Quick review of some AA/14500 & AAA/10440 flashlights (T10T/no-name/Airayland T5/Astrolux A01/Airayland T7)

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Quick review of some AA/14500 & AAA/10440 flashlights (T10T/no-name/Airayland T5/Astrolux A01/Airayland T7)


From left to right: Thrunite T10T, Unknown (cheap) 14500 flashlight, Airayland T5, Astrolux A01, Airayland T7.


Sorry for the contaminated cheap flashlight glass/lens.


The weights are including battery and swivel-clip (snap-hook for three smaller flashlights).

Summary:
1. T10T (original 3-mode-driver, modded with Nichia 219B 5700K), Airayland T5 (original 3-mode-driver, stock XP-G2) are loaded with AA, but 14500 can be used (not recommend as the heat is too high for Ti body).
2. Unknown Pink (modded with Nichia 219B 4000K) flashlight has no driver, is using low end 14500.
3. Astrolux A01 (original 3-mode-driver and stock Nichia 219B 4000K) is loaded with 10440.
4. Airayland T7 (original 3-mode-driver, stock XP-G2) is loaded with AAA.
5. Both Airayland are difficult to be modded, as the LED is soldered together with the boost driver.
6. Both T10T and Airayland T5 last for > 1 hour at highest mode (no obvious step down) using AA battery (brand GP gold).
7. Airayland T5 last for 20-25 minutes using AAA battery (no obvious step down).
8. Astrolux A01 lasts for about 15 minutes using 10440 (non-continuous, accumulated time), the flashlight gets very hot after 3 minutes at high mode.
9. T10T body surface is very smooth and easily got scratches when putting with keys in the pocket.
10. Airayland T5 & T7 manage to squeeze LED and driver together, also with shallow reflector and thin end cap (T7 have no end cap and switch), thus minimise their length.
11. Direct driver “no-name” flashlight is the brightest (but not lasting), followed by Astrolux A01, Airayland T5, Airayland T7 and lastly T10T. Original T10T is using XP-L V6 and should be as bright as Airayland T5.
Ref: Ceiling bounce values in lux: “No-name” – 23 ; Astrolux A01 – 20 ; Airayland T5 – 11.0; Airayland T7 – 7.0; Thrunite T10T – 6.6.

For EDC, I was using Astrolux A01 previously. Now I prefer Airayland T5 (AA) due to the size and weight, which is comparatively the best of its class, especially with its > 1 hour AA battery life. It would be better if there is an option for Nichia 219B-5700K or if the LED can be modded easier. Meanwhile Airayland T7 is very suitable to be used as key-chain for any emergency purpose (my wife is using).

CWK

Edited by: wkhchin81 on 06/16/2017 - 16:51
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Nice lights!
Like the design of the T7
Thanks!

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I like the design as well. It is is one of the smallest/lightest AAA flashlight in the market (twist on-off), a very good “key-chain” for girls / women Wink

CWK