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    Folks, I was searching for a LED flashlight with a robust handle with minimum 30cm / 11.8 in lenght and a middle range illuminating power (i.e. spot the dog in the woods when he is further away). Naturally one would think at first at the Mag-Lite, however after some reading and looking around the performance of the Mag-Lite LED (original lights or with upgrade module) seems unconvincing in connection with the price. I found as alternatives the Led Lenser P17 and the Fenix TK60 (the upscale models TK70 and X21 are out of my budget). Regarding the Led Lenser brand I read that many do not agree with the "heavy duty" image the company tries to project. However, merely judging from photos the P17 does seem more robust than the Fenix.
    Since these lights are not the cheapest so I appreciate any input. Alternatives (eg. Litexpress in Europe) are also welcomed. Thanks.

    Some links to see what I'm talking about...

    http://www.fenixlight.com/viewnproduct.asp?id=95

    http://www.zweibrueder.com/ENG/produ...p17.php?id=p17

    http://shop.conrad-uk.com/hobbies/to...es/575086.html

    http://shop.conrad-uk.com/hobbies/to...es/575110.html

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    My Fenix TK-15 is defect!..damn!. when I was walking the dog in the dark....just one year old..

    I am looking for a Surefire, but it is so expensive..
    I wonder why Surefire doesn't put their factory in China to make it cheaper....
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    Because psychology dictates that price correlates with quality and exclusivity.

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    Today I bought the Surefire 6PX Defender..


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    Quote Originally Posted by kayaker View Post
    Because psychology dictates that price correlates with quality and exclusivity.
    I bought an arlec LED 3w for $20 a few weeks back from bunnings. Takes 3 x AA. It pisses on my other torches, outshines a 3D cell maglite and 3xAA LED maglite without trying.

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    IMO Maglite are the most overrated POS ever sold. I used to get through one an exercise, easily. They just don't stand up to much punishment (the bulbs that is) and the beam quality is very poor. I forked out for a C2 Centurion in the end and after 4 years of regular use, including many drops and much punishment, i'm only on my second bulb and going strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by T3ngu View Post
    I bought an arlec LED 3w for $20 a few weeks back from bunnings. Takes 3 x AA. It pisses on my other torches, outshines a 3D cell maglite and 3xAA LED maglite without trying.
    Psychology*

    *reality may differ.

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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000OGCP6W

    Got myself one of them the other day, great little torch. Feels pretty well made, doesn't take stupid batteries, good battery life and very bright. I'm impressed so far.

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    Looks good...

    has anyone got any experience with the updated blast-from the-past Maglight Solitaire?

    And secondly, anyone got a link to a European seller of an IR filter for the Surefire Scout light?

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    Either get in touch with Noorloos, since they sell Surefire (and lots of other goodies )

    http://www.noorloos-se.com/nl/home.html

    or see the page below

    http://www.body-armour-protection.co...h-Accessories/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greek soldier View Post
    Either get in touch with Noorloos, since they sell Surefire (and lots of other goodies )

    http://www.noorloos-se.com/nl/home.html

    or see the page below

    http://www.body-armour-protection.co...h-Accessories/
    Cheers...!

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    I have had this since 2007

    http://www.feedthehabit.com/outdoors...adlamp-review/

    Still going strong and survived 2 weeks in the rainforests of Suriname.
    It takes regular double A batteries, has a large on-off switch, a dimming and a red-light night vision saving filter (which works very, very well)
    It is also waterproof and you can take it out of the attachment and use it as a camping lamp.
    It is also very affordable.

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    I'm gonna replace my old angle head torch with a stream light sidewinder. Does anyone have experience with this light? How bright are they?

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    I'm looking to run 18650 batteries on my Solarforce L2 w/ Cree XM-L T6 drop-in (800lms).. What is the best brand out there that won't have a problem with my high output host?

    AW-brand 18650 batteries are the best apparently. Quite expensive for one battery however..
    Last edited by ebk187; 12-07-2011 at 12:22 PM.

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    is it really 800 lumens?
    nvm ... looked on youtube, looks legit.

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