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Old 12-12-2013, 10:40 AM   #1
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The only flashlights I've ever had are dinky $4 ones from the Dollar Store.

Last night there was an owl in my back yard and I really wanted to see it and wished for some kind of big flashlight. Since I've never needed a big flashlight in my entire life I don't want to spend more than necessary.

I'd guess a 9 V that is rechargeable would be best for me???? Since I may never use it again I hate having to buy the bigger D batteries and having them corrode and not having them on hand when I need them.

I browsed HD's site and there are too many to chose from and I didn't see all that many with the big 9 V batteries like I saw years ago.

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I only have Mag Light flashlights with Alkaline Duracell batteries. The batteries last for years.
Never once had one leak and they always work.
Really should always one in your car, I also keep one next to my chair.
Lights go out, someone's outside, I'm ready.

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Those mini mag lites with the led bulbs give off quite a bit of light.
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I have the LED one on my turn out suit for the fire dept. and made the mistake of looking directly into it when I was checking it out.
Instant blindness for a few min.
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One of these is nice……if you have a RURAL KING type store nearby……about $10. Not as nice as Joe's Mag lite, but nice nonetheless!
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I will jump on the bandwagon for Mag flashlights too. I own about 6 of them. A couple older bulb type and the rest the newer LED. My oldest one is now probably over 25 years old and only recently had to replace the bulb. Never had a problem with them if I used the good batteries (Duracell's, etc.) You may only use them once in a while but when you need it, you want it to work. All of my vehicles have one in the center console
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Maglight or Pelican.....

Do NOT do rechargeable....just get one that accepts Alkaline batteries....

LED is best in that it will give you 5-6x the life over a regular bulb....and more importantly, less likely to break if you drop the light.

I have a bunch of those HF cheap lights all over the house...they run off 3 AAA batteries....HF usually has them on sell for $1. Sometimes free.....they are LED and if they break...toss them in the trash. They are great to have around hanging on hooks inside a closet just in case.
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Another vote for Mag Lites. Several years back I bought a handful of the cheap ones, $4 dollars or whatever, wrote things like "front door", "back door", "front bathroom", etc. on them with a marker, and placed them in thir respective locations, to have available when the power went out or whatever, and they have been handy for that any number of times. But the ones next to the bed and in my truck are D cell Mag's, and I have two of the AA Mags that travel with me in tool boxes. I tried a couple of the AAA Mag's in my pocket, and they didn't seem to last as long as I expected, but suspect that it had more to do with too much stuff crammed in there than with the quality of the lights.
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Appreciate this.

Had never heard of 'Mag light, or LED light' before but that's what I'll get.
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also more lumens, more light.

Another vote for LED.
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Appreciate this.

Had never heard of 'Mag light, or LED light' before but that's what I'll get.
Large maglights are often what police officers carry. Doubles as a weapon in a pinch. You may not have heard of them, but you've likely seen them.
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LiED lights these days are so bright you don't really need a big D cell unless you just like the size. Even cops have stopped carrying the big lights for the most part.
I own a tiny light that uses a single AA battery and puts out 120 lumens for 2 hours. Even it's lowest setting is brighter than my old mag light and will last for multiple days of continuous use.

You'll find that any LED light made in the last couple years will be much brighter than your old light. Most have their lumen output printed on the package. Look for anything over 100. You can find inexpensive small lights that are good enough at any hardware store.

If you want to spend a little more money and get a much higher quality light then check out websites that sell to fire and police personnel.
I personally really like Fenix lights for price-to-feature value, but they may be out of the price range you are looking for.
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Whew. Learned something just in time. Googled "best flashlight for spotting owls" but didn't expect any results.

What I learned that should have occurred to me, as bright lights blind us when we look directly into them, they can also blind an owl, causing it to fly into trees and getting injured. They suggested just your naked eye, or if you use a flashlight to immediately lower it if you spot an owl. They said to test it on yourself and see how long 'blindness' lasts.

I was reading about 'lumens' and trying to figure them out. I still want a maglite, but won't worry about the most lumens. There have been times when I've had a plumber or someone here who asks for a flashlight and my pen light isn't much help.

thanks for all your help.
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They said to test it on yourself and see how long 'blindness' lasts.
Yeah... a similar method can be used to determine if a gun is loaded; just look into the barrel.

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