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Okay folks, I want the bestest LED flashlight out there. Walking a dog I want no surprises. Something rechargeable would be ideal. Here's my credit card. Ready set go!
 
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I have a few different ones...but for dog walking, you can’t beat this...


Can be used as a flashlight or headlamp, super bright. Uses 18650 batteries, very common size for flashlights. Batteries charge outside of the flashlight.

These are the batteries I like:

And the charger...

This charger can also be used for most any size rechargeable lithium batteries...

My wife has this one...uses 3 x 18650’s, and can blind someone in the next state; it could also be used as a weapon. 😜


you can also get a plug in charger for the sunwayman
 
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I'm pretty "old school" when it comes to flashlights. Rechargeable is great...until you find it dead. Recharging takes too long. With a D-cell (or AA/AAA) model, you just toss in a couple of new batteries and you are good to go. Here's what we carry in our coach.

MagLight (2 D-cell model with LED lamp):

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000XT5616/?tag=rvf01-20

Petzl Tikka XP headlamp. (Can use alkaline or rechargeable AAA batteries, LED lamp)

Amazon.com: Petzl Tikka XP Headlamp Lighting Orange: Sports & Outdoors

For things I use in potential emergency situations, I like the "simple is best" approach. BTW, the MagLite also provides a secondary emergency use as an effective baton if you get surprised.

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I use a small Intova scuba diving LED flashlight - super bright, waterproof, anodized aluminum but it's not rechargeable. It uses CR123A batteries which seem to last a year.
Tovatec IFL 660-R Torch, 430 Lumens Light
 
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When camping with the boys when they were young finding a flashlight that had any usable light left was a challenge. Boys decided they would repay me now that they are older and got me a Streamlight Pro-Tac which is rechargeable. 30 hours use, bright, waterproof, drop proof and anodized aluminum. Great light

 
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TK20R Tactical Rechargeable Light


Blinding bright - self defense

Expensive, and it's your money I'm spending!

You're welcome.
 
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Manufacturers claims, especially on non regulated specs, in my opinion have proven to be suspect. On Amazon there are a wide variety of claims of Lumen output.

We have used Streamlight products over the years and have been pleased. If you get a very bright flashlight be sure that the output is adjustable. The very bright settings are useless for general purposes.

I have a few different Streamlight flashlights, a ProTac X for distance, or Self defense, and a smaller carry pocket model for general purposes.

Regarding rechargeable vs non- rechargeable, you will want to understand the various battery chemistries to get the best for your application. A good source of info I found is Secondary (Rechargeable) Batteries – Battery University


After many tries with rechargeable batteries, we end up using standard Amazon Basic primary cells and carry spares. Just easier and more reliable.
 
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What is the highest lumen flashlight anyone can find?
 
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2400 lumens... but remember, that’s only for a very short period of time, for 2 reasons. 1) battery life 2) heat. If I use my 900 lumen Sunwayman for longer than 10-15 minutes, the light-end will burn you. Not sure why you’d need more lumens, unless you’re in search & rescue.

@JoeHogan , I agree with you totally about the rechargeable AA & AAA’s...but the 18650’s are superb...

Flashlights are a rabbit hole...there are entire forums on brands, batteries, LED technologies, cool vs. warm, spot vs. flood, etc. Makes the Freightliner vs Spartan debate look tame.
 
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If I use my 900 lumen Sunwayman for longer than 10-15 minutes, the light-end will burn you.
Yes I forgot about that detail. The flash light gets very hot quickly at high settings as well as quickly using available power.
 
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I love flashlights...never can have too many. I carry in my purse/jacket pocket the Fenix PD22. I also have a Surefire E2D LED Defender from learning to shoot firearms in low light conditions. I like walking pups with that one for the light and as a potential bludgeoning weapon (lol), but it is not as bright as my Fenix PD35 TAC which is my go to flashlight if my PD22 is not in my pocket. I really became frustrated with always buying the CR 123A batteries all the time, so I bought the Arlo CR Rechargeable Batteries with Battery Charger. It works great so far.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07WVVDQ8G/?tag=rvf01-20
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And, with the 2000 Lumens model, you can also cook your hot dog (or fingers) in turbo mode. :rolleyes:

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To help Illuminate the subject...oh geez, sorry...couldn't resist...

The problem with "specs", is most companies CHEAT!!! Just as with headlights, LUMENS is only a BRAG-point, if the focus and distribution isn't top-notch.

I've had many discussions/arguments from the "younger cheaper" kids about off-road CHINESE LED lights being "so cheap" off Amazon. They buy their $75 light bar and laugh at my Baja Designs for a bunch more....until I flip the switch, and continue to do so years later.

So, the TOP brands (like Streamlight, Fenix, etc.) don't play the numbers game as much. They're quality products.

That said....the junkie throw-away C-cells from Costco are pretty stupid bright...LOL. So forget everything I just said.
 
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The Intova light I posted about is only about 450-475 Lumens but the focus is pretty narrow and she's plenty bright.
 
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This company popped up in the ads on this site (RVF supporters can't see the ads) and looks interesting. Some powerful flashlights, pricey, but that's fine. Saw one with 12000 lumens!

 
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Felix offers some interesting high-end flashlights. I don't quite get the quest for mega-lumens, however. A well designed 800-900 lumen flashlight lights things up very well without producing a lot of heat. YMMV

TJ
 
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