Best Single AA flashlight for 2017/18 ?

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The M5 claims 170 lumen on a AA battery, that makes its driver fall into the oldschool category, not the nice regulated drivers that perform to well over 200 lumen that the Mankers and Utorches (and Zebralights) have.

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I believe the name “Sofirn” is mispelled, their intention was to register SoFire Big Smile but they probably sent Chumlee's asian cousin to the business register office and shit happened (LoL!). 

 

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I believe the name “Sofirn” is mispelled, their intention was to register SoFire Big Smile

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My favorite 1xAA lights:

- Zebralight SC5w. Great EDC, very bright, efficient, lots of modes. Nice user-interface for a flashaholic, but a newbie will likely just use the high mode.

- Fenix LD12 (2017 edition). Nice simple UI for newbies, with multiple modes. Pleasant neutral-white tint.

- Armytek Prime A1 (warm). Nice tint if you like warm tints (also available in a more neutral cool-white). Very tough.

- Manker T01. Very good throw for a 1xAA light.

- DQG Tiny AA. Very small 1xAA light. Twisty interface (keeps size small), but it works well.

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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 just ordered one of those SF14’s, because of the feedback here. I’ve bought quite a few of the Thorfires, over the last couple of years for friends, and family. I’ve had one in my pocket, since. I must not be very susceptible to PWM, because I’ve never noticed it ( I had to record it, to see it).
I have a new TG06s that I got a week or so ago, from Amazon ( I gave another one away Facepalm ) , that doesn’t have PWM, on any mode. It is clearly a different driver design than my other TG06s. The TG06 I presently carry has a Sofirn labeled driver, but it is one of the earlier models.
I am “fairly” confident, that Sofirn is the actual manufacturer, for Thorfire lights. Thorfire might have their own R&D, but I believe Sofirn is the producer.
I like that it starts on high, but do wish it had memory, though obviously not a dealbreaker for me.

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I have two NW UT01’s. The first one only works properly with AA NiMh, which really irritated me, because I really liked the light otherwise.
The second arrived today and, happily, works with unprotected 14500. The tints are a little different though.

I’m curious about some of the other AA/14500 lights out there though.

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Utorch UT01 for me. Luckily I got one with no issues. Love the UI, love the button. Mi7 loses out because of cold tint and UI.

If I could change one thing though it would be a low in the range of firefly – 0.1 lumens. I find this level incredibly useful, to the point where I want a Thrunite T10 since it’s the only budget neutral firefly option out that I’m aware of

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Sofirn=Sofire. Makes sense to me. Thumbs Up
Thanks Barkuti.

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I had a couple of older Thorfire TG06’s. They had awful PWM. So would not be surprised at all if the newer models did not and the real manufacture was Sofirn. Thanks Brian.

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So many people have had problems with Utorch and Astrolux I shied away from ever purchasing. Manker brand sure looks like the before mentioned brands.

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Barkuti wrote:

I believe the name “Sofirn” is mispelled, their intention was to register SoFire

Or it could have been SoFirm, real typo possibility since ‘n’ is next to ‘m’ on keyboards. Maybe they felt the flashlight might feel Soo Firm in one’s hands. Party

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Curiously, one light I don’t see many references here on the forum, is the BlitzWolf BW-ET1!

I thought it would get more “fans”, being a ‘different’ light that can take 1 AA/14500 and 2AA, with extension tube!

[REVIEWS] AMUTORCH: S3 / S3 vs 219c / AM30 / AX1 / VG10 /// SOFIRN: SF14 + SP10A / SP32A / SP10B /// NITEFOX: UT20 / ES10K / K3 /// ODEPRO: KL52 / B108 /// ACEBEAM: H20 / TK16 /// BLITZWOLF: BW-ET1 /// DQG: AA Slim Ti /// HC-LIGHTS: SS AAA /// XTAR: PB2 Charger /// OLIGHT: M2R Warrior /// WUBEN: TO10R / E05 / T70 / E10 /// ON THE ROAD: M1 / i3 / M3 Pro /// ROVYVON: A2 + A5R / E300S / A8 /// KLARUS: XT1C /// LUMINTOP: Tool AA V2.0 + Tool 25 /// LIVARNOLUX: 314791 /// SKILHUNT: M150

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MascaratumB wrote:
Curiously, one light I don’t see many references here on the forum, is the BlitzWolf BW-ET1!

I thought it would get more “fans”, being a ‘different’ light that can take 1 AA/14500 and 2AA, with extension tube!

Yes, it’s an interesting light, and not bad for general use. On a 14500, it makes for a pretty good light. However, on either 1 or 2 AA, it suffers from mediocre output. On AA, it’s only 150 lumens max, and there’s a unnecessary pre-programmed ramp down to 75 lumens after just a couple of minutes.

On a 14500, its max is a more respectable 500 lumens, with a necessary ramp down to 250.

I do like that it comes with a diffuser and tail magnet. Those features give it some purpose, that a general EDC doesn’t have.

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Okay, so you all have convinced me and twisted my rubber arm so I have an SF14 on the way to try out…should be here just after my AA Tool arrives. Then again, the Mi7 has had my attention for a while now as well…hmmmm.

The diseases is strong within! LOL

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Reylight TiLan. beautifully made, runs on NiMH and 14500. Nice LED.

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WalkIntoTheLight wrote:
MascaratumB wrote:
Curiously, one light I don’t see many references here on the forum, is the BlitzWolf BW-ET1!

I thought it would get more “fans”, being a ‘different’ light that can take 1 AA/14500 and 2AA, with extension tube!

Yes, it’s an interesting light, and not bad for general use. On a 14500, it makes for a pretty good light. However, on either 1 or 2 AA, it suffers from mediocre output. On AA, it’s only 150 lumens max, and there’s a unnecessary pre-programmed ramp down to 75 lumens after just a couple of minutes.

On a 14500, its max is a more respectable 500 lumens, with a necessary ramp down to 250.

I do like that it comes with a diffuser and tail magnet. Those features give it some purpose, that a general EDC doesn’t have.

Thanks for such a detailed information WalkIntoTheLight!!! Indeed it seems a very nice flashlight, but didn’t know that details!
I also found some features to be interesting, but not enough to lead me to buy one. Although the shortcut to turbo is always a + for me and I miss it on my Manker E11.
Thanks for the info!! Thumbs Up

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Lumintop s new EDC 05 look s good

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I have high hopes for the UT01 that I have on the mail, seems do be all I wan’t on an AA, hope it’s not a fault-prone unit
Also looking forward for the Sofirn AAs (10A and 12) and Tool AA

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264 wrote:
Much nicer than the Thorfire TG06S because it has no PWM in the lower modes and is brighter.

After reading this a second time I was a little bit like eh? I never noticed PWM in the TG06S so I tried to induce it in the lower modes. If I squint reeaal hard and pay super close attention I can see a tiny bit but at a high frequency that can hardly be noticed. I can always see it in other lights so I know I’m not just missing it.

Maybe older versions had it bad?

I’m also very suspicious that Sofirn and Thorfire are kissing cousins in some way. To many similarities and similar lights to not be affiliated in some way.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot wrote:
264 wrote:
Much nicer than the Thorfire TG06S because it has no PWM in the lower modes and is brighter.

After reading this a second time I was a little bit like eh? I never noticed PWM in the TG06S so I tried to induce it in the lower modes. If I squint reeaal hard and pay super close attention I can see a tiny bit but at a high frequency that can hardly be noticed. I can always see it in other lights so I know I’m not just missing it.

Maybe older versions had it bad?

I’m also very suspicious that Sofirn and Thorfire are kissing cousins in some way. To many similarities and similar lights to not be affiliated in some way.

If you record it on video, it is pretty obvious. It doesn’t appear to be very high frequency. I’d never really noticed it either, but tend to use it more on high, than any other mode.The new model doesn’t have any, in any mode.

Brian

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No love for the Acebeam M10?

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Kindle wrote:
No love for the Acebeam M10?

No strobes? No blinkies at all? I think I do love it. Big Smile

Honestly, haven’t heard of it before. Generally ain’t a fan of AA lights, but this one sounds nice.

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No love for the Acebeam M10?

No strobes? No blinkies at all? I think I do love it. Big Smile

Honestly, haven’t heard of it before. Generally ain’t a fan of AA lights, but this one sounds nice.

You posted in the interest thread Acebeam started around this time last year. lol

The big knock is no NW emitter options

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Kindle wrote:
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Kindle wrote:
No love for the Acebeam M10?

No strobes? No blinkies at all? I think I do love it. Big Smile

Honestly, haven’t heard of it before. Generally ain’t a fan of AA lights, but this one sounds nice.

You posted in the interest thread Acebeam started around this time last year. lol

The big knock is no NW emitter options

I probably did, but just don’t recall doing so.

Yeah, NW would be nice, ‘though in the 4000Ks, not 5000Ks. Even 5000K is looking mighty “cool” to me after getting into WW. 4300K, 4500K, etc., would be quite nice!

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If the new Thorfire tg06’s have no discernable PWM that proves Thorfire and Sofirn are good companies if they are one and the same. The most used single AA flashlights I own are Olight’s s15. Just ordered a new Olight S1A for just under $24.00 plus shipping at Olightstore. S15 and s1a are not budget flashlights. High quality they be. The single AA flashlights sold at SBflashlights under their brand name I think are made by Acebeam. The Acebeam M10 and the SB L10 are the same.

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I have 2 NW Utorch UT01 that work just fine, at least with NiMH (I don’t have any 14500 to test them). I’m also waiting for a CW version to arrive.
I really like this light. Small, powerful on NiMH, good flood for close range work and decent reach/throw for an AA. If I was in need of more AA lights I wouldn’t think twice about getting one if I could get the $9.99 deals that have been going around lately.

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Utorch UT01 for me. Luckily I got one with no issues. Love the UI, love the button. Mi7 loses out because of cold tint and UI.

If I could change one thing though it would be a low in the range of firefly – 0.1 lumens. I find this level incredibly useful, to the point where I want a Thrunite T10 since it’s the only budget neutral firefly option out that I’m aware of

Don’t know if you’re aware of this, but this flashlight has hidden features. You can program each light level with 1 of 3 different intensities. I think that the default moonlight mode can be made less bright if you use this feature. You also get access to a battery check mode when you unlock the hidden features.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Yeah, NW would be nice, ‘though in the 4000Ks, not 5000Ks. Even 5000K is looking mighty “cool” to me after getting into WW. 4300K, 4500K, etc., would be quite nice!

I also like a neutral white closer to 4000K than 5000K. I really like that Convoy will offer warm 7A tints in most of their lights, which is down around 3100K – 3200K. However, they’re 18650 lights.

Is anyone aware of any AA lights that offer a 7A tint option?

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Come on.
We are BLF forum.
Let’s stick to a budget.
Ny Numero Uno is Utorch UT01. NW version ofcourse.
Also orderd Sofirn SF14 and when it comes I will give feedback.

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Welp, my AA Tool arrived last night so I did some quick comparisons to the Thrunite T10 and “new” Thorfire TG06. No hard review, just some quick observations and tailcap data.

On AA, the Tool is just that…a tool. Waste of time. Pathetic output. So I stopped right there with any AA comparisons.

14500 – AA Tool is bloody floody BUT it does so with a defined large hotspot meaning it has some throw with that flood as well. At roughly 75 feet it’s got a well defined hotspot about 12-15 foot wide and it illuminates enough to be very usable. The T10 by comparison just kind of puffs out into an unusable light vapor past 40ish feet. My TG06 (Even before dedome) has a well defined hotspot that is still tight at that 75 foot range with a not very bright spill. The TG06 can stretch out to just about 150 feet but starts to be unusable at that range as it runs out of horsepower.

So, the Tool seems to be the brightest of the bunch, but has the lowest tailcap draw…about 1.3 amp. The TG06 the highest at 1.8-1.9. I’m chalking it up to more/less efficient drivers. What they are seeing at the LED I have no idea. I think a dedomed Tool will end up being a much better light over all than the other two and it’s easily the most compact even with the clicky tail on.

The SF14 will be here soon, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a TG06 clone with maybe less throw and more usable output. Once I get the SF14, I’ll see what I can put together for a decent comparison.

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WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot wrote:
[…]The SF14 will be here soon, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a TG06 clone with maybe less throw and more usable output. Once I get the SF14, I’ll see what I can put together for a decent comparison.

Well, I never owned a TG06, but I can tell that the range of illumination of the SF14 is quite good. Meaning +50 meters you can see what’s going on Shocked

Got some pics here: http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1211718#comment-1211718

I also compared the SF14 with the Tool AA (both with 14500) and…the SF14 “wins” in almost all the things regarding output and tint.
I’m not “defending” the SF14 or the brand, but I can say that so far it is a very good 3 mode budget flashlight.

[REVIEWS] AMUTORCH: S3 / S3 vs 219c / AM30 / AX1 / VG10 /// SOFIRN: SF14 + SP10A / SP32A / SP10B /// NITEFOX: UT20 / ES10K / K3 /// ODEPRO: KL52 / B108 /// ACEBEAM: H20 / TK16 /// BLITZWOLF: BW-ET1 /// DQG: AA Slim Ti /// HC-LIGHTS: SS AAA /// XTAR: PB2 Charger /// OLIGHT: M2R Warrior /// WUBEN: TO10R / E05 / T70 / E10 /// ON THE ROAD: M1 / i3 / M3 Pro /// ROVYVON: A2 + A5R / E300S / A8 /// KLARUS: XT1C /// LUMINTOP: Tool AA V2.0 + Tool 25 /// LIVARNOLUX: 314791 /// SKILHUNT: M150

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