What's the best 10440 flashlight?

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What's the best 10440 flashlight?

What are the best and brightest 10440 lights out there? I currently am using a tool aaa. Im looking for other options

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Acebeam UC15

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Agree.

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Ditto Acebeam UC15

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That’s 2× 10400 though ^^^

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My fav 10440 is the UltraTac K18 brass, the model with the rubber switch cover. (easier to index)

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Yeah I’m looking for a small edc the uc15 looks a little large to fit into my pockets comfortably for 10hrs a day

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DIPSTIX wrote:
Yeah I’m looking for a small edc the uc15 looks a little large to fit into my pockets comfortably for 10hrs a day

It is, however, the best and brightest (IMO). Hang mine on a dangler and hardly know it’s there.

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chinooker wrote:
My fav 10440 is the UltraTac K18 brass, the model with the rubber switch cover. (easier to index)

I would say the same. Only difference, mine is SS.

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Ultratac has a Nichia version of the K18, but I’ve only seen it listed for sale from hkequipment.

The brightest I know of is vinh’s (Skylumen) mod of the Lumintop Tool. Aka, the ToolVN.

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Peak Eiger Ultra X? I have non-X and the output is a bit disappointing, but otherwise it’s a superb light.

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The BLF 348 is sturdy, affordable, and has a decent tint, beam, and CRI.

But it has only one mode, and gets hot quickly when running a 10440. I recently purchase several for gifts from Gearbest for less than $9 each.  

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Enderman wrote:
That’s 2× 10400 though ^^^

But it can run on a single cell, AFAIK. Smile
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i’d be concerned about battery life – i would require a 1-5 lumen mode – not just ‘brightest’ – bright is easy but an LED can use up a 10440 in about 3 minutes on ‘brightest’

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i use olights i3t copper for 10440.. fun and the normal black i use a regular aaa battery.. fun when u compare them on highest haha. compared to my olight s10/s1 baton that does 400/500 lumens the i3t whn using a 10440 is not far off from those lumens.

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What is the advantage if at the highest level the runtime is only 30 minutes or less.

mortuus wrote:
i use olights i3t copper for 10440.. fun and the normal black i use a regular aaa battery.. fun when u compare them on highest haha. compared to my olight s10/s1 baton that does 400/500 lumens the i3t whn using a 10440 is not far off from those lumens.
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agent80 wrote:
What is the advantage if at the highest level the runtime is only 30 minutes or less.

It’s brighter.
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I like my Reylight Mini Pineapple a lot… There may be brighter 10440 lights out there, but it will do ~400 lumens at turn on, on high – and this is with a Nichia 219c, so the tint and CRI are great. On a 10440 light, you’re not going to get very much runtime on high – the thing that’s awesome about the Pineapple Mini is that it has a true moonlight mode even with a 10440. I use the moonlight mode at night all the time – it’s the perfect amount of light for in the house when all the lights are off, and the runtime is super long on this mode. As well, the medium mode is very usable on 10440. When you add in the solid copper body, and the great pocket clip, its the best 10440 light out there to me.

Edit: Rey is currently working on a Mini Pineapple with a tail clicky and programmable driver – I have the original, twisty Mini Pineapple. If banggood still has any of the original Mini Pineapple in stock (the Reylight website is sold out), there are coupon codes to get it for around $22, but it may be all sold out as he gets ready to release the newer model.

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My two are the Thrunite Ti or Lumapower LM21. The Ti is a little smaller and nicer looking but I rather the LM21 because it’s a tad brighter and has a rear switch instead of a twisty.

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Have ordered a Sofirn C01s, but that is more of a aaa, light. Do we have any 10440 light, preferrably with USB-C that does hold its light for a while? A light that does not put all in on the power side for three minutes and then dies 80 degrees hot. Seems hard to find good lights in this category.

After a little research: https://www.reylight.net/product/reylight-pineapple-mini-aluminum/ seems quite nice! No USB-C, but a tritium slot instead, if you want a maximum of 3,6 Bq in your front pocket..

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> reylight-pineapple-mini seems quite nice!

I agree, Rey offers excellent lights, and the one you found has my favorite LED, and a fully captive and deep carry pocket clip.

highly recommended

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jon_slider wrote:
> reylight-pineapple-mini seems quite nice!

I agree, Rey offers excellent lights, and the one you found has my favorite LED, and a fully captive and deep carry pocket clip.

highly recommended


Great to hear! Have some l92’s in store for the sofirn, but will invest in a pine too. Just a higher threshold to have to buy a charger as well…
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Ultratak K18 is my buy. Electronic lockout, great beam, useful to 50 feet/20 meters, BRIGHT (actually gets hot), good medium, and a useful low (but no moonlight mode).

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Manker E02 II

My fave! Neutral White: 4000K CRI>95. Magnet in tail cap, excellent clip. Easy EDC and more versatile than a straight light.

Personally I don’t do 10400 though. AAA does everything I want. If I want more lumen I have other lights for that. Give up too much run time to gain lumen that aren’t really necessary for the close work that this is most useful for. (Fixing things, walking the dogs, etc.) Also, with the 10400 the incredible moonlight modes are sacrificed for a 5 lumen low. Unacceptable trade off for me. If 420 Lumen vs 220 lumen max is most important to you then the 10400 would obviously be the way to go.

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Not the bestest, but the Olight IO3 is a pretty nifty AAA twisty, 3-mode, which has a pretty good high output, but not much variation between the medium and high, with li-ions.

I just use Eneloops in that one and they’re very hard to find these days. Wish I had bought more back in the day.

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zltwo wrote:
Ultratak K18 is my buy. Electronic lockout, great beam, useful to 50 feet/20 meters, BRIGHT (actually gets hot), good medium, and a useful low (but no moonlight mode).

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ChrisGarrett wrote:
samgalax wrote:
Itp a3 eos

Not the bestest, but the Olight IO3 is a pretty nifty AAA twisty, 3-mode, which has a pretty good high output, but not much variation between the medium and high, with li-ions.

I just use Eneloops in that one and they’re very hard to find these days. Wish I had bought more back in the day.

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Olight I7R seems quite incredible! I have to see a comparison!
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Catnap wrote:
Manker E02 II

My fave! Neutral White: 4000K CRI>95. Magnet in tail cap, excellent clip. Easy EDC and more versatile than a straight light.

Personally I don’t do 10400 though. AAA does everything I want. If I want more lumen I have other lights for that. Give up too much run time to gain lumen that aren’t really necessary for the close work that this is most useful for. (Fixing things, walking the dogs, etc.) Also, with the 10400 the incredible moonlight modes are sacrificed for a 5 lumen low. Unacceptable trade off for me. If 420 Lumen vs 220 lumen max is most important to you then the 10400 would obviously be the way to go.


I think it’s more the idea of having a rechargable flashlight. And with a modern 10440 the lumens on high with an enelop is around the same as the lumens on medium with the 10440, with a better runtime for the 10440. The only caveat left is the ultra low mode/ moonlight. I wish we had more intelligent drivers that were able to harness the energy better. 4.2v 500 mah or 1.2v 900 mah the wh is way better in the li-ion battery if we harness it effeciently.

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