I recently got a Fenix E16 (which has the neutral white). This reminded me how much I love CR123 lights, but more importantly how much I love 4000-5000k colour temperatures.
I dug out my Lumintop Tool Ti High CRI, and the BLF-348, and instantly was at home with the High CRI aspect of it all.
What I really dislike about the Fenix E16 is the switch is quite easily pressed whilst in the pocket, for me at least. I know there is an electronic lockout function but that just makes the thing constantly flash all the time. And using the pocket clip to cover the switch is kind of crap, doesn’t work.
This has now lead onto me wanting a new light, but very specific criteria;
- Has to be pocketable/EDC-able
- I want a CR123/16340 to allow for higher modes than an AAA light
- I want to stay in colour temperatures of between 4000k - 5000k. Ideally 5000k is at the extreme cool end, I much prefer 4000-4500k, but can live with 5000k, no cooler.
- I want High CRI, absolutely no less than 90 and ideally 92 if possible.
Obviously it’s an EDC light so mainly an area style of light, but if possible if it has some throw then a great bonus
Is there such a light out there that fits this criteria?
Yup, I believe so, it is probably 70 CRI or so! I don’t have that one, though I have one with the Cool White emitter, so I can’t make a direct comparison!
On the CR123 /16340s there is a current sale of the Olight S1R Baton II - Special Edition that have different emitters, some CW, some NW and some WW! I believe they all are not 90 CRI! But those are good lights if you wanna check them!
There are some Scotland members that may help you modding/replacing the LEDs! Maybe you can contact them and ask about some help
But CR123A is very good for EDC-ing because you don’t have to worry about leaving it fully charged for a long time, about charging the battery at all, about running out of juice in a short time.
The draw back is that you can’t count on more than 250 lumen output.
CR123A is a low drain battery.
But with those low powers it will last even longer.
The Klarus Mi1C is a nice little light.
Although i don’t like the aspheric lens as an optic. (but you could modify it with a 30 - 60° TIR optic).
Yup, you’re right! Considering this, please be noted that all my suggestions were in the direction of those lights due to the output on 16340 batteries (I don’t use CR123A batteries on my lights, they are not easy to find, and I prefer to recharge than to buy and then throw them out)!
I got a nice little one t’other day. Had forgotten all about ordering it.
U’Torch SF 01.
350/800lumens. depending on battery.
Takes a AAA or AA or CR123 recharge. DOES work with all.
Nice beam/range for a pocket torch.
Comfortable size with good price.
Check it out.
I don’t like those little fat ones so never look at ’em.
Probably missing some gudn’s? .
I love everything about that, except that it doesn’t accept 16340s. I have a load of CR123/16340s which I would prefer to use. Although size was one factor, the battery choice also has a big influence as I would like to make use of my collection of CR123/16340 batteries.