So, is there a current, very popular 14500 light on the scene?

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So, is there a current, very popular 14500 light on the scene?

My EDC 14500 has been an EagTac D25A Clicky, XM-L T6, for quite a while now. Great light! But of course, my mind wonders… what’s out there now running 14500 that I might love… even MORE?

(I like beautiful, creamy beams, neutral to slightly warm tints, and mostly floody with a slight central pop.)

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The Skilhunt M150 has a lot going for it, including Li-ion LVP for unprotected cells, magnetic charging, and a high-CRI LH351D option. It can also run on AA.

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The Skilhunt M150 has a lot going for it, including Li-ion LVP for unprotected cells, magnetic charging, and a high-CRI LH351D option. It can also run on AA.

The UI is unfortunate.

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I like the Reylight Ti Lan v3. It’s not the smallest 14500 light there is but the Nichia 219c on it looks nice to me. There’s enough room in the body to take protected 14500’s.

https://thelitereview.com/flashlights/reylight-ti-lan-v3-review-grade-5-...

Links to Rey’s shop:

https://www.reylight.net/shop/

Ti version starts at $68, depending on style and LED.
Cu version on sale starting at $49, depending on style and LED.

The smallest 14500 light I have and like is the Manker E11

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/47486

I did have issues with it turning on by itself in pocket or clipped to belt. So I did manual lockout. Also I think it’s cool white only and it won’t take protected cells.

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I love my EDC05C. If the main emitter was a but warmer, it would be perfect.

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Lumintop Tool AA.

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Lumintop Tool AA 2.0

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Hard to beat the eagletac. Maybe go for a newer version in titanium.

Edit: Zebralight SC53c maybe (AA).

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Sofirn SP-10. Well made, nice double click turbo and basic mode for moon, med, high. Lowest moon of any light I’ve otherwise owned and perfect for the 4am pitch black bathroom run at hunting or fishing camp (or home) after some beer drinkin’. Beer

I bought about five on sale for $11 each last year during CNY and then got EBL 14500s for them when Lightbringer tested them to be great batteries- good and cheap from Amazon (then). I stocked up then and just recharge every three months or so. We keep them in the house in several spots: bedstands, nearby dark closets, wife’s jewelry box, back door, etc.

They fit in any pocket, are tiny and lightweight. One can use “alkaleaks” in them, but it you don’t want to go 14500, NiMH batteries from Ikea (Panny Enloops) work as well. I’ve run both and the 14500 hits brighter on turbo. But I rarely use turbo and so the Enloops would also be just fine for average use.

Have dropped them, used them in rain and snow at camp, and put them through an EDC pace and they have held up very well. Also gifted several to hunting buddies and they think they are the best lights on earth (they are also now LED junkies, I am their dealer of course ;).

Anyway, for the price they are a solid little light for sure. And with the NEW LH351D emitter, I bet the color/tint is really sweet! Dang It! Now I’m gonna’ havta’ get one of these new ones! I love that emitter!!!

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Yep, I’ve got a bunch of SP10s, quite nice. Whole bunch of UIs came out since the beginning, which can be confusing. No idea what’s in the SP10S, though.

And yeah, those EBLs are pretty good. Been using one in my ‘micro, tried a Vapcell 7A, and didn’t see any noticeable difference. Both were hella bright.

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Zappaman wrote:
Sofirn SP-10. Well made, nice double click turbo and basic mode for moon, med, high. Lowest moon of any light I’ve otherwise owned and perfect for the 4am pitch black bathroom run at hunting or fishing camp (or home) after some beer drinkin’. Beer

I bought about five on sale for $11 each last year during CNY and then got EBL 14500s for them when Lightbringer tested them to be great batteries- good and cheap from Amazon (then). I stocked up then and just recharge every three months or so. We keep them in the house in several spots: bedstands, nearby dark closets, wife’s jewelry box, back door, etc.

They fit in any pocket, are tiny and lightweight. One can use “alkaleaks” in them, but it you don’t want to go 14500, NiMH batteries from Ikea (Panny Enloops) work as well. I’ve run both and the 14500 hits brighter on turbo. But I rarely use turbo and so the Enloops would also be just fine for average use.

Have dropped them, used them in rain and snow at camp, and put them through an EDC pace and they have held up very well. Also gifted several to hunting buddies and they think they are the best lights on earth (they are also now LED junkies, I am their dealer of course ;).

Anyway, for the price they are a solid little light for sure. And with the NEW LH351D emitter, I bet the color/tint is really sweet! Dang It! Now I’m gonna’ havta’ get one of these new ones! I love that emitter!!!

SP-10s seem to be a hot ticket!

Are they readily “moddable” as regards LED swaps – if I got one, I would probably want to swap in a floody, warm emitter, like Nichia 219BT 3500k.

Could that be easily done?

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How about the Lumintop Tool AA? Is that light readily modded to a Nichia 219BT 3500k, for floody, warm output?

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There used to be a 219C version of the Tool AA floating about. Sadly it seems to be gone. So I’m siding the SP10 crew.

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I had forgotten about the Manker E11. In fact I have one, somewhere.

Can the Manker E11 readily accept an emitter swap to a Nichia 219?

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Scallywag wrote:
zak.wilson wrote:
The Skilhunt M150 has a lot going for it, including Li-ion LVP for unprotected cells, magnetic charging, and a high-CRI LH351D option. It can also run on AA.

The UI is unfortunate.
Sadly, that’s what killed it for me. Everything else is great. Sure wish they’d put in a driver circuit capable of running Anduril.
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xevious wrote:
Scallywag wrote:
zak.wilson wrote:
The Skilhunt M150 has a lot going for it, including Li-ion LVP for unprotected cells, magnetic charging, and a high-CRI LH351D option. It can also run on AA.
The UI is unfortunate.
Sadly, that’s what killed it for me. Everything else is great. Sure wish they’d put in a driver circuit capable of running Anduril.

I’m hoping that loneoceans next target for his lume1 driver is the skilhunt m series. (Prayers)

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DHart wrote:
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SP-10s seem to be a hot ticket!

Are they readily “moddable” as regards LED swaps – if I got one, I would probably want to swap in a floody, warm emitter, like Nichia 219BT 3500k.

Could that be easily done?

Yes. I swapped Nichia 219b and sanded 60° TIR lens to fit. The bezel is glued but it’s easy to remove with a strap wrench


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Jack Kellar wrote:
There used to be a 219C version of the Tool AA floating about. Sadly it seems to be gone. So I’m siding the SP10 crew.

The Nichia version of the Tool AA 2.0 isn’t gone. I recently bought one. They’re often on backorder, because they’re popular and not sold by every vendor that sells the other version.

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flightless22 wrote:
DHart wrote:
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SP-10s seem to be a hot ticket!

Are they readily “moddable” as regards LED swaps – if I got one, I would probably want to swap in a floody, warm emitter, like Nichia 219BT 3500k.

Could that be easily done?

Yes. I swapped Nichia 219b and sanded 60° TIR lens to fit. The bezel is glued but it’s easy to remove with a strap wrench

nice Thumbs Up ,
i have a sp10 2.0 that is begging for a 219b sw45k, will try sanding down an old TIR,
did you use the glass lens ?

The SP10s with the optional 2 way clip is a nice edc for sumer time Cool

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The Reylight Copper Pineapple looks great.

Do you know if the emitter is readily accessible on his lights?

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DHart wrote:
My EDC 14500 has been an EagTac D25A Clicky, XM-L T6 … want to swap in a … Nichia 219BT 3500k.

Thumbs UP!
remove the Cool White Low CRI LED
replace with Warm White High CRI!

with a Nichia, the CRI will go up,
a similar percentage as the max output will go down.

I think it is totally worth the trade off.

more quality
less quantity

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NorthernHarrier wrote:
Jack Kellar wrote:
There used to be a 219C version of the Tool AA floating about. Sadly it seems to be gone. So I’m siding the SP10 crew.

The Nichia version of the Tool AA 2.0 isn’t gone. I recently bought one. They’re often on backorder, because they’re popular and not sold by every vendor that sells the other version.


Including Lumintop’s Ali store, right? Because it’s not available there. (And for me, American sellers are out of the question, shipping is far too expensive.)

EDIT: If the Tool AAA with Nichia is still around, I’d love to hear of it. I seldom take mine out of the house for fear of losing it, that’s how much I love it.

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Tool AA 2.0 is with PWM right?

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jon_slider wrote:
DHart wrote:
My EDC 14500 has been an EagTac D25A Clicky, XM-L T6 … want to swap in a … Nichia 219BT 3500k.

Thumbs UP!
remove the Cool White Low CRI LED
replace with Warm White High CRI!

with a Nichia, the CRI will go up,
a similar percentage as the max output will go down.

I think it is totally worth the trade off.

more quality
less quantity

Yes, indeed. Happy to trade away some output for warm tint and higher CRI. That’s a trade I would make with nearly every light that I have. Only exceptions would be the dedicated throwers that I only use off my back porch out into the wilds.

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I lost (temporarily) an EDC light that I loved once. EagleTac 25A Titanium. Since then, every light that I take with me out the door, in my pocket, has a lengthy lanyard clipped to it, and connected to my belt loop. Won’t ever lose a pocket light again.

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Jack Kellar wrote:
If the Tool AAA with Nichia is still around,
sent you a PM with a link

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Tendou wrote:
Tool AA 2.0 is with PWM right?
maybe not anymore,
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/65392
but, the lowest mode is 10 lumens and it has memory.. neither works for me

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DHart wrote:
Won’t ever lose a pocket light again.
glad you took control
did you lose a light that was clipped to a pocket, or all the way inside a pocket?

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offtopic
imo the most revolutionary light that I would encourage you to discover, is the

Jetbeam RRT-01.. nothing else comes close, for my personal EDC preferences

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I will have to have a look at the RRT-01. Can it do warm, high CRI, flood? I’m about equally good with 14500, as 16340, even 18350. I just want fairly compact and rechargeable li-ion, not primaries.

The light I lost was clipped to the corner of my pocket. It was found by someone else, later, who realized that it was mine.

Now, with the lanyard, I drop the light into my pocket and never worry about losing it.

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DHart wrote:
I will have to have a look at the RRT-01. Can it do warm, high CRI, flood? I’m about equally good with 14500, as 16340, even 18350. I just want fairly compact and rechargeable li-ion, not primaries.

The light I lost was clipped to the corner of my pocket. It was found by someone else, later, who realized that it was mine.

Now, with the lanyard, I drop the light into my pocket and never worry about losing it.

Would recommend looking for the old model rrt-01. The new one is very heavy and bulky, certainly compared to the eagletac.

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Yeah… EagleTac created a masterpiece with the D25 line. I just wish you could get them with warm & high CRI emitters. Mods are possible on at least some of their lights, though.

I also have great appreciation for Olight’s S1A Baton with TIR optic – pop a 3000k XM-L2 under that TIR and the floody beam and warm color are magnificent! Great compact size, too.

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I still carry and love my Utorch UT01. Somewhat programmable. Simple. Great battery life. Compact. And takes both AA and 14500.

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DHart wrote:
I will have to have a look at the RRT-01. Can it do warm, high CRI, flood?

The LED is easily accessible (2019 RRT01). I have not even had to disassemle the head completely to get to the MCPCB if memory serves. Not sure if there’s a TIR optics that would fit. The reflector geometry makes a more narrow spill. Best would probably be to stay with a domeless LED, else it might have some artifacts in the beam, but that’s just a guess based on my experiences with other deep smooth reflectors.

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