Well thanks everyone for your help. I went to flashaholics because they made it clear that the filters for Fenix torches don't fit the PD35. I ended up with the Nitecore P12 with Eagletac batteries, a Pila IBC charger and a pack of Sanyo Eneloop batteries for my Fenix LD10. I got the blue filter for the torch.
Once again Fatwalker seriously impressd by your knowldge and thanks for that. I may well go for the Fenix PD35. I really don't need 900 lumens except maybe the odd time my wife and I visit caves open to the public. However an output of about 200 lumens for at least 3 hours would be great and I noticed that Fenix claim 180 lumens for 10 hours. I could get away with recharging that torch once a fortnight over the winter months and with between 300 - 500 rechargages before I start losing power that's maybe 15+ years of use. I may well be dead by then! (only 7 more years to get my state pension)
I'll dig some more inspired by your thoroughness. Cheers.
Hi Fatwalker, wow! You really know your stuff. Currently I have a Fenix LD10 and a Nitecore Infilux IFE1 XP-G R5. The light form the Nitecore is awesome and puts the Fenix in ths shade in terms of performance. Battery run time is a problem though. My re-chargeables don't seem to last very long.
I have consulted torchdirect and flashaholics to search for a torch and I HAD narowed it down to the Suprabeam Q3r because of it's overall performance, it's diameter for my headband and its length. However the Fenix PD35 knocks that in to a cocked hat. I haven't made up my mind yet but thanks for the ideas and product names. Invaluable in my ongoing search. For a head torch I was considering the Olight H155 Wave rechargeable until I compared stats with the LED Lenser HR7.2 and I can see why Kate likes it. Runtimes are extremely impressive. But I think I'll stay away from headtorches for a while longer.
Once again many thanks for some really great advice.
Hi, I go for an evening walk at least once a week, which starts around 7PM and finishes about 10:30 PM. Now that the nights are getting shorter I'm considering the use of some form of rechargeable flashlight or possibly headtorch.
I am using rechargeable CR123 batteries but I'm not sure they're recharging properly so:-
Can anyone recommend a good source of rechargebale batteries CR123s and AAs?
Can anyone recommend a good rechargeble flashlight? Not too big as I use a headband to hold flashlights in place rather than an actual headtorch. l'm looking for something no longer than about 20cm with an output in excess of 100 lumens and a run time of at least 2, preferably nearer 3 hours.
Finally if I do consider a rechargeable flashlight and am using at least once a week how long with the thing actually last or provide a good level of service before the inbuilt batteries stop recharging efficiently?