Courses in manufacturing engineering at UW Madison, as well as familiarity with Cree LED technology vs imitation brands. 6 sigma manufacturing certification vs zero sigma also will explain reliability.... I'm not going to look up any evidence for you when I KNOW cheaper flashlights are cheaper, break easier and are less high performing... (edit: That's why they are cheaper )
Funny, a year and a half ago I bought all of my Fenix lights from Foursevens. I think they're the same company.
No, different companies. I also bought a Fenix from 4Seveens a couple years back. 4Sevens now sells their own flashlights, OLights and maybe one or two others. They no longer carry Fenix.
"Dear Fenix-Store Friends, Fans, and Fanatics past, present, and future!
It has been an exciting 6+ years developing and distributing competitive flashlights during this exciting period of time where LED's are progressing by leaps and bounds year after year. It has been a great and yet ongoing journey for me to get the best flashlights into as many people's hands as possible.
Fenix-Store.com had its beginnings in 2005 in the basement of our house and it has progressed into a full world-wide retail distribution. Fenix-Store.com is well known for its excellent customer service and the free world-wide shipping model which so many use everyday.
We are happy to announce that Fenix-Store.com has been purchased by a very capable group out of Oklahoma who have promised to meet or exceed the service that we've offered in the last 6 years. We actually had several opportunities which we turned down because they were not familiar with the type of service we provided as well as the close-knit customer base we have come to know and serve.
We will be making the transition in 10 days from November 29th to December 7th. The store will remain operational but shipping and processing of orders as well as pre/post-sales inquiries will be on hold until December 8th.
They will be handling all pre/post-sales inquiries as well as all dealers and RMA/service needs from December 8th on. Fenix-Store.com will operate as before with all accounts as before - so there will be no change for all our Fenix customers. Shipping will continue to be free to anywhere on earth.
The new owner’s contact information is:
2103 W. Greeley St.
Broken Arrow, OK 74012
That $5 light is a Sipik68 clone and not bad for $5. Has a nifty little zoom feature but its mostly for up close lighting. For my uses its a gimick an nearly worthless i bought 3 and gave em away. But kinda like camera's the one you have is the best one. (better than nothing)
I use lights in my job and since then have one on me all the time. The 4seven's and Fenix lights are in a different league but without holding both in your hand side by side against something like a Sipik it's hard to appreciate the difference and if you need something with more modes and more useful light at a distance.
For +/- $20 with shipping you get a single AA, single mode, plenty bright, XP-G (basically meanging good balance between distance and useful close up light) With what I consider damn good build quality. Shipped from inside the USA.
Any evidence to back up your claim? I'm not a flashlight nut, but I have bought several of these specific cheaper lights and they are all working great.
99.5% reliability vs. 99.9% reliability - not worth an extra 800% to most people.
I think you're exaggerating.
I bought some cheap LED flashlights from Lowe's. The plastic housing on the bulb part broke because I twisted it on too tight. But, we just taped it over with electrical tape and it works fine again.
I think the cheap plastic ones have durability around 60%, but I still wouldn't pay 800% more for a 99.99% durable one.
The cheap aluminium ones are pretty good though. I bought some from Deal Extreme or online China shop, not as cheap as the plastic ones but very durable. I'd say they're about 98% durable. I have one that's about 8yrs old and still works.
Is this a good flashlight? Yes. But it's not worth $40 to me.
I'd rather have a batch of these $5 flashlights around the house, for two reasons:
1. These cheaper flashlights put out more light.
2. I (or my kids) will misplace the expensive flashlight. http://www.amazon.com/BBQbuy-300l...B006E0QAFY
If I ever go into a combat situation, maybe I'll spend $40 on a high-reliability flashlight.
But since it's more likely that my kids will lose it in a sofa cushion, so I'll buy a $5 flashlight.
you ought to clean your sofas out more often then. who knows what you might find down there
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