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    I have searched but I can't really find the answers I am wanting. I am getting ready to buy a new flashlight and I have narrowed it down to three flashlights. What do you all like best and why do you like them? Thanks

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    I've never used or heard about the Kohler, but I've used both the Survivor and Big Ed.

    I had trouble with the Survivor's rechargable battery. It built up a memory and would hardly hold a charge. I finally got so fed up with it I got the Big Ed that uses 4 c-cell batteries and don't miss the survivor at all now.

    I will say that some other firefighters in my department use the survivor and don't seem to have the battery trouble I had.

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    I think that if you did a search, using the search feature to the left of this page, you will find many answers to your question that already has been talked to death about.


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    The AL-5000 light is great, its rechargable and use by alot of Officers and Firefighters in our department. I use the AL-5000 during structural fire calls attached to my SCBA, and the Survivor light for EMS related calls when needed. Stay Safe.

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    Captoldtimer has the right idea.........

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    Our department uses the Survivor by Streamlight. I don't like them at all. As a truckman, I like a belt mounted lantern stlye the best. My choice is the Fire Vulcan by Streamlight. It produces up to 2 1/2 times the light as the Streamlight and is hands free the way I carry it on my belt.

    http://www5.thefirestore.com/store/product.cfm?pID=1445

    The best by far IMO. No comparison.


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    My department uses Fire Vulcan lights but I want something that is smaller and easier to carry around.

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    We got those Fire Vulcans on our new rescue truck. We have the big *** Streamligts on the rest of the trucks. I have to say l like these little Fire Vulcans a lot. Bright as hell and the "tailight LEDs" are pretty nice. They make it much easier to see someone if you are behind them.
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    I'll agree that the Survivors are not the brightest lights on the market, and that the Vulcans are pretty cool too.

    I have a Survivor that I bought used on, of all places E-Bay. In fact, I got two lights, two chargers, about six replacement batteries and some spare bulbs, for well under $100. These lights are easy to find used, bulletproof, and if you're a cheap *ss like me, perfect for a guy on a department that sees maybe two real fires a month.

    Our next engine will have the Vulcans mounted in the cab, as opposed to the bigger light boxes. No contest there...

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    Anyone still use the good ol' Dacor divers light that was marketed as a firefighters light? I have had mine for almost 19 years and the damn thing still works like a charm.
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    I love anything by Streamlight. Working for both the Sheriff's Dept and working with the fire department, nothing works like a Streamlight. Bright as heck, rugged and almost indestructable.

    Best place to get any sort of flashlight:

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    heres the FDNY light of choice http://www.alcorp.com/

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    Are these lights intrinsically safe?

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    which lights of 900000000000000000 are you talking about ?
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    Default THE ONLY FLASHLIGHT WORTHY OF CONSIDERATION


    6 Million CP Maxabeam™ Spotlight

    Illuminate targets over a mile away with this amazing hand held spotlight. Delivers 6 million CP of brilliant light from a 75 watt Xenon lamp. A rugged anodized aluminum body encases a deep electro-plated nickel/rhodium reflector, so you can bang this light around without worry.

    The MaxaBeam™ uses a unique short-arc Xenon lamp which creates a six million candlepower beam of white light. The 3.2 pound (156 gram) unit provides sufficient light to read a newspaper from a distance of one and a half miles. Beam spread adjusts from a 40-degree flood to a pinpoint spot. High impact handle switch features on/off and pulse capability. Weather resistant. Nominal power consumption is 5.7 amps. Intensity can be lowered to 4.2 amps and 3.5 million CP. Weighs 3.2 lbs. Nicad rechargeable battery and charger included. 5 ft. power cord also included.


    Price? Around $1,800.
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