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Absolutely. Wurkkos FC11. Click once to turn it on/off & hold to change modes. It's got mode memory too so she doesn't ever have to even worry about changing modes if she doesn't want to. It's usb rechargeable too and comes with a high CRI emitter. The 2700K is quite warm and the 4000K is a good balance between warm and neutral white.
See the reply from the bot below!
But the short answer is to get him the Wurkkos FC11
In general, zoomies are cheap, low quality flashlights. The Ultrafire A100 is pretty much what 99% of them look like. There's not many I would trust to last for a very long time.
However, if you want an EDC light, and something you can use to look for house numbers, you can just get two good lights and stay within your budget.
The Acebeam E10 is a TIR thrower. It uses a TIR instead of a traditional reflector, and this gives it a focused beam with much less spill. The included battery has a built in charging port, so you won't need to buy a separate charger. TIR throwers are what is recommended in the u/brokenrecordbot delivery list, if you want to look at other options. It's great for looking for house numbers without having tons of spill through people's windows.
And for EDC, the Wurkkos FC11 is a nice inexpensive light that's small enough to edc, with a simple UI and good color rendering. It has a usb-c port for charging, so you don't need to take the battery out to charge.
Both together should come in under your $100 budget.
u/wuspy mentioned the FC11 4000K which I think is a fantastic recomendation.
I think the S2+ with a USB rechargeable 18650 like you're already thinking is also an excellent way to go. If she has a favorite color, you might ask Simon if he can put one together for you with the particular emitter you want in whatever body color she would like. You might even grab an 18350 tube while you're at it, in case your girl decides she might want to carry it or something.
/u/Legirion, there’s two listings on amazon for the FC11. The one you found, which has all the fun colors in 4000K and 5000K and black in 5000K, and this one which has black in 4000K and 2700K.
I recommend a wurkkos fc11. It’s linked in /u/brokenrecordbot rec
Edit- if you want a neutral-cool white light buy the one linked in the bot comment. If you want a warm-neutral light buy this one fwiw, I recommend the warm-neutral one.
That link is strictly the 5000k version in different body colors, it also comes in 4000k (my personal favorite) and 2700k.
It does have a magnetic tail, the only switch is the one on the side.
The FC12 adds a switch in the tail, but as a result loses the magnet.
A nice, rechargeable flashlight?
So, you are not (yet) an enthusiast and don't have your own tastes yet when it comes to flashlights. Without a lot of specifications people here are just going to tell you what they like. I suggest getting something that is a good highly vetted and simple work like but will not break the bank. The Wurkkos FC11 is exactly that.
welp, i hope so, cause i just got a FC11 for cheap on amazon.
not sure why they're blowing them out!
Wurkkos FC11, the top recommended light on the about page. USB C rechargeable, inexpensive, very bright and durable.
Off the top of my head, Wurkkos FC11 seems like a comparable light.
If you want a more tailored recommendation I suggest you make a recommendation post (see the sidebar)
Currently has a 34% discount making it $26.49
As others have mentioned, you want a light with a "High CRI" LED for distinguishing dog poop. Wurkkos FC11 is this sub's go-to general-purpose inexpensive flashlight recommendation and it happens to have a high CRI LED.
I suggest Wurkkos FC11 right at $30. It includes a battery and charging solution (USB). It uses a nice LED with great color rendering so you'll be able to see minor defects better. There's a magnetic tailcap which is handy for storage or for sticking to things when you need hands-free lighting. It's a solid all-around light for $30.
Wurkkos FC11 with 2700k or 4000k tint. (Lower tint number the more yellow beam will appear). These are easy to use, in expensive, USB C rechargeable lights. Available on Amazon.
Limited-time deal: Wurkkos FC11 Pocket LED Flashlight High 90CRI Ultra Bright Max 1300Lumen Mini Flashlight USB C Charge,IP67 Waterproof Flashlight,Magnetic Tailcap, Great for Indoor/Outdoor Activities(4000K Warm white) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JCM95X6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_dl_XYB65Y6SX02S7E3DPY7Q?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
If you determine you don't need intrinsically safe flashlights, I would recommend going for a Wurkkos FC11. They are cheap at $30 a piece, have a shortcut to low and turbo from off. Offer a simple ramping ui to easily adjust more or less brightness. They use high cri emitters and have a built in usb c charger (employees don't have to handle bare LiIon batts and usb c is hard to mess up), 4000k would work well as its the color of office lights and a happy medium. They have a 3000mah 18650 battery that is easily replaceable and lasts a long time for a full shifts use.
That is a first flashlight many of us have had. Or something like it.
But, if you want something that’ll really be a trusty light, I’d suggest an FC11 by Wurkkos.
Wurkkos FC11 Pocket LED Flashlight High 90CRI Ultra Bright Max 1300Lumen Mini Flashlight USB C Charge,IP67 Waterproof Flashlight,Magnetic Tailcap, Great for Indoor/Outdoor Activities(4000K Warm white) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JCM95X6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_M2ZD43AZ4K81JZZECBY8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
For $15, it's worth a try. I've spent more on shipping a light than that before. That particular light doesn't interest me in the least though.
For $30, the FC11 is kind of like THE r/flashlight official gateway drug. I don't have it either, but it's a very solid value at that price.
I think you have bad batteries or the flashlight has shorted out and just drains the batteries.
You can get a Wurkkos Fc11 for under $30. It should be roughly the same size as your duracell light, but uses a lithium ion rechargeable battery, which has about double the capacity of three AAA batteries. Instead of zooming in and out, this light lets you ramp the brightness up and down for different distances. It also has a charging port on it, so you can plug it in and charge it the same way you charge your phone.
The Wurkkos FC11 in 4000k is a popular budget light over at r/flashlight. It has a high CRI meaning its color accurate which should be helpful for looking at paint.
I have the S1R2 and love it because of its size, output, and the charging is convenient. It’s also really well built and pretty. I swapped the black clip for a blue one. Kinda wish I got the desert tan one instead.
I use it most often on moonlight mode (to check people’s pupils when it’s dark or moving around the bedroom while my gf is asleep).
I recently got two Wurkkos FC11s though and since then I’ve been in love with high CRI. High CRI gives you more accurate colors, which might be an advantage for an EMT. The link is for the 4000k version. Amazon has another listing for the FC11, but you won’t know if it’s 5000k or 6000k til you get it.
The FC11 doesn’t come with a holster, but it’s only $30. You can spend the money you saved on a holster and still be cheaper than an Olight.
Check out wurrkos fc11 on Amazon. They are my go to gift light for newbies. They come in 4000k high cri. It’s easy to use ui, has ramping. And a built in usb c-a charger. $30.
The Wurkkos FC11 is a great all-rounder. Has integrated charging and comes with a battery!
$60 is plenty to get a great light. Mostly the shipping times are what you need to deal with, as a lot of good lights ship from china and can take a few weeks to ship. I'll link some good Amazon ones.
The wurkkos Fc11 is a pretty simple 18650 light. Integrated charging, high CRI emitter. and a relatively simple UI. It's the go to budget light on here.
The Sofirn SP35 is brighter and more powerful, but has a lower CRI emitter, and is larger.
If you're fine with buying cells and a charger separate, and can wait for shipping from China, convoy makes MANY great lights for relatively low prices. u/brokenrecordbot convoyguide has all the info you need.
If you're okay with something the size of a heavy Redbull can then I would check out the Sofirn SP36
If you want to go a bit smaller then maybe the Sofirn SP35
If you want something small enough to EDC then check out the Wurkkos FC11
The zoomable flashlights (zoomies) tend to be relatively low quality. The zoom mechanism is another point of failure, and in wet environments can suck moisture into the light when you zoom in. You also lose a lot of light in the zooming mechanism, so they tend to be dimmer than a non-zooming flashlight. One of the few decent zoomies is the Convoy z1
All the rest of your reqs are super easy. Basically any light you find on here will be click on/click off. We all hate the bad UIs that force you to cycle through modes to turn off, or hold the button down for on/off.
The Wurkkos FC11 is usb-c rechargable, and has a high color rendering index, which makes colors look more normal. It is click on, click off. Hold the button down to ramp up or down in brightness, and double click for max brightness. You can also triple click for strobe and quadruple click for lockout, but nobody is forcing you to click 3 or 4 times, so you don't need to ever go into strobe if you don't want to. I'd recommend the 4000k version for a nice neutral white. The 2700k version will be more incandescent colored light.
Get the Wurkkos FC11
All of these next options include a battery and USB recharging built in, just like the Wurkkos FC11.
The Sofirn SC31 Pro is similar to the Wurkkos FC11, but gives up the magnetic tailcap and nice LED for some more brightness and the coolest user interface out there called Anduril. It's slightly more expensive too.
The Sofirn IF25A 4000K version uses the same great user interface, but offers really nice LED's and even more brightness. The drawbacks are it's bigger and it doesn't have a pocket clip.
The Sofirn SP35 is sort of a hybrid of these two, with the same brightness and LED of the SC31 Pro and the same battery as the IF25A, but it trades the awesome user interface for a simpler one and some really great runtime and sustained brightness.
Want something that works just as well as a headlamp as it does as a handheld? The Sofirn SP40 is the perfect light.
Check out some of the great options from Convoy in the bot's reply! u/brokenrecordbot convoyguide
So you want charging integrated on the light? Emisar/Noctigon take rechargeable cells, you just need to put them on a battery charger.
For more recommendations, you can check out the Arbitrary list pinned at the top of the sub.
The Wurkkos FC11 is the community favorite budget light. It's got integrated usb-c charging, and is small enough to easily EDC. It's probably pretty similar to your Wuben already though.
If you want an upgrade to brightness, the Sofirn SC31 Pro is nearly identical to the fc11, but gets a decent bit brighter and uses the Anduril UI. Also has USB-c charging. It's not high CRI though. If you're fine increasing size a bit, the Sofirn SP35 uses a 21700 battery instead, and can maintain higher brightness for longer than the sc31 pro can, and still has USB-C charging.
If you want a more premium option, the Acebeam EC35 Gen2 is still relatively easy to fit in a pocket, but has better build quality overall. It has USB-C charging. Pick the SST-20 option if you want high cri and further throw, and pick the LH351D if you would prefer more brightness and less throw.
If you're fine charging your cells on a battery charger, you can get something like the D4v2 which is flashy and fun, and can get incredibly bright for something you can carry in your pocket.
Or you could go for a Zebralight SC64c LE. It's basically the smallest 18650 light, and has fantastic regulation and build quality.
The Wurkkos Fc11 would work and very affordable. Also the Skilhunt H04 is a nice choice if he’d be interested in a right angle. Could also be a headlamp, and has magnetic recharging instead of fiddling with a usb charging flap. If you want throw get one that is not defused. H04R rc
Both of these are in the arbitrary list of flashlights on the about page.
zoomable lights tend to not be as nice as non-zoomable lights. The zooming mechanism itself is an extra point of failure, and in wet environments it will pull moisture into the light when you zoom in. You'll be able to get a MUCH nicer light if you opt for fixed focus, and all the good ones let you vary brightness which lets you see closer and further away without the necessity of moving parts.
The Wurkkos FC11 is a solid budget light on amazon. It has usb-c charging, high CRI, it's well made, and runs off a single 18650 battery. It's small enough to be comfortable for every day carry.
If you don't mind something larger, the Sofirn SP35 is a great budget 21700 light. It's a bit thicker because of the 21700 battery, so YMMV if you want to EDC it, but it has usb-c charging and more battery capacity than the fc11.
If you feel like getting a pocket rocket, the Sofirn IF25A goes up to 3k lumens. It run's the powerful and complex Anduril UI, an open source flashlight firmware. Be default it uses smooth ramping, so you can hold the button down to go from under 1 lumen all the way up to 3k lumens, and anything in between. You can customize a lot of settings, and access fun stuff like candlelight mode, or lightning storm mode. It definitely requires reading the Anduril instructions learn it, but once you know it, it's all pretty intuitive. I'd STRONGLY suggest the 4000k version, because the emitters in that one are fantastic.
Wurkkos FC11 High CRI (color rendering index) 4000k tint (similar to halogen lights), w/USB-C charging and battery for $30. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08JCM95X6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_3S38D1A43CP7CRSPGQAF
I got my 2 year old daughter a Convoy s2+ in 4000k, 3x7135. You can set it to max of 50% brightness, and make always turn on in low, if you are really worried about brightness. And you can ask the seller for different colored bodies if you want to color code the lights.
The downside is you need to take the battery out to charge it. You could get these Keeppower 18650s with built in charge ports. But you still need to take the battery out of the light to charge it.
Shipping from Convoy in 3 weeks might be a bit of a gamble though. Most of the time you'll be fine, but sometimes it can take longer.
You could also just go with the Wurkkos FC11. It's got a more simple UI, and usb-c charging on the light, so no need to take the cells out. And it comes with the full kit, so you don't need anything extra. I'd recommend the 4000k version for a good neutral white with good tint. It does get bright though, but they'll learn not to shine themselves in the face with it pretty quickly. And as long as you have a bigger brighter flashlight to respond with, they'll learn not to shine you in the face with it either. I'd probably go with this one if I was in your shoes.
I feel obliged to mention that the Sofirn BLF LT1 is a fantastic lantern for camping. I use mine for backyard camping all the time, works great hanging from the top of the tent.
I'd recommend buying a new flashlight (if you don't want to, that's fine). Nowadays you can get a very well performing flashlight for just 30$.
My dad owns a P7, it's an okay light but heavly overpriced and uses very annoying AA batteries.
IMO Ledlenser in general sells very overpriced flashlights that don't even perform as well as some good 30$ flashlights you can find around here. They also use AA batteries that occupy a lot of space and don't hold as much charge as li-ion batteries you find in most good flashlights. Li-ions are also rechargeble
For a flashlight suggestion, the Sofirn SP35 seems similar to your ledlenser. It has a lot more power, a simple UI with a switch on the side and a USB C charging port.
You could also check out the Wurkkos FC11
Sorry I didn't know the answer to your question :/. Hopefully someone will chime in and say if anyone has ever attempted anything like this or if it's even possible.
I second this. Link for OP's convenience. The Wowtac A7 is also a great option if OP wants a tailswitch and more throw.
I edc an Emisar D4v2. It's under 4 inches. The KR4 is the tailswitch version of that light. They are quad emitter lights, so they get really bright but are also pretty floody. You can't use them to point at something across the room, if that's what you want by throw. They use the open source flashlight UI called Anduril. It's relatively complex and powerful, and I really like the customizability of it. Both are available from https://intl-outdoor.com/. You'll need a separate battery charger, and some good high drain unprotected 18650s like the samsung 30q. I'd recommend the sst-20 4000k emitter option as the best all-arounder.
Zebralight makes some quality 18650 lights. Their SC64 series are about the smallest an 18650 light can get. The LE version is high CRI, and the HI version is slightly brighter. They use their own zebralight UI, which is annoying to set up the first time, but works great after you set it up. You'll need unprotected flat top 18650s for this also, and a separate charger.
On amazon, the Wurkkos FC11 is a solid budget option. It has integrated charging and comes with a battery, so you can charge the light like you charge your phone. It's under 5" long.
portability kinda depends on personal preference. For myself, I'm fine carrying an 18650 light in my pocket all day.
The wurkkos fc11 is a good budget option. Usb-c charging, high CRI led, and a magnetic tailcap. It doesn't have a reversible pocket unfortunately.
If you want something that uses a AA sized battery the Tool AA is pretty good. It takes 14500 or AA batteries, so you can use Enloops if you don't need the max brightness of a 14500.
This headlamp is pricey compared with the typical walmart variety but well worth it, will last a good long time on a charge and the high cri rating is a must. I use a similar model and wish I had waited to get this version. A headlamp like this will end up in your everyday carry.
For a regular flashlight Id go a bit cheaper since its going to be abused and possibly dropped in poop.
These are great because theyre not that expensive and can be had right off amazon.
Personally I wouldnt buy a light with a color temperature over 5000k at this point, Ive found I prefer in the 4-5k temperature range since its easier on the eyes. Also the reason you want a high cri (85-90+) is because its going to more accurately portray colors (i.e. is that an orange or yellow wire, low cri it can be easy to misinterpret and mistake colors).
A good light can really save your ass so I wouldnt skimp. My wife makes fun of my flashlight hobby but Ive found that a good light gets used literally daily and is well worth the cost.
The Wurkkos FC11 is the go-to recommendation from this sub for a first light. If you are looking for something with some wow factor that is still very useful, the Sofirn SP36 BLF Anduril light is amazing. It's much bigger than the FC11, soda can-sized. You can get the SP36 much cheaper from Sofirn, but it ships from China.
$19 without the battery (they are sold out of the 18650 battery) on the wurkkos site.
$26.39 with a battery on Amazon:
Well, you said sell you on whatever. It's outside your budget, but the Zebralight SC64c LE. Very customizeable UI, great build, great regulation, and the smallest 18650 sized light. Potted electronics for impact protection, and there's numerous posts on this sub of people's Zebras emerging unscathed from the washing machine. It has 12 brightness levels, and you can pick any 6 to use in your main mode group. They range from "is this even on?", to "oh nice, that's bright." If it's not the best edc light, it's way up there at the top of the list. Probably as close as you can get to BIFL in a production flashlight.
Downsides of the ZL, can be the UI. When I got mine, I spent about 30mins sitting in a dark bathroom, programming the it to my specific desires, because I didn't like the default mode group. But now it's dialed in to exactly what I want, so I never need to change it. Also only comes in type 3 hard anodization color, which makes it basically impervious to scratches, but does limit your color choice to a weird dark brownish color, and nothing else. ZLs are nearly perpetually backordered, so if you order one, it might ship tomorrow, or in 2 weeks.
In your budget, the wurkkos fc11 is a solid budget light on amazon. 18650 battery, good emitter, great price, and amazon shipping speed.
If you're feeling more AA sized, the Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 is a good option, or the Skillhunt M150.
Also, I have to say I love my d4v2. I carried mine daily for 2 years, until the switch broke. I'm currently procrastinating getting a new switch from Hank and swapping it in, because I also need to make up my mind on what else I want to order from him.
Go to r/flashlights for more information than you could possibly digest. You can just sort by $$$ and go with whatever is highly rated this month (the industry is actually evolving constantly). There are like 5 models that almost everyone can recommend consistently.
From what I learned there, I bought (among others) the Wurrkoss FC11. You can get ALOT of flashlight for $30, but there are tons of options and you want to nail down the blend of parts and features that will actually be useful to you while delivering. You don't need sophisticated software and you don't need a high CRI (90 is overkill) in my opinion. I like a larger battery, longer throw, and USB C charging so I can use all my phone cables.
Wurkkos FC11: Can't go wrong, it's a solid little light.
Also: The Sofirn SC31 is like the Honda Accord (lol) of everyday flashlights, similar but different.
Wurkkos WK03: The Kia Soul of everyday flashlights. Has a nice long throw, is very small, cheaper.
There are hundreds of options, it's completely overwhelming, but you won't regret doing your due diligence in the flashlight subreddit. For my purposes, long "throw" is very important. A flood style light is almost useless when you are searching for a bunch of tiny numbers on houses. You don't need to illuminate a field, you want to light up an address from across the street. A long "throw" lights up less area but illuminates the small area you need to read.
Gave my dad one of these for Xmas and when he visited (from 1000 miles away) he brought it along to show it off to me, lol.
Sweet 4000k for $26.39 on Amazon right now, pretty tough to beat.
All together now...
Shows $26.39 and there's a clickable coupon right below the price for extra 10% off. I'm in the United States.
Can we recommend something on Amazon? Wurkkos FC11
I lost power a few times in a month, a couple years ago. My work flashlight and headlamp were invaluable during those, so I wanted to get some good flashlights for the house just in case. My daughter also got old enough we could start going camping, so I wanted some for that also.
So I ended up here, bought a Zebralight, Convoy s2+, and also a D4v2 because the Anduril UI sounded right up my alley. Couple batteries and a charger, and I was off. When they showed up, I immediately realized how useful having a dedicated flashlight on my at all times was, from finding stuff under the couch, taking out the trash, or jumping my car at night. My daughter loved the flashlights too, so she claimed the Convoy and Zebralight, and that D4v2 has lived in my pocket basically 24/7 for close to 2 years. And they were so good, I started to wonder "Wow, how good do flashlights actually get?"
And then I was hooked. Flashlights range from incredibly practical to hilariously fun. You can get ones that toss a beam of light over a mile, and ones that flood nearly 180º with absurd amounts of light. You can go for nice tint, and absolutely amazing color rendering. You can get different colored light, like red, green, blue, and amber. And then you can get the Sofirn LT1 and LT1S lanterns which are just fantastic for camping. I have all of the above, and they're all great.
I don't think everyone needs to have tons of flashlights like us enthusiasts do, but I firmly believe that having one good flashlight around for the times you DO need it is something that everyone can benefit from. The pinned Arbitrary List at the start of the sub is a great place to start, and the Wurkkos FC11 is the first light on there for good reason. It's a solid light for a great price and easily available on Amazon.
For a multitool, u/LittleCooties already mentioned the Style, it's a little over $25, but I think it's worth it. I like it because if he's school age me might not be able to carry a multitool w/ a knife, so I feel like this is a good knifeless option. If $25 is a hard limit, I'd probably go w/ the Gerber Dime (they unfortunately stopped making the knifeless version). I love SAKs, but they just don't have the same feel to me.
For a knife, I love my OKC RAT II, like u/Efficient-Warthog597 mentioned. Normally available for $30ish, but if you're patient, they come up for $25.
For a pen, there's so many options. I think once again u/LittleCooties had great suggestions. I might just take him to a big box store or an office supply store and let him pick out a couple. I was all about Dr. Grips when I was young, which I don't think I've ever seen on here (do they still make them, IDK). To each their own.
For a light, r/flashlight u/brokenrecordbot should have some good cheap options. Here's the link to their "Arbitrary list of popular lights." Off their Quick List, the Wurkkos FC11 is the least expensive. I might also consider the Olight I3T or Lumintop Tool. I like AA or AAA for cheaper lights personally, easy to find and replace.
For a wallet, maybe a Chums wallet.
Other considerations: lip balm, one of those keys with the (gaudy) designs on them, a lighter, headphones, a watch (maybe a Casio or a Timex), maybe a cheap pry (Gerber Shard or County Comm special).
Maybe one of these FC11s?
The best lights don't come from Wally World. Lol
Welcome! But run away while you still can! We mean it. 😄
I'm a farmer as well, so cool to see you! Flashlights can be great tools. If you stick around here long enough you'll start to wonder what you ever did without this sub. There most definitely are flashlights that exist that are superior in every way to your Maglites. And most of them easily meet your expectations.
Waterproof? Pretty much standard. Easy-peasy.
Droppable? If you're willing to scuff it, absolutely.
Rechargeable? Again, standard. Forget the alka-leaks. (I did the math once, and by buying a $300 light I would save that much in batteries in just a couple years.)
Very bright? Those 3-pack cheapies you can buy at Costco or wherever at 500 lumens look very dim to me now. I used to think they were bright.
Anyways, I see a lot of great advice and suggestions already. A few thoughts of my own to add... If I were a farmer 🤔 I would want 3 flashlights at the minimum for 3 different use cases -
1. A flooder - to see close to medium range with a wide angle and wide hotspot. Good for most uses and "floods" an area with light.
2. A thrower - to reach out and be able to see way over there. This is a narrow focus of the beam to "throw" the light out farther, bonus if it has a good spill so you can still see around you. Good for checking on cows or whatever.
3. A mule - A "mule" is a flashlight with no reflectors or optics so that the LEDs are really close to the glass in the front. This creates an absolute wall of light, 180 degrees of it. No hotspot whatsoever, just light everywhere. These are for close range, think indoors or working on a tractor in the field at night. You won't see very far, but everything directly in front of you will be lit up.
4. I forgot one - a headlamp. You probably already know these are useful for hands-free use, even during the day. Check out right angle lights. They are super useful because they double as headlamps.
One thing to mention is if you can get magnets in the tailcap of any light you get, you'll be glad you did. With magnets you can stick your flashlight to just about any machinery you're working on. (Your kids don't have to hold the flashlight anymore!)
All of that said, I'd like to give a couple recommendations I haven't seen yet from anyone else. The Noctigon KR1 is one I carry every day on my belt. It's a mid-range/shorter thrower. One thing to mention is that it runs Anduril, meaning it's a steep learning curve to use the light, but boy oh boy is it awesome.
The Acebeam X80-GT in 5000K. I know this is way outside your budget you put forth, but if you could justify it, it is amazing. It's the size of a soda can, with up to 32,000 lumens (shorter burst) and is submersible to 30 meters. Apparently there's a newer X80-GT 2 that throws farther, but I only saw it in 6500K. I advise getting the older one. If you can pull it off of course. It is very wide flood with so much light that it's fairly decent in throw as well. Great for checking on animals.
I've said enough, and there's so much more we could say. You'll just have to do your own research and follow up on the recommendations in these comments. So much good advice and helpful people in this sub.
Maybe while you're doing your research and waiting to purchase your first serious light, pick up a Wurkkos FC11 in 4000K for immediate satisfaction and to get a taste of what the possibilities are. Great little light.
Wurkkos FC11. It's even a few bucks off right now.
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>I didn’t want something with a crazy power output that would go drained really quickly.
Modern flashlights are no longer (for the most part) just on/off. Just because a light is capable of producing huge amounts of light that will drain the batteries quickly does not mean you have to run them at full blast. These modern lights use better batteries that will vastly outperform alkaline aa/aaa/c/d cells if used at the same output. So pretty much any light on the arbitrary list of popular lights that uses lithium-ion batteries will outperform the 2xaa when it comes to battery life. As far as durability, with LED we don't really have to worry about dropping the light and breaking the bulb/filament any more, but there are electronics... so some lights will be more durable than others, but any light on that list will be well made and should not break from normal wear and tear any more than a maglite would.
All that being said, the go-to recommendation for someone new to modern flashlights is the Wurkkos FC11
These are daylight visible.
Get a Wurkkos FC11 for $30. Highly recommended on /r/flashlight.
Grab a couple for your budget.
There's plenty of led lights that produce high quality warm light. :)
If you'd like to try one, the Wurkkos FC11 in 2700k is a great option.
The Wurkkos FC11 is a great budget friendly light on amazon. This is a great baseline flashlight, and might possibly leave you thinking "Wow, this is great, but now I can see how some more flashlights would be really useful." And the next thing you know, you're joining group buys on BLF. So be warned, it might cause you to get into flashlights.
If you want bigger and brighter, the Sofirn SP35 is a bit larger, but has higher sustained brightness and a bigger battery. It's probably a bit large for all day carry (at least for me), but if I knew I would need a flashlight for a few hours, I wouldn't mind it.
The Wurkkos FC11. It's an 18650 light, so battery life is not going to be an issue. It checks all your other boxes, except side emitter and red light.
It's a step up in size compared to the skilhunt m150 that others have suggested, but that gets you an 18650 battery, which is 3x the capacity of a 14500. I think the fc11 has a better lockout than the skilhunt too, so if you use the lockout it won't activate in your pocket.
If you truly want the a more BIFL style flashlight, the Zebralight SC64c LE is fantastic. It's the smallest 18650 light on the market, and has great runtimes, and a very customizable UI. No red light or side emitter. It takes rechargeable batteries, but does not have integrated charging on the light. With a battery and a charger, it'll be right at the top of your budget though.
As long as you aren't leaving it out in temperatures well below freezing, most flashlights are going to be fine if you're holding them in your hand.
The d4v2 is a great light, and will absolutely work for your use case. It's a fair bit more enthusiast-oriented though, so it's more a light you get if you are planning on getting into flashlights. intl-outdoor.com is the best place to buy them. If you're in the USA though, and want fast shipping, JLhawaii808 is an authorized reseller who keeps a decent stock. You'll need a separate charger and batteries for this light.
Amazon has some good budget flashlights that are good for most people. The Wurkkos FC11 is a great budget option. If you want something a bit bigger and brighter, the Sofirn SP35 is a great pick. Both lights come with a battery and have integrated usb-c charging, so you won't need anything extra.
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Wurkkos FC11 4000K
Wurkkos FC11 @ 4000k, $30 on Amazon. It is ~1000 lumen, floody and has good color rendering which is important for IT work. It is a good quality light for a good price.
Wurkkos fc11. Excellent light, easy UI, nice CRI plus USB charging is convenient if you don't want to fuss w/batteries. Can be had on Amazon for $30.
Ok, so near as I can tell, this is a Duracel 1000 lumen zoomie. It's 264mm long, with a bezel diameter of 53mm, and takes 4x C cells.
Are you attached to the size and shape? The Convoy L6 and L7 are similar shapes. Also the Sofirn Sf47T and SP70.
If you aren't attached to the shape, the Convoy 4x18A sbt90.2 is a fantastic "by the door" light. 5k lumens, 1000m of throw, integrated charging, it's really user friendly. It's also getting new colors soon. For everything you need to know about this light, check out Grizzly's review. It's currently out of stock on aliexpress, but should be back in 2 weeks.
If you're looking for something you can carry in your pocket all day long, the Wurkkos FC11 is a great budget light available on Amazon.
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The Wurkkos Fc11 is a solid budget option. It's all included, so $30 and you are good to go.
The Zebralight SC64w HI is the cream of the crop for straight EDC flashlights. It's smaller than all other 18650 lights, has fantastic regulation, and great build quality with potted electronics for extra durability. They also make a LE version, which has a high CRI emitter, instead of the brighter and more throwy one in the HI version. You'll need a charger with this one, a single bay charger and 2 cells should bring the full package to right around $100.
The Emisar D4v2. This is the most popular flashlight on here. I would highly recommend the SST-20 4000k emitter option for your first one. They are the best blend of super bright, with some throw at max, and very high color rendering so everything looks nice. It runs an open source UI called Anduril, which offers lots of control and fancy modes, while being simple to use the basics. It has rgb aux emitters that glow when the light is off, so you can find it easily in the dark, and it just looks cool. This light is my EDC light, it's nearly always in my pocket. You'll need a charger with this one also.
Batteries are in the u/brokenrecordbot 18650 list. You'll want high drain for the d4v2, or high capacity for the zebralight. My two favorites are the high drain Samsung 30q, or the high capacity Sanyo NCR...GA. Get a charger from the same place you get batteries. Something from Xtar is usually a good choice. The favorite charger is the Xtar VC4s, but there are much cheaper options if you don't need all the extra features. The xtar mc1 is usually $5.
The Wurkkos Fc11 is a solid budget option. It's all included, so $30 an you are good to go.
$150 will get you basically anything in the edc size except custom flashlights. If you want to spend a larger portion of your budget on higher quality and fancier stuff, there are other options.
The Zebralight SC64w HI is the cream of the crop for straight EDC flashlights. It's smaller than all other 18650 lights, has fantastic regulation, and great build quality with potted electronics for extra durability. They also make a LE version, which has a high CRI emitter, instead of the brighter and more throwy one in the HI version.
The Emisar D4v2. This is the most popular flashlight on here. I would highly recommend the SST-20 4000k emitter option for your first one. They are the best blend of super bright, with some throw at max, and very high color rendering so everything looks nice. It runs an open source UI called Anduril, which offers lots of control and fancy modes, while being simple to use the basics. It has rgb aux emitters that glow when the light is off, so you can find it easily in the dark, and it just looks cool. This light is my EDC light, it's nearly always in my pocket.
Batteries are in the u/brokenrecordbot 18650 list. You'll want high drain for the d4v2, or high capacity for the zebralight. My two favorites are the high drain Samsung 30q, or the high capacity Sanyo NCR...GA. Get a charger from the same place you get batteries. Something from Xtar is usually a good choice. The favorite charger is the Xtar VC4s, but there are much cheaper options if you don't need all the extra features.
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u/brokenrecordbot rec should have some good recommnendations.
Check out the Wurkkos FC11. It's a 30$ light with an intuitive UI, runs on any 18650 battery and has a USB-C port in it for charging. It's one of the communities' favourite. It has a high CRI (color rendering index) emitter that doesn't wash out the colours like most leds.
Additionally, there's the Sofirn SC31 Pro. It's manufactured in the same factory but it has a more complex and capable UI called Anduril UI that allows you for a high degree of configuration. It also has a higher power led at the cost of light quality (but should be sufficient for you).
If you'd want to go for something more premium, there's the Skilhunt M200 with a high CRI led, magnetic charging and a simpler UI than Anduril that you can also customize. It's somewhat of a middleground.
TL;DR: Get the Wurkkos FC11
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Do you have a preferred size?
The Arbitrary list of Popular Lights has some good places to start.
If you're just looking for a pretty solid cheap light on Amazon, the Wurkkos FC11 is the first light on that list, and it's a solid budget option that fits most peoples needs, for $30.
Sofirn also makes some great lights, and their stuff is usually on Amazon. The SP35 is a great light for the money also. It uses a 21700 battery and has good regulation so you don't lose brightness as the battery runs out.
If you're looking for a solid duty light and are willing to spend some extra money, the Acebeam T36 I mentioned is pretty great. I use it on the job as a plumber, and I like it a lot.
Throw it out, buy this, call it a day.
A quality flashlight
For $30, the Wurkkos FC11 should fit your needs nicely. I'd buy a cheap baseball bat too if you want something to hit with.
If you really need both of them to be the same product for under $100, the Sofirn SP70 is pretty great. It's kind of huge, but that's the point.
Wurkkos FC11 4000k
I see! I think the S2+ would be a great, cheap choice for a general purpose flashlight. However, if you've got the budget for an MT21C, you've got a LOT of options. These days it seems like pretty much every 18650 light on the market will output 1000 lumens ore more, and I think you can do better than the S2+ if you spend a little more money (but still less than the MT21C).
The first place I'll point you is the Arbitrary List of Popular Lights. It's full of lights that have already been vetted by the community. You're sure to find something you'll like there.
Here are a couple of specific recomendations. First is the Wurkkos FC11. This is a SUPER popular budget light right now that just can't be beat in value. It puts out 1300lm on turbo with a fully charged cell, has an LED with great color temperature and color rendering, comes with a battery and has USB-C recharging built in, and includes a pocket clip and a magnetic tailcap. The other light I think you should look at is the Sofirn SP40. I think you're right to be concerned about the tilting head mechanism on the Nitecore, but the SP40 has a fixed 90 degree head so durability won't be an issue. Just like the FC11, it includes an 18650 cell, a pocket clip, a magnetic tailcap, and integrated charging (this time micro USB). It outputs up to 1200 lumens on turbo. The biggest feature of this light is that 90 degree head, because you can magnet it to thinks and point it wherever you need light, or you can use it with the included headband as a headlamp. It's just about the most versatile light you'll find for the money. Either of these lights would be a great choice. After a couple minutes on turbo they'll both step down their brightness due to heat (just as all high-powered flashlights do), but should be able to sustain somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 lumens (about half as bright as 1200lm) which is plenty for use around the house, hiking, cycling, etc.
I hope this helps!