Recommend a compact edc 18650 or smaller?

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Recommend a compact edc 18650 or smaller?

I’m looking for recommendations for a small 18650 or smaller flashlight- think compact like an Olight S1R II. Something with a nice ui, quality light, with decent output modes at minimum (moon, low, medium, high, turbo) something at ~1000-1500 lumens for short busts on turbo, has a decent clip, doesn’t melt itself into a puddle of liquid metal and plastic, and can take a bit of a beating.

Lastly something that is budget minded and offers nice quality to price ratio.

Also might consider a copper variant if makes sense since I do love a good patina. But copper is not at all a requirement

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FW3A is the obvious choice.

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FW3A is obvious for sure.

I’d also recommend Convoy S2+ with SST40 and 18350 tube. Maybe the best quality to price ratio.

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FW3A, or if you really want copper, FW3C.

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FW3A. Not copper as I don’t feel the extra weight is worth it for EDC. Mine has been in my pocket since the first one I got.

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MH20/MH20GT. Ticks all the boxes.

Shortcuts to moonlight and turbo (great UI, in fact), built-in charging, deep-carry clip, about as compact as you’re gonna get in an 18650, and doesn’t turn into a curling iron if you leave it on highest for more than 10sec.

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S2+ copper. With 18350 tube hahaha

Avail at convoy store in aliexpress. But no clip sadly

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Wrathbringer27 wrote:
S2+ copper. With 18350 tube hahaha

Avail at convoy store in aliexpress. But no clip sadly

1buk at FT.

https://www.fasttech.com/product/4594500-stainless-steel-flashlight-pock...

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Lightbringer wrote:
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S2+ copper. With 18350 tube hahaha

Avail at convoy store in aliexpress. But no clip sadly

1buk at FT.

https://www.fasttech.com/product/4594500-stainless-steel-flashlight-pock...

Thanks Light!

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“…take a bit of a beating…”

If you are intending on throwing it in a tool box, vehicle storage pocket or something that could easily press against the tail then I wouldn’t recommend the fw3a unless you get one of tristech’s tail caps.

The S2+ is a good alternative. I don’t know much about the MH20 but lightbringer recommends it.

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The MH20 is a top-notch all around light, and the MH20GT (greater throw) is just that, lots throwier but more for distance viewing.

Don’t think any light is gonna dethrone it as my EDC for a looooooong time.

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The versatile Olight S20 baton , very compact for EDC and has a magnet in the tailcap for when you need to use both of your hands.

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Olight S1R II/S2R II if you don’t mind* horrible CRI and tint (has tail magnet). Emisar D4V2 with raised switch ring or Lumintop EDC18 (has tail magnet or option for it).

FW3A if you don’t mind using electronic lockout the WHOLE time because you WILL get accidental pocket switch activation and melt yourself (no tail magnet).

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FW3A with 18350 tube. Smile

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FW3A
forget copper, too heavy for no real reason
titanium, lighter but not enough to be worth the cost
imho

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I’d recommend the smaller 18650 zebralights, like SC64-series. The UI is different, but very convenient once you’re used to it. Also very compact for an 18650 light.
YLP Unicorn 1.0 is a good choice for a much lower price point, and not quite as compact.
I can’t recommend the FW3A or FW1A due to issues I experience with pocket activation. The FW1A is also a bit long and the FW3A doesn’t satisfy “doesn’t melt itself into a puddle of liquid metal and plastic, and can take a bit of a beating.”
To go smaller we have to change battery types. 18350, 14500, 16340. If you can stand to carry a compact 18650 light then it’s likely not worth the tradeoff, because all of those battery sizes have worse energy density.

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yes if you go away from 18650, you find that you save 30% of the space, but lose 80% of the battery energy

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That TX8 just reviewed by Turbo88 looks interesting.

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Rdubya18 wrote:
That TX8 just reviewed by Turbo88 looks interesting.

it looks too long though the (wrong) specs say:

Product Dimensions 1.6 × 0.4 × 0.4 inches

also light color looks very cold and blue, rechargeable battery {usb port on the cell} reduces energy capacity

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it is cheap
though you could get a convoy for that too, it also would not be very small

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wle wrote:
FW3A
forget copper, too heavy for no real reason
titanium, lighter but not enough to be worth the cost
imho

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Hello from a fellow Atlantian! Thanks for the input

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Thanks everyone, I will add these to the list and check out some reviews… I really do like the look of the FW3A

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withoutink wrote:
wle wrote:
FW3A
forget copper, too heavy for no real reason
titanium, lighter but not enough to be worth the cost
imho

wle

Hello from a fellow Atlantian! Thanks for the input

tucker area

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wle wrote:
withoutink wrote:
wle wrote:
FW3A
forget copper, too heavy for no real reason
titanium, lighter but not enough to be worth the cost
imho

wle

Hello from a fellow Atlantian! Thanks for the input

tucker area

wle

Buford here, not far away!

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wle wrote:
yes if you go away from 18650, you find that you save 30% of the space, but lose 80% of the battery energy

wle


Yeah, right. Because 1100 * 5 = 3300.
30% space saving is more like it.

Both numbers for 18350.

And one benefit of many 18350 lights is that if you predict that you’ll need more energy (f.e. weekend out) you can just swap the tube and put 18650 inside.

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withoutink wrote:
wle wrote:
withoutink wrote:
wle wrote:
FW3A
forget copper, too heavy for no real reason
titanium, lighter but not enough to be worth the cost
imho

wle

Hello from a fellow Atlantian! Thanks for the input

tucker area

wle

Buford here, not far away!

30 miles, nothing by atl standards..
we love us some traffic!
not really, i would rather ride my bike

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Zebralight SC64w
http://www.zebralight.com/SC64w-18650-XHP35-Neutral-White-Flashlight_p_2...

Meets all criteria. May be the smallest 18650 that does so.

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Another vote for Zebralight SC64 series. Best value in durability, efficiency, size, etc. Imho

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I agree if you want to stay with 18650 go with the sc64w hi.