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The perfect ultralight flashlight?
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christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
The perfect ultralight flashlight? on 05/26/2011 15:12:57 MDT Print View

I'm on a quest for the perfect flashlight. Here's my criteria:

* 70 to 100 lumens
* Water proof (ipx 7 or comparable)
* Ultralight (2 ounces or less with lithium battery)
* Only uses one AA or AAA battery. (so I only have to bring one battery as a spare)
* Somewhat focused. Enough so I can see a bear about 75 to 100 feet away in the dark.
* Decent run time. 10 hours would be nice.

I currently use a little Gerber one I got at REI. It meets all my criteria, except that it's not super bright.
I use this as a spot light when under bear attack at night, as well as a nice little hanging light in my tent.

I know I'm kinda dreamin here with my criteria, but if you know of anything close, please let me know.


Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: The perfect ultralight flashlight? on 05/26/2011 15:23:36 MDT Print View

I think you will find several at Zebralight that fit your criteria. It kind of depends on whether you want a flashlight or a headlamp.


christopher smead
(hamsterfish) - MLife

Locale: hamsterfish
Thanks! on 05/26/2011 16:50:38 MDT Print View

I just ordered one :)

Ultra Magnus
(Ultra_Magnus) - F
Re: The perfect ultralight flashlight? on 05/26/2011 17:32:37 MDT Print View

I'll most likely be getting one of these sometime soon -

Good EDC flashlight as well as for backpacking...


Diana Vann
(DianaV) - MLife

Locale: Wandering
Zebralight on 05/26/2011 18:47:44 MDT Print View

I ordered one recently, and took it on a five-day trip this past week. It's great.

I decided on the neutral option. Though it provides a bit less light, it's still plenty for hiking at night.

Eric Blumensaadt
(Danepacker) - MLife

Locale: Mojave Desert
Flashlight?? on 05/26/2011 21:40:04 MDT Print View


You use a flashlight instead of a headlamp for backpacking?

Charles Henry

Locale: Arizona and British Columbia
Re: The perfect ultralight flashlight? on 05/27/2011 00:11:15 MDT Print View

The zebralight h51 is the ideal light I've found. Choose the more natural warmth of light. The h51 meets all your requirements. It also seems bomb proof. Of course it will not burn at 100 lumens for 10 hours, that's probably impossible. You can use it as a headlamp and a flashlight.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Re: The perfect ultralight flashlight? on 05/27/2011 00:31:32 MDT Print View

When I went down this path six weeks ago, I opted for the model H501.

The headlamp can be taken out of its silicone mount and used as a flashlight, but a flashlight can't be used as a headlamp without a head strap of some kind. A flashlight doesn't clip to a baseball cap bill if there is no baseball cap.


Ozzy McKinney
(PorcupinePhobia) - F

Locale: PNW
Really? on 05/27/2011 00:31:40 MDT Print View

I'm new here, but really? Nobody is going to ask about "being under bear attack" ?

Wild Exped
(bankse) - MLife

Locale: OZ
lol on 05/27/2011 00:43:42 MDT Print View

* Somewhat focused. Enough so I can see a bear about 75 to 100 feet away in the dark.
* Decent run time. 10 hours would be nice.

I havent seen a bear in the wilds, though i think i'd still be running long after that

Paul Hatfield
(clear_blue_skies) - F
Light and powerful on 05/27/2011 00:58:08 MDT Print View

These are great:

4Sevens Quark Mini
Nightcore EZ

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: Really? on 05/27/2011 01:16:21 MDT Print View

The fur of a black bear tends to soak up just about every photon of light that you can throw at it. So, you need a little extra intensity if you are viewing these noble creatures.


Max Keeler
Fenix LD01 on 05/27/2011 01:44:37 MDT Print View

I love the Fenix LD01. I just hiked a 70 mile hike along the Colorado Trail and used it along the hike. It runs on one AAA battery and weighs around .5oz. Here are some specs:

Three output modes: 26 Lumens (3h8m) -> 3 Lumens (27h) -> 72 Lumens (1h28m)
Uses one 1.5V AAA battery (not included)
• Length: 75mm / 2.95in
• Diameter: 14mm / 0.55in
• Weight: 14grams / 0.49oz (excluding batteries)

Made of durable aircraft-grade aluminum
Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with AR coating
Premium Type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish
Waterproof to IPX-8 Standards
Capable of standing up securely on a flat surface to serve as a candle
Reliable twist-switch
Accessories: pocket clip, key ring and spare rubber o-ring

I hiked 27 miles through the night and it worked great. Give it a try, you'll like it.

Justin R
(5150Bronco) - F

Locale: Bay Area, Ca.
surefire. on 05/27/2011 01:51:51 MDT Print View

I am with surefire titan.

zebra are solid lights for sure.

Dan Cherry
(risingsun) - F

Locale: Northern Arizona
4Sevens on 05/27/2011 07:23:17 MDT Print View

I love my little titanium 4Sevens Quark Mini 123 with lanyard.

Randy Martin
(randalmartin) - F

Locale: Colorado
Crazy on 05/27/2011 08:06:34 MDT Print View

Sorry, this is where I think you cross the line from being light and functional to just light. A flashlight that only has 1.5 hours of light for a single battery is just ridiculous. Give me a Mammut 3oz headlamp (weight includes 3 AAA batteries) that gives 50+ hours of light). I also don't get the idea of a flashlight by itself. So you hold a flashlight with one hand? Seriously? Again, decision points, light or light and functional.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Re: Crazy on 05/27/2011 08:10:34 MDT Print View

"Again, decision points, light or light and functional."


Paul Hatfield
(clear_blue_skies) - F
Re: Crazy on 05/27/2011 13:07:45 MDT Print View

Randy, I don't think you realize how much flashlight technology has improved in the last few years.

Anyway, check out the 4Sevens and Nightcore models that I mentioned in my previous post. Extremely light and powerful with variable intensity settings. There are other great brands out there, but Surefire's stuff is way overpriced, and Fenix offering's were not competitive the last time I checked.

Paul Hatfield
(clear_blue_skies) - F
Quark MiNi X 123 on 05/27/2011 13:11:24 MDT Print View

Takes a 123 cell, but so does my Steripen.

Quark MiNi X 123 Basic Specifications
* Max Output: 210 OTF lumens
* Material: Type-III Hard-anodized Aircraft-grade Aluminum
* Lens: Optical-grade glass lens with anti-reflective coating on both sides
* Reflector: Light "orange-peel" textured reflector
* Water resistance: IPX-8
* Battery: One lithium CR123A (3V) - do not use rechargeable RCR123As
* Seven Output Modes:
o Low: 1.2 lumens, 100 hours
o Medium: 45 lumens, 6.5 hours
o High: 210 lumens, 1 hours
* Special (hidden) modes:
o Strobe 2 hours
o SOS 4 hours
o Beacon (Hi) 10 hours
o Beacon (Lo) 50 hours
* Dimensions:
o Length: 2.3 inches
o Diameter: 0.80 inches
o Weight: 0.62 ounces (w/o battery)
* Included accessories: Lanyard, split ring for keychain attachment, spare o-ring.

Marc Shea
(FlytePacker) - F

Locale: Cascades
Re: The perfect ultralight flashlight? on 05/27/2011 14:00:14 MDT Print View

Waterproof, weighs under an ounce with battery, 3 led's and shock resistant. It has a clip to hang from the ceiling of a tent or tarp...only 6 bucks. Takes button batteries. Unsure about the lumens.