Best Single AA flashlight for 2017/18 ?

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Tangra wrote:
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.

At what price does a flashlight go from budget to premium ?
I say under $20.00 is budget.
Over $50.00 is premium.

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Looks cool………………..

Looks fine yet what are the UI and specs? Thank you

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Looks cool………………..

Looks fine yet what are the UI and specs? Thank you

Can no longer find the flashlight on either Gearbest or Fasttech any longer. Specs could be anything. Let your imagination run.

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At what price does a flashlight go from budget to premium ? I say under $20.00 is budget. Over $50.00 is premium.

I find it difficult to find a good AA light under $20, while it’s relatively easy to find a good lithium-ion light for under $20. I think the drivers are more complicated in (good) AA lights, which add to their cost.

One thing I haven’t seen on this forum is a group buy for a good, inexpensive 1xAA light. I’ve seen them for AAA lights, and for 4xAA lights, but never a 1xAA. Maybe I’ve missed them? Or maybe there’s not much interest?

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What do you consider a good AA light? I’m still using my Utorch UT01s and IMO they are great at the $9.99 price point and still good at $14.99

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Granted, good is relative, and I haven’t ever tried that UT01. Most of the “under $20” AA lights I’ve tried are the cheap sipik type lights, for a few dollars. While they’re okay for the price, they’re not very sturdy, and they have awful cool-white emitters.

For 1xAA lights, I mostly use Zebralights, which are well above the $20 mark. The cheapest “good” AA light I have is an L3 Illuminations L10 with a Nichia 219 emitter. IIRC, I think it was $19.99.

I just haven’t seen a lot of AA lights under the $20 mark, that have good quality and a neutral-white LED. Some people like cool white, but I find it looks too industrial to me.

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Hum, when you mean “AA”, you mean “only” AA (alkaline/Ni-MH), not supporting14500 batteries?
Because there are some neat 2017 lights AA size, also supporting 14500’s . I bought some this year and I am happy with almost all of them! Smile

If you are only talking about AA (alkaline/Ni-MH) lights, not 14500, yup the Zebralight seems to be the most advanced, putting 500 lumens (maybe more?) of a single Ni-MH cell!

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My vote goes to the UT01. I have 2, one in each tint and haven’t had any insurmountable issues with them. Just ordered a spare NW for $9.99.

What I like (in no particular order):

  1. reversible deep pocket clip
  2. reversible body (allows switching clip orientation without removing clip and scratching anno)
  3. decent low mode
  4. 400lmn high w/ AA, 800lmn w/ 14500 is very serviceable.
  5. AA/14500 support. Paper clip mod resolves issues with protected 14500
  6. Good modes and programmable
  7. Very affordable
  8. compact size
  9. available in warmer tint

I would have considered the Klarus Mi7 a possible contender, but my had horrific parasite drain (emptied batteries in a day) and Klarus did nothing to help. Even so, I think I’d still prefer the UT01 because of the reversible clip, programmable (and more) modes, UI, better low mode and overall feel. I wish the UT01 had a better switch. In fact, UT01 with a Mi7 switch would be hard to beat, in my book. Jet-1 is also a contender, but the clip is similar to the Klarus, only 3 modes and again, low not low enough.

At $20, I think it’s pretty hard to touch the UT01. At $9.99, it’s a no-brainer.

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Olight S1A and Lumintop EDC05 = Utorch UT01 = Manker E11

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1. Zebralight H53c Neutral White High CRI

2. Armytek Tiara A1 Pro XP-L (Warm)

3. L3 Illumination L11C (Nichia 219BT)

+ Manker E03

+ Manker E11 = Utorch UT01 = Lumintop EDC05

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niraya wrote:
1. Zebralight H53c Neutral White High CRI

2. Armytek Tiara A1 Pro XP-L (Warm)

3. L3 Illumination L10C (Nichia 219B)

+ Manker E03

+ Manker E11 (= Utorch UT01 = Lumintop EDC05).

Hat

I also have the H53w and it’s awesome but I wouldn’t call it the best of 2017 because of the lack of 14500 support.

My favourite single AA flashlight of all times is the Olight S1A, If only Olight made a S10A version with reflector instead of TIR lens…

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Anthon wrote:
niraya wrote:
1. Zebralight H53c Neutral White High CRI

2. Armytek Tiara A1 Pro XP-L (Warm)

3. L3 Illumination L10C (Nichia 219B)

+ Manker E03

+ Manker E11 (= Utorch UT01 = Lumintop EDC05).

Hat

I also have the H53w and it’s awesome but I wouldn’t call it the best of 2017 because of the lack of 14500 support.

My favourite single AA flashlight of all times is the Olight S1A, If only Olight made a S10A version with reflector instead of TIR lens…

For me AA means basically just NiMH, if i need capabilities of Li-Ion I pick 18650s.
I find 14500 kind of unnecessary and very underdeveloped cells compared to 18650’s . To me NiMH is ok for any AA. Party

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What about Nicron?

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/NICRON-Rechargeable-Twist-Flash...USB-Charging-Corner-Light-Mini-Portable/111575_32844060880.html?spm=2114.12010612.0.0.e310f11D57dpJ

or

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/NICRON-1W-Mini-LED-Head-lamp-120Lm-Camping-72-Meter-Long-Beam-Waterproof-IPX4-Flashlight-HeadLight/111575_32803065930.html?spm=2114.12010108.1000023.7.5bfdb65bZut0s7

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niraya wrote:
Anthon wrote:
niraya wrote:
1. Zebralight H53c Neutral White High CRI

2. Armytek Tiara A1 Pro XP-L (Warm)

3. L3 Illumination L10C (Nichia 219B)

+ Manker E03

+ Manker E11 (= Utorch UT01 = Lumintop EDC05).

Hat

I also have the H53w and it’s awesome but I wouldn’t call it the best of 2017 because of the lack of 14500 support.

My favourite single AA flashlight of all times is the Olight S1A, If only Olight made a S10A version with reflector instead of TIR lens…

For me AA means basically just NiMH, if i need capabilities of Li-Ion I pick 18650s.
I find 14500 kind of unnecessary and very underdeveloped cells compared to 18650’s . To me NiMH is ok for any AA. Party

I have the same approach. When I need the brightness of 14500 I’m usually hiking in the dark and also need longer run time. 14500 doesn’t provide that and the little lights run into thermal issues anyway. This is where I like the Zebralight approach of efficiency and good brightness on AA.

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My recent and favorite is Rofis TR15.

Why?

1. It can transform into an angle light (rotate the head 90 degrees) or use as a straight handheld.
2. It has a magnetic base
3. Uses ANY AA battery. (I use 14500 for max output) But in an emergency can use a regular AA.
4. I can make it a headlamp by rotating the head and using the Olight headband H2R Nova Headband (uses a magnet in the cradle for fast placement and has a silicon strap to secure)

But I have also been thinking of the Klarus Mi7 (glad to see it mentioned several times here)

I simply LOVE this Rofis! Best all around AA light. (IMHO)

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My wife is carrying an 18650 light in her purse and notified me last night she wanted a “smaller light”….so here i am on this thread.
I would like a AA/14500 light with usb charing built in one way or another (either in the battery or on-board charging. I see many lights suggested on this thread but very few have the usb charging option. Any suggestions for me? Budget please Smile less than $30.

I am also open to an even smaller light than 14500.
Can someone help please?

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contigo wrote:
My wife is carrying an 18650 light in her purse and notified me last night she wanted a “smaller light”….so here i am on this thread.
I would like a AA/14500 light with usb charing built in one way or another (either in the battery or on-board charging. I see many lights suggested on this thread but very few have the usb charging option. Any suggestions for me? Budget please Smile less than $30.

I am also open to an even smaller light than 14500.
Can someone help please?

You can take a look to the Wuben flashlights Wink http://www.wubenlight.com/category/2

Some have in-built charge, and I guess others have rechargeable batteries!
They are sold in several places (I normally search in AliExpress) but there other places for sure!

Also, if you want a small 18650 light with in-built charger, take a look at this thread: Folomov EDC-C4

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The Jetbeam E10R is an extremely nice and small light and it features regularly in deal threads for less than $20.

The big flaw in that light is that charging a NiMh battery (like AA Eneloop) via the USB-port does not go well, the charging stops at 70 or so % from full. But if you use a 14500 in it (which has better energy density anyway) charging is fine.

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contigo wrote:
My wife is carrying an 18650 light in her purse and notified me last night she wanted a “smaller light”….so here i am on this thread.
I would like a AA/14500 light with usb charing built in one way or another (either in the battery or on-board charging. I see many lights suggested on this thread but very few have the usb charging option. Any suggestions for me? Budget please Smile less than $30.

I am also open to an even smaller light than 14500.
Can someone help please?

Hi,
Look for the Jet Beam E10R AA / 14500 built in charge, although it has been reported the charging function will not fully charge an 14500 . For Ni-mh it works. JetBeam also has the E01R AAA size with charging function.
This is a description I’m not endorsing any particular vendor

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ifratos wrote:
What about Nicron?

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/NICRON-Rechargeable-Twist-Flash...USB-Charging-Corner-Light-Mini-Portable/111575_32844060880.html?spm=2114.12010612.0.0.e310f11D57dpJ

or

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/NICRON-1W-Mini-LED-Head-lamp-120Lm-Camping-72-Meter-Long-Beam-Waterproof-IPX4-Flashlight-HeadLight/111575_32803065930.html?spm=2114.12010108.1000023.7.5bfdb65bZut0s7

i have a $10 nicron UV 16340 light, it is well made, though i would hate twisty for regular carrying

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so….the Jetbeam aa/14500….which battery wont it charge fully? i see conflicting reports

Looks nice otherwise!

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The only reports I read were about not fully charging 14500’s.

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thank you Thumbs Up

bummer, i probably liked that one the best

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contigo wrote:
so….the Jetbeam aa/14500….which battery wont it charge fully? i see conflicting reports

Looks nice otherwise!

According to this review by Enelooper it’s fine with Li-ion 14500s but undercharges Ni-MH AAs (backed up by Trevi_lux) – http://budgetlightforum.com/node/54452

However, this Bc412’s sample massively undercharged Li-ion 14500s – http://budgetlightforum.com/node/54225

Bc412’s light was undercharging so much I’m wondering whether it was defective, rather than a poorly designed charging circuit.

The charging issues and cool white LED have put me buying one so far, but I like my other JETBeams so much I’ll probably get one eventually.

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Mkduffer wrote:
My vote goes to the UT01. I have 2, one in each tint and haven’t had any insurmountable issues with them. Just ordered a spare NW for $9.99.

What I like (in no particular order):

  1. reversible deep pocket clip
  2. reversible body (allows switching clip orientation without removing clip and scratching anno)
  3. decent low mode
  4. 400lmn high w/ AA, 800lmn w/ 14500 is very serviceable.
  5. AA/14500 support. Paper clip mod resolves issues with protected 14500
  6. Good modes and programmable
  7. Very affordable
  8. compact size
  9. available in warmer tint

I would have considered the Klarus Mi7 a possible contender, but my had horrific parasite drain (emptied batteries in a day) and Klarus did nothing to help. Even so, I think I’d still prefer the UT01 because of the reversible clip, programmable (and more) modes, UI, better low mode and overall feel. I wish the UT01 had a better switch. In fact, UT01 with a Mi7 switch would be hard to beat, in my book. Jet-1 is also a contender, but the clip is similar to the Klarus, only 3 modes and again, low not low enough.

At $20, I think it’s pretty hard to touch the UT01. At $9.99, it’s a no-brainer.

Where did you buy the UT01 for $9.99?

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Looks cool………………..

Looks fine yet what are the UI and specs? Thank you

I found this light once more:
https://www.fasttech.com/products/0/10015804/7847900-ultrafire-u5-super-...
Two for $10.55

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This flashlight was delivered on January 11, 2018. It has become my all around favorite light. I chose the neutral tint option. It is a warm tint. So if it matters this is my current favorite AA/14500 flashlight.    

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contigo wrote:
My wife is carrying an 18650 light in her purse and notified me last night she wanted a “smaller light”….so here i am on this thread.
I would like a AA/14500 light with usb charing built in one way or another (either in the battery or on-board charging. I see many lights suggested on this thread but very few have the usb charging option. Any suggestions for me? Budget please Smile less than $30.

I am also open to an even smaller light than 14500.
Can someone help please?

Hm, have you considered the FW3A Groupbuy?
It’s a 18650, but verry compact, SK68 like. The design is not quite fixed.

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contigo wrote:
My wife is carrying an 18650 light in her purse and notified me last night she wanted a “smaller light”…. I am also open to an even smaller light than 14500.

In the AAA/10440 form factor, i’m very partial to the Ultratac K18. Possibly the brightest in it’s category, very well made and nice to look at. A USB charger add-on is also available – which is a must have to charge small cells at a moderate current not always possible on most charger.
http://www.hkequipment.net/product-p/utk187ss.htm

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Wow the Ultratac K18 in that website has a Nichia option. Even Ultratac’s own website doesn’t even have that. The XP-G2 version runs at 110 lumens on AAA. I wonder which Nichia emitter it uses and which tint. I would buy it if it has 4000k or 4500k tint as I really want a good AAA or AA nichia warm/neutral light.

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