Best Single AA flashlight for 2017/18 ?

Well, I never owned a TG06, but I can tell that the range of illumination of the SF14 is quite good. Meaning +50 meters you can see what’s going on :open_mouth:

Got some pics here: DOUBLE 1 AND ½ "REVIEW": Sofirn SP10A and Sofirn SF14 *[added night / distance shots] - #19 by MascaratumB

I also compared the SF14 with the Tool AA (both with 14500) and…the SF14 “wins” in almost all the things regarding output and tint.
I’m not “defending” the SF14 or the brand, but I can say that so far it is a very good 3 mode budget flashlight.

At what price does a flashlight go from budget to premium ?
I say under $20.00 is budget.
Over $50.00 is premium.

Looks fine yet what are the UI and specs? Thank you

Can no longer find the flashlight on either Gearbest or Fasttech any longer. Specs could be anything. Let your imagination run.

I find it difficult to find a good AA light under $20, while it’s relatively easy to find a good lithium-ion light for under $20. I think the drivers are more complicated in (good) AA lights, which add to their cost.

One thing I haven’t seen on this forum is a group buy for a good, inexpensive 1xAA light. I’ve seen them for AAA lights, and for 4xAA lights, but never a 1xAA. Maybe I’ve missed them? Or maybe there’s not much interest?

What do you consider a good AA light? I’m still using my Utorch UT01s and IMO they are great at the $9.99 price point and still good at $14.99

Granted, good is relative, and I haven’t ever tried that UT01. Most of the “under $20” AA lights I’ve tried are the cheap sipik type lights, for a few dollars. While they’re okay for the price, they’re not very sturdy, and they have awful cool-white emitters.

For 1xAA lights, I mostly use Zebralights, which are well above the $20 mark. The cheapest “good” AA light I have is an L3 Illuminations L10 with a Nichia 219 emitter. IIRC, I think it was $19.99.

I just haven’t seen a lot of AA lights under the $20 mark, that have good quality and a neutral-white LED. Some people like cool white, but I find it looks too industrial to me.

Hum, when you mean “AA”, you mean “only” AA (alkaline/Ni-MH), not supporting14500 batteries?
Because there are some neat 2017 lights AA size, also supporting 14500’s . I bought some this year and I am happy with almost all of them! :slight_smile:

If you are only talking about AA (alkaline/Ni-MH) lights, not 14500, yup the Zebralight seems to be the most advanced, putting 500 lumens (maybe more?) of a single Ni-MH cell!

My vote goes to the UT01. I have 2, one in each tint and haven’t had any insurmountable issues with them. Just ordered a spare NW for $9.99.

What I like (in no particular order):

  1. reversible deep pocket clip
  2. reversible body (allows switching clip orientation without removing clip and scratching anno)
  3. decent low mode
  4. 400lmn high w/ AA, 800lmn w/ 14500 is very serviceable.
  5. AA/14500 support. Paper clip mod resolves issues with protected 14500
  6. Good modes and programmable
  7. Very affordable
  8. compact size
  9. available in warmer tint

I would have considered the Klarus Mi7 a possible contender, but my had horrific parasite drain (emptied batteries in a day) and Klarus did nothing to help. Even so, I think I’d still prefer the UT01 because of the reversible clip, programmable (and more) modes, UI, better low mode and overall feel. I wish the UT01 had a better switch. In fact, UT01 with a Mi7 switch would be hard to beat, in my book. Jet-1 is also a contender, but the clip is similar to the Klarus, only 3 modes and again, low not low enough.

At $20, I think it’s pretty hard to touch the UT01. At $9.99, it’s a no-brainer.

Olight S1A and Lumintop EDC05 = Utorch UT01 = Manker E11

1. Zebralight H53c Neutral White High CRI

2. Armytek Tiara A1 Pro XP-L (Warm)

3. L3 Illumination L11C (Nichia 219BT)

+ Manker E03

+ Manker E11 = Utorch UT01 = Lumintop EDC05


I also have the H53w and it’s awesome but I wouldn’t call it the best of 2017 because of the lack of 14500 support.

My favourite single AA flashlight of all times is the Olight S1A, If only Olight made a S10A version with reflector instead of TIR lens…

For me AA means basically just NiMH, if i need capabilities of Li-Ion I pick 18650s.
I find 14500 kind of unnecessary and very underdeveloped cells compared to 18650’s . To me NiMH is ok for any AA. :partying_face:

What about Nicron?


I have the same approach. When I need the brightness of 14500 I’m usually hiking in the dark and also need longer run time. 14500 doesn’t provide that and the little lights run into thermal issues anyway. This is where I like the Zebralight approach of efficiency and good brightness on AA.

My recent and favorite is Rofis TR15.


1. It can transform into an angle light (rotate the head 90 degrees) or use as a straight handheld.
2. It has a magnetic base
3. Uses ANY AA battery. (I use 14500 for max output) But in an emergency can use a regular AA.
4. I can make it a headlamp by rotating the head and using the Olight headband H2R Nova Headband (uses a magnet in the cradle for fast placement and has a silicon strap to secure)

But I have also been thinking of the Klarus Mi7 (glad to see it mentioned several times here)

I simply LOVE this Rofis! Best all around AA light. (IMHO)

My wife is carrying an 18650 light in her purse and notified me last night she wanted a “smaller light”….so here i am on this thread.
I would like a AA/14500 light with usb charing built in one way or another (either in the battery or on-board charging. I see many lights suggested on this thread but very few have the usb charging option. Any suggestions for me? Budget please :slight_smile: less than $30.

I am also open to an even smaller light than 14500.
Can someone help please?

You can take a look to the Wuben flashlights :wink: Wuben Versatile EDC Flashlights - Compact, Rechargeable, & Diverse Shapes

Some have in-built charge, and I guess others have rechargeable batteries!
They are sold in several places (I normally search in AliExpress) but there other places for sure!

Also, if you want a small 18650 light with in-built charger, take a look at this thread: Folomov EDC-C4


The Jetbeam E10R is an extremely nice and small light and it features regularly in deal threads for less than $20.

The big flaw in that light is that charging a NiMh battery (like AA Eneloop) via the USB-port does not go well, the charging stops at 70 or so % from full. But if you use a 14500 in it (which has better energy density anyway) charging is fine.

Look for the Jet Beam E10R AA / 14500 built in charge, although it has been reported the charging function will not fully charge an 14500 . For Ni-mh it works. JetBeam also has the E01R AAA size with charging function.
This is a description I’m not endorsing any particular vendor