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Looking for 2AA recommendation

Hello all,

 

Found the forum searching for a 2AA flashlight and emerged a couple of hours later having read a lot of good exchanges. I'm opting for a new thread because most of what I found on 2AA does not really apply to what I'm looking for.

 

Ideally, I'm looking for a 2AA that is reasonably priced (I am willing to go as high as $60 but not much more). More than cost, I'm looking for something with very good battery efficiency over power. Most of my uses are in relatively small quarters and for longer stretches of time and only rare occasion would I use the light as a flood light. Most of the time this would be for on the job (contractor) and on my tool belt, occassionaly in pocket. Ability to stand on end is a plus but I do prefer the button there so I may be willing to go without that. A good clip is nice. Lastly, a lens that can focus is a big plus.

 

I would appreciate any recommendations, thanks! O.

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For 2AA flashlight
I would recommend Lumintop ED25.
Its have tail button and those special mode are hidden except you twist the head that i think good for daily use.
tired cycle through those special mode for certain flashlight.

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jycheang wrote:
For 2AA flashlight I would recommend Lumintop ED25. Its have tail button and those special mode are hidden except you twist the head that i think good for daily use. tired cycle through those special mode for certain flashlight.

Thanks! Will look into that one.

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ThruNite Archer 2A V3, Neutral White version if you care about quality ot light.

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hi all,

floating this old thread to the top because i am once again looking for a 2AA light. i had the Lumintop and loved it. But i’ve misplaced it and need to replace it. i picked up a ThruNite and while it’s a nice light, it’s not quite right.

anything else come up in recent months that fits the 2AA mold? thanks!

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there is streamlight protac, fenix e20,
check this site, it prbly has the best list of aa lights, thou not all brands are there
https://www.brightguy.com/shop/flashlights/?pa_battery-type=aa

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Check out the Fenix E20v2. Default is low mode which helps with battery life. Uses a SST-20 but its not the best bin and its low CRI. Easy to swap, though!

If you want to get fancier, Four Sevens Quark is pretty nice. With it you can get a tall tail clicky or tail clicky with tail standing. It has the high CRI and fairly efficient Nichia 319A.

IMHO ditch the focusing beam thought. A well designed reflector will give you a wonderfully balanced beam to start with and non of the headache. Plus there aren’t very many good options outside of Coast Sick

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great, thanks!

agree on the focusing feature, dropped that idea a while ago. will take a look at the recommendations, much appreciated

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Assuming your requirement is still the same (ie contractor, tool belt pocket clip and tail button)

I would go with these 2 based on my experience.

Nitecore MT22A (It’s a 3 year old light with classic XP-G2)
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Sofirn SF13 (Just because it’s a brighter light for value and I can repair it myself)

Reason why I chose MT22A
-Lightweight plastic body. Yea I know we all love a solid aluminum body but the fluorescent yellow plastic body is super visible in dark roofs and drains perfect in case I accidentally drop it somewhere
-Plastic scratches faster but doesn’t look as ugly as abused anodized aluminum.
-Thin pocket clip fits my belt easily and easy to take out (May be a pro and con because of how loosely fit the clip is)
-Has shit UI NO MEMORY that always STARTS ON HIGH but super useful for me for quick inspection because I didn’t like fumbling around lights that always start on low or some other memory I don’t know when I’m working on wires.

Reason why I chose SF13
-Very cheap n budget! I can buy several in case I lose one
-BRIGHT
-Nice and slim body great for mouth bites
-Lovely LED tint. It’s a neutral white 5700K I think. Not too warm like incans and not too surgical hospital cool white that hurts my eyes.
-NOT A DEEP CARRY POCKET CLIP which makes it easy for me to take the light out even with thick gloves.

Hope it helps. I believe others have better suggestions but here’s my take

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Any reason it has to be a 2×AA light? Buy alkaleaks by the case or something?

 

Sofirn had the SF13, which was pretty nice, but seems discontinued. I still use mine for burning down moribund AAs.

I’ve also got a Quark 2AA-X (my first “real” flashlight) that’s similarly discontinued. Hell, I bought it (well, them, as in 2) years ago for 80bux when already discontinued, as its regular price was even higher(!). Nice. Twist head for instant-turbo, untwist slightly for all the other modes, good tailswitch, pretty rugged. That’s a good worklight.

Also got a LuxPro 2×AA light that was nice and rugged. Rubberised tube for great grip, but horrible UI (H/L/strobe, always starts on H). Runs an XP-G2 acto the spex, but seemed to me to be a G3 because of the hideous beam. Slapped on some diffusion film, and now it’s got a beautiful diffused beam that’s mostly flood.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Sofirn had the SF13, which was pretty nice, but seems discontinued. I still use mine for burning down moribund AAs.

Wait they really discontinued it? I always thought they’re just out of stock.
Man what a shame. It’s an amazing throwaway light imo.

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Dunno for sure (“official”), just seems like everywhere it’s OOS.

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Any reason it has to be a 2×AA light? Buy alkaleaks by the case or something?

i prefer 2AA because lights with a single AA configuration don’t seem to last very long for my purposes.

i know AA is not a great battery but i like using batteries that are readily available. thanks!

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Li cells are nice and rechargeable. Way less expensive in the long run, and you don’t have to worry about them crapping the bed inside the light and ruining it.

The S11C is a zoomie that’s not nearly as annoying or crappy as generic zoomies, takes an 18650 for hella good runtime and consistent light output, and has onboard charging, so you can just keep a cable and plug it into a lighter-adapter on the go.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Dunno for sure (“official”), just seems like everywhere it’s OOS.

I think the last time I bought the SF13, it was listed in the Clearance section of Sofirn’s site – then it disappeared across the board sometime after.
So I think it’s pretty safe to say it’s discontinued, which is a bit unfortunate since I liked it as a light to mod and lend out.

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Lightbringer wrote:
Li cells are nice and rechargeable. Way less expensive in the long run, and you don’t have to worry about them crapping the bed inside the light and ruining it.

i get this argument but it doesn’t work for me. thanks

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Amazon has the Streamlight Jr. for $18.51 . I have been considering buying one all day .

https://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-71500-LED-Flashlight-Black/dp/B0002IO2A4/ref=pd_ybh_a_7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=1PPWDQ6×7N9K6D5T0W2H

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Bwana wrote:
Amazon has the Streamlight Jr. for $18.51 . I have been considering buying one all day .

https://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-71500-LED-Flashlight-Black/dp/B0002IO2A4/ref=pd_ybh_a_7?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=1PPWDQ6×7N9K6D5T0W2H

yes, i saw this one. i might try it, it looks like it’s simple enough. thanks

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Zanflare F2 if you can find one is another option. Discontinued but plenty of folks stocked up on them so may be able to find one used if you list WTB.

Another blast from the past would be Xtar WK40, four levels of regular + 3 blinkies, Voltage indicator on side switch and tail switch to boot.
Ahead of it’s time.
It does tailstand as well, I just tried it.
https://goinggear.com/products/xtar-wk40-sirius-aa2-220-lumen-2-x-aa?var...

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I’ve got some Mini-Mags I’ve had since the mid 80’s. One I found in a puddle where it had spent at least the winter, and it turned on. If I spent $60 for an AA light I’d surely loose it too.

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That’s why you gotta keep ‘em snugged up tight, so no water gets in.

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Would suggest the Zanflare f2 also, but it seems they don’t do very long production runs these days. The ultrafire wf606 was my go to basic light that I could give the kids for dog walking, but that didn’t stay around for long, the Zanflare even less so!

I think a modded 2aa mag will now be on the cards.

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I’m wondering why would you spend that amount of money on a 2AA flashlight since you can get a complete pack rechargeable light for that price. With usb port and very long runtime it’s very unlikely to run out of power. Anyway, fenix e20 v2 might be a good option.

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As quite a few already mentioned, fenix e20 V2 is a nice option for 2AA. But if you don’t have to have a 2AA, fenix e12 V2 works even better for me. I have both. both are reasonably priced. And you can count on Fenix for quality and efficiency.
Fenix e20 V2 is only about 12cm long, same as a 18650 light. shorter than the common 2AA lights at 15cm.

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sesgum wrote:
As quite a few already mentioned, fenix e20 V2 is a nice option for 2AA. But if you don’t have to have a 2AA, fenix e12 V2 works even better for me. I have both. both are reasonably priced. And you can count on Fenix for quality and efficiency. Fenix e20 V2 is only about 12cm long, same as a 18650 light. shorter than the common 2AA lights at 15cm.

Plus its super easy to swap emitters if you aren’t happy with the stock low cri version sst-20.