Asking for a multi AA thrower for my dad.

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Buzzing Bulb wrote:

Asking for a multi AA thrower for my dad.

He told me he wants a cool white led, no tail button, modes are nice but must be simple “don’t want him calling me in the middle of the night asking how to turn the strobe mode off”.
Maybe a zoom option, and he loves the 1 inch diameter tube so no soda can light, price arround 60 euro.

Did you find anything in the end? Having read through the replies, few seem to be suggesting anything appropriate.

But I think there are some issues with your request. A thrower means a bigger reflector, which if he is wanting a 1” tube light, you simply aren’t going to get.

And most tube lights of 1” will be a rear clicky, as a side clicky will make a light wider a lot of times.

And most AA lights are narrower than 1” because the battery is narrower.

I think it comes down to:

-how much throw
-how pocket friendly

The most obvious multi AA light is probably the Mini Maglite LED. The Pro/Pro + versions offer pretty good performance these days.

There are a few other 2AA lights out there, but choices are limited and most will have a tail switch. I think Shadow used to make one and there is the new Jaxman that looks nice. Not really sure they are better than the Mini Mag though.

I would seriously consider some 3xAAA lights too, nothing wrong with this power source. The Maglite XL50 or XL200 or the Led Lenser P7.2 for instance. Both will give good comparable performance to the Mini Maglite or exceed it.

Out of interest, Led Lenser do offer a 2xAA light as well, slimmer but longer than the p7.2 and slightly less output. Called the P6.2, might be worth considering. As it’ll probably perform well, has a zooming function and is easy to use.
http://www.ledlenser-store.co.uk/torches-c70/p6-2-led-torch-p957

If more throw is needed, then sticking with the Mag theme, there is their new C cell lights, obviously bigger, but bigger means more throw….

And you can run AA to C cell adapters easily in them. But far less pocket friendly than smaller lights.

The mentioned Convoy/XinTD X3 is a nice light and runs on 3xAA, but it’s quite chunky, head about the size of a Mag D cell almost. Or probably similar to the new C cell Mags.

Personally I think 18650 is not the way to go here. Even in built chargers are still charging an 18650, the risks are exactly the same, even if they on first glance don’t appear as obvious.

That said, I did review a nice 18650 compact pocket thrower recently in the form of the Rofis KR20. If you did go 18650, it’d probably do what you are wanting.

Here is also a review of the Maglite XL200, which as a non 18650 pocket friendly tube light, is quite frankly a brilliant light.

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CD bringing some interesting options and great insight as always.

Speaking of 3xAA, there’s the Eagletac GX25A3. Even smaller diameter than the TN4A at 1.4 inches, available in cool white XP-L HI. Would be a great thrower. Though, over your specified price.

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Now I have Thrunite TN4A HI and Nitecore EA81W. Bought them on almost same price.
I like both of them. Thrunite is more compact but Nitecore EA81W giving double lumens and has much larger hotspot.
At the moment there is good offer for Nitecore EA8W.

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Nord wrote:
I am surprised the Thrunite TN4A HI was only recommended a few times when the topic is multi AA thrower, would have thought at least 50% of replies would be TN4A HI. They should be. The quality and performance for the price is just incredible. It is my favorite light.

Have a look at PD68’s review: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/49678

It is 1.7 inch in diameter. You’re not going to get a multi (more than 2) AA thrower in 1 inch in diameter. But it is still a very compact light and feels just right in the hand, once he sees the performance I have no doubt he will love it. These 4x AA lights are not “Soda Can” in my opinion, I think people see pics of them and without a size reference they think they are like the 4× 18650 just because the shape, but in fact they are much, much smaller, no where near soda can.

Here it is in PD’s hand:

Also very simple and intuitive UI that any non light person can use.

Buy some L91 batteries for him and he’s set.

It comes in cool white, and is USD $49.95

http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-tn4a-xp-l-hi-max-1050-lumen-flashlight/

Buy it and don’t think twice.

I agree with you. I love mine, it’s superb!

It throws far. Both the hot spot and spill are very nicely defined. The spill is actually a bit wider than my TN12 and perfectly even. If I wanted a wider hot spot I’d get the non-Hi model (less throw).

The build quality seems exceptional and the UI is spot on for a single button light. It’s also a very stable tail stander.

It’s $50 and goes on sale regularly. Don’t think twice about this one. Thrunite nailed it. Get one.

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This is very good flashlight and with great price.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/53763

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This thread is now about 3 months old, so not sure if the birthday already passed.

Either way, my recommendations for people in this category are:
Thorfire TK4A (4xAA)
Nitecore EA81W (8xAA, I prefer the NW version)

Personally, I would not give a lithium light in this situation.

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Nitecore EA45S ….. would be my recommendation. 4 x AA in a nicely sized light. I personally use Eneloops in mine. It makes for a great combination.

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Time for an update Big Smile

I gave my dad three lights to choose from, Thorfire TK4A, Lumintop SD4A and the Thrunite TN4A.
He liked the Lumintop SD4A the best, so that’s the one I’m gonna have to order him Smile
Only need to find out if I give him the XM-L2(U2) 1000 lumens or the XP-L HI 920 lumens.
He likes cold white light the best, any help on this??

Ps. for anyone that has this Lumintop SD4A, how does it run on alkaline AA’s does it give any problems with the UI or anything else?
I ask this because I noticed that my Nitecore EA41 does have trouble with going correctly through the UI.
Probably gonna buy some NIMH AA’s anyway but I would still like to know.

Eneloops are not going to be an option in the Netherlands.
So either throw away Aerocell Alkaline 2400mAh from the Lidl or NIMH 2450mAh from Ikea.

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Good job getting your dad something nice.
I’ve run my TN4A through a set of alkalines and they only lasted about 10 minutes on high. Lower levels would be fine.
Then I got the IKEA Ladda 2450 and they provided something roughly equivalent to rated run times. Literally multiples of the alkalines – maybe 500 percent increase. Get them. They’re great, and a great deal.

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Hugh Johnson wrote:
Good job getting your dad something nice. I’ve run my TN4A through a set of alkalines and they only lasted about 10 minutes on high. Lower levels would be fine. Then I got the IKEA Ladda 2450 and they provided something roughly equivalent to rated run times. Literally multiples of the alkalines – maybe 500 percent increase. Get them. They’re great, and a great deal.

I have only heard good stuff about the Ladda AA’s thanks for confirming Big Smile
I found this Russian site and with translation it tells you about all kinds of different batteries and their stat’s HERE
The Aerocell’s of the Lidl are the best when it comes to easy, good and cheap to get alkaline AA’s
The same goes for Ladda NIMH AA’s from Ikea.

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Buzzing Bulb wrote:
Hugh Johnson wrote:
Good job getting your dad something nice. I’ve run my TN4A through a set of alkalines and they only lasted about 10 minutes on high. Lower levels would be fine. Then I got the IKEA Ladda 2450 and they provided something roughly equivalent to rated run times. Literally multiples of the alkalines – maybe 500 percent increase. Get them. They’re great, and a great deal.

I have only heard good stuff about the Ladda AA’s thanks for confirming Big Smile
I found this Russian site and with translation it tells you about all kinds of different batteries and their stat’s HERE
The Aerocell’s of the Lidl are the best when it comes to easy, good and cheap to get alkaline AA’s
The same goes for Ladda NIMH AA’s from Ikea.


With my respect, but this site is Bulgarian, not Russian.
Anyway, just to mention.
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Buzzing Bulb wrote:
I have only heard good stuff about the Ladda AA’s thanks for confirming Big Smile The same goes for Ladda NIMH AA’s from Ikea.

Yeah, the IKEA LADDAs are equivalent to the Eneloops of the same capacity – they are both made by FDK in Japan. That’s your best bet. Don’t even bother with Alkalines for lights like these.

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hmmm
I much prefer the form factor of the Nitecore ES45S
sits in my hand and back pocket so much better
the unibody seems structurally sound also
rides in my truck daily

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Only need to find out if I give him the XM-L2(U2) 1000 lumens or the XP-L HI 920 lumens.
He likes cold white light the best, any help on this?

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It does not give the binning on the Leds, but they are probably a similar cool white light. The XP-L HI just has a bit more throw compared to the XM which is a flooder light.

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Buzzing Bulb wrote:
Ps. for anyone that has this Lumintop SD4A, how does it run on alkaline AA’s does it give any problems with the UI or anything else?

No problem with alkalines but with Eneloop works better

mud_muncher wrote:
It does not give the binning on the Leds, but they are probably a similar cool white light. The XP-L HI just has a bit more throw compared to the XM which is a flooder light.

I have both versions and I can confirm this behavior
The XP-L version is my favorite

Sorry for my bad English (gogole transtorla)

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this would be nice light for modding but don’t recognize name

https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/Brand-new-1000lm-best-led-flashli...

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Nobody mention Zanflare F2(s) yet?
This is fairly cheap and surprisingly good. The reflector is deep and resulting a good throw.

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I’m currently looking for a multi-AA light as a Christmas gift for someone who is not a flashaholic, so this thread gave me some good ideas. Right now I’m leaning toward Nitecore EA45S because of its form factor, but still researching…

lumenzilla wrote:
Nobody mention Zanflare F2(s) yet?
This is fairly cheap and surprisingly good. The reflector is deep and resulting a good throw.

Yup. My only hang-up with it is that blinky mode cannot be bypassed.
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Thorfire TK4A? Had a coupon on Amazon for 15bux, might still work, dunno.

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the thorfire is sold out .. but the Sofirn version is on sale for $5 more .20$

https://www.amazon.com/Sofirn-Flashlight-Searchlight-Resistant-Batteries...

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Boaz wrote:
the thorfire is sold out .. but the Sofirn version is on sale for $5 more .20$

Were the bugs ironed out as far as it turning itself on, etc.?

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no idea ..I assume they are the same light as the thorfire .. I like sofirn lights and they have always been very responsive in the past when contacted . Under 20$ is as cheap as I’ve ever seen these lights

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Ended up ordering Manker MK41.

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Ugh… so the MK41 that GoingGear sent me has a badly scratched up lens glass – can’t give this to someone as a gift. Unfortunately, they don’t have any more in stock to send me a replacement. So, back to the drawing board…

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NItecore EA45S is in the same ballpark as the MK41.

MK41 HI 43,400cd (410m)
EA45S 40,500 (402m)
MK41 HD 38,000cd (389m)

I am a big fan of mine. Much nicer in the hand than the mini-soda can 4xaa lights.

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Thanks.
Actually, the MK41 feels great in the hand. It’s much smaller than what I had expected. Kind of cool/cute actually.

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Thanks. Actually, the MK41 feels great in the hand. It’s much smaller than what I had expected. Kind of cool/cute actually.

I don’t have the Manker but I do have the Thrunite & the Thorfire.

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What’s about our new model MK41? 


http://www.mankerlight.com/manker-mk41-compact-thrower-4x-aa-14500-flash...


 


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