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Half price, double value flashlights

Just a little chit-chat. Curious about your answers.
Let’s stay really budget with this thread.

Have you ever bought a flashlight of, say, $5 and it pleasantly surprised you?
While it was not a 3000lm hotrod with a zillion settings, you were pleasantly surprised by the build quality.
A non flashaholic would say the light is very bright.

If you had to buy that flashlight again, you would have no problem paying $10 or even $15 for it.

Likely flashlight that’s sold under a dozen brand names on AliExpress because none of the ‘know brands’ sell for $5 or lower.
Personally I’ve bought about a dozen $1-$3 lights out of curiosity. While their output quite often is fine, the build quality is mediocre at best.

What’s on your “Great budget buys” list?

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88 4/5, LiitoKala: 3x100 3/5, 2x202 3/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k 2/5, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
Powerbanks: EasyAcc 26800 mAh 3/5, Xtar PB2 4/5, Xtar PB2S 5/5
Waiting for: (DQG Tiny) 21700 EDCs.

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This flashlight from Banggood is pretty good for the price:

https://www.banggood.com/Meco-XPE-Q5-600-Lumen-7W-Zoomable-LED-Flashlight-For-1xAA-1_2V-p-907006.html

I think there's a similar flashlight on Gearbest and probably on AliExpress as well.

If you want a 1xAA zoomie, this is an excellent low budget choice.

I think I bought a couple of them, and gave one to my niece.

She likes it.

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The Luxpro lights I got with vipons were quite good for the bux. A bit overpriced otherwise, though.

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I bought THESE off of Amazon with a code a while back for $5.  They pleasantly handle 5A+ pretty well, shed heat quickly and the lens isn't full of artifacts.  They're popular with the field coworkers, even without modification. I've swapped the crappy T6 LEDs with LHD351Ds, SST20s and 219Cs.

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SP32A w/SST40 5000K | TIR Upgrades | EagleTac clip | Ultrafire C2 w/6A 20mm & LH351D | S2+, Biscotti, Nichia 219C 2700K |

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Sofirn SP31 v2.0 Tactical Flashlight (Cree XPL HI) || Sofirn SD05 Scuba Diving Flashlight || Sofirn SC31 USB Rechargeable (XP-G3) || Sofirn SC31 Pro 5000K

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Little over $5, but I bought a pair of these:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G72F77F/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?

Pretty standard (Sipik SK68?) clone (but with a red emitter), no spring on the positive end, and one of them has a bad connection somewhere, but the other one has been a very reliable tail light for bike commuting for several hundred miles. I would like to figure out the flaky connection on the one, but for the price, I’ll just buy more if I haven’t by the time the good one dies.

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Skywolfeye B16. And I don’t have any yet but probably any of the related zoomies as well.

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I bought this for $8 shipped on Banggood’s end of year sale. It goes on sale quite frequently:

https://www.banggood.com/XANES-3320-P50-XHP50-1800Lumens-USB-Rechargeable-LED-Flashlight-With-26650-Battery-p-1563298.html

Comes with a 26650 battery that can be recharged in the flashlight, and a spacer if you want to use a 18650.

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https://www.banggood.com/XANES-1909-XHP90-2500-Lumens-3-Modes-Zoomable-USB-Rechargeable-Flashlight-Outdoor-1865026650-Flashlight-LED-Torch-Light-Flashlight-Led-Flashlight-18650-Flashlight-Torch-p-1588847.html?rmmds=search&cur_warehouse=CN

i bought one of these . ended up getting my money back as the seller didnt send a charger with the one i ordered

even though i pressed the button that says includes charger. it wasnt this xanes one but the same

desided to put a different led in there and experimented a few times with different leds

7070s
and few chinese copyes of xhp70s at 6volt etc

torch desided it no longer wants to go on high setting

had it 2 months! . its going to be a great host but ill end up doing something for it

it included 2× 26650 batterys . green no branded 5000 chinese mAs

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I like the “blood-spatter camo” on that, but a light really has to be Something Special for me to even want to get one nowadays.

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Ya know …. No. I haven’t been able to think of any light I’ve bought for which I’d pay twice as much.

Quite a few of’em that I’d buy again at half the price, which is how I ended up with quite a few Meco and SK68ish lights a few years ago as the price plummeted.

I still suspect the SK68s are using a shell that was originally going to enclose something like a shock absorber for a discontinued vehicle, cooling fins and all, and somebody decided, “hey, don’t melt all those down, we could make them into flashlights” …..

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I bought one of these a couple of days ago, pleasantly suppressed for £6.69 with Prime delivery.
Supfire M2-Z
Its a little different to the other Supfire M2-Z I can find reviewed.

Threads are not the best, but still better than most cheap C8 clones. Not too sure what the LED is, possibly XPG2 or clone. Draws a little under 2A from the battery on high. Plastic reflector, but nicely focused. Battery was included and measured 1860mAh. USB charging. Tried to take it apart, but the pill may be thread locked.

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Zanflare F2, I think they were on sale for like $6 at one time.

I have three still in the box.

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YooToo SD2 bought for $9.xx

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JaredM wrote:
YooToo SD2 bought for $9.xx

Can one still get it for that price??

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Check with FreeMe

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bikenber73 wrote:
JaredM wrote:
YooToo SD2 bought for $9.xx

Can one still get it for that price??

Get the AMUTORCH yootoo SD2 here for $9.99 using discount code: BGASD2 – https://www.banggood.com/custlink/3mv34bEV6a

26% OFF 21700 BATTERYhttps://www.banggood.com/custlink/DDm3eN7hm2

The code only works is there is nothing else in your cart

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88 4/5, LiitoKala: 3x100 3/5, 2x202 3/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k 2/5, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
Powerbanks: EasyAcc 26800 mAh 3/5, Xtar PB2 4/5, Xtar PB2S 5/5
Waiting for: (DQG Tiny) 21700 EDCs.

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Zanflare F3 was very cheap at one point.

I bought several for my family.

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ZoomieFan wrote:
bikenber73 wrote:
JaredM wrote:
YooToo SD2 bought for $9.xx

Can one still get it for that price??

Get the AMUTORCH yootoo SD2 here for $9.99 using discount code: BGASD2 – https://www.banggood.com/custlink/3mv34bEV6a

26% OFF 21700 BATTERYhttps://www.banggood.com/custlink/DDm3eN7hm2

The code only works is there is nothing else in your cart


Thanks for the tip. Thumbs Up

Just got me one.

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I was really surprised by the Sofirn C01, they are sooo nice, I wish they would come back.

Also the Lumintop edc01 I got two for $11 and they are really good value.

The zanflare T1 or F1 (the lantern) was also an amazing value for $15 with battery, charger and magnet included.

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ZoomieFan wrote:
bikenber73 wrote:
JaredM wrote:
YooToo SD2 bought for $9.xx

Can one still get it for that price??

Get the AMUTORCH yootoo SD2 here for $9.99 using discount code: BGASD2 – https://www.banggood.com/custlink/3mv34bEV6a

26% OFF 21700 BATTERYhttps://www.banggood.com/custlink/DDm3eN7hm2

The code only works is there is nothing else in your cart

Thanks for the tip!

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I wish they would come back

Yeah, I fear the business model is “make a batch, sell them off, discontinue them in favor of anything that looks new and diffrent’‘

They could keep my attention if they were competing on driver efficiency instead of look and feel, but (sigh) I don’t see it happening.

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Got my SD2 in the mail today (surprised me once again, as the tracking last updated on Jan-14). Very nice. Best $10 light I’ve ever bought. Machining is truly about as good as it gets on a light of any price. Seems like they did a light/fine bead blast before anodizing, which gives the light a that quality feel and sound when handled. The lanyard ring jingles though, but an extra o-ring will fix that. The thermal transfer is honestly impressive too. Virtually immediately you can feel the head warm and cool when going in and out of max mode. Input current was measured across the working voltage range on a power supply, and at 4.1V the readings were ~160mA, ~ 750mA, and ~3150mA. It seems purely direct drive, with all modes showing zero regulation. PWM is high enough frequency that my phone camera didn’t pick it up at all, and definitely not visible to the eye. The worst news I have to report is the driver is glued in, but the good news is that they only used a light silicone. I scraped with an exacto knife what was visible, and then poured some acetone around the perimeter of the driver for a few minutes to soften it up. Using a narrow 2mm screw driver, I gently pushed it out from the front through the screw holes on the emitter shelf (carefully avoiding components on the driver though). With moderate but gentle and persistent pressure, it finally let go without much drama (or damage). The body tube is what makes the (-) contact, as the driver shelf/rim is anodized as well. Driver diameter is about 23.5mm. Forgot to measure it precisely before re-installing, but that should be close enough for now. I’m going to do a full review in the coming days but this is the quick and dirty. There are two parallel R250 resistors on the board and a beefy looking (output?) capacitor that may be responsible for the lack of visible flicker. Traces are wide and vias a plenty. Rear spring is a copper alloy and THICK. The driver spring however is the opposite – thin and steel. Body tube is 22mm ID, so rewrap cells should not be any kind of problem. Accommodations for cell length seem to be minimal. A flat top 18650 does not make contact with the factory springs, yet a 21700 doesn’t have much room to grow – protected cells likely will be a tight fit (if they work at all). The threads are fully anodized so lockout is possible, tail-standing is stable, switch is firm and good/decent feeling. I’ll probably change the boot/cover out for a black one (I find the green cheap looking) with rounder edges, as the stock boot has a square cross section that makes it stiffer on the edges than necessary IMO. UI is actually not bad. L-M-H with a ‘hidden’ (double press) strobe AND mode memory. This actually causes you to need to slowly switch modes, and causes an awkward pause between steps as the MCU is waiting for a potential second tap. Very livable though, and this is what takes this light from awesome value as a host, to an incredible torch – period. (For ~10USD)

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Thanks for the hands on review.
Sorry to hear about the 18650. I ordered the light too, and because it’s 21700 light I’ll put those cells in it. But sometimes it’s just very handy to be able to put in a 18650 (in a tube) if the 21700’s are empty. Maybe a small magnet on the 18650 solves the problem….

Chargers: 1xBasen BD01 5/5, 1x Gyrfalcon All-88 4/5, LiitoKala: 3x100 3/5, 2x202 3/5, 1x402 3/5., MiBoxer C4-12 3/5.
Flashlights: DQG Tiny III 26650 5/5, FiTorch MR35 3/5, Haikelite SC26 HD 3/5, Lumintop Tool AA/AAA 4/5, Nitecore LA10, Sofirn C01 BLF 3200k/5600k 2/5, Zebralight H600Fc 3/5.
Powerbanks: EasyAcc 26800 mAh 3/5, Xtar PB2 4/5, Xtar PB2S 5/5
Waiting for: (DQG Tiny) 21700 EDCs.

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Any longer cell could work. What I’d recommend instead is just killing two birds with one stone and replacing that tiny driver side spring with a longer, thicker one. Flat top 65mm compatibility is a must for me.

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".. Have you ever bought a flashlight of, say, $5 and it pleasantly surprised you?
While it was not a 3000lm hotrod with a zillion settings, you were pleasantly surprised by the build quality.
A non flashaholic would say the light is very bright..."

Funny you mentioned this, as a "cheapo" light I bought last December 2019 answers the above comments positively.

I bought this no-name, zoomable light online when my wife asked for a brighter flashlight to use during the midnight Mass. The ad said its fitted with XHP50.2 and builtin USB charging system, although I had no idea about emitters and such. It came complete with an 18650 battery, better than Sofrn larnyard, and USB cable. I was immediately impressed with its build quality and light output. This was my first powerful led light and it led me to look further and see what else is out there...

I have a few smaller but better flashlights now. But I give this one credit just for being what it is and continue to use it still once in a while.