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Single-mode EDC light w/pocket clip

Hello,

I'm looking for a a light to carry clipped to my pocket for work.  Beside this I carry a pen, a sharpie and a non-contact voltage tester.  I really liked my old Streamlight Microstream.  I bought an ITP A3 XPG-R5(claims 96 lumens, but doesn't seem that bright), but I'm really not impressed and it has no pocket clip.  It can be a bigger than a single AAA light as long as it easily clips to the inside of my pocket.  I'd like to have at least 50 real lumens, 100 would be better.  Single mode is best for work, as I only use it for quick inspections.  Any suggestions?

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Oh yeah, single-handed operation is a must.  Prefer tail clicky.

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Uniquefire AA-S1 would fit the bill but might be a bit large for shirt pocket use. Will give around 100 lumens on an AA NiMH and 225 lumens with a 14500.

 

Reviews

http://budgetlightforum.cz.cc/node/142

http://budgetlightforum.cz.cc/node/785

http://www.jayki.com/11287

http://www.jayki.com/6073

 

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Thanks Don.  That light looks to fit the bill.  I am concerned about the pocket clip.  It doesn't look very sturdy.  I need something with a sturdy clip because I use it often.  I do not care much about battery life as it probably only sees 5-10 minutes of use each day.  Use of primary cells is important as that is what is stocked where I work. 

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The iTP comes with an excellent pocket clip......

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Crap, you're right.  I didn't notice mine was missing when I bought it.  It's really well made, but not bright enough and no clicky. 

I like the looks and size of the Eastward YJ J09.  Feedback seems mixed.

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The J09 is a nice wee light. It is the brightest on NiMH of any of my AA lights. You won't get a much slimmer or smaller one. But it is multimode...

 

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The a3 is kinda floody, maybe thats why it seems kinda dim? Anyways, the a3 is more a keychain light than a pocket light...

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Not the most budgety solution but a darn good one is using a fenix LD01 head on the streamlight microstream body.  It'll do 60+ OTF lumens on a crappy old alkaline, but well over 230 with a 10440.  You still retain the good clip and clicky in a disturbingly small package.  Another option is using the stylus pro body with the fenix head, which will allow 2xAAA with max brightness in between the alk and li-ion.  It is multi-mode, but starts in medium which should be plenty bright and you have the other two modes if you need em.

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I think I can get over the multimode if the rest of the features meet my criteria.  It is especially slim for a AA design which is important to me.  Kinda $$$.

srfreddy, you're right about the flood.  I use this light in lighted areas to inspect all kinds of nooks and crannies.  I need some concentrated throw to it.  Like I said, the Microstream was great, possibly because of the larger reflector.

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Match, that sounds like a great setup but I don't think it will work for me.  I'd like to keep it under $30, but less is always better. 

And now the sickness starts to sink inTongue out.  I was set on Alkaline only, but now I'm contemplating buying a charger and li-ion cells for work.

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Xeno E03, its got a clicky, and decent throw. Not as bright, efficient, or throwy as the Fenix LD10, but irregardless, an excellent budget light. 

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I just recieved a Hugsby P31. Beautiful AA light with an awesome pocket clip. It is 3 mode however but a quick easy tap of the tailcap puts it into low mode if high is too much. Seems to be of fantastic quality, and its very small to boot Smile

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The Hugsbys are nice. Very nice.

I have a couple of them.

 

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Don, I'd say I have purchased at least 3-4 lights based on your reviews, and each and every one I have been more than happy with. Thanks for the time and effort you put in. It helps a ton!

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It helps that folks find it useful. I do it for fun but it makes it more worthwhile if people get something out of it.

 

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srfreddy wrote:

Xeno E03, its got a clicky, and decent throw. Not as bright, efficient, or throwy as the Fenix LD10, but irregardless, an excellent budget light. 

Both of them has almost identical regulation. Fenix has slightly better throw because of the SMO reflecto (if I remember wellUndecided) but with 14500, Xeno has better lightbox. With AA Fenix is slightly brighter.

 

BTW, Electroman, have you tried your A3 with 10440? Tongue out 

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SashiX wrote:

srfreddy wrote:

Xeno E03, its got a clicky, and decent throw. Not as bright, efficient, or throwy as the Fenix LD10, but irregardless, an excellent budget light. 

Both of them has almost identical regulation. Fenix has slightly better throw because of the SMO reflecto (if I remember wellUndecided) but with 14500, Xeno has better lightbox. With AA Fenix is slightly brighter.

 

BTW, Electroman, have you tried your A3 with 10440? Tongue out 

No I have not.  if I remember correctly, they do not reccommend it.  Perhaps I should try?

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The A3 gets hot real fast on high with a 10440 but since it is at least as bright on medium with a 10440 as it is with an NiMH on high this works well enough with the older models that go medium-low-high. On high I'd not run it for more than 5 seconds with a 10440.

 

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

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