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Astrolux single AA light?

With the success of the Astrolux S1, other Astrolux models have emerged including the S3 which uses 1400 cell but i little expensive than the S1. Will there be a single AA version in the future?

Dont get me wrong, i love the Astrolux models, but one cannot have much 18650/14500 cells stocked and ready for desaster use, these cells are pricey as well.

Id love to see an Astrolux S1A. Olight as been releasing terrible models, for me, so any new lights and all have SIDE switches.

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A simple and budget tail ckicky AA light is always in demand here at BLF, but budget seems to be in conflict with an efficient boost driver with good modes. Manker, Olight and Zebralight make very good boost drivers for single AA batteries, but their flashlights are not budget. I doubt that Banggood can have such a good driver made for an Astrolux AA-light.
There have been attempts at a BLF-developed 15mm diameter boost driver, there have been good working prototypes but nothing finished yet.

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I would be also very interested in Astrolux single AA.
As klarus showed – it is possible to have it for around $25 in group buy, that’s perfectly acceptable price for me. Good UI and nice form factor – that could be the winner.

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There seems to be a gap between cheapo AA lights and nice AA lights.
It’s often either a light for a few bucks or for more than 20 bucks.

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Well, there is for example Jetbeam JET-I. Pretty nice price, I would by it BUT: it has very cool tint (that I don’t like) and not a clicky.

What I would like is for example Manker E11 with following modifications:
- Clicky instead of e-switch (perhaps that could reduce the price)
- Preferably neutral/warm Nichia 219C
- Perhaps we could remove support for 14500 – that light is strong enough on standard AA (and maybe it would further lower the price)

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I agree. The Thrunite T10 / T10T have had pretty much nothing in the way of direct competition. It would be great to have more options.

The appeal of AAs over Li-ions for me is the ability to have large numbers of NiMHs sitting at full charge for when they are needed, without worrying about degrading their capacity like Li-ions. Likewise, I like to use NiMH batteries when a light is going to be left in a bag or vehicle and be used primarily for emergencies.

And since many people who ask me for flashlight recommendations don’t have a rechargeable ecosystem running, I would like to see more lights with physical clicky switches to keep the lights from draining alkalines to the point where they leak (and because I have had issues with twisty switches [and physically locked-out lights] working their way on or off in pockets or bags).

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Kalihi wrote:
I agree. The Thrunite T10 / T10T have had pretty much nothing in the way of direct competition. It would be great to have more options.

The appeal of AAs over Li-ions for me is the ability to have large numbers of NiMHs sitting at full charge for when they are needed, without worrying about degrading their capacity like Li-ions. Likewise, I like to use NiMH batteries when a light is going to be left in a bag or vehicle and be used primarily for emergencies.

And since many people who ask me for flashlight recommendations don’t have a rechargeable ecosystem running, I would like to see more lights with physical clicky switches to keep the lights from draining alkalines to the point where they leak (and because I have had issues with twisty switches [and physically locked-out lights] working their way on or off in pockets or bags).


Yeah, something like the SingFire 348, but for AA would be great.
Just on / off, no modes for all i care.
Easy to use for everybody.
Put a Nichia in it and you have a great light.

And +1 for the NiMH batteries.

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Yes, I would like something in the sub $10 range so that I can buy a half dozen and replace the $3 spk lights that I have. My Eneloops are still my reliable go-to power source for lights.

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Woytas wrote:
Well, there is for example Jetbeam JET-I. Pretty nice price, I would by it BUT: it has very cool tint (that I don’t like) and not a clicky.

One thing I wanted, and see an actual market for, is something along the lines of a MiniMag. No adjustable beam (ie, no Doughnut Hole Of Death when twisted to a flood beam), just a fixed-distance aspheric or maybe a mule if bright enough.

Simple twisty on/off for non-flashaholics, maybe old-timers who’d just leave the light on whatever random mode it came on, for general-purpose use grubbling around in cabinets and looking for dropped earrings (or pills, in the case of old-timers) on the floor, that kind of thing.

I threw together a couple of match-mods with wide-angle TIRs, and people love ‘em. Simple elegant design, simple UI(!), decent light. And 2 AAs makes care’n‘feeding of the critters equally simple.

Hmm, what’s 800mA into an XM-L2? At least 200lm? Not too shabby…

Even ~100lm into a 219 would be nice.

Reminds me, I’ve got some 5Ds I’d like to try. Hope it’s nice and rosy. Big Smile

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Jerommel wrote:
Yeah, something like the SingFire 348, but for AA would be great.
Just on / off, no modes for all i care.
Easy to use for everybody.
Put a Nichia in it and you have a great light.

And +1 for the NiMH batteries.

Bah, I wrote too soon.

Yeh, exactly as the above, ‘though people do like the “big head” of the M*g. Easier twistin’. Big Smile

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I live in a country where at least 20 Typhoon visits per year. Like right now, the northern part of the country is being ravaged by a Signal 5 Typhoon, with winds blowing over 225 kmph. Power will be out for few weeks, 18650 cells won’t be useful after probably a week of use. There’s an abundance of AA/AAA everywhere in my country, it’s just that there are no good lights available below $20 here.

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Perhaps the Thorfire TG06 would be suitable? I haven’t used one so I don’t know what the modes are like but it’s less than $11 from a couple of places.

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This one looks pretty nice.

http://www.banggood.com/Moonlake-XP-G2-R5-5Modes-Cool-White-EDC-Mini-LED-Flashlight-p-1065438.html?rmmds=cart

Too bad it’s too pricey. T__T

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kamote1half wrote:
This one looks pretty nice.

http://www.banggood.com/Moonlake-XP-G2-R5-5Modes-Cool-White-EDC-Mini-LED-Flashlight-p-1065438.html?rmmds=cart

Too bad it’s too pricey. T__T

It does look nice.
With a high CRI LED (Nichia) it could be something.
It is a bit pricey, but I guess that could come down via a group-buy.
Never heard of Moonlake, is there somebody here that knows anything about quality etc.?

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RollerBoySE wrote:
kamote1half wrote:
This one looks pretty nice.

http://www.banggood.com/Moonlake-XP-G2-R5-5Modes-Cool-White-EDC-Mini-LED-Flashlight-p-1065438.html?rmmds=cart

Too bad it’s too pricey. T__T

It does look nice.
With a high CRI LED (Nichia) it could be something.
It is a bit pricey, but I guess that could come down via a group-buy.
Never heard of Moonlake, is there somebody here that knows anything about quality etc.?

This one looks very nice as well.

http://www.banggood.com/Revtronic-T1A-XP-E2-105LM-AA-Outdoor-EDC-LED-Flashlight-p-1078504.html?rmmds=cart

Sure wish the price will be reduced. it’s really too pricey for a AA cell light.

Ready. Set. Light.

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We need a Kronos A5

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I personally find the Revtronic and the Moonlake lights great for backup. If only it’s priced a lot less, these lights will probably sell more.

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Agree, while I have a lot more 18650 lights, I only keep a AA lights in the car glove box. AA are available nearly everywhere from your local gas station to dollar stores.

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Woytas wrote:
Well, there is for example Jetbeam JET-I. Pretty nice price, I would by it BUT: it has very cool tint (that I don’t like) and not a clicky.

What I would like is for example Manker E11 with following modifications:
- Clicky instead of e-switch (perhaps that could reduce the price)
- Preferably neutral/warm Nichia 219C
- Perhaps we could remove support for 14500 – that light is strong enough on standard AA (and maybe it would further lower the price)

Agreed. Though I have to say I absolutely love my Jetbeam Jet-I MK. Yes, it has a not-so-good (meaning “bad”) clip. And it’s a twisty (though a good twisty). And the tint is cool. I’d love it even more if it had a high CRI emitter and a better clip, but it’s still my favorite EDC at the moment.

I’ve been hoping that On the Road might jump into the fray and put out a great, affordable AA / 14500 model in the same way they hit the budget 16340 space with their M3. I doubt if they’d put a 219C in it, but we can pray.

Or Astrolux? Manker? Whoever it is, someone should put out a great, moderately priced AA / 14500 torch with a high CRI emitter soon. I’d buy three of them.

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Bohemian wrote:
Woytas wrote:
Well, there is for example Jetbeam JET-I. Pretty nice price, I would by it BUT: it has very cool tint (that I don’t like) and not a clicky.

What I would like is for example Manker E11 with following modifications:
- Clicky instead of e-switch (perhaps that could reduce the price)
- Preferably neutral/warm Nichia 219C
- Perhaps we could remove support for 14500 – that light is strong enough on standard AA (and maybe it would further lower the price)

Agreed. Though I have to say I absolutely love my Jetbeam Jet-I MK. Yes, it has a not-so-good (meaning “bad”) clip. And it’s a twisty (though a good twisty). And the tint is cool. I’d love it even more if it had a high CRI emitter and a better clip, but it’s still my favorite EDC at the moment.

I’ve been hoping that On the Road might jump into the fray and put out a great, affordable AA / 14500 model in the same way they hit the budget 16340 space with their M3. I doubt if they’d put a 219C in it, but we can pray.

Or Astrolux? Manker? Whoever it is, someone should put out a great, moderately priced AA / 14500 torch with a high CRI emitter soon. I’d buy three of them.

I agree. 18650 lights may have great chip in them, higher output and other cool things, but nothing can beat a good old single AA tail clicky for emergency situations.

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Bohemian wrote:
Or Astrolux? Manker? Whoever it is, someone should put out a great, moderately priced AA / 14500 torch with a high CRI emitter soon. I’d buy three of them.

+1

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I just remembered this one:

http://www.sbflashlights.com/L3-Illumination/L3-Illumination-L11C-Nichia...

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/39887

Ticks most boxes, apart from price.

(Can’t remember why I never ordered one…)

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kamote1half wrote:
I agree. 18650 lights may have great chip in them, higher output and other cool things, but nothing can beat a good old single AA tail clicky for emergency situations.

Why the tail-clicky, if you don’t mind my asking?

I’m happy with my twisty Jet 1 and modded MiniM*g, etc., and tail-clicky WK50. Well, the switch on the WK50 kinda bites. I guess given those 3, 2 twisties win out over the 1 clicky.

For a small form-factor, a twisty is (to me) a bit lot easier to handle.

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kamote1half wrote:
I live in a country where at least 20 Typhoon visits per year. Like right now, the northern part of the country is being ravaged by a Signal 5 Typhoon, with winds blowing over 225 kmph. Power will be out for few weeks, 18650 cells won’t be useful after probably a week of use. There’s an abundance of AA/AAA everywhere in my country, it’s just that there are no good lights available below $20 here.

Could you use this for blackouts? Docooler Outdoor Solar Powered LED Spotlight Lamp 6 LEDs For Pool Use- https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0090XR40C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s...

The charger part and the light part have a 10’ cable between them, so it would be good to prevent total darkness in some central part of the house, for bathroom visits and general moving around without need of a flashlight, just run the cable through a window with the charger portion outdoors, it also uses a single AA battery.

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Agree, while I have a lot more 18650 lights, I only keep a AA lights in the car glove box. AA are available nearly everywhere from your local gas station to dollar stores.

And advice I give to people about that: keep the AAs outside the light (eg, scotch-taped to the side) in case they leak, and have a spare (set) also kept separately. Nasty nasty nasty when alkies leak inside a light, and then grow fur and solidify. Silly

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To make it easier and neater to keep your alkalines separate from your light, these 4aa cases do the trick, some places also sell cases for 2aa, or 4 and 2 aaa cases.
https://www.fasttech.com/products/0/10001929/5130500-4-aa-aaa-14500-1044...

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I avoid alkaline batteries as much as I can. Low Self Discharge Nimh is the way to go for me. Much cheaper on the long run and they don’t leak.

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To my feature list I would also add micro-USB charging port.
Olight S15R was charging only 14500 as far as I remember. Don’t recall anything that could charge eneloop inside the flashlight. And it’s not budget…and bad tint…and not a tail clicky.

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Wish Neal was still here… Then we would know that at least they would read it and consider it.

But if this is picked up (by Astrolux, or even ‘Zanflare’), I hope they understand that succes of a new budget AA light is 99% related to an efficient boost driver with good user interface. Using a run-of-the-mill chinese AA driver with low efficiency, low frequency PWM and bad modes and spacing will make it another so so light at most useful as a host. Examples: Manker understood it well, they have developed some great drivers for their AA lights (but personally I do not like the designs and they are too expensive to be budget), and Thorfire did not get it (the TG06 is a very nice design IMO, but it has a very disappointing driver).

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Maybe we could ask the producer of the sign fire blf 348 edition to a,key just the same light for aa batteries would be a great thing

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