I 100% concur with the SS C3. One of my all time favorite budget rigs. It is built like a tank! Only issue I have seen with them are cold solder joint. But…that can be a issue with all lights. lol I also ordered glow buttons and have some spares. If you want, you can feed them 14500’s and they can handle it for brief jaunts.
The light JohnnyMac suggested has great output & decent build, but it chews through bats like candy. I have 3 of them. 2 have battery drain issues. They will soak them dry in a weak on the shelf. Curious if others have experienced the same??
I also would suggest when you order if its in the budget to buy 2 extra lights. Just in case one is DOA.
Maybe rethink of the idea from hank, a lithium primary works fabulous in such a light.
I always put either a nimh(if I know the recipient has a charger) or a lithium primary in the AA and AAA lights I gift away. These cost around a dollar per cell if you order 5 packs with coupon BLF.
If you compare batteries lithium primaries are outstanding
These are my favorites as well along with No. 2 without the zoomie, they are a little longer and slimmer than the SK68 and just right length that you can get a good grip on to push the end cap button. The SK68 are too heavy, short and bulky, great as gifts, but not as practical for real world use.
It’s very rare to have a bulk order not functional.
A few simple things to narrow down the problem:
Did you try different AA batteries?
Did you try a 14500?
Take the tailcap out of the scenario, take a piece of metal (paper clip or wire), place a battery in the flashlight, and connect the negative pole of the battery to a bare aluminum point on the flashlight (top of the batter tube or unannodized threads)… Does it light up now?
You don’t want to hand youngsters lithium-ion cell lights.
werner’s #3 points to a picture of the outside appearance.
His text mentions Banggood which doesn’t seem to have them for sale now:
In #4 ‘dangerous’ posted several ebay links. As of now the first is to a SK68 clone, the other three are to the slimmer light described in Werner’s post.
Can you point out exactly what you think you bought? If you bought a light claiming to work with AA or “AA/14500” you can dispute it (and should do so)
Sadly there are a lot of lights advertised as “AA” that only work with Li-ion (3.4v)
Often people selling these don’t actually have them, they collect orders and have some supplier send something. I’ve gotten SK68 clones that won’t work with AA, and the seller had no clue that was the case. Only bought two of these slimmer zoom lights Werner recommends — they were very different. That’s the China lottery.
Thanks. I am now thinking that I need to get something else ordered as it may be some time before banggood settles up with me. I don’t have lots of extra $ sitting around due to all the summer activities. Very frusterating.