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ChibiM wrote:

But don’t you think its a good toy for kids maybe? Or still not worth the $12?

Especially for kids (or also elderly) this light is unsuitable because of the difficulty (for them) of getting the head back on the body after replacing cells.

The only use case I could see for the SA-22 is as a backup emergency flashlight stored away for years and years somewhere with lithium primary cells, for example your car (where heat would kill Li-Ion over time faster than primary lithium AA cells). However keep in mind the not so stellar runtime and efficacy. Even as a back-up light there are better options nowadays in the same price. And consider if you would not rather invest a little bit more in a true quality emergency light, because in that particular case failure is not an option.

So your question to me seems: does paying 12 USD offers a good value for a throw-away flashlight?

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you are right! pity.. it was promising, but forgot all the details about the light. that was probably a reason I never got one myself 

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my biggest concern is the “threading issue”, this is a major design mistake. With the head made from aluminum and the body from plastic, there is a real danger you damage the flimsy plastic threads. I really need to be extremely careful to connect both parts in the right manner.
A few years back after the group buy we talked a lot about the drawbacks of this light, the plastic threads will wear out to where the head pops off and won’t stay on. About 50-150 battery charges in my experience.

It also doesn’t help that the battery springs “pushing back” make it difficult to screw on the head in the exact right angle on the body.

I got used to that, it was my most used light for a while till the head starting popping off

slowtechstef wrote:
ChibiM wrote:

But don’t you think its a good toy for kids maybe? Or still not worth the $12?

Especially for kids (or also elderly) this light is unsuitable because of the difficulty (for them) of getting the head back on the body after replacing cells.

The only use case I could see for the SA-22 is as a backup emergency flashlight stored away for years and years somewhere with lithium primary cells, for example your car (where heat would kill Li-Ion over time faster than primary lithium AA cells). However keep in mind the not so stellar runtime and efficacy. Even as a back-up light there are better options nowadays in the same price. And consider if you would not rather invest a little bit more in a true quality emergency light, because in that particular case failure is not an option.

So your question to me seems: does paying 12 USD offers a good value for a throw-away flashlight?


I found the battery life to compare to my 105C lights, about an hour on high. The maximum output is lower (600 vs 900 lumens) but battery performance was better, no dimming till it was almost dead unlike linear driven lithium.
Mine is still in use as an emergency light, fully charged matched cells in a specific place where it can be found in the dark and only used in emergencies and charged about once a year

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