NiteCore and ZebraLight Flashlights
This is a new low for us. Usually on days where we don't have any time to post something up, we glom onto the work of our fellow tool bloggers or we do a quick youtube search for something like "excavator mishap." But here, we're going to take a reader's comment, add some photos and some links and voila, insta-post!
Reader Joel, who is obviously flashlight obsessed and knows far more about the tools than we do, left this comment on our review of the AltusLumen PAD-L:
Flashlights are actually one of my favorite tools... I own quite a few. I have one clipped to my pocket at all times, along with my pocket knife... can't tell you how often its come in handy.
My main, EDC light is a NiteCore SmartPD D10 - it takes a single AA battery and has about 20 different brightness levels that can be accessed through an intuitive clicking method. They also make a the EX10 (a cr123 based light#, and The D20 which is a 2x AA light #about the size of a mini-maglight#. All of these lights would rival the brightness of a huge 4D maglight on high #but throw or distance wouldn't be as far b/c of a smaller reflector#
For the shop/and working other places, I often also use a headlamp. The best headlight I've ever found for close-up work is the Zebralight H30. It has three brightness levels, and a flood coverage #no bright hotspot)
Both lights are a bit more expensive than this at about $60-70, but If you want a quality tool that is durable, stand up to daily use in bad conditions, and still work every time, you need to spend a bit more $$$... I put my lights through hell + they keep working.
Joel, your commission check is in the mail.
NiteCore D10 at Amazon.com
NiteCore EX10 at Amazon.com
ZebraLight H30 Headlamp at ZebraLight
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at March 6, 2009 5:11 AM
We were back in the woods, and my girlfriend lit up her led headlamp that had one of Newton’s telescopic focus lenses on it. The focused light went way off into the woods. She was proud of the throw on her new toy.
I loaded up a Nitecore Ez AA R2, with an Aw 14500 cell for additional power. This is the R2 version with a bright output of 145 lumens. The spotlight projects a narrow, intense beam of light directly onto a small area. The next time we were in a clearing in the deep woods, new moon, dark of night, about 50 yards to the surrounding trees. This was an ideal place to show its stuff. Her batteries must have been worn, but as soon as the keychain light went on high, she remarked that it was bright. She knows lights. She asked where I got it; I said it was just an old key chain light. Which was true, I did not say how old. She took a very close look. The Nitecore maintains a constant light stream. That is it does not go dim or change color as the power runs down. It stays bright and clear until the end.
Her headlights seemed so weak on the old Toyota. With the Nitecore’s lighting up the clearing, and reflecting off of the trees, she admitted that they overpowered her headlights. The trees were lit so much by the higher aimed keychain spotlight, that the car was plunged into relative darkness when she drove around the curve out of the clearing.