Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about lights. What makes a good light? What makes a bad light? Why I don’t carry one everyday? What the light would have to be for me to carry it. You know the stuff us normal people think about (Yeah, I know I’m nuts.)
Anyway… I was thinking through this 2 weeks ago on a long drive and I tried to convince myself that since I was always surrounded by lights I didn’t need to have one on my person.
In fact from the driver’s seat of my Jeep I was able to put my hand on 4 lights from where I was sitting.
- My favorite small hand-held, a Modified Surefire E2D Defender that gets used constantly and therefore the battery was drained to the point the beam was dimmer than normal.
- A Surefire G2 that lives in the map pocket in the door of my Jeep
- A small rechargeable that “lived” in the power outlet in the dash
- A cheap Chinese light with a crenelated bezel, tail button, ultra bright LED and it does this…
I can’t figure out why that is a good thing… but it is sorta cool!
If you are curious about the magazine, it was in my center console, I didn’t know it was there, so I thought I would throw it into the photo.
While it was true that I was literally surrounded by lights and that I could get one from my seat regardless of what happened… of the 4 one was low on power from constant use and one actually broke as I was retrieving it (notice the head of the small rechargeable is not attached to the rest of it). And to make matters worse, I couldn’t have gotten to any of them from inside the Aurora theater. Hmmm!
Since I need to put some more thought into this, this post is starting a series on EDC flashlights and will start with why I don’t carry the high quality lights I keep in the Jeep, discuss some great options that I have in the store, and finish up with a look at some weapon light choices as well.