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When is the strobe used?

  • Cornel Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:50 AM Reply

    I have bought quite a few flashlights, they all have more or less the same functions, High, low and a strobe. 


    But when is the strobe function actually used? Where do people use that kind of blinking lights? 

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  • ozOzo Top 10 Forum Poster Wednesday, September 21, 2016 11:05 AM Reply

    Where/whenever it is more important to be seen than to see. For instance if you are cycling in poor weather or light conditions, you may have enough light to see where you're going but you need to make sure that you are conspicuous to motorists in particular. A flashing light attracts more attention.

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  • PowerPhoto Wednesday, September 21, 2016 12:27 PM Reply

    Or you can start a party. Just turn off lights and turn on your flashlight strobe. ;--)

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  • RootedSuperuser Wednesday, September 21, 2016 6:22 PM Reply

    Bike riding.

    I'm using an Ultrafire® W-878 with a CREE XML-T6
    280 Lumin driver.

    I'm running the flashlight on a Soshine® 5500mAh 26650
    battery.

    I changed the lens to a 10mm thick optical glass dome from a 7.5mm optical acrilic lens,
    this slightly defuses the CREE slightly and softens the beam. The optical glass lens has no color aberation.

    My W-878 has 5 modes,
    High-Med-Low-Strobe-SOS, at x2000 zoom + High beam it reaches 2900Ft (3
    of my city blocks). I get 3.5Hrs on High, and 4.5Hrs on Strobe. I keep 1
    spare battery in my back pack when bike riding.


    IMG_20160921_041234b.jpg


    This thing is crazy bright and really, really anoying on Strobe. Better to be seen that not when riding a bike.

    Don't forget about a rear light as well.


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    post edited by RootedSuperuser on 9/21/2016 at 6:31 PM
  • cyclist Moderator Wednesday, September 21, 2016 6:34 PM Reply

    The srobe on Flashlghts is for blinding an attacker, that is also why a lot of flashlights have an "Attack" bezel on them!

    The lazy manufacturers just put the same modes in 99% of anything now, doesn't matter if its a flashlight or a bike light, that is why you have bike lights with an SOS function!



    The only time I use the strobe on my bike is if someone has just cut me up or if I am filtering through traffic during the day.

    Its stupid to use a strobe light at night, as blinding drivers is not really what you want to do when they're driving towards you!



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  • RootedSuperuser Wednesday, September 21, 2016 7:10 PM Reply

    "The srobe on Flashlghts is for blinding an attacker"

    Ahhh, Ha, Ha, Ha.....If I was attacking you and you shone a flashlight in my face I'd shoot right there and then! .... LOL .... A flahlight is not a defencive weapon.



    "Attack bezel"

    NOPE....Its for breaking glass....Google Search - Flashlight Glass Breaker Bezel

    2016-09-21_045432.jpg

    If you were to wack me on the head with it,,,,(see above)....



    "blinding drivers is not really what you want to do when they're driving towards you"

    Well ..... Ummm, if that was to happen in my country, you would be riding your bike on the wrong side of the road,,,,you'd deserve to get run over just for the fact of removing you from the gene pool................

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  • cyclist Moderator Wednesday, September 21, 2016 7:52 PM Reply

    "Ahhh, Ha, Ha, Ha.....If I was attacking you and you shone a flashlight in my face I'd shoot right there and then! .... LOL .... A flahlight is not a defencive weapon."


    Oh, a gun, so Im guessing you're not living in a civilized country that doesn't just let anyone have a gun!

    http://tinyurl.com/hzs444w


    I really don't know why Im bothering replying to you, as the old sayng goes "Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience."


    As for blinding drivers with a strobe light, you clearly have never seen a bright light before (as your description of your light above shows)!

    Why don't you take your little light you have, switch the strobe on and shine it in your eyes?

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  • RootedSuperuser Wednesday, September 21, 2016 9:49 PM Reply

    And so you feel fine in discussing the conversion of a flashlight into a restricted/prohibited weapon?

    And I suppose you will also want to discuss converting a receiver to FA from SA in a public forum?!


    I really don't know why I'm bothering replying to you, as the old saying goes "Your stupidity will trump my intelligence".

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  • gasbag11 Top 10 Forum Poster Wednesday, September 21, 2016 10:18 PM Reply

    Strobe on a flashlight is not intended to completely incapacitate someone. But it can do a very effective job of temporarily blinding someone and give you enough time to get away. And if you don't think that's possible, you've never seen a really bright flashlight. 


    I have a few high powered lights that can almost induce nausea on strobe mode in just a few seconds. 

    Also, I definitely wouldn't want to get whacked on the head with a 4 D cell Mag-lite. Big flashlights can definitely be used as defensive weapons.

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