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Old 09-27-2020, 05:08 PM
tomhanaway tomhanaway is offline
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Default Pocket flashlight that works?

My small inspection lights (led) usually fail before Iím through the first set of batteries.
Any suggestions for a small bright light that actually works. I donít need the ability to flash SOS or any other gimmick.
Just a reliable flashlight.

Tom Hanaway
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based in Copperhill, TN 1A3
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Old 09-27-2020, 05:18 PM
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I like this one. lasts a long time, years. I've used it in the hangar since 2013.
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Old 09-27-2020, 05:23 PM
romaja romaja is offline
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Location: Portland Oregon Area
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Default Fenix

I have been happy with the Fenix line of flashlights.
I own an LD22 and am very happy with. I prefer readily available batteries as in AA. Many different models available. You can use the website filter to zero in on exactly what your idea of the perfect flashlight is.

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Old 09-27-2020, 05:41 PM
Bicyclops Bicyclops is offline
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Tiny. There's a 650 lumen version for more money.

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Old 09-27-2020, 06:05 PM
DeltaRomeo DeltaRomeo is offline
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Location: Highland Village, TX
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Default NEBO

NEBO Slyde King.....I have one and like the ability to make it red or white.

It's not a 'pocket light', but they make many models. This one recharges on your computer's USB, possibly the smaller versions do also.

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Old 09-27-2020, 06:29 PM is offline
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Default light control

Having been a mechanic for over 50 years I really like the head mount LED.
But for a pocket flashlight I want it to be able to be held in my mouth. The three AAA battery LED are quite small. Hurts your lips after a bit biting down. Big enough so you won't swallow it. Ha Ha.
I cheated. I got mine from a Home Builders trade show. They were giving them away like candy. I love candy.
Put a bit of padding on the barrel and it works better. Battery life is directly related to power consumption though. I have USB port rechargeable also but they don't throw out enough light. They are great for playing with cats though. Oops that's not plane related.
Buy a bunch they are cheap. Art
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Old 09-27-2020, 06:31 PM
meloosifah meloosifah is offline
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Location: Indiana
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My job requires me to have a robust light option at all times. Around my neck on a lanyard I carry a single AAA Streamlight Micro. Is is cheap, sturdy and lifetime replacement, though Iíve never needed to use the warranty. I have abused this light. I can grip it in my mouth or hold it between two fingers. Very versatile.

The light I use around the house and shop is this:

I do not know this reseller, just googled the part number. Highly recommend. Itís a Pelican - lifetime warranty. Has a magnet, clip, free standing base and a rotating head. To top it off, it holds a luminescent glow for a long time after use so you wonít misplace it. These two lights have replaced most other flashlights in my daily use. I also have a headlamp for when I need to be hands free 100% but thatís a whole different conversation.
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Old 09-27-2020, 06:35 PM
Desert Rat Desert Rat is offline
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Location: 50-50 Wichita KS & Scottsdale AZ
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Mini Mag light. You can get them with a foam collar included thats hex shaped so that you can hold it in your mouth and also so it won't roll off the table.
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Old 09-27-2020, 08:39 PM
Flynfrfun Flynfrfun is offline
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Location: Bonney Lake, WA
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I like headlamp styles that you can also remove the light and use as you would a normal flashlight. Magnetic tailcap is very handy too.

My current favorite... It is comfortable and light yet has a 3000mah 18650 lithium battery that is USB chargeable. Even has a battery level indicator.

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Old 09-27-2020, 08:51 PM
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I use this one 20x per day. I also can't imagine doing a pre-flight without it. Good momentary rubber button on the end which won't inadvertently come on in your pocket, also a click on/click off under the same button:

2 AAA batteries, runs for a long time. I have had mine for about 3 years, anodizing well worn, but still works perfectly. Occasionally will clean the spring which contacts the batteries. They also make a rechargeable one for about 3x the price.
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RV6A N66AP 1700+ hours
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