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What is your favorite pocket rocket?

Hello I’m fairly new to this forum and I did used search function trying to find different lights.
So far I got 3 soda can light: BLF Q8, HaikeLite MT03 II CW, Astrolux MF01 Nichia

Now I got those fairly big lights but I want something smaller and powerful for its size. Used the search function and lot of them are from 2015 and even older (unless I’m just that bad with search function and using key words lol)

So I need your help, I know the word “pocket size” is subjective to individuals… but please keep it reasonable for fitting in dress-pants or jeans.
Please name your favorite pocket rocket light up till 2017 today Smile
And if possible, give a few words about it too! good or bad, do you regret buying it? etc.

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I don’t have one, but I would bet heavily the majority of responses will be Emisar D1.
Maybe next year the FW03.

EDIT – arghhhhh, I meant to say D4, really, the post below reminded me. If I had one the numbers wouldn’t get mixed up.

Beam me up!

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D4, case closed. $40 price but worth it.

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Ultrafire 980L , case open.

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I have a D4 and I love carrying this thing. Used it to warm my hands while giving out candy in the 30 degree weather we had today.

I still like modes though and my modded direct drive Jaxman E2L with triple 5A 4500k XP-G2s might still be my favorite hot rod that I own currently. I have a wide beam frosted optic in it and it lights up everything in front of me. The E2L is excellent at shedding heat and I get at least 30 seconds of turbo. The tint is also slightly towards the warm spectrum which is very easy on my eyes especially later at night or in dark environments. I feel like I can easily see with it walking through brush and leaves.

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Imalent DN12 for $30.99 from Amazon. I once carried the DX25C, however it did not have USB charging and it ran out of battery when I needed it.

USB charging on the flashlight itself so it can be kept full is a must on these RCR123 XPL-HI rockets. They are a one-shot use light between charges. So easy USB charging is a must.

1 x HR20 1 x DN70 1 x DT70 5 x DX80

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I don’t have any of the mentioned lights, so I will have to go with the Convoy S2+ with XP-L Hi.
Not crazy output or throw, but it’s performance is great and it’s price is even greater.

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SC600W MK III Hi

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Hi.
I have a little no name “Moonlight” on one AAA Battery. 3. for 3.40 del.
Keep beside bed head for night walks and no abuse from missus.

Little Ultrafire ??68. runs a AA cell. Great for around inside home. Bought for $3.70 del

A couple of oldies. Skyway S-R5. Q8. and a No Name XM=L2
use in car and caravan.
Also a prize. Convoy S2 coming.

From Daughter. “coss she luvs me?’‘. Yesterday. I got in mail an Imalent DN 35…
One word.

WOW.

Nuf sed. My ONLY light outside from now on. Probably forever.
its Beyond amazing. then some.

I’ll dab some epoxy on centre of switches to give “touch” identifying points in the dark.
They ARE a little hard to find. without seeing.

Fraction of size of the Skyray King 9x XM-L2 . KILLS it for output.

If this is the future “Bring it on”.

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A pocket rocket could have been anything until recently, now it simply is the Emisar D4, it is small with a 18650 battery, but with short tube and an Aspire 18350 battery it is even smaller. Everything is good about this light, but can you believe that this little thing below puts out 4000+ lumen? (it does, on a 18350 battery, I measured it, for 14 seconds and then it automatically steps down to prevent overheating).
(ok, I cheated a bit, I put in Luxeon V leds, but with XP-L Hi leds it is still well over 3000lm on an Aspire cell)

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Dirt wrote:
D4, case closed. $40 price but worth it.

Absolutely. Even without the 18350 tube, the standard 18650 variant is really small. Everything top notch for an amazing price.

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djozz wrote:
A pocket rocket could have been anything until recently, now it simply is the Emisar D4, it is small with a 18650 battery, but with short tube and an Aspire 18350 battery it is even smaller. Everything is good about this light, but can you believe that this little thing below puts out 4000+ lumen? (it does, on a 18350 battery, I measured it, for 14 seconds and then it automatically steps down to prevent overheating).
(ok, I cheated a bit, I put in Luxeon V leds, but with XP-L Hi leds it is still well over 3000lm on an Aspire cell)

!{width:60%}https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4485/38054074532_ea4a8facaa_b.jpg!

Is the D4 similar to the Astrolux S42s?
Because they look like each other.

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bilakos10 wrote:
djozz wrote:
A pocket rocket could have been anything until recently, now it simply is the Emisar D4, it is small with a 18650 battery, but with short tube and an Aspire 18350 battery it is even smaller. Everything is good about this light, but can you believe that this little thing below puts out 4000+ lumen? (it does, on a 18350 battery, I measured it, for 14 seconds and then it automatically steps down to prevent overheating).
(ok, I cheated a bit, I put in Luxeon V leds, but with XP-L Hi leds it is still well over 3000lm on an Aspire cell)

!{width:60%}https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4485/38054074532_ea4a8facaa_b.jpg!

Is the D4 similar to the Astrolux S42s?
Because they look like each other.


They are both direct drive quads but everything is better designed and built in the D4 (it is way brighter too) and the user interface is a few generations newer and really a few steps better. Just one example: the D4 has a great thermoregulation so can have its great output without destroying itself.
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hIKARInoob wrote:
Dirt wrote:
D4, case closed. $40 price but worth it.

Absolutely. Even without the 18350 tube, the standard 18650 variant is really small. Everything top notch for an amazing price.


Everything except the negative contact of the driver and tailcap MCPCB made without tightening rings but directly on the MCPCB trace. It’s the cheapest and least durable type of contact.
My favorites are the Emisar D4 and Astrolux S41.
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Tally-ho wrote:
hIKARInoob wrote:
Dirt wrote:
D4, case closed. $40 price but worth it.

Absolutely. Even without the 18350 tube, the standard 18650 variant is really small. Everything top notch for an amazing price.


Everything except the negative contact of the driver and tailcap MCPCB made without tightening rings but directly on the MCPCB trace. It’s the cheapest and least durable type of contact.
My favorites are the Emisar D4 and Astrolux S41.

What I like about this primitive design of tightening directly on the trace is that if you are concerned about wear, you can just apply a thin layer (or a few dots) of solder on the trace that takes years to wear, and if it is eventually gone just re-apply for the next 10 years.
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djozz wrote:
Tally-ho wrote:
hIKARInoob wrote:
Dirt wrote:
D4, case closed. $40 price but worth it.

Absolutely. Even without the 18350 tube, the standard 18650 variant is really small. Everything top notch for an amazing price.


Everything except the negative contact of the driver and tailcap MCPCB made without tightening rings but directly on the MCPCB trace. It’s the cheapest and least durable type of contact.
My favorites are the Emisar D4 and Astrolux S41.

What I like about this primitive design of tightening directly on the trace is that if you are concerned about wear, you can just apply a thin layer (or a few dots) of solder on the trace that takes years to wear, and if it is eventually gone just re-apply for the next 10 years.

Isn’t this a design choice? Wouldn’t retaining rings add total length to the design? And although I do enjoy a durable design, one can question how long it will take to completely wear the traces. If you look at the original Skyray King, then the button top cells would even rub against the positive trace when tightening the battery tube. You don’t even have that kind of wear sensitive action in the D4.

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hIKARInoob wrote:
djozz wrote:
Tally-ho wrote:
hIKARInoob wrote:
Dirt wrote:
D4, case closed. $40 price but worth it.

Absolutely. Even without the 18350 tube, the standard 18650 variant is really small. Everything top notch for an amazing price.


Everything except the negative contact of the driver and tailcap MCPCB made without tightening rings but directly on the MCPCB trace. It’s the cheapest and least durable type of contact.
My favorites are the Emisar D4 and Astrolux S41.

What I like about this primitive design of tightening directly on the trace is that if you are concerned about wear, you can just apply a thin layer (or a few dots) of solder on the trace that takes years to wear, and if it is eventually gone just re-apply for the next 10 years.

Isn’t this a design choice? Wouldn’t retaining rings add total length to the design? And although I do enjoy a durable design, one can question how long it will take to completely wear the traces. If you look at the original Skyray King, then the button top cells would even rub against the positive trace when tightening the battery tube. You don’t even have that kind of wear sensitive action in the D4.


If it works, don’t fix it Smile and it seems to work fine in the D4, and when the trace is almost gone (in 1 year, or 5, or 100, who knows?) you can still add some solder.
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djozz wrote:
If it works, don’t fix it Smile and it seems to work fine in the D4, and when the trace is almost gone (in 1 year, or 5, or 100, who knows?) you can still add some solder.

Who knows maybe in the near future you can just cheap 3D print a copper trace easily. Cool

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I have mine manker e14 II if that counts? not that big even with ext tube for 18650 and throws alot of lumens.

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Am I too far behind the times or am I allowed to still really like the BLF A6 with an 18350?

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Jetbeam Jet-II Pro really cool, my friend bought it yesterday, shure i will buy it 2

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robk wrote:
Am I too far behind the times or am I allowed to still really like the BLF A6 with an 18350?
Smile You are right, that still is a great pocket rocket, especially now it can be upgraded with an Aspire 18350 battery!

I still build lights with the BLF-A6 driver because it is an affordable well-proven well-working driver with a fine user interface. It works good with a lighted tail as well (unlike the BLF X6/X5 driver)

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TX25C2vn XPG2/DD/Single mode- 900 Lumen/80Kcd.Field tested 80Kcd….at least 70Kcd to 75Kcd ANSI.

Enough output/PLENTY of throw and manages heat much better than D1/D4,,as you would expect because of size to output differential.

The D1vn would qualify also. Just not for me as I returned it because I demand my lights to go on MAX for at least 5 minutes.

To be expected, after 90 seconds you could not even hold it,,,,,,,unless you were holding it by the tail cap!

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….I demand my lights to go on MAX for at least 5 minutes.

To be expected, after 90 seconds you could not even hold it,,,,,,,unless you were holding it by the tail cap!


I believe it essential and part of the definition that a pocket rocket takes seconds to overheat and burn your fingers Party
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Are we talking about pocket rockets or pocket Prius ?!
Come on, if it doesn’t burn my fingertips in less than a minute it’s tame Silly
EDIT : oh BTW, I consider the S-mini a pocket rocket and in the same way a practical EDC.

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D4 with short tube.
Flashlight aholics dream last night, the power went out prepping to go trick or treating. Handed out lights to everyone. The two smallest kids got a Thrunite TN-12 and a generic “1,000” lumen POS with zoom (I call it a POS, but after I fixed its issues, it’s been the longest lasting light I own, lol). So those two lights are instantly on high bouncing all over the house and outside. They are practically useless. Walk in a room with the D4 and set it down on the tail cap and it’ll light up the whole room. Outside, just nice wide light. amazing. Turbo on my dark street was lit up both sides of the street nicely.

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My most used light is still a Convoy triple XP-L. I have a D4, and the UI and output is amazing, but the Convoy has a pocket clip. Oh no, I just realized I’ve become one of those pocket clip people.

The low mode should be lower.

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leaftye wrote:
My most used light is still a Convoy triple XP-L. I have a D4, and the UI and output is amazing, but the Convoy has a pocket clip. Oh no, I just realized I’ve become one of those pocket clip people.

Hahaha is that the final level “the pocket clip people”?

I already accomplished Titanium fetish, ui freak and tint snob. But still not quite ready for pocket clip people, so D4 is my choice. I would kill for a titanium D4, not practical, but who wants that in a pocket rocket.

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Emisar D4, end of discussion.

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RollerBoySE wrote:
Emisar D4, end of discussion.

That is a bit narrow minded, isn’t it?!!!! Wink

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