Fenix makes excellent lights. I’ve bought a couple of their TK series lights and have been using them for a few years.
Anyone still using an incandescent flashlight would do well to upgrade to an LED light. They are much brighter, more durable, have longer batter life and are the right color to augment the camera flash for long attic and crawlspace shots.
(Mike Auger, CMI - RI 32856, RMC-142, RMB-096)
some good stuff, I need to consider an upgrade, I’ve been using an LED light, from coast, 251 lumens, but these seem pretty awesome for really not much more money (I think i spent like $50), and rechargeable battery, mine eats a set aaa of batteries every 3 inspections or so.
My point is… if someone here wants to spend $100, and orders from your link, they will not be receiving a flashlight that operates. It will take another $36+ for the batteries. That great deal for $95+ shipping is now $131+ shipping… so more like $155.00+ total.
Oh yes, that is a very important point to bring up!
People: When you buy a house, the utilities are not included. When you buy a car, don’t forget that you must pay separately for fuel, insurance and maintenance. When you buy equities, the brokerage fees are not included…
What else do we need to tell people about? Oh yeah! You will need to pay separately for the electricity that you use to charge the batteries!!! Oh crap! Don’t forget the shipping charges!!! Oops! Taxes not included if applicable.
OK do we have the total cost of ownership down?
BTW: I’m not suggesting that a 13,800 lumen flashlight is a good choice for general home inspection use. Rather, I was commenting on where the industry has come.
Your $100 UltraStinger is a 230 Lumen light powered by a proprietary NiCd battery that suffers from the same issues that other NiCd batteries have. I gave mine away and switched to Fenix a couple years ago.
The other light is 13,800 Lumens and it powered by non-proprietary Li-ion batteries. Streamlight makes quality flashlights and has good warranty (they need it so we can get those defective switches replaced every year or so), but even you should be able to grasp that these lights are in totally different classes.
Call me an *** if you want, but I’m not the dumb putz who tried to make a BFD about batteries not being included with a flashlight in a discussion about new LED technology. You can go stick your included battery up your *** for all I care.