What should be my next light? Single-Cell AA Format, Multimode

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What should be my next light? Single-Cell AA Format, Multimode
Trustfire F20
26% (6 votes)
Hugsby P32
35% (8 votes)
Tank007 TK-566-3 (w/ extension)
17% (4 votes)
Romisen RC-I3 (w/ extension)
0% (0 votes)
MX-Power ML-310
22% (5 votes)
Total votes: 23
Edited by: jekostas on 01/14/2011 - 20:37
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Alright all, looking for a new, single-cell AA light with multiple modes.  Interested in the above lights - a 2xAA extension is obviously a bonus, but not a necessity as I have a couple of lights that fulfill that form factor.  Thoughts?

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Oh, and if you have any comments/reasons as to why you chose the light you did, they'd be appreciated as well.

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I voted for the Tank...

The MX Power would be my second choice of the ones you are considering.  I only own ATM one AA/14500 light and it's a Hugsby P2. I do like the ability to use RCR123's, 14500's or AA batteries in the HUgsby P2 which the MX Power 310 offers as well with the the same type of lense.

The TK-566 offers the ext. tube to use 2AA, so for bang for buck the Tank gets my vote as in the wild 2 AA's are more readily available and will give you good result.

I can't compare the difference in beam patterns tho as I don't own a a light in that form factor with a regular glass lens.

Link to Hugsby P2 on DX

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.32876

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IMO, the Hugsby P31 or P32 easily has the best quality of the bunch. Of course as with all cheapie lights, YMMV.

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FlashPilot wrote:

IMO, the Hugsby P31 or P32 easily has the best quality of the bunch. Of course as with all cheapie lights, YMMV.

 

Those two have caught my eye aswell,  I can say that I have beat the crap out of my P2 working on cars and whatever HA these Hugsbys have is quite hard.  Not a scratch on her!

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Now, I had the chance to look at 8 different p32 and p31. Still very impressed with this light even if they changed mode memory behaviour a bit. I would rate the build quality above Romisens and the P32 is still my brightest 1AA light (brighter than my Eastward J09... yeah the crippled 1 mode). It even fits nicely in this bike mount because it has a clip.

I just like the versatility of this light. I want a P33 from Hugsby with Hi-Mid-Lo and maybe a update to XP-G R5 and this light would be perfect. The host is just pure awesomeness.

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Can I ask where can you find the P32? Can't seem to find it on DX. Thanks.

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KD stocks two different ones, one with a 1.5V maximum driver

http://www.kaidomain.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=10739

And one with a 14500 only (2.8-15V according to the box) driver. This one is gold coloured.

http://www.kaidomain.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=10741

 

Some single-mode P31's (Which are supposed to be 1.5V maximum single-mode lights) have shipped with the 3-mode driver from the gold P32. I have one of these from KD.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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trustfire a3 r5  and  ultrafire u20.  both perform way beter with 14500's but are not slouches with aa's either.

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Thanks Don and cabfrank.

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Thanks for all the feedback guys, this poll is kinda dying but the direction is definitely P32-F20 in that order.  I'm looking at something else right now off of CPF Marketplace, but if that doesn't work out the P32 is likely going to be *it*

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It's  a hugly asked question .. I just never know if it's even answerable  as everything  about lights can be so dang subjective .I only have one of these lights  the tank 566.. but I have 10 of them.. I like it well enough to suggestit to anyone .. i have the 568 too .the only two people I know who have almost all of these lights personally are don and Mr/ administrator . Their comments ought to hold the greatest weight ,but  all of them are nice lights.

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I only have the Hugsby and the ML-310. I have a K-106 so the F20 didn't appeal to me much. I'm not very fond of 2AA lights - the form factor just doesn't feel right to me.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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hoho,none vote even a ticket for Romisen RC-I3 (w/ extension), Does it have a  chilles'Heel?

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I would have voted for the Trustfire R5A3, but it does cost a little more. $18.11 or so.

 

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/trustfire-r5-a3-cree-xp-e-r5-3-mode-230-lum...

 

And heres a photo of the torch stuck to the ceiling for you guys. Btw, this is a first gen one, the newer ones have a smoother and more matte finish overall (stronger beadblasting before anodising)

"like everyone else - I’m looking for my next “last” flashlight" -  ohnonothimagain

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Okwchin, I've had that particular torch in my cart for a few weeks now....guess I should get off my wallet and buy one.  I keep hearing a lot of good things about it. On top of that, I love the look (especially the anti-gravity model Smile).

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He is from Down Under so everything has to be upside down. Wink

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Yes I can vouch for the R5A3 ..I got recommended to get it too