E116: Best Flashlights — Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know

//E116: Best Flashlights — Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know

E116: Best Flashlights — Everything You Never Knew You Wanted to Know

In this episode, Aaron interviews Marshall of GoingGear.com…. on flashlights. Yes! A whole show dedicated to flashlights.

A flashlight is at the top of our list of things to never leave home without. But how much can there be to know about flashlights?

Let’s just say they’ve come a very long way since we were kids.

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So join us and find out as we discuss:

  • How to pick the right flashlight.
  • Weapon mounted lights vs. handheld lights
  • What the heckĀ is the strobe function on a flashlight for
  • What’s the difference between the high end LED light brands?
  • Understanding LED Flashlights
  • Why it’s important to know the different colors of light these light put out.
  • Best long term batteries for Bugout Bags.
  • Why 18650 batteries are so great and more prevalent than you might think.
  • Understanding mAh (milliampere-hour) ratings on batteries (and how not to get screwed)
  • Battery Chargers
  • …And over the top battery chargers.
  • Plus, a special discount code just for ITRH listeners

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By | 2017-10-22T14:32:19+00:00 October 13th, 2014|Urban Survival Podcast Episodes|3 Comments

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In his free time, Aaron enjoys hogging the remote, surfing, scotch, mental masturbation and debate over philosophical topics, and shooting stuff–usually not all at the same time.


  1. Martin October 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    After hearing this podcast today I happened to notice some 1.5V Lithium AA batteries at the store earlier. Here is the specs on them and what I can expect from my MiniMag with a cheap LED conversion….

    They are about half the weight… hold charge for up to 20 years… last up to 9 times longer during use (25hr x 9 = 225hrs of use!!!), the lithium batteries are almost immune to heat and cold and will function normally between temps of – 40deg F and +140deg F. Not to forget that lithium batteries maintain full power up until about the last 10% of charge… where old school batteries get weaker and weaker throughout the charge. My Nite Ize LED conversion has worked flawlessly for the last several years… even with a 1 and 3yr old playing with it continuously right now. Just tapping the waterproof button and having a light beam that is focused already makes good use of the weak 30 lumens. Primary use is just having a reliable flashlight around that never goes dead. Now it literally will almost never go dead. No matter the temps/weather/or child. lol

  2. tnwinge October 17, 2014 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Great show with some awesome advice on new toys to purchase.
    And I’ve been looking for a good battery charger for some time, and I think I’m in love…LOL

    • Aaron Frankel October 17, 2014 at 2:34 pm - Reply

      Just got the Xtar VP4 and yesterday. It. Is. Freaking. AWESOME. Although, unlike the previous version without the display, the directions read like it won’t do anything lower than a 3v battery. So no AAs. However, I need to check with Marshal about this. I could just be reading the directions incorrectly.

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