I think I’ve turned into a flashlight snob. When I was a kid, those disposable flashlights with the batteries you couldn’t change were just fine. When I started doing theatre in high school I discovered the Mini Maglite and I thought I’d died and gone to flashlight heaven. They were bright (compared to the disposables) and you didn’t have to hit them to get them to stay on.
Years later a friend introduced me to Surefire flashlights. They put my old Mini Maglite to shame. They’re bright (for real this time), they’re tough, and they do neat tricks like shine in multiple colors and brightnesses. I own several of them, and I’ve been carrying their Backup model around in my pocket for a couple years now.
A few months ago I stupidly lost my Backup. I don’t want to go into detail on how I lost it, but it has to do with how my brain doesn’t really work in the middle of the night when I get up to go check something out with my flashlight. I miss that light.
Recently I bought a Surefire P2X Fury as a replacement for my old light. It was more than twice as bright on its maximum setting and a little cheaper even, so I figured I should get one.