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Good light for your purpose
on September 12, 2013
I live in prime CA quake country. Went through the '89 Loma Prieta quake and power outage. At the time I relied on a Maglite 3D cell flashlight, which served me very well. Still have that light but technology improved and I've improved my quake kit in several ways. With regards to flashlights, several years ago I added the Rayovac SE3AAAMN-BA 1-Watt Sportsman LED Mini Flashlight with 3AAA Batteries to my kit. It is superior to my Maglite in that it has two light/power settings, the higher one nearly matched the reach of the Maglite. The SE3 is MUCH smaller, fits in a shirt or pant pocket, even can be held in my mouth if necessary, and has a much brighter/whiter light.
I recently added the Rayovac DIY3AAA-B Indestructible 3 AAA Flashlight to my kit.
The reason I did so was because it also has two light/power settings. The high beam is much brighter (lower burn time) the low beam is less bright than the SE3 (longer burn time). Both are important and have their advantages in an emergency situation. For me burn time is an important consideration. I might also add that this light's size may be carried in a pant pocket, not so in a shirt pocket.
Comparison of flashlights:
LUMENS/BRIGHTNESS BURN TIME
SE3AAAMN-BA 1-Watt Sportsman 80 High beam 6 Hours
LED Mini Flashlight 30 Low beam 22 Hours
Rayovac DIY3AAA-B 120 High beam 5 Hours
Indestructible 3 AAA 19 Low beam 40 Hours
Maglite 3 D Cell Standard 78 Single beam Indeterminate,
but much longer
than led lights
Must add, I read another reviewers evaluation of battery size vs. performance concerning choice. He may be/is absolutely correct. I just have to add that having been through two extreme emergency experiences, the first batteries that sell out are the D cells, the last ones to sell out are the AAA cells.
Hope this helps.
Many would still consider the Maglite a standard to go by, I still keep mine on hand. Also I haven't investigated the new Maglite LED's due to their cost.