$1 Budget Beamer Beaters

131 posts / 0 new
Last post

Pages

kennybobby
kennybobby's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 30 min ago
Joined: 05/10/2017 - 09:13
Posts: 906
Location: huntspatch, alabama
$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

Edited by: kennybobby on 07/27/2021 - 13:17
zoulas
zoulas's picture
Offline
Last seen: 12 hours 37 min ago
Joined: 06/01/2020 - 08:35
Posts: 1840

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.

kennybobby
kennybobby's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 30 min ago
Joined: 05/10/2017 - 09:13
Posts: 906
Location: huntspatch, alabama

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

chadvone
chadvone's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 35 sec ago
Joined: 08/28/2015 - 23:48
Posts: 1998
Location: Iowa

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

Everyday price or on sale?

turkeydance
turkeydance's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 46 min ago
Joined: 02/20/2020 - 18:53
Posts: 888

is this it?

Frostcream
Offline
Last seen: 4 days 10 hours ago
Joined: 05/26/2020 - 16:26
Posts: 125

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)

kennybobby
kennybobby's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 30 min ago
Joined: 05/10/2017 - 09:13
Posts: 906
Location: huntspatch, alabama

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

sb56637
sb56637's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 hours 54 min ago
Joined: 01/08/2010 - 09:29
Posts: 7067
Location: The Light

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

Budget Light Forum ...where Frugal meets with Flashlight!

nottawhackjob
Offline
Last seen: 4 hours 21 min ago
Joined: 01/07/2013 - 14:13
Posts: 1335
sb56637 wrote:
Wow! True to the BLF spirit! What a find, thanks for posting.

Eggzactly. Thumbs Up

“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.

chadvone
chadvone's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 35 sec ago
Joined: 08/28/2015 - 23:48
Posts: 1998
Location: Iowa

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

NeutralFan
NeutralFan's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 day 4 hours ago
Joined: 03/20/2014 - 19:22
Posts: 1502
Location: Wisconsin, USA

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.

Bort
Bort's picture
Offline
Last seen: 16 min 6 sec ago
Joined: 06/01/2012 - 17:15
Posts: 8133
Location: Holding the proverbial flashlight

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

The Journal of Alternative Facts TM

"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of alternative facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists"

 

kennybobby
kennybobby's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 30 min ago
Joined: 05/10/2017 - 09:13
Posts: 906
Location: huntspatch, alabama

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.

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

Bort
Bort's picture
Offline
Last seen: 16 min 6 sec ago
Joined: 06/01/2012 - 17:15
Posts: 8133
Location: Holding the proverbial flashlight

kennybobby wrote:
The 3 AAA cells are included

That works for me! Smile

The Journal of Alternative Facts TM

"It is critical that there is a credible academic source for the growing and important discipline of alternative facts. This field of study will just keep winning, and we knew that all the best people would want to be on board. There is a real risk in the world today that people might be getting their information about science from actual scientists"

 

snakebite
snakebite's picture
Offline
Last seen: 3 weeks 2 days ago
Joined: 11/20/2013 - 20:21
Posts: 2054
Location: dayton oh

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.

chadvone
chadvone's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 35 sec ago
Joined: 08/28/2015 - 23:48
Posts: 1998
Location: Iowa

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

zoulas
zoulas's picture
Offline
Last seen: 12 hours 37 min ago
Joined: 06/01/2020 - 08:35
Posts: 1840
chadvone
chadvone's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 35 sec ago
Joined: 08/28/2015 - 23:48
Posts: 1998
Location: Iowa

I am getting error on your link zoulas

zoulas
zoulas's picture
Offline
Last seen: 12 hours 37 min ago
Joined: 06/01/2020 - 08:35
Posts: 1840

Try it again.

chadvone
chadvone's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 35 sec ago
Joined: 08/28/2015 - 23:48
Posts: 1998
Location: Iowa

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

ch1ir
Offline
Last seen: 8 hours 33 min ago
Joined: 06/08/2019 - 06:30
Posts: 412
Location: Lou, Ky

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

Emisar D⁴, Astrolux C8, BLF A6, Sofirn sp36aV2, Reylight Mini Pineapple, BLF 348 KillZone, Lumintop IYP07, Emisar D18, Boruit D10, Manker e01, Ultrafire z1, Massdrop titanium AAA, Astrolux HL01, Armytek Wizard Pro Nichia, Tacklife LFL3A, Astrolux FT03, Zanflair T1

nottawhackjob
Offline
Last seen: 4 hours 21 min ago
Joined: 01/07/2013 - 14:13
Posts: 1335

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.

kennybobby
kennybobby's picture
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 30 min ago
Joined: 05/10/2017 - 09:13
Posts: 906
Location: huntspatch, alabama

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

Boaz
Boaz's picture
Offline
Last seen: 10 hours 18 min ago
Joined: 11/07/2010 - 09:31
Posts: 7655
Location: Birthplace of Aviation

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  . 

 

 

       καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν

                            

       Dc-fix diffuser film  >…  http://budgetlightforum.com/node/42208

raccoon city
raccoon city's picture
Offline
Last seen: 31 min 5 sec ago
Joined: 10/06/2010 - 02:35
Posts: 16851
Location: रॅकून सिटी Palm Desert CA USA

kennybobby wrote:

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

"beaver shots"?  :O

zoulas
zoulas's picture
Offline
Last seen: 12 hours 37 min ago
Joined: 06/01/2020 - 08:35
Posts: 1840
raccoon city wrote:

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.

nottawhackjob
Offline
Last seen: 4 hours 21 min ago
Joined: 01/07/2013 - 14:13
Posts: 1335

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.

raccoon city
raccoon city's picture
Offline
Last seen: 31 min 5 sec ago
Joined: 10/06/2010 - 02:35
Posts: 16851
Location: रॅकून सिटी Palm Desert CA USA

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.

zoulas
zoulas's picture
Offline
Last seen: 12 hours 37 min ago
Joined: 06/01/2020 - 08:35
Posts: 1840

See, my mind never went there. LOL.

raccoon city
raccoon city's picture
Offline
Last seen: 31 min 5 sec ago
Joined: 10/06/2010 - 02:35
Posts: 16851
Location: रॅकून सिटी Palm Desert CA USA

zoulas wrote:

See, my mind never went there. LOL.

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

Boaz
Boaz's picture
Offline
Last seen: 10 hours 18 min ago
Joined: 11/07/2010 - 09:31
Posts: 7655
Location: Birthplace of Aviation

. Justin Beaver shot 

       καὶ τὸ φῶς ἐν τῇ σκοτίᾳ φαίνει καὶ ἡ σκοτία αὐτὸ οὐ κατέλαβεν

                            

       Dc-fix diffuser film  >…  http://budgetlightforum.com/node/42208

Pages