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Pocket EDC for AA or AAA

Hi there,

I am a beginner in terms of flashlight and want your opinions about my purchase. I'm looking for a flashlight for all purposes; to make emergency maintenance on my motorcycle, small electrical repairs and stuff, plus some night gardening projects, in short a pocket edc flashlight.

Here in Brazil, the most popular chinese good deals site is DX, the most compreensive for me too, with reviews and product forums, so I’ve looking na found these options who match my needs:

zooming one

350 lumen claimed

non XP-G R5 

What you guys think about these options? Can I found other wolrd wide free shipping sites with better options like TD or DD?

Aditional detail: I Will use most AA or AAA batteries than any other model, but, IF you guys show me some good stuff, I have intention to buy some special size batteries and chargers....

 

Thanks in advance for this help...

And sorry about the long post and the bad english....

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The Trustfire R5-A3 is a classic and always good for recommendation. There are plenty of other AA sized lights that work on AA but really shine (pun intended) on 14500 cells. The Balder SE-1 and Xeno E03 are perfect examples and you can find tons of information on this site if you just put them into the search box at the top left.

As for sites, I hesitate recommending any other than DX because I am well aware of how much Brazilians depend on DX as from what I understand, getting deliveries in Brazil can be rather difficult.  Hopefully there are other members here that can recommend sites that are known to reliably ship to Brazil.

You could always contact the following sites and see if they would anticipate any issues because they are some of the best to buy from:

cnqualitygoods.com

intl-outdoor.com

shiningbeam.com

hkequipment.net

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hi, pocket EDC for AAA, my recommendations:

premium: Fenix LD01 R4 aluminum version

budget: Tank E09

cells for the two lights: Eneloop AAA or LiIon 10440

seller: hkequipment.net (Fenix)

seller: dinodirect.com (Tank)

good: luck

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Tank and Fenix are both good, but if I would be selecting light for myself, I would choose DQG III AAA NW (again).

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_the_ wrote:

Tank and Fenix are both good, but if I would be selecting light for myself, I would choose DQG III AAA NW (again).

i wouldnt mind seeing a review of it or updated pictures on the product webpage! Smile

except for the Tiny III's size, the Fenix is superior imho in all other respects. btw, my previous EDC was this unanodized 83.5x19.9mm aluminum beast!!

 

...so no wonder i am thinking of the Fenix as a small light (and as small as the 10mm shorter iTP A3). In actual EDC i dont note any difference between the sizes of iTP A3 and Fenix.

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kreisler wrote:

i wouldnt mind seeing a review of it or updated pictures on the product webpage! Smile

Soon. Really soon. Wink

..but, in fact, it looks & feels really much like the II-version. Just imagine DQG Tiny II, which doesn't eat the O-ring and without battery rattle. The best just got better!

 

kreisler wrote:

except for the Tiny III's size, the Fenix is superior imho in all other respects.

AFAIK, the medium mode is about the only thing where Fenix is better. But feel free to educate me. Smile

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My favorite single-AA light is the Klarus St10, but it is a bit pricey. You can sometimes get it for about $40 on eBay.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

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after killing my 2 worms (SS 2012, alu 2011) *oops* hehe i dont feel like buying more 1xAAA lights which do *not* support 10440's. and after the Fenix anything else (AAA lights up to 40$) seems anticlimactic .. to me. i'd have some pocket money left for the Tiny III but i really need to see the fresh photos. then i'll take an instant decision -- to splurge or not to splurge Wink

_the_ wrote:
AFAIK, the medium mode is about the only thing where Fenix is better. But feel free to educate me. :)

hundreds of different lights are discussed weekly on BFL (and cpf) but only very few users care to review their own lights (for which no good review exists already), what a pity.

at one point i would post something like a LD01 review.. Steve and it does have something to do with education. While Fenix being the pioneer and dinosaur in 1xAAA Cree power LED lighting technology i was thinking that all competing successors and imitators would try hard and succeed in releasing much better products (for the same or less money) but i was wrong. Errare humanus est. I could have saved all the expensive EUR's on worms, itp a3's, mix6's and Tank's and got it all right from the very beginning if i had really known the following little piece of info: Fenix, and then no need to look any further.

but this little piece of valuable info is lacking on the WWW. no clarifying or detailed LD01 Release 4 review exists on the entire inet!! (not even by HKJ, selfbuilt or mev). and probably the current LD01 (=LD01 R4) owners are not aware that their light is indeed on the very top of the vast competitive field. and how should they know if nobody on the WWW did a comparative review up to this point?

time has come for some fenix shilling and re-popularizing a well-known (see amazon.com) keychain light which everybody has come across already in some manner at some point... Wink

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The R5A3 is a great little light but I have been using my Yezl A1 a lot lately, but it needs a 14500 to work properly.

 

http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1000

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It is my EDC .

What I do

 

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It's good to have you here, youkomccants.

If you want something small and cheap, I suggest the Tank E09.  I really like mine.

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You will not find a brighter (a zoom light will throw farther but with a pencil thin beam), and smaller AA powered flashlight than the uniquefire G10 for less than $13.50. If you do, pls let me know.

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Here's a brand new review of DQG III AAA.

..and for AA/14500 light: +1 for Balder SE-1 NW

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fishmaniac wrote:

You will not find a brighter (a zoom light will throw farther but with a pencil thin beam), and smaller AA powered flashlight than the uniquefire G10 for less than $13.50. If you do, pls let me know.

Do you mean single mode version running on li-ion? I have a multi-mode G10 but consensus is that it will fry if I try to run it on 14500's. It's a nice little light, but brightness on AA is distinctly meh..

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I just bought this XM-L T6 XENO E03 for myself, it takes 14500 battries as well as AA batteries. 

I also just bought this ThruNite T10 for my girlfriend, it just takes regular AA batteries. I bought her some Energizer Lithium Ultimate AA's to go with it but any regular akaline battries should be ok too. 

When I was getting the XENO E03 it was a tough decision between that and a Balder SE-1 with a XM-L emitter, this can also use a 14500 battery or standard AA's.

Keep in mind that the the XENO E03 and Balder SE-1 will have significantly lower output with AA batteries rather than 14500's.

If you do choose to take something that uses 14500 battries, you will need a charger like this. But it often turns out cheaper in the long run rather than buying disposable batteries, plus they will make the above flashlights (excluding the ThruNite T10) more than twice as bright.   

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_the_ wrote:

Here's a brand new review of DQG III AAA.

..and for AA/14500 light: +1 for Balder SE-1 NW

 

 

I would definitely go with DQG for AAA light.

There's just really nothing to complain about. New version is even better.

 

Honestly I don't like the AA version too much.

Heats ups like a maniac, uses so much power over runtime. Worse beam, too narrow "thowy" spot...

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CheapThrills wrote:

Honestly I don't like the AA version too much.

Heats ups like a maniac, uses so much power over runtime. Worse beam, too narrow "thowy" spot...

Totally agree with you here... The AA either needs to be a 3 mode, or the max modes needs to be seriously dropped in output to actually be usable for more than 30 seconds.

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Thank you so much guys,

 

I wonder I have a participative forum like this.....

Fistr of all, much information, much options, in consequense, more questions....

I've seen some lights you guys presents me, brands, non brands, many options, now I have some questions:

 

when I look over the flashlight wiki, the cree article show some charts, about lumens over mA... the XP-G seems the most bright, and the best (and affordable) option with R5. 

Some guys here presents me R2 or WQ, and I get confused, what it means at all? And, how can I take advantage of these mix of options?

I've see some suggested reviews and get concerned about runtime... some guys talking about cell vampires and all... I have in mind buy some good cells, but we have here testimonials about drivers fryied with these high performance cells. How can I balance this to get the best of both?

If I have to discard or slow down some option (between luminosity, runtime and type of cell) I'll prefer a medium light (below 200Lm) with good runtime. Can I still have some options you gave me?

 

Anyway... Thanks for all this reception and good informations

Best regards...

Thiago

 

 

ps: If you can't understand something I've write here, it's all may crappy english fault, so ask me again and I'll try to be more clear...

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Your English is great, Thiago! I can't speak a word or Portuguese so you will see no complaining from me.  :bigsmile:

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I carry in my pocket a StreamLight Stylus Pro, which is the pen-shape style AAA x 2 with a clip.

 

I just clip it in my khaki pants and it sits nice and slim.

 

Carrying my AA lights I find them too thick...Also the Fenix E01 is a great little pocket light and its AAA.

 

These lights are just for emergencies due to small size, if you want a dedicated light you plan to use all the time, then you need something bigger...but I think AAA is fine for what I occasionally use an EDC light for.

 

Then when I go walking around at night I get my 2xAA light, dedicated for that task, I cant EDC that around all day.