Was writing something on Jayki about multiple AA lights with two or 3 NiMH. Then remembered a review of the Aurora SH0030 multimode I wrote there. Our esteemed host says runtime is important to him - I think I have the ultimate. The light output is less than a Fenix E01 though. With an extension from an Ultrafire C3 and two cells it gives 27 lux (Lightbox) on High (Drawing 12.2mA) - a Fenix E01 gives 37 in the same lightbox.
9 lux on medium from 5.11mA
On high in this configuration it should give a couple of hours under a week of light with a pair of Eneloops. On medium you get more than a fortnight - overr 400 hours with the measured capacities of my Eneloops.
So, a few questions: The minimum voltage requirement is quite strange. How can it be 2.0V minimum and still work with AA? Do you still have that light? If so you could you please let me know if it performs with a regular alkaline AA, my preferred configuration? And if it does, how long does it run with a single AA on the lowest setting? I see there is also the single-mode version that costs less than $12 and received a 6-star rating by Jayki. So I also wonder if the single-mode is also dim and therefore a long runner?
Could we get some comments in this thread about other extremely long runtime budget lights (especially with a single AA) that you guys know of? Thanks!
Well, I don't really care too much about about brightness one way or the other. If it happens to be bright that is fine, but usually that is an opposing factor to runtime. I wouldn't mind a dim single-mode either, it's just that most single-modes on DX seem to be be real scorchers that overdrive the battery to its limits.
You might want to check out this light......uses Nichia leds that provide long runtimes, they might not be as bright as the luxeons or crees but they make up for it though in runtime. And as for the price how low did you want to go.
Thanks for checking Don. Pity that the multi-mode doesn't work with a regular AA. In fact I'm surprised it's such a dim light if it requires such high voltage. Thanks for the tip on that, I might have bought it only to be disappointed.