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Looking for 1xAAA twisty with adjustable focus (or decent flood)

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by allineedtocarry, Feb 9, 2016.

  1. allineedtocarry

    allineedtocarry Loaded Pockets

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    Hi all!

    I've been looking for a specific flashlight for what seems to be a year now. And since I'm posting here my search hasn't been that successful ;-).

    So what am I actually looking for:

    - Battery type: 1 x AAA
    - Switch: Twisty (since I'm carrying this light in my pocket)
    - Lumens: > 80
    - Modes: Low, Medium, High (no need for other modes)
    - Features: Adjustable focus (a decent flood would be an option too), pocket clip
    - Size (L x W): 3,5" x 0,5"
    - Budget: 50 € (since I'm from germany :))

    The "Spotlight Shifter 1.0" comes close but is 0.4" too high and lacks a medium-mode.

    Thanks in advance for all your comments!

    Regards AllIneedToCarry
     
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  2. archimedes

    archimedes EDC Junkie!!!

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    If you are not flexible on any of those criteria, that may be very difficult to find.

    LensLight Micro is close, but not an exact match

    Others include LED Lenser P3, Coast HP2
     
  3. allineedtocarry

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    Thanks archimedes. Would not have thought my requirements are that special.

    The lenser is nice but my old maglite is brighter than this.

    Ok, so what do you think would be the closest match if I would leave out one of those criteria, which one is up to you. Keep in mind I need the adjustable focus ;-).

    Regards AllINeedToCarry
     
  4. archimedes

    archimedes EDC Junkie!!!

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    Actually, the adjustable focus would be the best criterion to omit :(

    Not trying to be difficult, but why do you specifically need that feature ?

    Most adjustable focus lights are of limited quality, and especially the smaller versions.

    Might you be better off with two small lights (for flood and for throw) , or one larger light ?
     
  5. IHateBottleOpeners

    IHateBottleOpeners EDC Junkie!!!!!

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    Twisty with adjustable focus... I only know the Maglite keychain light.
     
  6. allineedtocarry

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    I thought so :-/.

    As to why I need this feature: It's often that I find myself in a situation where I need to check on PCB's, or other kind of electronics and small parts, where a throw is far too bright to recognize a :censored: small thing. And then there are situations where I just need to illuminate the path in front of me and it doesn't really matter if it's a throw or flood.

    So maybe I should get myself a decent flood with those specs? Recommendations?

    Regards AllINeedToCarry
     
  7. camporama

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    Possibly a surefire titan.
     
  8. Westerdutch

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    Id look for a floody light (or even a mule) that can output some serious umpf to 'make' some throw..... but that might prove difficult with a AAA light as that's quite a limiting power source for serious powerlights.

    FourSevens Atom A0 is nice if it would have more outputs....
     
  9. archimedes

    archimedes EDC Junkie!!!

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    Peak Eiger Mule might work ....
     
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  10. Westerdutch

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    Oh, also the DQG TinyAAA comes to mind!
     
  11. archimedes

    archimedes EDC Junkie!!!

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    Although it meets virtually none of the listed criteria, the best flashlight I've found for the specific purpose(s) discussed is the McGizmo SunDrop (with Nichia emitter)
     
  12. jcwagers

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    I know it's not exactly what you're looking for but the Fenix E05 meets most of the requirements except for the adjustable focus. It's smaller than the maximum length but slightly bigger diamter (.6 vs .5) but should cover the rest. It's brighter than 80 lumens on high, has 3 modes, takes 1 aaa, is a twisty, and should be well under your budget.
    I'm not saying it's what you should get but perhaps it might make the list. :)
     
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  13. Davidka

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    How about another Fenix, the LD01?
     
  14. steeps

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    I 2nd the Fenix E05 for you.
     
  15. allineedtocarry

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    Surefire Titan
    Really nice and meets all, except the focus, of the criteria. But the price is a killer (my wife would kill me in an instant).

    FourSevens Atom A0
    As Westerdutch already stated. Really nice if it had more output.

    Stainless Peak Eiger AAA small mule
    This would be THE one. If only it was available...

    DQG TinyAAA
    The beam is very orange-tinted so that it would mess with my color-reception. Messed up wiring is never good ;-).

    McGizmo SunDrop
    Very nice light. The price, a killer...

    Fenix LD01
    Not as floody as the E05 as I can tell by looking at some reviews. Anyone on here who got both and can compare?

    Fenix E05
    Looks promising. Let's see if it can hold up the expectations.


    Thank you all for the input, the Fenix will be ordered, but I hope for more suggestions.

    Wouldn't have thought this community to be that helpful! I've never seen a board where newbies are actually treated like thinking human beings. I might come more often ;-).

    Regards AllINeedToCarry
     
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  16. allineedtocarry

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    I'll throw another one into the ring: "Fenix E99 Ti".
    Anybody an opinion on how it compares to the E05 in terms of "floodiness"?

    Regards AllINeedToCarry
     
  17. jcwagers

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    I was checking the reviews on Amazon for the E99ti. I only saw one mention of anything dealing with "floodiness". One reviewer said that the beam was more narrow than the E05 but that the light was a bit warmer. I would wait and see how the E05 turns out for you. The pricing on the E99ti sounds like you're paying double for the titanium with no advantage on the "light" side that would justify the extra price over the E05.
     
  18. lightmyfire13

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    The Olight i3e EOS has exellent flood 90 lumens or the silver has 120 lumens. ..1 mode and a beast with a 10440 .

    Sent from my SM-G800F using Tapatalk
     
  19. allineedtocarry

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    Warmer is better, as warmer often means higher CRI and therefore lesser false coloring.
    The main difference between the E99 and the E05 is, besides the titanium, the modes. The modes on the titanium sound more reasonable for me:

    Fenix E99ti
    Low: 4 lumens (28 h)
    Med: 27 lumens (4 h 15m)
    Hi: 100 lumens (0h 50m)

    Fenix E05SS
    Low: 8 lumens (15 h)
    Med: 25 lumens (4h 15m)
    Hi: 85 lumens (0h 45 m)

    On the "Olight i3E EOS" I'm missing a mode which doesn't dazzle me while looking at a PCB, as they reflect light very well.

    I'm getting a pretty good deal on the E99 (~40 €) whereas the E05SS would cost me ~32 €. So the price isn't a deal-breaker.

    Thank you all for your input and help! Leaves to decide which one of these beauties I should get, but this is a topic for another thread ;-).

    Regards AllINeedToCarry
     
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