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SureFire. Combat proven quality.
spend the extra get the rechargeable battery option

oh it doubles as a "weapon" this is so bright it will blind, temporary.. but still a nasty experience
 
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Surefire, Streamlight, Fenix and a host of less expensive brands...You get what you pay for also! I'd say buyer beware on anything under 30-50 dollars.
 

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I bought this Coleman at Wal-Mart for... you guessed it, $30.
I've had it for 4 years or more and it has apparently been superseded by newer models as it is shown on walmart and amazon sights as no longer available. I would not hesitate to buy the newer models if needed. Like a couple of the reviews on amazon, the head came loose before I realized it and I lost the ball bearing and guide plate that makes a notch setting for each color selection. I put it back together without the missing parts and it adjusts without the notch settings, it just slides now. Now that I know it needs it, I open it and keep it tightened from time to time. I use it on the job at work everyday. I know I have dropped this light a hundred times, usually on pavement or marble floors. I have dropped it and run over it with my caravan in our gravel driveway twice that I can remember. It still works everyday and I call that a good light.

Coleman Cree XLamp XR-E LED Multi-Color Flashlight, 3 "AAA": Camping : Walmart.com

Coleman MAX Cree XLamp XR-E LED Multi-Color Flashlight 3 AAA - Amazon.com
 

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I have a Nebo Redline that is supposed to be 220 lumens. It was very bright when I first bought it but, after 2 years it is not nearly as bright as it used to be.
 

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For what it is worth a head lamp is much more valuable then a flashlight. With a modern head lamp you can do any thing in the dark that you can do in the day time. A head lamp lights just where you are looking, any other light is wasted and try to work on something while holding a flashlight and yes some flashlights can be strapped on like a head lamp but they usually don't do as good. Another words a headlamp makes a better flashlight then vice versa.
 

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For headlamps I like Princeton Tec, although I have had some cheap models that work fine for a couple of years. I've got a Stanley headlamp (19.99) that I bought at Wally World a few years ago and I cannot kill the damn thing. It goes in my travel backpack and works every time.
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For tactical lights, Surefire or Insight Technology. The Insight fits on my S&W M&P's, Surefire on my shotgun. I have a cheap pressure switch light mounted to one of my AR's. Don't remember the brand and too comfy in the chair watching football to look. Lights up the night though.
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I have 5 or 6 Maglights around the house and at least four solar flashlights. I also buy cheap LED's to throw in my truck for various things like locking gates at night or looking for loose change or whatever etc.
 

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What do you want out of a flashlight, area lighting, long beam??? Can't think of any one flashlight that does it all.
 

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i was basically looking for some good reputable brands. I've been pointed in the right direction i think.
 

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I have a 500 lumens sure fire and I absolutely impressed with it. Have had it for two years now. I have a clamp that will connect to multiple different barrels. Very bright and heavey duty.
 
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