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Longwood, Florida
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I also have a Mag 3D mounted to my seat rail. Not the greatest light source when compared to others but versatile as it can be used for other things than seeing in the dark.

My favorite lights now are Nitecore. I have several sizes, all rechargeable, in recovery kits, several areas of the house and the glove box. The lighting is adjustable from red (for low light signature) all the way to a super light that actually warms up the unit (instructions say not to use the high-power for extended use).

Good solid construction, carrying cases included, simple intuitive operation. Highly recommended.


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Texas and Alaska
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I agree, Surefire did fall asleep on the wheel, but I can't fault them for not making rechargeable lights.

For me, lights that use proprietary batteries are no good. I'm all for "multi fuel" lights. Its easy, cheaper and makes more sense to find rechargeable cells.

For example: My Surefire lights use their classic CR123 cells. I bought a bunch of rechargeables and use them on all the lights just the same. Then I bought the Streamlight, which can use 2x18650 (their own cells are pretty awesome) or 4xCR123, which I already have. To me, this is key.
When Surefire came to market with CR123 which at the time were very much proprietary, the same arguments surfaced.

Not withstanding that, battery technology moves on. CR123 has not yet reached "C and D" cell alkaline status, largely due to the fact that the chemistry is still viable. That said primary cells lose ground daily to rechargeable.

18650 is and has been for close to if not more than a decade the most prolific battery in the high capacity rechargeable market. Surefire refusing to bore their lights to accept them is/was absurd. If it will run on 2 CR123, it will almost certainly run on a single protected 18650.

The difference? Surefire didn't sell 18650`s.

Surefire does now bore some of their lights to accept 18mm batteries.

I do still have a couple of single cell CR123 (Zebralight H32 and SC32), but I use 16340 rechargeable in them. They are 4.2v hot off the charger as opposed to 3.7v CR123 primaries, but the driver boards show no ill effects.

Lithium batteries are also something we don't need more of in the trash as well.
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Huntington Beach, CA, USA
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Olight makes some easily charged flashlights.
A magnetic cap just pops onto the tail of light via usb.

I tend to avoid usb chargable lights as water or moisture can seep into the port.


1st 2 are Prometheus lights (qr beta and delta)
3re and 4th are lumintop tool, aaa at 700 lumens and aa at 1100 lumens (modified)
5th is olight m2r (magnetic tail charge) 1500 lumes (modified)
6th is acebeam (3500 lumens), usb charge
7th and 8th are UV lights
9th is maelstrom but broken.

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