The post on the cheapie Costco lights inspired us. Unfortunately we'd already left Costco before I remembered, but we just happened to be in Home Depot and we just happened to find a 3W/ 60 lumen Coast LED Lense tactical torch for just under $50. It takes 3 AAA batteries and says it will last 100 hours.... I don't know quite what the beam deterioration will be, still need to email them and see what they say. Anyway, the price was cheap enough that we decided to take it home- worst case, we'd have a good flashlight to stick in the car for emergencies.
We decided the Dinotte mounting system looked good-n-cheap-n-easy enough, especially since we already had some rubber shims kicking around and only needed a rubber O-ring. We picked up a couple 2.25" jobbers at a feed/hardware store (in with all the irrigation pump supplies) for $1.25 each.
The whole flashlight is just under 5" long and has a switch on the back. It's got an O ring in there to keep water out. Nothing protruding to get in the way.....
The mount worked PERFECT.
The last question was beam pattern and brightness, so I drug out my venerable CygoLite NiCad Extra Night-Explorer for comparison. Pardon the fuzziness of the pictures, it was literally gusting 40+mph out there tonight....
Obviously some spread to that beam would be nice, but for $50 each and the claimed run time I could probably figure a way to mount a cluster of the darn things if I was that worried about it. It also may be a decent candidate for a jury-rigged headlamp paired up with a wider beamed bar lamp.
I would have LOVED a light like this when I lived in an urban area... cheap, batteries available at any corner store, bright enough to get around, and when you park at the library at night just slip it and the O-ring off and stick the works in a pocket!
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