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Need a simple AA torch that turns on in low or has memory

I need to find a simple AA light that is reliable and easy to use. This will be a gift for someone that travels a great deal and needs a light at night in strange hotel rooms.

I’ve done some research, but I’d like to get some other opinions.

Thanks in advance,
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Hi!!

There is 2-3 post on this in the last week.

many people recommended klarus mi7

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A lot depends on your price range and battery chemistry.

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She is going to use standard alkaline AA batteries (she’s not like us).

I would say it wouldn’t even need to be that bright. Especially since it’s going to be used mostly in the middle of the night.

I’ve looked at the Klarus MI7, Jetstream MK-1, and even the Streamlight Microstream.

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My favorite edc, my ET D25A Ti, always starts in Low. AA or 14500 for additional punch. Keeping the head tightened will always make it start in High.

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not the same budget Wink

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Right here, fast shipping and under $10 shipped.
4 modes, nice low with memory.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/XTAR-Portable-LED-Flashlight-WK50-150Lm-AA-Ni-MH-Flashlight-Pink-/301952140644?hash=item464dc00564

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I recommend the Nitecore Tube keychain light. It’s compact, rechargeable, and has a neat ramp mode.

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the UKing ZQ from gearbest. only $3, runs on AA. Has one mode though, on or off. She could use the “cupped hand” diffuser to dim the output when needed. Wink

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Muto wrote:
Right here, fast shipping and under $10 shipped.
4 modes, nice low with memory.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/XTAR-Portable-LED-Flashlight-WK50-150Lm-AA-Ni-MH-Flashlight-Pink-/301952140644?hash=item464dc00564

Damn you, now I need to get another flashlight!!!

Pink or not, I really like the looks of this critter. Small, and down to 3lm “moonlight”… it’s really tempting.

13bux + free shipping on Amazon; I like their “a2z” guarantee better. Big Smile

Saw a pair of Hugsby AAA lights there for 8bux a pop (same price for 1xAAA and 2xAAA), also nice looking. Sold by “docooler”, though.

I was going to recommend the 3buk 1xAA flashlight at Microcenter.com (their house-brand, “Inland”). 1W CW LED, side-clicky, 1-mode, wrings every last bit of juice’n‘pulp out of AAs. When my optical mouse stops running on its 2 AAs, I burn off the last microjoules from them in this critter. True firefly mode when I do that. Big Smile

Would guess maybe 30lm on a fresh AA alkie.

Even after giving away a few of ‘em, I still have like 4-5 left, not counting “bobofett” which spent lots of time in my pocket getting quite well-worn. Big Smile

Damn you again… I just ordered one of those pink Xtars. Big Smile

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LOL I agree with you Lightbringer. I actually forgot what I was doing this for … for just a moment.

Thanks for putting this one out there Muto.

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dthoang wrote:
I recommend the Nitecore Tube keychain light. It’s compact, rechargeable, and has a neat ramp mode.

I already gave her a Tube. She knocked it off the nightstand and left it somewhere in Illinois, I think.

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I tie a foot-long piece of fluorescent surveyor’s plastic flagging tape — comes in fluorescent pink, green, yellow, etc — to any flashlight I give someone. I tell them to leave it on until the first time they need to find out where they left it, then think about it.

Much cheaper than providing them with the little glow-in-the-dark keyfobs, which I rely on when I have flashlight finding problems. Works almost as well, er, unless it’s completely dark. Then, my method …

Hmmm, does anybody make a fluorescent glow-in-the-dark surveyor’s tape? Should be.

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Sullysat wrote:
dthoang wrote:
I recommend the Nitecore Tube keychain light. It’s compact, rechargeable, and has a neat ramp mode.

I already gave her a Tube. She knocked it off the nightstand and left it somewhere in Illinois, I think.

Oh, that hurts…

I always suggest tethering the light to a Big Pile Of Keys, so while it’s still portable, there’s no way you’d leave it behind anywhere or lose it.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Sullysat wrote:
dthoang wrote:
I recommend the Nitecore Tube keychain light. It’s compact, rechargeable, and has a neat ramp mode.

I already gave her a Tube. She knocked it off the nightstand and left it somewhere in Illinois, I think.

Oh, that hurts…

I always suggest tethering the light to a Big Pile Of Keys, so while it’s still portable, there’s no way you’d leave it behind anywhere or lose it.

Agreed! The motivation for all this is that she travels a LOT and is working to minimize weight and volume of what she needs to carry. It’s crazy, but if I can give her some choices, she can go from there.

And I’m learning stuff too!

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For an alkaline non flashaholic person i would gift a Thrunite T10 because its lightweight and it has a tailcap clicky, its super simple to use, no parasitic drain and the clicky cant be pressed accidentally.

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daninho wrote:
For an alkaline non flashaholic person i would gift a Thrunite T10 because its lightweight and it has a tailcap clicky, its super simple to use, no parasitic drain and the clicky cant be pressed accidentally.

This was going to be my suggestion. It has 3 modes with memory. Its my favorite AA light so far

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Sullysat wrote:
Agreed! The motivation for all this is that she travels a LOT and is working to minimize weight and volume of what she needs to carry. It’s crazy, but if I can give her some choices, she can go from there.

Then check out the 3buk lights from Microcenter I pointed out before? 1xAA, side-clicky, 1-mode, dirt simple.

And you can buy quite a few at that price. Big Smile

Or Cooyoo has some nice keychain lights.

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Jetbeam Jet-1 MK is a really nice light. Around 18 bucks or so. Use AA for around 220 lumen, or a 14500 for around 480 lumen.
Has a nice 1.5 lumen low mode, and memory.

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I don’t have many small lights, but I’ve been using the Thorfire TG06 as my light for when the house is quiet and dark and it works fine. Initially I used it with NiMh AAs, and they work fine as would a primary cell. But the light really works great with a 14450 in it.

Not what you asked for, but if she really wants small and light I’ve also been playing with the GranVela UltraTac K18 as my personal keyring light. The output is very close to the TG06 but the light is much smaller. I’m impressed with it. It’s a AAA light, but really comes alive with a 10440.

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RobertB wrote:
Jetbeam Jet-1 MK is a really nice light. Around 18 bucks or so. Use AA for around 220 lumen, or a 14500 for around 480 lumen. Has a nice 1.5 lumen low mode, and memory.

Damn you! Damn you all!

I just looked around, liked it, and just bought one from GB. Flash sale for 12bux, good for another 4 days.

I was hoping the twisty would be a selector, like twist a little for firefly, a little more for low, a little more for med, etc., but it’s a simple on/off twisty. Eh, close enough.

‘Cause of you people, I’m gonna be hip-deep in new lights… Silly

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Lightbringer wrote:
RobertB wrote:
Jetbeam Jet-1 MK is a really nice light. Around 18 bucks or so. Use AA for around 220 lumen, or a 14500 for around 480 lumen. Has a nice 1.5 lumen low mode, and memory.

Damn you! Damn you all!

I just looked around, liked it, and just bought one from GB. Flash sale for 12bux, good for another 4 days.

I was hoping the twisty would be a selector, like twist a little for firefly, a little more for low, a little more for med, etc., but it’s a simple on/off twisty. Eh, close enough.

‘Cause of you people, I’m gonna be hip-deep in new lights… Silly

Damn you back!

12 bucks? Now I’m going to have to buy another one or two for gifts

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RobertB wrote:
Damn you back!

Big Smile

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12 bucks? Now I’m going to have to buy another one or two for gifts

One. At least for the 12bux. I tried. Oh, how I tried…

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> This will be a gift for someone that travels a great deal and needs a light at night in strange hotel rooms.

not AA but: Nitecore Tip CRI
no need to buy batteries, needs mini usb cord that she may already have for her phone (just dont use lockout)

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Look at the Streamlight ProTac EMS. Single AA, any version. Modes of 3.7/10/50 lumens. Always starts on low. I carried one for several years when I worked in the kitchen at a nursing home. Very handy for looking under shelves and in dark corners, etc. As the name implies, it was designed for EMS use. It is a very nice blue color, and has the EMS emblem on the side. IIRC it sells for around $35 USD. Really a nice little light. I wish I still had it but it decided to run away from home.

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Thanks for all the suggestions folks! I’ve looked at several of these and purchased a few of them too.

I’ll keep watching and looking and buying and let you all know where we end up!

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Muto wrote:
Right here, fast shipping and under $10 shipped.
4 modes, nice low with memory.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/XTAR-Portable-LED-Flashlight-WK50-150Lm-AA-Ni-MH-Flashlight-Pink-/301952140644?hash=item464dc00564

Just got this one (from amazon, not ebay)… pretty nice, pink and all. Big Smile

Only thing I’m not crazy about is that there’s not much momentary anything on the switch. It seems to be neither a forward-clicky or reverse-clicky. You gotta full-click it to do anything. Half-press when on won’t turn it off (not a RC), and half-press when off won’t turn it on (not a FC).

Still, for 12bux, who cares?

It’s thin-walled and really light, thread feel is pretty good, seems to have a nice beefy o-ring on the tail end of the battery-tube to snug up the tailcap nicely.

(later…)

Wait, no, I take it back. Just playing with it now, and it’s a FC! Jesus smiled on me… Big Smile

It’s a little finicky, but yes indeedy, it’s a FC. Can switch modes by half-clicking (while nominally off). Maybe the switch just needs some working in, break in the “springiness” a little more.

And now the switch is acting up on me. Of course… Doesn’t seem to know what mode it wants to be in after “flickering” a bit.

Best to just keep it off, set the mode you want by half-pressing it, leave it off a few seconds, and then just full-click it on/off as needed.

Impressed with its moonlight mode, though! Will come in handy at night.

And on the bright (haha) side, being that it’s Barbie Pink, chances are no one’s going to be too inclined to swipe it on me. Big Smile

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RobertB wrote:
Jetbeam Jet-1 MK is a really nice light. Around 18 bucks or so. Use AA for around 220 lumen, or a 14500 for around 480 lumen. Has a nice 1.5 lumen low mode, and memory.

Still haven’t gotten this one, though. Kinda itchin’ for it…

Any idea how long it takes GB to ship to the ‘States?

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Sullysat wrote:
The motivation for all this is that she travels a LOT and is working to minimize weight and volume of what she needs to carry.

I know you asked for AA litghts, but the ThorFire PF03 (1x AAA) is what I am keeping next to my bed a the moment.

It always starts in low and has no memory – so it meets that requirement. The sequence is low-high-med. Low is great for trips to the bathroom without waking the wife. Med is perfect for trips to the kitchen.

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Lightbringer wrote:
RobertB wrote:
Jetbeam Jet-1 MK is a really nice light. Around 18 bucks or so. Use AA for around 220 lumen, or a 14500 for around 480 lumen. Has a nice 1.5 lumen low mode, and memory.

Still haven’t gotten this one, though. Kinda itchin’ for it…

Any idea how long it takes GB to ship to the ‘States?

It will test your patience. I’ve had both fast shipping, and shipping where I wondered if the package got lost. That’s why, unless I’m truly in no hurry, I order off of ebay and pay a few dollars premium.

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