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If your LED light is go­ing to fail, chances are it will be be­cause of the switch. Buy a bet­ter light for a more re­li­able switch. Leave the $5 light in the kitchen util­ity drawer.

I use sev­eral flash­lights more than some of the oth­ers I own:

STREAM­LIGHT PROTAC 1L-AA. The great thing is that you can power it with ei­ther one CR123A lithium bat­tery or one AA al­ka­line bat­tery with­out any mod­i­fi­ca­tions. (350 lu­mens on “high”; MSRP: $68)

STREAM­LIGHT PROTAC 1AAA. This flash­light pro­vides only 70 lu­mens on “high,” but that’s more than I need most times. Its ul­tra-thin bar­rel makes it the eas­i­est to carry. (MSRP: $48)

HDS SYS­TEMS EDC TAC­TI­CAL. This light fea­tures a ro­tary tail end that con­trols the bright­ness set­tings and “con­stant on” or “mo­men­tary on” set­tings. From any of the “con­stant on” set­tings, press­ing the power but­ton takes you in­stantly to full bright­ness. Re­lease the but­ton, and the light goes back to your pre­vi­ous set­ting. This is an ex­pen­sive light, but it’s up to pro­fes­sional use in ev­ery way. (325 lu­mens on “high”; MSRP: $299)

THE POWERTAC CADET GEN II. In ad­di­tion to the power switch in the end cap, this light has a sep­a­rate mode but­ton on the side of the light that’s very handy. (492 lu­mens on “high”; MSRP: $68.95)


Some of the lights cur­rently used by the au­thor in­clude (from the left) the Stream­light Protac 1L-1AA; Stream­light Protac 1AAA; Powertac Cadet Gen II; and the HDS Sys­tems EDC Tac­ti­cal.

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