Nitecore EA41 or Lumintop SD4A, which one to buy?

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Nitecore EA41 or Lumintop SD4A, which one to buy?

Need a 4xAA flashlight.  Which one is better, the EA41 or SD4A?

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Get the Lumintop.

Nitecore have been shown to have quite bad electronic build quality, and are quite expensive.

If I were to get a 4*AA lights, I would get:

- Lumintop SD4A
- Sofirn SF11
- Thrunite TN4A

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Glad I asked thank you!  I may go for the SF11, how can you beat that price only $19.95!

Is there anything the TN4A or Lumintop does better than the SF11?

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might want to watch some Youtube videos on a light you like…. very informative.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yPB3Dl9ZeiA

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Can’t speak for the other lights but I really like the SD4A. I like the dual button operation and the direct access to moon mode from off. I agree with saypat though, watch some videos of all the lights, great decision making material there.

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Glad I asked thank you!  I may go for the SF11, how can you beat that price only $19.95!


Is there anything the TN4A or Lumintop does better than the SF11?

You got a link to the $19.95 SF11??

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Here’s the link:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Powerful-LED-flashlight-Cree-XPL-1100lm-Torcia-High-Powered-Flashlight-Torch-AA-14500-with-Light-Indicator/32796254593.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.8.4cdf4830XEkxi0&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_3_10152_10151_10065_10344_10130_10068_10547_10342_10546_10343_10340_10548_10341_10696_10084_10083_10618_10139_10307_10059_100031_10103_10624_10623_10622_10621_10620,searchweb201603_45,ppcSwitch_5&algo_expid=3998fe0b-3a2e-4516-b807-871ffe73b0fc-1&algo_pvid=3998fe0b-3a2e-4516-b807-871ffe73b0fc&transAbTest=ae803_2&priceBeautifyAB=0

The sale starts in exactly 1 week. 20$US indeed.

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Can’t speak for the other lights but I really like the SD4A. I like the dual button operation and the direct access to moon mode from off. I agree with saypat though, watch some videos of all the lights, great decision making material there.
With the SF11 you also have direct access to moon mode from off by holding the switch one second, if you do a fast switch you go to last mode (has memory).

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Thrunite TN4A is a good choice, or with double aa/14500 Manker MK41 is the best choice for me.

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Thanks saypat for the video, will have a good look at it tonight and thanks everyone for the feedback, very helpful. Looking forward to a 4AA light.  I have the 8AA EA81 and really, really like it, so getting a smaller one with four AA's is just what I want for my collection.

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Can’t speak for the other lights but I really like the SD4A. I like the dual button operation and the direct access to moon mode from off. I agree with saypat though, watch some videos of all the lights, great decision making material there.
With the SF11 you also have direct access to moon mode from off by holding the switch one second, if you do a fast switch you go to last mode (has memory).

Robert

Looks and sounds like a winner. The only reason I picked up the SD4A was Amazon had it on sale for $25 and some change. I might grab that SF11 too. Hard to pass up for $20.

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Here’s the link:
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Powerful-LED-flashlight-Cree-XPL-1100lm-Torcia-High-Powered-Flashlight-Torch-AA-14500-with-Light-Indicator/32796254593.html?spm=2114.search0104.3.8.4cdf4830XEkxi0&ws_ab_test=searchweb0_0,searchweb201602_3_10152_10151_10065_10344_10130_10068_10547_10342_10546_10343_10340_10548_10341_10696_10084_10083_10618_10139_10307_10059_100031_10103_10624_10623_10622_10621_10620,searchweb201603_45,ppcSwitch_5&algo_expid=3998fe0b-3a2e-4516-b807-871ffe73b0fc-1&algo_pvid=3998fe0b-3a2e-4516-b807-871ffe73b0fc&transAbTest=ae803_2&priceBeautifyAB=0

The sale starts in exactly 1 week. 20$US indeed.

Thanks for the link BlueSwordM!!! Beer

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toddcshoe wrote:

Looks and sounds like a winner. The only reason I picked up the SD4A was Amazon had it on sale for $25 and some change. I might grab that SF11 too. Hard to pass up for $20.

About the same here…. But I am gonna find $20 impossible to pass up for the SF11. FacepalmWink Wink

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I have the sf11 and really like it, it also has the direct access to moon

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toddcshoe wrote:
Can’t speak for the other lights but I really like the SD4A. I like the dual button operation and the direct access to moon mode from off. I agree with saypat though, watch some videos of all the lights, great decision making material there.
With the SF11 you also have direct access to moon mode from off by holding the switch one second, if you do a fast switch you go to last mode (has memory).

Robert

Looks and sounds like a winner. The only reason I picked up the SD4A was Amazon had it on sale for $25 and some change. I might grab that SF11 too. Hard to pass up for $20.

I think Lumintop is better, more modes, lock out, but price is twice. You had a very good price !

Robert

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toddcshoe wrote:
Can’t speak for the other lights but I really like the SD4A. I like the dual button operation and the direct access to moon mode from off. I agree with saypat though, watch some videos of all the lights, great decision making material there.
With the SF11 you also have direct access to moon mode from off by holding the switch one second, if you do a fast switch you go to last mode (has memory).

Robert

Looks and sounds like a winner. The only reason I picked up the SD4A was Amazon had it on sale for $25 and some change. I might grab that SF11 too. Hard to pass up for $20.

I think Lumintop is better, more modes, lock out, but price is twice. You had a very good price !

Robert

Yes, I got lucky. Just so happen to be searching Amazon at the right moment. Think they sold out at that price pretty fast. Don’t know how many BLF’ers got in on it. That Thrunite looks nice too, a bit too rich for my blood but, I would grab one for the right price.

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Looks and sounds like a winner. The only reason I picked up the SD4A was Amazon had it on sale for $25 and some change. I might grab that SF11 too. Hard to pass up for $20.
About the same here.... But I am gonna find $20 _+impossible to pass up+_ for the SF11. Facepalm ... Wink ;)

 

That was the one at Aliexpress and already have it in my cart waiting for the sale price!

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toddcshoe wrote:
Looks and sounds like a winner. The only reason I picked up the SD4A was Amazon had it on sale for $25 and some change. I might grab that SF11 too. Hard to pass up for $20.
About the same here…. But I am gonna find $20 impossible to pass up for the SF11. FacepalmWink Wink
That was the one at Aliexpress and already have it in my cart waiting for the sale price!
That’s a good idea!! Thanks for the tip. Wink . Thumbs Up

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toddcshoe wrote:
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toddcshoe wrote:
Can't speak for the other lights but I really like the SD4A. I like the dual button operation and the direct access to moon mode from off. I agree with saypat though, watch some videos of all the lights, great decision making material there.
With the SF11 you also have direct access to moon mode from off by holding the switch one second, if you do a fast switch you go to last mode (has memory). Robert
Looks and sounds like a winner. The only reason I picked up the SD4A was Amazon had it on sale for $25 and some change. I might grab that SF11 too. Hard to pass up for $20.

 

$25 is a real bargain for the SD4A.  Cheapest I could find today was $35.90 as a next week sale price on Aliexpress.

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toddcshoe wrote:
Looks and sounds like a winner. The only reason I picked up the SD4A was Amazon had it on sale for $25 and some change. I might grab that SF11 too. Hard to pass up for $20.
About the same here.... But I am gonna find $20 _+impossible to pass up+_ for the SF11. Facepalm ... Wink ;)
That was the one at Aliexpress and already have it in my cart waiting for the sale price!
That's a good idea!! Thanks for the tip. Wink . :THUMBS-UP:

 

Not 100% sure, but I think by adding it to the cart, we get the sale price as well as not losing out if it sells out 

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Have they corrected the problems from the earlier versions of the SF11? These were around mid 2017.

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What problems did they have?

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What problems did they have?

troubles start being reported one 1st page of this thread: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/54768

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What problems did they have?

troubles start being reported one 1st page of this thread:   http://budgetlightforum.com/node/54768[/quote]

 

Thanks.  Read the whole thread and should be fine as the SF11 is being sold at their official store on Ali.

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vit55 wrote:
Thrunite TN4A is a good choice, or with double aa/14500 Manker MK41 is the best choice for me.

 

The MK41 is a nice looking light but a little pricey.  It looks like it's all throw and was looking for flood and throw.

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vit55 wrote:
Thrunite TN4A is a good choice, or with double aa/14500 Manker MK41 is the best choice for me.

And the moonlight is adjustable from 0.1 to 5 lm, the turbo is also adjustable.

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vit55 wrote:
Thrunite TN4A is a good choice, or with double aa/14500 Manker MK41 is the best choice for me.

 


The MK41 is a nice looking light but a little pricey.  It looks like it’s all throw and was looking for flood and throw.

I did not find a 4 X AA flashlight that is not a thrower.

I put DC-Fix on mine

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/42208?page=2

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Personally, if I were to mod the light, I would either be putting in a Samsung LH351D 90CRI for more flood, slightly more regulated runtime, and way way better color quality or a Nichia 219C if the other one was not available.

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Batch1 wrote:
klrman wrote:

vit55 wrote:
Thrunite TN4A is a good choice, or with double aa/14500 Manker MK41 is the best choice for me.

 

The MK41 is a nice looking light but a little pricey.  It looks like it's all throw and was looking for flood and throw.

I did not find a 4 X AA flashlight that is not a thrower. I put DC-Fix on mine http://budgetlightforum.com/node/42208?page=2 Robert

 

I couldn't find a 4 X AA that wasn't a thrower either.  Then I might as go with the cheapest one which is the SF11.  Still looks like a great little light.

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Personally, if I were to mod the light, I would either be putting in a Samsung LH351D 90CRI for more flood, slightly more regulated runtime, and way way better color quality or a Nichia 219C if the other one was not available.

 

If I chose the LH351D 90CRI, would it be as simple as getting it with a star and just soldering the two wires on it or is there more to it than that?

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