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    To me it's worth spending more for a flashlight, at least a bit more. That particular HF model is unknown to me, but by and large my experience with very cheap lights has been negative. They tend to crap out on my at the most inopportune times. Abuse doesn't even seem to be the issue, even the ones carefully stored and just played with seem to die early. Also the cheapest ones seem to have very poor tint. That doesn't bother some people so I'll say that one comes down to personal preference. But I do think spending $20 for a Streamlight gets you a bit more reliabilty and durability than the average uber cheap Chinese specials.


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    Actually, I agree with you, too, Phaedrus, which is why I originally posted. However, if I can't find exactly what I want. I 'll just keep looking.
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    Several things to the advantage of the HF cheapo light.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/3-12-i...ght-63884.html

    First they are $1.99 all day every day. Sometimes I go into HF and buy the light at $1.99 just to get the free giveaway thing on offer. If you get any one of a number of magazines there is a 20% off coupon so they wind up costing you $1.80 plus the free pack of screw drivers of the free work light or free magnetic tool strip or whatever.

    Second, yes they are crappy, but you know that so you carry one in each pocket, in the glove box, in the console and rolling around on the floor of the car. They are like Tribbles. I found one last night that had hidden down the side of the recliner for an unknown number of years. It still worked. I put it in the lamp table and it escaped during the night. I don't know where that thing ran off too but it will turn up latter.

    Third, if it falls apart on the first day take the batteries out and use them somewhere else. The batteries are worth more than $1.99!

    Now when was the last time you had that much fun over a $50 flashlight?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyratshooter View Post
    Several things to the advantage of the HF cheapo light.

    https://www.harborfreight.com/3-12-i...ght-63884.html

    First they are $1.99 all day every day. Sometimes I go into HF and buy the light at $1.99 just to get the free giveaway thing on offer. If you get any one of a number of magazines there is a 20% off coupon so they wind up costing you $1.80 plus the free pack of screw drivers of the free work light or free magnetic tool strip or whatever.

    Second, yes they are crappy, but you know that so you carry one in each pocket, in the glove box, in the console and rolling around on the floor of the car. They are like Tribbles. I found one last night that had hidden down the side of the recliner for an unknown number of years. It still worked. I put it in the lamp table and it escaped during the night. I don't know where that thing ran off too but it will turn up latter.

    Third, if it falls apart on the first day take the batteries out and use them somewhere else. The batteries are worth more than $1.99!

    Now when was the last time you had that much fun over a $50 flashlight?
    I go in and buy something cheap that I can use for a buck or two (sunglasses, funnels, paint brush pack, etc.) just to get a freebie. I have a huge stack of the small blue tarps, and several tape measures. I got a bunch of the blue rectangular LED flashlights and used them as stocking stuffers.

    We think alike, kyrat. One of use should be worried.
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    The update you've all been anxiously awaiting:

    I bought this Horrible Fright flashlight a few moths ago (shortly after the last post):

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    It uses only 2 AAAs, end-to-end, so it's compact, and not so long. It's way brighter that the freebie HFs. It dosen't have the funky battery caddy (or whatever that plastic thing is called that hold the 3 batteries and causes all the problems). It seems pretty durable, too. I've dropped it a few times with ho problem.

    It burned up the HF batteries that came with it pretty quickly, but regular alkalines seem to be lasting.

    I would recommend it. Only $5.59 + tax (with the 20% off coupon).

    https://www.harborfreight.com/65-lum...ght-63936.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnLeePettimore View Post

    We think alike, kyrat. One of use should be worried.
    Don't worry John Lee, everyone is crazy except me and you, but then occasionally I worry about you!
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