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Best Single AA flashlight for 2017/18 ?

So what is the best single AA powered flashlight for 2017/18 ? Best zoomer is Xtar's 007 but has a bluish hue beam. Worst is any Coast Flashlight because they are exspensive and all have purplish hue beams. 3049c0bbc33b8afa5abd7c8bfc0fbd25--star-trek-toys-star-wars

 

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Looks cool....................

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The Zebralight SC5w and SC5c are both strong candidates. 500 lumens out of a Ni-MH AA is crazy. I just wish they’d use a 219C instead of an XP-L2.

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For me it is tie between these two lights.

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Next week I receive a Sofirn SF14 for review. Wonder how it will compare. Anyone know the meaning of the word “Sofirn” ?

In German: sofern so•fern conj provided (that)
That is the best I can do.

Is Sofirn a Chinese word? ??????

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Looks cool………………..

Oh yeah, forget the Zebralights, this is some real high quality stuff right here.

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證實;確認;斷言 Affirm used in a sentence.

“Sofirn” A true quality item maybe.

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Who can speak Hon ?

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Never owned or used a Zebralight. Illumin.com has one clearance now. A SC52 I think.

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264 wrote:
Is Sofirn a Chinese word? ??????

Wellp, it’s different. I like the funny names like Angry Fox, Local Lion, and my favorite, Lemon Best.

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I like the Uking brand name
Lemon beast does not sound reliable translated into English. Maybe in Chinese it means powerful yellow light.

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does angle light count? >> Manker E03H (nichia)

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It depends what “best” means for you…

Utorch UT01 comes to mind. Touchy on battery length though.
Klarus Mi7.
One of my favorite is the Jetbeam Jet-1 MK cause it’s small, cheap, rugged and quite bright on 14500.
The Lumintop Prince Mini is the most beautiful for me – and quite bright on 14500 too. On the heavy side though.
The new Lumintop Tool AA is not bad in twist mode on 14500 – short and light for edc. Rather lame on Ni-MH though.

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Klarus Mi7: I have the titanium version and I love how it looks, size and light weight.

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Klarus mi7. Works great on AA and 14500.

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Don’t laugh but I keep going back to the Thorfire TG06S. Puts out a solid 500lm, has great throw and you can get them for $15 all day without codes or deals. I use them for my work EDC light. Dropped it – who cares, crushed it/lost it – oh well, get another for $15 and be done with it.

I sliced off the dome on my current one and it rocks even harder. It blows away my Thrunight T10 by a country mile in every way except output on an AA.

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My votes get 3 lights

Utorch UT01
Klarus Mi7
Lumintop Tool AA

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Sofirn SF14 is gaining lots of points with me. Much nicer than the Thorfire TG06S because it has no PWM in the lower modes and is brighter.

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Sofirn SF14 is gaining lots of points with me. Much nicer than the Thorfire TG06S because it has no PWM in the lower modes and is brighter.

I’m with you on this! Sofirn SF14 has been a pleasant surprise from this year AA/14500 flashlights.
I have the SP10A (driver) and SP10B on the way, gotta check on those and see how they behave!

I’m also curious about Lumintop EDC05, that seems a Utorch UT01 and Manker E11 competitor!

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REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 - XPG3-S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 - XHP70.2 / Nitefox UT20 / Sofirn SF14 & SP10A / Sofirn SP32A / Sofirn SP10B / Odepro KL52 / Acebeam H20 / SS AAA / Wuben TO10R / BlitzWolf BW-ET1 / Odepro B018 / DQG Slim Ti / XTAR PB2 Charger 

Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7                         Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses on: XML2 / XPL-HI                             Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)

Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3                                Triple TIR Lenses & XP-G2                                     MY GIVEAWAY = ACTIVE

 

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MascaratumB wrote:
I’m with you on this! Sofirn SF14 has been a pleasant surprise from this year AA/14500 flashlights.

I have the SP10A (driver) and SP10B on the way, gotta check on those and see how they behave!

Yep, the ’14 is a nice little critter! I was gifted one, really like it.

Also got a ’10B on the way. Well, a few ‘10Bs. Big Smile

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Digging my UT01 and Manker E11.

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I only got 3X AA lights this year
My vote goes to the UT01 Mine works. If you get one that don’t have issues its a really cool light. Small and UI has 3 brightness levels to play with for each brightness level. $10 on the deals lately. Mine has 3D 5000K on the box but I would call it 4-4500K and not bad tint for a new Cree (XP-L).

Other was the Amutorch stainless from Neal with a 219C. It’s OK but one of the 2 I purchased is getting SW issues from 14500 use. I predicted that to another member right after I took it apart and saw the SW they used.
I also have the TG06 I got 2 of them and one died immediately because the driver was not properly seated as the retaining ring tightened on it. I like the second one but having one die killed the love for it.

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klarus MI7 is a nice light, the pocket clip is a little flimsy, but hard to find problems with this light

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My Klarus MI7 is great, bought a pink one for the wife as well. Really needs a 14500 to perform though, on an alkaline there is almost no difference between medium and high.

I have a UT01 on the way, looking forward to a shootout with the prize being an EDC home in a leather pouch on my belt beside my Leatherman.
Only a 14500 light is the right size for this, unless someone comes up with an affordable max100×20mm 18650 light that can compete. Not likely.

Beam me up!

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A Utorch UT01 that works is a very good candidate. The new Lumintop EDC05 has all the signs of being the same light, but if it does not have the problems that the Utorch has, it will win, especially if there will be a high CRI Nichia version. And I like the design Smile

Zebralight is expensive
Tool AA fails miserably on Eneloops
WK007 is bulky
Ultrafire, well, Ultrafire (I fear visible PWM, bad mode spacing, blinkies in main sequence etc.)

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There is new 2017 ON THE ROAD M5 AA flashlight, I am waiting one to arrive for a review. Should be nice as all OTR lights are really nice quality.
Here is the link : OTR M5 Ali store

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On The Road M5 AA looks nice. Similar to an Olight s15. Are the specifications between the two similar?

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On The Road M5 AA looks nice. Similar to an Olight s15. Are the specifications between the two similar?

It’s very new so no reviews, I expect my sample will come in 7-10 days so we will know then

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NikolaS wrote:
There is new 2017 ON THE ROAD M5 AA flashlight, I am waiting one to arrive for a review. Should be nice as all OTR lights are really nice quality. Here is the link : OTR M5 Ali store

I’m also curious on this one! I’ll be waiting for that review Wink
Specs: Low – High – Off + Strobe (double click) ! At least is what I understood from seeing the diagram on their store.

DB Custom said: "Hide your billfold, cut up your credit cards... you're a perfect candidate for full blown flashaholism and will soon need dedicated flashlight cabinets. [...] Have fun! Modding is next... :P" 

REVIEWS : Amutorch S3 - XPG3-S3 /  AM S3 vs Neal 219c  /  Amutorch AM30 - XHP70.2 / Nitefox UT20 / Sofirn SF14 & SP10A / Sofirn SP32A / Sofirn SP10B / Odepro KL52 / Acebeam H20 / SS AAA / Wuben TO10R / BlitzWolf BW-ET1 / Odepro B018 / DQG Slim Ti / XTAR PB2 Charger 

Mods and tricks: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7                         Convoy S2+ TIR Lenses on: XML2 / XPL-HI                             Others: Convoy S2+ Mini (Biscotti 3 & 1*7135)

Sofirn K6 Discussion: 1 / 2 / 3                                Triple TIR Lenses & XP-G2                                     MY GIVEAWAY = ACTIVE

 

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vwpieces wrote:
My vote goes to the UT01 Mine works. If you get one that don’t have issues its a really cool light.

+1

I have the NW version that works. Debating whether to pull the trigger on the CW now, but with my luck, I’ll get a malfunctioning one this time since it seems like half of them are having issues…

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