1


https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Never has either BUT owned lots of PELICAN brand stuff..and all Great
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Old 10-16-2021, 09:46 PM   #37
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I have Fenix and really like that brand, but my favorite flashlight right now is this one. It’s unreal the size and illumination modes.

Nitecore P12

https://www.amazon.com/NITECORE-Vers...4435118&sr=8-3
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:42 PM   #38
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I bought a cheaper light for a truck light and it’s been great. It’s bright as the sun and holds a pretty good charge. It’s called a Nebo. 2,000 lumens
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:54 PM   #39
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Old 10-16-2021, 10:57 PM   #40
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Old 10-16-2021, 11:02 PM   #41
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Old 10-17-2021, 12:16 AM   #42
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I’d pay good money for a flashlight but they grow legs and walk off it seems.
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Old 10-17-2021, 08:51 AM   #43
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I get these cheap ones on Amazon 2 pack with batteries for $24.00 and the are great and if something happens I just get new ones. As of now the two pack I got two years ago are still going.

https://www.amazon.com/Skywolfeye-Le...%2C229&sr=8-35
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Old 10-17-2021, 09:14 AM   #44
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Never has either BUT owned lots of PELICAN brand stuff..and all Great
They have the best customer service as well. I carry a pelican light.

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Old 10-17-2021, 11:41 AM   #45
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I have a Smith & Wesson, not sure what model. About $59, will light up my whole back yard and is rechargeable (18650's). Small enough to put in your pocket or clip on a belt. Pretty darn good light.
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