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Help me choose something to go on my Keyring

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I have been browsing these forums trying to decide which light to upgrade to from my Maglite Solitaire that lives on my keyring.

I know pretty much anything will be a upgrade in terms of output but I need reliability and a good battery life.

The Thrunite Ti is now on top but before i take the plunge has anyone got any other suggestions? the ones I have researched are:-

Fenix E01

Olight i1, i2 and i3

Thrunite Ti

Tank007 E09

So any other suggestion?

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CQG S1 from china quality goods is a sleek SS keychain light. comes with NW tint. Only 1 mode, but IMO that's fine for a small keychain light. There's also the S2 for AA.

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An ITP A3

I prefer the standard edition with one mode .

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There are a lot of choices. Do you want AAA (Short, narrow) or AA (shortish, narrow) or CR123 (short, fat) sized?

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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DQG tiny II is master of the keychain, but unluckily it seems sold out atm.

Here is another review with some nice comparisons.

Mararatac AAA, ITP A3, Olight I3, Brinyte PD03A, CGQ S1, Quark preon 1/2 ... depending on the flavour you like: clicky/twisty, single-mode/multi-mode, strobes/no-strobes, price range ?

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+ iTP A3 EOS Upgraded (i.e. with 3 modes and the mode sequence: Lo-Med-Hi)

+ Brinyte/Brynite AAA light

+ Lumintop Worm Alu (has 2 modes and is bright, superwhite tint, and throws fast)

+ if money doesnt hurt, then Klarus MiX6

 

i guess that in this thread all my AAA lights are already mentioned. mission accomplished. haha

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Or there is a new AAA contender, the Bronte RA01 in either silver or black.  It looks very interesting.

BTW the Silver one must be stainless steel as Bronte don't make a silver alu.

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Here is a hint Wink

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Vectrex wrote:

Here is a hint Wink

shilling!!

 

Wink

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I have an Olight I2 on one keyring and a blackcat on the other. The blackcat is smaller and throws better, the olighit has three modes and lights up a room better. The Olight has never required any maintenance, but I have had to disassemble/clean/retighten the blackcat several times.

 

Oh, and the Blackcat is red and matches my 2004 Mustang, while the Olight is black....

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

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Fenix E05.  it's my keychain light.  i've extolled the virtues of this light many times.  it's simple, sturdy, and the brightness and runtime are just about right IMO for a keychain light.  the best thing on it is the really tight threads.  a lot of the lights in this segment, the iTP A3/Olight i3 and Lumintop Worm included, have sloppy threads and the heads have to be twisted a half turn to lock out.  the E05's threads are so tight that even a tiny fraction of a twist will turn the light off and lock it out.  this makes one handed operation really smooth and easy - something that comes in very handy when i'm carrying stuff in my off hand.  it also has excellent knurling which also helps with easy one handed operation.  it's an awesome light.

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I have never had anything besides a "button" light on my keychain, until the Tank e09.  I have a 10440 battery in it and it puts out a readlly bright little beam.  It also has three modes and I have already been glad for a low mode on my keychain light.

I have dropped it twice to the ground and escaped with only a nick in the finish.  No function issues.

I love it, so there is my 2 cents.

Sean

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seandemar wrote:
until the Tank e09.  I have a 10440 battery

wondering how many BLF boardies have already ordered this new item. The thread view counter has almost reached 30,000 views wtf!??

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kreisler wrote:

 

shilling!!

 

Wink

Also bei DX kann man nur in Dollar bezahlen. Schillinge nehmen die nicht. Selbst Österreich hat doch den Schilling inzwischen abgeschafft. (noch Wink )

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I thought I had made my mind up and here you all come with lots more suggestions!

Thanks though there are plenty to look at, as for size probably AAA as this is the size I am currently using.

What is this one?

kreisler wrote:

Vectrex wrote:

Here is a hint Wink 

shilling!!

 

Wink

I am going to go have a good read of the reviews of the lights you have posted

Thanks

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This is the very new Bronte RA01 in stainless steel from the even newer and unknown brand BRONTE, so there are no experiences out there with them. Better get a well known and thoroughly tested light unless you feel especially adventurous or want to be the first to write a review about it. They are probably not bad, because SBflashlight also added them to their arsenal. I would like to get my hands on their 2AAA penlight with clicky and 3 modes one day.

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Vectrex wrote:

This is the very new Bronte RA01 in stainless steel from the even newer and unknown brand BRONTE, so there are no experiences out with them. Better get a well known and thoroughly tested light unless you feel especially adventurously or want to be the first to write a review about it.

 

I think I will let one of you guys make the first move on that one Smile

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Vectrex wrote:

Maybe someone has a auto-refresh script set on this page?

wondering who might that have been Wink

Österreich? Ich dachte wir sind alles ein gemeinsames germanisches reich? Money Mouth

The Bronte is in stainless steel .. nobody has it. It's heavy (see its weight in grams), so finger weg!

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I really like the Fenix E01...they are very low in price too, about 11$ or so.

I got a good deal on mine so I ended up buying 4.  1 black and 3 greys but I really want a purple and blue one too.

 

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kragmutt wrote:

CQG S1 from china quality goods is a sleek SS keychain light. comes with NW tint. Only 1 mode, but IMO that's fine for a small keychain light. There's also the S2 for AA.

+1  that's what i use ..neutral tint  ..it's come on once in my pocket but once out of 2~3 months isn't a problem for me .  I like it .:)

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+1 on the  iTP A3 EOS Upgraded 3-mode  (small,  cheap, regulated, not to bright on low, really bright on high and uses good ol AAA eneloops) lots of colors to choose from.

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Hiya Dime bar. If it batt life your after go for the Thrunite Ti.

Avaiable in the UK from http://www.flashaholics.co.uk/thrunite/thrunite-ti.html

I've handled one of these and they are well built. Low is 3 lumens, which should give you lots of runtime. Just pick a colour and go.

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Essexman wrote:

Hiya Dime bar. If it batt life your after go for the Thrunite Ti.

Avaiable in the UK from http://www.flashaholics.co.uk/thrunite/thrunite-ti.html

I've handled one of these and they are well built. Low is 3 lumens, which should give you lots of runtime. Just pick a colour and go.

 

That is where I was looking at them from. Will arrive nice and fast too although they also sell the Fenix EO1 which is in second place.

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Here's a highly simplified flowchart that might help you to choose the correct one:

The flowchart is based on my own experience, except that I wasn't able to select one, but decided to buy them all.. Wink

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Oh man that flow chart must win post of the week!  Nice one.

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Impressive chart, but it is missing too many options/flashlights. Clip needed or not eg. ... A3, PD03A, LD01 and more missing. You had already picked out those specific 8 lights before you made the chart, didn't you?

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Essexman wrote:

Oh man that flow chart must win post of the week!  Nice one.

For sure Big Smile I like those flow chars, very useful Wink

But... I will add Lumintop Worm II or ITP A3/Olight I3 for "$20 or less". Thrunite is quite bright at the beginning, but has NO regulation at all.

 

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Vectrex wrote:

Impressive chart, but it is missing too many options/flashlights. Clip needed or not eg. ... A3, PD03A, LD01 and more missing. You had already picked out those specific 8 lights before you made the chart, didn't you?

Right. I investigated many weeks, read multiple reviews, selected (based on my own needs), hand picked and bought those lights before making the chart. Smile

I agree that I missed many lights, but those were not good for me for some reasons. For example I don't need or even want a clip in  a keychain light.

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Here some photos / white wall beamshots of the lights mentioned in the chart.

From left to right: DQG Tiny II, Thrunite Ti, Thrunite Ti Firefly, Klarus Mi X6 SS, CQG S1, Ultrafire SA-R2

 

These white wall beamshots are all taken with the following settings: 1/30s f/8 ISO200 White Balance: Daylight (5500K)

Some lows were "too low" for these settings, resulting to black frame => longer exposures of them are included in the next section. 

DQG Tiny II (High):

 

Thrunite Ti (High, Low)

 

 

Thrunite Ti Firefly (High)

 

Klarus Mi X6 (High, Med)

 

 

CQG S1 (High)

 

Ultrafire SA-R2 (High, Med, Low)

  

 

Low modes with longer exposure (1/2s f/8 ISO200 WB: Daylight)

DQG Tiny II (Low)

 

Thrunite Ti (Low)

 

Thrunite Ti Firefly (Low)

 

Klarus Mi X6 (Low)

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