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500 lumen multi-mode 3C LED Feit flashlight two-pack for $25 @ Costco B&M (6x Duracell C's included)

mangodrink 921 January 28, 2013 at 02:16 PM in Your Mileage May Vary (YMMV) (4) More Costco Wholesale Deals
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B&M only, probably YMMV by location. Non-Costco members can still shop using a Costco gift card, but gc's must be bought by members.

Package says:
Feit Electric
Ultra Bright 500 lumens High Performance Flashlights
*2-Pack*
(item 654427, UPC 017801723229)

Normally $30, on sale for $25, and I forgot to note sale expiration.

Feit Electric 500 lumen flashlight features:
-sliding zoom (wide & narrow) (slide forward or back)
-modes: 500 lumen beam (7 hour run time), 295 lumen (10 hour run time), strobe, sos, off
-tailcap rubber dome switch changes modes if partially clicked or clicked on-off quickly, otherwise remembers last mode
-uses 3 C batteries per flashlight (includes 6 Duracell Duralock batteries (up to 10 years storage))
-beam range 978 feet
-weather and impact resistant
-CREE LEDs
-aircraft grade aluminum body
-includes 2 wrist straps
-8"-8.5" long depending on zoom setting
Those $20 Defiant 500 lumens around BF were pretty popular (and apparently making another visit at HD in a slightly different model for $23). I got one of those and thought it could only have been better in D batteries with a low beam mode.

These Feits still take C batteries, but at least now there's a lower lumen mode to extend run time and make it less blinding at shorter range. Comparing to the Defiant from BF, the Feit has shorter body and doesn't have the castellated, crowned edges. The Defiant also has a glow-in-dark ring that the Feit doesn't have. The Feit's switch is on the tailcap instead of the side/near front on the Defiant. The Feit's slightly-rounded tailcap means it won't stand well to shine upwards. The Defiant's listed at 4 hour run time, the Feit gets 7 hours at the comparably-bright 500 lumen setting.

At the Feit's 500 lumen + widest beam mode, the spot seems overall brighter than the Defiant, but this is just when the batteries are new on both, I don't know how either performs as battery depletes. The Defiant has maybe a degree wider beam angle, but the Feit is still pretty wide. The Defiant has a bright center spot while the Feit at widest angle has a uniformly bright spot; the Defiant's bright spot is much brighter than the Feit's, but the rest of the Defiant's spot is a bit lighter than the Feit.

The Feit has a sliding zoom that just pulls in and out to adjust. The narrowest/most concentrated beam is a lot brighter than the Defiant's bright center spot, and it is shaped like the square LED module because of the zooming lens.

The Defiant's packaging says 550 lumens (one mode), 4 hr run time (3C), and 244 meter (800 feet), and lifetime guarantee (through Home Depot?), but the Feit Electric gets Costco's excellent return policy.

Overall, I think the Defiant is more useful at longer distance than this Feit due to the brighter center spot inside the bright-enough wider spot, and it's more useful for bashing the random berk. The Feit is useful *enough* at long distance, however, and it's more versatile at different ranges in between, even if the Defiant and Feit both cost the same. As it is $25 for 2 Feits + Duracell batteries, that will probably get me to return the Defiant.

FWIW, the Feit LED source says "CREE XM-L ZL20". The body doesn't really unscrew-disassemble like the Defiant though, so there's probably less option to mod or repair than the Defiant.

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Quote from Ray97 View Post :
Thanks for the pictures. It looks small and bright, I might grab these also for my car and my dads. The new defiant 493 is too big to be put in a car imo and I would put the old 550 in my car but I only got one of those. Rep'd for the pics
how can you prevent the battery leaks in the flashlight if you put the light in your car?
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nice flashlight
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#18
Dang I gotta go to a store! Lol!! I want one and am lazy to ask my sister in lawn to come
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how can you prevent the battery leaks in the flashlight if you put the light in your car?
Batteries will lose power in storage regardless of location. The main difference is that batteries may lose power more quickly due to heat in a car, and the car has less space to stash spare batteries. Minimize battery leakage by keeping the batteries in the glove compartment or under insulation in the trunk, or in a Coleman-style cooler if you happen to just keep one in your car. You will still likely have to check the batteries more frequently, however.

For alkalines, use a compatible battery charge tester like this [amazon.com] or a multimeter and get a feel for how low the voltage gets before your flashlight get too weak. For anything else, you'll just need to feel out how your flashlight responds to a battery that's near empty, based on the beam (but some LED flashlights use regulators that keep the light even until just before the battery is too weak, so there's less warning, if any).

If you value your time more than your money, you can also just decide on a regular schedule for how often you just switch out the batteries. You can always just label the batteries for home-only use and use them before using totally new batteries (try to keep the used batteries matched if possible). Alternately, you can just make a habit of carrying batteries in a "driving bag" that goes indoors with you when you're not driving.

You can also do any of the above with rechargeables and just rotate and top them up on a reasonable schedule. If you use a smart charger you can even be warned of failed batteries or keep track of the maximum measured capacity over the battery's lifetime.

If you want more suggestions, it might be wise to find an emergency first responder and ask them if they keep their flashlights in the car, how hot it gets in the car, and how they handle the battery situation. I would not be surprised if they told you they just keep 3-4 shifts' worth and just rotate out as needed. They would use their lights more frequently though, so they're probably not getting the entire stock discharging at the same rate, and new sets are frequently being swapped in.
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Quote from mangodrink View Post :
Batteries will lose power in storage regardless of location. The main difference is that batteries may lose power more quickly due to heat in a car, and the car has less space to stash spare batteries. Minimize battery leakage by keeping the batteries in the glove compartment or under insulation in the trunk, or in a Coleman-style cooler if you happen to just keep one in your car. You will still likely have to check the batteries more frequently, however.

For alkalines, use a compatible battery charge tester like this [amazon.com] or a multimeter and get a feel for how low the voltage gets before your flashlight get too weak. For anything else, you'll just need to feel out how your flashlight responds to a battery that's near empty, based on the beam (but some LED flashlights use regulators that keep the light even until just before the battery is too weak, so there's less warning, if any).

If you value your time more than your money, you can also just decide on a regular schedule for how often you just switch out the batteries. You can always just label the batteries for home-only use and use them before using totally new batteries (try to keep the used batteries matched if possible). Alternately, you can just make a habit of carrying batteries in a "driving bag" that goes indoors with you when you're not driving.

You can also do any of the above with rechargeables and just rotate and top them up on a reasonable schedule. If you use a smart charger you can even be warned of failed batteries or keep track of the maximum measured capacity over the battery's lifetime.

If you want more suggestions, it might be wise to find an emergency first responder and ask them if they keep their flashlights in the car, how hot it gets in the car, and how they handle the battery situation. I would not be surprised if they told you they just keep 3-4 shifts' worth and just rotate out as needed. They would use their lights more frequently though, so they're probably not getting the entire stock discharging at the same rate, and new sets are frequently being swapped in.
thx for the details write up.
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think i get thanks op and az for pics. repp
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#22
REP all around to op, pictures and battery suggestions....Nice light too for the price.
I'm guessing here..... this is made by the Co. that flashaholic hate?
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Quote from apyo View Post :
REP all around to op, pictures and battery suggestions....Nice light too for the price.
I'm guessing here..... this is made by the Co. that flashaholic hate?
Feit has gotten some flak about its LED bulb value in the past, but most of it is from the general LED bulb vs. CFL bulb value discussion. I only posted this since the Defiant was pretty popular and I thought this was a nice alternative deal for some people, and the Feit lights seemed to perform about as well as the Defiant in the high lumens/widest angle mode.

If these flashlights do crap out, Costco return policy helps just in case Feit's warranty fails.
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Can this be used to mount on a bike? Where can I get a mount for this?
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These don't happen to be submersible/waterproof do they?
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Just to share i just got a really good flashlight off ebay for less than $16. It uses the Cree T6 LED and is super bright. It has the option to run on 4-AAA, or one 18650, or one 26650 li-ion. Right now the 26650 is not a cheap option but I hope it will be in the future, the four AAA's are very cheap and will last me a while. The seller got it to me in about 2 weeks, which is real fast from china. The wide beam is very impressive, the narrow show's the LED's die, similar to what the OP posted.

I got this flashlight because of the T6 LED and the fact that it will take 4-AAA's, there are several T6 versions out there that only use 3-AAA's and that odd number is annoying IMO. I would also like to use 26650's when the price comes down.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330783465581
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Quote from eric93se View Post :
Just to share i just got a really good flashlight off ebay for less than $16. It uses the Cree T6 LED and is super bright. It has the option to run on 4-AAA, or one 18650, or one 26650 li-ion. Right now the 26650 is not a cheap option but I hope it will be in the future, the four AAA's are very cheap and will last me a while. The seller got it to me in about 2 weeks, which is real fast from china. The wide beam is very impressive, the narrow show's the LED's die, similar to what the OP posted.

I got this flashlight because of the T6 LED and the fact that it will take 4-AAA's, there are several T6 versions out there that only use 3-AAA's and that odd number is annoying IMO. I would also like to use 26650's when the price comes down.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330783465581
What do you think the lumen difference is using AAA batteries?
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Quote from paapu007 View Post :
Can this be used to mount on a bike? Where can I get a mount for this?
Look in eBay, search for "bike light holder".
Pick the one that fits your bike handlebar's and torchlight's diameters.
I bought a couple from China and work pretty well. I think I paid last year around $5 shipped.
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Quote from eric93se View Post :
Just to share i just got a really good flashlight off ebay for less than $16. It uses the Cree T6 LED and is super bright. It has the option to run on 4-AAA, or one 18650, or one 26650 li-ion. Right now the 26650 is not a cheap option but I hope it will be in the future, the four AAA's are very cheap and will last me a while. The seller got it to me in about 2 weeks, which is real fast from china. The wide beam is very impressive, the narrow show's the LED's die, similar to what the OP posted.

I got this flashlight because of the T6 LED and the fact that it will take 4-AAA's, there are several T6 versions out there that only use 3-AAA's and that odd number is annoying IMO. I would also like to use 26650's when the price comes down.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330783465581
Caution against ebay, meritline, or any other discount flashlights. I've been burned a few times - they work great for a short while, then something stupid breaks like the switch and you're left with a nice battery holder.

This is when Costco really shines - if it quits, take it back. Either that or buy a high quality light like a Fenix.
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Quote from eric93se View Post :
Just to share i just got a really good flashlight off ebay for less than $16. It uses the Cree T6 LED and is super bright. It has the option to run on 4-AAA, or one 18650, or one 26650 li-ion. Right now the 26650 is not a cheap option but I hope it will be in the future, the four AAA's are very cheap and will last me a while. The seller got it to me in about 2 weeks, which is real fast from china. The wide beam is very impressive, the narrow show's the LED's die, similar to what the OP posted.

I got this flashlight because of the T6 LED and the fact that it will take 4-AAA's, there are several T6 versions out there that only use 3-AAA's and that odd number is annoying IMO. I would also like to use 26650's when the price comes down.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/330783465581
It can be used on a bike. I actually used it last night.
I have this mount:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/...06_s00_i00

It worked pretty well.
But be careful. This light is so bright it was almost blinding oncoming traffic.
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