The active team behind all the awesome reviews
(All of us are a member of budgetlightforum.com, thé place for flashaholics)
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We test flashlights to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Meet the team (our active members)
About myself: I have been active in the flashlight community since 2009 when I first signed up to Candlepowerforums. 2 years later I joined the clan at BLF (budgetlightforum) where I stayed most of my time.
Country: the Netherlands
My first LED flashlight: a 2006 Taskforce Super 1 watt flashlight with Luxeon LED. (direct drive). See the link for the picture.
Current favorite flashlight: Depends on the situation. For a large thrower, I like the Acebeam K75. I have an old Fenix LD01 on my keys, that sometimes gets replaced with the MBI HF. Favorite tactical flashlight: Malkoff MDC bodyguard v2. I have the Malkoff in my pocket when I do beam shots at night, in the middle of nowhere. I basically have a flashlight for each occasion.
Favorite flashlight brand: I have been very fond of Sunwayman in the past, but they dropped the ball a few years ago. Acebeam and Olight are in the top 3 of my list as of now.
Other hobbies: Photography and Eneloop batteries (I'm ChibiM)
About myself: IT worker by day, daddy by night. I stumbled across the deep hole that is the flashlight enthusiast world early 2019 via /r/flashlight, and the smoking crater that used to resemble my wallet is evidence of how deep the addiction runs.
My first LED flashlight: First real light was the Olight S Mini Cu; it’s still in pieces on my workbench after the e-switch decided to implode (Olight, if you’re listening, I’d love to be able to get a new driver for it!)
Current favorite flashlight: Primary carry is my FW3A with sw45k 219B; the BLF C01S is on my keys, and headlamp rotates between Sofirn SP40 (4000K LH351D) and Wowtac A2S (5000K LH351D).
Favorite flashlight brand: I’m very impressed with the way Convoy, Sofirn, and Astrolux take on feedback from the community, and they’re definitely in the price range that works best for me at the moment. Lumintop have also been very helpful when I’ve had a question! Looking forward to branching upwards and seeing what the big hitters have.
Other hobbies: I’m a volunteer firefighter in the NSW RFS in my spare time.
Reviews by Owen:
About myself: I joined BudgetLightForum in 2016 after a very short stint at CPF. I love just about anything and everything that lights up. When I’m not busy illuminating things, you can find me at my day job (a business intelligence and systems analyst). I’m also a full-time family man with a great wife and five energetic kids.
Country: United States of America
My first LED flashlight: Dorcy Metal Gear model 41-4282, circa 2008. Years later, I got my first “modern” LED flashlight – a Fenix E25 at the advice received from CPF. It’s a nice light, but I knew there had to be more out there, and that’s when I discovered BLF and the rest is history!
Current favorite flashlight: This is like choosing a favorite child! My current EDC is a ReyLight Ti LAN with a sliced LH351D and 10 ice blue trits. When I need more lumens, I reach for my Mateminco MT07 or Wuben TO50R (with custom aux board). If I need a true thrower, I go for my Emisar D1S with a custom 5 amp linear driver and a OLSON White Flat.
Favorite flashlight brand: I really like Convoys because the customization options are endless. I also really appreciate Emisar/Noctigon for what Hank has done in terms of compact, high-power, attractive lights at an affordable price. Sofirn/Wurkkos has to be mentioned though because of their interaction with flashlight enthusiasts on BLF and their constant push for redefining what can happen in a budget flashlight.
Other hobbies: I’m an outdoorsman and a maker. I enjoy hunting, fishing, and being out in Mother Nature. Around the house, you’ll find me working on electronics, doing 3D design, or tinkering on a car.
Reviews by Gabriel
Collector and modder
About myself: I always had a fascination for bright lights growing up so that explains a lot. I dove headfirst into the flashlight hobby in 2017 when I built my first flashlight, a floating lantern I converted to lithium-ion batteries and 100 watt COB LED. After I saw how bright it was, I was hooked. I joined the Candlepower Forum first, then Budgetlightforum a week later in 2019 where I am a regular. I’m a bit of a closet flashoholic, and when I’m not reviewing flashlights, I’m a husband to an amazing wife and dad. My real job is in the medical field as biller, benefit specialist, and credentialing manager.
Country: United States
My first LED flashlight: Probably a 2 AA Maglite with TerraLux LED conversion or Nebo Redline zoomie with Cree XR-E
Current favorite flashlight: Astrolux MF01 Mini, Wildtrail WT90, Cyansky HS6R headlamp or Lumintop FWAA, but I like all flashlights!
Favorite flashlight brand: Convoy, Acebeam, Nightwatch.
Other hobbies: I love the outdoors, camping, and I’m an avid kayaker. I love hiking, exploring, and any kind of general tinkering.
Reviews by Nick
About myself: I work at a software company but have always had an interest in electronics, mechanics and how things work. I consider humankind’s aim to eradicate the night fascinating, as we’ve had the same quest driving technological advancement for millennia. I've been on BudgetLightForum since 2017, asking about different combinations of LEDs and drivers. You'll also find me on r/flashlight posting things that are definitely not OSHA approved..
Country: United Kingdom
My first LED flashlight: my first real flashlight was an AAA sized Thrunite Ti3. I quickly realised I wanted more lumens and got into 18650 cell lights with a Nitecore HC30 headlamp.
Current favorite flashlight: give me the most lumens you can in any form factor and I'll be happy. I also really like pocketable throwers: the ridiculous Manker MC13 with SBT90.2 LED is my favorite, followed by the Lumintop Thor II LEP. Lumens and candela aren't everything though and my modded Zebralight H53 with a high CRI, 3000K 219B LED is always within arm's reach
Favorite flashlight brand: Imalent and Acebeam because you can never have enough lumens.
Other hobbies: As most flashlight enthusiasts, I also like the outdoors, hiking, camping and exploring caves, tunnels, and bunkers. Especially at night, of course.