cbrstar wrote: ↑
Wed Mar 25, 2020 12:46 am
My friend showed me his little Olight i1r 2 and I was blown away. I couldn't believe something so small could be so bright, run for so long, and was rechargeable! Not only that it was cheap to buy. I had to have one.
Well I ended up buying a Olight S2r Baton 2 instead as Amazon was having a flash sale for $60 cdn and I love it. Perfect size, and the moonlight mode runs for a insanely long 60 days. It's so awesome that I ended up also buying the St Patrick's day limited M2R Pro and i1r2 pack. ($110 cdn)
But here is the kicker. I was was in my local Canadian Tire, and they had a Tzumi Alpha "rechargeable/cell phone charger" 200 lumens on clearance for only $12 cdn. I bought it with the idea to give to my Dad so that he at least has a rechargeable flashlight.
I tested out the Alpha against my M2R Pro tonight. Now don't get me wrong the fit and finish of the Alpha is poor, the run time isn't nearly as good etc. But it was actually lighting up my yard really good! And it was throwing the light just about as far as the MR2 that has the 1800 lumens!. I was really shocked.
Tl:Dr. I read not to get caught up in lumens, so what are other qualities that you should look for in the quality of brightness etc. Does the type of bulb matter?
It depends on the use. For a casual use light, I tend to look at things like color temp, CRI, and tint, which are all elements that make the light visually pleasing. For a serious use light, I'm concerned with UI and reliability over pleasing light. There's also intensity, which can give you an idea of throw or flood relative to the lumens (total output).
For example, I carry an Olight M2R, Olight M1T, or an upgraded Surefire C2 Centurian in my pocket for EDC. The Surefire is single mode. The M2R is turbo only from the tail cap switch. The M1T defaults to high, and doesn't easily go into low mode. All three of these lights are reliable, and they have momentary / constant tail switches that turn them on in their respective high modes (the only mode on the Surefire).
My favorite casual use light is a first gen Fireflies PL47. The UI is too complicated for a serious use light. However, it's fun, and the quad 4000k SST20 LEDs produce a really pleasing light output. It's not a very reliable light either.
In my glove box, I keep a Rofis R1. That light is similar to your Olight Baton, but the head can twist and turn it into a right angle light. It's a fairly floody light too. I don't know if the Rofis is Surefire rugged, but it's a well built, reliable light. Those features, combined with the magnetic tail cap, make it a good fit for a light to keep in a car.
What role do you want your next light to fill?