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Old 01-06-2014, 04:45 PM   #11
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I have a little stream light tlr it cost like 60 bucks is like 110 lumens has bright, low and strobe settings uses cr123 batteries I love it it is the size of a pack of lifesavers
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Oh MAN! The Fenix lights came in today and they are exactly what I was looking for. BRIGHT and more affordable. I picked a 420 lumen tactical handheld for $85 and a 500 lumen headlamp for around the same. a 200 lumen headlamp was the same price at REI. Surefire is $150 plus for the handheld. Doesnt seem worth it when there are comparable options. Thank you for the advice.
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Good to hear, I have been thinking of getting a headlamp just never got to it yet. Which Fenix headlamp did you get?
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I don't see the point of buying s surefire when you can get a knock off light with a better cree bulb and a sturdy aluminum housing. I paid $30 for the 1600 lumen light on my shotgun. It has lasted two years so far. I have fired hundreds of rounds with that light mounted on my shotgun, maybe over a thousand. I don't see any surefire light doing that. What I see is people paying big bucks for a surefire to put the same bulb in it on day one that came in my $30 knock off light.

Look at flashlights on ebay. You will see the chinese knock off lights are more powerful and a lot more inexpensive. You can't sell junk on ebay very long. Your seller rating will go downhill in a hurry. When you see flashlight vendors with over 20,000 sales and a 99% seller rating their lights have to be good.

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look at the brands of flashlights carried by LEO's and firefighters. that should give a person some idea as to what are good brands to buy.

i buy the Streamlights because they work well, they are bright, they are tough and i can get parts for them if needed. no they aren't cheap, but quality does cost sometimes.
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You don't have to pay $189 for Surefire quality. Walmart sells the Surefire G2X Pro for around $90. It is dual output, 15 lumens for lighting up your front door to stick the key in, 320 lumens for blinding the bejeezus out of a bad guy. Optics Planet has sveral models that go for less that $120. I agree with Axxe, not too many police, firefighters or military using $30 knock off lights.
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Oh MAN! The Fenix lights came in today and they are exactly what I was looking for. BRIGHT and more affordable. I picked a 420 lumen tactical handheld for $85 and a 500 lumen headlamp for around the same. a 200 lumen headlamp was the same price at REI. Surefire is $150 plus for the handheld. Doesnt seem worth it when there are comparable options. Thank you for the advice.
Fenix lights are awesome! Priced right and super high quality. I own fenix and streamlights and i love them both.
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look at the brands of flashlights carried by LEO's and firefighters. that should give a person some idea as to what are good brands to buy.

i buy the Streamlights because they work well, they are bright, they are tough and i can get parts for them if needed. no they aren't cheap, but quality does cost sometimes.
I buy Streamlight because the ones I like in the sizes I want are rechargeable. Just slap them in the charger. No, they aren't the brightest light out there, but they are more than ample for my needs. The most expensive Streamlight I have is the Stinger DS LED. It came with 2 battery sticks and a piggyback charger for just under $120.
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I buy Streamlight because the ones I like in the sizes I want are rechargeable. Just slap them in the charger. No, they aren't the brightest light out there, but they are more than ample for my needs. The most expensive Streamlight I have is the Stinger DS LED. It came with 2 battery sticks and a piggyback charger for just under $120.
i have the Streamlight Stinger C4 LED. rated at 350 lumens and it is one bright light! has the piggyback charger and an extra battery stick. reason i went with it, because i can use the same charger and battery sticks in my older Stinger flaslight. cost me about $180, but it was worth it.

i have three charging bases now. one in my office, one mounted in the truck and one i keep at work. my Stinger gets used a lot. at work and home.
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Streamlight makes the best value for the money I believe. Although the fenix light I recently bought (tk 11) may have changed my brand loyalty. My streamlight polytac is used for bed side hd illumination because it only has one setting. The fenix I carry in a molle holster on my 5.11 rush bag. One very bright 300 lumen setting and one 60 lumen setting for every day tasks. I think surefire is over priced although they are quality. They remind me of Harley Davidson. Nice bikes, American made, classic. But, for the money, the European and Asian bikes are just as well made and reliable for a slightly cheaper price. Lol before I get ripped on the bike comment, I've owned and ridden bikes from a lot of brands including Harley. But yeah back to the lights, you can't go wrong with streamlight or fenix.
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