US-Tractor Supply Co.(TSC) - Many New LED Lights esp. 3AA! (3AA Details)

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US-Tractor Supply Co.(TSC) - Many New LED Lights esp. 3AA! (3AA Details)

See Old-Lumens thread here on modding two of these TSC light.  I decided to check out the 3AA he was modding so I stopped on my way home from work.  I was impressed by the new large selection of LED lights!

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Notice the 18650 light w/charger in the upper-right?  Couldn't make out the battery type/brand.  Quite a wide selection and what caught my eye was the 2C and 3C lights (Brinkmann's).  The 3C is rated 375 lumens for 4 hours with Hi-Low-Strobe (virtually all here are those modes) sold with alkalines. Has quite a deep reflector and it looks like it might be an XM-L (if it's a cree) because the emitter is rather large.  See photos.  The 3C is $34.99 though. 

3C

 

3C reflector-emitter

See that long mother in the first photo?  That's a 6D Brinkman rated 180 lumens for 38 hours.  (Why on earth wouldn't someone use a shorter light and just carry extra batteries????)  Here's a closeup:

6D

Anyway, I think most would be interested in the 3AA, which I bought.  It has a nice style and nice feel although now I think most of it is plastic.  Old-Lumens has some nice photos over in his thread.  Here are myphotos of it next to my SAIK SA-305:

3AA-1

3AA-2

3AA-3

I think the head and main body tube are plastic.  The short connector between head and body and the tailcap seem to be aluminum.  (I had a hard time figuring out whether it really was plastic though.)  The TSC light seems to have a better tailcap switch (more solid feel) and it tailstands perfectly.  It still has the plastic lens and reflector, although this one is deeper than the SAIK's (maybe 5mm deeper).  The reflector is held in by a retailing piece.  As Old-Lumens said in his thread, the heatsink is hollow just like the SAIK's.  The stock output isn't too shabby (for a retail store light).  I don't think it has as many rings in the beam as the SAIK.  It's not a cree emitter though.  Whatever it is, they rated it 180 lumens for 3 hours.

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It's a luxeon I believe.

Isn't the one next to (left) that Brinkman, the other bigger zoomie?

I think the 3AA is all aluminum. I will have to file on it and see. LOL. The head is aluminum for sure, I scratched it and it's metal.

 I am pretty sure that there was a different Zoomie, besides the one I bought. The one I bought was the small one (third from the left, top row). If you happen to go back there and find that there is another Larger Zoomie in the second or third rows down, I would buy one if, you are so inclined to pick one up.

 

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Hmm . . . if it's aluminum it feels different, maybe cheaper grade?  Anyway, the zooming D cell doesn't appeal to me.  That one left of the Brinkmann is a regular 3D cell LED.  I don't believe that one zooms.  I picked it up and checked it out.  It was really lightweight (which screamed junk to me) and the button felt terribly sloppy.  Overall a very poor quality light. 

The Brinkmann packages didn't say "Cree" on them anyway.  The 3C's looked more like a Cree than the "Jobsmart" ones. 

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Does anyone know what this flashlight is I have circled in the photograph?  It looks like something I'd like to have but can't identify the model number.  Thanks.

 

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100 led, 4xaa, $20

it appears to have a bezel that unscrews (ie moddable).  w/o actually testing the TS, I prefer the HF 4xaa, 109 led (for modding).

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dthrckt wrote:

100 led, 4xaa, $20

it appears to have a bezel that unscrews (ie moddable).  w/o actually testing the TS, I prefer the HF 4xaa, 109 led (for modding).

 

Thanks,  nobody else seems to have it online.  It must be old discontinued stock.  I just love those shower head style flashlights.   

Richie