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CowBear wrote:LOL my brother just showed me his new flashlights from Costco that do the same thing. I was like, when is the strobe mode ever going to be useful?
You gotta get the military flashlights. They don't strobe, its either on or you half press the button for 1 single short burst
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As mentioned already, most Lumen claims are wildly inflated. They usually say something like "300 Lumen LED," and when you look, the LED is rated for 300 lumens, but at 5 volts, while the light in question runs it at 1.5 or 3 or 4.5 volts, which necessarily produce far less light.
Some high-end flashlights do have voltage converters, so they can run at a higher voltage with a single AA, but that's not so common at or near this price point.
So, does anyone know how many lumens this thing actually puts out? Inquiring minds want to know!
I'm supposed to buy something? But we're having so much fun with things as they are, I don't want to ruin it!
Purchases: 27 / 11 (nobody cares what, so I won't tell you);
Brownies of Cannabis: 1 / 12 (Thanks, Wootalyzer! -- would it help if I called them something else?).
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mrdancer wrote:For those of you truly interested in good flashlights, I recommend spending some time on www.candlepowerforums.com. You will eventually learn what makes a good flashlight (lumen output is WAY down on the list!). Reliability is probably the most important factor, and is determined by things like good heatsinking, quality connections, square threads, etc. It is relatively easy to build a high-output flashlight cheaply, not-so-easy to build a reliable flashlight.
YEP YOU ARE CORRECT!
I have owned several of the Life Gear flashlights (the one AA battery model) and the switch on ALL of them eventually stops working. I think the $3.55 flashlight is a much better deal, but its switch will wear out too but at least you’re only out $3.55.
Not a good thing to backpack 7 miles into the wilderness and then find out your flashlight will just randomly flicker.
A few years ago I went into Target and purchased a lot of nice crafted metal flashlights (which included Life Gear) and one cheap Energizer plastic flashlight with a mechanical slide switch. The Energizer had by far the lowest lumens, cheapest LED (not a Cree) and by far the most inexpensive feel to it. Here it is years later and all the others are long since trashed, yet the cheap plastic Energizer still works perfectly.
Not oops or even ooops, but opps!