High CRI pen lights

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High CRI pen lights

Has anybody done a decent side by side comparison of the various 2AAA pen lights with high cri leds? Currently carrying an Ultratac A3 at work and really like the form factor but the quality- while excellent for $13- leaves something to be desired. The LED isn’t well centered and the metal clicky cover rattles slightly. I also have a Lumintop iyp 365 which I really like but prefer the LMH mode order for this… and absolutely no mode memory (always on to low first!)

Looking at the three that have caught my eye, nitecore mt06md, wuben e19 and the lumintop iyp365. The wuben and lumintop can be ruled out due to mode memory. The nitecore looks like it meets all the requirements with default low mode and a 219b at 5000k (4000k would be better but that’s fine). Is the quality worth basically double the price of my ultratac?

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I just bought the Wukkos wk02 sst 20 4000k in brown off Amazon.the description says it has mode memory and a zoom function but it has neither.L-M-H always starts on low. It doesn’t state that it’s high cri but the tint on mine seems fine. It is a forward clicky though but I don’t mind that as long as it has no mode memory.

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Klarus P20.

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The old MT06 had no quality issues except LED and modes. I wanted to get the pill out to reflow a decent LED but killed the light by trying. If I’m not mistaken, the ‘medical doctor’ model just updated LED and UI (lower low-mode). So, it is a quality light but not modding friendly.

I still have a Wuben E19 which has a very nice 4000K Nichia. Much, much more rosy than all SST-20 @4000K I own, but probably less than a 219B (don’t have a 5000K 219B). It feels better than the Nitecore. More grip, nicer anodization, and I like the plastic cap more than the metal cap of the Nitecore. To bad it has mode memory.

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