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That Time Of Year Again For Torches

Discussion in 'Night Vision Optics and Illumination' started by Tim_B, Sep 22, 2021.

  1. Tim_B

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    Well, anytime of the year is a good time for a torch but with the darker time of year upon us I wondered what everyone is using on a regular basis?

    My line up this year - mainly for dog walking duties is
    • Nitecore P12 - had this a few years and a real workhorse which hasn't let me down. A nice beam, although not focusable, but I have never needed to. 4 power settings plus sos and strobe
    • Thrunite Archer - was the backup for the Nitecore for a few years, but since getting the next one below its been relegated to desk duties. Very handy torch with mid brightness, various power level.
    • Olight S2A Baton II - bought last year and is very similar to the Nitecore, just smaller in physical size. Various power levels and a very similar beam to the Nitecore P12, just a bit wider.
    • Olight prerun - this years purchase when it was on offer and the fact "I needed" a headlight (the fact I have a headlight band for thenightcore is neither here nor there). Various power levels with a really wide beam, which is no surprise given its mainly a head torch. Will take me a little while to get used to the wider beam. As the bulb is at 90 degrees to the body you can be hands free with what you are doing
    • Nitecore Thumb (keyring) - on my main keys and always with me wherever I go. A very handy, rechargeable torch. 2 power levels.
    • Olight i3E (keyring) - on my key ring with the gerber dime - a great pairing and is in my pocket most times I leave the house. Nice small bright torch.
    I do have other torches (quite a few), but these are the ones I use n a regular basis. Battery life on all of them is very good.

    So, what are you using this autumn/winter?

    From left to right - Thrunite Archer, Nitecore P12, S2A Baton II, Prerun

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    You have a torch fetish too lol
     
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    Every time i'm out shopping i just have to have a play with torches where ever i may be, the wife just looks at with that really look lol, can't help myself.
     
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    If I want a torch I just make one, there's several in the pipeline for when I can be bothered!
     
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    This fetish must be an Ipswich thing i guess, mine all started when i was 6 my dad took me to a shop on Norwich rd. It was called Safari, do you remember it ? Anyway i would not leave the store till my father bought me a Pifco Lantern one of those metal bodied things with a flashing beacon on the top and spot light on the front.
    Lord knows how many torches i have had since then, a torch for every occasion i think, lol
    Actually i think it was ST Matthews st not Norwich road thinking about it.
     
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    Never heard of it, although I am not that old :roflmao: I think my first torch was one of those silver things that looked like an army one but did different colours.......like you had loads of different ones since then......
     
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    I've got a Fenix TK41 that I've had a good few years and is still a monster for kicking out light.

    I generally use a smaller Nitecore one, but the Fenix is good for the missus to use when walking the dog when dark as it's a weighty lump if needed if you know what I mean.
     
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    Yes Tim i had 2 of those mate the one with little slide things up the sides, well i don't know how old you are mate but i am 60 and the fetish hasn't died yet lol
     
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    You only have a few years on me - I just asked my other half and she has t heard if it either :D
     
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    It was only a few doors up from the swimming pool had an orange plastic sign above with Safari in white as i remember sold all kinds of stuff, i believe it closed down in the 70's.
    An interesting shop they sold torches too.
     
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    Unilite fv 9r,great all round usb charged torch, chucks out about 950 lumens, also bulletproof(up to now :))
     
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    Nords Thermal Fiend

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    Marauder 2 from Olight here (plus a few other smaller Olights). Outstanding torch, it really does reach out to 800m or so, but the spread setting is even more impressive.
     
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    I seem to have lost more torches than I've ever owned :facepalm:

    Don't know how that works but certainly head torches disappear on a regular basis :shrug:
     
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    I still use my mini q5 cree torch every night on the dog walk with it's original 14500 crappy Trustfire li-ion battery I bought 7-8 years ago. I charge it about every 5 days. I used to use it as a front bike light when fishing across the Kent marshes and as a cheap lamping rig with homemade butt switch. Great value....:up:

    https://images.app.goo.gl/d3GnKGakRFKjbvqWA
     
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    The trick is to keep them switched on all the time so that they're much easier to find in the dark ;):D
     
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    Skyray king
     
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    Usually a Surefire of some description :)
     
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    I'm not 100% on the models but I only run olight now I have a warrior x turbo, java lot pro,seeker 2 Pro they are the main ones then I have 3 size of the index finger about 5 that fit on the key ring and the pen I do look at getting others from them butbdlnt need anymore as I've got enough for my needs
     
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    I love olight
     
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