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I have a club, for a club.

It is a relic from my days in Australia, a handmade thing about a foot long, used by aborigines for killing kangaroos, or fish, or something. It’s made from wood, feels like petrified wood, I would certainly hate to get hit by it. It’s useless as a flashlight, but so is a Maglight if you hit anything with it. My Maglights fail if you just look at them crossly, or raise your voice in their presence.

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Maglite sucks. i once hit a big flashlight against the palm in a mock threatening gesture, and the light quit working. hahha..

i could see it now. "oh, you want some of this Mr. robber?" (slap against palm - complete darkness). "now how are you gonna rob me in the dark beotch?"

i have a small tiny Surefire with a bevel that has teeth. a jab against the solar plexis with that is probably more effective. even tho the threatening gesture is much less dramatic. (jabbing my own palm)
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For sure, I did not buy my Maglight for use as a club. It is a flashlight. But if there was a reason to thump something or someone it would be effective. Maybe the 20+ year old ones were made better. I have a spoon to stop or deter intruders that is a far more effective deterrent and has a lot longer reach than my arm.
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Maglite sucks. i once hit a big flashlight against the palm in a mock threatening gesture, and the light quit working. hahha..

i could see it now. "oh, you want some of this Mr. robber?" (slap against palm - complete darkness). "now how are you gonna rob me in the dark beotch?"

i have a small tiny Surefire with a bevel that has teeth. a jab against the solar plexis with that is probably more effective. even tho the threatening gesture is much less dramatic. (jabbing my own palm)
Youíre a flashlight guru, I need something reasonably inexpensive that is small, rivals the sun in brightness and I can hold in my mouth when working on a car. It would be a bonus if it would work for years on end and not fail the first time I pulled it out of the drawer.

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Iíve never had a Maglight flashlight that kept working for more than a year or so after I bought it. I probably have a drawer full of the stupid things, thinking that someday I might fix them all.

Yeah, hasnít happened yet.

Iím surprised that shop vac has gone out of business. The one industry that seem to do well during the pandemic was the home-improvement industry. I would drive by the big box stores and see their parking lots fuller than Iíve ever seen them. I guess people stuck at home decided to tackle the honeydo lists.

Maybe everybody has too many vacuums now. I have so many that I gave some away when I moved. I probably still have five of the stupid things.
We have some of the big D cell Mags from 20 years ago. They still work but the LED stuff is much brighter now.
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For 12 bucks you can install a LED bulb in any Maglite except the rechargeable model. I found that out the hard way. Send me a dead ML, at least I have a bulb.
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I did the same for my heavy D Cell Maglight model about a year ago, and this LED bulb really throws a beam of light.

Would not like to be hit with the light beam or the light itself.

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Iíve never had a Maglight flashlight that kept working for more than a year or so after I bought it. I probably have a drawer full of the stupid things, thinking that someday I might fix them all.
The only problems that I've ever had with maglights are dead batteries, bad bulb, batteries that leaked and corroded the inside (all three usually after several years).

The first two are expected, and the last, I'm going to say, was my fault.
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I bought one of the "cop size" mag lights 20+ years ago. I change the batteries in it every 24 months with a reminder on my phone. It stays under the bed on my side. I use it when the dogs are making a ruckus in the back yard or in the rare power outrages that are usually fixed in 30 minutes or less. It still works great, but the new fangled LED flashlights out now are far brighter. However that Mag light is indeed something that would be a handy club. The LED flashlight I have is tiny but brighter and might temporarily blind someone, it is useless as a club.
I'm pretty sure that you can get LED updates for old incandescent maglights.
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Youíre a flashlight guru, I need something reasonably inexpensive that is small, rivals the sun in brightness and I can hold in my mouth when working on a car. It would be a bonus if it would work for years on end and not fail the first time I pulled it out of the drawer.

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You may want to think about a headlight for some things. They work great for things like working on the car or any other action that might require a hand or hands and would leave you holding the flashlight in your mouth.

I've got one that was recommended here on the board (maybe by Vash/Cliff) a couple of years ago.

I think I got this one
https://www.amazon.com/Zebralight-H53Fc-Headlamp-Floody-Neutral/dp/B073DP8P17/

But they have another that I think would have better battery life (although I haven't had a problem with mine)
https://www.amazon.com/Zebralight-H600Fw-Floody-Neutral-Headlamp/dp/B079V46TN4/
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Someone gave me one for Christmas, it was quite the contraption. Never really used it, it quit working, then a part fell off, so I pitched it.

Lots of times, I need something to shine light from a different angle, as my big fat head is in the way.

I'm mainly curious if there is a decent quality flashlight out there at a reasonable price. Don't want to buy a high-priced one that's marketed to flashlight geeks.
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Those headband lights are great. I call mine my superpower. When working on a car it is almost like having a superpower because wherever I look it is bright and lit up. It is almost a disappointment when I turn it off and become a normal human again.

Mine is the Zebralight.

https://www.amazon.com/Zebralight-H53Fc-Headlamp-Floody-Neutral/dp/B073DP8P17/

I love it.

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