GUN surefire - incandescent or LED?

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  1. cruzr180

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    battery powered incandescent or LED?

    looking for a bright long lasting flashlight for around $100.

    what would OT recommend?
     
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    Depends on where you use it most. LED throws crazy light indoors, but it's not as focused outdoors.
     
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    cruzr180 I'm addictive!!

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    Long lasting is going to be relative, then, the E2E and the E2D are around 100 and incandescent, but runtime is 60-80 minutes, I think.
     
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    I have the LED and it works damn well. Its not focused beam but it throws big amounts of light.

    Worried about batterys? They make recharables!
     
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    what good is 5? ;)
     
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    Thunderbear Yggdrasil's Forester.

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    That's a bit outside 100 bucks, though, ain't it?
     
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    I know, but I wanted to try them out before I bought a lot of them. If they are pretty good I'll get another 5, and have an even number. But I still have a lot left from a bunch I got on ebay for a good price, but for that low price, might as well stock up.
     
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    I'm having a hard time deciding between throw aways and rechargables..

    The rechargeable setup is 4 batteries and a charger for $28.. Thats = 28 batteries.. Will I ever use 29 batteries to make it pass off?
     
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    that would be 13 battery changes, that's quite a few, but it also depends on how much use your light sees. I don't use mine that often, so I rarely change the batteries. I have a Surefire G2 Nitrolon, and love it. But I also recently got a Streamlight TLR-1 for my Glock 17, so I'll have lots of spare batteries for both lights.
     
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    Good call. I ignorantly considered each change.. 13 is a ton but not as bad as I expected.. I guess ill try 5 first
     
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    I seem to recall that rechargable 123's have voltage issues that make them problematic.

    I carry an aviator daily and use it from time to time for a few seconds here and there at work. I use about 12 batteries a year.
     
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    Might be able to find a used one. :dunno:

    I lucked out and got mine for $100 even.
     
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    So LED's suck outdoors? :hs: I was going to do a conversion on my 6D maglite but I probably use it 75% outside 25% inside.
     
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    They don't suck exactly, it's hard to explain without seeing it for yourself. LED throw at room to room distances is sharp, focused, and fucking bright. The same LED throw outdoors isn't as good as comparable Xenon/inc bulbs. Somehow it washes out, while the Xenon's stay more focused.

    I'd say do it, as without the conversion, the MagLite is a 12 pound paperweight. You've got nothing to lose.
     
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    Would I be better off doing some other conversion with it? I dont want to sacrafice its durability either I keep it in my truck its my less then lethal defense option.
     
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    For answer, I'll direct you to the solution I was considering for my 2 and 3D MAGs..

    http://www.circuitspecialists.com/level.itml/icOid/8727

    For more in depth advice, I'd ask 2L Bunny, he's forgotten more than I ever wanted to learn about conversions. I look at it this way, if I can find a reasonably inexpensive replacement for an obsolete MAG, why not do it?

    I should add that the washout effect is prevalent in low lumen handheld 'pocket' lights like the original poster was asking about. You wouldn't notice a damn bit of washout with a 6D MAG with 500+ lumens, it's a localized low lumen effect.
     
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    i love my LED lights, but they fit my uses... LED is good for floodlight type situations, indoor stuff, working on a car, etc.... not real great when it comes pinpoint, or long distance situations.
     
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    :hs: perhaps ill just try out some aftermarket bulb types before I do any serious modifcations, I got a surefire for most of my indoor around the house stuff, maglite is in my truck for work use mostly.
     
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    one of my lights even has a uv bulb in the center... i take it with me when i go to motels. :big grin:
     
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    Streamlight TLR1

    $100 shipped on the nose

    awesome LED light
     
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    Go ahead and test them so we know whether or not to buy a carton or not from there. :o
     
  25. Ford4Life

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    You can get a Pelican M6 LED and get an incand module for it and have the best of both worlds. The incand module drops right in with no modifications and it throws better than my surefire G2 and E2e.
     

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