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Costco 3 pack 4XAAA Duracell flashlight

just saw these at Torrance, CA Costco

Duracell 4 X AAA 3 pack “300” lumen flashlights, $19.99 for the pack
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Interesting reflector…

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Yeah, I have one of those 1/2 and 1/2 reflectors in my UF-535

interesting

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It reminds me of the 4AAA “300 lumen” Utilitech from Lowes.

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Anyone have the duracel zoomies from Costco that take 2 (or was it 3) C-cells?

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eas wrote:
Anyone have the duracel zoomies from Costco that take 2 (or was it 3) C-cells?

No I don’t but I was at Costco a couple days ago.


Just before I went to Costco, I was at an electronics and computer flea market and saw the Duracell lights at a vendors table. He was asking $35 for 1 of the zoomies and $15 for an SK68!
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I actually have a pair of the Duracell zoomies, they do take 3 X C cells….

problem with these lights are they will discharge by themselves, I’m returning most of them…

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Ruke wrote:
I actually have a pair of the Duracell zoomies, they do take 3 X C cells….

problem with these lights are they will discharge by themselves, I’m returning most of them…

Good to know. My first cheap LED lights were a three pack from costco that had the same annoying problem. I returned them as well.

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so anyone try to use 18650 in that 4aaa yet?
being resold by a major brand they are probably at least decent quality.if they can use 26650-18650 they might be worth looking at esp on sale/clearance!

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eas wrote:
Anyone have the duracel zoomies from Costco that take 2 (or was it 3) C-cells?

Have two of them but from Amazon, not Costco. Not bad for the price though I have not dropped either of them. Per something I read they do not like shock. They are 3C batteries.

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Crenelated bezel?

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Almost no bezel at all. The zoom lens appears to be glued into the front of the zoom slider and the front surface of the lens is only recessed about .060”.

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Got two of the three packs of the Costco 4 AAA lights on sale for around $14.99

Have only opened one pack so far… One light barely works, keeps shutting off or doesn’t work at all. The other two work fine. Took one out on a job I was doing… left it on high for about 15 mins and it shut down completely. Let it rest for a couple minutes and worked again.

Pretty bright for cheap lights, but needs some more testing… Good enough for general home use, I’ll probably test all the lights and return any that are bad in one pack. Keep the rest.

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i assume they run 4s?
can you take one apart to see the driver?
linear,buck,or just a current limiting resistor?

Hawaiian Eyez wrote:
Got two of the three packs of the Costco 4 AAA lights on sale for around $14.99

Have only opened one pack so far… One light barely works, keeps shutting off or doesn’t work at all. The other two work fine. Took one out on a job I was doing… left it on high for about 15 mins and it shut down completely. Let it rest for a couple minutes and worked again.

Pretty bright for cheap lights, but needs some more testing… Good enough for general home use, I’ll probably test all the lights and return any that are bad in one pack. Keep the rest.

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They have them on sale again $12 for a pack of 3 or $16 for a 4-pack

anyone compared these:
- Costco Duracell/Durabeam 300/350 Lum flashlights (4xAAA) ($4-5)

-to the Ultrafire Cree XML-T6 / E17 / G700 (3xAAA) ($4-$5)

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I just saw that 3 pack at Costco today and couldn’t resist Silly
I sure don’t need them, I only got them out of curiosity. Besides, they are on clearance. That “7” at the end of the price means they are reduced in price. I think these were originally $19.99, maybe $14.99 Anyway, $12.97 with DuraCell batteries is such a deal.

I mentioned I didn’t need them, heck I still have a pack of 3 from last year that were 300 Lumen.

Both this years and last years model use the CREE XP-G2. I gotta say right now that as far as I’m concerned, retail stores have better lights for the money than ordering online. No chance of Lattice Bright emitters, better customer service etc. Only time to order online is for the more exotic lights.
Last years 300 Lumen light had a compound reflector, this years light is a zoomie.

The LED in the zoomie looks larger because of the lense. Both are XP-G2’s

I think it would be possible to fit an 18650 in either light, there would be room as there is extra space in the battery carrier in last years light and extra space in the tailcap of this years. Last years light would be easier though.

At my COSTCO at least there is an instant rebate of $4 on the 2 pack of DuraCell 3-C flashlights. 8 bucks a piece is a nice price for this light, and it includes the batteries.
$15.99

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Thanks for the comparison of the 300/350 lights. I picked up the 350 ones, paid full price $20 but they dont seem to have a zoom lens.

I think you mentioned that “this years light is a zoomie.”
maybe I got the wrong ones.

I really like the 700 2-pack for $16. they really light up the building from inside and out, no matter how dark it is. Sofar didn’t find a flashlight that can outshine these.

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look around here a while and you will find smaller lights that will beat the pants off of these.
$8 ea is a good deal and when you dont have to wait for the slow boat,get latticebrighted,ect its even nicer.
these have it in the value dept.
might be able to run 26650 with a spacer too.
anyone measure id of the tube yet?

caramba wrote:

I really like the 700 2-pack for $16. they really light up the building from inside and out, no matter how dark it is. Sofar didn’t find a flashlight that can outshine these.

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Dcho,

Do you recall if the 2 pack was aspheric lens zoomie, or Maglite-like focusable with a reflector?  There is no Costco in my town, but I know someone in a different town that might be interested in that deal.

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ImA4Wheelr wrote:

Dcho,


Do you recall if the 2 pack was aspheric lens zoomie, or Maglite-like focusable with a reflector?  There is no Costco in my town, but I know someone in a different town that might be interested in that deal.

I am no expert, but it seems to me it is focusable. checkout the pics

Zoomed in

Zoomed out(85%)

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snakebite wrote:
look around here a while and you will find smaller lights that will beat the pants off of these.
$8 ea is a good deal and when you dont have to wait for the slow boat,get latticebrighted,ect its even nicer.
these have it in the value dept.
might be able to run 26650 with a spacer too.

anyone measure id of the tube yet?

Do you mean inner diameter? Dont have a caliper on me but just using a tape measure it looks around 27-28MM. The C-cells are rattling a little bit.

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cool.use 26650 with a homemade dummy and 3 c in a pinch

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caramba wrote:

ImA4Wheelr wrote:

Dcho,

Do you recall if the 2 pack was aspheric lens zoomie, or Maglite-like focusable with a reflector?  There is no Costco in my town, but I know someone in a different town that might be interested in that deal.

I am no expert, but it seems to me it is focusable. checkout the pics Zoomed in !https://s14.postimg.org/atq038q7l/Zoomie_zoomed_in.jpg!:https://s14.post... Zoomed out(85%) !https://s15.postimg.org/5q4yo4f5n/Zoomie_Zoomed_out.jpg!:https://s15.pos...

That's what I needed to know. Thank you caramba.

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For those that own the Duracell 3xAAA or 4xAAA, can you measure the draw when the flashlight is off? I am wondering what the drain rate is…. the reviews on Costco.com say that it drains the batteries in 3-4 weeks.

Thanks,

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dlong wrote:
For those that own the Duracell 3xAAA or 4xAAA, can you measure the draw when the flashlight is off? I am wondering what the drain rate is…. the reviews on Costco.com say that it drains the batteries in 3-4 weeks.

Thanks,

-d

Excuse my ignorance, I am a newbie, I have one of those free red multimeters (and my dad has a more serious looking one) I think i can measure DC current but I have never done it on a flashlight.

Should I just turn off the flashlight and follow this video?

Actually, He doesn’t explain how to measure it on a multi AAA flashlight with a battery carriage.

Edit: I still want to learn how to measuure the parasitic drain but I found some of the reviews you mentioned on AMZ.
LOL one of them said that these flashlights are a pure marketing genius!
Hey it’s Duracell branded and a high lumen flashlight with constant current draw = You need more Duracell batteries!
This industry is getting evil, first they get you addicted to flashlights and now they design them so you spend all your pocket money, gas money, rent whatever, to buy batteries and they brainwash you to buy a particular brand Smile

On a more serious note, one or two of the reviewers measured the drain on both models
300 Lum= the parasitic drain is 1mA for the grey one, 0.3mA for the red one, and 0.2mA for the black one.
350 Lum=did not see any current when turned off

Here is a video how to replace the circuit board of the switch with a cheapo light (I didnt want to embed the video only put the link, to save space)
https://youtu.be/zVgjK8Y2N_w?t=90

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anything with an e switch will have parasitic drain. can you unscrew the tail for lockout?

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snakebite wrote:
anything with an e switch will have parasitic drain. can you unscrew the tail for lockout?

Yeah, but 1mA drain is really bad. Standby on most of my lights is just a few microamps, not worth worrying about.

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New price for the 3 pack at my Costco is now $7.97
The “7” at the end of a Costco price is an indicator that the item is on clearance. Originally these were $19.99
They then went to $14.97 to $12.97 and now $7.97. they still have cases of these at this price. It will be interesting to see if they go still lower, but 3 lights and batteries for $8 is phenomenal.

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FWIW… I have the 300L non-zoom lights from last year, the version with the half orange peel reflector.

My MNKE IMR26650 does not fit. Its just a mm or two too big. You can completely alleviate parasitic drain by unscrewing the tailcap about 1/2 a turn, well before the point of the gasket being exposed. I like 4xAAA better than 3. Nice white tint XPG2. Low mode PWM is really bad.

The head is glued together and its all direct drive at the business end. In other words all the regulation and mode switching circuitry is contained in the tailcap e-switch. Not sure how to take the switch apart, its not the typical brass retaining ring with 2 holes. Furthermore, there’s no where near enough thermal mass or heat path under the LED for this to be worth modding. If I remove the tailcap, battery holder, looking into the barrel I can see light pass through beneath the LED… so theres not much material there to conduct or sink the heat away.

OK lights but nothing to get excited over. If you want instant gratification, $$ would be better spent on a thorfire AA or 18650 on Amazon and expedite the shipping to same day (or 1-2 days if you can wait).

I am highly doubtful that zoomy aspheric optic one is 350 Lumens OTF. Maybe 350 at the emitter but not OTF, lot of wasted lumens on those small diameter aspheric designs. I guess it would all depend on the optic design and how close it gets to the LED.

my .02

[EDIT] I was just playing around with mine (first time in a year) and I remembered why I dislike multi-AAA designs so much… picking out the batteries from the cell caddy with a finger nail is dam near impossible!! Nails on chalkboard!! Back into the flashlight graveyard drawer it goes.

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time to mod to accept 18650 or 18500 if you dont have room.
anything stuck with 3aaa here gets relegated to disposable/loaner status.

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Ahhhhhhhhhhhh,
But these are 4AAA lights Smile

The problem here is that some people think every light should me modded, and if can’t be it ain’t worth owning. That may be true, but the allure is these lights is the PRICE. And they are very decent performers as is Give a non flashaholic one, or three of these and pile of AAA cells and they should be very happy for a long time.

The included cells (12) retail for at least $6. Subtract that from the cost of 3 lights, $8, and what is there to think about?

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snakebite wrote:
time to mod to accept 18650 or 18500 if you dont have room. anything stuck with 3aaa here gets relegated to disposable/loaner status.

Yes!
dispose of as in “gift”

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