USB chargeable lights -- recommendations?

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USB chargeable lights -- recommendations?

I gave the one USB-chargeable light I had to a friend for dog-walking, and it seems to have failed a drop test
(details to follow once I figure out if the problem is with the built-in charger, the driver, the emitter, the battery, or go figure)

Meanwhile.

Soliciting gathering up recommendations of, or at least info on the existence of, USB-chargeable flashlights.
Why? Because I feel a bit safer giving lithium-ion cells to people when they don’t have to understand charging precautions.

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Eagle eye X1R, paired with a headstrap. I’ve used mine lots since it arrived, I feel it’s pretty ‘muggle-proof’ as I don’t find it gets as hot as my other lights.

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Zanflare F1 is quite a popular and nice rechargeable light. Little bit of throw and a little bit of spill. NW version is nicer than the CW in my opinion. Hard to beat the price too.

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OTR U18

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I personally find the Convoy S9 UI distasteful. I like the Sofirn SC31, especially as a safe “muggle” light.

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Folomov has one

(that link goes via Amazon Smile)

hat tip to Chops who noted it in another thread at http://budgetlightforum.com/node/35203?page=22#new

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Nitecore has some really good ones.
They are not the cheapest brand though.

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I just got an Amutorch X9. It has USB C charging and so far has been OK. Very small and a very unique UI. Ramping or stepping depending on how you turn it on , either long or short click. Similar in size to a D4S.

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Hat tip to JasonWW for

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What I typically buy family members is the Eagle Eye X2R and a protected cell. It’s a simple 3 mode tail clicky with built in USB.

found at http://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1421398#comment-1421398
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and another hat tip to MascaratumB

for this review: On The Road M3 Pro – 1020 Lumens – 16340 – USB-C charging

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http://budgetlightforum.com/node/63762

Sofirn SC31 review, hat tip to Lightbringer

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Others already mentioned, but…

Nitefox UT20, nice enough for me to actually EDC for quite a while ‘til the MH20 dethroned it.

<25bux from Amazon, so no 2mo wait to get one.

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K, since some reviews are in order…

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60710

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Oh, big big big plus in my book, the ~1buk deep-carry clip for the S2+ fits this light perfectly, as if made for it. Also, the anodisation is a perfect match, too, no gloss vs matte conflict or anything.

https://www.fasttech.com/product/4594500-stainless-steel-flashlight-pock...

I hate clips in general, especially when the light rides high with almost a third of it sticking out of a pocket, but this DC clip lets the UT20 ride nice’n‘low, almost nothing sticking out.

Go crazy…

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Wuben TO46R! (Micro USB)
Besides being rechargeable, has great quality! Those from the group buy with real 90 CRI leds are even better IMO!

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For dog walking pretty much every light will do. So I suggest something cheap but not too cheap.
Boruit RJ-02 on a good deal? OK, It will work but for some people that will be too cheap.
If the friend is a quality oriented I suggest Zanflare F1, looks quite like a premium product yet has a budget price.

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I’ve been beating on the same ’02 since I got it, and it’s still going strong. Saw it was “cheap”, ordered a bunch as “disposables”, yet the first one is still chugging away just fine. I wouldn’t dismiss it as low quality or anything. Sure, it doesn’t have a fancy emitter and everything’s on one PCB, but it still… works.

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Yeah, where we live “dog walking” and “fleeing outdoors during the earthquake” are both routine uses one has to expect.
So reliability counts. USB charging is a nice convenience.

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Any thoughts on the Convoy BD0x series rechargeables?

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DBSAR wrote elsewhere:

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so far the best two lights with built-in chargers i tested that would charge from all the different sources i benched them on, is the Klarus G20 and Blitzwolf BW-LT5 lantern/powerbank light. (both these would charge from every source i tested them with.
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Lightbringer wrote:
I’ve been beating on the same ’02 since I got it, and it’s still going strong. Saw it was “cheap”, ordered a bunch as “disposables”, yet the first one is still chugging away just fine. I wouldn’t dismiss it as low quality or anything. Sure, it doesn’t have a fancy emitter and everything’s on one PCB, but it still… works.

Yeah, it’s an OK light. But it has that cheap feeling to it.
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I second the Nitefox UT20. A couple other options are below:
Sofirn SP32A
Zanflare F1
Rofis MR30 is awesome at 1600 lumens and can be had on Amazon for $30.
I own all these and can vouch for each one.

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nvanlaar wrote:
Any thoughts on the Convoy BD0x series rechargeables?

I’ve had a BD06 for some time and find that it’s a solid, quality light. It may not be the most impressive in output (about 1000 lumens) but with a quality 26650, it’ll run for a looooooong time. Mine had the upgraded driver and I had it set up in a few different ways. It’s a nice feature. The charging system snaps over the switch and works fine. I never measured it, but it’ll do the trick, It will take some time to fully charge a 26650 though. The switch is pretty beefy and takes a bit of force to engage. Overall it’s a nice value.

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I have one each of the Convoy BD01, BD04 and BD06 lights. They’re nice lights, built to Convoy’s usual good quality, all with Biscotti firmware and all available with your choice of LED colour temperature.

The only snag is that USB charging requires a special adaptor that snaps on over the switch – if you lose the adaptor, you can’t charge the light.

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Agro wrote:
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I’ve been beating on the same ’02 since I got it, and it’s still going strong. Saw it was “cheap”, ordered a bunch as “disposables”, yet the first one is still chugging away just fine. I wouldn’t dismiss it as low quality or anything. Sure, it doesn’t have a fancy emitter and everything’s on one PCB, but it still… works.
Yeah, it’s an OK light. But it has that cheap feeling to it.
Hey, for the 8bux or so that I got mine for, you hear me complaining?

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maybe i could to a full test of the lights that i have and charging sources i have. now you have sparked my thoughts in doing a full light charging & charger test comparison review when i can get the time to run some more tests. I have done some as mentioned above by Hank. Some of the lights i have tested were the Klarus G20, Blitzwolf BL-LT5, Zanflare T1, Olight S1R, S2R, Nitecore HC60, DX80, and others. I did charge voltage & amp tests using various wall chargers, car 12 volt chargers, off-grid power banks, portable solar chargers, power banks, and others.

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ASTROLUX FT01 It can survive the drop test https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mX965wGHhG4&t=5s

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I asked HKJ about testing USB-chargeable flashlights, but he said he’d have to drill holes in them to do his usual tests.

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hank wrote:
I asked HKJ about testing USB-chargeable flashlights, but he said he’d have to drill holes in them to do his usual tests.

drill holes in them? Shocked i thought only doctors do that to us when they needed to test our brains! Big Smile

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Lightbringer wrote:
Agro wrote:
Lightbringer wrote:
I’ve been beating on the same ’02 since I got it, and it’s still going strong. Saw it was “cheap”, ordered a bunch as “disposables”, yet the first one is still chugging away just fine. I wouldn’t dismiss it as low quality or anything. Sure, it doesn’t have a fancy emitter and everything’s on one PCB, but it still… works.
Yeah, it’s an OK light. But it has that cheap feeling to it.
Hey, for the 8bux or so that I got mine for, you hear me complaining?

No. I just say that not everyone would be happy with it. Myself I like it as well. And I use it a lot.