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Old 5th May 2010, 6:17 PM   #421
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Fenix is probably the best balance between quality and price.
You can get a 630 lumen torch from them that runs on 6x AA's or 200 lumen on only one.
For brightness, Wicked Lasers - The Torch 4,100 lumen
Polarion - Helios (similar to above)
Led Lenser - X21 ~1,100 lumen (this one is led and focusable unlike the two above)
All the bright ones are triple figures in cost.
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Budget? Single AA? Do you prefer it to be single mode or multi-mode light?
battery Size is not a problem, nor is modes. Just want maximum brightness for something under $100 thats not a peice of crap.
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Old 5th May 2010, 6:17 PM   #422
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Hmmm... I just realised you can't charge Li batteries with the Maha chargers

I actually might go ahead with a hobby charger. This come highly recommended
http://www.hobbycity.com/hobbycity/s...idProduct=7028

If I can get one of those, which also charge NiMH/NiCd, then I can rig up two charging platforms
This for AA (or similar for AAA), combined with THESE for 18650 batteries.
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Old 10th May 2010, 2:39 PM   #423
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Really want to get one of those TK-40's the main appeal being the fact it can take AA's.
Only problem is i don't want to order it from DX.
Still looking for a place that sells them at a reasonable price.
They seem to be retailing at about the $150 mark
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Old 16th May 2010, 6:30 PM   #424
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recently started going fishing with mates, mainly at nights. Realised that having a torch is a must, so i jumped onto ebay and purchased a Maglite 3D LED (Rebel). should of checked this thread out first before going on the impulse, anyone got opinions on them?
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Old 16th May 2010, 10:09 PM   #425
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Here's an epic thread on the new "rebels"
http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=221231

Other than that it's hard to find decent info on them, but I reckon Maglites are built to last, and if you're happy with the price, then there's not much else to say.
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Old 25th May 2010, 2:22 PM   #426
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Hey guys, whats the opinion on the Cree lights on ozbargain atm?

link: http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/26034

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Old 25th May 2010, 8:25 PM   #427
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Just recieved one of these in the mail today.


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Old 25th May 2010, 10:00 PM   #428
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Noice. What's the runtime of one of those bad boys? Any worse than the 15 minutes stated on the website?

At that discharge rate I'd be seriously worried about the batteries melting in your hand.
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Old 26th May 2010, 11:20 AM   #429
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Noice. What's the runtime of one of those bad boys? Any worse than the 15 minutes stated on the website?

At that discharge rate I'd be seriously worried about the batteries melting in your hand.
Pretty much spot on 15 minutes.

You can only use it for 3 minutes at a time or the bulb & casing around it gets too hot. The battery is only a little warm with normal use, so I'm not so worried about that. The battery is 14.4v 1500mAH [also says 12*2/3A which I assume relates to the 12 individual batteries cased together].

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Old 30th May 2010, 2:10 PM   #430
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w00t!

I have one of these in the mail
Turnigy Accucel-8 150W 7A Balancer/Charger
should be here very shortly.

and the next step will be to get two 4 cell holders from here
http://www.luminousdiy.com/Light%20K...ts.htm#holders
So then I can easily charge and monitor my 18650 batteries.

So I guess I'm now in the market for a 18650 headlamp. Hopefully the Fenix HD series will be available before Summer hits.
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Old 6th June 2010, 4:58 AM   #431
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Bit of a noob when it comes to these but have just ordered the below torches from Deal Extreme, mainly for spotting bunnies at night

MTE M3-2 Cree MC-E
MTE SF-23 SSC P7-D
Ultrafire WF-008 Recoil Thrower Cree Q5-WC

Anyone have any experience with any of them?
Will do a bit of a rundown when they arrive
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^ Links of the above items:
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16500
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.22569
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.22934

I'm not a fan of the large cone design. I like the more compact torches e.g.
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16240

18650 battery torches are already at least 25mm thick. FYI 18650 breaks down to 18mm x 65mm and 0 means round (apparently). So the larger cone torches can be a big bulky, and akward in your hand due to the off center of gravity, plus they don't fit so nicely in your pocket.

But as far as light and build quality goes, they're all decent enough torches. When buying from DX you always run the risk of getting an inferioir product that will break after first knock. Oh and it's been mentioned heaps before in this thread, but don't trust the water-proofing, either. Even when properly oiled they can leak pretty badly.
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Old 6th June 2010, 10:34 AM   #433
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OMG this is so uber it needs a post of it's own

http://tesladownunder.com/LEDs.htm#100%20W%20LED
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Old 6th June 2010, 11:27 PM   #434
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^ Links of the above items:
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16500
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.22569
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.22934

I'm not a fan of the large cone design. I like the more compact torches e.g.
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16240

18650 battery torches are already at least 25mm thick. FYI 18650 breaks down to 18mm x 65mm and 0 means round (apparently). So the larger cone torches can be a big bulky, and akward in your hand due to the off center of gravity, plus they don't fit so nicely in your pocket.

But as far as light and build quality goes, they're all decent enough torches. When buying from DX you always run the risk of getting an inferioir product that will break after first knock. Oh and it's been mentioned heaps before in this thread, but don't trust the water-proofing, either. Even when properly oiled they can leak pretty badly.
The large cone doesnt bother me for what they'll be used for, the thrower is for mounting to a rifle while the other two are for spotting, couldnt decide which was better so got both.

already have one of these for a compact one, not too bad http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.21478

While i'm at it anyone have any experience with this? http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.30683
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Wow, one foot of baton, right there :P

My Dereelight that takes one 18650 lasts around 2 hours on my batteries before I notice a visible decrease in light output. So my guess is that 5 Cree modules, even being powered by three batteries, probably won't last very long.
I think that $45 is a bit much, and that maybe it should be spent on a better quality torch.
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