High output AA?

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Thanks for the suggestion. But Ledlensers are too expensive. I looked at the Blitzwolf that comes with an extension tube, but it is rated at only about 180 with AA.

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I asked my question because I’ve read the caution that, for possible emergency situations, it’s advisable to have a flashlight on hand that can use readily available alkalines. I can use my TK05 for that, but I wondered if there was an affordable AA light with higher lumens. I’m not going to spend more than $30 for another flashlight since I’m not an aficionado like most people on this list and remembering that I bought lights in my initial frenzy that I rarely if ever use. Under $20 sounds even better. So I’ll keep an eye out for sales on suggestions made in this thread. Thanks, all, for your responses.

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Enderman wrote:
You always have the option of finding lights that take more than two AA cells? Or AAA?

That’s a great idea…of course unless you only want a single alkaline. Thorfire has the TK4A and there’s a generic version of it for cheaper I believe. The Thorfire puts out over 1,000 lm.

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Any other lights hit that high with eneloops like a zebra but cheaper? Pretty sure every other model I’ve seen with AA can only do 200ish.

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The TK4A is an interesting one. Really chunky: almost 1 5/8”. It’s one to look at again.

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TK4a / Sofirn SP11 is stout and heavy when filled with NiMH, but I find it very satisfying piece of gear.

The 2xAA Sofirn SF13 is also an option.

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Thanks for the suggestion. A requirement for (almost) all my flashlights is that they have side switches only. My thumb doesn’t like tail switches, and I don’t like them anyway. Personal preference.

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rickw12 wrote:
Thanks for the suggestion. A requirement for (almost) all my flashlights is that they have side switches only. My thumb doesn’t like tail switches, and I don’t like them anyway. Personal preference.

It may have already been mentioned but…….The Thrunite Archer V2 3A is a nice little light with 500 lumens and uses 2x AA or Nimh cells. It does have a tail switch to power the light on or off , but otherwise everything else is controlled with the side switch. Price has been lowered by $7 since my review on it , which you can find HERE

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Thanks. I’ve seen that one. Lights with two switches like that don’t make sense to me. But taste aside, I need to avoid that kind of thumb action as much as possible.

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Enderman wrote:
Unless you use high discharge NIMH AA cells like eneloops or eneloop pros, you’re not going to get “high output” using AA. Any flashlight that says more than 400 or 500 lumens is either using nimh or li-ion cells to get those numbers.

Not necessarily. A Energizer lithium ultimate primary L91 AA is a different animal than alkaline. A light behaves very differently on it vs an alkaline. So it is an AA and gives much higher output than an alkaline AA. In some lights, it even outperforms a NiMh

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WalkIntoTheLight wrote:
ChrisGarrett wrote:
nquinn wrote:
ChrisGarrett wrote:
WalkIntoTheLight wrote:
zak.wilson wrote:
Zebralight manages around 500 lumens from AA, but I don’t think anybody else is running them nearly that hard. Full output requires an NiMH battery, of course.

+1

The Zebralight SC5w is a great light, by far my favourite 1xAA light. Over 500 lumens, nice tint & beam, fantastic UI. All on a single Eneloop.

It’s a little pricey, but IMO, the Zebralights are well worth it. I have a drawer full of AA lights, but it’s my Zebralights that I end up using 99% of the time.

That light is meant to run on one specific battery and one battery only—an Eneloop Pro, or its rebadged equivalents.

You’re not popping in an Energizer AA alkaleak and getting 500LM. Maybe an Energizer Lithium Ultimate, but not a regular jobbie.

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I’m still impressed any 1.2v NiMH battery can hit 500 lumens. I thought most were in the 200 range and 14500’s were needed to hit 500-600. Sounds like Zebra has some way to get more of of the eneloops.

They spec 5A and the Eneloop Pro (and equivalents) can handle that for limited runtimes.

You’re not getting long runtimes at that current, but it’s better than anything an alkaleak can handle at that draw.

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You don’t need an Eneloop Pro for the Zebralight SC5w. I use regular Eneloops, and they work just fine. It will put out 500 lumens on a regular Eneloop for about 20-25 minutes. Cumulative run-time on 500 lumens, because you have to step the light back up to 500 lumens every 3 minutes. You have to do that test with a fan, or the light would get too hot.

You obviously get much better runtimes and efficiency on lower modes, but it’s nice to have 500 lumens when you need it.

As for other brands than Eneloop, they probably work fine as well, as long as they’re based on the same tech. There are lots of Eneloop clones. I’ve never used any of them personally, but many people swear they are identical.

Alkalines won’t get you the 500 lumen output, of course. Stick to 100 lumen lights if you require alkaleaks, or just never use the higher modes on brighter lights.

Energizer ultimate lithiums will get you way over 100 lumens

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Solution is Manker T01II 500 lumen on AA throw 282 meters no expensive like Zebralight.

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