WHAT FLASHLIGHT AAA SHOULD I BUY ?

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One of my favorite EDC flashlights is the single AAA/14500 BLF 348:


  • LED: Nichia NVSW219BT-V1
  • Just FYI, the current BLF348 doesn’t use 219b anymore. They’ve been 219c with worse tint for almost two years now.

    The 219c is no worse than the stock emitters; I very much prefer it over the cree rainbow.

    As for 6500k Osram it makes blue objects look really good, but not anything else.

    My current rotation is Thrunite Ti3 (with 219b SW45k) and C01 3500k; not available to buy.

    Thrunite has lowest low mode but the stock emitter is ugly. If tint and cri is a priority than any of the Lumintops that have Nichia or the C01S SST20. The size of C01S is not much bigger than most AAA keychains lights, it has a well thought form factor.

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    My daughter needed a keyring flashlight and I gave her my long-serving and well-loved Thrunite Ti. I can’t think of anything better anywhere near the price point.

    I took the opportunity to upgrade to a Prometheus Beta QR and I love it. It’s spendy but looks and feels great, not to mention having a great beam and tint.

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    ActiveAl wrote:

    MoreLumens wrote:


    Thrunite Ti XP-L V6


    Under 20 $, low moonlight + good max lumens, glow in the dark diffuser included and nice neutral/warm white tint. I been carrying this with my keys some years now. Twisty is ok, but for my next aaa light tail switch is a must. Ti or ss body would be nice too because these little ones take the most beating.


     


     



    This is a beautiful light with great mode spacing! So I just purchased one in warm tint – with $3.95 flat rate shipping. Love that it is a twisty and only 67.4 mm in length. Thanks!

    The original NW XPL is a very pleasant tint but a very poor CRI. Luckily, if its your thing, its VERY easy to remove the pill to flow your choice of emitters to the star. Now what is interesting is that the star they use does have holes drilled into it for mounting the optic. I chose to reflow a XPL warm 80cri emitter instead of trimming the optic but you could probably do that as well.

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    DrHook59 wrote:
    I have the Olight i3s

    I have and like that model (after an LED swap to High CRI)

    The Olight branded version is discontinued, but there is a very similar model available:
    https://www.amazon.com/GLAREE-E03-Keychain-Flashlight-Emergency/dp/B01N0...

    "High CRI Lights for Sale":https://budgetlightforum.com/node/75426

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    jon_slider wrote:
    DrHook59 wrote:
    I have the Olight i3s
    I have and like that model (after an LED swap to High CRI) The Olight branded version is discontinued, but there is a very similar model available:

    https://www.amazon.com/GLAREE-E03-Keychain-Flashlight-Emergency/dp/B01N0...

    The Glaree light at the above link looks interesting. Do you know the approx color temperature? Thanks!

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    ActiveAl wrote:

    jon_slider wrote:
    DrHook59 wrote:
    I have the Olight i3s
    I have and like that model (after an LED swap to High CRI) The Olight branded version is discontinued, but there is a very similar model available:

    https://www.amazon.com/GLAREE-E03-Keychain-Flashlight-Emergency/dp/B01N0...


    The Glaree light at the above link looks interesting. Do you know the approx color temperature? Thanks!

    “Tint is cool white (maybe 6000K) and a bit greenish, so colors can look a little washed out.”

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    ActiveAl wrote:
    The version of (cool white lumintops) I own them both but don’t use either one because of the off-putting (to me) bluish-white color temperature. With different LEDs, they would be great lights IMHO
    ActiveAl wrote:
    The Glaree light at the above link looks interesting. Do you know the approx color temperature? Thanks!

    What color temperature do you actually want?

    Since you realize that cool white low CRI does not work for you (i feel the same), i suggest you ignore all lights without High CRI LEDs.

    Or plan to swap the LED to High CRI, and just buy lights whose host and driver you find appealing.

    Im a total tint snob, and my favorite LED’s are Nichia 219b and E21a.

    I dislike 219c (too green).

    E21a are available in Folomov aaa size, though they only work w LiIon, not aaa

    "High CRI Lights for Sale":https://budgetlightforum.com/node/75426

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    Just got a second one as I sent the first one back because it has next mode memory which I disliked. I just assumed it would default to FF. Ended up getting another because I really liked the light itself. What a crazy UI.

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    Venice wrote:
    Just got a second one ...

    Of what? Thanks!

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    ActiveAl wrote:

    Venice wrote:
    Just got a second one …

    Of what? Thanks!

    Sorry. Got distracted.
    I was referring to the Thrunite Ti.

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    The Lumitop EDC01 is my favorite AAA light with the Fenix E05 a close second. Both are small and light-weight making good for keychain or small emergency tin. The EDC01 beats out the Fenix imho because of the higher max lumen and better mode spacing between M-L.

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    Venice wrote:
    Just got a second one as I sent the first one back because it has next mode memory which I disliked. I just assumed it would default to FF. Ended up getting another because I really liked the light itself. What a crazy UI.

    Oh yeah you mean this one:

    “Thrunite Ti memory function:
    Keep the light off between 2 to 10 seconds and then turn it on, the light will turn on in the last mode accessed, except for strobe. Over 10 seconds and then turn it on, the light will get back to Firefly mode.”

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    MoreLumens wrote:
    Venice wrote:
    Just got a second one as I sent the first one back because it has next mode memory which I disliked. I just assumed it would default to FF. Ended up getting another because I really liked the light itself. What a crazy UI.

    Oh yeah you mean this one:

    “Thrunite Ti memory function:
    Keep the light off between 2 to 10 seconds and then turn it on, the light will turn on in the last mode accessed, except for strobe. Over 10 seconds and then turn it on, the light will get back to Firefly mode.”

    Not mine. It always goes to the next level. Turn off in medium, turns on in high. Doesn’t matter how long it is off. Won’t turn on in FF unless you turn off in high.

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    for the OP,
    i got this “Enjoydeal” wonder for $1 in an order from BG, and it’s a bright little light and most useful EDC. It has a belt clip that i use on a hat brim that is especially useful at night if you have to check something under the hood. It has holes in the tail for adding a lanyard or keyring hoop. i filed a notch in the rim to provide some light when head standing. Simple On-Off tail switch but runs forever on a AAA. Wish i had a dozen to pass out to friends it is a great light.

    Now i used to think that i was cool,
    drivin' around on fossil fuel,
    until i saw what i was doin',
    was drivin' down the road to ruin. --JT

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    ActiveAl wrote:

    jon_slider wrote:
    DrHook59 wrote:
    I have the Olight i3s
    I have and like that model (after an LED swap to High CRI) The Olight branded version is discontinued, but there is a very similar model available:

    https://www.amazon.com/GLAREE-E03-Keychain-Flashlight-Emergency/dp/B01N0...

    The Glaree light at the above link looks interesting. Do you know the approx color temperature? Thanks!

    glaree e03 has only 3lm for low mode, not a real moonlight mode. it was cool white, not my preferred color

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    Lick wrote:
    glaree e03 has only 3lm for low mode

    thanks for that info..
    did you measure the lumen levels on a meter yourself, or have a link to where you got the 3 lumen info?

    It is always helpful to get real world lumen values as so many online specs are far from accurate

    for example, the Glaree claims:
    Mode: Moonlight: 0.1Lm

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    jon_slider wrote:
    Lick wrote:
    glaree e03 has only 3lm for low mode
    thanks for that info.. did you measure the lumen levels on a meter yourself, or have a link to where you got the 3 lumen info? It is always helpful to get real world lumen values as so many online specs are far from accurate for example, the Glaree claims: _Mode: Moonlight: 0.1Lm_

    no I am guessing. It's the same as the nitefox k3 driver, the hardware is exactly the same and I remember someone measuring around that much for the k3. I swapped the pills inside both, I have an LH351B 3000k inside mine and it's wonderful. Not too bright at night at all because of its warmth. Amazon review mentioned 3lm and I believe it,m ed they said was 25lm, and high is 120, all are very much in range of my usage  

     

    I am sure it's not sub lumen though. 100% sure on that, it was much too bright. 

     

    I took a picture with my astrolux a01

    e03 with lh351b 3000k

    A01 with 219B 4000k

    both in lowest mode https://ibb.co/3FC1jLJ

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    BangGood is starting Black Friday sales early. The Astrolux A1 AAA light is on sale for $7.99 (all colors). Appealing (to me) because of the Nichia 219b LED. It provides three modes + strobe (hidden). 

     

    Here is a review by ReManG. Decent tint and beam quality IMHO. 

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    ActiveAl wrote:

    BangGood is starting Black Friday sales early. The Astrolux A1 AAA light is on sale for $7.99 (all colors). Appealing (to me) because of the Nichia 219b LED. It provides three modes + strobe (hidden). 


     



    Here is a review by ReManG. Decent tint and beam quality IMHO


    Is it a 219B or 219C? If I scroll down and look at Features, it says:

    Features:
    -NICHIA 90 CRI NVSW219C-R9050-SW40 LED
    -Orange Peel reflector
    -Head rotary switch
    -Aerospace grade aluminum body
    -Mil-Standard type III hard anodize

    Package inlcuded:
    1 X Astrolux A01* Nichia 219B 102LM LED* Flashlight
    1 X O-ring

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    Foghorne wrote:
    ActiveAl wrote:

    BangGood is starting Black Friday sales early. The Astrolux A1 AAA light is on sale for $7.99 (all colors). Appealing (to me) because of the Nichia 219b LED. It provides three modes + strobe (hidden). 

     

    Here is a review by ReManG. Decent tint and beam quality IMHO. 

    Is it a 219B or 219C? If I scroll down and look at Features, it says: Features: *-NICHIA 90 CRI NVSW219C-R9050-SW40 LED* -Orange Peel reflector -Head rotary switch -Aerospace grade aluminum body -Mil-Standard type III hard anodize Package inlcuded: 1 X Astrolux A01* **Nichia 219B** 102LM LED* Flashlight 1 X O-ring

    Not sure. Here is an excerpt from the description page:

    Astrolux A01 Nichia 219B 102LM AAA Mini Waterproof Keychain EDC LED Flashlight - Black

    Specification:

    Product name: Astrolux A01 Nichia 219B 102LM LED Flashlight
    Brand: Astrolux
    Model: A01
    Emitter Brand/Type: Nichia 219B
    Material: Alumiun alloy
    Total Emitters: 1
    Mode: Low,Mid,High,Strobe (Not inlcuded Memory mode)<middle<low<sos<strobe< span="">
    Battery Configurations: 1 x  AAA Alkaline or NI-MH battery (not included)
    Switch Type: Rotation
    Switch Location: Head
    Impact Resistant 2m
    Brightness: 102 Lumens Maximum Brightness
    Waterproof: IPX-8
    Color Gray,Purple,Black,Blue,Red,Green,Orange
    Weight: 15g
    Size: 65mm X17mm


    Features:
    -NICHIA 90 CRI NVSW219C-R9050-SW40 LED

     

    It probably used to be a 219b that they downgraded to a 219c - and they are trying to obscure this fact. They may feel covered as long as 219C is stated somewhere in the description page, even though 219b is stated in at least three other places. Bummer, and sorry. 

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    not only is the current Astrolux A01 using a 219c, it has Next Mode Memory and PWM

    AVOID!

    read about it here
    http://budgetlightforum.com/node/62191

    "High CRI Lights for Sale":https://budgetlightforum.com/node/75426

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    Might be more than you want to spend? Coupon code HOLIDAYME15 https://darksucks.com/collections/foursevens/products/preon-p1
    I have a copper and like the light. Add programmable modes and Nichia 219C and it’s a thumbs up from me.

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    donttellmywifeiambuyinganotherlight wrote:
    I bought a very cheap (sells for $3.99)
    U`King AAA flashlight and I like it a lot
    it was a flash sale purchase / bought for .99 cents delivered

    it is bright and it feels well made,
    guessing it is about 120 lm (Ebay listings state 3000-3999 Lumens)…lol

    the tail switch has only one mode – on – off

    I keep it by the bed
    I actually liked it enough that I bought a second one

    eBay item number:372560031543
    Features:
    Super mini size, Flashlight.
    Skid-proof design & waterproof design.
    Clip for convenience carry.
    Working voltage is wide and can utilize the batteries in the largest extent.
    Uses: Hiking, Riding,Camping, Emergency,
    Specifications:
    Colour: Black
    Light Color :White
    Material: Aluminum alloy
    Model of LED: XPE 395NM LED
    Switch:1-Mode
    Battery: 1 * AAA Battery (battery no included)
    Size: 10mm * 890mm
    Weight: 24g

    !https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/DSgAAOSwP25a4ZOX/s-l1600.jpg!

    I have gifted propably 50 of those. I like them, and have 15 on order. I plan to give one to members of my church.
    I have never had a complaint, nor have I had problems with the one I carry. For the price it is a great buy.
    I have bought them with various names Enjoy Deal is probably the one I have bought most.
    Jerry

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    It depends on what you want exactly. I have the new OSRAM EDC01 and OSRAM Tool AAA. I agree that they appear to have the exact same heads just different bodies and they are interchangeable. The OSRAM is very cool white and very floody behind the pebbled TIR.

    I prefer my CO1S d/t hi cri and 4000k temp, simple UI without mode memory. plus, it loses fewer lumens as flood.. the only thing I would change about is a middle mode would be nice. Sometimes 100 lumens is too bright and 3 lumens too dim; a L(1 lumen) M(20-40 lumen), H would be great. The edc01 is a bit shorter than the rest and the I3e EOS is even shorter, which is nice on a key ring.

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    Some AliExpress sellers have made the Jetbeam Jet-U available for about $11 USD. It’s a simple 3 mode light with memory. But size is really great. Anodizing is strong, in a very dark brown (almost looks black). L/M/H are all good levels. The Sofirn C01S wins on tint, but I prefer the Jetbeam build quality. And it’s a really handsome looking light. The SS clip on it is great too. It also tail stands well. And has two lanyard holes that don’t interfere with tail standing.

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    jon_slider wrote:
    not only is the current Astrolux A01 using a 219c, it has Next Mode Memory and PWM
    AVOID!
    read about it here: http://budgetlightforum.com/node/62191
    I can’t emphasize this enough — PWM absolutely sucks with small task lights. It’s very noticeable on low modes. I thought we were done with this, but my relatively expensive Aurora A8 came with PWM that is easy to ignore only at highest 2 levels. The two lower levels, it’s noticeable. Every. Single. Goddamn. Time. I. Use. It. I thought I’d get used to it. But I didn’t. Love this little multi-function LED curiosity, except for that. I have a love/hate relationship with the light.
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    Any list or recommendation for AAA light that don’t have PWM at all?

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    Tendou wrote:
    Any list or recommendation for AAA light that don’t have PWM at all?

    Olight i3T EOS
    Sofirn C01S
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    Thanks!

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    Tendou wrote:
    Thanks!

    There are more, certainly, but from the ones I have, these are the ones that I know (and checked on the phone camera) that have no PWM at all!
    Perhaps other members can indicate others!

    BTW, despite the tint is Cool White, the Olight i3T EOS is a great flashlight! Always with me on my Arc Wallet! Thumbs Up

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