Hello, I have used the Olight I3S (a good flashlight,review i3S ), Also I have the DQG III in the keychain, lighter and 2 modes is very useful, but unless throws than I3S.
The Olight i2 and the new Thrunite “saber A1”,may also be good choices.
I have the nitecore sens AA and the sens cr, are great EDC (sens mini perhaps be a problem because batteries cr2 are hard to find).
Sunwayman R01A, tan
7- Olight I3 EOS, blue (x2), gold, purple (x2), red (x2)
See a pattern? The Olight I series, is fantastic, imho. I have all three versions because I much prefer cr123a or AA over the AAA. If you are considering the I3 EOS as your finalist, I think you should revisit the AAA choice. The AA I2 is scarcely bigger and nearly the same price, then you would get longer runtimes without any real cost in terms of size and weight. Personally, if you use cr123a batteries in other stuff, I’d go with that version. Best of the three , I’d say.
The sens mini will run happily on 15266 li-ion batteries if you can find them. I’d recommend you be very careful charging them, though. Treat them like 10440’s if your charger requires those to be charged in pairs on the same channel.
If you’re willing to stick to primaries, photo & camera shops will usually carry them (but not cheaply)
I would recommend to buy some different lights and compare for yourself.
If you only want one small very bright light than go with the mini 01 it’s awesome, I have it on my keys.
I have also some AAA lights which are nice but none of them can reach the mini01.
Love my Fenix E15. Very compact body. Solid and bright. Twisty isn’t as convenient—but perfect for avoiding accidental activation in a pocket.
It is my secondary/ backup light, and rides a lanyard in my pocket with a Leatherman e4.
The Nitecore EC1 is a phenomenal light and is only 65mm long. A fantastic interface in a switched light like this is hard to find and is shorter than most twisty lights in its class. I just got mine from FastTech for only $36. Best price you will find.
Radiance is correct. You are siting the battery dimensions, not the size of the light itself. Here is a pic of 4 of the suggested CR123 torches to relative scale side-by-side.
The Mini-01 is currently about the smallest of available at just 64mm long.
The Nitecore EC1 Explorer is the shortest switched CR123 in existence at just 65mm but is wider than the rest. That width gives it a reflector of a much larger light making it the best throwing light in it's class while the extra mass and finning make it great at heat dissipation . Those that own it believe it to be the best EDC ever. It is worth every penny at the usual $52 street price. At just $36 from FastTech (using the BLF discount) it is an absolute steal.
The ZL SC31 is 67mm long and has a great interface. I own several ZL torches (they are not budget) and I always thought they had the best interface until I got my EC1.
The Eagletac is a relatively long 75mm but is thinner. It has a standard tail clicky and the usual interface.