Which types of vendors sell multi-mode (adjustable-brightness) flashlights? Both online and offline vendors. Both sellers of new flashlights and used ones.

I know that outdoors stores sell them, but I'm looking for other options; I want to find a vendor closer to home than the nearest outdoors store.


  • @theJollySin: Good point; thank you. I have added links to some related questions. You may also want to see the choose-a-light checklist then post your own personalized question. As for this question—"What kinds of stores sell multi-mode (adjustable-brightness) flashlights?"—if I may ask, did you upvote or downvote it? :) Feb 6 '13 at 19:36
  • On DIY, we would refer to this as a "shop for me question", which is OT. Not sure if the same rules apply here.
    – BMitch
    Feb 6 '13 at 23:56
  • @BMitch: Fair point. Still, my question is broader than a usual "shop for me" question. Shopping-related questions are normally closed as "too localized". They are "unlikely to help any future visitors": but my question is very broad. Or "only relevant to a small geographic area": but mine covers at least the US and Canada. Plus, unlike the vast majority of shopping questions, mine is self-answered. Did you upvote me? :) Feb 7 '13 at 6:02
  • Here's the original SO blog post. Trying to define how broad of a scope it needed to be before a shopping question was considered on topic was only going to result in a lot of debate and confused people asking questions, so we made is as black and white as possible. For DIY, we decided "what tool should I get for Y" and "what qualities should I look for when purchasing X" are on topic, but "where can I buy X" and "is there an X with qualities Z" are off topic.
    – BMitch
    Feb 7 '13 at 12:14
  • As BMike said, this really is a shopping question, even though it's somewhat more generalized than the average one. It could also be considered a list question, which is also discouraged across the SE network. Therefore, I'm going to close it now. If you disagree with this response, you can bring it up on The Great Outdoors Meta.
    – Kevin
    Feb 7 '13 at 15:50

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