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These are my favorites of all of the lights I have reviewed.
I feel they provide the best quality/value and I personally use them over all others.
They are listed in order of preference in each category.



Headlamps

I don't use headlamps very much, but these are the ones I prefer.
They have a full set of features and generally can handle a wide variety of tasks.

Rank
Maker
Model
(click for review)
Rating
Review
Date
LEDs
Luxeon
Battery /
quantity
Beam H2O
Elect
Graph
1
Princeton Tec Apex Top Pick !!!
5.0
2005-11
04x3mm or 5mm LED
1xLuxeon Star LED
(Luxeon 3)
AA x 4
2Medium Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
2
StenLight S7 Headlamp Top Pick !!!
5.0
2006-01
 
2xLuxeon Star LED
(Luxeon 3)
Rechargeable
2Medium Beam 4Submersible
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
3
Nuwai Luxeon Headlamp Top Pick !!!
4.5
2004-11
 
1xLuxeon Star LED
123A x 2
2Medium Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
 
4
LRI Photon Fusion Top Pick !!!
4.5
2006-01
08x3mm or 5mm LED
 
AA x 3
3Wide Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
5
Petzl Tikka XP Top Pick !!!
4.5
2005-07
 
1xLuxeon Star LED
AAA x 3
4Adjustable Focus 2Splashable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph


Hybrid Incandescent/LED

There's only one I would choose out of this category, and the A2 is usually one of my standard "traveling" lights.

Rank
Maker
Model
(click for review)
Rating
Review Date
LEDs
Incand.
Battery/
quantity
Beam H2O
Elect
Graph
1
Surefire A2 Aviator Top Pick !!!
5.0
2003-07
03x3mm or 5mm LED
XeIncandescent
123a x 2
1Narrow Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph


High Power Incandescent

If I want a LOT of light, at least more than an LED can produce, these are my "go-to" lights.
If I need a smaller light I generally go with a Luxeon LED light instead of a 2 or 3 cell 123A incandescent.

Rank
Maker
Model
(click for review)
Rating
Review Date
Incand.
Battery /
quantity
Beam H2O Elect.
Graph
1
AE Powerlight PL24/6-S, 24 Watt Top Pick !!!
5.0
2006-06
HIDIncandescent
Rechargeable
1Narrow Beam 2Splashable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
2
Wolf-Eyes Rattlesnake M90 13V Top Pick !!!
4.5
2006-06
XeIncandescent
Rechargeable
2Medium Beam 2Splashable  
1Runtime Graph
3
Surefire 10X Dominator Top Pick !!!
4.5
2004-01
XeIncandescent x 2
Rechargeable
2Medium Beam 3Dunkable  
 


1 Watt LEDs

Excellent general purpose lights with good feature sets and longer run times.

Rank
Maker
Model
(click for review)
Rating
Review
Date
Emitter
Battery/
quantity
Beam H2O
Elect
Graph
1
Streamlight ProPolymer Luxeon 3C Top Pick !!!
5.0
2005-07
1xLuxeon Star LED
C x 3
2Medium Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
2
Fenix L2P Top Pick !!!
5.0
2006-01
1xLuxeon Star LED
AA x 2
2Medium Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
3
Streamlight ProPolymer Luxeon 4AA Top Pick !!!
5.0
2005-02
1xLuxeon Star LED
AA x 4
2Medium Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
4
Heliotek HTE-1 rev.2 Top Pick !!!
5.0
2005-03
1xLuxeon Star LED
AA x 2
2Medium Beam 4Submersible
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph


3 Watt and 5 Watt LEDs

These are often my "standard" choices with bright output and good runtimes.
Frequently these lights are the brightest of lights for their size which makes them perfect for every-day carry.
2x123A lights in this category are fantastic 2x123A incandescent light replacements.

Rank
Maker
Model
(click for review)
Rating
Review
Date
Emitter
Battery/
quantity
Beam H2O
Elect
Graph
1
Fenix P2D-CE Top Pick !!!
5.0
2006-12
1xLuxeon Star LED
(Cree)
123A x 1
2Medium Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
2
Fenix L1D-CE/L2D-CE Top Pick !!!
5.0
2007-02
1xLuxeon Star LED
(Cree)
AA x 1
AA x 2
2Medium Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
3
Huntlight FT01XSE Cree Top Pick !!!
5.0
2007-03
1xLuxeon Star LED
(Cree)
123A x 1
2Medium Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
4
Lumapower M1 Hunter Top Pick !!!
5.0
2007-02
1xLuxeon Star LED
(Cree)
123A x 2
2Medium Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
5
PeakLED
Solutions
Caribbean Top Pick !!!
5.0
2005-07
1xLuxeon Star LED
(Luxeon 3)
123A x 1
2Medium Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
6
HDS Systems EDC Ultimate 60 XR Top Pick !!!
5.0
2005-08
1xLuxeon Star LED
(Luxeon 3)
123A x 1
2Medium Beam 4Submersible
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
7
Surefire L4 Digital Lumamax Top Pick !!!
5.0
2003-07
1xLuxeon Star LED
(Luxeon 5)
123A x 2
3Wide Beam 4Submersible
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
8
LEDLogic Striker-VG Top Pick !!!
4.5
2006-03
1xLuxeon Star LED
(Luxeon 3)
123A x 2
AA x 2
2Medium Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
9
Night-Ops Gladius Top Pick !!!
5.0
2005-09
1xLuxeon Star LED
(Luxeon 3)
123A x 2
2Medium Beam 4Submersible
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph


Replacement LED Bulbs / Other Bulbs

These are some great bulb upgrades for lights.

Rank
Maker
Model
(click for review)
Rating
Review
Date
LEDs
Luxeon
Host Light
Body:
Beam
Elect
Graph
1
BugOutGear P60/P90 Luxeon III Top Pick !!!
4.0
2005-01
 
1xLuxeon Star LED
Surefire P60 or
P90 Lamp lights
2Medium Beam
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
2
Diamond 3W LED Mag Bulbs Top Pick !!!
3.5
2006-01
 
1xLuxeon Star LED
(Luxeon 3)
Mag
C or D x 3
4Adjustable Focus
1
1Runtime Graph
3
EverLED Replacement bulb Top Pick !!!
5.0
2004-04
 
1xLuxeon Star LED
PR bulb lights
1 to 6 cell
4Adjustable Focus
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
4
TerraLUX MiniSTAR2 TLE-5 Top Pick !!!
4.5
2004-04
 
1xLuxeon Star LED
MiniMag
2Medium Beam
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
5
BugOutGear P60 Luxeon V Top Pick !!!
4.5
2005-09
 
1xLuxeon Star LED(Luxeon 5)
Surefire P60 lights
2Medium Beam
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
6
Opalec NewBeam Top Pick !!!
5.0
2002-04
03x3mm or 5mm LED
 
MiniMag
2Medium Beam
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph


Clustered LED Lights

These lights use a cluster of small LEDs for light.
There are only a couple that I like and use frequently.

Rank
Maker
Model
(click for review)
Rating
Review
Date
LEDs
Battery /
quantity
Beam H2O
Elect
Graph
1
LRI Proton Top Pick !!!
4.5
2006-06
007x3mm or 5mm LED
AA x 1
3Wide Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
2
Inova X5 Top Pick !!!
5.0
2006-04
005x3mm or 5mm LED
123A x 2
2Medium Beam 4Submersible
1
1Runtime Graph


0.5 Watt LED Lights

Frankly, I was not overly impressed by any of these lights, and don't use them.
I'll leave this space here in case one comes along that I really like.

Rank
Maker
Model
(click for review)
Rating
Review
Date
LEDs
Battery /
quantity
Beam H2O
Elect
Graph
- none - 


Single LED Lights

There are a lot of single LED lights on the market and many of them are absolute junk. These are, by far, my favorites.
Generally these are superior pocket lights or general use lights (in the case of the X1).

Rank
Maker
Model
(click for review)
Rating
Review Date
LEDs
Battery /
quantity
Beam H2O
Elect
Graph
1
ARC AAA Premium Top Pick !!!
5.0
2005-07
01x3mm or 5mm LED
AAA x 1
2Medium Beam 4Submersible
1Electronics Inside
 
2
Inova X1 Top Pick !!!
4.5
2006-03
01x3mm or 5mm LED
AA x 1
3Wide Beam 4Submersible
1Electronics Inside
 
3
LRI Photon Freedom (Max) Top Pick !!!
4.0
2005-12
01x3mm or 5mm LED
2016 x 2
3Wide Beam 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
 


Markers / Beacons / Lanterns

These make great power-outage area lights.

Rank
Maker
Model
(click for review)
Rating
Review Date
Type
Battery /
quantity
Beam H2O Elect.
Graph
1
Emphasis light:night Top Pick !!!
-----
2006-01
06x3mm or 5mm LED
Rechargeable
5Area Light 1Keep Water Away
1Electronics Inside
 
2
Nuwai 20 LED Lantern Top Pick !!!
3.0
2005-05
20x
D x 4
5Area Light 2Splashable
1Electronics Inside
 
3
River Rock LED Lantern Top Pick !!!
3.5
2005-09
01xJupiter LED
AA x 4
5Area Light 3Dunkable
1Electronics Inside
1Runtime Graph
4
Nuwai 16 LED Lantern Top Pick !!!
3.0
2005-07
16x
C x 4
5Area Light 2Splashable
1Electronics Inside
 


Self Powered (Shakelights, Dynamo, Solar)

For battery-less lights, these are the ones I look at over all others.
I wouldn't recommend anything but the NightStar and the Freeplay lights from this category.

Rank
Maker
Model
(click for review)
Rating
Review Date
LEDs
Luxeon
Battery/
quantity
Beam H2O
Elect
Graph
1
Freeplay Jonta
4.0
2005-12
 
1xLuxeon Star LED
Dynamo/
NiMH
1Narrow Beam 2Splashable
1Electronics Inside
 
2
Freeplay Sherpa Xray
4.0
2005-12
007x3mm or 5mm LED
 
Dynamo/
NiMH
3Wide Beam 2Splashable
1Electronics Inside
 
3
A.I.T. NightStar
3.5
2005-01
001x3mm or 5mm LED
 
Magnetic
Shake
2Medium Beam 4Submersible  
 
4
A.I.T. NightStar CS
3.5
2006-01
001x3mm or 5mm LED
 
Magnetic
Shake
2Medium Beam 4Submersible  
 


Other Stuff

This is a miscellaneous catch-all category in no specific order.
This covers an assortment of accessories, batteries, etc. that I find very useful

Maker
Model
(click for review)
Rating
Review Date
Bulb
Battery /
quantity
Beam H2O Elect.
Pila 123A Rechargeable Cells Top Pick !!!
Good
2004-02
         
Titanium Primary 123A Cells Top Pick !!!
Good
2005-10
         
Surefire SC3 Spares Carrier Top Pick !!!
Good
2003-08
         
FlashlightLens.com Glass Replacement Lenses Top Pick !!!
Good
2003-06
         
A.I.T. Glow Flashlight Holder Top Pick !!!
Good
2004-10
         
Diamond Dummy Cells Top Pick !!!
Good
2006-01
         


Top Picks may change over time. Your preferences may vary.

 
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