I'm man enough to admit when I have a problem, and so I freely admit to a flashlight fetish. Being able to turn darkness into light with the push of a button is just awesome, I don't care how old you are.
Field expedient lighting of all kinds has gotten so much better in the last few years. I was looking at the Pelican 7060 LED rechargeable flashlight, and in between looking at it and receiving one in the mail the lumens increased from 130 to 175. Now that's progress! So here's the bottom line on the Pelican: it rocks. Seriously bright, throws light forever, tougher than nails (motto: "You break it, we'll replace it… forever), and rechargeable to boot.
The 7060 was developed in collaboration with the Los Angeles Police Department, and the attention to detail shows. It's rugged grip is no-slip, no way, no how, and even the serrations on the shroud have a purpose: if you leave it activated standing on a flat surface you'll see the light. The aluminum heat sink is effective, and the included holster is servicable, although you might want to upgrade to leather.
At 8.5 inches long and just under 11 ounces, it's not compact, but the extra length handles nicely. The dual switches – butt end and standard – have a great feel. Best of all: no paying out the nose for batteries: the 7060 plugs clips into a wall charger and the lithium ion batter takes less than an hour to fully recharge. You'll get well over an hour run time. Bottom line: if you're looking for a rugged, mid-size flashlight and want to make the move from halogen or xenon to LED, the Pelican is your light.