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I just ordered a new flashlight. It's a Fenix E30R. Magnetic USB charging connection, waterproof, really small, good run time and weighs very little. 1600 lumens, $63.96 after you enter fenixusa20 as a discount code. 

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Just wondering how often folks are buying flashlights.  I'm still depending on my Streamlight, purchased in Jan 2010.  I've since purchased two more of the exact same model.  No failures, other than the battery (twice in almost ten years).

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Mark,

Not replacing just adding.  Two weeks ago, I purchased the TK47UE for barns and warehouses - very little natural light.  They emailed me the same discount code.

I have to replace the tailcap switches and switch covers on all Fenix lights every 2-3 years. 

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I have the same Fenix flashlight that Chad has and have been using it for the past 5 years with no problems.  Just recently added a Craftsman headlamp that I use in basements and crawlspaces.  It's rechargeable, 500 lumens and keeps my hands free.

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On 4/29/2019 at 7:49 AM, Chad Fabry said:

I just ordered a new flashlight. It's a Fenix E30R. Magnetic USB charging connection, waterproof, really small, good run time and weighs very little. 1600 lumens, $63.96 after you enter fenixusa20 as a discount code. 

On back-order 'till at least July.  I still ordered one.  I'm one of the flashlight geeks here.  As Bill said, just adding to the collection. . .

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I am a bit a flashlight geek myself.  I tried to get Fenix to participate in the last two articles I did but they didn't even respond to my requests. On a daily basis I still use my Streamlight Strions. They are a nice size and do a good job in attics and even closeup don't burn out the areas I am looking at. Once you get over 350 lumens the lights are just too bright for what we do.  For a newbie even the cheaper lights work pretty good.  Here is a link to my last article

http://www.ashireporter.org/HomeInspection/Articles/Flashlight-Shootout-2018/15301

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9 hours ago, R Bunzel said:

Once you get over 350 lumens the lights are just too bright for what we do.

That's true if you're using it to look inside an electrical panel, but not in a large attic or crawlspace. In those spaces, 350 lumens is probably the bare minimum. 

Try including some Surefire products in your next review. They're made in the USA, they're solid performers, and they're nearly indestructible. I've got an 8-year old G2X Pro that's never had its switch replaced.   

 

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Time to replace the battery or the entire flashlight as my rechargeable Streamlight Stinger DS LED has left me stranded a couple of times now. I really loved the light when I replaced my Ultra Stinger with the $20 bulbs that would take a dump if you bumped the light with it turned on. Now though, I want more; an adjustable focus from flood to spot and dimmable settings. I have a couple of "no name - As Seen On TV" lights that have those features and are honestly as good operationally as the Stream light except they are so much smaller and cheaper that I don't really trust them yet. Flashlights have come a long way in the past few years.

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I've been using an Olight M20-X Warrior light for the past 6-7 years.  Switch has never failed, have replaced one rechargeable battery and it has a 3-level switch.

Has served me very well.  Kurt M. gave me a head's up on this Olight many years ago when he was still active on TIJ.

I recall one additional plus he made about the Olight was the scalloped light shroud that could be used to keep REAs at bay.

I'm retired now, but still use the Olight for a multitude of projects each and every week.

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15 minutes ago, Nolan Kienitz said:

I've been using an Olight M20-X Warrior light for the past 6-7 years.  Switch has never failed, have replaced one rechargeable battery and it has a 3-level switch.

Has served me very well.  Kurt M. gave me a head's up on this Olight many years ago when he was still active on TIJ.

I recall one additional plus he made about the Olight was the scalloped light shroud that could be used to keep REAs at bay.

I'm retired now, but still use the Olight for a multitude of projects each and every week.

That's one reason I resist the trend towards the little flashlights, I want something with more heft.

At my pre-licensing training in '02, there was a story by one of the speakers about how the inspector had gotten in trouble with the seller on account of him spilling the brain matter of his dog with a single blow of his flashlight.  The dog had attacked him in the kitchen.  German Shepherd, if memory serves.

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I like the little cheap ones because of they fit in my pockets so well. That scalloped rim on many models is supposed to be designed to break out a car windshield from the inside, in the event you are trapped in there.

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I bought a Fenix PD35 in 2016 and have loved it since. I bought 2 extra batteries and keep them in my tool bag. 1000 lumen, several brightness settings, lightweight, tough and reasonably priced. This conversation prompted me to invest in the UC35 which has micro USB charging and a charge level indicator on the control button. Pretty cool.The E30R looks very nice, but I prefer to have a holster for my torch; less likely to fall from my hip into 18" of blown in fiberglass.

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I have a similar version of Fenix that also has the switch on the side near the front.  I use it around the house but not on inspections.  I find the side mounted "push and hold" switch to turn on a bit wonky.  Sometimes I cant even find the switch unless I look at the light.  On the other hand, my old TK 15 is still in service at inspections.  The bulky tail switch is easy to find.  That thing is out of the holster and turned on before the beam is even on target.  If I buy a new light for inspections, I'm gonna try like hell to find one with a simple on/off tail switch.

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