Shiningbeam Spark has a 7 lumen low and so does the Caveman T5. The Caveman T6 has an 8 Lumen low but is $7 more expensive than the T5. (don't forget the BLFuser coupon)
The Spark has one annoying strobe mode and the caveman has probably the better throw anyway. Machining is said to be superb on SB-lights.
The Ultrafire C3 fits your bill nicely and its budget unlike the other proposals.
You can buy it in the 2AA configuration or in 1AA configuration and buy a extension tube later.
It comes in 1 mode or in more modes versions.
Here are just a few suggestions:
But please mention about the lowest mode and runtime also . I need something that would go for very long without changing cells and must be hardy enough to be used for years without any maintainace .
I wouldn't recommend the C3 (at least not the aluminum model) as mine has been problematic. It has issues with making a good contact that makes it more un-reliable. I've worked on mine and it's been a much better light since then, but it just never has impressed me much.
What sort of runtime are you after? The trouble with quoting times is you’ll get different runtimes with different batteries (NiMH, Lithium, alkaline) and for each of those you can get differing capacities.
Also are you wanting a regulated light or direct drive? As this can have an impact on runtimes.
I was going to post this same thing. Lots of people seem to have contact issues, including myself.
ThruNite Neutron 2A is a decent light, good modes(loose head(memory): moon, low, med, hi, SOS/tight head(no memory): turbo, strobe) . Although it is sort of larger due to the interchangeable parts with the rest of the series.
Manufacturer listed output and runtimes
I recently purchased a few 4sevens quark x aa2’s from goinggear as well as a couple quark turbo aa2’s….They are my new favorite lights. The turbo and quark x tactical have programmable modes, and the normal quark x has a multitude of modes to choose from.
These are now my go-to lights and some of my favorite lights I have handled. If you can find them for the sale prices, they are the best 2xAA lights (plus 10 year warranties)
I personally wouldn’t recommend any **fire brands lights. Go directly for good brands if you wanna have less problems in the future. For already mentioned lights, add Crelant V21A or Balder SE-1 with extension tube.
Don’t forget about promos, there are really nice offers for high quality lights like Nitecore, four sevens, Thrunite, etc.