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  • PM4HIRE
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    JeffMac, there's a lot of hyper competition in LED flashlight
    space today, checkout the forum Budgetlight.

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  • jeffmac
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    I am currently looking at a couple of LED Lenser flashlights for review and my initial impression is quite good. They are a German company that was recently bought by Leatherman Tools here in the states.

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  • PM4HIRE
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    Mtn, I believe we've had this discussion before,
    but at the time I was pretty lame when it comes
    to everyday carry or edc flashlights. Since then, I
    discovered Fenix E01, Fenix E05, Preon 1 and 2
    make great AAA flashlights, check them out on
    GoingGear.com, edcforums, and candlelightforum.com.
    Last edited by PM4HIRE; 09-29-2011, 04:47 PM.

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  • AVService
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    MH-C9000 it only does 4 at a time but seemed to give greater control options for charging and conditioning.
    I got them through Thomas and using Amazon found a good deal I think.

    So far I have not been out shooting and had dead packs. I have shot with 4 strobes at a time sometimes which gives me 4 loaded strobes and 2 sets of spares.
    I put the strobes in the air on stands in pairs and remote trigger them and it would be a pain if they die during an event.
    The strobes slave from a controller on the camera so I don't know how much power they are always using but they will go for 400 or 500 shots a night fired from 2 different cameras without dying.

    On a related note I have been using a Fenix E21 for a few months now and I really like it. Bright as hell even on low setting and well made too.
    I just picked up a StreamLight P90 too which is like a mini Army style right angle LED job which I can clip onto things. I have it clipped into the Synapse all the time and it is great though it does use 123's I buy them through Alarm Distributors very cheaply.

    I loves me some flashlights!

    Ed

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  • MtnMan
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    Thanks for the quick reply!

    Which Maha charger model do you use?

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  • AVService
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    Mtn

    I have been using Eneloops i my Canon Flashes for a while now and they are as good as claimed for me.
    I bought 24 AA's and a Maha computerized charger to start with and they are great.
    I have them numbered in groups of 4 and rubber banded together for easy tracking.
    I have used them in cheap Point & Shoot cameras too for event work and they are reliable for me.

    The best feature is that if you don't use them for a long time and them pick them back up they will have the same charge they had when you left them.
    They really do.

    I have not tried them in LED lights yet,can't really say why?
    I find it a pain really I suppose to charge and track them for daily light use I guess.

    Search at Fred Miranda and Photo on the Net and research about them thats what I did.

    Ed

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  • MtnMan
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    UPDATE

    My experience with Nickel-Zinc (NiZn) rechargeable batteries (from Powergenix) has officially become a disaster. Today, I attended a Civilian Conservation Corps statue dedication at the PA. Lumber Heritage Museum and wound up going through just about every AA battery in every device in my backpack just to get one camera working. It was exasperating. I kept coming up with either dead or dying batteries.

    I bought a few dozen batteries and special NiZn chargers in the Spring of 2010, and now most of them are unreliable. I'm seriously considering a (costly) switch to Sanyo Eneloops. As I understand it, Eneloops (premium Nickel-Metal-Hydride-based batteries) are available in both AA and AAA sizes, are known for holding a charge for a very long time, and have a great reputation.

    I use AA batteries for digital cameras (they eat batteries like you would not believe!), GPS receiver, flashlights, clocks, walkie-talkies, and a handheld audio recorder. I use AAA batteries for a wall-mounted caller ID unit, headband-mounted LED lights, and more walkie-talkies. I understand that Eneloops are available in both AA and AAA sizes and, as I said above, they supposedly have a good rep.

    Can anyone comment on these?

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  • Twitchy
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    A quick note about the SureFire lights.... make sure you buy the LED version or get the LED conversion kit. The standard bulbs will run down a set of 2x123A batteries within an hour. The LEDs will be much easier on your batteries ( i think its something like 5 hours).

    Also, given the cost of your Surefire I would recommend you only put in quality batteries. I had a metal 6P that exploded on me cos the batteries were substandard... I kid you not.
    Last edited by Twitchy; 11-29-2010, 03:28 AM. Reason: Bad spelling

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  • MtnMan
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    Update: PowerGenix has still not released any AAA-sized NiZn battery products. I sent an inquiry to them about it, but they did not respond. I have no idea what this means.

    The NiZn batteries I purchased work as advertised.

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  • camry
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    Originally posted by MtnMan View Post
    Are they rechargeable?
    No, but you can buy the rechargeable conversion kits and you can converts G2 into Ni-Cad rechargeable flashlight. But it cost $100. I bought my G2 LED at LA Police Gear and they gave me 8 free SureFire 123A Lithium battries and their battries have 10-year shelf life. So I don't think is worth it to buy the rechargeable conversion kits.

    Here is the rechargeable conversion kits web site http://www.surefire.com/KR1-BK-Recha...Conversion-Kit

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  • MtnMan
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    Are they rechargeable?

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  • camry
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    I like SureFire flashlights and I use SureFire G2 LED flashlight. The output is 120 Lumens, very bright and can temporarily blind your eyes if you look at it. You have to use two 123A Lithium batteries and all SureFire flashlights are made in USA. I bought my at LA Police Gear.

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  • MtnMan
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    Important Update:

    It's been at least two months since I purchased NiZn batteries and chargers branded from PowerGenix through Amazon / Accessory Genie.

    In that time, I have only had to recharge the batteries used in power-hungry digital cameras (Canon PowerShot A720 IS, Olympus Camedia C-3020Z, Canon PowerShot S2 IS ultra-zoom) on a couple of occasions. Amazing!

    There is one caveat I've found: flashlights with traditional incandescent bulbs tend to burn out much more rapidly, especially if you install freshly charged NiZns. This has happened to three old flashlights so far. Probably the best bet is to use newer LED flashlights that are rated to handle high-power batteries.

    LED lights I've seen tend to use AAA-sized batteries, as opposed to AA's. As of this moment, PowerGenix is not selling any AAA's to the public. I just received a message from PowerGenix today. They told me that AAA-sized NiZn's are expected be available to the public for sale sometime in August.

    I haven't messed with the Kensington bluetooth mouse since my last report on it. I intend to do so soon.

    That's all for now.

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  • MtnMan
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    So far, the only device that has not taken to using NiZn batteries is my Kensington PilotMouse Mini Bluetooth. I'm baffled by this. Everything else is running fine off these new batteries.

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  • ex machina
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    This is very interesting, MtnMan. Tnx for posting this info.

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