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Inexpensive 1xAA or 1xAAA Clickie light

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by Jim85IROC, Apr 28, 2015.

  1. Jim85IROC

    Jim85IROC Loaded Pockets

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    1) Short Essay Question: What do you intend to use this light for?

    My father has expressed interest in a small flashlight after seeing a couple of mine (Thrunite Ti3 and L3 Illumination L10C). He wants it for walking around a campground at night. He doesn't find the twist-on functionality of the Ti3 to be intuitive, so he'd prefer a clickie, but he's not interested in paying over $20. I've done a little looking around and haven't found a heck of a lot. I found the ThorFire TG06, but can't find much information on it. I'd prefer to stick with AA because of the added runtime, but I'm open to <$20 AA clicky lights too. If it's impossible to find what I want at $20, I'll consider the Thrunite T10 @ $27 and I'll just tell him it was only $20, but I want to see if there's actually something out there at $20 first. Thanks!

    2) What Region/Country/State will the light be purchased in?
    [X] I will be mail-ordering or buying online, so this doesn't matter.
    [ ] I am in _______(country) and __________(state/providence).

    3) Price Range: An easy question, but you may change your mind after answering the rest! :broke:
    [ ] $1-15
    [X] $15-30
    [ ] $40-60
    [ ] $80-$120
    [ ] I have no limit!

    4) Format:
    PART A
    [X] I want a flashlight.
    [ ] I want a headlamp.
    [ ] I want a lantern.
    [ ] I want a portable spotlight.

    PART B
    Length:
    [ ] 1-2 inches. (Keychain sized)
    [X] 2-4 inches. (Pocket carry)
    [ ] 4-9 inches. (Holster carry)

    PART C
    Width:
    [X] I prefer a long narrow light.
    [ ] I prefer a short wide light.
    [ ] Doesn't matter.

    PART D
    Weight:
    Lights of a similar size can be very different in weight and may turn the perfect sized light into a paper weight. In general a lights of the same size will stack up like this; plastic and aluminum will be your lighter choices brass, stainless steel, bronze will be heavier. I won't put numbers here because everyone has a different weight sensitivity. For the purposes of EDC specifically I'll limit the choices here to the more easily carried sizes pick 2 sizes to represent a range of weight.
    [ ] Very light, can't tell it's there.
    [ ] Light, no heavier than a few keys or a small car remote.
    [ ] Medium light, about the weight of a AAA MiniMag
    [ ] Medium, slightly heavier than a AA MiniMag
    [ ] Heavy Medium, can of Coke
    [ ] Heavy, PDA or small digital camera

    5) What kind of "bulb".
    [X] LED - more rugged, unlikely to burn out in your lifetime, less accurate color rendition, in general less output but more efficient (longer runtimes)
    [ ] Incandescent - can be very bright, more accurate color rendition, burn out or can be damaged more easily, shorter runtimes, very noticeable dimming as batteries deplete
    [ ] HID - like new car headlights in color, very, very bright, can be had in lights as small as a Mag 2 D cell but generally larger spotlight sized lights, no dimming turns off when battery depletes
    [ ] Don't care, just want the best fit for my needs.

    6) What batteries do you want to use? Alkaline batteries are easier to find and less expensive but don't pack as much stored energy and are don't work well in cold temperatures. Lithium batteries have long shelf life (10+ years, great for stored emergency lights) and are not as affected by cold but must be kept dry and are more expensive. Rechargeable start expensive, but if used frequently pay off quickly.
    [X] I want common Alkaline batteries. (AA, AAA, C, D)
    [ ] I want lithium batteries. (coin cells, CR123, AAA, AA...)
    [ ] I want a rechargeable system. (an investment, but best for everyday use)

    7) How much light do you want? Sometimes you can have too much light (trying to read up close up with a 100 lumen light is impossible).
    [ ] I want to read a map, find a light switch/keyhole, or get around the house at w/o disturbing anyone. (5-10 lumens)
    [X] I want to walk around a generally paved area. (15-20 lumens)
    [X] I want to walk unpaved trails. (40 lumens)
    [ ] I want to do Caving or Search & Rescue operations. (60+ lumens)
    [ ] I want to light an entire campground or dazzle an intruder. (100+ lumens)

    8) Throw vs Flood: Which do you prefer, lights that flood an area with a wide beam, or lights that "throw" with a tightly focused beam? Place an “X” on the line below. Sometimes a flood is better particularly closer up or indoors. You won't have to "sweep" the light back and forth to see what you need to see. You can also just set it down pointing the general direction rather having to point it right at that which you are working.

    Throw (distance)----------------------|----------------------Flood/close-up

    9) Runtime: Not over-inflated manufacturer runtime claims (like some LED lights). but usable brightness measured from first activation to 50% with new batteries. Understand that runtime is a function of brightness and capacity of your batteries. If you want 6 hours you'll either have big batteries or dimmer light, they haven't made a setup yet that lights up like the sun, runs all night, and fits in your watch pocket. ;)
    [ ] 20 min. (I want the brightest light for brief periods)
    [ ] 60-240 min. (1-2 hours)
    [ ] 240-360 min. (4-6 hours)
    [ ] 360+ min. (More than 6 hours)

    10) Durability: Generally the old phrase “you get what you pay for” is very accurate for flashlights.
    [ ] Not Important (A “night-stand” light.)
    [X] Slightly Important (Walks around the neighborhood.)
    [ ] Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box.)
    [ ] Critical (Police, Fire, Search & Rescue, Self-defense, Survival.)

    11) Switch Type:
    [ ] I don't care.
    [ ] sliding switch (Stays on until slid back.)
    [X] clickie switch. (Stays on until pressed again.)
    [ ] momentary switch. (Only stays on while held down.)
    [ ] rotating switch

    12) Switch Location:
    [X] I don't care.
    [ ] I want a push or sliding switch on the body near the head.
    [ ] I want a push switch on the back end of the body.
    [ ] I want a rotating head switch.
    [ ] I want a rotating end-cap switch.
    [ ] I want a remote control.

    13) Operational Modes: Check all that apply.
    [ ] A simple on-off is fine for me.
    [X] I want 2 light levels. (Brighter/short runtime and Dimmer/long runtime.)
    [ ] I want multiple light levels. (some lights have 5-16 light levels.)
    [ ] I want a strobe mode. (blinks to show location.)
    [ ] I want a tactical strobe. (Flashes rapidly to disorient an opponent.)
    [ ] I want S.O.S. flashing

    14) Is it important whether the body is metal or plastic/composite? In this case "plastic" and it's variants does not mean "cheap" or poorly made. In many applications a plastic bodied light is preferable, hard use and water resistance comes to mind; think caving or lights that get dropped or abused.
    [X] I don't care.
    [ ] I want a metal-bodied light.
    [ ] I want a plastic/composite light.

    15) Special Needs: Is there anything else you want or need that hasn't been mentioned? Circle any below or write in your own comment(s).
    [ ] Red (night vision preserving) filter
    [ ] Other filter colors (Amber, Green, Blue, _________)
    [ ] Waterproof – how deep: _____________
    [ ] Non-reflective/dark finish (stealthy/hard to find)
    [ ] Polished silver or brightly colored finish (for easy locating)
    [ ] Corrosion resistant or hard-anodized finish
    [ ] “Hybrid” light (bright incandescent combined with long running LEDs)
    [ ] Built-in second (or spare) lamp or filament
    [ ] Belt/Jacket clip
    [ ] Holster
    [ ] Wrist/Neck Lanyard
    [ ] Kuboton/self defense features
    [ ] Non-sparking Intrinsically Safe (IS) for use in explosive environments
     
  2. GatorMedic

    GatorMedic Loaded Pockets

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    Streamlight Microstream AAA if one mode and very short runtime is okay. You could always just buy him an L10C (now L11C apparently) as an early Father's Day gift so the slightly higher cost won't matter. I believe they have some on sale for $24.99 right now, but could be wrong.


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  3. CatsTide

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    LumaPower LM21 It's 24 bucks but it's a great light. Just what your dad needs. I admit I didn't go through all the check marks and such above...I get nauseous half way through.
     
  4. mountainman22

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    Bushnell pro carry. Found mine at wally world for 15$. It works great for a quick grab pocket light. Single AAA and 50 lumens helps too.
     
  5. tjo116

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    Thrunite T10. Has 3 levels and a tail clicky
     
  6. Djs105

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    If he can tolerate the AA battery, I'd recommend the Fenix LD12. I've been EDCing it for a little less than a year and I love it.
     
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  7. Jim85IROC

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    I don't blame you. I got the same way filling it out. I pretty much said everything that mattered in my first paragraph.
     
  8. baccar-3

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    $4--Made in other places.
    Push pull spot to flood.
    1 X AA.
    Pocket clip.
    Cree.
    I have 8 of them.

    [​IMG]DSCF0027 by longdrinkofsilence, on Flickr
     
  9. Dave(id)130

    Dave(id)130 Loaded Pockets

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    I've had the LD12 since early December. Not too much to complain about. In my experience, if you leave it on turbo for more than 15 min it starts to do a dimming blink thing and gets kinda warm lol. Great light though, wish it had a tail stand!
     
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  10. REDDEVIL

    REDDEVIL EDC Junkie!!!

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    Lumintop Tool AAA, 3 mode clicky ~$20

    1.5 lumens (60hrs), 20 (?hrs), 90 lumens (1hr)

    I love it, it has replaced my lumapower lm21 that replaced my lumapower avenger gx
     
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  11. les snyder

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    give him $7 to add to the $20 and get a Fenix E12
     
  12. BASR

    BASR Loaded Pockets

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    +1 for the ThruNite T10.
     
  13. Coup de Grace

    Coup de Grace Uber Prepared

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    Around $10 at The Wal.
    Uses a AAA battery.
    [​IMG]
     
  14. Lopez

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    Led lenser afs p3
     
  15. Highbinder

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    Lumintop Tool, or, Lumapower LM21

    Both AAA clickies that should be a round 20$
     
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  16. breakingcontact

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    I am absolutely loving this new Streamlight. [​IMG]
     
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    This.

    Or get a Streamlight Microstream (I prefer the Micro).
     
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  18. mole

    mole EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    SIPIK 68
     
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  19. EZDog

    EZDog EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    I ordered 2 of these last night,tell me more please!
     
  20. breakingcontact

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    I have two of them. They are good. I know for many they are THE affordable EDC light.

    This new Streamlight Protac 1AAA is only slightly larger and has low/high/strobe programmable and the push button is more like a normal push button and less like an eraser head.

    Yes it is twice the price but it is only $30-$35.