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    Hey everyone, how’s it going? I wanted to get some ideas on which personal flashlight I should get. I really don’t want one that mounts to your helmet. I would like one that would attach to my coat, is small, reliable, rechargeable, and bright.

    With your experience with them, could you please list the flashlights you have along with the pros and cons that come with them?

    Any suggestions would surely be appreciated……


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    Quote Originally Posted by FFeazy
    Hey everyone, how’s it going? I wanted to get some ideas on which personal flashlight I should get. I really don’t want one that mounts to your helmet. I would like one that would attach to my coat, is small, reliable, rechargeable, and bright.

    With your experience with them, could you please list the flashlights you have along with the pros and cons that come with them?

    Any suggestions would surely be appreciated……


    Thanks for your time,
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    I like the streamlight vulcan, comes with strap and i think it works well, smaller than litebox they make.

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    I like the streamlight because they're made like 5 miles from me in Eagleville, PA, and because they're sweet lights too!

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    We have been buying the Streamlights and they have been working well.
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    Thanks for all the great suggestions already. Sorry for not describing myself correctly, but I was actually looking for the so called “handheld” ones that you could store in your bunker coat pockets if you wanted to.

    Thanks for your time,
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    I keep a Streamlight ProPolymer 3C in my turnout pants, and a Pelican Little Ed LED clipped to my coat. I just got the Ed and really like it.
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    Here's always a good resource for anything gear related: (Flashlight section)

    http://www.galls.com/category2.html?..._catalog&cat=1

    Hope that helps.

    P.S. I personally like the Strion. Sunlight in a tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkipJack270
    Here's always a good resource for anything gear related: (Flashlight section)

    http://www.galls.com/category2.html?..._catalog&cat=1

    Hope that helps.

    P.S. I personally like the Strion. Sunlight in a tube.

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    Now you can run for the hills....someone had the audacity to recommend Gall's as a source...I happen to know from reading these forums extensively that anything purchased from Gall's sucks...at least that's what everyone says. Disregard the logical assumption that Streamlight or Maglight or Pelican or whoever actually makes the light, the very fact that it passes through Galls' possession taints the light and somehow diminishes the quality. Or so I've gathered.

    Removing tongue from cheek for a moment, I like the Pelicans, although I don't have any rechargeables of that brand. I like the Stealth and particularly the Saberlight as a general pocket handlight.

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    small, reliable, rechargeable, and bright
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    We have recently picked up some rechargeable Big Ed's, and they have been popular so far. They are not tiny by any means, but they have a good versatile clip system, a nice 90 degree neck design, and the throw a ton of light for a long duration per charge. The lifetime warranty was a good selling point as well.

    We also use Stealthlights on many of our helmets, and while they throw good light for a small package, most of they guys find them relatively annoying, and they are useless if you want to hang them on your gear.
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    I think that if you did a search on this, that you will probably find all types of responces and type of lights.

    For what is is worth, I use a Koehler Responder. It works well for what I need a flash light for. If I need one that is bigger and brighter, I can always get a lad to go to one of the rigs and bring a light box.
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    Did everyone notice that at the very bottom of the page the program already has a list of similar threads. Cool! Might put weruj1 out of business!
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    Quote Originally Posted by arhaney
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    Default Finally found my light

    After searching for quite a while, I finally settled on a Princeton Tech Surge. It is a hand light so it will not work clipped to your coat but I found the lights on the coat were always shining the wrong direction anyway or were pulled by my SCBA straps. It's powered by AAA batteries which are easy to recharge and it is ultra bright. It fits nice in your hand when you have gloves on too. Five stars

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    All I can say is...........

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    Quote Originally Posted by arhaney
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    I would suggest the Streamlight Survivor. My Department has used them ever since they came out. It's light, easy to use, and it clips right on to you coat.

    If youare looking for something bigger I'd suggest the Streamlight Vulcan. It's also a handheld flashlight with and easy to use switch with two modes. The Vulcan has twobright blue LEDS on the back of the flashlight which makes it easier for your brothern to follow you. The flashlight has a distress mode in which the two rear LEDS and the bright front light flash to attract help. My father is a Professional Union firefighter, and he wouldn't use anything else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arhaney
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    Until I save enough to buy a Pelican Big Ed rechargeable,I use a Little Ed and have put rechargeable NiMH batteries in it.
    Works for me and I don't have to buy new batteries.

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    Default What do the others on your dept. use?

    I bought a survivor because that is what most guys have and there are chargers all over the stations. If I get detailed to a different house for a shift or two, I dont have to pack my charger with me. It also seemed to be a pretty good light.
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    I got a responder, and a litebox. Great lights.
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