An extreme low-lumen flashlight without functionality

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An extreme low-lumen flashlight without functionality

I'm looking for months now for a little VERY DIM! single AA Flashlight for our family on Camping Trips with some very specific non-functionality  Smile

To make a long story short I have some wonderful high-end lights but on every trip we end-up always using a simple cheap Mickey Mouse incandescent light. Why...? Because it has a very Dim light (ideal for in the car! and finding the toilet without waking each other)

Now to my surprise it's an absolute daunting task to find a Modern LED?, Extreme Low-Light, long-battery-lasting AA Flashlight without functions.

It has to have:

* A very Dim Light (5 Lumen?)
* Be AA
* No "Boost" Setting. Ultimately maybe 5 and 0.02? Lumen for reading and hiking a little path.
* Extreme long battery life

I guess that's just it... Whoever finds this has my everlasting respect!

P.s. Yes I know there are Zebralight H52W lights with 0.01 settings but I do not dare to pass that to my 3,4 and 6 year old on the backseat of the car at night!

Edited by: Drilling Billy on 07/20/2017 - 08:50
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not AA, but it seems to me to be the perfect light:
http://www.gearbest.com/led-flashlights/pp_135791.html

1-50 Lumen, 2 modes – if you need that extra light for searching something, long lasting battery.

The typical LED-stores don’t really have 1*5mm LED lights anymore – but search your local hardware store – they might have a 8 or 16*AA Battery Pack with a “free” flimsy flashlight in it.

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Personally I use a Peak light in a way that’s compatible with your needs. Very simple, very dim if you need it this way. But twist some more and it can actually be bright. You can use the same light for both medium- and low- end needs. Possibly high-end too with X models (I don’t have one, I’m afraid that it might be too easy to turn it too high for you).
Price is not low though.

Alternatively you could use some flashlight for which open source firmwares exist and customize UI.

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The Klarus Mi7 is single AA/14500 and one long press, from OFF, will give you straight to 5 lumens, and up to 700 if needed (14500).

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Have you checked local toy stores? Hiking or sport stores also sell low output led lights.

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Good thoughts!

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Alternatively you could use some flashlight for which open source firmwares exist and customize UI.

I like that thought too…

Though the Klarus and the Nitecore still have quite some power on board. I’m not in any way against paying big bucks (as my other lights were not cheap also) but I was really looking for a specific non-bright flashlight. I even checked the http://www.brightguy.com/Streamlight/Streamlight+ProTac+EMS but it still has that Boost setting that for sure my 3 year old will find.

http://www.brightguy.com/Streamlight/Streamlight+2AA+LED+ProPolymer+Flashlight Looked like an option but still to powerful.

What’s up with our fixation for power??? I know, I was part of this madness but now I’m just dazzled there is no company that has taken maybe just one model that has the balls to leave away the BOOST setting. Facepalm

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Yes it seems local stores are a good solution although this will mean I’m checking all the Counter Offers at all hardware stores for the upcoming month while the Internet seemed like a faster approach… hihi

Besides the above I personally even believe this light to be the Ultimate Prepper/Emergency light. I mean I’m extremely proud to light up the sky with all my Cree lights and my Magcharger with first edition Terralux but now even in emergency situations the Mickey Mouse Light is smiling to me when the others are not to be found.

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Drilling Billy wrote:
Though the Klarus and the Nitecore still have quite some power on board. I’m not in any way against paying big bucks (as my other lights were not cheap also) but I was really looking for a specific non-bright flashlight. I even checked the http://www.brightguy.com/Streamlight/Streamlight+ProTac+EMS but it still has that Boost setting that for sure my 3 year old will find.

http://www.brightguy.com/Streamlight/Streamlight+2AA+LED+ProPolymer+Flashlight Looked like an option but still to powerful.

What’s up with our fixation for power??? I know, I was part of this madness but now I’m just dazzled there is no company that has taken maybe just one model that has the balls to leave away the BOOST setting. Facepalm

Come on, I know the perfect light for you. You don’t mind spending big bucks, but want no power and only a dim flashlight?
==> Get a Surefire.

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Maybe a 2*AA Powerbank with an LED?
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Arrival-2X-AA-Battery-Emergency-USB-Power-Bank-Charger-Portable-Charger-for-Phone-Many-Colors/32280652135.html?
You could remove the USB-Part and maybe add a resistor to the led.

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Does Surefire actually sell a model that has less then 300 lumens and is not connected to a gun?

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I like the idea of a “joulethief” but I see no actual flashlight with this… That’s crazy because the idea looks almost to good?

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/the-triatholight-a-300-hour-flashlight-that-s...

Very interesting reading!!! I’ll be camping this weekend and for sure read all comments on this subject after my return but the above link is spot on with this subject also because it has some links to other lights that are already on the market. Because this thing still is pretty bulky.

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I will second 2 of the above suggestions.

Klarus Mi7 – will work off AA and goes direct to 5 lumens when the button is held down, one more click for off.

Power bank with LED. Various models will probably run the little sub-10 lumen LED for days if left on, can be used as a night-light, and does not have any brighter output. Since it can be recharged in the car it is ideal for camping trips. Combine one of these with a little flexi-LED lamp and you have something very versatile.


Beam me up!

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For the Powerbank Yes it will work but not really the best Camping Solution maybe as it’s a bit of a workaround and does not have the toughness of a real flashlight I think.

Checking out the Klarus Mi7, looks interesting indeed,but does this mean a short press goes to max? I would just really need those two low light settings only.

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Drilling Billy wrote:
For the Powerbank Yes it will work but not really the best Camping Solution maybe as it’s a bit of a workaround and does not have the toughness of a real flashlight I think.

Checking out the Klarus Mi7, looks interesting indeed,but does this mean a short press goes to max? I would just really need those two low light settings only.


Just because you have a higher setting available doesn’t mean that you must use it. Buy a light that has a low setting, and use the low setting.

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I think DB is worried about the kids ruining everyone’s night vision with too bright a light.
Not AA but I can use a Yezl S7 with a nearly dead AAA and it works for days on a battery that wont even light other flashlights.
A Paklite or clone makes a good night light with a nearly dead smoke detector 9 v. battery.

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Just today I found something that seems great for your needs.
1xAA flashlight with 5 lm max. I suppose it’s a single mode. Has alu body. Seems to be a luxury because at c.a. $11 is among the most expensive in the store.
Will post a photo later if you want.

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Klarus short press does go direct to high,700 lumen, but this is easily avoided, and with an aa non lithium it will be just beyond medium.

Beam me up!

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http://www.microcenter.com/product/466497/R22_1W_LED_Flashlight

3bux a pop, side-clicky, all aluminum, solid, takes a single AA, eats “dead” AAs that won’t even power my wireless optical mouse, so you can feed it all your dead AAs and have moonlight mode for hours on end. Or feed it new AAs and get 30lm+ from the critter.

I got like 6 of ‘em. The one I carry regularly is my “bobofett” light, because it’s all beat to Hell from keys, coins, etc., looks like bobofett’s helmet, yet still works like the day I got it.

Buy ‘em by the dozen for the price of a decent full-function tubelight.

Whups, didn’t see where you live ‘til now. Don’t think they’d ship overseas.

Still, you can probably find a lookalike/workalike light just like that one.

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The 47 quark tactical QTL suits this nicely except it is a cr123/16340 light.

It is currently on sale on eBay
http://m.ebay.com/itm/FOURSEVENS-Quark-Tactical-QTL-Flashlight-/232388718954?epid=1110329942&hash=item361b72716a%3Ag%3AbX4AAOSwMHdXRItI&_trkparms=pageci%253A891a3ab8-6d78-11e7-9ec1-74dbd1805d09%257Cparentrq%253A613d94f015d0ab640b74e72ffffd5c83%257Ciid%253A1

If you set both modes to low or even moonlight, you get what you want. I love mine.

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You guys are the most resourceful and fast posters I have seen in any forum.

I have checked them all and understand very well that using nearly dead batteries is a solution but come on guys you must admit… So far we have only found “High Lumens Lights with a Low Setting” or “Workarounds with nearly dead batteries”. I’m not criticizing the help here please believe me but you guys have to admit it’s not easy to find a quality light that goes forever, loads an Eneloop and just has an old school Incandescent brightness…

Yet there are hundreds of lights with either 23 settings and/or 500+ Lumens. There must be one type within one brand that’s just a “Run Forever” flashlight.

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Drilling Billy wrote:

Checking out the Klarus Mi7, looks interesting indeed,but does this mean a short press goes to max?

From OFF, a long press straight to 5 lumen, just the thing going to the toilet, and yes, a short press goes to max, and for your 4,5 and 6yr olds, the lockout feature is best if you don’t make them aware of this feature. Beer

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Thanks Tatasal,

Holy Moly does that Klarus have some functions… But it looks like “Outdoor Setting” has what it takes. Does that give instant Low Mode? Looks like that’s possible.

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Maglite incandescent (non led), but I haven’t seen 1xAA, only 1xAAA or 2xAA Silly

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So funny when you think about it… There are millions of families that could use a “Run Forever/Kids Safe Quality Light” yet we all buy “Tactical Assault” Lights… I don’t think 90% of all fathers is Special Forces… Steve

Yes, yes I admit I’m also shining my massive Terralux beam to the stars while walking to the toilet but… it’s funny!

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Drilling Billy wrote:
Thanks Tatasal,

Holy Moly does that Klarus have some functions… But it looks like “Outdoor Setting” has what it takes. Does that give instant Low Mode? Looks like that’s possible.

I would build a convoy s2 or one of those plastic solarforce P1 (seems abuse friendly).
And get a nice nice high cri nitcha or cree emitter in 3500-4000k.

And a driver with the correct modes and output.

Would solve the output issue and get a nice emitter as well.
Only place i realy find a high cri/warm light useful (a must almost) is in nature, everything just comes alive so much more.

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Don’t know if they have them in your location, but in the US Walmart has a 12 lumen 2XAA Rayovac LED light complete with 2 “heavy duty” batteries that run for 23 hours. US $ 1.44. It will probably run a lot longer on NiMH or alkaline.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Rayovac-Value-Bright-2AA-LED-Flashlight/22086112

PROS

Dirt cheap including batteries.
Comes with a standard 2 cell bulb, so if the flashlight breaks you can take the bulb out and use it in another 2XAA or 2XD light. I put one in my military style 2 D cell anglehead flashlight and it’s been working fine.
Comes in different colors, so the kids don’t have to argue about which black flashlight is theirs

CONS

Brighter than what you asked for

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Hi!
I know they are not AA, but I have these 2 lights and to be very deem, and single mode, I recommend these:

http://www.trueutility-store.com/pocket-flashlights-c6/true-utility-nano...
It’s a True Utility twist keychain light, 4 LR521 batteries and the box brings 8 spare batteries; costs +- 9€, and I guess you might find it a local kiosk, shopping or even book store.

http://www.ledlenserusa.com/k2-167.html
Also a twist light, a bit brighter but not that much, you won’t wake anyone with this one during the night, takes 4 AG13 (LR44) batteries and works pretty well too! I have 1 of these on my bedside.

It’s not that you can use them in a looong period, as they use small batteries, but they may be very handy at those low lumen levels.

Hope it helps! Regards!! Thumbs Up

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jch10400 wrote:
Don’t know if they have them in your location, but in the US Walmart has a 12 lumen 2XAA Rayovac LED light complete with 2 “heavy duty” batteries that run for 23 hours. US $ 1.44. It will probably run a lot longer on NiMH or alkaline.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Rayovac-Value-Bright-2AA-LED-Flashlight/22086112

That comes the closest I guess… Just need a way to crank that brightness down.

Isn’t there a simple way to crank an led down in brightness? Or have a battery give out less power…?

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How about the Utorch UT01

running on NiMh
always starts on Low
all moded can be set to
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35Fliy3LTqo

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That comes the closest I guess… Just need a way to crank that brightness down.

Tint the lens. Find some cheap automotive tint and cover the lens until its the brightness you are looking for.

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