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    Help, I'm a flash-a-holic

    My Inova T2 just came in today.

    The flashlight bug got me a few months back. Admittedly, I bought my 1st really nice light about a year or so ago - an Inova X03. Since then, I've been hooked:

    My flashlight collecting is getting out of hand since I joined a flashlight forum :P

    Now, my collection is as follows:

    - Black 3D LED Maglight
    - Red Maglight - 3D - Regular bulb
    - Brinkman Xenon Flashlight - Two 123 batteries
    - 3W LED Brinkman AAA Light
    - Coleman Max LED - 115 Lumen AAA Flashlight
    - Coleman Max LED - 110 Lumen AA Flashlight (Spot/Flood Adjustable)
    - Inova XO3 5.8 Watt LED
    - Inova T2-MP 140 Lumens LED

    - Below, two Inova XO 4.8 Watt LEDs on two rifles






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    My flashlight collecting is getting out of hand since I joined a flashlight forum
    Candlepower?

    I've always been a flash-a-holic. I have too many to list.

    My favorite for use at work (at the moment) is a Coast LED Lenser. Powered by 1 AA, half the size of a mini Maglight, the lens has a magnifier in the center that really concentrates the light output from the LED.

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    Nice collection, I have a Coast P6 Lenser 2AA. I'ld swear it can project a beam at least 300" They can get pricey, I paid $56 for mine.

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    That's about what I spent on the Inova T2-MP. I paid about $52 for the Inova XO3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    That's about what I spent on the Inova T2-MP. I paid about $52 for the Inova XO3
    Thats a decent price. I've been thinking of checking out the Inovas. I still have my 5 D cell Brinkman,
    it's got to be 20 years or better. Makes for a good bludgen, or jabbing instrument.
    Have you checked out Flashlights Unlimited? They have a good selection.
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    Yea, I've seen that site - so far, I've found better prices using Google, depending on what model light I want.

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    I actually returned one of the coleman's today - I kept the spot/flood model, but returned the other. With the T2-Mp, I don't need that coleman for nightstand duty. The Inova is much brighter.

    I'm using that return $ to pay for about 1/2 of an Inova T5-MP. I think I'll be fixed for flashlights after that. The T5-MP is 200 lumens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    I actually returned one of the coleman's today - I kept the spot/flood model, but returned the other. With the T2-Mp, I don't need that coleman for nightstand duty. The Inova is much brighter.

    I'm using that return $ to pay for about 1/2 of an Inova T5-MP. I think I'll be fixed for flashlights after that. The T5-MP is 200 lumens.
    That works...200 lumens, that's alot of light. Definately burn out a perp's retinas

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    sho nuff :P

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    I was a SureFire fan for a couple of years, but after trying some of the newer LED lights (and being ticked-off by the SureFire folks), I think I'm going to start switching over to other brands. They were top-of-the-line for quite a while, but it seems like there are better choices nowadays.

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    Yea, I've looked at Surefires before, but the pric etag is too high for me. Yesterday, the woman at the gun store showed me a new Surefire light they just got in - Just as bright as my new Inova T2-Mp, but 3x the price. Inovas are known to be very tough. I don't feel the need to pay 3x the price for the same brightness. But if you have the cash...

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    I've never had the cash for high-end SureFires at full price, either.

    The pricier models in the photo above were purchased at more than one-half off retail (a retail store closeout I stumbled across), and even then, I was making choking noises as I dug out my wallet. Back when I bought them, there weren't many (any?) other choices, unlike the present.

    A few other folks I know have some of the Inova models, and they seem to like them as well as you do. I'm just waiting for them to have a little bit more field-use history, which should reveal any design and/or construction problems. Many of them have more bells and whistles than I want or need, but I suppose I don't HAVE to use ALL the features, right?
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    Glad I saw this thread, thanks guys!

    I was about to go out and buy a new Surefire this week, but now I may buy two of the Inova's instead.

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    Just got the Inova T5-MP today.

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    I've gotten two Eagletacs recently - the P20C2 Mk II and the T20C2 Mk II. Both lights put out 300 actual, out the front lumens. Great lights. I'm also waiting for the arrival of a special LED drop in for my maglight that should give me 600+ lumens of light. I hope to get that in today or tomorrow.





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    Give us the details on that drop in. 6oo lumens is down right awesome. Who's is the pink one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank45 View Post
    Give us the details on that drop in. 6oo lumens is down right awesome. Who's is the pink one?
    The pink one was for my 2.5 year old son. He only wants my lights. A few months ago, we were at the store, and I saw that the mini maglights were fairly cheap. I figured he might like a metal light instead of the $1 plastic ones. It only held his interest for 3 days.

    All they had was black and pink. I have a red 3D maglight. I just told him itw as red, and he was happy :P

    I have since upgraded it with an LED kit. He doesn't use it anymore - but it was worthless with the stock bulb.

    Here is the info on that upgrade. I hope it come in tomorrow

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJ Niner View Post
    I was a SureFire fan for a couple of years, but after trying some of the newer LED lights (and being ticked-off by the SureFire folks), I think I'm going to start switching over to other brands. They were top-of-the-line for quite a while, but it seems like there are better choices nowadays.

    I don't mean to pry but what happened with surefire that you got ticked off. I was also a fan of them however lately I have been into 4sevens they have some sweet lights and put out just as much light as surefire just different beam pattern. And they come in smaller sizes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmtbracer View Post
    I don't mean to pry but what happened with surefire that you got ticked off.
    ...
    Once upon a time, I sold some accessories and other stuff at a gunshow and had a bit of money for a new toy. I was wanting a small single-cell flashlight, LED, with dual illumination modes, that ran on the Lithium 123A cells, so I could use-up any partially-depleted batteries I took out of my other lights. I was going to use it for general illumination chores, camping, hunting, etc.

    I surfed over to SureFire's website, and browsed through their lights until I came across the E1L Outdoorsman page:
    E1L Outdoorsman - Small Led Flashlight from SureFire
    It matched my "wants" perfectly! I jotted-down the model number from the website (E1L-HA-WH, still on the website page under "Description"), and headed off to my local SureFire dealer. I asked for it by name, he handed me one, I turned the package over and matched the model number on the back to my note, thanked him, paid and left. "That was too easy!" I thought on the way home.

    Got home, opened the light, started fiddling with it, and couldn't get the dual-illumination feature to work. I already owned an E2L Outdoorsman, and I figured it would work the same way, but I finally broke down and opened the instructions. Nothing there about it. Hmmm. Double-checked the packaging, and in the upper-right corner, it shows the output as 25 Lumens. Fixed. WTF?

    So I Google around a bit, and eventually figured out the problem. Seems that SureFire liked the model number for the original E1L (single 25 Lumen mode) so much that they RE-USED THE SAME MODEL NUMBER for the new dual-mode E1L. Didn't even bother to add a "b", or "2", or nothin'. Exact same number - E1L-HA-WH.

    Now I'm mad. Why the $&#@ would a company waste time using model numbers at ALL, if they were going to use the SAME number to identify TWO PRODUCTS WITH DIFFERENT CHARACTERISTICS!?! So I wrote them a letter, calmly explaining my predicament and how it happened, and asking if there was anything they could do to fix the problem (hoping they'd offer to exchange the just-opened light for the "correct" model they were actively advertising on their website, or maybe send parts to upgrade it to the latest specs -- anything, really).

    They blew me off like lint.

    So now I tell folks the above when they ask about SureFire. Thanks for asking! I still have the old E1L package with the model number, in case anyone doesn't believe me (not that I'd hold a grudge, or anything like that ). Could be that I'm blowing it out of proportion, but most folks seem to agree with me. Takes a lot to get me riled-up, but this really tweaked my nose out-of-joint.
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    Well, now with Eagletac and Fenix, I can get a great light for a lot less than what Surefire costs - and they have brighter models. I would not own the lights I have if I had to pay surefire prices.

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