Wide-beam 3AA or better under $40?

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Wide-beam 3AA or better under $40?

I’ve been going through threads here and I’ve been a little overwhelmed, I hope you guys don’t mind another novice.

I’m looking for the following flashlight:

  • 3AA or better. I have piles of Eneloops. Ideally with the option to move to lithium later, though this is not a requirement.
  • Wide beam. 5’ wide or more at a 20’ foot. I see a lot of lights here with tremendous throw, but that look like pinpoints. I want something I could take on a walking trail, set to a middle brightness, and have a good idea where I’m going without having to scan the ground with the light.
  • Bright enough to illuminate to, say, 75’ with that wide beam on the highest setting. I’m just making up a number here, correct me if this is ludicrous. My existing light is a 2AA Rayovac with a 1W LED. It’s probably 75 lumens. Usefully bright with the narrow beam sweep, but not wide enough, and not much throw.
  • Multiple brightness settings. Top setting should last an hour, middle setting at least five.
  • <$30 best, max $40
  • Modified? Not modified? Is this all plug and play, or does changing out LEDs and so on require skill?

Does this exist?

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3xAA/26650 light with C8 size reflector.

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Aloha and welcome to BLF alexdi!

 

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Can you order a large reflector separately? Where, and would modifications be required to make it fit? Greetings to you as well. Smile

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There is a thread talking about these aurora/ultrafire 3x AA

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/8803

They are 4 lights with same body but different brand and LED

Aurora XM-L 29$ http://www.dealextreme.com/p/aurora-sh-3aa-cree-xm-l-t6-800lm-5-mode-mem...

UltraFire XM-L 28$ http://www.dealextreme.com/p/ultrafire-sh-3aa-cree-xm-l-t6-800lm-5-mode-...

Aurora XP-E 25$ http://www.dealextreme.com/p/aurora-sh-3aa-cree-xp-e-q5-245lm-5-mode-mem...

UltraFire XP-E 23$ http://www.dealextreme.com/p/ultrafire-sh-3aa-cree-q5-245lm-5-mode-memor...

If I am not wrong there is a review here on blf about the XM-L one….

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I know that your maximum is $40 But I suggest you spend $45 and go for the cyclone

Here is the review by foy

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Great thread.
The friend of mine want a good (budget) XML light but without switching to li-ion.
Fran, those links to Aurora (both) doesn’t work Wink

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Yeah, they removed the items, that´s why “page not found”

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The UltraFire XM-L and Cyclone C88 look very similar. Is there a reason to spend $10 more on the Cyclone? How’s the beam width compare? I noticed some digs against DX in the other thread, I wonder if that should be a factor.

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alexdi wrote:
I've been going through threads here and I've been a little overwhelmed, I hope you guys don't mind another novice. I'm looking for the following flashlight: * 3AA or better. I have piles of Eneloops. Ideally with the option to move to lithium later, though this is not a requirement. * Wide beam. 5' wide or more at a 20' foot. I see a lot of lights here with tremendous throw, but that look like pinpoints. I want something I could take on a walking trail, set to a middle brightness, and have a good idea where I'm going without having to scan the ground with the light. * Bright enough to illuminate to, say, 75' with that wide beam on the highest setting. I'm just making up a number here, correct me if this is ludicrous. My existing light is a 2AA Rayovac with a 1W LED. It's probably 75 lumens. Usefully bright with the narrow beam sweep, but not wide enough, and not much throw. * Multiple brightness settings. Top setting should last an hour, middle setting at least five. * <$30 best, max $40 * Modified? Not modified? Is this all plug and play, or does changing out LEDs and so on require skill? Does this exist?

SAiK SA-305  Inexpensive, spray the reflector with Krylon Clear Acrylic, makes wide beam that will be smooth and even. Could be modified and still be under $40. Someone could walk you through it if you wanted to learn, or someone could mod it for you. Plenty of modders here. Even with an XM-L T6 and a linear driver, it's still below $40. Not a bad light as is, if the reflector is sprayed, to even out the beam.

Here's a small Flood to Throw I haven't tried it, but it's the long and thin style 3AA. Should be fairly bright as is and the beam is adjustable.

Might want to search for a source other than DX. They are still hit or miss with long shipping times.

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