Best 1*CR123A under $25? And what about Romisen RC-D6?

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Best 1*CR123A under $25? And what about Romisen RC-D6?

I joined BLF about 4 months ago and since then have bought a ton of lights that use rechargables, but...

For 5 years I was using a Streamlight TL-3 that runs on 3 CR123A.  I have about 60 of the CR123A primaries left over.

I would like to have a 1*CR123A light to put in my bag as a backup, because of the long shelf life.

I don't want to spend over about $25 and less is better, unless the light has much better features, etc. I've already bought 4 other lights since friday Surprised

It's OK if the light can use rechargables, but it needs to shine on primaries primarily. Smile

I happened to see this light on KD, the magnet feature is nice, but a low mode would be nice too.

Romisen RC-D6 @$14.38: 

http://kaidomain.com/product/details.S008862

What do you all recommend?

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Jetbeam BC10 is $27.25 using coupon FONAREVKA. Two modes, forward clicky, high quality and it shines on cr123a primaries. 

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Yeah, the JETBeam BC10 feels like a winner. High quality and simple interface. A low low would be nice but if I had to chose two modes, it would be the same two that the BC10 has. Has anyone tried using really depleted batteries to get a low low for close-up light?

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Endy wrote:

Yeah, the JETBeam BC10 feels like a winner. High quality and simple interface. A low low would be nice but if I had to chose two modes, it would be the same two that the BC10 has. Has anyone tried using really depleted batteries to get a low low for close-up light?

I don't think it will work, it seems very good regulated. You can only go up in lumens by using an RCR123A (high: ~470 lumens, low: ~210 lumens) but I don't find it a good idea (except if only used on low with RCRs or you want to see some jaws dropping Laughing ).

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The Olight i1 is a very good light, within your budget. 

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Aleister wrote:

Jetbeam BC10 is $27.25 using coupon FONAREVKA. Two modes, forward clicky, high quality and it shines on cr123a primaries. 

+1

This is a good light for the right price.

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Chicago X wrote:

The Olight i1 is a very good light, within your budget. 

Yes, this is also a nice light. 

Lensman wrote:

How about a zoomie?: http://www.dealextreme.com/p/edi-t-t11-cree-q3-wc-3-mode-160-lumen-conve...

This is not a bad light. I have two of them, the first as pictured on your link and the second with silver "crown", both from DX... They actually also have a variable mode (you enter it with three rapid presses of the button) so you can select exactly the output you want as it ramps up and down and by pressing the switch it stays on the level it is at the moment, but it isn't intuitive in real use.

The bad news are that with cr123r primaries, the available modes are low, very low and strobe. And I wouldn't rely on it to be my backup light and work when I need it most.

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Not at all what you're looking for, not a single CR123A light and more than $25, but this

stevetexas wrote:

It's OK if the light can use rechargables, but it needs to shine on primaries primarily. Smile

immediately made me go, "Skyline I". It's not as impressive as it used to be in terms of total output, throw or even features because there are now better throwers, much brighter lights and plenty of other alternatives with variable output drivers but it's still a very well made flashlight that looks and feels more expensive than thirty bucks (plus two bucks shipping). Its main problem is that it's rather disappointing on a single 18650, which in your case would almost be a good thing. Wink

Edit: You know you want to. Big Smile

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is it a different model? i had an all black one and liked it, but it was too big for a 16340 light.

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Aurora SS SH-034 gets my vote, awesome build quality for the money, tough to beat for $17

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/aurora-sh-034-stainless-steel-cree-r2-wc-5-...

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Thank you for your comments gentlemen, I'll look up the ones you have suggested Smile

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One last idea. I hesitate to mention it because it's an unknown badge, but it's on my shortlist, so I must have read something positive about it somewhere: http://www.szwholesale.com/5mode-cree-flashlight-fcgra20-p-3475.html?osC...

Could be complete rubbish, but somehow looks well made..

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Steve, here's a light that I already own a couple of and have given a couple more away as gifts.  I went to the site to look up the link for you and ended up buying yet another for myself.  I like it that much!  For just $11.68 shipped you can't go wrong and I encourage anyone that hasn't already bought one to do so.  I put an XM-L in one of them using the stock driver and what a wonderful difference it made!  Even with the Q5 they come with they are outstanding with a small hotspot, smooth spill, and great throw for a reflector this size.  They also sell one for 18650 cells (have one of those too).

Not sure about this time of year but my orders from BIC usually arrive in 2 weeks or less.

http://www.buyincoins.com/details/led-cree-q5-magnetic-control-switch-flashlight-torch-1-product-4146.html