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I Need a New Light For Work, Help!

Currently I’m using a Coast PX25. I’m happy with the power of this light, but I want something smaller and to get away from 3 AAA batteries.

Here’s what I’m wanting:

Readily available off the shelf, nothing custom.
Single AA
Regulated
Memory
Tailcap switch with momentary function
More throw than flood
No magnets
No twisties
Under $50

I found a couple that may work, but would enjoy more input.

Streamlight 88061 ProTac 1L-1AA
ThruNite Archer 1A V3 (I’ve read this is a bit floody though)

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Thorfire TG06s

I have had one of these on me or in my bag as a backup light for a few years. Never had an issue.
If you decide to go brighter you have the option to use the lithium ion version of the AA called a 14500.

Under $20 from amazon

https://www.amazon.com/ThorFire-Flashlight-Powered-Included-Upgraded/dp/...

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SOFIRN sp10b
https://www.amazon.com/Sofirn-Keychain-flashlight-Water-Resistant-Practi...

Sf14
https://www.amazon.com/Sofirn-Flashlight-Keychain-waterproof-Excluded/dp...

I own both. SF14 might be a better choice for you. Sp10 has a super low moonlight mode sf14 does not.

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Do not own this one. About $7.00 more than the Sofirn flashlights.
https://www.amazon.com/ThorFire-Flashlight-Side-Switch-Rechargeable-Incl...

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Hi Aveo2010, welcome to BLF! Thumbs Up

Hum, there is a light – Lumintop EDC05 – that I don’t know if it has a bit of throw, once it has XPL-HI Led! But I can’t be sure as I didn’t see outdoor pictures so far.

It has memory as you asked, and 4 levels + Strobe and other special modes.
It can run with a AA (alkaline or Ni-MH cell) and with 14500 Li-Ion battery as well.

For a nice throw, you have the above mentioned Sofirn SF14 that has only 3 modes (Low, Medium and High), no memory, but a good throw!
However, please remind that most of these lights will work “better” and give higher outputs (including throw) with Li-Ion batteries than with AA cells!

Make a nice choice Wink

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Thanks for the replies!

I’m currently trying my Fenix E12 at work with eneloops. I really miss the momentary on, and it’s really frustrating toggling through the modes since I only use high here. The E12 brightness/throw works 90% of the time, it’d be nice to have a little more.

Maybe a light that starts on high would be ok.

I probably won’t be using 14500 batteries, but I will look into them.

I’m trying to replace my Coast PX25 with something physically smaller, that has similar performance using alkaline or eneloops.

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Aveo2010 wrote:
Thanks for the replies!

I’m currently trying my Fenix E12 at work with eneloops. I really miss the momentary on, and it’s really frustrating toggling through the modes since I only use high here. The E12 brightness/throw works 90% of the time, it’d be nice to have a little more.

Maybe a light that starts on high would be ok.

I probably won’t be using 14500 batteries, but I will look into them.

I’m trying to replace my Coast PX25 with something physically smaller, that has similar performance using alkaline or eneloops.

Sorry if this another suggestion that misses some of your points, but did you looked at the Fenix LD12 (2017 version)?
It has Momentary On and had 4 modes + hidden strobe! Works on AAs and 14500s so maybe you can check it! This is a review of member Walk Into the Light:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eUO8SW5g_k

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Fenix LD12 2017 is a very good choice. The Thrunite Archer 1a V3 is a bit larger but almost the same as the LD12 but $20.00 less.

http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-archer-1a-v3/

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264 wrote:
Fenix LD12 2017 is a very good choice. The Thrunite Archer 1a V3 is a bit larger but almost the same as the LD12 but $20.00 less.

http://www.thrunite.com/thrunite-archer-1a-v3/

Indeed Shocked My suggestion was mainly due to the momentary ON and due to being “throwy” Wink
Let’s see the choice of Aveo2010 Cash

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I’m getting frustrated trying to find the specs on these lights. Seems like you have to read reviews to find out if they have momentary on and memory, and even those contradict each other somethings.

Do any side switch lights have momentary function?

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The Thrunite Archer 1a V3 has monentary on and mode memory. The Sofirn AA flashlights do not have momentary on but do have mode memory.

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The Lumintop edc05/ Utorch UT01/ Manker E11 all have electronic switches so they do not have momentary on function.

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I have had a couple of Fenix LD12’s. I sold them because they were not as bright as other single AA flashlights. However they were very well made and reliable.

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Wellp, it’s not made anymore, but the XTAR WK50 would’ve ticked almost all the boxes. 1×AA, tailswitch, forward-clicky (ie, momentary-on with a half-press), memory, decent output, very compact. Decent output, yeah, but not so much as to light up a room. You’d need a light that could take a 14500 Li cell to get enough oomf to impress.

Never know, you might find a few purveyors out on the interweb that might still have some WK50s to sell.

 

I’d dare say the vast vast majority of lights with a tailswitch are all reverse-clickies, so you ain’t getting any momentary-on with them.

The old VG10 (not the VG10S) had a FC, the Solarforce L2M had/has a FC, there are a few out there, but like I said, the vast majority are RC. People seem to like to click-on, then half-press to change modes.

Thorfire had a few (like the VG10) which originally came with a FC, then they’d release an S model of the original and go to a RC.

Y’know, I have a light, think it’s a Sofirn, that has a FC tailswitch for on/off (and sideswitch for modes). I know the Zanflare F1 has a RC, but I do recall one that had a FC tailswitch. Thinking it might be a SP32 or SP32A. But they’re 18650 lights, not AA. Still, they’re fairly small tubelights, so aren’t that much bigger, especially compared to a fat 3×AAA light!

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Klarus Mi7 ticks all boxes except tail switch and memory, but it has a lockout feature and direct access to moonlight and turbo, so compensates for both to some extent. Very solidly built quality light, often going for around $20. Small for an AA/14500 as well, thinner than a UT01 for e.g.

Beam me up!

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I haven’t given up yet! Might take me a few days to look though all these suggestions. Keep them coming!

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Lightbringer wrote:
Wellp, it’s not made anymore, but the XTAR WK50 would’ve ticked almost all the boxes. 1×AA, tailswitch, forward-clicky (ie, momentary-on with a half-press), memory, decent output, very compact. Decent output, yeah, but not so much as to light up a room. You’d need a light that could take a 14500 Li cell to get enough oomf to impress.

Never know, you might find a few purveyors out on the interweb that might still have some WK50s to sell.

XTAR revived that form factor I haven’t tried it yet but it looks pretty good.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Xtar-VENUS-WK16-Cree-XP-G3-LED-Multi-function-EDC-Handy-Outdoor-Flashlight-Torch/192378815651?_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIM.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D44040%26meid%3D255b480b1ad54b80b337f466d636bdbf%26pid%3D100011%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D3%26sd%3D292144333062&_trksid=p2047675.c100011.m1850

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Well I haven’t decided on anything yet…

How about this light? Litesam ED08. I could only find 1 review plus the Amazon buyers. Looks good, and it comes with a battery. I would need to buy a charger though.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B076KBKNKP/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=151...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=iptkLqscqxs

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Aveo2010 wrote:
How about this light? Litesam ED08. I could only find 1 review plus the Amazon buyers. Looks good, and it comes with a battery.

Avoid any come-with battery unless it’s from a reputable seller/mfr. I’d do it with, say, Sofirn, but not “Litesam”.

And 25bux??

Get a Sofirn SP10B (~14bux), Thorfire TG##, and buy a pack of eneloops (varies) and a LiitoKala 100/100B/202 (<5bux).

You’ll likely be lots lots happier.

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Am I looking at the wrong light? SP10B doesn’t have tail clicky or momentary on.

What is a good budget friendly 14500 battery and charger?

Thanks

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These are good, I bought a pair last year from another seller for about a buck less but it’s still a pretty good price.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-Efest-IMR-14500-3-7V-Rechargeable-Lithium-700mAh-High-Drain-Battery-Flat-top-/400650465875?hash=item5d48a0f253

The charger lightbringer mentioned is good for either nimh or lithium rechargeables.

Make sure to read up on lithium battery safety before you use them. You can’t just throw these in your pocket, purse etc. like regular batteries. If you short them with keys or coins or something they can deliver all of that power in a shower of sparks or go into thermal overload.

If you treat them with respect they’re great though.

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“I Need a New Light For Work, Help!”

Aveo2010? What kind of work exactly?

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Jason56 wrote:
“I Need a New Light For Work, Help!”

Aveo2010? What kind of work exactly?

I work at a power plant. I keep my light in my pocket. I use the light to see gauges and inspect equipment. Trace out pipe and conduit on the ceiling. I also use it as sort of a “pointer” to show people what I’m looking at.

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In that case, many options bellow 50$. You can even buy a small laser key-chain for less than 8$ Thumbs Up

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Thorfire TG06 (old version ) is as close as it gets to what you want for an inexpensive model. About $15.00
4 pack of eneloop AA batteries about same price.
4 pack of eneloops with charger a few dollars more.
Lightbringer’s advice concerning chargers and batteries is good.

Xtar WK50, Jetbeam BA10, or Klarus old model AA flashlight if you can find them for sale. Discontinued models that do not use 14500 batteries.

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Aveo2010 wrote:
Jason56 wrote:
“I Need a New Light For Work, Help!”

Aveo2010? What kind of work exactly?

I work at a power plant. I keep my light in my pocket. I use the light to see gauges and inspect equipment. Trace out pipe and conduit on the ceiling. I also use it as sort of a “pointer” to show people what I’m looking at.

In that case you could also can go ‘old school’ with a Maglite mini Pro+ led and a leather holster (tube), so you can draw your light….like drawing a gun…

Modern times ? Charging with usb stick during lunch breaks…Convoy S9 (12,99 with a code at GB) and has memory…sit back and relax for this commercial break Convoy S9

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Convoy S2+ 365nm Nichia UV / Convoy S9 XM L2 T6 (coming soon) / Jetbeam Jet-I MK XP-G2 (coming soon) /
Maglite mini + Philips TTS-2AA / Maglite 3 D camouflage / Nitecore NU30 XP-G2 S3 / Nitecore P15 Cree XP - G2 (coming soon) / Nitecore Tube / Petzl Tikka blue / Ultrafire mini zoom XPE Q5 / Ultrafire Cree XM-L T6 / Ultrafire C8 XM-L T6 (coming soon)

 

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Nitecore MT1A ( Original Version ). Not cheap but it fits what you want.

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If you want off the shelf, go to Lowes or Home Depot…they have many new LED lights that are actually quite nice.

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I’m about to pull the trigger on a Fenix RCO5 SE

https://www.fenixlighting.com/product/fenix-rc05-se-flashlight-rei-exclu...

It is pocket size and has momentary tail switch, memory, onboard charging, regulated, comes with a 14500 battery.

Not the cheapest, but it has what I’m looking for. Fenix seems to be a reliable brand too.

Any other lights out there like this?

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That’s probably a great choice, I can’t say for sure since I don’t have that one. I use 3 fenix lights for work with the same form factor (2 buttons etc.) and set up several coworkers with them over the years. Only 1 failure but it was an extreme abuse failure. The guy was flipping the light up and catching it…except he missed. Fenix still honored the warranty and sent him a new head right away.

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jf_smm wrote:
That’s probably a great choice, I can’t say for sure since I don’t have that one. I use 3 fenix lights for work with the same form factor (2 buttons etc.) and set up several coworkers with them over the years. Only 1 failure but it was an extreme abuse failure. The guy was flipping the light up and catching it…except he missed. Fenix still honored the warranty and sent him a new head right away.

Hope they included a new brain, too.

Oh, wait, you mean the flashlight’s head…

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