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Looking for the smallest brightest AA flashlight. What are my options?

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by jwalker497, Nov 11, 2010.

  1. jwalker497

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    Pretty simple. I have a Maratac AA and an EZAA. Love Both! Just looking to see if there is anything out there more powerful that runs on one AA. Any ideas??
     
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    Check out Zebralight SC51
     
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    ZebraLight SC50+

    i carried a maratac AA for about a year before i got this light a few months ago. i still love my maratac, but the SC50+ is a little smaller and has a clicky. the UI is awesome too.

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  4. Gnarly
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    Both those gentlemen beat me to the same answer...the new ZL.

    ~Gnarly
     
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    The SC51 was designed for maximum output on Nimh. Probably the best size+power combo you can get out of a production light at the moment.

    You might want to check CPF to see if your Maratac supports 14500 cells. That might get you what you want.
     
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    Maratac does not support 14500 li-ion cells. And countycomm just released a new Maratac AA extreme. A tactical AA. It It looks slightly longer than a Novatac120p with a built in cigar grip ring style body. The Zebralight look great. I don't like too many modes though. A high and a low or a high and a strobe is about it for me
     
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    +1 on the Zebralight. The SC30 is even smaller if you want a CR123 light!

    p.s. - I like the Blue Mako above!
     
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    not high end by any means but Energizer makes a very bright LED single AA. It is available at Target for about $15.
     
  9. jwalker497

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    The Zebra looks cool and lenty powerful, however, it seems to be on the thick side - almost as thick as many CR123As. Can anyone confirm how it compares to the Maratac AA and nitecore EZAA in terms of specs, thickness, length, etc?? Also where can the zebra be purchased online?
     
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    The Zebralight SC50 is about the same size and shape as most CR123 lights. It will also be the heaviest of the lights you listed. The Maratac AA is going to be about the same length, but much smaller in diameter. The Nitecore EZAA is, I believe, the smallest in diameter, but I think it is also the longest. As far as performance, the Zebralight SC50 or SC51 is going to perform better than either one and supports either NiMH or 14500 batteries. Also, the Zebralights have a great pocket clip (and I normally don't like pocket clips).
     
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    SC50: IMO the extra width makes it easier to hold during use, but the odd shape does make it a little awkward for pocket carry if that's your intention (depends on your pants, I guess). I usually use the excellent clip to attach the light to my belt. I forget it's there.
     
  12. Gnarly
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    Good info!
    Where to order:
    illuminationgear.com is my favorite source of all things bright.
    Tod has sold me my last 4 lights + RCR's & charger.
    Competitive prices,SuperFast (free!) shipping,and he can explain tech stuff in plain English.
    Tell him you got his website info from his KY customer whose email begins: attitudeRN.
     
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    The extra width makes it about on par with most CR123 lights. It won't disappear into your pants like a QMAA, but it's not that bad to deal with.
     
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    How many lumens does the Zebra light have compared to the maratac>?
     
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    Maratac AA= 85 lms

    ZL SC51= 200 lms, test on a Sanyo 2000mAh Eneloop and rated as OTF lumens.
     
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    I had the same question as the OP. But CPF is down and so I can't do my research there.

    I am looking for the brightest "BRIGHTEST" two stage single AA. Size does not matter nor does waterproofing. What does matter is spill. I want a flood and not a spot. Something to light up a room. But without artifacts. I could also care less about color. Just lots of lumens with a low and a high. If there is no such flashlight then I guess i would go for a 3 stage.
     
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    Isn't there a single AA that has more than 200 lumens? Preferable one with 2 or 3 stage with a clicky?
     
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    Some of the Jetbeam offerings might fit your needs.
     
  19. Gareth

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    I don't believe so, 200 lumen from a single AA is as high as I've heard of.
     
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    tell you what i'm gonna try to buy with my tax return. its a single battery unit....... anyone seen one in person... ? are they really as good as listed? 700 lumens!!!!!! http://www.elektrolumens.com/