Real world need: multiple AA alkaline flashlight. cheap, UI not important

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Real world need: multiple AA alkaline flashlight. cheap, UI not important

It is funny how when someone asks me for a flashlight for general use, that the requirements are completely different from the average flashoholic.

In this case I need a flashlight that will be tossed into a box together with an extension cord, a roll of duct tape etc. Quite a few different people will be messing with it, so there is a risk of someone taking it. So here are the requirements:

*less than $10 shipped
*works on multiple AA alkaline cell because it needs some runtime
*200 lumen minimum, much more ok, but not needed
*unattractive looking
*robust, it should work (it is ok if it needs some service for it to work reliably), one mode is fine. But the classic high-almosthigh-strobe with terrible PWM is also perfect! Party

Any ideas?, I can not think of one.

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One of those SK68 clones?

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One of those SK68 clones?

I think it needs to work with more than one AA battery.

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We have a Starry Light SA-22 in our cyclone kit, but they were around $20 I think.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/29818

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The Zanflare 2xAA is yet active the coupon for 8,99 USD…

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The Zanflare 2xAA is yet active the coupon for 8,99 USD…

+1 on this one.

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How about the UT01 for $9.99 now with coupon. Just snatched one of off Trevi_lux list

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The Zanflare sounds great, and a good coupon Trevi! Bought one.

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How about the UT01 for $9.99 now with coupon

That is very cheap, which coupon? (EDIT: I read your edit)(EDIT II: I do not see 9.99, just 16.99, what did I miss?). I think for the use of the OP it is too fancy with not enough runtime, but for that price I buy one anyway Smile
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How about the UT01 for $9.99 now with coupon
That is very cheap, which coupon? (EDIT: I read your edit)(EDIT II: I do not see 9.99, just 16.99, what did I miss?). I think for the use of the OP it is too fancy with not enough runtime, but for that price I buy one anyway Smile

I posted quick so you can get on that deal (they tend to sell out quickly), before realizing that it would be surprising without the edit. I couldn’t believe it either before checking out to see if the coupon worked.

I couldn’t resist for that price either, so ‘buy it’ was pressed! Facepalm

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Thanks for the help! Smile Unfortunately the code only works for a number of countries, NL is not one of them Sad

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What a shame. Someone just posted on that (EDIT: the Gearbest deal) thread asking to get the coupon working for another country. Perhaps that can be done for NL too.

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I got one of those hugsby’s….Pretty good for the price. 1 mode.

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MountainKing wrote:
I got one of those hugsby’s….Pretty good for the price. 1 mode.

But will the output be over 200lm? And the Zanflare or this price is difficult to beat Smile
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Definetely not 200 lm but in the ballpark. Thinking about it, I think its the 2XAAA version that I have. Will have to check for sure at home.

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http://budgetlightforum.com/node/24847
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what about Sofirn SF13
it was US $9.72

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Hope you have done your math. Alkalines have such a high internal resistance that, even for an AA, a 1A discharge causes it to crumble (see it in HKJ's comparator), delivering just ≈1Ah of capacity with an average discharge voltage barely above 1V. This is just a bit above 2W of power input into the driver for a 2AA flashlight, it'll be hard for the emitter to even receive 700mA of driving current this way and that is presuming the usage of an ultra-efficient driver. 

Driving flashlights with alkaline cells is usually a bad idea unless for very low powered ones and/or with lots of cells. Philistine people needs to understand this.

 

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Suncoaster wrote:
We have a Starry Light SA-22 in our cyclone kit, but they were around $20 I think.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/29818

Illumn. Has the srarrylight for $15. I’ve bought a couple and loaded them with lithium primary’s for the same – similar purpose.
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Beachlogger wrote:
Suncoaster wrote:
We have a Starry Light SA-22 in our cyclone kit, but they were around $20 I think. http://budgetlightforum.com/node/29818
Illumn. Has the srarrylight for $15. I’ve bought a couple and loaded them with lithium primary’s for the same – similar purpose.

This was also my choice for “car glovebox light” at the time.

Now some Lumintop(?) 2 x AA I guess there.

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Maybe nothing like what you are thinking of, but the “NEBO Big Larry” work light is really excellent, very solid high quality aluminium build, strong tail magnet, quite believable 400 lumens area coverage from COB led strip. Comes with 6 AAs as well, 3 Nebo brand fitted for display, (seem good), 3 Duracells spare, have given 3 as presents, recipients delighted. In red flashing mode makes a great bright bicycle daylight rear lamp strapped on with a couple of velcros (far far too bright for nightime)

A decent small truncheon as well (just over 200 grams).

A bargain in UK Homebase for £10 which maybe is in your budget, considering x6 cells included.

https://www.homebase.co.uk/nebo-nb6306-led-big-larry-work-light_p381847

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nebo-NB6306-Larry-Work-Light/dp/B0166X7P7U

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“ the classic high-almost high-strobe with terrible PWM is also perfect”

Please refrain from using foul language on the site.Any more talk like this will get you perma-banned .

sounds like sofirn or zanflare are best options

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I need a flashlight that will be tossed into a box together with an extension cord, a roll of duct tape etc.

This is one of those situation where you should be saying its not for a rape kit lol.

Try the Hugsby XP2 its great! They are actually really bright only draw back is that it uses 2 AAA not AA so less run time. I have measurements some where about its brightness ill look through my review now.

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I think that the Zanflare that I ordered will do the job, but still more suggestions are coming in, thanks for them, most I have not seen before Smile

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Just use a SK68 Clone and put a coupla AA batt’s in tool box?. They last forever.
Left mine on for over 3 hrs. (forgot)Still working daily a month later.
Short 5 min spurts.
I just soldered a bit of wire across bottom spring. Instant extra power and NO flickering.
Around $4.20 AUD ea.
and with a 14500 batt, wall of light (Almost) Zoom. Lots of lovely colours too.

Daughter just ordered a set of 3 Silver MECO torches. AA\14500
$9.70 Del to Aust. Decent reviews.
Those Q5’s not a heavy drain. Batt’s last a long time.

I also bought a coupla tiny AAA torches. $1.25 del “Moon glow”.
Magic for night “walkies” wakes nobody up.
Original batt still in there. over 4 months.

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This post kind of make me think of this one I made way back….so many great projects here with lanterns, uv lights, soda can formats, many 18650 lights, some AAA…..but sadly not one good 2xAA flashlight by the BLF community. I am sure many of us would buy multiple units of it for gifts….
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/41737

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I need a flashlight that will be tossed into a box together with an extension cord, a roll of duct tape etc.

This is one of those situation where you should be saying its not for a rape kit lol.

Try the Hugsby XP2 its great! They are actually really bright only draw back is that it uses 2 AAA not AA so less run time. I have measurements some where about its brightness ill look through my review now.

I think you have the right answer in your sig: they’re needed for a survival trip. Whohahah Crazy

If you drop the demand for two batteries, the Coast HP1 would be a good candidate (IMHO).

I always think long and hard before I say something really stupid.

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Henk4U2 wrote:

I think you have the right answer in your sig: they’re needed for a survival trip. Whohahah Crazy

If you drop the demand for two batteries, the Coast HP1 would be a good candidate (IMHO).

Coast HP1, I would like one for gift to a not flashaholic. Where we can get in Europe for less than 10 or 12 USD (shipping inluded of course)?

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Trevi_lux wrote:
Henk4U2 wrote:

I think you have the right answer in your sig: they’re needed for a survival trip. Whohahah Crazy

If you drop the demand for two batteries, the Coast HP1 would be a good candidate (IMHO).

Coast HP1, I would like one for gift to a not flashaholic. Where we can get in Europe for less than 10 or 12 USD (shipping inluded of course)?

Can’t help you with that. I accidentally stumbled upon this. Amazon sells them in the US and the UK, but not in Spain.

I always think long and hard before I say something really stupid.

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Tender wrote:
“Here is Trevi’ post”:http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1202705#comment-1202705

Wow, nice! I’m a sucker for 14500 lights, I like UTORCH and at that price, I just had to order one! Facepalm

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Got me thinking about this kind of light and clearly the answers are far and few between . until yesterday I stumbled upon another ALDI flashlight find . With DJOZZ in mind I bent backwards to buy a 300 lumen /100 lumen /strobe/ 4AA battery side button light made by "Lightway" . I think it has a xpg3 in it and from the looks of the emitter it looks a bit neutral with a good amount of yellow phosphorous on the emitter . (But a bit of nasty tint shift that disappears with a little diffusion film ) heavy as hell/(360 grams with batteries) . 2 inches at the front and a half orange peel / half smooth reflector . The damn thing has a bunch of throw . Your first thought is .Jacob A60 . The light is begging for a slip on and off diffuser like a cap off a hair spray or spray paint can . at ONLY $6.95 I again wrestled with yet another light I really didn't need Silly I didn't see any PWM but also wasn't really looking for it. The light reminds you of the fenix E 21 in that the low isn't low enough to see a clear difference from high to low and having to cycle thru the three modes High /low /strobe just to get to OFF reminds you why you became a flashaholic in the first place . It takes full side clicks to get to the next mode 3 hours on high and 13 hours on low is what they claim and it's probably pretty close to reality . The light needs a true low ,a slip on and off lens cap type diffuser and a better UI but for the price it's damn hard to beat . 4 free Aldi AA alkaline batteries included

 

https://www.aldireviewer.com/2017/09/07/lightway-300-lumen-led-flashlight/

 

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