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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 965 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 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
Questions....hopefully someone here knows the answers!

1) Does the "green" tail-cap glow in the dark?

2) Any idea what the output of the T6 is specifically for this flashlight? I would bet money that it is not 1800 lumen as advertised.

3) Also, anyone know what kind of differences in lumen when you have flashlights which accepts multiple types of batteries like the one above? AA vs Lithium-ion?
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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.
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(see post #18 for the complete post)
Good battery tips, thanks!

One caution I would add is that the glovebox may still get too warm for batteries in the summer (depending on where you live, if the car is left in the sun, etc).
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I bought the flashlights yesterday. For the price they are good. Do not shine them near anyones eyes. They will blind the person.

I showed several neighbors the light last night, and they were very impressed with the coverage.

There is a lanyard that comes with these lights. I had a hard time figuring out how to use this with the light. After looking at the light for several minutes I noticed a very small hole at the end of the light where the lanyard is attached. You can easily miss this hole.
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I know allot of folks are looking at the Defiant model that HD has for sale now for 23.00 but I am thinking about taking the Defiant back and getting these at Costco .. my reasoning is

a. I get two of these FEITS for almost tthe price of one Defiant. 25 vs 23...
b. The brightness is virtually the same
c. It is lighter and has a lanyard (The lanyard is important to me for hanging purposes) .. my Defiant is heavy as heck - could easily double as a weapon - but once again - for what I do - weight matters
d. Has the ability to either go 500 or 300 lumens which will double my battery life - most of the time i use this light 300 will be plenty

finally - its from COSTCO so i can literally beat the heck out of it for a year and if it stops working for any reason at all - they will take it back no worries .. HD is great but after 30 days the pain level to get something fixed or replaced goes up exponetially
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I am debating between purchasing these or the Defiant.
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Does anyone have both the Home depot light and the costco light and can a do a side by side photo shot?
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What do you think the lumen difference is using AAA batteries?
The lumen difference has more to do with the model LED being used. Using AAA will not lower output, but capacity is obviously lower, using 4-AAA will make up for that. If we knew what model LED was in the Costco we could easily say which is brighter. The lumen rating of a lot of the ebay flashlights are either on a totally different scale or are a theoretical max.
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Quote from digThisXL View Post :
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.

I hope it doesn't burn out, but I have to say this flashlight empty has some serious heft to it. The head of it is designed to be a heat sink, I haven't noticed it heat up but I haven't used it for long durations yet. But I went for the Cree brand LED for the quality.

Quote from AZwldcats View Post :
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.
The ebay flashlight has three brightness settings and a strope and a SOS setting.
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Quote from eric93se View Post :
The lumen difference has more to do with the model LED being used. Using AAA will not lower output, but capacity is obviously lower, using 4-AAA will make up for that. If we knew what model LED was in the Costco we could easily say which is brighter. The lumen rating of a lot of the ebay flashlights are either on a totally different scale or are a theoretical max.
Mu question was really asking the difference between a Li-ion battery (18650) vs. AA/AAA batteries, when a particular flashlight can support both. Lots of flashlights show high lumen output, but really that's only achievable when using li-ion batteries. I always prefer "regular" sizes (AA/AAA/C/D) as it is just so much more convenient. But wondering how much output I'm sacrificing by not using li-ion batteries...
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Questions....hopefully someone here knows the answers!

1) Does the "green" tail-cap glow in the dark?

2) Any idea what the output of the T6 is specifically for this flashlight? I would bet money that it is not 1800 lumen as advertised.

3) Also, anyone know what kind of differences in lumen when you have flashlights which accepts multiple types of batteries like the one above? AA vs Lithium-ion?

No it doesn't glow, just checked. The T6 is pretty much the best LED right now, there are all sorts of crazy flashlight designs using multiple T6 LED's. In Asia I think they are using a different rating system for the LED output. The intensity due to the batteries is going to have to do with two things, first is the voltage of the battery, so 4-AAA is going to be 6V, one Li-Ion is what 3.6V? secondly it has to do with the IC on the LED and how its set to regulate the power going to the LED.
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Mu question was really asking the difference between a Li-ion battery (18650) vs. AA/AAA batteries, when a particular flashlight can support both. Lots of flashlights show high lumen output, but really that's only achievable when using li-ion batteries. I always prefer "regular" sizes (AA/AAA/C/D) as it is just so much more convenient. But wondering how much output I'm sacrificing by not using li-ion batteries...
If the flashlight only accepted on battery then yes the Li-ion would be brighter. In this case with the ebay flashlight having 4-AAA is a much higher potential then a single Li-ion.
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Quote from eric93se View Post :
If the flashlight only accepted on battery then yes the Li-ion would be brighter. In this case with the ebay flashlight having 4-AAA is a much higher potential then a single Li-ion.
Good to know. Thanks.
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Here is a picture of the package for the flashlight with some details and how they look also.

I did not buy them, just went and took pictures to hopefully answer more questions people were asking.
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Quote from augleo811 View Post :
Here is a picture of the package for the flashlight with some details and how they look also.

I did not buy them, just went and took pictures to hopefully answer more questions people were asking.
Did you notice when the sale price ends?
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These don't happen to be submersible/waterproof do they?
No... but they are "weather resistant".

I just picked up a couple today.
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