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Speaking of LED flashlights...

Has anyone who doesn't already have one, considered GETTING one? What kind of searches have you done, on Amazon for instance, in trying to get an idea of what type of light to get?

If you've been looking, have you noticed there's a particular design, that seems to be more prevalent than others? If so, you're right! Cheaper flashlights that sell very well on Amazon, are usually of the same "build" and pretty much look alike too. The picture I posted below, features three different types, which aside from their visual appearance, pretty much all work the same. The one in the middle is the most "copied".

The problem, is that they're very poor quality, and not terribly bright. I'm posting some pictures to illustrate how WEAK the beam is when using them outside, on the HIGHEST mode! All these flashlights feature a "zooming" (or focusing) head, which is meant to narrow the beam for better distance.

There are also a couple of comparison shots, to how much BETTER non-generic (name brand) lights are, which do NOT have a focusing beam.

The thing to be weary of, is that just about ALL these poorly-made, low-cost flashlights that Amazon sells, get wonderful 5-star reviews, from most of the people who buy them. The point is, they AREN'T any good, but those leaving the reviews, have never USED anything better!. So if THIS type of flashlight is ALL you've ever used, or if it's the FIRST LED light you've ever bought....then of COURSE you're going to be pleased with it! It's like using a cell phone for the first time, but the one you're given, came out in the 90's! If you've NEVER seen one before, wouldn't you assume you'd be impressed...even if it was 20 years old??? Well, that's the way the technology of these cheap flashlights are. What they can do, is what most LED lights were doing several years ago!

The GOOD quality lights of today, are MILES (or light-years!) ahead of what these cheap, $15 flashlights are! But, the people who buy them don't know that. They THINK they're great, because again.....IT IS ALL THEY HAVE USED!

So, look over the shots below. All of the beam pictures were taken at the same location, and on the HIGHEST output setting of the flashlight. The BRIGHTER pics, are from higher-quality lights. The dimmer ones, are from the flashlights seen in the "3 light" photo, which have such "names" on them as "Gearlight" --- "Outlite" --- and "AMZVision". Other popular types in this group, include "PeakPlus" --- "Wsiiroon" and "Yifeng". But there are dozens more.

So......what do you think? What's your impression of these???

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Here's a great flashlight for the upcoming camping, hiking, and hunting season.

The Sofirn SF36 is a low cost, high quality flashlight with a CREE XP-L V6 LED and up to 1000 lumens of output.

A lot of great accessories come with it as well. Check it out at the link below.

https://lightsngear.com/sofirn-sf36-high-output-flashlight-review/
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I try to give people a heads-up... I try to be transparent in providing good information... and yet, people continue to buy GARBAGE flashlights that look just like the models pictured below, and are shocked when they BREAK! Then to add insult to injury, some people will even buy them as GIFTS!!!!!!!!

HOW MANY TIMES, does it need to be explained that these are among the WORST QUALITY type of flashlight you can buy? I understand that on Amazon, they get THOUSANDS of mainly good reviews. But that does not tell the whole story. They will often break after the reviews are written, and buyers don't bother updating them.

Please also remember they're not built well, and they give poor performance. Basically, it's what you get when you spend less than $20 on a flashlight!

If you're uncertain which brands (and types of lights) are recommended, and which are best to avoid, visit https://lightsngear.com
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Speaking of LED flashlights...

Has anyone who doesn't already have one, considered GETTING one? What kind of searches have you done, on Amazon for instance, in trying to get an idea of what type of light to get?

If you've been looking, have you noticed there's a particular design, that seems to be more prevalent than others? If so, you're right! Cheaper flashlights that sell very well on Amazon, are usually of the same "build" and pretty much look alike too. The picture I posted below, features three different types, which aside from their visual appearance, pretty much all work the same. The one in the middle is the most "copied".

The problem, is that they're very poor quality, and not terribly bright. I'm posting some pictures to illustrate how WEAK the beam is when using them outside, on the HIGHEST mode! All these flashlights feature a "zooming" (or focusing) head, which is meant to narrow the beam for better distance.

There are also a couple of comparison shots, to how much BETTER non-generic (name brand) lights are, which do NOT have a focusing beam.

The thing to be weary of, is that just about ALL these poorly-made, low-cost flashlights that Amazon sells, get wonderful 5-star reviews, from most of the people who buy them. The point is, they AREN'T any good, but those leaving the reviews, have never USED anything better!. So if THIS type of flashlight is ALL you've ever used, or if it's the FIRST LED light you've ever bought....then of COURSE you're going to be pleased with it! It's like using a cell phone for the first time, but the one you're given, came out in the 90's! If you've NEVER seen one before, wouldn't you assume you'd be impressed...even if it was 20 years old??? Well, that's the way the technology of these cheap flashlights are. What they can do, is what most LED lights were doing several years ago!

The GOOD quality lights of today, are MILES (or light-years!) ahead of what these cheap, $15 flashlights are! But, the people who buy them don't know that. They THINK they're great, because again.....IT IS ALL THEY HAVE USED!

So, look over the shots below. All of the beam pictures were taken at the same location, and on the HIGHEST output setting of the flashlight. The BRIGHTER pics, are from higher-quality lights. The dimmer ones, are from the flashlights seen in the "3 light" photo, which have such "names" on them as "Gearlight" --- "Outlite" --- and "AMZVision". Other popular types in this group, include "PeakPlus" --- "Wsiiroon" and "Yifeng". But there are dozens more.

So......what do you think? What's your impression of these???

To read reviews, and see more beam pics like the ones here, visit https://lightsngear.com
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8/25/18
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How about a new flashlight for your next outdoor adventure?
Whatever it might be, this will SURELY light the way!

https://youtu.be/5L8LKJmU9sk
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Here's the newest YouTube review on the FiTorch MR15 :-)

https://youtu.be/ED1DWcd04CI

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For those who need, or appreciate a very bright and reliable pocket flashlight, I think the new Klarus G10 might be what you're looking for.

For one, it's USB rechargeable and comes with a powerful 18650 battery. It's also 1800 lumens bright, courtesy of a CREE XHP35 LED. Check it out by clicking my review link... which includes a link to buy from Amazon.

https://lightsngear.com/klarus-g10-usb-rechargeable-flashlight/

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Just had a look at the FiTorch ER16 the other day. Pretty nice little light!

https://youtu.be/2uqAz4wjuK0

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Cool new flashlight from Nitecore. The MT22C has a variable brightness control ring which allows for a customized level of output.

https://lightsngear.com/nitecore-mt22c-infinitely-variable-brightness-tactical-flashlight/
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