Romisen RC-I3 vs. SAIK RC-A3?

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Romisen RC-I3 vs. SAIK RC-A3?

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I was looking at these two lights on DX, the Romisen RC-I3 and the SAIK RC-A3:

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Although one is Romisen and the other is Saik, both of the pictures show the Romisen name.  Both are brands of the same company, according to their website.  I was wondering if anyone can comment on which is better in terms of quality.  There seem to be some comments on DX that the Romisen RC-I3 is now coming with 3-modes.  Can anyone confirm this?  They both look like very nice lights.  I would prefer a multi-mode.

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I have the A3 and it is a nice AA light......havent tried it with a 14500 but it is bright enough for daily use.....its mostly an indoor light because of its big spot.

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I like the form factor of both of these lights, but I prefer long runtime over brightness.  So if I buy a single mode light, I generally look for the dimmer ones.  On an AA battery how long do these lights produce "usable" light, as in usable for night reading?

 

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I cant tell you anything about the I3 but according to BB its not as bright on AA......but since it has different formats i think it would be a good light to read by.

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And what's the runtime like on your RC-A3?

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I get about 1.5 hours......and then it starts dimming.  Its the old Cree P2 emitter so its not going to be as bright as lets say a P4 or Q5.

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Thanks.  And how long does it provide dim but usable light?

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Cant say in hours but at least it will give you enough time to find a new cell........the light i got from dx was on the warm side which i liked......kind of like an incan but with longer runtimes if you know what i mean. 

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Sounds pretty nice.  I value runtime more than anything else, because I tend to imagine what would happen to me if I was lost in the jungle (and it's possible where I live) without another battery.  :DBig Smile :lol:" />   I have a $4.28 Powerlight that gives usable light for 24 - 48 hours on a dead Duracell AA that no longer powers my wireless mouse, and an Akoray K-106 that gives nice light for around 48 hours on a fresh Duracell AA. 

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Dont you use nimh cells......and where the hell do you live man, lol.

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I live in South America, in a little town surrounded by jungle.  There are daily power outages, and in the more rural areas there are only a few tiny villages that might sell batteries, AA being the most common.  So that's why I value a nice long-runtime single AA light.  I don't use nimh cells because I prefer to use what is locally available.

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Understandable......we also have been having problems with power outages and its winter...so when the power goes out my lights come on and we wrap ourselves in blankets.  Well i have an eneloop charger that im not using man, dont know how much shipping would be though.

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I was sort of thinking about getting some some rechargeables from DX, they actually do ship here, for free, and it arrives in the mail a month later.  Thanks for the suggestion! 

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You might as well man....so that way you always have a fresh battery on hand......keep the alkies for emergency use.

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