Best AA flashlights?

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Looking to buy a single AA and a multiple AA flashlight. What are the best deals available?

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What are your criteria for

What are your criteria for determining what’s “best”?

Some would say the SK-68 is the best 1xAA torch (or 2xAA or 3xAA, with extenders), because it’s a great value for a few bucks. Some would say the Zebralight line are the best, since they have the brightest and dimmest outputs and longest runtimes in a small package. Some would say a simple 1xAA twisty is best because it’s smallest. Some would choose a L10 w/ 219 emitter because it has the best beam tint. etc, etc, etc…

For a multiple-AA light, the Nitecore EA4 is pretty popular. Similar to the Rook or Padme. Some of Fenix’s AA models might be of interest too, or a 2xAA Quark, or … etc. I haven’t really looked much at multiple-AA lights though, because Li-Ion can get me the same or better performance in a smaller package.

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Best deal for me is something

Best deal for me is something that is great value for money, not something that is let's say $100 and cannot justify the price... Smile

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You might be happy with a

You might be happy with a Romisen RC-G2 from shiningbeam.com. The Xeno E03 is popular too.

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HiMultiple “aa”, no doubt

Hi
Multiple “aa”, no doubt Nitecore EA4.
Single aa, I’m happy with Nitecore MT1A and EagleTac D25A clicky XP-G2. I’m Waiting for a Sunwayman C15A, and I want to buy a Klarus RS1A.

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SK68 clone and the Klarus P2A

SK68 clone and the Klarus P2A are good contenders. Smile

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depending on what you want to

depending on what you want to spend these are my recommendations:

$5-6 – sipik sk68 clone – a very fun light and for the price everyone should own one – three or even five of them… they work well on aa and 14500 and make good gifts (buy on ebay)

$30 – xeno e03 XML2 or nichia 219 – a good middle of the road light – can be had with your preference of xml2 u2, t6 neutral or nichia 219 from edcplus.com – just be careful of “blue” and “red” colors… they really are purple and pink in my experience

$54 – zebralight sc52 from illuminationsupply.com – use promocode sc52restock for probably the best price you will ever see on this light currently… i was on the fence about this one… but pulled the trigger after i saw TWO used ones sell in 1 hour on CPFM for MORE than the new price… i will be posting a full review, but from the zebralights i have owned in the past im sure its great… runs on aa or 14500 … the 14500 does not effect the modes at all, it gives the light a “turbo” 500 lumen mode for the first minute and then steps down to 280 lumen and behaves exactly like an AA nimh is loaded

also check out the eagletac d25a XML2 (cw and nw available) on light junction for around $52 – i ordered one of these yesterday – i owned the d25c at one point and the head flickered when i got it.. but eagletac customer service made it right very quickly.. (i shipped the head to china for about $4 and it was back at my door in 2 weeks fixed)

also be aware that lifepo4 batteries are good for some aa lights if you want the bang of a 14500 with a little less heat… they will run about 3.6-3.65 volts fresh off the charger and will be nearly as bright (Depending on the emitter) in a direct drive mode, without the danger and heat of a 4.2v li-ion

hope this helped!

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Sorry if I have said this

Sorry if I have said this before but for a 2xAA light it doesn’t it gets any better than a Shiningbeam Caveman. Not in my experience anyway.

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Chidwack2 wrote:Sorry if I

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Sorry if I have said this before but for a 2xAA light it doesn’t it gets any better than a Shiningbeam Caveman. Not in my experience anyway.

i have to try this one soon Smile

for 2aa i only have tried the 4sevens quark aa2 and i have a terralux 300 lumen 2aa light i got free sitting in my car

it looks like the caveman is available in t5 and t6… is the t5 neutral? its cheaper than the t6?

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Steve_the_Chief wrote:You

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You might be happy with a Romisen RC-G2 from shiningbeam.com. The Xeno E03 is popular too.

Have it, hate it.

As said, SK68 for a cheapy or SC52 for quality with heaps of modes

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jmpaul320 wrote:Chidwack2

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Chidwack2 wrote:
Sorry if I have said this before but for a 2xAA light it doesn’t it gets any better than a Shiningbeam Caveman. Not in my experience anyway.

i have to try this one soon Smile

for 2aa i only have tried the 4sevens quark aa2 and i have a terralux 300 lumen 2aa light i got free sitting in my car

it looks like the caveman is available in t5 and t6… is the t5 neutral? its cheaper than the t6?

I don’t know about the T5. I had the T6. I’m going to buy some of each soon.

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For a single AA don’t forget

For a single AA don’t forget the L3 Illumination L10. At $20 it is a great value for an XPG2.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/14679

For 2xAA, I’ll second the ShiningBeam Caveman recommendation. Especially given that there’s currently a thread dedicated to Bryan’s excellent customer service!

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right now i am only buying

right now i am only buying xml2 aa lights… all the xml aa lights will soon be replaced by xml2 sooner or later

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I see the Nitecore EA4 is a

I see the Nitecore EA4 is a favorite recommendation for multi-AA. What about the Blackshadow/FandyFire Rook? Any good?

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If you ask for the best

If you ask for the best multi-aa EA4 can not compare with Blackshadow / FandyFire Rook.
 “EA4” is top quality, and it is not more expensive than the others.

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the rook is wired parallel –

the rook is wired parallel – 1.5v on primary alkaleaks, 4.2v on li-ion, it also has no tailcap lock out and can drain your cells there were early reports of very high parasitic drain.

I’d like to find a nice multi aa light but nightcore can f*** spiders, I wont be giving them any money, which leaves jetbeam with a question mark too Sad

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At current pricing, the EA4

At current pricing, the EA4 is a better buy than the Rook. When the Rook was less and the EA4 was more than it is now, the Rook was more appealing.

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I’d like to find a nice multi aa light but nightcore can f*** spiders, I wont be giving them any money, which leaves jetbeam with a question mark too :(

LOL yeah after reading some about the whole fallout I am very turned off by Nitecore as well.

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Silverman wrote:For a single

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For a single AA don’t forget the L3 Illumination L10. At $20 it is a great value for an XPG2.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/14679

Close…. but I would HIGHLY recommend spending $5 more for the Nichia 219 high CRI emitter. It is a fantastic light! My 4-mode white version is definitely one of my best buys to date. Can’t recommend it enough.

Buy it HERE

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Good light

That’s a good light, as is the ShiningBeam Spark (which converts to a 1xCR123 light for travel or better pocketability). The 47s Quark, EagleTac P and D series, and Crelant V21-A are all good 2xAA lights, and the ET GX25A3 looks interesting, but I haven’t owned it.

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Sorry if I have said this before but for a 2xAA light it doesn’t it gets any better than a Shiningbeam Caveman. Not in my experience anyway.

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gords1001 wrote:the rook is

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the rook is wired parallel - 1.5v on primary alkaleaks, 4.2v on li-ion, it also has no tailcap lock out and can drain your cells there were early reports of very high parasitic drain. I'd like to find a nice multi aa light but nightcore can f*** spiders, I wont be giving them any money, which leaves jetbeam with a question mark too :(

 

Both BlackShadow and Fandyfire have the mentioned problems? Is you also take out Nitecore, then what is else is available with multi-AA cells? I see that there are options when it comes to single cell, but with multi-cell the case is different.

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I think the Blackshadow Padme

I think the Blackshadow Padme CAN be locked-out, unlike the Rook (unmodded). Fortunately, you can mod the Rook with tape to enable lock-out…. there are threads on here about it elsewhere if you are interested.

The Fenix TK41 takes 8xAA. It is very similar to the Nitecore EA8. TK41 is nice, but about $100. Not sure if you are trying to spend that much.

There is also the Fenix LD41, LD40, and E40, and the Jetbeam PA40. All four of these are very similar. Different emitters and features… These are 4xAA like the EA4, but different shape/configuration.

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How many....

…cells are you thinking? My TK41 is an awesome light, but despite being about the same size as a 2D maglite, I think many people used to small EDC lights think it’s too big. It’s a true SAR and gamespotting light. If an 8xAA light isn’t too big, check it out.

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the rook is wired parallel – 1.5v on primary alkaleaks, 4.2v on li-ion, it also has no tailcap lock out and can drain your cells there were early reports of very high parasitic drain. I’d like to find a nice multi aa light but nightcore can f*** spiders, I wont be giving them any money, which leaves jetbeam with a question mark too :(

 

Both BlackShadow and Fandyfire have the mentioned problems? Is you also take out Nitecore, then what is else is available with multi-AA cells? I see that there are options when it comes to single cell, but with multi-cell the case is different.

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Sipik sk68 LED Lenser T5

Sipik sk68
LED Lenser T5

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$14.68 Hugsby P2 is a thought

$14.68 Hugsby P2 is a thought considering price, and it also can use CR 123a.
http://dx.com/p/hugsby-p2-cree-q5-wc-190-lumen-led-flashlight-1-aa-1-145…

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Haterade wrote:At current
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At current pricing, the EA4 is a better buy than the Rook. When the Rook was less and the EA4 was more than it is now, the Rook was more appealing.
gords1001 wrote:
I'd like to find a nice multi aa light but nightcore can f*** spiders, I wont be giving them any money, which leaves jetbeam with a question mark too :(
LOL yeah after reading some about the whole fallout I am very turned off by Nitecore as well.
mimd to shed some light about what is happening to nitecore that turn you off? blackshadow is a good light. not always that nitecore sits higher than it.
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sorotantaz wrote:Haterade

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Haterade wrote:
At current pricing, the EA4 is a better buy than the Rook. When the Rook was less and the EA4 was more than it is now, the Rook was more appealing.

gords1001 wrote:
I’d like to find a nice multi aa light but nightcore can f*** spiders, I wont be giving them any money, which leaves jetbeam with a question mark too :(

LOL yeah after reading some about the whole fallout I am very turned off by Nitecore as well.


mimd to shed some light about what is happening to nitecore that turn you off?
blackshadow is a good light. not always that nitecore sits higher than it.

nitecore is actively bitching at some trusted blf dealers for other people posting prices on deals offered to the forum. Price fixing basically. I’ve decided to fix the price at nothing – I will pay nothing for any nitecore products, simple as that really.

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This is not price fixing.

This is not price fixing. The authorized dealer is allowed to sell at whatever price they want, they just can’t advertise it, it has to be via a promotion code or something I think.

As far as I can see, Nitecore is being tared and feathered for something that isn’t uncommon among some of the bigger brands and their dealers. I know when I wanted to check the pricing on a Zebra S6330, I had to PM the seller for the price.

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falco wrote:This is not price

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This is not price fixing. The authorized dealer is allowed to sell at whatever price they want, they just can’t advertise it, it has to be via a promotion code or something I think.

As far as I can see, Nitecore is being tared and feathered for something that isn’t uncommon among some of the bigger brands and their dealers. I know when I wanted to check the pricing on a Zebra S6330, I had to PM the seller for the price.

Any why not? No respect for that sort of business practice.

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This is my guess. The seller

This is my guess. The seller agrees to these terms and in return they either get listed as an authorized dealer or maybe get special pricing. If you’re a grey marker dealer or don’t get your supply from the manufacturer, you can advertise at whatever price you want probably.

Whether you like it or not, it’s rather common. Ever wonder why in newspapers it says advertised price too low to list?

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I’m English, we dont get

I’m English, we dont get that crap. simply there is a wholesale price not mentioned and a retail price determined by the distributer.

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Don’t you have authorized

Don’t you have authorized dealers for watches in England? This is actually something that’s very common for watches. The authorized dealer has to buy a certain amount of watches from the manufacturer and can’t sell or advertise below a certain price, in return the manufacturer provides a warranty for watches sold by the seller. At least that’s how I think it works.

That’s usually also where grey market watches come from, the authorized dealer can’t sell his allocated number of watches and sells them cheap to an unauthorized dealer who then sells the watches without warranty or with his/her own in store warranty.

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