Night deliveries and a good flashlight

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by WyoBrown, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. WyoBrown

    WyoBrown New Member

    The days are getting shorter and the no. of stops are increasing. I need a good beam of light to see addresses, any recommendations? Does anyone use one of those pricey lumen ones? How do they compare with the LED? Missing summer already!
  2. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    The search function is your friend, grasshopper.

  3. Monkey Butt

    Monkey Butt Obscured by Mirrors Staff Member

  4. dillweed

    dillweed Well-Known Member

    Best flashlight we've ever had is a maglite. We have the 3 cell D model which gives good light and is heavy enough to knock a bad dog into next week.
  5. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    i recommend staying away from LED. They save energy but aren't near as bright as a regular bulb for distance applications. Up close, awesome. More than 5 feet, not as good. I'm with Dillweed, stic with the old fashioned Maglite
  6. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    I've tried plenty of flashlights and nothing works better for me than a SureFire.

    I have the cheapest model but it works like a charm. Its light, compact, and bright. A combination that is hard to find with most other brands. The military uses them on their rifles. I used to get replacement batteries for them from an in-law that is in the army. Mine has a holster much like my cell phone. I used a Maglite for a year. They are too big and heavy and not bright enough. My SureFire can light up an address number on a mailbox or a house from a greater distance than any Maglite I ever had. There are a couple of other good brands similar to Surefire but I have yet to try them out. I have no reason to switch yet.
  7. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    I don't carry a flashlight. Been on the area 15 years.
  8. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    Get a Max-a-Million.

    UPSBOI You don't want to know!

    Pelican makes a good flashlight.
  10. Overpaid Union Thug

    Overpaid Union Thug Well-Known Member

    You would be if you worked in my area. As fast as this area is growing it's hard to keep up with all the new housing areas being built. Add that to the fact that add/cuts in EDD have drivers going all over the map. I saw drivers like you using flashlights for the first time in years after we got PAS/EDD. At the very least I use one to avoid stepping in one of the steaming piles of dog surprise.
  11. brownrodster

    brownrodster New Member

    I use a maglite with a LED bulb. Best flashlight I've ever owned. My batteries have lasted 2 years with that LED bulb.
  12. Mike Hawk

    Mike Hawk New Member

    You people that discount LED's have only used Wal-Mart quality LEDs, my bike light is bright enough to make cars flash their high beams at me on the road and bright enough on the trail to see 100 yards ahead. It runs off 4 AA size lithium-ion batteries, and the light head is small enough that I can almost close my hand around it. The LEDs in this one cost maybe $60 alone, but they will last 50,000 hours, I will upgrade them to something more efficient before they burn out(or break). Maglites are cheaper and easier to use, and also serve as a baseball bat.
  13. Cementups

    Cementups Box Monkey

    they should be a damn good light sicne I vcould fill my gas tank with Premium twice just to pay for one.

    I too have vbeen on my area long enough I can tell you exactly where every house is. I carry a flashlilght in my EDC box but never have to use it. My area is also in a growth pattern but I can still keep up on new builds
  14. haydendavid380

    haydendavid380 is property of UPS

    Hands down the best flashlight I've ever used. Mine has been dropped in water, fell out of the truck on the highway, and forgotten in the driveway, stuck in a frozen puddle. It has been the only led I've used that works well from a distance.
  15. stevetheupsguy

    stevetheupsguy sʇǝʌǝʇɥǝndsƃnʎ

    Just use your brights and honk a lot. This will cause people to turn on porch and garage lights so you can see the numbers.

    If this doesn't work, put packages on handcart and take a nice stroll. This will cause UPS to lighten your load so you can be done before dark.

    If none of this works, do what Hoax said and read that thread.
  16. brownrodster

    brownrodster New Member

    It gets dark at 4:30 PM here during peak. Working in the dark is a reality we face daily up north. During peak we're out till 9 PM. If done earlier than that we have to help others.
  17. barnyard

    barnyard KTM rider Staff Member

    I went to a cop supply store and bought an LED flashlight. Uses 3-AA's and works perfectly for shining house numbers. I also bought the leather belt holster thing, so it is easy to carry (actually bought 2, one of them is zip tied to my diad holder so that I know where the light is during the day, without having to carry it.)

    I have also found that since I have aged, I need an extra light to read my mileage.

  18. Bryishre

    Bryishre ktm atv racer

    What i do is the neighborhoods. Where the numbers are harder to see i run them in the daytime. Save the ones that are easier to see with headlights in the evening. Another thing to do is look how the numbers run and learn them. So when you get a house or two without numbers you wont pass a stop. i use a mag lite when i pretrip the tractor.
  19. WyoBrown

    WyoBrown New Member

    The grasshopper thanks you for your suggestions. Sorry, should have thought of the search before this...duh. The surefire looks great, cabelas has a whole line of them but knowing me, I would lose it after a week or two. And pricey! Whoa! But, the size and the belt clip fit my needs perfectly. Hmmm...we'll see how much overtime I get this week, then I'll invest :)
  20. 1080Driver

    1080Driver Active Member

    Same as Brownmonster..........same route for 15 years, no need to look at the address, just look at the name....