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Best 2AA light out there

I am putting together a bug out bag and was wondering as to which light I should include there. I have several 18650 that came to mind but I started thinking in the case of a zombie apocalypse it might not be as easy for me to charge my batteries. So that got me thinking that my best bet would be a AA light cause I figure I might be able to find some scattered around because of their popularity. I decided 2AA would be best cause it would give me enough juice for whatever situation I find myself in. The only thing now is I need help as to which ya think is best. I need it to be somewhat compact and very durable because this might be the last flashlight I find myself with in case the zombies come. Any suggestions???

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What kind of zombies? Actual living people infected by some virus, or animated corpses?

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I have all the flashlights I need, but not as many as I want...

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My money is on living people with viruses. It just seems more plausible. So in that case, according to the movie “I am legend” the more lumens the better Steve

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I HATE fast zombies!!!

They should shamble!

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Zanflare F2?

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I have all the flashlights I need, but not as many as I want...

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I have Lumintop ED25. 620 lumens. But I do not know if he can still buy it.

The day when I won't use the flashlight, as if he wasn't.

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Get a couple of AAA to AA converter cases for the bugout bag as well, they weigh nothing but double your chances of getting compatible backup batteries from any source.

Beam me up!

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Man Without Shadow wrote:
What kind of zombies? Actual living people infected by some virus, or animated corpses?

Didn’t you forget about people with headcrabs

and on the first day he said "Let there be light"...

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My initial reaction was Fenix TK20, but that shows my age. So the nearest alternative would be olight s2a baton

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mgracia85 wrote:
My money is on living people with viruses. It just seems more plausible. So in that case, according to the movie “I am legend” the more lumens the better Steve

I am Legend is a re-make of the Omega Man – a far better film IMO but I am showing my age.

The Nitecore MT22A comes to mind, I personally don’t have one (yet) but it is a double AA. I like the side by side configuration.

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The only multi-AA lights I have are the SF11 and TK4A. Great for eating multiple cells at a time, but they have the same issue as any multi-cell lights: leakage. One cell will always burn down faster’n the other, and you’ll still be getting usable light while that weak-link is oozing its corrosive guts all over your light’s innards.

Me personally, I’d stick with single-AA lights, ‘cause you might scrounge up 1 cell, but there’s no guarantee there’ll be 2.

That said, the Zanflare F2 seems to fit the bill, ‘though I don’t have one to comment on it.

Otherwise, a 2×AA Maglite with LED drop-in (or match-mod) should be more’n sufficient.

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For a 2xAA flashlight, maybe Blitzwolf BW-ET1 !
And a solar battery charger Wink Unless the sun also disappears OopsWink

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Zulumoose wrote:
Get a couple of AAA to AA converter cases for the bugout bag as well, they weigh nothing but double your chances of getting compatible backup batteries from any source.

In that case, consider a light that runs on C cells as well. Being the least popular battery size, it’s likely to sell out last in an apocalypse. Smile

And you can use adapters to convert from C to AA and to AAA.

Granted, I don’t know of any nice C lights out there. Maybe some Maglite?

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Whats your price range? That will help us a little.
$10

$40

$60

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Zanflare F2 because IMHO it’s the only easily buildable 2AA host / light you can get right now (the SA22 is another good multi-AA host but getting harder to find).

I also really like the Olight S1 baton with an extender on it so the more UTD S2A (mentioned above) would be my choice if I just wanted a turn-key light ready to use without building…

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Do people actually believe in that zombie BS or are they just joking?

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Truth!

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I have all the flashlights I need, but not as many as I want...

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Enderman wrote:
Do people actually believe in that zombie BS or are they just joking?

I think its just used to describe a really bad situation without being political due to the international nature of this community.(TEOTWAWKI)??
I would use natural disasters with extended power outrages, but that’s long.

In my location it would be hurricanes and tornadoes that I would be concerned about, not zombies.

I buy a lot of cheap AA lights and batteries to trade it the USA goes tits up.

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bikenber73 wrote:
Whats your price range? That will help us a little.
$10

$40

“$60”:https://www.fenixlighting.com/product/ld22-fenix-flashlight/

Price isn’t an issue. Thanks for all the suggestions! Will have to do my research

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If price isn’t an issue then I would go with the Nitecore. If it is a “survival” light then the less switches the better; less to fail. Brands like Fenix and Nitecore have some QA around their products so you can be assured that you are getting a quality light. I have 15 year old Fenix and Nitecore lights that still work well. The cheaper “brand” lights are great if you get a good one but you might not due to lack of QA.

Batteries are as much of a concern as the lights themselves if you plan on storing them in the lights.

Please keep asking!

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Paul321 wrote:

I am Legend is a re-make of the Omega Man – a far better film IMO but I am showing my age.

Omega Man is a remake of The Last Man on Earth (Vincent Price) which was an adaptation of Richard Matheson’s novel…I Am Legend. Wink

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Enderman wrote:
Do people actually believe in that zombie BS or are they just joking?

Wisconsin has several zombie outbreaks every year.

Best use of flashlights is to put them all in a pillowcase and swing wildly at their heads.

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Enderman wrote:
Do people actually believe in that zombie BS or are they just joking?
Are we talking women without make-up aimlessly walking the grocery store aisles at 2am. in a bathrobe, fuzzy slippers and curlers?

I like the Jaxman M2
and of course the old fenix e21 still rocks (but we all got them cheap too Smile

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pennzy wrote:
This one comes to mind https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/SF13-LED-Flashlight-Cree-XPG2-Powerful-Flashlight-LED-Waterproof-Mini-Penlight-with-Clip-3-modes-Torch/2933049_32800915958.html?spm=2114.12010612.8148356.17.61ef5da8F7tui6[/quote]

 

Pennzy, how does one activate turbo and strobe modes in this pen light? I assume that there is no mode memory. Right?  I am a big fan of Sofirn, and the $9.79 price of this piece shipped induces me to give it a try. Thanks!

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I don’t own one but check out this video

https://youtu.be/XL5k2cGQY8A

Looks to me that turbo is in the general rotation.

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Man Without Shadow wrote:
Wisconsin has several zombie outbreaks every year.

Best use of flashlights is to put them all in a pillowcase and swing wildly at their heads.

Ahh, you’ve been to a Badgers football game.

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Why not a AA headlamp and a AAA to AA adapter. A headlamp is just a flashlight and is fine for holding in the hand for short tasks, and if you are using a flashlight long enough to get annoyed at holding it, then a headlamp makes great sense.

I would also throw in a super long running moonlight mode AAA light for use as a nightlight, etc. for a situation where the electricity is not working.

If you get the AA light then be sure and throw a dummy cell AA and 2 AAA to AA adapters into the bag.

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Lightbringer wrote:
The only multi-AA lights I have are the SF11 and TK4A. Great for eating multiple cells at a time, but they have the same issue as *any* multi-cell lights: leakage. One cell will *always* burn down faster'n the other, and you'll still be getting usable light while that weak-link is oozing its corrosive guts all over your light's innards. Me personally, I'd stick with single-AA lights, 'cause you might scrounge up *1* cell, but there's no guarantee there'll be *2*. That said, the Zanflare F2 seems to fit the bill, 'though I don't have one to comment on it. Otherwise, a 2×AA Maglite with LED drop-in (or match-mod) should be more'n sufficient.

 

I own a Zanflare F2 but never use it because the strobe mode is in the normal rotation - not hidden. The modes are Low→Med→High→Strobe. So going from High to Low requires a dose of self-inflict strobe.  It also has mode memory which I don't care for.

 

For those that carry mucho EDC items, it makes sense to carry a flashlight in a belt holster. That leaves the pockets for other EDC items that you may want to keep immediately at hand. But for comfort sake, you need a flashlight that is light enough that you do not notice and that will not poke you in the ribs when you sit down. For me, a single 14500/AA flashlight is the best choice. For outdoor use, I prefer a single 14500/AA flashlight that always comes on in High (like the Thorfire TGO6S). For indoor use, I prefer a flashlight that always comes on in Low (like the Sofirn SF14 or Lumintop Tool AA). 

 

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pennzy wrote:
I don't own one but check out this video https://youtu.be/XL5k2cGQY8A Looks to me that turbo is in the general rotation.

Glad I saw the video before I made my purchase. The Sofirn SF13 has mode memory which I don't care for. I am a trigger-happy user and always forget to reset the flashlight to the preferred startup mode before I shut it off. Hate to be surprised, lost, and not feel in control when I turn a flashlight on.  Otherwise, it looks like a decent flashlight, and a good value. 

 

 

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