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Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by breakingcontact, Nov 14, 2013.
What are the advantages and disadvantages to each? (aside from size)
Advantages, for me at least.
- small size - a great back-up light
- easy to find batteries, in case of an emergency
- It takes about 2.5 AAAs to match the capacity of 1 AA
- Cost is nearly the same, AAs are easier to find
- Current / amperage is proportional to capacity so the AA will be able to product twice the lumens
- You can use a AAA in a AA with an adapter or spacers
- Both are available in Alk, NiMh, 1.5v lithium primary, and 3.7v Li-ion chemistries, but the AA also has (usually) a 3v lithium primary (same as a CR123)
- The number of flashlight models and features available for the AA are going to be much better.
- ummm, AAAs and their lights are smaller?
What he said.
The reason I wanted a AAA light was because it would fit in here.
I do agree with your comments about AA lights.
pro's: they're cuuuuuute
cons: you have to write an extra 'A' when you're making your shopping list :/
pro's: reminds you to stay on the wagon.
cons: sometimes you mistake them for your chapstick in your pocket.
I think it would just come down to what you were going to use it for.
As posted earlier - the AA is a better power source as well as the other listed "betters", but I use mine as just a source for times when a light is needed for a brief period and I do not have a need for a larger light. I have a AAA light in my pocket clipped to a Vic Minichamp. So since I carry it in my front pocket, I like the smaller size. I find I'm more likely to have it if carrying it isn't a bother. I use both frequently.
I love my AAA powered Fenix EO1. I have numerous more powerful Flashlights scattered throughout my world but the EO1 is always in my jeans watch pocket ready for action.
It's not the brightest but neither am I.
My AAA Tank007 E09 is with me everywhere I go. I have a 1xAA flashlight that's very small, but too big to pocket carry all of the time. If they made a 1xAA as small as the Tank007, I would absolutely consider buying one.
Tank007 E09 (or similarly sized light) is so convenient to have at all times that to me it is an essential keychain item. If you want a clicky, the Tank007 TK-703 is just a hair longer, but you lose the three different brightness levels, which I think are critical for lower capacity lights. AA's are just a tad too bulky for keychain carry, but I agree that in a vacuum AA's are a better power source, and typically enable greater output as well. I used to carry an AA light powered by a 20 dollar bill wrapped around an AAA, but I eventually figured that the loss in runtime wasn't worth the spare cash carry.
I have to admit, the smaller size of the AAA platform makes it more pocket friendly, compared to even the slimmest AA.
The shorter run time of the AAA means that I'll always want a AA light for dedicated, task specific use.
I carry two lights always. My primary light is a McGizmo Mule, CR123A. My back-up light is a AAA Tain Piccolo. The mule is pretty small, but the Piccolo is tiny. So for me, I have all the power I need in a very small package.
With that being said, I'm currently considering a 1XAA battery pack for my McGizmo. I like the idea of having a readily available battery source for my main light, with regards to emergencies.
Nice. My power needs are scattered across AAA, AA, and cr123.
Don't you need his full AA light engine?.. Not sure your CR123 head will run on 1.5v.
Yes, you are correct, I forgot about that. I will need to get the whole light. Good catch.
Very happy to see both Don and Gene introduce AA lights this year, now if they could only pull off a 0.9-4.2v driver. Henry sounds like he'll be too busy for while still.
I prefer AAA because I can buy a pack or keep some charged without worrying that someone in my house will steal them.
Perhaps the answer is in this riddle: What's the best flashlight?
Answer: The one you have with you.
Which one is more likely to be on you at any given time? Yes, AA's have more capacity than AAA's, 123's are even better and 6v lantern batteries have their uses, still. Like many who are "flashaholics" I have many different lights, but my Maratac AAA is always with me (ok, not in the shower ). So I guess for me, that makes it the one I don't think I can do without.
Then that would be my Surefire E1L.
I prefer to carry a light that doesn't elicit comments like "....or are you just happy to see me?"