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EDC AA or AAA pocket budget flashlight

Can anyone recommend an EDC AA or AAA, pocket, high output, minimum100LM or higher, quality flashlight in the $7-$15 range?
It would be for every day indoor and outdoor use.
Thanks very much.

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In another thread this…….and a LOT less than $10-$15. Or variations thereto. Shocked

After all this is BUDGET Light Forum. And this is about as budget as it gets.

Besides it’s fun to mod and wow yer ignorunt neighbors. LOL

Btw it’s the $2.16 Model E522 light or the ’3500 lumen’ selection.
NOT the $.99 ‘Police Special’ or the ’120 lumen’ selection. A bunch of eBay vendors show pics of the E522 erroneously with the $.99 price (or a bit more) showing first.

Also AFAIK these E522’s only actually come in a single mode configuration. Vendors will often show ‘3’ modes in their top page pic descriptions butt that’s typically BS. The real specs further down the page usually get it right though.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/331970644567

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Astrolux A01 Nichia 219B 102LM AAA Mini Waterproof Keychain EDC LED Flashlight. Banggood has them on sale for $7.88

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nottawhackjob wrote:
In another thread this…….and a LOT less than $10-$15. Or variations thereto. Shocked

After all this is BUDGET Light Forum. And this is about as budget as it gets.

Besides it’s fun to mod and wow yer neighbors. LOL

https://www.ebay.com/itm/331970644567

I would have at lease one of those, if the clip was facing the proper direction for hat brim use.

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Search for AAA AA and you’ll find a thread collecting all the little lights here.

https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=site%3Abudgetlightf...

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Probably need coupons to get into your price range, but the SP10, TK05, other nice AA lights, are about in that range. Just might have to wait for a coupon or big sale (11.11, etc.). Also, the SF11, SF14.

I’m not a fan of the TG06S (always starts on high), but there’s a flash sale on Amazon right about now. 12 and change or something.

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Oh yeah, the AAA Tool is quite nice, and I’m not even a fan of AAA lights. Nice and solid, unlike a lot of “flimsy” AAA lights.

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Guys..I have a Utorch UT01 that I’ve been happy with. OP…it can do around 800 lumens on High…with very usable levels in between…can be had for under $20.

Are the more recent models still having issues? I think I read something somewhere.

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Ultratac A1 is a few dollars out of your wheelhouse but it’s a mighty fine light with a great beam, tint, and 600 lumen output on a Li-Ion 14500.
https://www.amazon.com/UltraTac-A1-Waterproof-Flashlight-Battery/dp/B07D...

Nice and even cheaper is the Nitefox AA light. Has strobe in the mode order but great otherwise if you can tolerate it. The smooth one is NW and the knurled one is CW. Nice beams on both for $14
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Sofirn new SF13. 2AA and it’s 420 lumen. Actually reaches out pretty good. Less than $11.

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utorch ut01 – but my switch broke after a year
utorch sf01 – can be had for $5 with coupon, aa, aaa or 16340 batteries, 2 light levels
lumintop tool or tool AA
thorfire tk05

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LightObsession wrote:
nottawhackjob wrote:
In another thread this…….and a LOT less than $10-$15. Or variations thereto. Shocked

After all this is BUDGET Light Forum. And this is about as budget as it gets.

Besides it’s fun to mod and wow yer neighbors. LOL

https://www.ebay.com/itm/331970644567

I would have at lease one of those, if the clip was facing the proper direction for hat brim use.

The clip just slides off such being that it’s a “C” style. The round tube/barrel of this tiny light has two machined-in flat sides. This great design/feature allows the clip to firmly/securely attach to the barrel which then allows you to reverse its direction for hat brim use as well. The barrel has just enough ‘roughness’ to let the clip grip and hold. Butt you can also adjust it firmly up or down the barrel length accordingly. That ‘roughness’ btw is actually very fine knurling.

This little flash is a GREAT bargain. IMO every modder should at minimum have these to practice on to help get used to working on miniature scale stuff. They also make great gifts that the gals really appreciate for their usually crowded/heavy purses.

Don’t let anyone dissuade you from owning some of these just because they aren’t this and that name brand or don’t have a loftier price. Davie

At this ridiculous price get some and then get some more before potential tariff impacts can change this faboo deal. Cool

PS. Ya wanna use it on yer hat brim, right? Well a zoomie is best for that simply becuz of its inherent flood capabilities. Flood mode on a hat tends to be the most practically useful and this little runt has enuff of it.

PSS. Here are better eBay pics of the SkyWolfEye Model E522 which shows the flat sides on the barrel allowing the clip to reverse for hat brims. Scroll all the way down the page to see those pics. This is the one ya wanna get. Shop around. They’re all over eBay. Ignore the 3500 lumen claims on all offerings. LOL

https://www.ebay.com/itm/SKYWOLFEYE-E522-Mini-Penlight-2300LM-XPE-LED-Light-Flashlight-Waterproof-Lamp-BS/302949003530?hash=item46892af10a:g:bbIAAOSwn91b4sEjj

PSSS. Avoid the .99 cent-priced bait and switch lure-ins. Those are the major league POS ‘Police Specials’ which are only good for giving to sumone ya really don’t like. LOL

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the .99 cent-priced bait and switch lure-ins. Those are the major league POS ‘Police Specials’

Some, not all, of the “Police” cheapies are useful because their battery tube head-end threads match the SK68 tail threads, allowing builing a 3xAA “SK68” frankenlight.

I don’t know about these particular ones.

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the .99 cent-priced bait and switch lure-ins. Those are the major league POS ‘Police Specials’

Some, not all, of the “Police” cheapies are useful because their battery tube head-end threads match the SK68 tail threads, allowing builing a 3xAA “SK68” frankenlight.

I don’t know about these particular ones.

Yup. Back in the day I have used that exact set up you describe for extending SK68’s. IDK about these either butt at about $1.00 each I guess worth a shot.

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Sofirn SP10.

Small, nice. Metal switch. Low price. AA or 14 500 cells. Three colors to choose from. Current price slightly over $ 10. Sofirn is a good brand. Ideal torch in your pocket.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/Sofirn-New-SP10-V2-0-LED-Flashlight-AA-14500-Flashlight-EDC-Pocket-Light-Cree-XPG2-550lm/32841154512.html

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Thanks very much to everyone who responded to my post from 1/9/2019. It was VERY helpful.

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And in case I didn’t post this already, here’s the compilation thread for AAA/AA lights under $10:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/31780

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Collection of cheap and fun lights. To be updated periodically.

Owners feel free to share your experience on your purchase.

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AAA – Jetbeam Jetμ

AA – Jetbeam 1MK

AA – Sofirn SP 10 V2.0

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Take a look at this. I have gifted probably 50 without any problems surfacing.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1x-New-R3-LED-1000-Lumens-Lamp-Clip-Mini-Penlight-Flashlight-Torch-AAA/192016420853

This is my keyring light.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Olight-I3E-EOS-90lumens-EDC-Key-Ring-LED-Keychain-Flashlight-w-Battery-Black/162302300863?epid=1354509261&hash=item25c9f892bf:g:CrsAAOSwG0BZdtp8:rk:13:pf:0

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teacher wrote:
AAA – Jetbeam Jetμ

AA – Jetbeam 1MK

AA – Sofirn SP 10 V2.0


I carried a SP10 V2 with a niMh in it on a recent European vacation and I liked it a lot. Small and more than bright enough. I usually take a Convoy S2+ on vacations but the SP10 is noticeably easier and more convenient to carry. The fact that it doesn’t need a li-ion battery is another big benefit.
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SIGShooter wrote:
teacher wrote:
AAA – Jetbeam Jetμ

AA – Jetbeam 1MK

AA – Sofirn SP10 V2.0

I carried a SP10 V2 with a niMh in it on a recent European vacation and I liked it a lot. Small and more than bright enough. I usually take a Convoy S2+ on vacations but the SP10 is noticeably easier and more convenient to carry. The fact that it doesn’t need a li-ion battery is another big benefit.
I agree SIGShooter, it is truly an impressive little light. Very well made with good fit & finish too.

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I like a too, very much the Sofirn SP10 (B in my case).
It’s a pity, though, that the V 2.0’s UI and output are worse/weaker than ones in the first version.
There is a thread with detailed info.

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I like a too, very much the Sofirn SP10 (B in my case).
It’s a pity, though, that the V 2.0’s UI and output are worse/weaker than ones in the first version.
There is a thread with detailed info.
Hmmm… do you have a link to that thread?? I’m just curious what the difference is. I’m pretty pleased with the V2.0, UI & output.

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toddcshoe wrote:
Ultratac A1 is a few dollars out of your wheelhouse but it’s a mighty fine light with a great beam, tint, and 600 lumen output on a Li-Ion 14500.
https://www.amazon.com/UltraTac-A1-Waterproof-Flashlight-Battery/dp/B07D...

Nice and even cheaper is the Nitefox AA light. Has strobe in the mode order but great otherwise if you can tolerate it. The smooth one is NW and the knurled one is CW. Nice beams on both for $14
https://www.amazon.com/Stainless-Flashlight-ES10-Waterproof-Tablelight/d...

Smaller AAA version Ultratac A7 light here for less than $7
https://www.vipon.com/product/5807076-AIDIER-Pocket-Keychain-Super-High-Bright-180-lumen?ref=ss_5807076_2_title

Killer deal on a great little light and even comes with a battery. Coupon only works once per account so make sure you order the amount you want on that order.
Don’t know if there is a limit.
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+1 on the Ultratac A7 AAA!! Thumbs Up It is a neat little light & with the Vipon Coupon price on Amazon it is a no-brainer for sure. They make a great little gift light too. I got a lifetime supply…… Big Smile

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Try the Meco on Banggood.
A zoomer with 600 Chinese lumens.
$2.45
I have 5 or 6 .
I like em.

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Kewl, worked, but again, the extra 5% off coupons don’t stack.

Wonder why sometimes they do, other times they don’t.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Kewl, worked, but again, the extra 5% off coupons don’t stack.

Wonder why sometimes they do, other times they don’t.


I couldn’t stack them yesterday on something I wanted to buy. Next time I’m going to click the coupon and add the item to my cart , then try adding Vipon discount code and see if that does the trick.
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MECO is not very good brand. Like Xanes. Noname flashlights with Chinese LEDs. Usually crazy blue tint. But it is true that it is better than dark.

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@ teacher: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/61955#new

Some of the V 2.0 minuses:

SMO reflector instead of OP
starting with low (5lm) instead of eco (0.5lm)
lower output than v1 with 14500
lower output than v1( only about 170 lm with AA), the head is glued
it seems it doesn’t have memory when using AA (it must be confirmed by one who actually bought it)

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The wuben e05 is on sale right now for $25.99 and comes with a battery and a diffuser think thats worth it.

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