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Wanted: 5 lumen warm color temp AA or AAA

Hi,

I’m looking for a flash light that is 5 lumens, has a very warm color temperature and uses 1 or 2 AA or AAA batteries.

I would preferred it uses 2 batteries. I would also prefer if it only had the single 5 lumens mode, I don’t want to accidentally switch to a brighter mode. $50 max budget.

Do you have any recommendations for a flashlight with the same specs but with a red light

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Hi and welcome to the forum S2000!

Honestly, I don’t think you will find that light ready to be bought.
I built something more or less similar a while ago.
I had some 1xAA hosts, bought drivers from member gchart and used whatever LEDs I wanted/had back then (white leds, not red).

You can find some more information in this thread: https://budgetlightforum.com/comment/1657535#comment-1657535

If I remember correctly, member gchart was making 1 or 2 x AA/AAA drivers. I am not sure if he is still making them.

Please note that the aim of those lights/drivers is to use batteries “juice” till the last drop.

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Thanks for the response. I’m looking at the olight i5t plus as a option. It has a 15 lumen mode and is available in a 2700k color temp. Is there any other lights similar to this? I’m not sure if 15 lumens will be too bright or not for my needs.

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S2000 wrote:
Thanks for the response. I’m looking at the olight i5t plus as a option. It has a 15 lumen mode and is available in a 2700k color temp. Is there any other lights similar to this? I’m not sure if 15 lumens will be too bright or not for my needs.

I don’t have the i5T Plus, so I cannot talk much about that light. Normally they Olight are solid lights, the LEDs are not High CRI (I guess), and they have 2 modes, Low and High. They are not easily modifiable, though.

As for the amount of lumens you will need, that is a very specific thing. You’d need to test it to see what you really need.

You can opt for different types of AA lights, though, that will allow you to “choose” a certain output level.
Sofirn SP10 Pro, is side switch light, a uses 1xAA /1×14500 battery, runs Anduril, and allows you to configure it to allways use a single brightness level (if I recall correctly).

It doesn’t come in 2700K but maybe you can modify it or ask someone to do it for you.

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Thanks, I will look into that. Hopefully I can find a a warm dim light that does not require modifications. So far I really have not came across a warm light that fit my requirements so I may need to modify.

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The now discontinued Sofirn C01 is what you seek. AAA, 3400K Sophia 5mm LED, twisty one mode, 7-8 lumens. They were sold anywhere from $3.99 – $7.99 USD. They also manufactured a red LED version. Might be able to find some on the secondary market, like eBay.

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AE seems to still carry the C01:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2251832781048604.html

Edit: The red anodized one has red light at 670 nm at probably less than 1 lm. The others are white.

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I’m still looking for something similar that will fit my needs as well Sad
guess I better built it myself.

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Unheard wrote:
AE seems to still carry the C01:

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/2251832781048604.html

Edit: The red anodized one has red light at 670 nm at probably less than 1 lm. The others are white.

Has anyone bought a discounted light from AE. I don’t really trust they will actually send me the right light. It seams to be sold out everywhere else and it is not even mentioned on the sofrin website any more. Hopefully I can find one in 3400k and red, they are what I’m looking for.

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S2000 wrote:
[…] it is not even mentioned on the sofrin website any more.

But the AE shop is actually the official Sofirn shop. Look at the feedback, end of May a customer received the correct light.

Edit: Oh wait … the pictures show a C01S!

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Unheard wrote:
S2000 wrote:
[…] it is not even mentioned on the sofrin website any more.
But the AE shop is actually the official Sofirn shop. Look at the feedback, end of May a customer received the correct light.

Thanks for the info!

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S2000 wrote:
Unheard wrote:
S2000 wrote:
[…] it is not even mentioned on the sofrin website any more.
But the AE shop is actually the official Sofirn shop. Look at the feedback, end of May a customer received the correct light.

Thanks for the info!


Sorry, had to edit my post above. The pictures show a different light Sad

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Unheard wrote:
S2000 wrote:
Unheard wrote:
S2000 wrote:
[…] it is not even mentioned on the sofrin website any more.
But the AE shop is actually the official Sofirn shop. Look at the feedback, end of May a customer received the correct light.

Thanks for the info!


Sorry, had to edit my post above. The pictures show a different light Sad

oh to bad, I will try and find one used

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What about a Sofrin SP10 Pro? Although it is a 1 AA light with Anduril 2. Not sure how well it would perform when the floor and ceiling set to the 5 lumen range.

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What about a Sofrin SP10 Pro? Although it is a 1 AA light with Anduril 2. Not sure how well it would perform when the floor and ceiling set to the 5 lumen range.

I cant find the color temp of the flashlight. I need a very warm light.

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S2000 wrote:
mitsuki08 wrote:
What about a Sofrin SP10 Pro? Although it is a 1 AA light with Anduril 2. Not sure how well it would perform when the floor and ceiling set to the 5 lumen range.

I cant find the color temp of the flashlight. I need a very warm light.


It’s 5000 K, slightly green.
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S2000 wrote:
mitsuki08 wrote:
What about a Sofrin SP10 Pro? Although it is a 1 AA light with Anduril 2. Not sure how well it would perform when the floor and ceiling set to the 5 lumen range.

I cant find the color temp of the flashlight. I need a very warm light.


It’s 5000 K, slightly green.

Thanks! That color temp will not work for my application. Still on the hunt for a dim warm light.

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I think the Sofirn C01 is good if you can find it, or the Sofirn C01S if you never use the high mode.

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I think the Sofirn C01 is good if you can find it, or the Sofirn C01S if you never use the high mode.

I will look for a CO1, i want the warmer color temp. I think 4000k of the CO1S will not be warm enough for my use case.

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I see you are in the US, S2000. Maybe you live near someone from here and that person can mod the SP10 for you, with a warmer LED.

It is hard to find the kind of light you are searching for, ready to buy.

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@S2000

+1 for the Sofirm C01 at 3400K from Sofirn Store on AE and they also have the Red LED in same form factor.

If you are so inclined and prefer more runtime, a warm 5mm LED tweaked to fit a 2xAA Maglite might serve your needs as well. The tweak is a matter of resizing the LED and reflector, then pairing with rechargeable constant 1.5V lithium you can get consistent regulated output for days.

Here is photo of 5mm Yugi 3200K Hi-CRI in -
1xAAA on left, Mini Maglite 2xAA on the right

On the light side.

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Those gchart joule thief drivers are excellent. I swapped one into aNOS four sevens atom along with a 219b sw35. Just an awesome little light. I agree with others, though. Sounds like the Sofirn c01 is exactly what you want. Alternatively perhaps peak can make an Eiger to suit you?

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Search for medical pen lights. Most have a very warm emitter, several good ones to choose from (and they aren’t priced like typical “medical” tools, thankfully). Lots of the weird-name cheapies do use a 5000K or 6000K emitter, though, but most of the med-specific stick to 3000K.

Weltool has a couple…not sure if the multi-mode brighter ones would suit you but single mode does limit your choices. Nitecore and Streamlight have some that I know are well regarded by EMTs and nurses, and seems like Wuben and Lumintop also have one (but I think the Lumintop may not have a suitable mode for you if memory serves).

https://www.amazon.com/Weltool-Diagnostic-Penlight-Inspection-Emergency/...
https://www.amazon.com/Weltool-Medical-Penlight-Emergency-Inspection/dp/...
https://www.amazon.com/Nitecore-MT06MD-Nichia-2Xaaa-Penlight/dp/B06XKDKJ1W/

Weltool does have a red one as well: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09DCPX2D9/

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The med-lights put out a very tight beam, btw, not at all like we’re used to with typical small reflectors. Best for very up-close viewing.

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Try Walmart.
They will have some AA and AAA lights with very low lumens.

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I used the very light you’re looking for tonight. 2xAAA incandescent maglight. Mine with eneloop is quite warm 2300-2500CCT maybe. Only one mode and right around the lumens you want. 100CRI to boot!

I have DC-FIX on my to smooth out the beam.

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C01 3400K still available on AE

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Wurkkos WK02 penlight. 2*AAA, moonlight mode and 4000k SST-20 95 CRI.
Maybe they have them on their site if you don’t like AliExpress.
There’s also. WK01 that’s a single AAA but the warm version is sold out.

https://a.aliexpress.com/_msvC470

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Correllux wrote:
The med-lights put out a very tight beam, btw, not at all like we’re used to with typical small reflectors. Best for very up-close viewing.

Nah. I have a Lumintop iyp 365 which is very nice if you like MLH mode order. I use the Ultratac A3 at work for its LMH mode order and it’s very very decent. 219C but very good tint.

Both have beam patterns like every other AAA sized reflector led out there.

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Correllux wrote:
The med-lights put out a very tight beam, btw, not at all like we’re used to with typical small reflectors. Best for very up-close viewing.

Nah. I have a Lumintop iyp 365 which is very nice if you like MLH mode order. I use the Ultratac A3 at work for its LMH mode order and it’s very very decent. 219C but very good tint.

Both have beam patterns like every other AAA sized reflector led out there.

Neither of those are like the medical lights…

The nice thing about one that I linked is that it has modes but always comes on in the lowest so you never flash a patient accidentally. They’re specialty lights, though, not really at all like most pen lights or our regular small cell lights.

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Correllux wrote:
buck91 wrote:
Correllux wrote:
The med-lights put out a very tight beam, btw, not at all like we're used to with typical small reflectors. Best for very up-close viewing.
Nah. I have a Lumintop iyp 365 which is very nice if you like MLH mode order. I use the Ultratac A3 at work for its LMH mode order and it’s very very decent. 219C but very good tint. Both have beam patterns like every other AAA sized reflector led out there.
Neither of those are like the medical lights... The nice thing about one that I linked is that it has modes but always comes on in the lowest so you never flash a patient accidentally. They're specialty lights, though, not really at all like most pen lights or our regular small cell lights.

 

EDIT: Forgot to say "Welome to the Forum" to new member S2000.

 

With the large variety of lights I have purchased, it is somewhat disconcerting to admit that the lights I use the most are my reverse clicky tail switch "UltraTac A3" Pen Lights with two NiMH AAA batteries.

I prefer the longer thinner 2-cell AAA form factor with a tail switch compared to shorter single-cell AAA or thicker AA lights because they are easier for me to handle without fumbling around and they carry discretely in either a shirt or pants pocket when using a clip (and sometimes I carry an extra or two as emergency spares).

UltraTac lists the Lumens as "2 for Low", "30 for "Medium", "220 for High" and the LED as a >90 CRI Neutral White Nichia 219CT.

The "UltraTac A3" has "no memory" and defaults to "Low" brightness when turned ON if it has been OFF for at least 2 seconds, otherwise it cycles through the modes (Low, Medium, High) and repeats this cycle with full ON & OFF presses of the tail switch which occur faster than two seconds.  While ON, half presses of the tail switch at any speed will cycle through the modes (Low, Medium, High) and repeat.

I am not sure what actually qualifies as a "Medical Light" and I do not need a medical light, but in their Amazon listing, UltraTac states the "A3" is a "Medical Pen Light", "Designed for Medical Personnel" and "Suitable for pupil inspection" but the beam from my "UltraTac A3" lights is rather floody and not tight and that is the beam pattern I prefer for my use cases.

This was the Amazon Listing for the "UltraTac A3", but unfortunately the "UltraTac A3" now shows as "Currently unavailable" (they were a great BudgetLight Buy at $10 each and I purchased 5 of them last year):

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0746CD4VC/?coliid=ID7S5S4WYI4BQ&colid=1CL6JB47UP1YF&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it

I would be curious to see how the $32 "Nitecore MT06MD with Nichia 219B LED" mentioned by Correllux compares to the the "UltraTac A3 with Nichia 219CT" and I may have to purchase one to find out since I have not experienced the "legendary" Nichia 219B LED which I have read so much about.

 

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