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I am looking for a good light.
The requirements are either AA, C, D (work will buy those) or rechargeable (needs to have decent run time and/or charge fast)
very bright
fit in a pocket
not to expensive looking at around 60-80 but can go higher.
What fits this list?
 

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I just picked up a 4sevens light that seems to be well made. You can get it with cr123a or AA batteries.
I got the Quark 1232 Tactical. It came with a lanyard, batteries, rubber hand strap, and holster.
Falls within your price range too.

http://www.4sevens.com/index.php?cPath=297

I like my Surefire also, but the 4sevens has several modes (moonlight, low, med, high, strobe, s.o.s.).
 

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I use a Streamlight Strion C4 LED as my primary belt flashlight. It is small, bright, rechargeable, has three different power levels and a strobe mode with a tailcap switch. Streamlight service has always been tops for me. I have a small pocket traffic cone for it as well.

As a secondary backup flashlight (I work morning watch patrol, so a working flashlight is critical) I carry the Streamlight Scorpion C4 LED. It is almost as bright as the Strion, not quite as high tech, but is the same size as the Strion with a tailcap switch. It uses disposable CR123A batteries and fits in the same duty belt leather holster as the Strion. And the same pocket traffic cone fits it too.

For searches or extended traffic duty such as accident scenes, I have the Streamlight SL-20XP and a large traffic cone. It is a large rechargeable workhorse, has both three-LED and incandescent bulbs in it. Very good flashlight, very bright. What more can I say?

Hope this helps.
 

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Great AA Light.
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I bought some of the mini Maglites (2AA) before Christmas when Home Depot had them for $10. I bought all they had (3). These are the Cree emitter lights(normally sell for $22), no bulb. Two were black and one was gray, at first glance they look the same other than color, but the gray one was a little shorter and had a lanyard hole in the base. After looking them over the black ones have contacts on the inside of the screw on base, the one with the lanyard hole does not. Therefore I feel the one with the lanyard hole would be more dependable. They have a better and brighter beam than my old 3D Maglite does. These are good lights, they would not make good carry lights as they are long and take two hands to turn them on(twist on). Another plus is made in USA.
As for the aforementioned cheap leds, my buddy has some. He is contantly shaking and beating on them to make them work. When I showed him my Maglite, he hit all the Home Depots he passed, and bought some for everybody in his family.
I'm still very happy with mine. Someone posted that a kit can be bought to convert the tail to a clicky, but I haven't pursued that.
 

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Fenix LD10
-70+ lumens
-runs on one AA batt
-light and durable (I ran over mine with my car, after I had accidentally dropped it...)
 

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I'm partial to the INOVA line of flashlights

http://flashlightsunlimited.com/products.htm#INOVA Products
and I prefer batteries to rechargeable since you can change the batteries on the fly...
but recharging... when every second counts... is just a couple of hours of downtime.

btw - you can often find several of the INOVA's at Target
 

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whitmo said:
I just picked up a 4sevens light that seems to be well made. You can get it with cr123a or AA batteries.
I got the Quark 1232 Tactical. It came with a lanyard, batteries, rubber hand strap, and holster.
Falls within your price range too.

http://www.4sevens.com/index.php?cPath=297

I like my Surefire also, but the 4sevens has several modes (moonlight, low, med, high, strobe, s.o.s.).
Big fan of these folks. I have their Quark 123^2 as well, been very happy with it. They're local to us as well, located in Tucker, GA. This played a role in my decision in a new light recently, as I was able to arrange a visit with them to check out their offerings in-house, and buy directly from them. They also carry Fenix and a couple other brands.

ETA: their Preon Revo (single AAA) keychain light is the first keychain light I've actually been impressed by. Offering 5 modes (low, med, high (82 lumens), SOS, strobe) in a very small, very light, damn good looking package. Had no intention of buying one of these, but couldn't walk away from it. They're currently offering a stainless special edition with a different bulb/LED that is even brighter.
 

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the rechargeable are much brighter, they put out higher voltage

all are basically a branded metal tube, and a led pill from cree or one of the few other big name led manufactures, I like ultrafire, fennix, and aurora, basically they all come from china, and it's cheapest to order direct from a site like dealextreme, 700 lumin flashlights for 20 $

I just got a couple of these and they work great around the house, and will run on regular AA's but not as bright

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.28544
 

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the rechargeable are much brighter, they put out higher voltage

all are basically a branded metal tube, and a led pill from cree or one of the few other big name led manufactures, I like ultrafire, fennix, and aurora, basically they all come from china, and it's cheapest to order direct from a site like dealextreme, 700 lumin flashlights for 20 $

I just got a couple of these and they work great around the house, and will run on regular AA's but not as bright

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.28544
I was about to post a link to dealextreme.... you beat me to it.

Also, Walmart has been carrying the Coleman MAX series lights for a bit now. My current EDC light is a Coleman MAX 3AAA that puts out about 115 lumen white (and it is real white, not blue), has red and blue settings as well. Battery life is great and it is a good combo of flood and throw for what I use it for and it is the perfect pocket carry size for me. My current truck light is also a Coleman max in a bigger body carrying 6AA. It is more throw than the little one and is very bright though slightly blue in tint.

I'm about to be building some much brighter torches from some piece parts, still deciding on a lot of the details though.
 

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do I have to click the switch several times with multiple power setting lights? (low, med, high)
 

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do I have to click the switch several times with multiple power setting lights? (low, med, high)
Depends on the light. In the case of the 4sevens lights, they have the "regular" models that yes, you do click multiple times to go through the settings:
Mode 1 (head tightened all the way): high -> high strobe
Mode 2 (head loosened ~1/6 turn): lantern -> low -> med -> high -> SOS -> beacon

They offer "tactical" models too that you can literally program--so you get to choose what you get out of mode 1 and mode 2 (the two different head positions).
 

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I'm a fan of the EagleTac T20C2 MKII.
http://www.eagletac.com/flashlights/t20c2.html (price shop that MSRP though)
I ponied up the cash for a pair of 18650 batteries and charger. For the on and off use it gets, I think I remember to change the battery between once a month and once a quarter.

I haven't looked since 1Q 2010 to see if there are any newer options out there for less or with brighter output and longer run times.
 

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I've had my Coast LED Lenser P7 for about a year now and I can't praise it enough. It takes 4 - AAA's and will do either a narrow beam or a light up an entire area around you. Here's the link: http://www.ledlenserusa.com/product_inf ... elNum=8407 . I believe it costs around $65. It has 3 modes and a push button on the rear of the light. It's virtually indestructible, I've dropped it more times than I can count. It's 200 lumens on high and about 90 or so on low.
 
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