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$10 or Less keychain AAA

My wife and I have decided to spend only $10 on each other and save the rest for the kids. My keychain flashlight broke and I am looking for a new one. I do not expect something fantastic just something small which takes a AAA and is $10 or under shipped preferably on Amazon. I have been through the forum but to be honest I am overwhelmed and many seem out of this price range. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Maybe you want to have a look at Sofirn‘s C01S AAA keychain light. It’s slightly above $ 10.00 if you want to order from Amazon.

Here’s a bundle price of two for $ 20.99
https://www.amazon.com/Sofirn-Flashlight-Color-Brown-Bundle/dp/B08GY9TSWX/

By the way, nice nickname... LOL

 

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The C01S would be my option too, but you can also check the Skilhunt E3A, single mode light!

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Zafiro Añejo wrote:

Maybe you want to have a look at Sofirn‘s C01S AAA keychain light. It’s slightly above $ 10.00 if you want to order from Amazon.


Here’s a bundle price of two for $ 20.99
https://www.amazon.com/Sofirn-Flashlight-Color-Brown-Bundle/dp/B08GY9TSWX/


By the way, nice nickname… LOL


 



LOL. Thanks for the recommendation and the compliment. I asked over at reddit flashlight as well and 2 people recommended the C01S over there as well. Seems like a great option. Thanks again.
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MascaratumB wrote:
The C01S would be my option too, but you can also check the Skilhunt E3A, single mode light!

Thanks for the input. You are now the 4th person to recommend the C01S so I think we may have a winner.
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Someone just sent me a link that Thrunite has their Ti3 v2 for free with $5.95 shipping right now. Any one have any thoughts on this?

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E3A is better imo, skilhunt has better build quality than sofirn in general, and E3A has better and more efficient regulated driver than c01s, runtime is more than doubled if you check zeroair’s reviews of both

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niajef wrote:
E3A is better imo, skilhunt has better build quality than sofirn in general, and E3A has better and more efficient regulated driver than c01s, runtime is more than doubled if you check zeroair’s reviews of both

Thanks for the input. I just noticed this is on sale for $9.90 right now…

I’m torn. LOL.

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E3A is better imo, skilhunt has better build quality than sofirn in general, and E3A has better and more efficient regulated driver than c01s, runtime is more than doubled if you check zeroair’s reviews of both

Thanks for pointing that, I read the reviews before but didn’t check some parts! Thumbs Up
https://zeroair.org/2020/09/01/skilhunt-e3a-flashlight-review/
https://zeroair.org/2019/09/06/sofirn-c01s-aaa-flashlight-review-three-v...

However, while the E3A has only 1 mode, the C01S has 2 modes, which can make a battery eventually last longer if the lowest mode is used instead of the highest!

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MascaratumB wrote:
niajef wrote:
E3A is better imo, skilhunt has better build quality than sofirn in general, and E3A has better and more efficient regulated driver than c01s, runtime is more than doubled if you check zeroair’s reviews of both

Thanks for pointing that, I read the reviews before but didn’t check some parts! Thumbs Up
https://zeroair.org/2020/09/01/skilhunt-e3a-flashlight-review/
https://zeroair.org/2019/09/06/sofirn-c01s-aaa-flashlight-review-three-v...

However, while the E3A has only 1 mode, the C01S has 2 modes, which can make a battery eventually last longer if the lowest mode is used instead of the highest!

well having a moonlight mode is definitely a plus, but you cant compare run time of 3lm to runtime of 100lm lol

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MascaratumB wrote:
niajef wrote:
E3A is better imo, skilhunt has better build quality than sofirn in general, and E3A has better and more efficient regulated driver than c01s, runtime is more than doubled if you check zeroair’s reviews of both

Thanks for pointing that, I read the reviews before but didn’t check some parts! Thumbs Up
https://zeroair.org/2020/09/01/skilhunt-e3a-flashlight-review/
https://zeroair.org/2019/09/06/sofirn-c01s-aaa-flashlight-review-three-v...

However, while the E3A has only 1 mode, the C01S has 2 modes, which can make a battery eventually last longer if the lowest mode is used instead of the highest!


Now, I am even more torn. Smile They both seem really appealing. Not sure which is better but leaning toward C01S. I definitely appreciate two modes for sure.
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niajef wrote:
MascaratumB wrote:
niajef wrote:
E3A is better imo, skilhunt has better build quality than sofirn in general, and E3A has better and more efficient regulated driver than c01s, runtime is more than doubled if you check zeroair’s reviews of both

Thanks for pointing that, I read the reviews before but didn’t check some parts! Thumbs Up
https://zeroair.org/2020/09/01/skilhunt-e3a-flashlight-review/
https://zeroair.org/2019/09/06/sofirn-c01s-aaa-flashlight-review-three-v...

However, while the E3A has only 1 mode, the C01S has 2 modes, which can make a battery eventually last longer if the lowest mode is used instead of the highest!

well having a moonlight mode is definitely a plus, but you cant compare run time of 3lm to runtime of 100lm lol

A very valid point. Thanks for the input!

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MascaratumB wrote:
niajef wrote:
E3A is better imo, skilhunt has better build quality than sofirn in general, and E3A has better and more efficient regulated driver than c01s, runtime is more than doubled if you check zeroair’s reviews of both

Thanks for pointing that, I read the reviews before but didn’t check some parts! Thumbs Up
https://zeroair.org/2020/09/01/skilhunt-e3a-flashlight-review/
https://zeroair.org/2019/09/06/sofirn-c01s-aaa-flashlight-review-three-v...

However, while the E3A has only 1 mode, the C01S has 2 modes, which can make a battery eventually last longer if the lowest mode is used instead of the highest!


Now, I am even more torn. Smile They both seem really appealing. Not sure which is better but leaning toward C01S. I definitely appreciate two modes for sure.

well E3A is 12mm shorter, so if keychain is what you’re looking for, i believe size is a big factor, thats like the difference of the width of a finger. or thumb if your hand is small lol

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The C01S is an excellent 2-mode light, though a little bulky. I have lots of them with different LEDs for indoor use, mainly as kind of candle lights.

For keychain use, I’d always recommend an Olight i3E or maybe the Skilhunt E3A. Both robust, single-mode, and ultra-compact lights. Twist and have enough light in front of your feet. A C01S would drive me crazy due to the need to twist the head twice for notable light output.

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I've already ordered six C01S (they make cheap gifts), and I am very satisfied with them. The beam color is very nice (high CRI), machining is very good.

The two-mode interface is definitely an advantage: Low for night bathroom trips, High for other tasks requiring more light.

I've alreay ordered several colors: orange (my preferred one), blue, red (a dark red, almost magenta), and natural.

They are only around $7 + shipping if you order directly from sofirnlight, free shipping if you buy three or more.

And around §17 for two units at Aliexpress, free shipping.

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Unheard wrote:
The C01S is an excellent 2-mode light, though a little bulky. I have lots of them with different LEDs for indoor use, mainly as kind of candle lights.

For keychain use, I’d always recommend an Olight i3E or maybe the Skilhunt E3A. Both robust, single-mode, and ultra-compact lights. Twist and have enough light in front of your feet. A C01S would drive me crazy due to the need to twist the head twice for notable light output.

yes, thats also why i went with E3A, i actually prefer single mode for keychain lights, i tried out E01, 3 modes, you have to twist THREE times to get to 100 lm, ridiculous lol

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niajef wrote:
well having a moonlight mode is definitely a plus, but you cant compare run time of 3lm to runtime of 100lm lol

True Big Smile

I guess also for the size the E3A may be a winner for keychain light!
I am probably going to get one soon too!

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niajef wrote:
well having a moonlight mode is definitely a plus, but you cant compare run time of 3lm to runtime of 100lm lol

True Big Smile

I guess also for the size the E3A may be a winner for keychain light!
I am probably going to get one soon too!

i already got 2, very neat little light, i love it. dont really get to use it much cuz we dont go out much these days lol, but u know, never hurt to have more flashlights just in case.

they also came out with a new E2A, much bigger, not my cup of tea, if im gonna go AA size, i might as well go 18650

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niajef wrote:
well having a moonlight mode is definitely a plus, but you cant compare run time of 3lm to runtime of 100lm lol

True Big Smile

I guess also for the size the E3A may be a winner for keychain light!
I am probably going to get one soon too!

i already got 2, very neat little light, i love it. dont really get to use it much cuz we dont go out much these days lol, but u know, never hurt to have more flashlights just in case.

they also came out with a new E2A, much bigger, not my cup of tea, if im gonna go AA size, i might as well go 18650


I guess I’ll order both the E3 and the E2 to spare some time ordering/shipping Wink
I’m just deciding about the colours.
I don’t really need the E3A, but it will be fun to have Wink
And…you can never have too many lights Evil
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[/quote]well E3A is 12mm shorter, so if keychain is what you’re looking for, i believe size is a big factor, thats like the difference of the width of a finger. or thumb if your hand is small lol[/quote]

I do like the size of the E3A for sure. Do I need the high cri option? It is $3 more.

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well E3A is 12mm shorter, so if keychain is what you’re looking for, i believe size is a big factor, thats like the difference of the width of a finger. or thumb if your hand is small lol[/quote]

I do like the size of the E3A for sure. Do I need the high cri option? It is $3 more.[/quote]

that depends on your preference, but i would recommend it, i got them.

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[/quote]

that depends on your preference, but i would recommend it, i got them.[/quote]

Thanks for the input. I appreciate it. Do I need rechargeable batteries to get the most out of the high cri option.

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Use low self-discharge NiMH batteries to prevent leakage from alkalines.

HCRI is always nicer, but has lower output. If you just want to see the way or keyhole, it’s not needed.

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niajef wrote:
Do I need the high cri option? It is $3 more.
I don't see any price difference between the NW and High CRI versions, either ordering directly from Skilhunt or from AliExpress.

I notice only the slate blue version is "Type III anodization". To those who own other colors: how scratch resistant is the anodization?

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Really surprised at the lack of love for the Thrunite. Have carried one for years. Great lights. With the free shipping deal you can now get 3 for under $20. It is a very nice light!

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Cemoi wrote:

I notice only the slate blue version is “Type III anodization”. To those who own other colors: how scratch resistant is the anodization?


Few years on the keychain:

There are scratches even on type III anodized aluminium, but try this with a Maglite Solitair.

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MascaratumB wrote:
The C01S would be my option too, but you can also check the Skilhunt E3A, single mode light!

This has to be my fave AAA light.

Spend the extra buk and go for the slate-gray. You’ll thank me later.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B8D9Q26/

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redrum-31 wrote:
Someone just sent me a link that Thrunite has their Ti3 v2 for free with $5.95 shipping right now. Any one have any thoughts on this?

Nice light, but go for the CW, as NW has an “off” tint.

For “keychain” lights and anything that’ll be bouncing around in a pocket, I don’t want a tailswitch which can be bumped on, and prefer twisties.

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Cemoi wrote:

niajef wrote:
Do I need the high cri option? It is $3 more.
I don’t see any price difference between the NW and High CRI versions, either ordering directly from Skilhunt or from AliExpress.

I notice only the slate blue version is “Type III anodization”. To those who own other colors: how scratch resistant is the anodization?

i have it, but its only been a month, and mostly sitting on my desk, so i cant really say how scratch resistant it is, but it definitely feels nice

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Really surprised at the lack of love for the Thrunite. Have carried one for years. Great lights. With the free shipping deal you can now get 3 for under $20. It is a very nice light!

well to me, it came down to 3 things, 1. it wasnt free with $6 shipping before, 2. the length, 3. the knurling, pure aesthetics, i prefer the E3A knurling design

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Does anyone have the red version of the E3A?

I've been disappointed by the red C01S : too dark a red, almost magenta, I would prefer a more "flashy" red.

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