As I'm in the market for a torch I was wondering if certain types of light primed the lumes best, i.e ultraviolet (black) light torch or a normal one with the most lumes possible in a handy size?
I'm beginning to think we are brutha's from different mutha's.I'm a sucker for "bigger/brighter/louder" is always better. That's why -- as an increasingly dotty old codger -- I drive the biggest, baddest diesel truck I can afford to maintain, and I carry a handgun that has given me an arthritic hip.
In this spirit of excess, I just gave my one-year-old, semi-nuclear flashlight to my son, Scott, and I've purchased a new "torch," the EagleTac G25C2, which, when placed in "strobe mode," will induce epileptic seizures in anything with eyeballs: There's a cross-section of damaged rabbits, deer, elk and whatnot outside my bedroom window, even as we speak. It's dark, but I can see red eyes and lots of aimless milling around.
I think this thing cranks out about 800 lumens, which means nothing to me, except that it's a bigger number than the SureFire X300 (500 lumen) strapped to the bottom of my Glock's pistol frame, which was what I used to charge my Lum-Tecs with before the EagleTac arrived (removed from the COMPLETELY safety-checked, empty, pointed-in-safe-direction, Glock, of course).
The point is, you want something bright -- as close to old father "sol" as you can manage -- on a three-digit $ budget.
So, I point this thing at my SCB2 around 10PM (I'm up at 4:30 AM and doing important stuff in the garage...) and I give it a thirty second dose, which pretty much liquifies the lume. If my wife's around, I make sure she sees it. If not, it's the window and wildlife.
High intensity and short duration exposure is the formula. Think Hiroshima and/or Nagasaki, but without the collateral damage.
I am a fan of Fenix lights. They make a very solid product!I have essentially this Fenix's homepages That's PD22 I have the PD20 which they don't make anymore. It puts out 210 lumens for 2 hours on high using one CR123 battery that you can buy online for a dollar a piece. This makes it glow way brighter than my blacklight which is very good. It's small so you can pocket carry it (3.5 inches) and you just cup your hand around it and hold if over the face of the watch without waking the wife for 30 seconds and it will glow like you've never seen. That kind of brightness goes right down to the last layer of lume. Plus it's a great carry around flashlight that can throttle down the brightness for longer battery life and will clip onto a baseball cap if you do the kind of work where a hands free light is good to have.