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looking for a short small CR123 key chain light

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by zshiner, Jul 20, 2008.

  1. zshiner

    zshiner Loaded Pockets

    May 25, 2008
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    Hi ... here is what I am looking for. Main focus is a key chain flashlight - single cell and as small as possible.

    Thanks for all the good help!



    Here is my checklist for what I want in a new light. Let me know if you have anything that fills the bill.

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

    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! :)
    [ ] $1-15
    [ ] $15-30
    [ ] $40-60
    [ ] $80-$120
    [X] I have no limit!

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

    5) Length:
    [X] 1-2 inches. (Keychain sized) - light must be durable on a key chain – would also like recommendations on how to best attach it to my key chain.
    [ ] 2-4 inches. (Pocket carry)
    [ ] 4-9 inches. (Holster carry)

    6) Width:
    [ ] I prefer a long narrow light.
    [X] I prefer a short wide light.

    7) 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.
    [ ] I want common Alkaline batteries. (AA, AAA, C, D)
    [X] I want lithium batteries. (coin cells, CR123, AAA, AA...)
    1) Single CR123
    2) Single AAA or AA
    [ ] I want a rechargeable system. (an investment, but best for everyday use)

    8) 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, or find a light switch, in a dark room. (5-10 lumens)
    [X] I want to walk around a generally paved area. (15-20 lumens)
    [ ] 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)

    9) 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.

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

    10) Runtime: Not over-inflated manufacturer runtime claims (like some LED lights). but usable brightness measured from first activation to 50% with new batteries.
    [ ] 20 min. (I want the brightest light for brief periods)
    [ ] 60-240 min. (1-2 hours)
    [ ] 240-360 min. (4-6 hours)
    [X] 360+ min. (More than 6 hours)

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

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

    13) Switch Location:
    [ ] I don't care.
    [ ] I want a push or sliding switch on the body near the head.
    [X] 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.

    14) Operational Modes: Check all that apply.
    [X] A simple on-off is fine for me.
    [ ] 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.)

    15) Is it important whether the body is metal or plastic/composite?
    [ ] I don't care.
    [X ] I want a metal-bodied light.
    [ ] I want a plastic/composite light.

    16) 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)
    [X] 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
    [X] Need to be able to attach the light to a key chain
  2. badcop

    badcop Loaded Pockets

    Dec 25, 2006
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    Why don´t you check the ASP Tungsten 1S 1 Cell CR123A Tactical Flashlights

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  3. TKC

    TKC Loaded Pockets

    Apr 14, 2006
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    How about an Orb Raw titatium or an Orb Wee titanium?
  4. carrot

    carrot Loaded Pockets

    Apr 1, 2012
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    Pretty close is the Nitecore EX-10. But I don't really recommend anything with a clickie for keychain carry as it can be accidentally activated pretty easily.

    Since you have no limit, I recommend you contact Endeavour and buy a Muyshondt Nautilus (or Aeon, which uses a CR2) -- he may be willing to work with you and adjust it for a longer runtime as you desire. I have a CR2 Ion that I am very happy with, made by Endeavour, and I am thinking of getting an Aeon in the future.
  5. LZ

    LZ Loaded Pockets

    Apr 11, 2007
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    You could easily use a Fenix P1D....small and very bright...good old reliable twisty...
  6. Rawls

    Rawls Loaded Pockets

    Jul 3, 2008
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    I know that this is pedestrian choice, especially for all the knowledgeable folks here, but after literally years of searching (and buying) the Arc AAA-P is still the best light for a key chain that I have ever used. I am not sure about the Endeavor. It looks beautiful, but geez for $200 it better be a lightsaber as well.
  7. WolfAmmoMan

    WolfAmmoMan Banned

    Jul 14, 2008
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    It's hard to beat a Fenix P2D :)
  8. Woz

    Woz Empty Pockets

    Jun 2, 2008
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    ...but if you want to do so, get a Lumapower IncenDio :evilgrin: