Bright, Long Range AA Light?

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Bright, Long Range AA Light?

What’s a good, bright, light that runs on AA’s? I’ll stop short of asking for a thrower, but definitely in that direction.

Neutral or warm tint, 1 or more AA’s.

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C, D etc batteries might work, something that doesn’t require LiIon. A thrower would be nice, but doesn’t have to be, I guess, if it is good at distance.

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Manker T01? A recent light.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/42713

Sunwayman D40A is a very good 4xAA light with warm tint and good throw.

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Whatever happened to the “Starry Light”? Seems like there was potential there but I never heard anything more about it…

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/29818


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Those look nice. I like the Manker, but probably couldn’t get enough light out of a single AA, so the Sunwayman loops good. Accidentally posted on 1 AA forum :/

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EA45S maybe?

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keltex78 wrote:
Whatever happened to the “Starry Light”? Seems like there was potential there but I never heard anything more about it…

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/29818

That one looks good, but did it ever make it to mass production?

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There was a BLF GB for that light. It was ok, but there was an issue with an occasional mode change glitch in the UI, so I don’t use it much.

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keltex78 wrote:
Whatever happened to the “Starry Light”? Seems like there was potential there but I never heard anything more about it…
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Keep in mind that for decent performance you’re still going to need NiMH or lithium-primary to get good performance for more than a few minutes. Alkalines suck under load. The Nitecore EA45S is probably your best bet. Nitecore has been offering neutral versions of some of its recent lights, but I’m not sure if that one’s included. I’d be surprised if it actually hits its claimed 402m FL1 throw, but it should be up there with the current generation of compact 18650/XP-L HI lights like the Armytek Dobermann HI.

Why aren’t Li-ions an option for you?

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The Javelin is a good thrower, based on P60 dropin modules… This give you good choice of reflector type, LED type and driver. You can use 14500’s with the correct dropin as well.

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Shiningbeam Caveman is a good option.

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I thought there is already a thread very similar to this (http://budgetlightforum.com/node/42864#comment-847100). Why to start another new thread?

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keltex78 wrote:
Whatever happened to the “Starry Light”? Seems like there was potential there but I never heard anything more about it…

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/29818

UI issues where the light would go blank between modes, ie, instead of, say, low-medium-high you would often get low-off-high etc.

Plastic body, metallic head, plastic threads on body wore out on mine after less than 20 head removals.

Dirty reflector with debree parts and dust particles under it, tried to remove the lens, but only ended up scratching the retaining ring, might have to make some tools for this anyway.

So, for 22-23$ I paid at that time it seemed like a bargain with neutral/warmish XM-L2, however major drawbacks are UI issues as well as easy wearing threads.

HKEquipment have EA8W (W stands for warm white) for 45$, takes 8xAA, good thrower, I have one, love its UI, havent used it much, but good light:
http://www.hkequipment.net/product-p/ea8w.htm

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I highly recommend a Thrunite T4N. Comes in NW and mine makes an impressive 1400 OTF. Better quality than any other multi-AA light I have and throws extremely well.

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There’s a neutral option on the Eagletac GX30A3D. It’s not cheap though.

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Thanks for all the suggestions so far. The shiningbeam caveman looks good especially, though probably not as bright. 2 AA’s seem easier.

I Googled Thrunit t4n, nothing came up?

This is for a relative that probably won’t pay enough attention to use li ion.

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Its ThrunitE, perhaps you misspelled?

Nitecore MT21A also should throw pretty well with its 10k cd.
Not a fan of Nitecore though due to their history of stealing other peoples ideas, not that its something unique from Chinese companies though :D!

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vēer wrote:
Its ThrunitE, perhaps you misspelled?

Nitecore MT21A also should throw pretty well with its 10k cd.
Not a fan of Nitecore though due to their history of stealing other peoples ideas, not that its something unique from Chinese companies though :D!

No, I still had the search open in a different window. I spelled it right. Yeah, I’d like to get an original Sipik, if such a thing exists. Not much in the way of intellectual property rights there.

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As long as you get SK68 with real Cree LED, youre good to go, add extension tube for 2xAA/3xAA setup from cheap police style AA/2xAA flashlights and that thing will throw with AA’s like with 14500 ;)!

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Hey mate! You can find the nitecore ea41 now for a reasonable price it uses 4 AA batteries has 1020 lumen and a throwing distance of 335m I have one it does throw far that is for sure! I think it out throws my convoy c8! What is your preferred amount of AA you want to use?

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Bright_Mike wrote:
I Googled Thrunit t4n, nothing came up?

It should be Thrunite TN4A HI.
http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-tn4a-hi-cool-white-new-product/

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FWIW-My 2 StarryNight SA-22’s had none of those issues—and are great lights!

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Yeah, if the SK68’S we eternal the same as a couple years ago, it’d be great . Heard a lot about the LB emitters. I like being able to get 14500 performance out of AA’s, where do you get tubes?

Wow, out throws a C8? That sounds great. It just seems easier to find 2 than 4 or 8, but 1020 lumens sounds great.

I’ll look at the TN4A, good to know about the SA-22.

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If youre talking about Sipik “extension tubes”, then heres one, I simply searched for “2 AA flashlight” :
http://www.ebay.com/itm/310728742171

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vēer wrote:
If youre talking about Sipik “extension tubes”, then heres one, I simply searched for “2 AA flashlight” : http://www.ebay.com/itm/310728742171

I like that idea. Where do you find SK 68’s with solid pills? Saw a thread on that. Then I could put a warm or neutral led in there, most of the really bright ones are cool white, unfortunately.

I think the SK68 +14500 is about the same lumens as the caveman above, so it would be great if I could duplicate SK68 +14500 with AA’s

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No idea about solid pills, never ran my hollow ones long enough to cause a trouble Wink !

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EA81 – 2150 lumens – 462m throw – 8xAA
http://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/ea81

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I have one and it is equivalent to a decent C8 with 4 x NiMh

see: http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1980

and the original group buy thread here: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/28859

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Bright_Mike wrote:
What's a good, bright, light that runs on AA's? I'll stop short of asking for a thrower, but definitely in that direction. Neutral or warm tint, 1 or more AA's.

That looks nice!!

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