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us Offline BadMechanic

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Re: Keychain light
Reply #30 on: July 22, 2020, 04:38:18 PM
Just got me an i1r 2 EOS and man that thing is bright. $18 with rechargeable usb. Id recommend that for a keychain light.


us Offline 43north89west

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Re: Keychain light
Reply #31 on: July 22, 2020, 06:00:26 PM

Just picked up a Nitecore Tini Cu to go with my copper Covid tool and I'm impressed with how much light this tiny thing can pump out.
~$30 on Amazon.


us Offline William

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Re: Keychain light
Reply #32 on: July 22, 2020, 11:07:25 PM
I like both the TINI and TIP in copper. They feel much more substantial.


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Re: Keychain light
Reply #33 on: July 23, 2020, 03:33:54 AM
I like both the TINI and TIP in copper. They feel much more substantial.
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Like the look of those think I’ll get the tini


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Re: Keychain light
Reply #34 on: August 05, 2020, 02:04:34 AM
I have a penchant for keychain lights. My problem is durability.
For your edification:
Maglight solitaire lasted the longest at a year. Something began to wear out around 8 months. It would light but became more and more dim. Changed the LED but it was still too dim to use.

had a stream light microstream for about 3 months before it wouldn't turn on anymore.

Same with the home depot/husky knockoff.

The coast g19 lasted about six months until a beach trip. Sat in the sand with that thing on my belt loop one time. It will still turn on, but only if I take the battery out and put it back in a few times.

Got a Fenix eO5. It lasted 2 months before it started being finicky about turning on. It will work sometimes if I turn the switch back and forth to the farthest position 3 or 4 times.

Latest was a  glaree eO3: some weird brand on Amazon for a cheap price that promises the world. I accidentally washed it and it still worked for two weeks before crapping out.

I haven't tried any rechargeable ones. I'm thinking or trying an olight eO3 next. Hope it is more tough.


us Offline BadMechanic

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Re: Keychain light
Reply #35 on: August 05, 2020, 02:47:32 AM
Surprised the Coast G19 isnt working right. Ive put some abuse on mine. Outside you can see the wear on it. Currently in a maxpedition micro pouch with my LM ES4 and bit kits.


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Re: Keychain light
Reply #36 on: August 05, 2020, 03:20:33 AM
I think mine might get more wear and tear cuz I actually carry them on a keychain on my belt loop rather than in a pouch or pocket. They probably bang around alot.


wales Offline GearedForwards

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Re: Keychain light
Reply #37 on: August 05, 2020, 04:49:19 AM
I think mine might get more wear and tear cuz I actually carry them on a keychain on my belt loop rather than in a pouch or pocket. They probably bang around alot.

How often are you using these lights and what for typically?

Personally I feel like a AAA light (especially one with a tail switch) is a light duty carry light unto itself and not a keychain light. Something like the Olight i1r eos is a fantastic keychain light (and mine's taken enough basihing that a decent amount of the gnurling's ano has come off), if you're looking for more than a light that size can offer you on a regular basis, then you may actually want a dedicated light that you pocket/belt/pouch carry.

That's just my opinon though, I know keychain preferences vary wildly (I've seen people rock 93mm SAKs on keychains, couldn't do it myself).
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Re: Keychain light
Reply #38 on: August 05, 2020, 10:23:38 AM
I think mine might get more wear and tear cuz I actually carry them on a keychain on my belt loop rather than in a pouch or pocket. They probably bang around alot.

Interesting point.  I can see that might put more stress on them.

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Re: Keychain light
Reply #39 on: August 05, 2020, 07:55:03 PM
geared,
I just use them for typical registered nurse, car repair, home repair, I dropped something in a dark or shadowy spot type stuff. It's faster than unlocking my cell and turning on the flashlight function. I might try this light you speak of.


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Re: Keychain light
Reply #40 on: August 05, 2020, 10:22:23 PM
geared,
I just use them for typical registered nurse, car repair, home repair, I dropped something in a dark or shadowy spot type stuff. It's faster than unlocking my cell and turning on the flashlight function. I might try this light you speak of.

Yeah, personally for your needs I'd go with the Olight i1r eos on the keychain for unexpected use/light carry and carry a AAA light clipped to pocket or something. I think pairing the i1R eos with the AAA i3T would suit your needs very well and both are well made lights and budget friendly (since you said nurse I assume you mean the pupil dilation thing? I have no idea how much light is too much for that).
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Re: Keychain light
Reply #41 on: November 30, 2020, 05:49:59 AM
I've had pretty good luck with the Maglite Solitaire LED on my keychain. The aluminum casing shows lots of wear but the light still works okay.
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