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SIGShooter wrote:
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hm, considered getting a sp10 v2, because shortcuts to moon and to turbo sounded really good, but here I read it does not work like this…

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/61955?page=1

is this still the case or did sofirn fix this?

I recently bought a SP10 V2 and the UI on mine has minor problems.

14500 – mode memory, no shortcut to moonlight, double click to turbo, triple click to strobe, 4 clicks from off to lock-out, 4 clicks to unlock.

AA NiMh – always starts in low, no shortcut to moonlight.

As to the problems, when switching battery type it sometimes doesn’t come on, or comes on weakly and flickers and won’t switch modes. Both are rectified by loosening and re-tightening the tailcap so it’s not a major problem.

Those problems are not present in the V 1.0 variant of the SP10.
Also, the max lumens are lower than in the V 1.0.

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UTorch UT01 is my best 14500 light

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UTorch UT01 is my best 14500 light

I bought 3 of them and my wife and 2 daughters agree with you and took them all Facepalm
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Weird that it behaves different depending on battery type

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Probably an unintended feature Smile

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@Moola, I would recommend the Sofirn SP10A V2.0:
https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Sofirn-New-SP10-V2-0-LED-Flashlight-AA-14500-Flashlight-EDC-Pocket-Light-Cree-XPG2-550lm/2933049_32841154512.html

I actually use it everyday.

If it came with a 4000k high CRI LED, it would be even better.

My very own high current Beryllium Copper springs Gen 3:
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/67401
Liitokala Aliexpress Stores Battery Fraud: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/60547

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Utorch UT01 or Wuben E05.

The Zebralight SC52W for quite a bit more money.

I haven’t tried the others that have been mentioned.

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BlueSwordM wrote:
@Moola, I would recommend the Sofirn SP10A V2.0:
https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/Sofirn-New-SP10-V2-0-LED-Flashlight-AA-14500-Flashlight-EDC-Pocket-Light-Cree-XPG2-550lm/2933049_32841154512.html

I actually use it everyday.

If it came with a 4000k high CRI LED, it would be even better.


This is the one I bought recently and I like it a lot for day-to-day carry.
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I’m going to recommend my EDC, Eagletac D25A, with a 219C.
No memory, always start on Moonlight, unless you fully tighten the head then it’s Turbo first.
Really compact.

Another one : L3 Illumination L10C/L11C. Always starts on ML, no memory. Available in 219B flavor

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Ultratac A1 is a good light. Simple 3 mode. Runs wickedly well on NiMh. Nice stock beam and tint. Zebralight SC52w is nice as well. Jetbeam Jet I-MK is a favorite as well. Can’t go wrong with either of them. I don’t like side switches on my AA lights. Its just a preference, nothing inherently wrong with them. I have them on bigger lights.

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You pretty much want the Jaxman E3.  It's perfect.  Choose Nichia for good CRI.

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SIGShooter wrote:
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UTorch UT01 is my best 14500 light
I bought 3 of them and my wife and 2 daughters agree with you and took them all Facepalm

LOL! – I can see where they are coming from. I would have said Wuben E05 but the UI is the worst I have ever used. The utorch wins, even if it’s button is not as fantastic….the output is – on both.

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I haven’t seen all the others mentioned here, but Tool AA 2.0 has a great “pure white” tint, to my eyes anyhow, for a humble little single AA light.

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Love the SP10whateverversion, and it got plenty of mention here.

Don’t forget the Thorfire TK05. Great pineapple knurling, goes low→high.

Jetbeam Jet-I. Has mode memory (the Jet-II always starts from low), but tint is a bit on the greenish side. Twisty, so extremely hard to turn on accidentally in a pocket.

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Another vote for the Tool AA V2.0. It has 4 modes but checks out all the other boxes. I have mine and it’s one of the torches I like the most, and this is coming from a big Convoy fan.

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Sofirn SP10 V2.0

Sofirn SF14 V2.0

Lumintop Tool AA V2

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I recently purchased the Sofirn SF14V2.0 for $12.99 through Amazon via the Sofirn Facebook deals page. It was shipped free (Prime-eligible) from a US warehouse, and arrived in about 3 or 4 days.

I too was looking for a simple light, as a gift for a non-enthusiast who appreciates high performance. This one seems to fill the bill. It has three modes (low, medium, high), no blinkies, and no memory. Just click to turn on (always starts in low), and half-press to cycle through the brightness levels. Click again to turn off. That’s it. I think the levels are very well-spaced … all three are useful, and differentiated from one another.

On high, it’s blindingly bright for a AA light. I compared it side-by-side with my Zebralight SC-52W using a pair of identical IMR14500 batteries, and the Sofirn is brighter. So the factory claim of 650 lumens might not be that far off. It does light up my entire backyard.

It includes a lanyard, a decent pocket clip, and spare O-ring.

That seems ideal… price and mode-wise and brightness too.

I have an older Fenix LD10 (single AA). It’s alright, fairly bright on high, but I don’t like the modes (combinations of clicks and turning the head); but mostly, the battery life isn’t great and I think it has some parasitic drain. I paid like $40 several years ago and now feel like that was a total waste.

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Awesome work fellas!
Indeed, I have some reading to do, haha.

I do prefer a warm-neutral white tint.
I have some solarforces and convoy S2+ and an old 4sevens.
But good point on accidental activation on side switches. I considered it but didn’t think it’d be that much of an issue.

I’m from Tasmania and spending 5 months across Europe from April.

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I liked the UT-01 but it suddenly failed with no warning, apparently the switch. Would not come on or do anything ever again, this was after maybe 18 months of frequent but not rugged use.

They are worth trying due to their low price.
Decent UI.
Very small.

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Barry Lyndon wrote:
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I recently purchased the Sofirn SF14V2.0 for $12.99 through Amazon via the Sofirn Facebook deals page. It was shipped free (Prime-eligible) from a US warehouse, and arrived in about 3 or 4 days.

I too was looking for a simple light, as a gift for a non-enthusiast who appreciates high performance. This one seems to fill the bill. It has three modes (low, medium, high), no blinkies, and no memory. Just click to turn on (always starts in low), and half-press to cycle through the brightness levels. Click again to turn off. That’s it. I think the levels are very well-spaced … all three are useful, and differentiated from one another.

On high, it’s blindingly bright for a AA light. I compared it side-by-side with my Zebralight SC-52W using a pair of identical IMR14500 batteries, and the Sofirn is brighter. So the factory claim of 650 lumens might not be that far off. It does light up my entire backyard.

It includes a lanyard, a decent pocket clip, and spare O-ring.

That seems ideal… price and mode-wise and brightness too.

I have an older Fenix LD10 (single AA). It’s alright, fairly bright on high, but I don’t like the modes (combinations of clicks and turning the head); but mostly, the battery life isn’t great and I think it has some parasitic drain. I paid like $40 several years ago and now feel like that was a total waste.

Playing around with this light, I discovered another interesting feature. Both ends of the body tube are identical, which means you can take the light apart and flip the tube around 180°. So you can have the belt clip oriented either of two ways. First, in a lens-down configuration for pocket carry. Second, with the clip reversed so that it can be attached to the bill of a cap and used as a headlamp.
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funkychateau wrote:
Barry Lyndon wrote:
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I recently purchased the Sofirn SF14V2.0 for $12.99 through Amazon via the Sofirn Facebook deals page. It was shipped free (Prime-eligible) from a US warehouse, and arrived in about 3 or 4 days.

I too was looking for a simple light, as a gift for a non-enthusiast who appreciates high performance. This one seems to fill the bill. It has three modes (low, medium, high), no blinkies, and no memory. Just click to turn on (always starts in low), and half-press to cycle through the brightness levels. Click again to turn off. That’s it. I think the levels are very well-spaced … all three are useful, and differentiated from one another.

On high, it’s blindingly bright for a AA light. I compared it side-by-side with my Zebralight SC-52W using a pair of identical IMR14500 batteries, and the Sofirn is brighter. So the factory claim of 650 lumens might not be that far off. It does light up my entire backyard.

It includes a lanyard, a decent pocket clip, and spare O-ring.

That seems ideal… price and mode-wise and brightness too.

I have an older Fenix LD10 (single AA). It’s alright, fairly bright on high, but I don’t like the modes (combinations of clicks and turning the head); but mostly, the battery life isn’t great and I think it has some parasitic drain. I paid like $40 several years ago and now feel like that was a total waste.

Playing around with this light, I discovered another interesting feature. Both ends of the body tube are identical, which means you can take the light apart and flip the tube around 180°. So you can have the belt clip oriented either of two ways. First, in a lens-down configuration for pocket carry. Second, with the clip reversed so that it can be attached to the bill of a cap and used as a headlamp.
So they also adopted the Lumintop modularity? Neat, more of this is always good.

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Lumintop EDC05. Moon, Low, Mid, High, Mode memory on long press only, works nicely with protected 14500 cells, too. Nice large spot with a bright spill, both on the soft side. Can be programmed (three intensities per level). CW has a nice clean colour.

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Both ends of the body tube are identical

Are both ends bare metal so you can lock it out by loosening the tailcap?

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Macka17 wrote:
JETBEAM Jet 1-MK Pro.

Simple. Small, reliable (I bought 4 for family) ALL still workin.
AA to Lithium. Twisty sw. 3 stages, and I think a flasher in there somewhere.
Well made. Looks nice. Fits in pocket unobtrusively.

Plus just buy a little Astrolux AO1 AAA. (Around $6/7 US)
and stick it in corner of bag.
Miniscule. Good spread beam with a little reach. Twisty again (I like ‘em)
Fits on keyring nicely, you don’t even notice it being there. Backup.
“I” think it the nicest looking small torch out there.
Enjoy your trip, we going to Med North and South coast. Plus North Africa
Canaries and Gib early next month from Aust.


there’s no flashies in the jet 1 MK pro
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 I also recommend the Jaxman E3

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Has anyone done runtime tests on the Lumintop EDC05 using NiMh?

I’d be quite surprised if it could hold 400 lumens for more than 45 minutes.

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Has anyone been using a DQG Tiny AA long term?

I’ve always been curious about them, but user comments are not plentiful beyond the initial reviews.

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Thank’s Nev. Mixing it with another one. (Astrolux AO1 on second lap?)

We travel quite a bit. Usually 2 to 3 months a yr.
I take lappie for boss lady and Tablet for self. with a Liitokala 202
charger. So battery’s no problem. Usually my Astrolux S41 nowadays.
Stainless head, 18650, Cree chips. with Nichia Head unit in case as spare.
Used to be my Imalent DN35, Maagic all rounder.
but this more versatile but less range.
I throw a Jetbeam Jet 1 MK in wife’s case and a BLF 384 in her handbag.
I carry either my Astrolux AO1, or a little stainless Convoy AAA on keys too.
ALL but the S41 will run on AAA/AA, Ni Cad. Lithium, or Lith4.
Liitokala charges ALL. 2 cells. and takes no room. It’s charging 2 × 26650 cells at present, Out of L2.

Thank u Lightboks.
But that memory thing never bothered me. (old fart. lot’s a patience.)
I just (automatically nowadays) remember to turn light to low b4 turning off.
It comes back on that every time then. Great torch hey….I’m after a copper one if anybody knows or has one?. Have 3 × 348’s, nice but boring. AO1 SOOOO much nicer in hand and looks. and at under $10AUD ea.
Can’t be beat.

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hank wrote:
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Both ends of the body tube are identical

Are both ends bare metal so you can lock it out by loosening the tailcap?

Yes, identical both ends. But I doubt you’d ever need to lock it out, because the tail switch is stiff enough and shielded to resist accidental activation in a pocket. And there is zero parasitic drain because the battery is completely disconnected when the switch is “off “.

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