Best Throw in a 1xAA (NiMH) Pocket Light with Clip

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Best Throw in a 1xAA (NiMH) Pocket Light with Clip

I’d appreciate opinions/recommendations on a 1xAA pocket light—-with a clip and without a huge head—-that has the best throw using a NiMH cell.

Thanks,

Andrew

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I guess I would check the Manker E05, which has the Osram led.
It uses AA and 14500 cells.

With AAs it will not throw as much as with 14500s, though. But it is probably the throwiest stock AA light you’ll find.

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Lumintop GT Micro?  It only uses 14500 though.

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Thanks, gents.

The Lumintop GT Micro is a cool looking little torch, but the 14500 and large head are a problem.

The Manker E05 looks like a real contender—-the claimed 134M beam distance on a NiMH is impressive. A drawback is having strobe in the main cycle sequence—-that would be annoying.

Andrew

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Manker E05 (Osram NM1 "W1") is probably one of the throwiest AA/14500 flashlight with a straight cylindrical body.

 

I did a beamshot comparison video with another AA/14500 flashlight (Sofirn SP10B, which uses the XP-G2 LED -- which is also quite throwy, but just not as throwy as the Osram NM1)

 

 

left side is Manker E05 (Osram NM1)

right side is Sofirn SP10B (XP-G2)

the beamshots are with the flashlights using 14500 batteries, unfortunately I didn't do beamshot test with AA batteries..

 

 

 

Here is the Manker E05 (Osram NM1, uses AA/14500) compared with the Sofirn SP31v2.0 (XPL-Hi, uses 18650)

 

lastly the Manker E05 compared with the GT Micro (XPL-Hi): both using 14500 batteries

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Those videos are great! Thanks for posting.

Andrew

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Would others agree GT micro throws farthest?

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Manker T01?

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> without a huge head
using a NiMH cell.

MascaratumB wrote:
Manker E05, which has the Osram led. … probably the throwiest stock AA light you’ll find.

agree!
meets all the stated requirements by OP

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jon_slider wrote:
> without a huge head
using a NiMH cell.
MascaratumB wrote:
Manker E05, which has the Osram led. … probably the throwiest stock AA light you’ll find.

agree!
meets all the stated requirements by OP

I’d like to challenge it. Where are more candelas? In hotspot of Manker E05 or MicroGT? First has smaller led die area, the latter has larger reflector.
I“m really curious.

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1stein wrote:
I’d like to challenge it.

the OP said he wants AA and NO large head

the light you are suggesting requires 14500, and it has a Large Head

both things the OP said he does not want

why do people ignore the request, and suggest things that are exactly NOT what is being asked for?

thats a bit disrespectful to the OP, and amounts to hijacking, especially when you add more posts to challenge the valid contribution by mascaratum, with an invalid suggestion that ignores the Original Posted Request.

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jon_slider wrote:
1stein wrote:
I’d like to challenge it.

the OP said he wants AA and NO large head

the light you are suggesting requires 14500, and it has a Large Head

both things the OP said he does not want

why do people ignore the request, and suggest things that are exactly NOT what is being asked for?

thats a bit disrespectful to the OP, and amounts to hijacking, especially when you add more posts to challenge the valid contribution by mascaratum, with an invalid suggestion that ignores the Original Posted Request.

Yep, you’re right in terms of the original question. A humble apologies.
My challenge popped up after watching attached d_t_a movie and is addressed there.
Again, huge apologies for the inconvenience caused.

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you are also right, the larger head produces twice as much throw Grad

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I have a manker T01. It uses 14500 or ni-mh. jon slider mistakenly said they can’t use AA. They are not available anymore. Throws better than gt nano but not as good as gt micro.

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the T01 head is larger than the body.

the Micro GT head is larger than the body, and cannot use AA

and the winner is:

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Wanting a 1xAA thrower with a small head and NiMh only is a bit like asking for a tiny small city car, that must seat 5 in comfort with a huge boot (ok, trunk…. Wink )

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Chicken Drumstick wrote:
Wanting a 1xAA thrower with a small head and NiMh only is a bit like asking for a tiny small city car, that must seat 5 in comfort with a huge boot (ok, trunk…. Wink )

Yes, indeed, I realize that my requirements aren’t exactly ideal for maximizing throw. Nevertheless, they are my requirements. Wink (And as for the car, my Subaru Impreza hatchback comes pretty close, although the person in the back middle might have a small argument!)

Thanks to all for the comments and suggestions.

Andrew

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not exactly a budget light but an Eagtac d3a ti with the osram led might meet your needs.
https://illuminationgear.com/products/eagtac-d3a-ti-clicky

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Geoduck wrote:
not exactly a budget light but an Eagtac d3a ti with the osram led might meet your needs. https://illuminationgear.com/products/eagtac-d3a-ti-clicky

Looks interesting but too rich for my blood. I’ve been out of the “flashlight game” for a few years and it seems that during that time Eagletacs have gotten pricey in general.

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AFAustin wrote:
Chicken Drumstick wrote:
Wanting a 1xAA thrower with a small head and NiMh only is a bit like asking for a tiny small city car, that must seat 5 in comfort with a huge boot (ok, trunk…. Wink )

Yes, indeed, I realize that my requirements aren’t exactly ideal for maximizing throw. Nevertheless, they are my requirements. Wink (And as for the car, my Subaru Impreza hatchback comes pretty close, although the person in the back middle might have a small argument!)

Thanks to all for the comments and suggestions.

Andrew


I have an early Mi7, very compact. Not a perfect light, but the beam is nice. XP-L HI. So it throws quite well:
https://www.klaruslight.com/Products/MiSeries/Mi7RED.html

It will run on 1 x AA, but output is pretty tame, even for 1xAA. On a 14500 however it really rocks.

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The Mi7 looks interesting. Is it still available?

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FastTech seem to have a bunch of them including Titanium…

Here

BTW, I own one, nice light modding friendly

And it’s only half the price of Manker for still great Klarus quality

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The Klarus Mi7 (XPL-Hi) doesn't throw as well as the Manker E05... I think the Mi7 doesn't beat the Sofirn SP10B in terms of throw, although the Mi7 has a slimmer body/head than the Sofirn SP10B

 

left: Klarus Mi7 (XPL-Hi)

right: Manker E05 (Osram NM1)

 

here is comparison of Sofirn SF14 (XP-G2) vs the Klarus Mi7 (XPL-Hi)

 (the SF14 and SP10B are very close in performance and beam pattern/throw, one uses a tail-switch while the other uses a side switch, both can use AA/14500)

 

side comment: I feel that the Klarus Mi7's claimed "700" lumens is exaggerated a bit compared to  the "600" lumens claim of the Sofirn SP10B (573 lumens) or SF14 (600 lumens).

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Thanks for the info. and additional videos—-very helpful.

I’ve made an offer on a Manker E05—-waiting on a response. If that doesn’t work out, I saw where Manker had a great Black Friday coupon in 2018 (30% off!): http://budgetlightforum.com/node/63746 But I didn’t see that there was one in 2019, so maybe the chances for a repeat this year are slim. Oh well, hope springs eternal….

Andrew

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d_t_a wrote:

The Klarus Mi7 (XPL-Hi) doesn’t throw as well as the Manker E05…

Excellent comparison!
also, fwiw, the Manker specs show throw on AA is double the throw of the Mi7 on 14500

AFAustin wrote:
hope springs eternal….
Smile
to put things in perspective, the discount was $8
imo, saving is good
but I hope you dont deny yourself the light, over an Eight Dollar difference.

to reduce to the ridiculous, over the course of a year, thats only costing you an extra 2 cents per day … you are worth it

buy it already! Thumbs Up

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Jon, you are quite right that it matters little in the greater scheme of things. But to a dedicated bargain hunter, the thrill of the chase is always part of it!

Andrew

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> the thrill of the chase

whatever makes you happy Smile

so far you started by asking for a good thrower, once one was found, you found fault with the strobe. After that you found fault with the price.

that makes my vicarious thrill, rather frustrated
please buy something already!
LOL

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A lumintop tool AA with an Osram would fit your requirements. It’s a surprisingly throwy little light. You’d have to mod it or buy from a modded though. Lumintop doesn’t offer sn Osram version.

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Yacob29 wrote:
A lumintop tool AA with an Osram would fit your requirements. It’s a surprisingly throwy little light. You’d have to mod it or buy from a modded though. Lumintop doesn’t offer sn Osram version.

Nice suggestion, thanks.

Andrew