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$1 Budget Beamer Beaters

i was in the hardware section of a neighborhood wallmarr and saw a tray full of plastic body AAA flashlights selling for $1

These used to be the 9 × 5 tubes with 3 AAA, but these are marked “OT. 50L” and have a single round domed emitter.

It has a very clean white High CRI beam with no yellow artifacts and a nice round center spot. The reflector has a textured ring at the bottom around the emitter, then a smooth tapered cone.

These new ones are much better than the older versions, and totally blow away the $10 Defiant from HomDepo with aluminum body, square emitter and lots of yellow artifacts and lumps in the center beam.

They come in different body colors and are about 1 inch diamter and 4” long. Nice build quality, tail switch with tapered fat spring. Can’t beat it for the price, i’m gonna get a handful to stash in dark closets and toolboxes, and give away to friends and family.

Now i used to think that i was cool,
drivin' around on fossil fuel,
until i saw what i was doin',
was drivin' down the road to ruin. --JT

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I have bunch of “cheap” lights. Some are clearly better then others. I draw the line in terms of price and don’t bother with anything less than a $10 S2+. I think the S2+ has become the new AA Maglite in terms of popularity and overall customer satisfaction. 10 years later, you will still be able to sell it for $10.

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These are true budget lights that you won’t cry over if lost; you can pay more, much more, but will be hard pressed to beat the beam value here.

Now i used to think that i was cool,
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until i saw what i was doin',
was drivin' down the road to ruin. --JT

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I’ll have to see if my local has them..

Everyday price or on sale?

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is this it?

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My “beaters” are aluminum D4V2. Not because they’re bad, but because they look and feel much “cheaper” in my hand than the other metals, resulting in my never wanting to carry them.

It’s not a cost thing, it’s a “feel” thing.

That’s it for beaters. I don’t like throw-away trash ever, and won’t ever buy it unless forced (societal collapse)

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Yep that’s the one. They are designed by Ozark Trail, and seem to have done a great job over all the previous AAA tubes that have been sold at WM over the years.

What do you think of the beam?

Now i used to think that i was cool,
drivin' around on fossil fuel,
until i saw what i was doin',
was drivin' down the road to ruin. --JT

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Wow! True to the BLF spirit! What a find, thanks for posting.

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sb56637 wrote:
Wow! True to the BLF spirit! What a find, thanks for posting.

Eggzactly. Thumbs Up

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The TCR Reference Standard is the Walmart Ozark Trail OT 50L , Model No. 6103.
It has a TCR rating of ‘10’. $1.00 including batteries.

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Didn’t get a chance to look today, but I looked online and web says they have them. Really exited.

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Do they require 3 AAA batteries?

Regardless, $1 and have a “a very clean white High CRI beam with no yellow artifacts and a nice round center spot”, what a bargain!!!

I’d rather use my flashlight around the house than turn on the lights.

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kennybobby wrote:
These are true budget lights that you won’t cry over if lost; you can pay more, much more, but will be hard pressed to beat the beam value here.

But the batteries are worth more than the light and i would be unhappy to lose my Eneloops.
I don’t have any alkaleaks to put in it and they cost money.

In the end i have to use my good lights since i typically need good lighting. But my keychain Olight i3e does well in most (rare) situations where i don’t have an 18650 light on me.

That said i can see recommending this light to muggles, they buy their own batteries Big Smile

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The 3 AAA cells are included; there is a plastic separator disk under the tail cap that must be removed for operation.

they are made in China, but i think the designer is located in Utah— i couldn’t find the website again.

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was drivin' down the road to ruin. --JT

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kennybobby wrote:
The 3 AAA cells are included

That works for me! Smile

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i rolled up a strip of cardboard and dropped in an 18650 laptop pull.
its apparently got a resistor as it didnt go up in smoke.
it has no heatsinking to speak of.
ran 3 cycles and still the same as an unused control.
probably the best $1 light out there.

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Just picked up 4 of these. Really impressed with the tint. Also grabbed some coin cell headlamps. Impressed also.

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I am getting error on your link zoulas

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Try it again.

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Don’t know what is going on with walmart links, I tried to post one and it wouldn’t work for me.

Go to walmart search Ozark Trail OT50

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Hell yea, looks like I’m due for a Wally trip

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This one has ribs. Perhaps more pleasurable? LOL 50 lumens too. Maybe the same cat in a different sweater? Cheaper by the dozen if it’s basically the same @.78 each. Plus ya get all the colors.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ozark-Trail-Ot-Mini-Led-Flashlight/857771250

PS. Can’t get the WM link to work either on the OP flash.

PSS. Ribbed flash unfortunately not available for in-store pick-up. Someone would havta take one for the team. Shocked

“In many things in order to truly understand the small picture you have to understand the big picture first.”

True Color Rendition (TCR)/Simplified Definition: “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest rating, a TCR will equate to what true colors you see in sunlight vs the same object’s colors you see when illuminated with a flashlight. The closer the two are, the higher the TCR rating will be.”

The TCR Reference Standard is the Walmart Ozark Trail OT 50L , Model No. 6103.
It has a TCR rating of ‘10’. $1.00 including batteries.

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i didn’t see any of the Ribbed version in the store, they were the Grooved ones such as seen here:
Groovy

And i see on the websticle that there is an Alum Version:
Aluminimun

Some of the reviewers even posted beaver shots to see the tint

Now i used to think that i was cool,
drivin' around on fossil fuel,
until i saw what i was doin',
was drivin' down the road to ruin. --JT

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Looks as though they had 6 really nice colors  .. yellow /army green /grey /black /dark red /orange 

Ozark Trail - LED Mini Flashlight w/3 AAA Batteries - 50 Lumens - YOU PICK | eBay

 but have replaced the much better colors with ugly pastel /girly colors ... Lavender /aqua/pink/neon green/baby blue /neon blue.

  Has anyone found any of the nicer colors ?

. Someone here said nice tint  but online someone's saying bad bluish beam  . 

 

 

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kennybobby wrote:

Some of the reviewers even posted beaver shots to see the tint

"beaver shots"?  :O

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kennybobby wrote:

Some of the reviewers even posted beaver shots to see the tint


“beaver shots”?  alt=" />

If I had to guess, that’s a picture taken with the light flat on the table so you can better see the tint. Just a guess.

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kennybobby wrote:
i didn’t see any of the Ribbed version in the store, they were the Grooved ones such as seen here:
Groovy

And i see on the websticle that there is an Alum Version:
Aluminimun

Some of the reviewers even posted beaver shots to see the tint

Yeah not in stores. Online only. Crying

“In many things in order to truly understand the small picture you have to understand the big picture first.”

True Color Rendition (TCR)/Simplified Definition: “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest rating, a TCR will equate to what true colors you see in sunlight vs the same object’s colors you see when illuminated with a flashlight. The closer the two are, the higher the TCR rating will be.”

The TCR Reference Standard is the Walmart Ozark Trail OT 50L , Model No. 6103.
It has a TCR rating of ‘10’. $1.00 including batteries.

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zoulas wrote:

If I had to guess, that's a picture taken with the light flat on the table so you can better see the tint. Just a guess.

Yeah, but do we really need to make up new terms that are so extremely sexual on a family forum?  :FACEPALM:

I mean, BLF is not an adult website.

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See, my mind never went there. LOL.

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zoulas wrote:

See, my mind never went there. LOL.

I guess you've never heard of a beaver shot, then.  :THUMBS-UP:

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. Justin Beaver shot 

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