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Electroman187
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Struggling to find key chain light

Yes, I have used the search function.

 

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     - small form-factor, lightweight, preferably AAA but open to others

     - one hand operation, prefer clicky

     - 50+ lumens, if multi-mode, must start in High

     - nice carabiner/lanyard for keychain

Don't like

     - length:diameter ratio too high on DQG S1  

     - twistie on ITP A3, chain a little too long and heavy 

     - plastic photon lights(good function, but prefer "neat", quality things)

 

Has anyone used the Streamlight Nano?  I would consider something like that, or maybe a single CR123(maybe a little too big) light of some sort. Please chime in and let me know your thoughts!  Thanks fellas!  I haven't been steered wrong yet!

     

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Welcome to BLF.

Wow we are getting quite a few New Hampshire people on here.

How about the Nitecore EZAA smallest brightest light I have.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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Thanks for the response, E1320.  That looks like a nice flashlight, but it's a twistie and maybe a little too big to put on a key chain.  Can you operate it easily with one hand? 

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The choice of recommendable and proven reliable AAA key chain lights is very limited, look at ANY manufacturer or dealer/seller. So better dont even think of setting up a list of deal breaker criteria. You will have to live with many compromises and in the end still like your chosen light. So go ahead and setup a long list of noteworthy popular AAA lights and forget about any "silly" criteria.

simple and no-nonsense criteria would be:

1. weight and overall dimensions and form factor (iTP is the lightest 9grams and one of the smallest). 1x CR123A form factor is a deal breaker to me, also because i prefer my 10440's rechargies and Eneloop AAA's.

2. price (Fenix is top quality and with the longest tradition of such lights but expensive. worth their money, but why no save some bucks. you're on BLF)

3. a feature which is key-essential to you (and not everybody has such a needed feature)

Maybe Tank007 703 is something for you. it's one of the very few with a clicky. Must start in Hi? Wont find such a thing.

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Yes it works easily with one hand. If you really like a clicky switches I carry a Black Cat everyday and it's a great little light. Another one I have and recommend is the Tank TK701 is nice but they are only slightly smaller than the Nitecore. The Nitecore uses a AA battery compared to the Black Cat or the Tanks AAA the AA in the Nitecore lasts so much longer plus it has 2 modes.

Edit: Sorry I tried a Streamlight nano the other day and it works quite well my buddy picked one up at KTP on sale. You might want to check there if you are in the area.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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I have the EOSlamp SP11.Fantastic quality.

Starts in High, has square threads, AR coated lens, the knurling is up to 4Sevens quality.

You can choose your Output on High.

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Kreisler,

As you may have noticed, I did not specify requirements; I merely outlined my preferences.  Like you have stated, there will always be compromises.

I have the ITP A3, and I do not like the two-hand operation of the twistie.  I should have got the single mode version because I always find myself twisting a bunch of times to find the high mode.  But the thing is bright enough and small enough.  

I think your recommendation of the Tank007 will be on my short list.  Too bad it's not as small as the ITP, but it does meet most of my preferences.

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I have a 701 and an E06 if you are near UNH you can stop over and check them out.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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Hikelite wrote:

I have the EOSlamp SP11. Fantastic quality. Starts in High, has square threads, AR coated lens, the knurling is up to 4Sevens quality.

You can choose your Output on High.

Ha!  Booyah!  That light is a winner!  It's got everything I wanted.  And cheap!  Did you get the 100 lumen model?  Is the lobster claw half-decent?  Do you know of any reviews I can find on it?

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E1320 wrote:

I have a 701 and an E06 if you are near UNH you can stop over and check them out.

These are all Tanks!! -- nobody recommending Fenix or what?? haha

i have begun a Tank review on the E09, have you seen it? Once you've prepared the E09 (fixed the insulation issue) it is THE itp a3 eos upgraded REPLACEMENT. comes on high, easy 1-hand operation, and you get it for 50% off from Dinodirect (With coupons and shit) if money matters. bright, and very likeable thing.

dont you ever think of buying the streamlight nano. read the amazon reviews. grueling!

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Electroman187 wrote:

Hikelite wrote:

I have the EOSlamp SP11. Fantastic quality. Starts in High, has square threads, AR coated lens, the knurling is up to 4Sevens quality.

You can choose your Output on High.

Ha!  Booyah!  That light is a winner!  It's got everything I wanted.  And cheap!  Did you get the 100 lumen model?  Is the lobster claw half-decent?  Do you know of any reviews I can find on it?

I got the 70 lumen, because I knew that I like that output for EDC-ing. The claw is good.

I have just looked and I see I 4 o-rings instead of 2.

I believe there's no review on this light.

Edit:

The reflector is said to be OP but it is LOP in fact, very smoothly textured.

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E1320 wrote:

I have a 701 and an E06 if you are near UNH you can stop over and check them out.

Thanks for the offer.  I live in ManchVegas and also go to UNH-M.  Small world, eh?  40 minute drive is a bit much, but it's good to know there are other enthusiasts in the area.

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Electroman187 wrote:

E1320 wrote:

I have a 701 and an E06 if you are near UNH you can stop over and check them out.

Thanks for the offer.  I live in ManchVegas and also go to UNH-M.  Small world, eh?  40 minute drive is a bit much, but it's good to know there are other enthusiasts in the area.

Cool I go down to the indoor shooting range by the airport all the time.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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Hikelite wrote:

I got the 70 lumen, 

Hmm, I only see 38 lumen or 100 lumen.  Perhaps the model has changed a bit?

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The high mode seems step-less customizable according to this.

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Electroman187 wrote:

Hikelite wrote:

I got the 70 lumen, 

Hmm, I only see 38 lumen or 100 lumen.  Perhaps the model has changed a bit?

They say to send you specs for the High mode if you want, that's what I did.

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Maybe you can find something in one of my AAA comparisons:

 

 

 

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): https://lygte-info.dk/

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Hi HKJ, are you going to make a review on that new 1AAA 4Sevens light, that will be on the market after shot show 2012? I'm really interested in a comparison to the DQG tiny II.

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Vectrex wrote:

Hi HKJ, are you going to make a review on that new 1AAA 4Sevens light, that will be on the market after shot show 2012? I'm really interested in a comparison to the DQG tiny II.

I am definitely going to buy it, this means it will show up in comparisons with other AAA light. Depending on time I might also do a review.

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): https://lygte-info.dk/

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I would greatly appreciate it, even some "first impressions", as I like your style of reviewing stuff... keep up the good work.

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Vectrex wrote:

............ as I like your style of reviewing stuff... keep up the good work.

+1

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I like my $8 Blackcat that is my regular keychain light.

AAA batteries, OSRAM emitter, a nice thrower.

My other car's keychain has an Olight i2 AA

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/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

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trooplewis wrote:

I like my $8 Blackcat that is my regular keychain light.

AAA batteries, OSRAM emitter, a nice thrower.

My other car's keychain has an Olight i2 AA

I've bought Blackcats for others several times and after the Sipik SK68 clones the B'cat is my favorite $8 light.   Every flashaholic should have one.  My wife has a red one these days as her handbag light.

Just so there's no confusion folks we are talking about this one and not this one...................LOL

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Hikelite wrote:

Electroman187 wrote:

Hikelite wrote:

I have the EOSlamp SP11. Fantastic quality. Starts in High, has square threads, AR coated lens, the knurling is up to 4Sevens quality.

You can choose your Output on High.

Ha!  Booyah!  That light is a winner!  It's got everything I wanted.  And cheap!  Did you get the 100 lumen model?  Is the lobster claw half-decent?  Do you know of any reviews I can find on it?

I got the 70 lumen, because I knew that I like that output for EDC-ing. The claw is good.

I have just looked and I see I 4 o-rings instead of 2.

I believe there's no review on this light.

Edit:

The reflector is said to be OP but it is LOP in fact, very smoothly textured.

 

Does anyone have comparison pictures with this & iTP A3, DQG or other such?

 

Very interesting light - very nice price for CC + AAA. I´m pleased to see there´s options for getting it not-so-hard driven.

I was especially Thrilled with DQG AAA´s ability to go on such a long time with "enough" power for keychain, almost without heat. Fantastic!

CC + efficiency is the way to go with AAA, I have other tools for masses of lumens Smile

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If I wanted a AAA clicky, I would choose the Pelican 1910.

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?329838-Pelican-1910-amp-1920-Review

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I have had 2 Blackcats and both started flickering.

There was too much play in the body tolerances so they where disposed.

Got to love the "From Gemany" that is stamped on the side.

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me too Wink

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i have 2 BlackCats, 1 Tank007 TK-703, 1 1/2 iTP A3 Upgrades*, and one CQG S1. the A3 and BlackCat are my favorite. one's a twisty, the other clicky. the BlackCat is bigger and less refined with only one mode, but it's built well and has worked well for me. i'm not terribly fond of the twist action of the A3, but it's a nice light, small, and bright. the beam is very smooth too. the Tank i don't like so much because of it's rattly tail switch and the fact that it flickers and loosens every so often. the S1 i just got today so we'll see how it does. it's very thin -- they weren't kidding.

i've pretty much been searching for the same light as you and haven't found anything to match my needs -- wants, really since all my lights do what i need -- exactly. i've been using a AA TrustFire F20 at work but want something smaller so i ordered the Tank E09 and some 10440s so we'll see how it goes. they're twisties so i had to compromise since i wanted a tiny clicky (i don't think such a light exists).

* head is missing on one of the two i have. anyone have a head for an A3 Upgrade they don't need anymore?

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HKJ wrote:

Maybe you can find something in one of my AAA comparisons:

 

 

 

very nice.

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I saw you mentioned the Streamlight nano, i really really like the light because it is so small, you don't even notice it on your keys. You can operate it one handed, and i order the batteries from DX (somewhere under $3 for 100 batteries!) But it is not 50+ lumens. It is more than bright enough for fiddling around in the dark finding something you dropped but not for lighting up something more than 20ft away. I've had it over a year now and i have had no problems with it, the paint wears off after a few months but that doesn't effect it's performance.

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Electroman187 wrote:

E1320 wrote:

I have a 701 and an E06 if you are near UNH you can stop over and check them out.

Thanks for the offer.  I live in ManchVegas and also go to UNH-M.  Small world, eh?  40 minute drive is a bit much, but it's good to know there are other enthusiasts in the area.

 

Hey, I'm in Manchester. We should have a light get together one day...I'll break out the DBS aspheric and I'm sure e1320 has some awsome stuff.

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