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Very floody AA flashlight

I’m looking for an AA flashlight for close range work.
Preferably a very wide beam with as little hotspot as possible.
With memory.

Any tips?

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Manker E03?

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Get a cheap SK68, remove the bezel, remove the lens, and the bare LED will give you a floodlight.

You can even put a flat lens in place of the original and put the bezel back on.

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Bedtime in my timezone…. gonna read the suggestions tomorrow.

Found Astrolux A01 at 61% discount. Any good?

EDIT: That’s a AAA not a AA.
Review: http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?414612-Review-of-Astr...

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88, LiitoKala: 3x100 4/5, 2x202 5/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: BLF Q8 4/5, DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
Powerbanks: EasyAcc 26800 mAh 3/5, Xtar PB2 4/5.
Waiting for: (DQG Tiny) 21700 EDCs. Xtar powerbank that (also) takes 20700, 21700, 26650

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ZoomieFan wrote:
Found Astrolux A01 at 61% discount. Any good?

I thought you were looking for AA and not AAA?
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That’s not the BLF Astrolux A01 (3 levels), it’s the cheap one-mode imitation that followed.
Also, not floody, and not AA.

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I’ve got a thrower, a flooder, and an EDC too. Still looking for a bigger thrower, flooder, and a new EDC, give or take a few. I’m a flashaholic.

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hank wrote:
That’s not the BLF Astrolux A01 (3 levels), it’s the cheap one-mode imitation that followed. Also, not floody, and not AA.

Present day A01’s are 4 mode actually, low, mid, high, and strobe. With a sometimes next mode memory, sometimes not. It has a mind of it’s own.

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> A01
Todd, would you mind putting that info on the contemporary A01’s flaky modes in one of the relevant threads? First time I’d seen anyone mention what they’re selling now.

Maybe here: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/44039

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A Sofirn SP10 A/B with some kind of diffuser on the lens! Has memory (with long press), and also direct access to Moonlight, Turbo and Strobe!

There is also the Sofirn SF10, in wich you can adjust the pill to fit a small pebbled TIR lens. The stock driver has mode memory, if I recall correctly.

Convoy T2, has memory and can be added a diffuser sheet to make the beam floodier!

Another one, more expensive and without memory, DGQ Slim AA Ti, that also fits one of those small TIR optics.

Last but not least, Wuben E05, has memory and can also be added a diffuser!

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Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 : an awesome budget aa flashlight and it also come with a diffuser and a magnetic tailcap right in the box. If you get this light, remember to get the 2.0 version which is much better than the first ones.

Nitecore LA10: a bit low on power for my taste but it comes with high CRI emitter.

But for a worklight, i think the Manker E03H suits best. The Tool AA will be more versatile and can be used as an edc light.

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Pete7874 wrote:
ZoomieFan wrote:
Found Astrolux A01 at 61% discount. Any good?

I thought you were looking for AA and not AAA?

You are totally right. Shouldn’t post here after bedtime Smile

I’m looking for AA (but won’t delete the AAA in case somebody is looking for one on a nice discount)

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88, LiitoKala: 3x100 4/5, 2x202 5/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: BLF Q8 4/5, DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
Powerbanks: EasyAcc 26800 mAh 3/5, Xtar PB2 4/5.
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hank wrote:
> A01
Todd, would you mind putting that info on the contemporary A01’s flaky modes in one of the relevant threads? First time I’d seen anyone mention what they’re selling now.

Maybe here: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/44039

Sure, no worries.

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I have eagle eye x1 from gearbest but it’s not available anymore.

How about a convex lens aa flashlight?

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 I’ve been ‘researching’ all suggested flashlights. I’m wondering why the runtimes and output differs so much between 14500 and AA.
The footnote in the table below states the tests were done using an 2450 mAh AA cell and a 750 mAh 14500 cell
I can imagine an AA cell can’t handle high currents and that’s why the max. lumens can’t be as high as from a 14500 cell.
Turbo shows a AA cell can deliver 270 lumen; so why not 270 lumen on high?, or 85 lumen on Med, etc


Why is that? I see that the 14500 output is roughly 3 times higher for the 14500. Does the driver only regulate the amps and because 14500 has triple voltage the power at the same amps is also triple?


The 14500 cells even outperform the Eneloop on low. I would expect the Eneloop with over 3x the capacity would shine the there. On the contrary, the 14500 does 2.7 times better.


 


 What are the highest capacity 14500’s? The max. I found is 1200 mAh*. That would be 1.6x the runtimes.


*=To be honest the highest is 2500, but considering even 1200 is way above average (800) I think 2500 is just fake. Here


 


 


 

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88, LiitoKala: 3x100 4/5, 2x202 5/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: BLF Q8 4/5, DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
Powerbanks: EasyAcc 26800 mAh 3/5, Xtar PB2 4/5.
Waiting for: (DQG Tiny) 21700 EDCs. Xtar powerbank that (also) takes 20700, 21700, 26650

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NiMh AAs can handle the current. Unless we are talking about some lights like the not-exactly-small Zebralight SC5 that reaches 500lm on an Eneloop Pro, pushing them close to their maximum, the limit would be the small boost driver that increases voltage from 1.x V to the 3.x V used by the led. The best 14500 at the moment would be the Vapcell 14500 that has a capacity between 950mAh and 1000mAh.

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Seriously, just take a cheap SK68 and remove the lens.
It makes an excellent “mule” floodlight.

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Ordered:

  • Lumintop Tool AA
  • Lumintop Tool AAA
  • SK68

But still following this thread. Maybe I order one more Smile

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88, LiitoKala: 3x100 4/5, 2x202 5/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: BLF Q8 4/5, DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
Powerbanks: EasyAcc 26800 mAh 3/5, Xtar PB2 4/5.
Waiting for: (DQG Tiny) 21700 EDCs. Xtar powerbank that (also) takes 20700, 21700, 26650

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You don’t have your profile location filled in, and didn’t say where you are from, but these are great flooders

Zebralight SC5Fd
http://www.zebralight.com/SC5Fd-High-CRI-Floody-Neutral-White-AA-Flashlight_p_168.html

Zebralight SC53Fc
http://www.zebralight.com/SC53Fc-AA-Floody-Neutral-White-High-CRI-Flashlight_p_230.html

Zebralight H502d L2 or the H502d L2 right angle lights
http://www.zebralight.com/H502d-L2-High-CRI-Daylight-AA-Flood-Headlamp_p_142.html

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RobertB wrote:
You don’t have your profile location filled in, and didn’t say where you are from, but these are great flooders

Zebralight SC5Fd
http://www.zebralight.com/SC5Fd-High-CRI-Floody-Neutral-White-AA-Flashlight_p_168.html

Zebralight SC53Fc
http://www.zebralight.com/SC53Fc-AA-Floody-Neutral-White-High-CRI-Flashlight_p_230.html

Zebralight H502d L2 or the H502d L2 right angle lights
http://www.zebralight.com/H502d-L2-High-CRI-Daylight-AA-Flood-Headlamp_p_142.html

I live in Indiana and Netherlands, and can buy Zebralight locally in both places Smile

I got a 18650 Mk IV Zebralight. While good in high modes the PWM on low is awful. So I don’t really trust Zebra for low output lights.

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88, LiitoKala: 3x100 4/5, 2x202 5/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: BLF Q8 4/5, DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
Powerbanks: EasyAcc 26800 mAh 3/5, Xtar PB2 4/5.
Waiting for: (DQG Tiny) 21700 EDCs. Xtar powerbank that (also) takes 20700, 21700, 26650

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ZoomieFan wrote:
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You don’t have your profile location filled in, and didn’t say where you are from, but these are great flooders

Zebralight SC5Fd
http://www.zebralight.com/SC5Fd-High-CRI-Floody-Neutral-White-AA-Flashlight_p_168.html

Zebralight SC53Fc
http://www.zebralight.com/SC53Fc-AA-Floody-Neutral-White-High-CRI-Flashlight_p_230.html

Zebralight H502d L2 or the H502d L2 right angle lights
http://www.zebralight.com/H502d-L2-High-CRI-Daylight-AA-Flood-Headlamp_p_142.html

I live in Indiana and Netherlands, and can buy Zebralight locally in both places Smile

I got a 18650 Mk IV Zebralight. While good in high modes the PWM on low is awful. So I don’t really trust Zebra for low output lights.

Strange, I have 5 of their 18650 lights, and never noticed PWM in any mode on any of them.

Sounds like you already know what you need

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RobertB wrote:
Sounds like you already know what you need
You got that wrong sir! Crown
I bought several because I don’t know Facepalm

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88, LiitoKala: 3x100 4/5, 2x202 5/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: BLF Q8 4/5, DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
Powerbanks: EasyAcc 26800 mAh 3/5, Xtar PB2 4/5.
Waiting for: (DQG Tiny) 21700 EDCs. Xtar powerbank that (also) takes 20700, 21700, 26650

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If you have a light that is close to what you need (in terms of beam profile), maybe use DC-fix.

A self adhesive film that diffuses the beam. (even sold here at blf, sorry can’t find the link)

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Are there AA only lights? If yes would they have any advantage over a 14500/AA light assuming I only want to use AA cells.

Same question,but 14500.

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88, LiitoKala: 3x100 4/5, 2x202 5/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: BLF Q8 4/5, DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
Powerbanks: EasyAcc 26800 mAh 3/5, Xtar PB2 4/5.
Waiting for: (DQG Tiny) 21700 EDCs. Xtar powerbank that (also) takes 20700, 21700, 26650

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Nitecore LA10. No memory though, but pure flood. And it’s got a magnet in its tail. I love mine a lot.

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Nitecore LA10. No memory though, but pure flood. And it’s got a magnet in its tail. I love mine a lot.
That’s an unique light with that diffuser.

Even an high CRI version, but that has a greatly reduced runtime.
Is high CRI noticeable/effective with, what looks a heavily, frosted diffuser?

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88, LiitoKala: 3x100 4/5, 2x202 5/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: BLF Q8 4/5, DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
Powerbanks: EasyAcc 26800 mAh 3/5, Xtar PB2 4/5.
Waiting for: (DQG Tiny) 21700 EDCs. Xtar powerbank that (also) takes 20700, 21700, 26650