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Brightest 14500 light

hey guys!

what's the brightest 14500 light in a small package that will also accept AA?

under $30

thanks!

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Probably the Trustfire R5-A3 from DX.

The N-Light B2S may beat it in the lumen count, but is $3 over your budget.

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itp sa1 is over your budget by 6$ (if you use the ggcpf10 code for 4$ off), but its an awesome light and very bright..the xp-e r2 was tested at ~250 lumens on cpf and they since replaced it with an xp-g r5 so it should be a bit brighter..I have one in the mail cus I busted my r2 version by being an idiot lol

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Reflection wrote:

what's the brightest 14500 light in a small package that will also accept AA?

 

You'll find the link to the list of outputs from lights I own in my sig. If you have a Google account you can sort this sheet any way you want.

The brightest one I have (Which needs IMR 14500 cells for safety) is an XM-L modded Mr.Lite J4 with the stock Mr.Lite driver. It gives me just shy of 400 lumens at switch-on.

The brightest unmodified one (338lm) I have is the Yezl S5 (An R5 version of the Trustfire F22 which is a better (but not as bright) light) but it gets far too hot on high and the current draw is heavy. A more sensible and still fearsomely bright light is the Ultrafire C3 R5 from Manafont - just north of 300 lumens but the Ultrafire C3 (apart from the stainless steel ones) is not the best design. I love them, but they can be flaky.

 

The Ultrafire U20 and the Trustfire R5-A3 are about the same brightness at just under 300 lumens.

 

I'd be happy to recommend any of these - but do be aware that Ultrafire C3s aren't for everyone.

 

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

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

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Haven't received my Xeno E03 yet, but someone from CPF said that on high with 14500 is driven by 1,5A or so.

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Im quite happy with the U20 i got from manafont. good brightness on 14500s and works quite well with AAs

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Im quite happy with the U20 i got from manafont. good brightness on 14500s and works quite well with AAs

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Dont know about it yet because it has not arrived but the Uniquefire G10 http://www.dealextreme.com/p/uniquefire-g10-cree-xp-e-r5-1-mode-350-lumen-white-led-flashlight-with-strap-1-14500-1-aa-55244 would seem to fit the bill.

Piers said " ....but who wants enough light, when you have the option for far too much "

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The black model will PUFF with 14500 (see old's review). But the grey one seems to work well with 14500 Undecided

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I ordered that light so long ago that I had forgotten about that issue. I probably would have thrown a 14500 in there right away. Of course I still might.

Piers said " ....but who wants enough light, when you have the option for far too much "

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Interesting, I have a black one on order. The website says it is compatible with both AA and 14500 batteries.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

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Ok I looked at it a little more and I think I'm ok with a 14500 because I ordered the one mode light. I think I knew that when I ordered it but it's been so long since I ordered that until this thread I had forgotten all about the light.

Piers said " ....but who wants enough light, when you have the option for far too much "

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same as the yezel light don is talking about .. i have 2 stainless steel lights from this company and they are both the same  so i assume  dons is  the exact same under the hood .. really pretty tint xpg and 340 sounds exactly right ..using a regular AA or a nimh it runs very nicely .. add the 14500 and people are impressed .. i like the style  the size the shape the weight  the tint , the output , no pwm .. it's in my top 5 lights .. very hard to beat ..i can pick on it .. but  you haave to be  really a picky picky person to be digging on this one .. here's the con ..a lil odd switch  ..works perfect  . just wierd  hard to explain that one  knurling could have a little more bite ..maybe a lil lower low .. on AA it's good  on 14500  it's too bright ..needs a  nitecore clip added ..Not looking forward to drilling into stainless steel.size ?? someone wil say it could be  smaller .. yeah maybe  barely .. who cares it isn'tthat big  all of the cons are petty . there is Nothing wrong with this light ... nothing . old will get his from cnquality goods soon and do a review and you'll see what he has to say ..

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trooplewis wrote:

Interesting, I have a black one on order. The website says it is compatible with both AA and 14500 batteries.

 

Beware!!

http://www.budgetlightforum.cz.cc/node/1321#comment-28267

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just ordered trustfire r5-a3, this thread saved me a lot of research for a mtb helmet light Smile

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I just got the G10 single mode and it works great on 14500s. By far the brightest XP-G light I have.

Piers said " ....but who wants enough light, when you have the option for far too much "

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Rats, makes me wish mine was single-mode.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

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pounder wrote:

itp sa1 is over your budget by 6$ (if you use the ggcpf10 code for 4$ off), but its an awesome light and very bright..the xp-e r2 was tested at ~250 lumens on cpf and they since replaced it with an xp-g r5 so it should be a bit brighter..I have one in the mail cus I busted my r2 version by being an idiot lol

just to update..got the r5 version today and it is brighter than the r2 version..hotspot is much larger which is the reason for the brightness increase..happy to have my edc back with me..no more tinkering on this light! lol

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I only have the R5A3, and it really wins on 14500s, it competes with my V10R for output!, but not beam quality. The V10R is a known 210 lumens, this R5A3 is definitely in the 200 lumen ball park too! But it does it very efficiently, It doesnt seem to get that hot at all, warm, but not hot after a few mins) (and yes I have rebuilt it to ensure heat transfer from the LED to the pill, to the body)

 

only complaints are the doughnuts, the not so tasty kind.

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okwchin wrote:

I only have the R5A3, and it really wins on 14500s, it competes with my V10R for output!, but not beam quality. The V10R is a known 210 lumens, this R5A3 is definitely in the 200 lumen ball park too! But it does it very efficiently, It doesnt seem to get that hot at all, warm, but not hot after a few mins) (and yes I have rebuilt it to ensure heat transfer from the LED to the pill, to the body)

 

only complaints are the doughnuts, the not so tasty kind.

 

Mine with the not at all low gave 292 lumens on high at switch-on down to 250 by 2 minutes. Might do better with an IMR cell - I didn't own any when i did this test.

 

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

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

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The V10R puts out a bit more than that, IIRC, just like the 155 lumen rated Thrunite 1A puts out 240 lumens on Nimh....

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DX C78 inexpensive takes both batteries its a bright all around flashlight. Here is a link to an in-dept review http://www.xmanproject.com/reviews/c78/c78.php