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Old 07-15-2010, 07:27 PM
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On my list of to buy items is a smaller that a Mag Light flashlight that I can store in my pack. I am thinking that a LED might be best as it won't use a ton of power and hopefully will last longer. Obviously brightness is a concern. Have you guys used the flashlights with different colored LEDs so that blood shows up better? I haven't used one of those lights but the idea sounds cool.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:37 PM
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I have not heard good reviews on the blood finding lights but I have no personal experience.
LED lights will definitely last longer but the really bright ones still have short run times.
They do make a LED that you can swap out in a mini maglite. It is brighter and lasts longer than the regular one but still not a lot of light.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:38 PM
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I have two LED lights and both go in pockets on my orange hunting vest. One is about 3" long and I use it to go to and from the stand. The other looks like a writting pen but when you press the end of it the light comes on, I use this as a backup light in case of emergency.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:49 PM
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I use on of those clip on lights that goes on the visor of your cap. It has the green lenses or bulbs. Lights up really well and does not seem as disruptive as a blinding white light. I do keep a small mag lite in my pack for a spare or to blood trail. Green light does not work well for blood unless you are right on it.

I really do not use a light to much walking in or out since I know my areas pretty well but I will use it once in my stand to get my safety strap hooked up and dig what ever odds and ends I will need out of my daypack in the mornings.
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Old 07-15-2010, 08:49 PM
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If you want the brightest light in the world get a dive light. You can get one that uses 4 AA or one like I use that takes 5 D batteries.
Even the small ones will out shine a mag light or any other light you can think of.
My niterider will burn a hole through trees!!!!! You will be surprised big time!!!
Granted I will use small lights in the stand but if you arewandering around the woods trying to find a deer at night or your truck this will light your world up big time!!
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Check out Surefire brand of flashlights. I carry one everyday and it is supper bright with a long run time between batters. I know they are expensive, but they are worth it. Line for the one I carry below.

http://www.surefire.com/G2-Led
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I have a Coast P7 and a lot of other lights. The P7 is made for deer hunting. It has a low setting that can get you to the stand or back and not fry your night vision. it is focusable. At four feet off the ground completely defocused it will light a four foot circle like daylight. Focused, it will light up 150 yards away to shoot a cripple if you need to. Battery life is very long. Body diameter is about an inch. head diameter is about 1.5 inch. Length is five inches. Power is 4 AAA batteries. They are about $65-$70. LED bulb so it lasts forever.

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If you want the brightest light in the world get a dive light. You can get one that uses 4 AA or one like I use that takes 5 D batteries.
Even the small ones will out shine a mag light or any other light you can think of.
My niterider will burn a hole through trees!!!!! You will be surprised big time!!!
Granted I will use small lights in the stand but if you arewandering around the woods trying to find a deer at night or your truck this will light your world up big time!!
http://www.niteriderdive.com/seatorch.htm

Funny you say that, I am also a diver and never thought of taking a dive light. I will have to go raid the dive bag and see what lights I can take. Thanks for the idea.
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Funny you say that, I am also a diver and never thought of taking a dive light. I will have to go raid the dive bag and see what lights I can take. Thanks for the idea.
Well then you know what I'm talkin about man!!! Good to see another diver on here. Maybe more folks will grab a dive light!!
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I like the energizer headlamps they sell at wally world, it has 3 diff options,2 with really bright white light and one red light. Its also led, and battery life is good, and hands free is always a good thing. BTW, I use the red going in and had a bunch of turkey roosted in the tree my stand was on,I was in the stand for 15 min before I heard a peep out of them, then yes it scared the bejesus out of me.
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Hard to beat any of the surefire lights...
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Check out the quark lights here. http://www.4sevens.com/index.php?cPa...ad3c5352a35aa2


You will be amazed at how bright they are. 10 year warranty.
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I like my stream light a lot, its super bright
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:20 PM
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Ace - which one do you have?
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:27 PM
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Check out the Fenix brand of lights. I have the TK20 and it will blow a three cell Mag light away. It also runs off of two double A batteries which are way cheaper than the 123s About 60 dollars to your door and the light is white not blue. Fenix has several smaller one battery lights also.
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Check out EagleTac (my fav) and NiteCore as well as Fenix, SureFire, etc. You will spend more than a Maglight, but you will never regret it. Flashlights have come a long, long way in the last few years with LED's. I had a friend bust out his new Maglight LED at night, I said cool then busted out my 300Lm Eagle-Tac...he lost his mind. His seemed like one of those cheap key ring lights in comparison. They will eat some batteries, but it's worth it to me to be able to light up an area 100 yards away when I need to.

Seriously, you are doing yourself a disservice if buy a Maglight.

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Old 07-16-2010, 09:27 AM
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Afetr years of trying everything I now carry -

A LED headlamp for hands-free walking to and from my stand. Mine has low / Med / high settings.

A green LED penlight for 'stealth' use in the stand, no loss of night vision.

A Surefire blindingly bright xenon flashlight for 'let there be light.' [Mine also has the built-in green LEDs and can use it in either mode - highly recommend this if you can $wing it.]

All 3 combined are smaller and lighter than the Cop-sized Maglight I used to carry, not to mention much better light.
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Ace - which one do you have?
I ahve the Quark123. I prefer the 123 batteries because they have longer runtime than "A" batteries and because they are lithium, they are not effected by the cold.

Quark build quality is better than fenix.

Streamlight is ok, but they still have not started using the newest LED technology yet. My quark is brighter than any streamlight.
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Check out EagleTac (my fav) and NiteCore as well as Fenix, SureFire, etc. You will spend more than a Maglight, but you will never regret it. Flashlights have come a long, long way in the last few years with LED's. I had a friend bust out his new Maglight LED at night, I said cool then busted out my 300Lm Eagle-Tac...he lost his mind. His seemed like one of those cheap key ring lights in comparison. They will eat some batteries, but it's worth it to me to be able to light up an area 100 yards away when I need to.

Seriously, you are doing yourself a disservice if buy a Maglight.

CB.
EagleTac is great light with good build quality. They are a little bigger, so they dont fit in your pocket as well as the Quark, but if you don't pocket carry than it's not an issue.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:38 AM
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EagleTac is great light with good build quality. They are a little bigger, so they dont fit in your pocket as well as the Quark, but if you don't pocket carry than it's not an issue.
I am actually looking for a small one to carry in a small backpack that I will take with me to the stand.
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:41 AM
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Ace - do you have the Eagle Tec T20C2? That one looks pretty cool, 300 lumens...http://www.eagletac.com/specials/t20c2/t20c2_2.html
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Old 07-16-2010, 10:41 AM
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Did you buy one locally or over the internet?
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I am actually looking for a small one to carry in a small backpack that I will take with me to the stand.

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The EagleTac has more output, but not enough to make a huge noticable difference. EagleTac is also more money. either one is a good choice though.

Both lights will blow away a Mag light or streamlight.
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Internet. If you get the Eagletac, i reccomend this seller. Very good customer service and fast shipping.

http://www.illuminationgear.com/14322/26992.html
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Bought this one last yr. I tracked 4 or 5 with it and liked it. It's not as compact as others but well worth the price and fits in my pack.I don't like the blood tracking red/purple light as well as I do the white light except when it comes down to looking for small drops of blood. It doesn't burn through batteries like my other flashlights either.

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I've got the EagleTac P10C2, which was their ist model in the "Personal" line. It's a little smaller then Ace's "tactical" one (I believe). I bought my FiL the P20C2 for xmas and he loves it. More power, level setting, strobe but the same size.

I've got a Quark as well, also a great flashlight, it's always a tough call for me whether I want the power of the ET or the lightness of the Quark. One benefit of my Quark is it takes AA so I can carry one set of backup batteries instead of havibg to carry some 123's as well.

Cant go wrong with either and I think you'll find once you start looking into and using a modern flashlight, you'll end up with several. Their like knives and guns.

Between the two IMO, it comes down to whether power or weight is your top priority.

Enjoy it!

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Hey you can save a lot of $$ go to www.dealextreme.com, look at their Flashlights [ direct from Hong Kong] free shipping no tax, it is slow but worth it They have lights up to 900 lumens , batteries rechargeable what ever, I have owned surefire and streamlight, these lights are made well and cost a lot less,be sure to use Pay Pal[ you can get a personal acct. free] don't give them your charge card # it is overseas and things can happen. One example
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Here ya go. These blow all y'all flashlights away.
Yeah but they dont fit in my pocket.....

I have a Fenix PD30 throws 230 lumens on high, I use the first 2 settings for long life, they last forever on 2 lithiums. I bought and extra 12 for 80 cents a piece and Im still running the first 2 10 months later. I use it for work also so its amazing how long it runs.Every time I shine it at night people freak out how far it shines, then I turn it up...
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x2....for about 35 bucksyou can have one of the best little pack lights possible and the battery life is great also it is LED stream light stylus pro,one bright light,been useing this one for about three years and only replaced the batteries once
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Here ya go. These blow all y'all flashlights away.
Kendal...that is what we mostly use if if it is a serious tracking job....a Coleman lantern will light up the world at night. I keep one in the truck just in case, took some sheet metal and blocked off one side of the glass so you don't get blinded, wear a thick glove to tote it and you are good.
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I'll be another vote for Fenix lights. I worked nights for many years and always depended on a flash light. Started off with a regular Maglight until I could afford the rechargeable. I thought 30,000 candlepower was tremendous. Then the Streamlights came along and everybody had to have one. I have carried the SL series down to the Stingers. I've also worn a Streamlight strapped to my belt for a long time.

I recently bought the Fenix TK 12. It's adjustable from 11 lumens all the way up to 280!!

Brightest light I have ever owned. Very pleased with it's craftsmanship.....
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Check out this light from Cabela's. I bought one last year on sale for $20. They're regular $30. I was very surprised how bright it was for its size. Blows my old mini-mag out of the water. Very impressed.

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I will stick to my dive lights. I would put any one of them up against any metioned. Plus I already have them and have had them for several years.
When your nite diving you have to have them small and brite!!!
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Another vote for the Surefire G2. Small and bright. I keep one in my pack for trailing deer.
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I recently ordered one of these from Sportsman's Guide and it uses two AA batteries and is very bright with a focused beam without dark spots in it. Price is around $26.00.
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I have one of those winchester blood lights from wal-mart that cost $14 and I carry it as a all around light and it has worked for me so far.
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Duracell makes a great inexpensive light for around $28.00, I have two, great batter life
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i carry a small LED light.

when i look for a flashlight for hunting, i want something bright enough to see my feet, but i dont want to light up the whole woods if i have to use it.

but i keep a brighter light in my bag.
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Check some of our lights out. I am the retailer for South Georgia. I will make you a good price if you are interested in one of the lights. They range from 1.5 lumens to 2200 lumens, we also have tactical products to.
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