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Looking for a new 1xAA... again :)

What I want:

1xAA (Alkaline/lithium/NiMH)
High CRI neutral or warm white tint
Tail clicky
Moonlight/low/(medium)/high sequence (i.e., really want something that starts on moonlight or low)
Reversible clip

I’ve had a couple of Xeno E03s for a few years. With Fenix clips on them they’re pretty close to what I want, and they’ve served me fairly well, but they start on medium and don’t have a moonlight mode. Also, the one I have with the Nichia emitter has developed the intermittent connection issue I’ve read about. It’s a real pita and I’m worried it will fail completely at some point. 

I also have a Balder SE-1 that’s basically a paperweight now. Failed without warning or explanation, just stopped turning on one day and never got so much as a flicker from it again. Then recently picked up several of the pink XTAR WK50s. Great budget lights at the price I paid, but not quite there in terms of being an upgrade over the XENOs for me.

So, looking for options that fit as many of the above criteria as possible. Not too picky about max lumens, generally prefer a little more flood then throw. I’d prefer to keep it under $50, but would potentially spend more for something reliable that checks all the boxes.

I’ve done some research and the Reylight Brass Pineapple looks like it might be a solid option, but I wanted to ask the great community here about what else might be out there before I order one from Banggood. 

Thanks in advance for any ideas.

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Eagletac D25a Nichia emitter version, I found at Andrew & Amanda for $56 or so, but don’t balk at the price ‘cause I think it does everything you want.

D25a Nichia at Andrew & Amanda

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if you’d be willing to compromise some of your wishlist items, I am liking my new Utorch UT01 a lot, a AA/14500 with a side switch though, and doesn’t start in low, but it does have mode memory – but for just over $20 (or less if you can find a code, maybe) might be worth looking at…

GearBest Utorch UT01

good luck in your search.

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ThruNite T10 XP-L 252 Lumen Flashlight about $30.00
ThruNite Archer 1A V3 about $23.00

I have both of these flashlights in NW. They are useful and nice.

You can find them here:
http://thrunite.com/
https://www.amazon.com/ThruNite/pages/8150053011

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Thanks! I’ll start reading up on those.

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My favorite AA/14500 light is my Nitecore SRT3. Can also remove the tube to convert to CR123/16340 if you wanted the option. The SRT is ‘smart ring technology’ so it has the ring that adjusts the modes. It goes from moon mode to 550 lumen turbo with a swivel of the ring. If you want blinky functions you can swivel for strobe, SOS, beacon as well as red and blue or red/blue strobe. Tail clicky and has a clip. It’s my favorite because it has all of those functions; I like the moon mode and set it to start in that mode. Turbo (or any level in between is nice if needed. Red is good when I go camping and want to keep my night vision and I like the blinky functions for an emergency situation. Only criteria it doesn’t meet on your list is a reversible clip unless you remove the standard one for a different type.

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What about an Acebeam M10 . available in 4 modes (ML-L-M-H) and Nichia 219b

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The L3 Illumination L11C (4 mode Nichia) is still around and fits the listed criteria.

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Awesome suggestions, ty.

On the Acebeam M10, has is been released with the Nichia? All the listings I found are for the XP-G3, which I assume is CW.

Will for sure look into the L3 as well, probably going to end up with multiple new lights lol.

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ValuseekeR wrote:
Awesome suggestions, ty.

On the Acebeam M10, has is been released with the Nichia? All the listings I found are for the XP-G3, which I assume is CW.

Will for sure look into the L3 as well, probably going to end up with multiple new lights lol.


Yep, I didn’t see the Nichia M10 yet. But it’s basically the same as L3 L10C sooo Smile

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fenix makes a few single and double AA lights. LD09 and LD12 are within your budget
i have had a fenix that’s been abused and no problems for 7 yrs

http://www.fenix-store.com/fenix-flashlight-series/?search_query=&page=1...

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264 wrote:
ThruNite T10 XP-L 252 Lumen Flashlight about $30.00
ThruNite Archer 1A V3 about $23.00

I have both of these flashlights in NW. They are useful and nice.

You can find them here:
http://thrunite.com/
https://www.amazon.com/ThruNite/pages/8150053011


One more vote for the T10. Excellent little torch (though mine has a very very slight greenish tint, it’s perfectly bearable).

Though I’m also keeping an eye out for the Jaxman E3, which was highly recommended for me when I asked the same question as you.

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I’ve been busier than expected the last few days, but still checking in. Hope to get some down time to go through all of these suggestions and compare the pros, cons, and price points over the weekend.

I have a few Fenix lights, but no 1xAA’s from them yet. Nice lights, but they generally tend to be a cooler temp/tint than I prefer, unless they offer different options now. I know Thrunite is pretty solid as well and have some of the Ti2’s that I gave to my kids. I got a bunch of Fenix clips that fit great on the Thrunites and my Xeno E03s.

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Once again, really appreciate all of the input. Thank you!!

After going through everything, I ordered a Thrunite T10, ($23.95 shipped with Amazon Prime). I’m not crazy about the overall aesthetics and lack of any knurling, but it otherwise seemed to check off the most boxes from my features wish list, it’s fairly inexpensive, and the diffuser is a nice bonus.

Will probably take a second look at some of the others down the road.

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I dunno, with a list of criteria like this, building your own starts to make sense.
You can do a lot with hot glue (grin) — Some interesting ideas at X3’s page https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO72EaGcSMMzoiTKEVvYho1aQoidWnM08iS...

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ValuseekeR wrote:
Once again, really appreciate all of the input. Thank you!!

After going through everything, I ordered a Thrunite T10, ($23.95 shipped with Amazon Prime). I’m not crazy about the overall aesthetics and lack of any knurling, but it otherwise seemed to check off the most boxes from my features wish list, it’s fairly inexpensive, and the diffuser is a nice bonus.

Will probably take a second look at some of the others down the road.


Give it time, it’ll grow on you. It was much the same for me, only casual usage taught me how good it is.

Just don’t try using it as a twisty. Then the lack of knurling is troubling.

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+ 1 on the Thrunite T10. It’s my go to EDC. The three modes are spot on and love the fact that it has a memory of the last mode you used before turning it off.

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Yeah, optimistic on the T10, hope it works out. Thumbs Up

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I dunno, with a list of criteria like this, building your own starts to make sense.
You can do a lot with hot glue (grin) — Some interesting ideas at X3’s page https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipO72EaGcSMMzoiTKEVvYho1aQoidWnM08iS...

Not sure if I have the time/skill to get into that, but I did wonder if I could find someone to repair/mod my Xenos to eliminate the connection issue and have them start on low, (ideally on lower lower low). I really am fond of the E03’s otherwise. I could throw in my dead Balder SE-1 as a freebie to sweeten the deal!

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Good choice. Its going to be hard to beat a T10 as a general purpose EDC, given your list of preferences. Unless you are specifically looking for something more… high CRI, tighter throw beam, maximum Lumens, different modes…etc.

That E03 looks really easy to get apart, no glue or thread locker at all. (thumbs up to manufacturers who do not glue things together).
http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?368359-Xeno-E03-emitt...

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Oops got the prices backwards. FacepalmFacepalmFacepalm
Correct prices are:
Thrunite T10 $23.00
Thrunite Archer 1A V3 $30.00

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Yeah, other than the WW and clip, I’d‘ve recommended the WK50s. For 8bux, you can’t go wrong.

I love forward-clickies, but not for setting modes. Then it becomes something of a pain.

The Jet I is 3-modes (no moonlight) vs 4-modes of the ’50. Hmm, forgot which has memory and which doesn’t (Jet I vs II). Whichever doesn’t have memory always starts in low.

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I couldn’t help but to recommend Jaxman E3 as it fits all your criterias you need

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Lightbringer wrote:

…I love forward-clickies, but not for setting modes. Then it becomes something of a pain.

The Jet I is 3-modes (no moonlight) vs 4-modes of the ’50. Hmm, forgot which has memory and which doesn’t (Jet I vs II). Whichever doesn’t have memory always starts in low.

Makes me feel like a grumpy old man to say it lol, but I think memory and a bunch of extra modes are a pain in general. I really just want a simple moon-low-high with an on/off click and half-clicks to change. I guess a momentary on is nice to have too.

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I couldn’t help but to recommend Jaxman E3 as it fits all your criterias you need

Yeah, the E3 was a close second. I went with the T10 mainy because I’ll have it tomorrow with Amazon and for the bonus diffuser. I’ll keep it in mind though. May actually have to get an E2 Big Smile

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ValuseekeR wrote:
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…I love forward-clickies, but not for setting modes. Then it becomes something of a pain.

The Jet I is 3-modes (no moonlight) vs 4-modes of the ’50. Hmm, forgot which has memory and which doesn’t (Jet I vs II). Whichever doesn’t have memory always starts in low.


Makes me feel like a grumpy old man to say it lol, but I think memory and a bunch of extra modes are a pain in general. I really just want a simple moon-low-high with an on/off click and half-clicks to change. I guess a momentary on is nice to have too.

I love the Jetbeams for pocket-carry, etc., because a twisty is almost impossible to accidentally turn on.

I burned down a lot of alkie AAs and a few of those Energizer Li AAs by accidentally turning on a tail clicky and side-switch, but thankfully never had a Li-ion go supernova in my pocket or in my bag after being left on forever.

A reverse-clicky makes it easy to switch modes when the light’s on. A forward-clicky, you have to have it off, then select the mode you want with a momentary press on, then hold it when it’s what you want and/or full-press it to stay on. To switch modes once on, you gotta turn it off and go through all that again. Silly

That’s why I like forward-clickies only for 1-mode tac-lights, strictly flash’n‘dash, no annoying modes to accidentally switch into.

Too many modes gets dizzying, and most of the time you have no idea which mode you’re in.

So my overall philosophy is to try to have only 1 mode (ie, wfo) for “special purpose” lights (throwers (C8), flooders (P60 Minimag), mules, P60s) and just use the right tool for the job at hand, and only really tolerate multiple modes for those lights where I’m willing to tolerate an asswise UI to select those different modes.

That’s why I particularly like those Jetbeams for multimodes, because they’re fine with the first twist, and it’s no surprise to just twist again to select the next mode. Even my S2+ with the default UI that comes with the 105D pisses me off with the blink-on-low, because that means that more than a 2-3sec burst of light on low, I gotta hold it well past the damned blink to make sure it doesn’t switch modegroups on me.

The WK50 doesn’t really bug me, because a) there’re no blinky modes, and b) I usually leave it on low anyway which is an almost-moonlight. Anything brighter, and I got my S2+ set on low… with the damned blink.

My 3buk bobofett light almost strangled the AA alkie it has in it, so a few more sessions of ceiling-bounce moonlight and it should be ready for another “dead” AA to burn through.

So yeah, I have near me about a half-dozen lights, including my XP-E2 C8 and my XP-L C8 for nighttime noises out back, and my normally holstered EDC ’502b (NW XP-L + SMO). The right tool for the job…

That’s also why I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all or jack-of-all-trades light. They’ll ALL be deficient in one way or another, depending on the situation.

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That’s also why I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all or jack-of-all-trades light. They’ll ALL be deficient in one way or another, depending on the situation.

Abso-frickin-lutely. When I'm out at night to work on something far from home, I carry a C8 for the throw, a TN12 for assisting in self-defense, a T10 for quick close-up tasks, an S2 in case its magnetic utility is necessary, and a Ti3 for very last-case backup. Each torch has its one role given the shortcomings of each, and without any of them the kit feels incomplete.

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Nice post Lightbringer!, lot of food for thought there.

I got my T10, unfortunately it clearly has the greenish tint mentioned by a few folks. It’s not horrible, but a bit of a disappointment for sure. Not sure if I’m going to keep it or return it at this point.

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ValuseekeR wrote:
Nice post Lightbringer!, lot of food for thought there.

I got my T10, unfortunately it clearly has the greenish tint mentioned by a few folks. It’s not horrible, but a bit of a disappointment for sure. Not sure if I’m going to keep it or return it at this point.


I’d go for “keep it”. You’ll get over the tint in time. The torch’s worth it.

I mean, I did mine, and I’m the snobbiest tint snob there can be Davie

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With a $50 temp controlled iron in your kit you won’t have to suffer with a UI or tint you don’t like. Your favorite host can be all of them instead of just the one least annoying.

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I’d go for “keep it”. You’ll get over the tint in time. The torch’s worth it.

I mean, I did mine, and I’m the snobbiest tint snob there can be Davie

Sorry man, it was back in the post before I saw this. Back to the drawing board for me. Might look into modding one of my Xeno’s a little more seriously.

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T10s are not hard to mod!

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I’d go for “keep it”. You’ll get over the tint in time. The torch’s worth it.

I mean, I did mine, and I’m the snobbiest tint snob there can be Davie

Sorry man, it was back in the post before I saw this. Back to the drawing board for me. Might look into modding one of my Xeno’s a little more seriously.


Well that’s too bad. Then I’m gonna suggest you the Jaxman E3 again, since you can get it with a Nichia.

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