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What's your prefer material EDC flashlight?

The Acebeam E70 First BRASS EDC Flashlight is released in Aug, 2021. This is a tail switch EDC flashlight powered by a single 21700 battery with an amazing max output of 4,600 lumens. With unique double-inner barrel hollow design, an attractive appearance, unique style, excellent ventilation, and solid grip.

Learn more: Acebeam E70 Brass

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Preferred material: Titanium
Affordable material: Aluminium

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Mine was always a mix of titanium and copper. 

Titanium body and bezel and copper only where hot electronics and emitter are located like Lumintop FW3A TC or FWAA TC

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For EDC, I prefer aluminum. It’s very lightweight and has excellent thermal properties.

I do have some brass and titanium lights in my collection but I don’t EDC them because of their weight.

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Silver please

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May have to have the copper one. Is moon accessible from off and is strobe hidden?

EDC rotation:
FW1A, LH351D 4000k (second favorite)
FW3A, LH351D 3500k
FW3A, SST20 FD2 4000k
FW3A, Nichia 4000k sw40 r9080 (favorite light!)
FW3A, Cree XP-L Hi 5A3
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S2+, XM-L2 T6 4C

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That fake bronze EC-35 you had out a few years ago was pretty cool. Some plated material with no bronze what so ever.

Acebeam EC35 Bronze is a limited version of 2016 Christmas wonderful gift, made of the special bronze.
Note: the pure Bronze will change its color slowly because of oxidation when exposing in the air and what is the most awesome and surprising thing is its color will show much historical play

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A mix of Aluminum and Copper. My EDC gets used and needs the better thermal properties of those two. Titanium nitrate plating is a nice finish.

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For practical use: Aluminum.

  • It’s cheap
  • It’s very light.
  • It has good thermal properties.
  • It may be dinged up if dropped, but usually this doesn’t interfere with function. However, a nice stainless steel bezel helps.
  • I don’t like my lights to get dinged up and usually baby them. I feel like I need to take more care to not drop aluminum lights due to the risk of damaging the finish. I prefer HA III finish on my aluminum lights.

For when I feel like some bling: Titanium or Titanium with copper pill.

  • It looks a lot better than aluminum.
  • If I drop it, it won’t dent.
  • Any scratches are the same color as the light and are usually not visible.
  • If needed, polished metal lights can be polished up like new.
  • However, I usually find Ti and Ti-Cu to be too heavy for all but the smallest 18650 EDC lights. Due to weight, I find I prefer them more on smaller lights like the 14500 powered FWAA.

Typically, I find other materials to be too heavy for pocket EDC,

  • This includes lights made all of brass, copper or stainless steel.
  • If I had to choose one of these other materials I would choose all copper for the thermal characteristics, look, and self-disinfecting properties.
  • I find these materials to be too heavy for comfortable pocket EDC even in small 18350 lights.

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For true EDC, I prefer Aluminum. I want to keep my pockets as light as possible.

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For flashlights, I usually like aluminum because it's cheap, it's not heavy, and it dissipates heat well.

Sometimes I like copper, which dissipates heat better than aluminum, but it's kinda pricey and quite heavy.

If I don't care about heat dissipation, then stainless steel is sometimes nice.

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Aluminum. Wicks heat well, light, strong, durable. Titanium is cool, but the thermal properties are bad. Brass and copper are pretty, but heavy and expensive. I th8nk a mix of copper and aluminum is best

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Aluminum body, copper head, stainless bezel.

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Personally, I don’t like mixing copper with my aluminum lights.

  • I don’t like lights like the Manker E14 with copper pill and aluminum body/bezel.
  • Copper is so heavy the light does not feel balanced in the hand.
  • It is heavy enough that I no longer notice one of the main benefits of aluminum.
  • Unlike titanium with copper, I do not think copper with aluminum looks blingy. It just looks cheap.
  • Heat transfer is slightly better than aluminum, but not by enough to make a noticeable difference. Definitely not enough in my opinion to counter the inherent disadvantages.

For aluminum lights, I prefer all-aluminum for maximum weight savings. Including the pill.

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Titanium or copper for AA and CR123A based lights. Normally aluminum for anything larger for the weight savings and good heat dissipation.

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Titanium. However, I can afford aluminum so that’s what is generally in the pocket:-) EDC18 and D4’s

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raccoon city wrote:

For flashlights, I usually like aluminum because it’s cheap, it’s not heavy, and it dissipates heat well.


Sometimes I like copper, which dissipates heat better than aluminum, but it’s kinda pricey and quite heavy.


If I don’t care about heat dissipation, then stainless steel is sometimes nice.

Thanks, RC, that sums it up pretty well for me too. Thumbs Up

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I couldn’t imagine edc’ing a 21700 light, much less a brass one. I have a tiny titanium 1xLR44 light on my keys and usually edc a 1aaa light. These days aluminum but I had a stainless steel one for a while and the weight was ok, in my watch pocket. I don’t like the idea of a copper light because of tarnish, but I’ve never had one. Brass looks nice but is too heavy. I do like titanium.

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Forsyth P. Jones wrote:
I couldn’t imagine edc’ing a 21700 light, much less a brass one. I have a tiny titanium 1xLR44 light on my keys and usually edc a 1aaa light. These days aluminum but I had a stainless steel one for a while and the weight was ok, in my watch pocket. I don’t like the idea of a copper light because of tarnish, but I’ve never had one. Brass looks nice but is too heavy. I do like titanium.

Idk I think if Zebralight ever made a tube-style 21700 light that it might be small enough to pocket carry. Not for me necessarily but for some people who already carry monstrous 18650 lights that have built-in charging and are like 6 inches long.

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We could all carry 21700 lights in principle, but why would we want to? It’s like carrying a brushless impact driver everywhere you go. It’s one thing if you’re going on a camping trip or if you work outdoors or something, but most of us office schlubs rarely have a requirement for a 1000+ lumen light. That’s equivalent to two car headlamps more or less. The 2AA incandescent Mini-Mag of yesteryear, the most popular flashlight of its day, was about 5 lumens although its directional beam gave it more throw than today’s typical 5lm keychain led. An edc is for everyday or unexpected use, and you have other more specialized lights at home for when situations call for them.

To misquote Bill Gates, 64 lumens should be enough for anyone. And a nothing-special 1aaa budget light can do that easily.

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Forsyth P. Jones wrote:
We could all carry 21700 lights in principle, but why would we want to? It’s like carrying a brushless impact driver everywhere you go. It’s one thing if you’re going on a camping trip or if you work outdoors or something, but most of us office schlubs rarely have a requirement for a 1000+ lumen light. That’s equivalent to two car headlamps more or less. The 2AA incandescent Mini-Mag of yesteryear, the most popular flashlight of its day, was about 5 lumens although its directional beam gave it more throw than today’s typical 5lm keychain led. An edc is for everyday or unexpected use, and you have other more specialized lights at home for when situations call for them.

To misquote Bill Gates, 64 lumens should be enough for anyone. And a nothing-special 1aaa budget light can do that easily.


Not everyone works in an office though.

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Sure yeah, but if I were carrying a 21700 light for work, I’d consider it a work light rather than an edc.

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Forsyth P. Jones wrote:
Sure yeah, but if I were carrying a 21700 light for work, I’d consider it a work light rather than an edc.

I’m going to have to call that True. I EDC an aluminum 18350, but carry bigger at work. Total EDC is a Glock 43X, Coldsteel Spartan and a BLF A6 XP-L 3D 18350. Add a belt, wallet, cellphone and a glasses case not much room left. Colder weather with a jacket gets a little bit of an upgrade on some items.

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Learn more E70: Acebeam E70

Thanks JR Smith shared his E70s with us !

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Forsyth P. Jones wrote:
To misquote Bill Gates, 64 lumens should be enough for anyone. And a nothing-special 1aaa budget light can do that easily.

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Titanium. I like the durability.

I use my edc’s mostly on lower levels.
Tubo is for short blasts.

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aluminum is fine

anything else is too expensive(ti), heavy(brass, copper), ugly(Brass or copper after a month), or smelly (talking to you, copper and brass)

or it’s bad for heating (steel, titanium)

plus aluminum can be dyed prettily

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