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I personally am surprised no one discusses the amazing array of LED mag style lights that are out there.I have an 96 LED mag that I use and swear by.The light off an LED is much more natural and helps you see the defects you are attempting to hunt down, much better than a regular bulb light.

A flashlight has a reflector which causes a cone light shadow , where as an LED provides even light .

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Originally posted by Brandon Whitmore

When you guys talk about the mag lite, are you talking about the re- chargeable ones or the standard ones. I still have not seen any other flash light that puts out better light for its size than my re- chargeable Mag.

Brandon...

Rechargeable Mag is 40-some thousand candle-power. Ultra-Stinger is 70-some thousand, at about a third the weight.

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Originally posted by Brian G.

Originally posted by Jim Katen

More bright = better.

So Jim, how come you don't use one of those 10 million candle power spotlights the size of someone's head? [;)]

Brian G.

Size Matters Too [:-crazy]

Too big, too heavy. That, plus I'm afraid it'll catch something on fire.

I use a 2-million cp one in crawlspaces though.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

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Originally posted by Brandon Whitmore

When you guys talk about the mag lite, are you talking about the re- chargeable ones or the standard ones. I still have not seen any other flash light that puts out better light for its size than my re- chargeable Mag.

The stinger is brighter, smaller and lighter than the rechargable Mag.

On the other hand, the Mag is better for beating on pit bulls.

- Jim Katen, Oregon

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Originally posted by Brandon Whitmore

When you guys talk about the mag lite, are you talking about the re- chargeable ones or the standard ones. I still have not seen any other flash light that puts out better light for its size than my re- chargeable Mag.

Oh my. Brandon, Brandon, Brandon.

Maglights are great, but they don't hold a candle to SureFire or (I guess) Stingers.

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Originally posted by randynavarro

So, I'm still curious. . . I haven't heard from any other SureFire users.

Anyone have a comparison of the SureFire vs. Stinger?

My SureFire is about 5" long and will light up any crawl space or attic from any distance! I don't know the exact CP--don't have the time right now.

I looked into SureFire. Didn't like the run time. It's listed in minutes, not hours. I can't get through an inspection on 3 Stingers. I use 2 XPs on most buildings now.

Then there's the CP comparison. SureFire lists theirs in lumens. Too complicated for me to calculate.

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I have a Streamlight with some sort of souped-up LED (Tasklight 2-L). It's only about 6 inches long and holds just 2 li-ion CR123 batteries, but it's entirely sufficient for me and I've never been able to run it down in one day. I have rechargable batteries for it, and wouldn't consider owning any that weren't.

My other must-have light is a multi-LED headlamp for attics and crawls (Princeton's "Corona Tec"). Plenty of light, awesome burn time, rechargeable batteries, and hands-free. I gave out four last Christmas, to rave reviews.

Brian G.

Oh Say Can You See (Worth a Damn) [:-blindfo

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My SureFire batteries will last around 15-20 inspections at least. That's because I don't run the light continuously. If I did, then yes, the light will probably only run around 20 minutes.

I use the light in short bursts; 5-10 seconds at a time to check out a window sill, another 5-10 to look in a dark closet corner etc. The battery life is maxed using it this way.

Looks like I may have to get a Stinger and do a real field test comparison.

BTW, I don't use the SureFire in crawls or attics. I use the cheap $29.95 1 million candlepower dealies you can find at Sears and sometimes at the Orange Box.

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Alright,

I have 2 re- chargeable Mag Lites and 1 Ultra Stinger Ultra that I bought when I was sold on it from a guy at the counter (tested both at Sportmans Warehouse when I needed another flashlight).

I have used both and have gone back to the Mag.

Must just be personal preference since I used the Mags for several years prior to changing over.

I am going to have to look again, but I think that the newer Mags have upgraded to a higher candle power (new bulb design or something).

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WJ POSTED: "Just to throw a curve: I've had the 13-inch-long, 1-pound Streamlight rechargeables last for 10+ years. Replacement batteries are cheap; and, if I recall correctly, Streamlight will refurb old lights to newish condition for about $40.00."

Mag Lites have a lifetime warranty on them and I have had all my past repairs performed for free (even when I offered to pay since I have dropped a couple off roofs and broken the lens-- there is an authorized service center in Portland).

NO- I am not affiliated with Mag-- I hope I can find something better.

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I purchased an ultra stinger on EBAY about 5 years ago. $80 to my door. The local cop shop gets my $$ for bulbs and to replace one very wet battery.[:-taped] Never a charge for any other service. Everything but the metal case has been replaced.

I never go back to the dim heavy mag. Unless I forget to charge the ultrastinger.[:-dunce]

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Speaking of lighting, has any of you ever used flood lights to inspect an exterior after sundown? I was wondering because of the posibility to accept evening jobs during the winter months when the sun goes down early. I mean some kind of serious battery powered flood light. Something like the one that Dawg the Bounty Hunter uses but maybe with a fluted lense to distrubute the light evenly. Does such a thing even exist? Any ethics or standards of practice issues involved in inspecting exterior after sundown with flood lights?

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Originally posted by AHI

Speaking of lighting, has any of you ever used flood lights to inspect an exterior after sundown? I was wondering because of the posibility to accept evening jobs during the winter months when the sun goes down early. I mean some kind of serious battery powered flood light. Something like the one that Dawg the Bounty Hunter uses but maybe with a fluted lense to distrubute the light evenly. Does such a thing even exist? Any ethics or standards of practice issues involved in inspecting exterior after sundown with flood lights?

I can't even fathom the idea of trying to inspect a home at night. Even with flood lights, it is a bad idea. Heck, even on a good sunny day some things are hard to see on a home.

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