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Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby H3-ING » Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:55 am

Moving on to higher lumens from Maglite to Life Gear
I know their are lots of brands and choices out there but thought I would give these a try.
I ordered this at Costco. 2-pack Life+Gear 360 Lumens LED Law Enforcement Grade Water Proof Flashlights
Aircraft Grade Hardened Aluminum w/CREE LEDs
Any one else happy with their high output lights?
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby dailydriver » Sat Dec 05, 2009 8:39 pm

I love SureFire. I have 3 of them (Millennium M3, L4, Aviator A2). Each one is good for different things. Each one is really good at using batteries but it's worth it.
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby Rich » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:04 pm

Being an inspector I rely on a good flashlight daily. I've moved from the streamlight ultra stinger to the Stinger C4 LED and couldn't be happier.

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I don't really put much weight into claimed lumen output. The ultra stingers I was using is rated at 295 lumen, while this C4 LED is only rated at 160. The thing is the C4 is MUCH brighter than the "295 lumen" stinger. So much brighter that when you put both beams on a wall you can't tell when the older higher rated stinger is turned off and on. :duh:

I wouldn't want this light to be any brighter. At some point for closer in stuff you get too much reflection which defeats the purpose of the light. Sometimes it's almost blinding with the minimal reflection I get off of wood under a house.

I'm also getting much better long range light from the C4. :duh:

What did you pay for the costco lights? I paid $150 for this light (with 2 chargers - car and home). In the past I've kept 3 lights charging in rotation in my truck and had planned to chaneg everything over to the new LEDs but I've yet to kill off a charge on the LED. It's enough to drop it in the charger on the weekend - it easily goes all week.
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby stjames151 » Tue Dec 08, 2009 3:12 pm

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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby tomp » Tue Dec 08, 2009 6:19 pm

Rich wrote:Being an inspector I rely on a good flashlight daily. I've moved from the streamlight ultra stinger to the Stinger C4 LED and couldn't be happier.

I don't really put much weight into claimed lumen output. The ultra stingers I was using is rated at 295 lumen, while this C4 LED is only rated at 160. The thing is the C4 is MUCH brighter than the "295 lumen" stinger. So much brighter that when you put both beams on a wall you can't tell when the older higher rated stinger is turned off and on. :duh:

I wouldn't want this light to be any brighter. At some point for closer in stuff you get too much reflection which defeats the purpose of the light. Sometimes it's almost blinding with the minimal reflection I get off of wood under a house.

I'm also getting much better long range light from the C4. :duh:

What did you pay for the costco lights? I paid $150 for this light (with 2 chargers - car and home). In the past I've kept 3 lights charging in rotation in my truck and had planned to chaneg everything over to the new LEDs but I've yet to kill off a charge on the LED. It's enough to drop it in the charger on the weekend - it easily goes all week.


Rich, do these new "C4 LED" lights use the same chargers as the older stinger? I am wondering because my H2 has a custom charger installation. I wouldn't mind upgrading to this new one if the chargers are the same
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby H3-ING » Wed Dec 09, 2009 11:09 am

Rich wrote:What did you pay for the costco lights?


$80 for the pair. Should be arriving soon.
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby Charles Helm » Wed Dec 09, 2009 10:08 pm

I have the Surefire Aviator A2 and a Streamlight titanium. The Aviator is great for carrying around all day when you do not want to be weighed down, but as noted above it uses a lot of batteries on highest output. The Streamlight is good too but larger. I learned the hard way not to put the titanium flashlight between your teeth when checking on a brisket in the middle of the night...
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby PhilD » Thu Dec 10, 2009 8:09 am

My favorite flashlight is my Surefire Z2, but I picked up a twin pack of Element LED flashlights from Sam's Club for $30 and they are pretty good small lights for the money.
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby Rich » Thu Dec 10, 2009 6:32 pm

tomp wrote:Rich, do these new "C4 LED" lights use the same chargers as the older stinger? I am wondering because my H2 has a custom charger installation. I wouldn't mind upgrading to this new one if the chargers are the same


Yes, same charger. I have about 10 if you need extras. :lol: I wish I could find a source for the flashlights only.

You won't regret switching over. Especially if you are coming over from the smaller stinger. The C4 is brighter than the ultra stinger but WAY brighter than the small stinger.
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby H3-ING » Sun Dec 13, 2009 12:49 am

H3-ING wrote: 2-pack Life+Gear 360 Lumens LED Law Enforcement Grade Water Proof Flashlights
Aircraft Grade Hardened Aluminum w/CREE LEDs
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Update:
Got the lights, so far am pleased. Great Quality and well made. These have three P4 Cree bulbs, and are bright on high setting (blinding :o )
Battery Life ??? not sure not tested.
Toughness- will cause damage if used as a striking tool :yup:
About 10" length. So far worth the $40 per flashlight. :)
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby Mark » Sun Dec 13, 2009 10:06 am

PhilD wrote:My favorite flashlight is my Surefire Z2, but I picked up a twin pack of Element LED flashlights from Sam's Club for $30 and they are pretty good small lights for the money.

I would have to double check as the two pack I got at Sam's was about $20 but believe I have the same ones you got. I am extremely impressed with these and can't see needing anything better, let alone for the money. I don't use them all that much but 18 months so far and the battery life has been extremely impressive.
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby PhilD » Sun Dec 13, 2009 11:47 am

I think I paid $30, but can't recall for sure, and Sam's often change their pricing anyway. Either way, for the money I think they are good little flash lights. I keep one in the glove box and one in my tool chest.
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby Rich » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:51 pm

H3-ING wrote:Battery Life ??? not sure not tested.


are they re-chargable or just battery lights? If rechargeable maybe you could charge one and leave it on to test battery life.
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby H3-ING » Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:48 am

Rich wrote:
H3-ING wrote:Battery Life ??? not sure not tested.


are they re-chargable or just battery lights? If rechargeable maybe you could charge one and leave it on to test battery life.

Non rechargeable but I guess you could use rechargeable C size.

Life Gear Product information on Battery:
Includes three modes of operations 1) Full Brightness 2) Reduced Brightness 3) Strobe Light. Utilizing 3 C Batteries these units have a full charge run time up to 96 hours in reduced brightness mode and 10 hours in full brightness mode.

I imagine 10 hours on full power would be a stretch but maybe???
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Re: Upgrading Flashlights to High Lumen

Postby big2dabank » Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:10 am

Mark wrote:
PhilD wrote:My favorite flashlight is my Surefire Z2, but I picked up a twin pack of Element LED flashlights from Sam's Club for $30 and they are pretty good small lights for the money.

I would have to double check as the two pack I got at Sam's was about $20 but believe I have the same ones you got. I am extremely impressed with these and can't see needing anything better, let alone for the money. I don't use them all that much but 18 months so far and the battery life has been extremely impressive.


I got the K2 Element two pack from Sams about a year ago. Nice bright lights, but do not drop them. The battery holder is very cheap and breaks easily. That Costco deal sounds like a great deal, I might have to check into that.
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