What I want:
High CRI neutral or warm white tint
Moonlight/low/(medium)/high sequence (i.e., really want something that starts on moonlight or low)
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.