Longest throw for under 40$

It he’s looking for a tight beam with long throw a Jacob A60 and a charger and two reasonable cells comes in under $40 just. The other suggestions have too much spill if ‘tight’ is the requirement.

Too bad the Jacob A60 isn’t available any longer. $15 + battery and charger gets you under $40 by a safe margin, and that thing would throw over 50kcd stock off a single 18650. The Yezl Y3 looks like a good choice, but again, if you need batteries and charger it’ll put you over $40. And the 26650 battery is harder to obtain cheap. The OP is posting in the 18650 forum so maybe he/she is already accounting for the cost or already has 18650’s. If you use laptop or power tool pulls, and a cheap charger, you can get under $40 with either the Yezl or the Small Sun.

Edit: VFaddict beat me too it, but AFAIK you can’t buy the Jacob anymore, shows out of stock everywhere I looked.

+1 that light is amazing for throw

Another budget option is uniquefire HS-802 for $20 shipped.

I have batteries and chargers. I have been randomly buying different flashlights. Then I stumbled here. The 40$ I was thinking was just for the flashlight.

That being said if there is one for 43.50 that’s a huge step up that’s fine too.

From what I have read so far it seems the Small Sun ZY-T08 or the Yezl Y3

Which of these 2 have the tighter beam?

I believe the ZY-T08 is tighter. With some modifications it can be made from ‘good’ to ‘great’. Here is a US seller

This modded X9 for sale looks like an awesome thrower, just a little over your budget but probably worth it

Edit: It might have sold already…

Hey thanks..why didn't I think of that..

Aspherics can be very tight, but not everyone likes the squarish die projection.


If what you want is the tightest beam, the Jacob is it, just keep in mind they are not super bright or good for up close work, they are pretty much a dedicated thrower.
Also, you did not mention if it will be mounted on a gun, if so you will probably need to pot the driver for long term use, regardless of what light you buy.
Anyway, PM me if you are interested.

Yezl y3, zyt13 or t08 have about the same reflector size and led but all are different in size and the yezl has a sideswitch.
if you search the forum a bit you can find for sure stock measurements.

T08 48kcd Review: Small Sun ZY-T08 2x18650 XM-L T6 from Fasttech

You can get the Jacob A60 here

For stock light, nothing beats the Jacob A60 or the courui D01

sounds like the OP wants a laser?

LOL, specification 100% fulfilled

I was really liking the small sun and almost bought it last night. The Courui looks similar in stats but holds an extra battery which is a nice bonus. I like the button on the side and not on the bottom too. If the light performance is the same I think that’s the route I will go.

Thank you everyone for your help!

In true BudgetFlashlight form, you should buy both LOL

This forum is going to get me in trouble with the wife lol

I already bought a DQG Tiny Triple XP-G2 V2

I have already thought about getting both too. So much for having enough batteries! Lol

Throw in a A60 for the heck of it, only $15. Then just add a Y3 as it’s only $25. BUDGET light forums……yeah right. No such thing as a budget here!

Look for a cheap zy-t13 and a used Crelant collimator head. With some searching you should get close to $40. Never tested it stock, but by just changing out the LED to a dedomed XRE I got over 200kcd. I am sure with some driver tweaks and a newer gen LED dedomed you can get more out of that setup too

The courui is one number bigger and has a bigger reflector than the t08,zyt13 or yezl. Also the stock throw is higher if I remember right(about 70kcd)

Courui, yezly3,zyt13,T08,A60