So I’ve been playing with flashlights for decades like Most “boys”… Lol… Feeling younger than my age… Anyway, I own the Zebralight SC62, an Olight S15R, q Fenix PD35, as well as a host of other lights ranging from trade show 3 AAA cell 9 LED’s to single AA nice single LED’s, to 18 AAA cell “mag-light” like things with a nip umber of zoomies and cheap eBay made in China POS lights thrown in. Probably 25 plus lights around my home…. And I do NOT EVER want another cheap crappy eBay “offshore” POS (Piece of Shit for non native English speakers) lamp……
So, the point is, I’d like to see a true budget light with 5-3 modes, with a memory, with a moonlight, and ideally a UI like the Olight or Zebra…. Both those lights are very pocketable and have a very useful every-day lumen output from “peeking on the baby” in the middle of th night ( or going to the bathroom, kitchen, setting dressed at 4:00 am for a flight with our waking the wife or ruining your night vision) all the way to taking a night walk with the dog at medium output or night or turbo to see 1/2 mile down the road! But the problem is, I want to buy a bunch of these and gift then for Christmas, and the Zebralight is just way out of the budget. Yes the Olight is a good choice, there was and I think there still is a group buy for $25, but I’d love to see the Zebralight for $25 or something like that.
So, how do we get a high quality, very good or great User Interface single 18650 cell light in the $25 range?
Any and all ideas are so very welcome, and thanks in advance for all your replies.
I think for $25, you can’t beat the blf A6. It’s got all the modes you could want in a great single-button UI. Its a hotrod though. I’m not sure it’s a great choice for “normal” folks so you’d have to give that some thought and consider your gift recipients. And that $25 doesnt include an 18650 or charger.
I’ve got 5 zebra’s, by the way. I love Zebralights. The A6 isn’t one, the build quality is nowhere near, but for the money think the A6 is a much better value.
These are the very best deals that I know of for a quality ‘gifting’ light. - For the general public.
I would go for the $17.99 model myself, because the charging base may or may not work correctly on the $22.99 one (there have been problems). - Most people are just gonna use AA Alkies anyway?
PS - ALWAYS Be sure to pay for the Tracking AND Insurance when ordering anything from Gearbest - They will tell you to do that (for safe delivery), and if you don’t take their advice, you ‘may’ be sorry. - Please don’t ask me how I know;-)
Good point on the LiIo … I’m a radio control Heli flier, so LiIo to my flying buddies would be no big deal as we deal with LiPo’s all day long, but LiIo to non “freaks” may be an issue with them needing to buy a charger… - I’d highly recommend the Nitcore D2 or D4 … but … it’s another expense…
OK, point is well taken and thank you!
Now, someone find me a zebralight SC62 similar (ya know, programmable set points…. ) for $25-35 (yes I increased the top end…), and I’ll be happier then a pig in a mud bath.
Check this thread: https://budgetlightforum.com/t/-/31076 Great light but there have been some QC issues. Banggood is being good about the problems but for xmas presents you might run into a time crunch unless you order extra lights. That said this thing will get friggin hot on turbo and may not be the best choice for non-flashaholics. I use mine all the time and it rocks! Note that the discount is now only $10.
Still waiting on mine ordered early September…… Says it shipped a couple days after ordering it, but have not seen it yet… Getting very concerned… Good thing I paid with PayPal, but I’ll wait another couple weeks before hitting then up….
S15 and S15R are the same lights, the only difference is that one is rechargeable and comes with charging base and rechargeable 14500 battery and the other is not and comes with no charger and battery.