I own a Insight HX200 flashlight and its 7.5 inches long.
Should I just check it in my luggage or risk the TSA having this light confiscated?
The TSA rule is that tools over 7 inches long are prohibited in a carry-on bag.
Should I risk it, or just check it in my luggage to be on the safe side?
You can do a search for on this type of light to see what it looks like and its been discontinued.
With that said, I don't want to loose this light by TSA taking it away from me.
I really need your thoughts on this.
I'm coming into this thread fairly late; but I'm curious whether you already made the trip, and how it went. Did you end up checking the bag in your luggage, or trying to include it in your carry-on? If you opted to do the latter, did all go okay with the TSA?
As a flashlight fanatic, I'm trying to understand the appeal of the HX200. I read the specifications, and watched some video reviews of the light, to try and understand.
By today's standards, the output is less than stellar, and the run time, extremely low, for such a lower-powered light.
It's also a very large light, with an awkward interface, that only seems to support the dreaded CR123 primary batteries, so it would cost a fortune, to keep it always ready to go, and with full output, without spending a a ton of money on batteries, if it's a light that you use heavily.
I gave up CR123-only lights years ago, and have never looked back. I opted for mostly 18650-powered lights (many of which will support the use of 2 CR123 batteries, in a pinch - but not really a practical option, for a heavy use light - unless you live and use the light in sub-zero temperatures, and store it in your vehicle year-round), and that opened up my options, tremendously.
Today's lights are far more compact, far more powerful (although with the option to use any of several lower modes, to conserve batteries and obtain much longer run times), with better interfaces, a wider selection of tints, fully regulated output, etc., and cost far less money than lights of just five years ago. Or, if you're dead-set on a large light, you can still buy one, but with much higher output, and with incredible long range beams.
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