Single AAA with XPE LED below $5?

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Single AAA with XPE LED below $5?

I’ve been seeing several single AAA lights with what looks like an XPE led, like the Hugsby and Skywolfeye and some Olight i3 lookalike, is there really such light with XPE led that’s below $5? Those would be great gift this coming holiday season, I want to buy those.

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I have bought a bunch of the Hugsby XP 1 off ebay. Here is one for example.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/5pcs-Hugsby-XP-1-AAA-Mini-XPE-R3-LED-120LM-Lamp-...

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hugsby-XP-1-CREE-XPE-R3-LED-120LM-9CM-Lamp-Clip-...

They make great gifts.

Jerry

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Sounds like the Hugsby XP-1 to a “T”, as long as you get genuine ones. Excellent light.

Also, another run of the BLF-348 is being done. It’s not XP-E, but should make a great gift none the less. Even has the option of a gift box with it.

Lastly, what George said. It’s $10, but appears to be a nice light as long as a twisty is ok.

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Or the regular version of sf 348 with xpe , pretty cheap. (but nichia is way better Big Smile )

http://m.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_131992.html

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I can almost Guarantee the Skywolfeye will not have a genuine Cree emitter.
The fake i3 (SmallSun) is not a bad light. I have one and replaced the emitter and driver a while back. Cant recall 100% if the emmitter was real Cree… but I replaced it for a reason.

I got this Dito off Ali for $6.40 and like it a lot. Stainless steel ant it not a COLD blue like the Cree 348 from GB.
DITO Mini Flashlight 100LM Cree LED AAA Torch Focus Waterproof Flash Light LED Stainless Steel Mini Torch Outdoor Tool
Comes with a claw clip, a couple split key rings and a Very nice plastic case that is too large for this light. Shipping to USA was pretty fast too.

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Join this GB, the more the merrier.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/50034

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vwpieces wrote:

I got this Dito off Ali for $6.40 and like it a lot. Stainless steel ant it not a COLD blue like the Cree 348 from GB.
DITO Mini Flashlight 100LM Cree LED AAA Torch Focus Waterproof Flash Light LED Stainless Steel Mini Torch Outdoor Tool
Comes with a claw clip, a couple split key rings and a Very nice plastic case that is too large for this light. Shipping to USA was pretty fast too.
Cool find!
Just bought it, $1 off coupon from the store, € 5.— total. Smile

Looking for:

5” parabolic reflector (for recoil light)

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giorgoskok wrote:
Or the regular version of sf 348 with xpe , pretty cheap. (but nichia is way better Big Smile )

http://m.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_131992.html

“but nichia is way better”
Why when the XPE is cheaper and brighter? Having both I prefer the XPE which has about 30% longer run time.
Thanks,
Jerry

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jerm03 wrote:
giorgoskok wrote:
Or the regular version of sf 348 with xpe , pretty cheap. (but nichia is way better Big Smile )

http://m.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_131992.html

“but nichia is way better”
Why when the XPE is cheaper and brighter? Having both I prefer the XPE which has about 30% longer run time.
Thanks,
Jerry


I agree with jerm03. I have both and need the brighter one. Maybe if the Nichea was higher lumens it would be fine.
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jerm03 wrote:
giorgoskok wrote:
Or the regular version of sf 348 with xpe , pretty cheap. (but nichia is way better Big Smile )

http://m.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_131992.html

“but nichia is way better”
Why when the XPE is cheaper and brighter? Having both I prefer the XPE which has about 30% longer run time.
Thanks,
Jerry

It’s not for all people brightness the #1 priority in such a small light.
When you’re in a complete dark environment , the high CRI nichia is very “smooth” in the eye , colors are better etc etc . The xpe , especially if it is cool white , it’s the complete opposite.

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The Cree XP-E has a 2.2 times smaller die than the Nichia 219B, so it will give a clearer hotspot that is brighter. For such a small light that is a plus for many folks.

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Thanks, George,

When in the dark with your night vision one needs very little light. What I use a flashlight for is to see in poor light, such as leaving church at night, and looking in dark areas of a cabinet. The tint or rendition of colors is of no importance. I prefer the longer run time and the hot spot.
The other day my wife had lost an earring in the house. We could not see it on the carpet. I used my light and it brought the item out easily.

I realize that flashaholics are particular about colors of the beams and shape of the beam. I, like most folks, just use a flashlight to see better in poor light or at night.
I appreciate the reply.

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It wouldn’t be a good thing if we all had the same preferences Big Smile

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giorgoskok wrote:
It wouldn’t be a good thing if we all had the same preferences Big Smile

Might be a bit boring, huh? Big Smile

Jerry

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SF-348 under $5 on Gearbest

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I received a batch of 6x fake Hugsby AAA lights – can anyone help identify the best sub $3 single AAA light? The SF-348 looks interesting, but it’s $4.50 and also looks awfully slippery. I know cheaper lights are tough to find with good quality. I could live with $4.50 but I prefer some better grip/knurling if possible. Thanks!

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Sometimes what is sub $3 can hardly be called a flashlight

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That’s true. I think the fake Hugsby were 3.50-4.00 each, but I don’t really remember. I could live with SF-348 prices, except would much prefer some grip

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I’ve heard of people having good luck with tomtop (see discussion here). They’ve got good prices on groups of what should be genuine Hugsby XP-1’s, works out to be just over $4 each.

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My experience has been outstanding with tomtop.
Jerry

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I have not found the grip to be a problem with my own use.
Jerry

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I do really like the XP-1’s for the price. I have several around the house for those times when you unexpectedly need a flashlight. And I’ve gifted several. Quite solid, but sometimes a tint lottery. Probably best light under $5 IMHO