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brad wrote:
Why not a AA headlamp and a AAA to AA adapter. A headlamp is just a flashlight and is fine for holding in the hand for short tasks, and if you are using a flashlight long enough to get annoyed at holding it, then a headlamp makes great sense. I would also throw in a super long running moonlight mode AAA light for use as a nightlight, etc. for a situation where the electricity is not working. If you get the AA light then be sure and throw a dummy cell AA and 2 AAA to AA adapters into the bag.

 

I agree that a headlamp is arguably the most useful flashlight that you can have for many circumstances. For example, changing a car tire. If I could only own one flashlight, it would have to be a headlamp. However, they can be awkward to keep with you on a belt or in a pocket. If you EDC a small tube flashlight like a single 14500/AA, then you can put it in your mouth if you need both hands free for a few minutes.   

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What ya think about the thrunite archer 1A or 2A?

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Lightbringer wrote:
The only multi-AA lights I have are the SF11 and TK4A. Great for eating multiple cells at a time, but they have the same issue as any multi-cell lights: leakage. One cell will always burn down faster’n the other, and you’ll still be getting usable light while that weak-link is oozing its corrosive guts all over your light’s innards.

Me personally, I’d stick with single-AA lights, ‘cause you might scrounge up 1 cell, but there’s no guarantee there’ll be 2.

That said, the Zanflare F2 seems to fit the bill, ‘though I don’t have one to comment on it.

Otherwise, a 2×AA Maglite with LED drop-in (or match-mod) should be more’n sufficient.

Hi Lightbringer,
Why not use Nimh batteries?
That would solve the leakage problem??
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Squidboy wrote:
My initial reaction was Fenix TK20, but that shows my age. So the nearest alternative would be “olight s2a baton”:https://olightworld.com/olight-s2a-baton

TK20 is my first pick also. It may seem dated to these whippersnappers but it’s a well made, reliable light. I’ve got the diffuser and it comes out every Halloween at a minimum.
Would be good for whacking zombies with also. Solid light.

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mgracia85 wrote:
What ya think about the thrunite archer 1A or 2A?

I like the single 14500/AA flashlight form factor, but don't own a Thrunite Archer 1A because: (1) it has mode memory, (2) it would be cumbersome for me to turn it on with the tail switch and then change modes with the side switch, and (3) it is relatively expensive compared to say a Sofirn SF14 or Thorfire TGO6S. But this assessment mostly boils down to my personal preferences. I DO like the fact that the Archer 1A has a 0.1 lumen Firefly mode and a forward-clicky tail switch for momentary On. What do you think of the 1A? I have never seriously considered the 2A.   

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ActiveAl wrote:
I own a Zanflare F2 but never use it because the strobe mode is in the normal rotation – not hidden. The modes are Low→Med→High→Strobe. So going from High to Low requires a dose of self-inflict strobe.  It also has mode memory which I don’t care for.

Ugh. That would drive me bonzo. Same reason I don’t use my Folomov, because of the high→low order with strobe in rotation. Other’n that, it’s a great light in every other way, just the UI kills it.

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jerm03 wrote:
Lightbringer wrote:
The only multi-AA lights I have are the SF11 and TK4A. Great for eating multiple cells at a time, but they have the same issue as any multi-cell lights: leakage. One cell will always burn down faster’n the other, and you’ll still be getting usable light while that weak-link is oozing its corrosive guts all over your light’s innards.
Why not use Nimh batteries? That would solve the leakage problem??

Acto the OP, he wanted AA lights because:

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So that got me thinking that my best bet would be a AA light cause I figure I might be able to find some scattered around because of their popularity. I decided 2AA would be best cause it would give me enough juice for whatever situation I find myself in.

As for me, I unearthed over a hunnert alkaleaks that I’m loathe to throw out, even if they are hateful little batteries.

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The best 2xAA flashlight I’ve used is the Thrunite Archer 2A v3. I found out about it reading the best flashlight article by theWireCutter
It is very bright and their lumen rating is legit and not exaggerated.

The brightest 2xAA is the Armytek Partner A2 Pro, which I measured 630 lumens for the WW version with my TA lumen sphere. The tint is beautiful if you like WW/NW. The Prime A2 Pro for some reason measures significantly less probably because of the optics. The only thing I don’t like about the Partner A2 Pro is that it lacks tail standing ability whereas the Archer 2A does.

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Enderman wrote:
Do people actually believe in that zombie BS or are they just joking?

They already do exist…… I see them every day walking the streets with their faces glued to a phone screen whilst walking in to me, or out in front of cars etc with completely blank emotionless faces.
They may not be trying to eat me yet, but they are out there in their millions! Wink
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I just purchased an UltraTac A1 off of Amazon for 10.75 using the 10% discount code of SS6TRV2E. There are not many Amazon reviews for this flashlight, but the couple I read are pretty in-depth.Also check out this BLF thread, and also these two YouTube videos:  (1) UltrTac A1 Flashlight Kit Review!,  (2) Ultratac A1 Flashlight Review

 

This flashlight is very similar to the Lumintop Tool in size, construction, performance, modes, and it even comes with a diffuser. Here are the outputs::

 

     Lumens
Battery Low Med Med
14500 20 280 600
AA 1 30 220

 

This would be a great bug out single AA light IMHO because it provides a battery conserving and discrete 1 lumen Low mode as well as a very robust 220 lumen High mode, if needed. Additionally, it would be very easy to carry because of its size and weight. It has no mode memory and always starts up in Low mode.

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Enderman wrote:
Do people actually believe in that zombie BS or are they just joking?

 

Zombies among us now...............the newer generation with their smartphones......duuuuuuuuhhhhhhh..... must load app............duuuuhhhhh....press..press...click.click  (tongue-and-cheek )

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klrman wrote:

Enderman wrote:
Do people actually believe in that zombie BS or are they just joking?

 


Zombies among us now……………the newer generation with their smartphones……duuuuuuuuhhhhhhh….. must load app…………duuuuhhhhh….press..press…click.click

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Paul321 wrote:
mgracia85 wrote:
My money is on living people with viruses. It just seems more plausible. So in that case, according to the movie “I am legend” the more lumens the better Steve

I am Legend is a re-make of the Omega Man – a far better film IMO but I am showing my age.

The Nitecore MT22A comes to mind, I personally don’t have one (yet) but it is a double AA. I like the side by side configuration.

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Zulumoose wrote:
Get a couple of AAA to AA converter cases for the bugout bag as well, they weigh nothing but double your chances of getting compatible backup batteries from any source.

In that case, consider a light that runs on C cells as well. Being the least popular battery size, it’s likely to sell out last in an apocalypse. Smile

And you can use adapters to convert from C to AA and to AAA.

Granted, I don’t know of any nice C lights out there. Maybe some Maglite?

Thumbs Up Maglite has a two nice 3C lights…one the “old timey” Alkaline/incandescent model, that can be upgraded with a drop-in LED bulb. But, they are hard to come by., Or, for about $40, they build a very nice LED 3 C model. Lighter than the Incand model, don’t feel as rugged as the other…and probably, less utility as an impact weapon. Had one, returned it. Streamlight, I think it is, offers a couple of LED C cell lights. Utilitarian, not really great throwers, but very capable. Smile

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Just bought one! Waiting to see what sort of product I get. Glasses

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1A flashlight: ThruNite Archer 1A V3
2A flashlight: Nitecore MT2A LED Flashlight

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You can read about the Sofirn SF13 here:

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