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    Originally posted by Willy View Post
    Actually that's a bonus.
    I hate the ones that start at the next setting from where it was last left. Personally I dislike all of the various settings. When I need a flashlight it's usually to inspect something or look for something in the dark, like my way for instance. LOL
    The last thing I want to do is play 20 clicks until I find what I actually need, a flashlight. I really don't need to send SOS signals that often nor do I feel the need to disorient someone with a strobe light on a daily basis.
    Just give me a flashlight that's got two brightness levels and I'm happy.
    I tried to get single mode but couldn't find them this time. They all seem to be 3 mode now which I agree is annoying. The super cheap 18 pack that comes with batteries is single mode, but those are junk when compared to the CREE type.

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  • Willy
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    Originally posted by danlb View Post
    Not to derail the thread... Those are all cheap ones. I have a handful of the "CREE" model scattered around the house. My mother in law gave them out as gifts to her mailman, UPS guys, etc. Out of 12, only one was DOA. They have a nice bright beam that can be focused to a fairly narrow beam. Down side is that it always starts on highest setting, and multiple clicks to cycle through to the setting you want.

    Dan
    Actually that's a bonus.
    I hate the ones that start at the next setting from where it was last left. Personally I dislike all of the various settings. When I need a flashlight it's usually to inspect something or look for something in the dark, like my way for instance. LOL
    The last thing I want to do is play 20 clicks until I find what I actually need, a flashlight. I really don't need to send SOS signals that often nor do I feel the need to disorient someone with a strobe light on a daily basis.
    Just give me a flashlight that's got two brightness levels and I'm happy.

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    Originally posted by alanganes View Post
    Not to derail your welding thread (why does everyone say that, just before derailing the thread?) too much, but are all of those "good" flashlights, as in "somewhat expensive"? Or are the the 2-3 dollar ones you get from the direct from China places on Ebay or Deal Extreme, Bangood, etc?

    If they are the cheapies, what's your experience been with them? You clearly like them enough to try to saturate the house with them.
    The "CREE" labeled lights are cheap $$ but excellent quality. The other bulk pack are extremely cheap $$ and OK quality. Just get the CREE type -- the others are good enough for my 4 year old daughter mainly because they come in a wider array of colors

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    Originally posted by alanganes View Post
    Not to derail your welding thread (why does everyone say that, just before derailing the thread?) too much, but are all of those "good" flashlights, as in "somewhat expensive"? Or are the the 2-3 dollar ones you get from the direct from China places on Ebay or Deal Extreme, Bangood, etc?

    If they are the cheapies, what's your experience been with them? You clearly like them enough to try to saturate the house with them.
    They are all cheap flashlights. Here are the links -- I just bought them a few weeks ago as the last "batch" is all over the house hidden where you'll never look when you need a flash light.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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  • danlb
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    Originally posted by alanganes View Post
    Not to derail your welding thread (why does everyone say that, just before derailing the thread?) too much, but are all of those "good" flashlights, as in "somewhat expensive"? Or are the the 2-3 dollar ones you get from the direct from China places on Ebay or Deal Extreme, Bangood, etc?

    If they are the cheapies, what's your experience been with them? You clearly like them enough to try to saturate the house with them.
    Not to derail the thread... Those are all cheap ones. I have a handful of the "CREE" model scattered around the house. My mother in law gave them out as gifts to her mailman, UPS guys, etc. Out of 12, only one was DOA. They have a nice bright beam that can be focused to a fairly narrow beam. Down side is that it always starts on highest setting, and multiple clicks to cycle through to the setting you want.

    Dan

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  • alanganes
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    Originally posted by 3 Phase Lightbulb View Post
    I'm afraid of the dark I stocked up on them the other day. I know we have many, many more somewhere but the kids keep taking them and they disappear. I gave the kids a pile of them so hopefully my remaining stash will stay in my office for awhile. At least I know where to find a flashlight for a little while.
    Not to derail your welding thread (why does everyone say that, just before derailing the thread?) too much, but are all of those "good" flashlights, as in "somewhat expensive"? Or are the the 2-3 dollar ones you get from the direct from China places on Ebay or Deal Extreme, Bangood, etc?

    If they are the cheapies, what's your experience been with them? You clearly like them enough to try to saturate the house with them.

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  • garyhlucas
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    My dad taught me to weld at around ten. We also got a old Atlas lathe about the same time. First I built a go-kart and a couple of mini-bikes. Dad took a job building some really heavy duty benches to hold precision weighing balances at a site in Chicago. The training facility was in a multi-story building that could hand the weight of the usual marble tables. I was about 12 at the time and wee were building them out in the driveway. A car stopped to complain we were blinding drivers coming up the road. I picked up the helmet to see what the fuss was all about. The guy says "Jessus he is just a kid!" Without hesitation dad says "Yes, and a pretty good welder too, take a look!"

    I work 160 miles from home so it is tough to get my 14 yr. old grandson into the shop. However this summer he came down with his mom and I let him try welding. Welding with stick using 7018 gave him fits, but he did really well using Tig! I said he had really good hand eye coordination. He said "You know I can juggle three balls at a time Pop!" Might have to get a welder for home yet.

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    Originally posted by Willy View Post
    Good to see that he's taking an active interest in metal work and welding in particular, plus it is an interest that you can both share.
    Good on both of ya!

    Try to get him started with the O/A welding first as it will lay down the nuances of puddle control at a pace that he can choose. It will help lay down the foundation for the other processes.
    Thanks! He's probably too young minded for OA or TIG as you probably know they really do require a lot of time and focus before you can really use what you've learned on real projects. Back before I bought all of my welding equipment I went through a complete TIG welding night class at a local tech school and IIRC we spent something like ~8 weeks learning OA and only after we could pass all of the welding tests move on to another ~8 weeks with TIG. I remember it was quite difficult and I was surprised how much skill you need to develop before you could pass all of the welding tests for all of the different joint types/etc.

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  • Black Forest
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    Originally posted by 3 Phase Lightbulb View Post
    I'm afraid of the dark I stocked up on them the other day. I know we have many, many more somewhere but the kids keep taking them and they disappear. I gave the kids a pile of them so hopefully my remaining stash will stay in my office for awhile. At least I know where to find a flashlight for a little while.
    The first step to becoming free is to admit to yourself you have a problem. Denial is not your friend here. Hello My name is 3 phase and I have a problem. I am a flashaholic!

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  • danlb
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    Ah, a fellow dark sucker collector? Yay! Making custome flashlights is what drew me into machining. By the time I got good at making them, knockoffs from China flooded the market at lower cost than the materials that I could buy.

    I think my collection is down to around 50 lights or so. Some are collectable, some are just lights with unique features. Some may think think that it's odd to have a $100 flashlight on the kitchen counter just to be able to look in the back of the cabinets. It's just part for the course around here.

    A few of the home made and modified lights. The two shiney ones were built from scratch.

    Dan

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    Originally posted by sid pileski View Post
    Hmmmmm......
    Crazy for flash lights???
    I'm afraid of the dark I stocked up on them the other day. I know we have many, many more somewhere but the kids keep taking them and they disappear. I gave the kids a pile of them so hopefully my remaining stash will stay in my office for awhile. At least I know where to find a flashlight for a little while.

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  • sid pileski
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    Hmmmmm......
    Crazy for flash lights???

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    Originally posted by sid pileski View Post
    That’s a fine looking collection of anodized flashlights!

    Sid
    Those are the ones that have batteries in them. The rest of them don't



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  • Willy
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    Good to see that he's taking an active interest in metal work and welding in particular, plus it is an interest that you can both share.
    Good on both of ya!

    Try to get him started with the O/A welding first as it will lay down the nuances of puddle control at a pace that he can choose. It will help lay down the foundation for the other processes.

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  • Dan Dubeau
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    Start them young. Here's my boy with his helmet on.

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