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    Exclamation Crap, Be Careful with Those Hi-Power Lithum-Powered LED Flashlights!!!

    Wow, I've had a little 7-watt LED tactical flashight for about 6 months, that I carry at night and in theaters, and keep in my car... It uses two CR123 cells.

    Today I used it to look at something in my computer and accidentally left it on for about 30 minutes - That sucker got so hot that I was afraid it was gonna explode - I couldn't even touch the aluminum body, it was so hot - The whole flashlight, not just the lens.

    I turned it off and let it sit for a while (behind a barrier), and it appears to be ok now, but of course I'm changing the batteries in case they were damaged.

    Then reading on the Internet, I see stories of the things actually exploding and blowing out the bezel - That would suck if you're wearing it at the time. I just wondered if that's happened to any of y'all.

    I think I'm gonna replace it with a model that goes into low-power mode if it's left on!

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    I used to carry one in a covered pouch, and I left it on by mistake ONCE. I was sitting in the squad car, and my ass was getting hotter and hotter, and when I noticed the light was on, I darned near burned my hand turning it off. I don't carry it any longer.
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    Damn! I'll stick to my Streamlight Stinger...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bull3032 View Post
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    Yep, I'm a nerd... Just part of my Homeland Security preperations.

    Actually I take a smaller AAA-powered 3W tactical LED flashlight everywhere I go. The un-nerdy part is that I've also take a 9mm and .32 everywhere I go for the last 7 or 8 years. Also part of my Homeland Security preparations and carjacker deterrent system

    The 9mm has night sights, but that doesn't help ID the target, and it's not a huge burdon to carry that little light.

    I started carrying tactical lights after a business owner accidentally shot a cop in the face with a shotgun in Dallas many years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-42Adam View Post
    Damn! I'll stick to my Streamlight Stinger...
    I burnt a hole in a chair in the sergeants office when my Stinger turned on...oops
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiGywer View Post
    I burnt a hole in a chair in the sergeants office when my Stinger turned on...oops
    I call BS on this one, ADMIT it,the burn hole came from your ass,after it had been chewed out

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavriktu View Post
    I call BS on this one, ADMIT it,the burn hole came from your ass,after it had been chewed out
    Sounds like first-hand experience... Too much red pepper in that shrimp creole, huh Mavriktu?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mavriktu View Post
    I call BS on this one, ADMIT it,the burn hole came from your ass,after it had been chewed out
    Haha, they don't chew me out...they like me too much
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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCharlie View Post
    Sounds like first-hand experience... Too much red pepper in that shrimp creole, huh Mavriktu?
    That some funny stuff right there man...

    Streamlight stinger here. Gets hot and once in awhile the button sticks and takes 10 minutes to unstick it. The rubber seal comes off after like a week. Oh well glad its free
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    Quote Originally Posted by TXCharlie View Post
    I've had a little 7-watt LED tactical flashight for about 6 months, that I carry at night and in theaters, and keep in my car...
    Is that so you can see it when you are playing the meat flute ala Pee Wee Herman style??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Super Crazy View Post
    Is that so you can see it when you are playing the meat flute ala Pee Wee Herman style??
    You're just jealous because I won't let you help me play it.

    Now go strip-search a Canadian.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiGywer View Post
    I burnt a hole in a chair in the sergeants office when my Stinger turned on...oops
    Hahaha nice work!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10-42Adam View Post
    Hahaha nice work!!
    Yeah, those flashlights are dangerous
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    While not as rugged, the 3watt Maglights get pretty hot after awhile, though manageable. They do a sufficient number on night vision that I think I'll stick to them awhile. 7 watts is a lot do dump from such small cells without some consequences.
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