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Single AA light with only low and high and no memory

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I'm looking for a singe AA flashlight running on at least NiMH cells with only low and high. Always coming on in low (no memory). Does anyone know about such a light? I own a Thorfire TG06, problem is it has 3 levels and comes on in high. I also have a Convoy T2 from which I like the design very much (more than the Thorfire) but it also has 3 levels and memory. So, both are a no go. I'm thinking about putting a LED4Power driver in the Convoy which is highly user configurable but then it will not run on NiMH cells anymore.

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Olight i5T EOS! Done Wink

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Olight i5T EOS! Done ;)

 

Thanks for the quick reply. I've just been looking at this light and I must say I really don't like the design, the knurling and the pocket clip. No tail stand too and in my opinion way too expensive. But... thanks anyway. 

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Jaxman E3 is 3-mode… DQG Slim AA is 3-mode… Hmm, tough.

My Streamlight Protac 1AA can be configured for a low-high 2-mode (it is how I actually use it) via the Ten-Tap programming ability. Those aren’t available anymore, though, and not very bright to begin with. Plus awful PWM on low.

http://flashlights.parametrek.com/index.html?battery=1xAA&levels=2
Looks like a tough ask. I’m not really sure of two-mode low-high AA/Li-Ion or just AA boost drivers. I tried Kaidomain’s offerings but also didn’t find anything (http://kaidomain.com/search&search=boost%20driver)

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Ultratac A-1 is a 3 mode and not a 2 but it always comes on low with no memory. Looks similar to the Convoy.

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Ultratac A1, 3 mode no memory. Nimh and Li-Ion. It’s at its best on NiMh though. Still a 3 mode. Have no clue on a reasonable, still in production light.

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Sofirn really need to make the C01S in AA size, that would be perfect!

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Manker E03H II 14500 / AA 

Since you didn’t mention flood or throw - consider this light.

Long press for a configurable moonlight.  Single click for high ( mode memory will keep it there). If you want, you can double click for turbo. Super simple to use and great tint (on mine) with the NW. 

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Icarus wrote:

MascaratumB wrote:
Olight i5T EOS! Done Wink

 

Thanks for the quick reply. I’ve just been looking at this light and I must say I really don’t like the design, the knurling and the pocket clip. No tail stand too and in my opinion way too expensive. But… thanks anyway.

Hum got that!
Well, given your specific needs that was the one that suits them “simple and easy”. Personal preferences apart, of course.
I can think of the Skilhunt M150 V2, that works with AAs and 14500s, and that you can configure and operate to have 2 modes (+ turbo, + blinkies, out of the main cycle). It can start in the lowest mode or in the last used mode, and you have 7 of them from which you can pick.
It is not cheap as the Convoy T2 or the Jaxman E3, but it is more compact, can tailstand, has magnetic tailcap, can be operated with different types of batteries, has magnetic charging for 14500s, can be found in CW, NW and High CRI emitters.

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Reylight Pineapple or LAN or equivalent, with the latest driver, you can program/select your favourite setting

https://www.reylight.net/product/reylight-brass-pineapple/

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Fireflies Stainless AA. Its a single AA, LMH that always starts on low. High CRI with a well balanced optic. Just received one the other day and so far VERY happy with the quality! Haven’t tried it on 14500, just nimh so far.

https://www.ff-light.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=71&s...

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How’s the driver? Levels?

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Mine came with a faulty driver, pm to BLF member Fireflies lead to a reply; please e-mail us.
Unfortunately they did not reply on the emails, so i bought some of Rey his drivers which should fit.
Hopefully they will arrive soon so i can revive the SS Enogear/Fireflies AA

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Gunga wrote:
How’s the driver? Levels?

Wickedly horrible PWM on low and mid, if you are sensitive to PWM.

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toddcshoe wrote:
Gunga wrote:
How's the driver? Levels?
Wickedly horrible PWM on low and mid, if you are sensitive to PWM.

 

Are you talking about the driver of the Fireflies Stainless AA?

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Gunga wrote:
How’s the driver? Levels?
Wickedly horrible PWM on low and mid, if you are sensitive to PWM.

 


Are you talking about the driver of the Fireflies Stainless AA?

Sorry, I was talking about the stock Stainless AA driver. Sorry again if I was answering the wrong question.

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Thanks. That’s what I needed to know.

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Fireflies Stainless AA. Its a single AA, LMH that always starts on low. High CRI with a well balanced optic. Just received one the other day and so far VERY happy with the quality! Haven't tried it on 14500, just nimh so far. https://www.ff-light.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=71&search=AA[/quote]

Looks like a nice light. Thanks for pointing me to it.

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Geoduck wrote:
Ultratac A-1 is a 3 mode and not a 2 but it always comes on low with no memory. Looks similar to the Convoy.

 

It seems like a very nice single AA light. But it still has 3 levels and... I couldn't find it in Europe. Amazon UK seems to have it but don't want to ship it to my location. Sad

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Katherine Alicia wrote:
Sofirn really need to make the C01S in AA size, that would be perfect!

Right. With they same driver (2 levels and no memory) but higher output it would be perfect!   

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toddcshoe wrote:
Gunga wrote:
How’s the driver? Levels?

Wickedly horrible PWM on low and mid, if you are sensitive to PWM.

Maybe I’m not sensitive to PWM but my example is excellent. Can’t detect it with the naked eye and my iPhone camera isn’t seeing PWM either.

Now, mode spacing leaves a lot to be desired. Low is far too bright and there is little visible difference between medium and high. Unfortunately I’ve found this to be extremely common among 1AA lights (one of the reasons I love my Ti3 AAA lights).

I still haven’t dug out my 14500s to test on li ion.

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buck91 wrote:
Fireflies Stainless AA. Its a single AA, LMH that always starts on low. High CRI with a well balanced optic. Just received one the other day and so far VERY happy with the quality! Haven't tried it on 14500, just nimh so far. https://www.ff-light.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=71&search=AA[/quote]

 

So far, the Ultratac A1 V2 and the FireFlies SS AA are the only two single AA lights I could find without memory. Unfortunately both have still 3 levels. 

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MascaratumB wrote:
Olight i5T EOS! Done ;)

 

Thanks for the quick reply. I've just been looking at this light and I must say I really don't like the design, the knurling and the pocket clip. No tail stand too and in my opinion way too expensive. But... thanks anyway.

Hum got that! Well, given your specific needs that was the one that suits them "simple and easy". Personal preferences apart, of course. I can think of the Skilhunt M150 V2, that works with AAs and 14500s, and that you can configure and operate to have 2 modes (+ turbo, + blinkies, out of the main cycle). It can start in the lowest mode or in the last used mode, and you have 7 of them from which you can pick. It is not cheap as the Convoy T2 or the Jaxman E3, but it is more compact, can tailstand, has magnetic tailcap, can be operated with different types of batteries, has magnetic charging for 14500s, can be found in CW, NW and High CRI emitters.

 

Thanks for pointing me to the Skilhunt M150. It's a nice light but with way too complicated electronics for what I need it. I'm looking for a simple, easy to operate but reliable AA light. The magnetic charging possibility looks like an unnecessary feature to me.

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Icarus wrote:

Thanks for pointing me to the Skilhunt M150. It’s a nice light but with way too complicated electronics for what I need it. I’m looking for a simple, easy to operate but reliable AA light. The magnetic charging possibility looks like an unnecessary feature to me.


I get you!
Well, I am not sure if you will find “that” light you’re looking for.
The Olight has the specs you want, but not the body.
Besides this one, I don’t think there are other drivers available to make a reasonable Alkaline/Ni-MH light with 2 modes, no memory and decent output on high.

If instead Alkalines/Ni-MH you want to use 14500 batteries, you may take a look at this one:
Wuben E349
2 modes, tailstands, is a twisty (no switch), has usb rechargeability.
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000264332486.html~

You can also check the Trustfire L2, which is compatible with 1.2V and 1.5V batteries!
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001399875906.html

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MascaratumB wrote:
Icarus wrote:

Thanks for pointing me to the Skilhunt M150. It's a nice light but with way too complicated electronics for what I need it. I'm looking for a simple, easy to operate but reliable AA light. The magnetic charging possibility looks like an unnecessary feature to me.

I get you! Well, I am not sure if you will find "that" light you're looking for. The Olight has the specs you want, but not the body. Besides this one, I don't think there are other drivers available to make a reasonable Alkaline/Ni-MH light with 2 modes, no memory and decent output on high. If instead Alkalines/Ni-MH you want to use 14500 batteries, you may take a look at this one: *Wuben E349* 2 modes, tailstands, is a twisty (no switch), has usb rechargeability. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000264332486.html~ You can also check the *Trustfire L2*, which is compatible with 1.2V and 1.5V batteries! 

 

Thanks again for advising the Wuben en Trustfire but for running 14500 batteries I'm going to put a LED4Power driver in my Convoy T2.  

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I just built a convoy T2 with the 17B boost driver from this thread. https://budgetlightforum.com/node/46384

Not sure what your skills are but if you can assemble a driver yourself that’s a good option.

I can share firmware if you’re interested.

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Ya know. If you bought a sofirn c01s and a suitable AA host, one that you could depopulate the driver or such, you could make it use the sofirn driver. 3-100 lumens. No memory.

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I fear Icarus is doomed to fail, due to excessively High expectations.

there is no perfect light, and compromises need to be made somewhere

I thought post#2 nailed the 2 mode requext
but the thread shifted into 3 mode lights
and they all got shot down

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jon_slider wrote:
I fear Icarus is doomed to fail, due to excessively High expectations.

Not sure about that. Smile I really don't like the design of the Olight i5T EOS.

BTW, Nice image, I like it! Smile

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Bourbon Guy wrote:
I just built a convoy T2 with the 17B boost driver from this thread. https://budgetlightforum.com/node/46384 Not sure what your skills are but if you can assemble a driver yourself that's a good option. I can share firmware if you're interested.

Thanks! Very interesting. I'll take a look at it. Assembling a driver should not be a problem.  

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Gunga wrote:
Ya know. If you bought a sofirn c01s and a suitable AA host, one that you could depopulate the driver or such, you could make it use the sofirn driver. 3-100 lumens. No memory.

 

Putting the driver of a Sofirn C01S into a Convoy T2 (my prefered AA host) should not be a problem if the output can be increased a bit. 

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