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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: 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.
Latest 50 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.
Latest 50 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.
Reviews by Dave:
About myself: I am medically retired former US Army with a penchant for all things sharp and bright. Accompanied through life by my wife and three children, and love to be outside in the elements as long as I am with them.
My first LED flashlight: Surefire 6P with a LED drop in (no, I didn't know what Malkoff was at the time)
Current favorite flashlight: I have a lot of nice looking flashlights that are way too pretty to utilize in constant use, so I usually grab my Wurkkos FC11 with a short tube. It's a workhorse that keeps on ticking. Just gotta keep the mods going.
Favorite flashlight brand: Convoy is a brand that allows easy, cheap access to a ton of output and user configurability, so they currently take my top spot!
Other hobbies: Working on our property (slowly) has given us a lot to do. My wife and I also fix used cars for resale in our spare time. Our three kiddos occupy a ton of our time, but every second is worth it. Watching them grow up might be my favorite hobby of all.
Reviews by Josh:
About myself: I needed a flashlight for work and my phone wasn't cutting it and I wanted to make an informed purchase. I remembered a Reddit post I saw a while back, the classic "Follow the Beacon," found r/flashlight, and how here I am with many many more lights. I'm an engineer by trade so I always enjoy working with lights and figuring out how they're engineered, maybe some day I'll build one of my own!
Country: United States
My first LED flashlight: RovyVon A33, recommended to me by the good people of r/flashlight
Current favorite flashlight: A very hard choice, I pretty frequently carry my Reylight Pineapple AAA with a 519a or Acebeam E70 when more light is required. Love my Convoy L8 as well!
Favorite flashlight brand: I really like Emisar/Noctigon, they're kinda what got me in this hobby. My first big purchase was a tricked out D4V2 Ti, which I love to death. Also really like Acebeam, they make a wide variety of great products that balance features and performance quite nicely
Other hobbies: Hiking, engineering/tinkering/building/machining things, racing and karting, I'm always working on something!
Reviews by Max:
About myself: In 2020, I was looking for a new bike light and stumbled upon r/flashlight. Oops! Now not only do I have a collection of lights, I’m reviewing them!
Country: United States
My first LED flashlight: Way back in 2004, I converted an old AA Mini Maglite I had gotten at a thrift store to LED with a Nite-Ize LED/tail cap combo kit. The beam was off center and it only improved the output by a few lumens, but it was a start! Later, around 2007, I got a Nite-Ize (Inova) XS AAA light. It was incredibly green, but it served me well for 10+ years of daily carry. In more modern times, I ended up getting an Emisar D4V2 instead of a new bike light.
Current favorite flashlight: That’s a hard question, as there are a lot of “flavors of the week.” If I had to pick only one, I’d still be torn between the Manker E02 II and E03H II! These little lights are just so versatile!
Favorite flashlight brand: I’d have to say Emisar, since that was my first modern light.
Other hobbies: I like cycling and playing some video games when I get a chance.