Ultratac A1 on Amazon. AA or 14500 600 lumen tail clicky. $11.95

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Ultratac A1 on Amazon. AA or 14500 600 lumen tail clicky. $11.95

Not really sure if this is a good deal or not but thought I would post it. Looks like a stout little light. Figured I would grab one and turn ya’ll on to it if you need another AA pocket rocket. No blinky modes, just low, med, and high with a XP-L. Which I am assuming is CW.

https://www.amazon.com/UltraTac-A1-Waterproof-Flashlight-Included/dp/B07...

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Well, the listing talks a good talk. DTP copper, no pwm, handles 14500, etc. Sounds like a nice deal.

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I like the styling. Nice to see lights with lots of knurling. Cool

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very similar to Lumintop tool AA, except for some of the body

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No pwm is for sure a plus for those that are sensitive to it. I like the simplicity of it. No crazy blinky modes is always a winner in my book. Figured for less than $12 I can gift it away to someone who doesn’t know any better if I don’t like it. Smile

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thats cool, I guess its made in similar factory to tool, tail area and diffuser are identical, but tool pwm is pretty bad, might check it out

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thats cool, I guess its made in similar factory to tool, tail area and diffuser are identical, but tool pwm is pretty bad, might check it out

Agreed, I normally don’t see well implemented pwm, but I do see it just a bit in the Tool. Not enough to drive me crazy but enough none the less. My A1 will be here Monday, I can give you the scoop on it before you order it if you want.

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Similar to Sofirn SF14, no?
If the light in reality is as the listing describes it seems like the perfect aa/14500 edc.

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cool, the clip is also identical, pretty weak on the tool, will wait for your report, good price tho. From having/using the tool for about 5 months that’s the first thing I thought of, tail, clip and diffuser are the same, not sure about the sofirn, these may all be coming from same factory with 3 different lathes doing the knurling, not saying its a bad thing, I use the tool a lot cause of the diffuser, makes a great nightlight, this one may be a home run at that price.

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Blackbeard wrote:
cool, the clip is also identical, pretty weak on the tool, will wait for your report, good price tho. From having/using the tool for about 5 months that’s the first thing I thought of, tail, clip and diffuser are the same, not sure about the sofirn, these may all be coming from same factory with 3 different lathes doing the knurling

The Sofirn sf14 clip is excellent. I edc it on the outside of my Leatherman pouch, holding on just by the clip, it is the best clip I have used.

Beam me up!

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Tempting for the price. I’m curious as to how it does with an Eneloop.

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Light Modes
The default mode is LOW when you just turn on the flashlight, No Memory Function.
When use a 14500 battery, the brightness can be Low(20LM) – Medium(280LM) – High(600LM);
When powered by AA battery, the mini light gives out Low(1LM) – Medium(30LM) – High(220LM)
How to Use UltraTac A1 Mini Flashlight?
Unscrew the flashlight head or tail-cap;
Insert the battery with the positive side towards the head;
Reassemble;
Click the tailcap switch to turn on / off the light;
Press the switch when light on to switch mode between Low, Medium, High.

Pasted from Amazon.

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toddcshoe wrote:
Light Modes The default mode is LOW when you just turn on the flashlight, No Memory Function. When use a 14500 battery, the brightness can be Low(20LM) - Medium(280LM) - High(600LM); When powered by AA battery, the mini light gives out Low(1LM) - Medium(30LM) - High(220LM) How to Use UltraTac A1 Mini Flashlight? Unscrew the flashlight head or tail-cap; Insert the battery with the positive side towards the head; Reassemble; Click the tailcap switch to turn on / off the light; Press the switch when light on to switch mode between Low, Medium, High. Pasted from Amazon.

 

How can the UltraTac A1 circuitry work such that the AA schedule is:

Low = 0.5%, Med = 14%, and High = 100%, but the 14500 schedule is:

Low = 3%, Med = 47%, and High = 100%? (rounded to nearest whole percent)

Just a newby question. Thanks.

 

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toddcshoe wrote:
Light Modes The default mode is LOW when you just turn on the flashlight, No Memory Function. When use a 14500 battery, the brightness can be Low(20LM) – Medium(280LM) – High(600LM); When powered by AA battery, the mini light gives out Low(1LM) – Medium(30LM) – High(220LM) How to Use UltraTac A1 Mini Flashlight? Unscrew the flashlight head or tail-cap; Insert the battery with the positive side towards the head; Reassemble; Click the tailcap switch to turn on / off the light; Press the switch when light on to switch mode between Low, Medium, High. Pasted from Amazon.

 


How can the UltraTac A1 circuitry work such that the AA schedule is:


Low = 0.5%, Med = 14%, and High = 100%, but the 14500 schedule is:


Low = 3%, Med = 47%, and High = 100%? (rounded to nearest whole percent)


Just a newby question. Thanks.


 

No clue. I am assuming the driver characteristics increase output with the increased voltage. Current draw with a LiIon cell would also make for more output I am assuming as well. I am by no means a electrical engineer so I am just using the simplest answer that my simple little brain can manage. Big Smile

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This Charles BridgTec review provides a 10% discount code SS6TRV2E for the UltraTec A1 on Amazon. So, I cancelled my original Amazon order and repurchased one for $10.75. With Prime, it will arrive Tuesday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ActiveAl wrote:

This Charles BridgTec review provides a 10% discount code SS6TRV2E for the UltraTec A1 on Amazon. So, I cancelled my original Amazon order and repurchased one for $10.75. With Prime, it will arrive Tuesday.


 


 


 


 


 


 


 

Nice!!!!

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I also ordered one with the discount code. I had wanted a Nitefox K3, and a Tacteagle E09. With the discount and Amazon Card cashback cost was $14.68.
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Looks like the price has gone up by a buck. May still be worth it. Is it any better than utorch ut01?

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Wow, they can go to Hell now.

Was 12bux, limit 2, now 13bux and limit 1. Was just scrounging for something else to pad out to 25bux, and now this.

Wellp, they just lost my orders…

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Looks like the price has gone up by a buck. May still be worth it. Is it any better than utorch ut01?

The Sofirn SF14 would be my first choice as an alternative to UntraTac 1A because the two are functionally similar, and the Sorfirn SF14 is a good value. The Lumintop Tool AA is another contender, but the SF14 is less expensive. You can purchase a SF14 from the Official Sofirn Store on AliExpress for $11.90 right now, and I've seen it on sale cheaper. You can sometimes find the Tool AA on sale for around $16.

The table below provides an output comparison of the three flashlights:

  

Flashlight  Battery    Lumens
Low Med Med
UltraTac A1 14500 20 280 600
AA 1 30 220
Lumintop Tool AA 14500 8 95 550
AA 7 25 110
Sofirn SF14 14500 5 110 600
AA 3 33 230

  All three flashlights have

  1. A tail switch
  2. Three modes: Low -> Med-> High
  3. No mode memory. They always start out on Low.
  4. No Strobe mode
  5. Solid aluminum construction with an IPx8 rating.

The utorch ut01 is really not my type of flashlight (because it had a side switch and mode memory), so I'm not a good person to give you any advise about it.  

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Wow, they can go to Hell now.

Was 12bux, limit 2, now 13bux and limit 1. Was just scrounging for something else to pad out to 25bux, and now this.

Wellp, they just lost my orders…

If you want one I can drop ship it to ya. I got prime.

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ActiveAl wrote:

The Sofirn SF14 would be my first choice as an alternative to UntraTac 1A

Thanks. I already have one Sofirn (SP10B), and don’t care for its greenish tint.
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If you want one I can drop ship it to ya. I got prime.

I appreciate the offer, but nah, I’ll pass. Them grapes went sour… Silly

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I already have one Sofirn (SP10B), and don’t care for its greenish tint.

Hmm, thought only the older As had that, as my Bs are paper-white.

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Pete7874 wrote:
ActiveAl wrote:

The Sofirn SF14 would be my first choice as an alternative to UntraTac 1A

Thanks. I already have one Sofirn (SP10B), and don't care for its greenish tint.

 

According to 264's BLF review, the Sofirn SF14 has, "No pulse width modulation. White color beam tint.  No purple-blue-green hue". To me, the SF14 output apears to has about a 5500 color temperature with no noticeable blue or green tint. But I may not be sensitive to these aberrations and they go unnoticed. Nevertheless, they are not an issue for me. Let us know what you settle on. Thanks.

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Sofirn SP10B for $13.99. Not sure if that a good deal or not either.

https://www.amazon.com/Sofirn-flashlight-Keychain-Lumens-Practical/dp/B0...

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Pete7874 wrote:
Looks like the price has gone up by a buck. May still be worth it. Is it any better than utorch ut01?

I had one in my account cart yesterday at the 11.95 price.  Came back this morning to complete the order and discovered the price has increased.  Bait & switch?  Greed in prep for Prime Day?  Skirmish in trade war?

  I've never had any UltraTac lights and likely will not in the future, based on their behavior.  Reaching into my account cart to increase the price is shady & underhanded, to say the least.  No different than being in the grocery store with a gallon of milk in my cart at, say, $1.99, then having a clerk pass by and place a price tag of $2.99 on it when I'm not looking.

For a society that supposedly is concerned with "saving face", these people sure aren't thinking about how their actions look to the rest of the world.  Fake cells and wildly overstating cell capacities come to mind also.

/end rant\

Great... Carnac the Magnificent tells me I just signed up for yet another expensive hobby.

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I had one in my account cart yesterday at the 11.95 price.  Came back this morning to complete the order and discovered the price has increased.  Bait & switch?  Greed in prep for Prime Day?  Skirmish in trade war?


  I’ve never had any UltraTac lights and likely will not in the future, based on their behavior.  Reaching into my account cart to increase the price is shady & underhanded, to say the least. 


I wouldn’t call that bait&switch nor shady. That is just how internet stores work – you can’t just put stuff in your cart and expect it to still be there at the same price tomorrow. Amazon prices change quite often – sometimes multiple times a day. But again, this isn’t something specific to UltraTac or even Amazon – most online stores work this way.
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toddcshoe wrote:
Sofirn SP10B for $13.99. Not sure if that a good deal or not either. https://www.amazon.com/Sofirn-flashlight-Keychain-Lumens-Practical/dp/B076J95YNF/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1531713425&sr=8-5&keywords=sofirn[/quote]

 

It depend on your needs. If you need a flashlight right away and this flashlight fits the bill, the price might be OK. It is a decent flashlight. But it can be had couple of dollars cheaper if one can wait for a sale. The AliExpress Sofirn Official Store seems to have a bi-annual sale, for example.  During the last one in June, I picked one up for $10.42. They were even cheaper if you used their shopping App via a smart phone (which I don't own). 

 

I bought one off of Amazon for $12.99 in March with a dollar-off coupon - with no regrets. 

 

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Agreed, and I’ve had prices go down, too, while languishing in my cart.

But the limit per customer sliding down from 2-per to 1-per just stinks. I stopped with GB coupons and flash-sales because of that, as it’s just not worth it.

It’s that double-whammy that soured me on the deal, and the mfr.

Anyway, water under the bridge, fish under the sea, whatever.

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slmjim wrote:

I had one in my account cart yesterday at the 11.95 price.  Came back this morning to complete the order and discovered the price has increased.  Bait & switch?  Greed in prep for Prime Day?  Skirmish in trade war?

  I've never had any UltraTac lights and likely will not in the future, based on their behavior.  Reaching into my account cart to increase the price is shady & underhanded, to say the least. 

I wouldn't call that bait&switch nor shady. That is just how internet stores work - you can't just put stuff in your cart and expect it to still be there at the same price tomorrow. Amazon prices change quite often - sometimes multiple times a day. But again, this isn't something specific to UltraTac or even Amazon - most online stores work this way.

Never had that happen to me before.

I'd already committed to purchasing it.

Changing the price on something I've already committed to buy at a stated price doesn't fly with me.  I'm not blaming Amazon.

Great... Carnac the Magnificent tells me I just signed up for yet another expensive hobby.

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