Posted 01 January 2016 - 04:17 PM
Olight seems to have a good reputation, but I haven't used them. You should also check out the Surefire Titan and Titan Plus. I just got the Plus and it is very nice. I also have a couple of Four Sevens Minis which I like and have no problems with.
Posted 21 March 2016 - 04:46 PM
Posted 30 March 2016 - 10:25 PM
I realize this is an old topic; and, by now, Gunter probably picked up something already. Thought I'd chime in anyway...
I looked up that LRI light link that you posted, but the light is only rated at 5 lumens, and uses disposable button batteries. Disposable batteries of this size are generaly not capable of producing enough amperage to run high-powered lights. You mentioned that you wanted something very bright. That could get expensive to use, and wouldn't exactly blast the area with much light.
"Visible over a mile". That's a pretty tall claim. Does anyone own one of these lights? Is it really capable of that? With no lens, reflector, or optic of any kind, to speak of, I kind of doubt it.
I've always been really pleased with Fenix build quality. How a Fenix E15 2016 Edition?
This newer model is capable of running on a single CR123 disposable, or (much better yet), a 16340 lithium ion battery, for a tremendous 450 lumen output (270 lumen max on the CR123; low of 8 lumens). If it's a light you rarely use, you could actually leave it in your car, and use the ordinary CR123 battery. These batteries have an extremely long shelf life (up to fifteen years, from what I've heard), and work extremely well, even in severely cold temperatures. You can pick these batteries up for about a buck a piece, or so, if you shop wisely, on-line.
I had the previous two versions of this light (and still have the 170 lumen version - still going strong, and I'm running that one on a LiFePO4 battery); but this one is, by far, the nicest one of them all, in terms of build quality, output, and general ergonomic feel. They've really improved the solidity of the twisty cap, for output adjustments (much more snug and secure feeling, when dialing in settings).
It has four outputs, and always comes on on low setting (8 lumens). It can tail-stand. It's super tiny, considering its hefty output, and definitely packs a wallop, on Turbo mode.
Get that, a pair of good 16340 batteries, and a nice charger, and you'd be set! No more throwing away batteries all the time.
I use these XTAR 16340 batteries (Helps that the store is just five minutes away from me :-), and they work beautifully.
Generally, I use this charger, first (my favorite of all the XTAR chargers I have:
When I carry this one, it's always in an Olight holster (in the outside stretch pocket), next to a Solarforce L2P, a more standard-sized P60 light). I can't even tell it's there (It weighs next to nothing, comparatively speaking), but it sure comes in handy, when I need to reach into super tight spots, and want something powerful and floody.
As a side note, that charger is also capable of charging many different sizes of Ni-Cad, Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMh), and Lithium Ion batteries, and is USB power-able. You just need to use a decent USB power source, to get the full charging amperage out of it. I use an Anker 40-watt 5-port hub charger, that powers multiple items beautifully:
In Post # 18, I posted some pictures of the the E15 (two versions ago); one next to a dollar bill, for size reference, and the other, lighting up the inside of a guitar sound hole.
I'll see about putting together a new picture of the newer version, which is just a tad longer than that first version, but is tremendously brighter. Here is an interim photo (with the 170 lumen version on the left, and the newer 2016 version on the right.
One more teaser shot:
Not my greatest picture; but it gives you a good idea of the size of the lights.
Left to Right:
- The Nitecore Tube that a lot of people recommended.
- Fenix E15 (previous generation) - 170 lumens
- Fenix E15 2016 Edition
- Thrunite T10 Warm (a lot of people mentioned this light, or variations of it).
- Zebralight SC600w Mk III - a super powerhouse of a light, running on a single 18650 battery.
- Solarforce L2P host, with Sportac triple Nichia 219B 2-mode drop-in. This is a typical P60-sized light.
- Maglite 2AA "Mini Mag" - everyone and his brother has seen, or owned one of these. This one has a TerraLux 140 lumen upgrade. I only hang onto it, for nostalgic reasons.
- Maglite 2D LED. These two lights (this and the Mini Mag) were thrown in so you could get an idea of how much smaller and more powerful) flashlights have become, during these past few years. Any of the lights on the left (with the exception of the Tube) would easily out-blast either of these LED Maglites, effortlessly.
Posted 04 January 2017 - 03:10 AM
Posted 23 July 2017 - 03:05 PM
I just picked up the "Atom" from Polymath Products in the UK.
These are truly tiny led keychain flashlights twist activated.
Also when you turn them off the lens glows with photoluminescent light.
Think they are sold in packs of 3 for a very reasonable price.
or Amazon in the UK
Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:14 PM
No one mentioned the Olight i3S keychain flashlight? This one also looks pretty nice.
Nice suggestion, I may have to go with this or the streamlight nano. Was looking for a keychain light and this thread has been super helpful
Posted 03 September 2017 - 07:01 AM
I have to recommend an Olight i3S EOS. Triple a battery. starts at 20 lumens then 80 if needed with a quick twist off and back on of the head.
I clip this to my pocket not on a keychain.
Beside the light being reliable Olight really stands behind their products. I complained when they didn't send spare orings with my light and for compensation they sent me 2 more lights and the more powerful i3S-CU so I could harvest the orings. Why they couldn't just put orings in an envelope and send them I don't know. To my surprise they all work.
These lights were all returned by other customers and I guess Olight doesn't resell used items so they send them to me.
Posted 02 January 2018 - 02:13 PM
Looking at Thrunite Ti3, Fenix E05 and Maglite solitaire. Pocket carry and not actually on my keys. I rarely carry key other than car key. I've had a Maglite solitaire before the incandescent bulb version but have lost or put someplace really hard to find.
Any current users of either of the 3 lights? Usage will be around the house to avoid waking SWMBO and inside workshop cabinets to locate stuff.
Thanks in advance.
Posted 03 January 2018 - 09:49 PM
Looks like the Thrunite TI3 XP-G2 R5 NW is calling my name. I think the neutral white will do me better than the cool white. Found some YT videos for color comparison that helped make my decision. Was hoping to here from current owners here, but it's early in the year. Just got over food poisoning myself so just glad to be up and working.
Posted 30 August 2018 - 08:17 AM
My Nitecore TIP has failed after a little more than a year. I have read comments on line where people had similar issues that I had, the low battery blinking red light continuously blinked, even after fully charged and now, there is just a permanent red light on.
I really liked it while it worked, the brightness and the thin profile was great. I used it often.
I have not kept up on the latest and greatest in key chain lights. Anyone currently using one that they like?
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