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Recommendations for a kid-proof light

I have a one year old who’s starting to take a liking to flashlights like her old man. She just broke an old Inova X1 by smashing it into the ground a few times. I’m more upset that I don’t have another beater flashlight for her to play than the light being broken. Any recommendations for a relatively cheap single aa light that’s kid proof? Also, something that’s not too crazy bright would be nice.

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With the brightness of leds, tricky
How about the BLF 348 (AAA light, but still a bit too bright if you ask me.)
Or a convoy S2+ with
least amount of modes (pm Simon to ask for 1 group, 3 modes)
Least amount chips (7135 3x)
XML2 T4-7A 3000-3200K LED
the S2+ is very sturdy, check the tests you can find people dropping them, drivong over them by cars. And it has low voltage protection.

EDIT and this in purple?

You might consider swapping the lens with a plastic one on whatever light you choose.

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3*7135 is still 1A, which is more than 200 lumens ! It’s way too bright for a toddler !
I wouldn’t give a one year old child more lumens than a BLF 348…

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Kids will shine in their eyes eventually which can cause eye damage. Plus we don’t really know if the anodizing contains lead or other toxins (i was actually thinking about this earlier today), and kids touch things and put the objects and their hands in their mouths. I think you should wait till she is a little older.

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I have the ultrafire c3 and even on Eneloops and low, it’s too bright. That’s why the X1 was really so great. It barely kicked out 30 lumens so it never got too bright or too hot. I have the 3 chip S2, but it’s too bright even on low. Also, the multiple modes on it makes it harder to manage if she bumps or drops it.

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yes you are right X3
When looking into the BLF348 on a simple cell that is in use for a while, even that seems too bright.

OP you do not have some old weak lights?

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My Olight S15R is what convinced my nine month old to crawl a couple of months ago. She wouldn’t do it for toys but when I put moonlight mode on and put it on the rug she was straight after it!!!

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My little kid has SK68 clone – still wasn’t able to break it. I paid for it about $2.
On regular AA also isn’t too bright to blind people, but strong enough to be usable.

I’ll buy him better light once he stop throwing things. Wink

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Such a light does not exist.

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A glow stick.
Hard to break that.

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Nitecore tube but be careful it is small i done a test in my review and it survives every thing and its rechargeable…

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Sk68 with low battery and maybe fixed to flood maybe….

Or a two AA light modded with a 5mm led and diffuser film on the lens… Maybe you can find an old incandescent and mod it like that.
There are also these cheap AA LEDs with a simple 5mm strawhat led often there was police written on the side. Not very bright but also very low quality, I had a bunch which all had a smelling tailcapbutton…

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Halo… wrote:
A glow stick.
Hard to break that.
but you gotta break it to work

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power911 wrote:
Halo… wrote:
A glow stick.
Hard to break that.
but you gotta break it to work

Now that is ironic isn’t it Wink
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+1 vote for the sk68. If you are lucky it is very tough and will be years of fun, and you can put your discarded batteries in it for low enough output.

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I thought about it, but a lot of sharp edges and heaven forbid the bezel gets unscrewed just when it is in the mouth.

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My son loved sharp edges when he was 1, feeling them in his mouth, he would have been fascinated by the sk68. Put some glue in the threads against unscrewing.

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I agree with the SK68 clone suggestion: very cheap, use nearly-expended alkaline primaries and fix the unscrewing and lock it in flood problems with a little superglue.

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Try something cheap like this:

http://www.dx.com/p/slh-h603-1-led-60lm-1-mode-white-flashlight-silver-red-1-x-aa-133510

I bought one a couple of years ago, and it stands up very well to kid-abuse.

Although it says 60 lumens; it’s not, it’s about 15 lumens on a AA battery. And although it says warm white LED; it’s not, it’s a standard cheap cool white.

But, it’s still a great 1-mode light. No small parts for a kid to swallow, and the tail cap screws on pretty tight so it won’t fall apart easily under abuse. Standard 1xAA battery, so you don’t have to worry about lithium-ion dangers. Big enough to hand-hold with ease. Despite being a cheap light, I’m surprised it has handled a fair amount of drops, etc. But if your kid loses it, no big deal.

I’m sure there are plenty like it. I just gave one example that I know is not too bright. It can be hard to buy a LED light that isn’t very bright nowadays, especially in the AA size or larger.

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Install a translucent UV filter lens to prevent eye damage. If you can’t comfortably stare directly into the light then it is too bright. I suggest a moon light only mod. That would have been good for my kids since they always fell asleep with the light on and complained about dead batteries.

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Why not just a Fenix E01?

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Whatever you decide, please keep all button cells far away from your baby. If swallowed, the internal injuries are horrific and can cause death.

My first Grandbaby recently arrived and I have to fight the urge to build a fortress around her. I don’t remember being so careful with my own kids. Meh, they survived.

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That police flashlight is on sale at Gearbest for $2.29 and is not a bad choice.

http://www.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_172290.html?ebay

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Just for kicks, while I decide on which flashlight to get as a suitable, safe replacement… I decided to tear down the X1. It proved very difficult, but I found a freezing method on the “other” forum that worked very well.

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Led, moon mode driver, li-ion cell, wireless charge receiver, and accelerometer all hermetically sealed in a clear resin rubber ball. Only lights when it bounces, no loose parts to swallow, rechargeable. If you keep raising the g force limit and by the time they let women pitch in the majors she can throw a 100mph fastball. There’s your retirement investment.

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As some others mentioned, and SK68. they are tough, no glass lens to break, and even adding a piece of wax paper under the dome lens would make it less blinding. they also come in many colors too on ebay for less than a couple bucks each.

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Mine likes my Nitecore Tube and Rayus C01. But I feel like both are too bright. The Tube, he always press and hold so it activates the high mode.

I was thinking the Fenix E01 too, but then if he unscrews the head, it becomes a choking hazard…

We had a hand-me-down kids “keys/flashlight” combo toy with a dim incandescent bulb. But he always goes for my real keys and keychain lights.

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If you’re concerned about any potential health issues like dodgy paint or blinding issues (nothing to stop a kid looking away though – that’s a natural reflex action and one that could be quickly learned – plus, you don’t teach a kid that a fire is hot by showing them a pic of one…) why not buy a kids torch from Early Learning Centre or equivalent? He/she can always move up to real flashlights when a touch older?

As it happens, my daughter has a SK68 clone she fiddles with – no cell in it – always under our supervision.

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My 2 year old loves flashlights so I gave her a BLF 348 that I resistor modded to a very low moon level. She put it in her mouth all the time when I first gave it to her, but I’d just take the battery out and let it dry for a day or two. I’d recommend one of those and a lithium energizer primary.

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DorcyDirect.com has several suitable low-power flashlight such as this AAA.

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