Looking for the best 1xAA/1x14500. Budget around 50

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Looking for the best 1xAA/1x14500. Budget around 50

Hi guys, last year I bought the Quark Regular AA R5 but I never received it, so Paypal sent me back the money of the purchase.

I was going to buy it again (this time with tracking) but I was wondering if there is any other light with better features.

Must have:

-AA 14500 support (AA are easy to find and 14500 because of the extra brightness)

-not so big, I want it to be my EDC, something like the Quark is OK.

-multimode with moonmode (less than 3 lumens, better if it is less than 1lumen) and at least an interesting high.

-not zooming

-clicky (like both, forward or reverse) or electronic switch


Also like

-well balanced throw/spill 

-also like the hidden beacon, SOS and strobe modes of the quark.

-better if it is neutral white, but no problem if it is cold (even a bit bluish) white, but I hate greenish
 
-sturdy, water-resistant, "agressive" design
 
-Budget: better if it is less than 55usd, but I can go a bit more if it is necessary.

"no le temo a la oscuridad, la oscuridad me teme a mí"

Edited by: ezeqdb on 02/24/2011 - 16:09
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Zebralight SC51w (neutral) or SC51 looks different and could fit the bill. Not a clicky but a soft switch. Good brightness level even with a AA. 

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Mmm.. interesting features, but I really want the 14500 support for extra brightness (more than 250l). Edited the first post.

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Zebralight gives 200lm with an AA so might not need a LiIon to shine. 14500 support lowers the efficiency on AA batteries, and sometimes burn the boost circuit, so I try to pick a AA only or a pure LiIon if I can. 

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itp sa1 is my edc..great on aa and even better on 14500..39.99$ and was tested at over 250 lumens at cpf in a sphere on 14500's..and actually they changes frpm xp-e r2's to xp-g r5's recently..I remember the xp-e going down a few bucks to be cleaed out on goinggear..well worth the price..

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Hm... ITP come to mind (the only one)... for less than $50 and moon mode (well, actually you can buy SA1 or C7 for less than $40). That Quark cost $57 now.

Bryan @ SB sells all versions with R5 already (GG also, AFAIK) 

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 new jetbeams  or the klarus or the xeno o3

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That quark seems very decent!

You may want to hold off a bit seeing how the BLF manafont Farka 09 ends up unless you really want to spend 50usd.

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They're gonna send you a green redcat with a black LED.

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So many options and not so much money!

I've never understood which models of Jetbeams and Nitecores are available, and where to buy them..

I think I will finally go for the Quark, I've a kind of love story with it. The ultrafire C3 was the first led flashlight I bought, and it seems to be a Quark knock-off. In october  I decided to buy the Quark, but it never arrived Frown

Now there is a 10% discount in 4sevens with the coupon LUMENLOVE.. if I wasn't so skeptical I would believe it is a message from destiny LOL

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57-5,7=$51.3

Good light. Don't know if it has good regulation, but at least you will not burn the driver with AA after using 14500 :bigsmile: The only "bad" thing I remember... is that too many model tends to have bluish or purplish tint Sad So if you like neutral or warm tint... think twice. 

Size comparison (from selfbuilts review): http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff97/selfbuilt/2011/E03032.jpg 

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ITP EOS A3 R5 throws a very broad light and is a flooder totally. Now SA1 Eluma R5 looks promising but I don't know if the brightness would differ much to the R2 version. Some say A3 R5 isn't much brighter than the original Q5 version.   What would you guys recommend? A XP-E R2 SA1 for ~$40 (Lightake) or a XP-G R5 SA1 for ~$50 (inc. shipping from Goinggear)?