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#56529 - 12/21/05 11:10 PM flashlight
joaquin39 Offline

Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 149
Loc: Philadelphia,Pennsyvania, USA.
Can anybody tell me what kind of flashlights are better for longer and brighter ray?. Also I like it to be small, maybe 1 or 2 AA batteries. Thank you <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

#56530 - 12/21/05 11:25 PM Re: flashlight
groo Offline

Registered: 11/02/03
Posts: 722
Loc: Florida
It really depends on a number of factors. The biggest, for most people, is price. Give us some idea of how much you're willing to spend, and maybe some examples of what you want it for.

In general, I think an LED light of some sort would be the way to go here. Most people buy a 2AA Maglight when they want what you describe, but you can do so much better than that.

#56531 - 12/21/05 11:39 PM Re: flashlight
X-ray Dave Offline

Registered: 11/11/03
Posts: 572
Loc: Nevada
The Gerber Infinity Ultra is a LED and uses 1 AA batt.


#56532 - 12/22/05 12:22 AM Re: flashlight
xray61 Offline

Registered: 01/23/05
Posts: 6
Loc: PA Lancaster county
Inova makes some really good one too.

#56533 - 12/22/05 12:30 AM Re: flashlight
Malpaso Offline
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Registered: 09/12/05
Posts: 817
Loc: MA
I've put LED mods into my AA Maglites.

For some in depth answers, go to www.candlepowerforums.com
It's not that life is so short, it's that you're dead for so long.

#56534 - 12/22/05 01:10 AM Re: flashlight
Eugene Offline
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Registered: 12/26/02
Posts: 2823
I've never found LEDs to be good for a longer and brighter ray. They can be brighter at short distances. For good 'throw' something like a surefire might be a good option.

#56535 - 12/22/05 01:25 AM Re: flashlight
randyo Offline

Registered: 09/19/05
Posts: 56
If it is not going to be a "pocket carry" or keychain light, then 2 AA batteries is superior to only 1 because of the longer run time. I have a LOT of small flashlights, and some of the Maglite drop-in LED modules as well. The absolute best product balancing price, size, output, throw distance, light color, and quality has to be the new Fenix L2P. Slightly smaller than a 2AA Minimag but a thousand percent better overall. Fantastic throw, durable, uses 2AA batteries. Will run around $48 + shipping. But - you can't buy a better light for the money.

#56536 - 12/22/05 02:21 AM Re: flashlight
emotion_overkill Offline

Registered: 11/16/05
Posts: 14
Hi there,

A long bright ray is usually known in the flashlight world as "throw".

If you want excellent "throwers" look for Inovas, they have very tight small spot that can reach a lot of distance.
Inova T3 and T4 are good examples using C123.
An X1 uses a single AA but is not very powerful.
The Streamlight polyprop AA has a good throw but uses 4AAs

If you want a single Led-based AA light I would recommend you a Fenix L1P, with just one AA cell it has a lot of output.

In any case you can refine your needs saying what kind of price range, size and features you want and we'll be able to offer you better choices.

#56537 - 12/22/05 10:57 AM Re: flashlight
Tjin Offline

Registered: 04/08/02
Posts: 1749
i have a powerfull LED flashlight ( Aurora 2AA) that has a very tightly focused beam that will reach far. But it also makes it a lot less usefull for short range uses: review2 review3 review1

Fenix also makes good lights, but have much less concentraded beams. I would recommend a visit to:
to find a light that fits your need and budget.

#56538 - 12/22/05 02:48 PM Re: flashlight
joaquin39 Offline

Registered: 03/19/05
Posts: 149
Loc: Philadelphia,Pennsyvania, USA.
Thank you guys, you gave me a lot of information even when I wasn't very specific. I think I got what I needed. Merry Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate. Thanks again. <img src="/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

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