I agree with you. Those names I posted above, especially the Streamlights, are exceptional. I use to have Surefires when all they had were chargeable and non led lamps. They'd suck you dry via conventional batteries or had to be charged regularly not to mention, the filament bulbs not lasting.
But that's not just it. When they started selling flashlights for $300 plus, I said no more.
Day or night, EDC or not, it's still just a flashlight. Look at some of their tactical rifle lights. Insane prices. I would put up any Streamlight to theirs any day, any time and for a lot less in price.
I know some harden cops that swear by SF. But cannot give me an argument why Streamlights are not better other than they say they are made in USA. That might be so, but the circuitry and bulbs are most likely all Chinese.
My Steamlights never failed in all the years I've owned them. I have them on most of my firearms, rifle/pistol/shotgun and have no regrets. They take a beating.
Now like you mention, take a bunch of those cheapies and throw them around the house. They are bright Cree lamps and work for snooping and quick emergencies. Again, aircraft aluminum. Chinese circuitry.
Incidentally, what makes them last or not is the crappy circuit board drivers that control the power. Cheaply made, they will fail.
The others like Fenix are becoming very popular and trust worthy. Klarus, creeping up behind.
When there were only a few flashlights around like Kelite, Maglite and some others, there wasn't much of a market. Surefire found a niche in the market with law enforcement and became very popular due to lack of competition.
But now they have competition!
In the end.....what matters is failure.
They are no longer the only reigning company.
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