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As a flashlight newbie, is this a decent one? I'd like a flashlight that's small-ish, rechargeable (18650 or somesuch would be great, possibly with onboard charging) and that won't cost me a ridiculous amount of money.
Decent? Yes. Matches your criteria? No. This Drop is for a matchbook sized flashlight that although bright, has a relatively short runtime. But you won't use this light for search and rescue, working under your car, or backpacking at night. This light is perfect for checking the seat pocket on a plane, lighting up a darkened sidewalk, looking for something that fell on the floor in a theater... Before it gets dim, top it off with a quick charge via a micro-USB cable (included, I think). Should last 2 years or more before you have to send it in to get the battery replaced. (I think these are all steel cases, but there are copper (as in Cu) and colored aluminum-cased versions. Steel will wear longer, but since the one I have is the (shiny) chrome-plated model, I can say the chrome will come off in high-wear areas after a year or so. Still, it's more durable than the aluminum versions.)
An 18650 light is much larger. An 18650 is a great cell: long runtime, very mature technology (thanks to laptops and e-cars), a variety of price points. But it's not for keychain lights... Tons of great sources online for lights (and headlamps) CandlePowerForums, BudgetLightForums, etc. Half the fun of purchasing a fancy LED light is the research--good luck!