1. Are you a current member with account or password issues?

    Please visit following page for more information

    Dismiss Notice

Okay, looking for annoyingly specific flashlight traits

Discussion in 'Flashlights & Other Illumination Devices' started by thecolorifix, Sep 6, 2017.

  1. thecolorifix

    thecolorifix Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2016
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Okay, I'm gonna be on my 3rd flashlight trying to find the perfect fit. Mostly using the light for working on bikes and finding stuff in dark corners and camping.

    I bought the ThruNite Ti3 NW Mini Edc Cree Xp-G2 R5 AAA and I LOVE the modes and the light but hate twisting it on. And inevitably it gets bumped on in my pocket and wears the battery out and undoes the memory mode. Or I leave it too loose and it comes open.

    So then I go the
    Streamlight MicroStream Ultra-compact and I like the button way better then the twist. But it only has one brightness (didn't know I'd miss the different brightness levels) and I HATE the light. It's way more "LED" and blue, the ThruNite was warmer and more yellowish and It was much easier to see with.

    So the things I'm looking for in a flashlight are these:


    Push button (no twist)
    Brightness levels (don't care how you set them)
    Memory (starts in same mode)
    Clip of some sort (not a dealbreaker though)
    AAA or rechargeable are both fine but I don't want something all that much larger then a AAA flashlight.

    I can buy online or in Portland, OR for under $100. Not worried about weight.

    Is there a flashlight out there that meets these requirements?

    Thank you for any help!
     
    Last edited by thecolorifix, Sep 6, 2017
    #1 thecolorifix, Sep 6, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2017
  2. MAD777

    MAD777 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2012
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    736
    RoadWizard and lessershoe like this.
  3. turbo6

    turbo6 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2015
    Messages:
    309
    Likes Received:
    311
    UltraTac A5, Fenix LD02, FourSevens Preon...all AAA with a tail switch.
     
    dml24 likes this.
  4. jag-engr
    • Administrator

    jag-engr Semper Bufo!
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Messages:
    5,531
    Likes Received:
    4,060
    Not a bad recommendation, but I like the Lumintop Tool Ti much better. It is a little shorter due to the electronic switch, but, more importantly, it can tailstand. It is also remarkably cheap for a titanium light.

    I would recommend the Nichia 219 option. You loose a few lumens, but it is a beautiful, warm beam.
     
  5. Windy Isle

    Windy Isle Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 4, 2013
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    8
    Pelican 1910. I have two, and getting ready to buy another. It's been my dedicated EDC for the past couple years. No exaggeration; I literally use the light every day. My only complaints are the diameter (it's a bit bulky), and the runtimes. Pelican has always been notoriously behind on that technology. That being said, I'll keep using the light, and buying more when needed. My brother has a few also. I've got three other Pelican lights, and have always been happy with them. I've yet to find the "perfect" AAA light, but the 1910 is close. Hi\lo, very durable pocket clip, forward clicky, and the best warranty. Twice in the past five months I've had a Duracell alka-leak corrode the tailcap on my lights (1910 and 1920). I contacted pelican, asking if I could buy a replacement. They sent me a free tailcap each time...
     
  6. Westerdutch

    Westerdutch Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2009
    Messages:
    2,647
    Likes Received:
    3,499
    Oh wow, 30 bucks shipped that sure tickles all my boxes....
     
  7. Barbourman04

    Barbourman04 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2016
    Messages:
    134
    Likes Received:
    249
    Olight s1a baton. It's an AA not AAA though

    Sent from my SM-G892A using Tapatalk
     
  8. Barbourman04

    Barbourman04 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2016
    Messages:
    134
    Likes Received:
    249
    .[​IMG]

    Sent from my SM-G892A using Tapatalk
     
  9. pathwinder14

    pathwinder14 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2014
    Messages:
    610
    Likes Received:
    771
  10. indigo_wolf

    indigo_wolf AKA Breezy

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Messages:
    4,979
    Likes Received:
    8,222
    We await the inevitable giggling. :bounce:

    ATB,
    Sam
     
  11. indigo_wolf

    indigo_wolf AKA Breezy

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Messages:
    4,979
    Likes Received:
    8,222
    Does you know if that metal band at the head is purely for aesthetics or meant to serve as a heatsink?

    ATB,
    Sam
     
  12. thecolorifix

    thecolorifix Empty Pockets

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2016
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    I think this is the winner. I just bought a Fisher Trekker and don't like it so I'm gonna take it back and get this flashlight instead! Thank you!

    Sent from my LG-K550 using Tapatalk
     
  13. turbo6

    turbo6 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2015
    Messages:
    309
    Likes Received:
    311
    I think this and many other single AA lights are a good consideration if you are open to it.

    IMO, I tend to like this configuration more due to better overall run times, especially on high. If you are using low modes predominantly I suppose it doesn't matter but I do like the flexibility of being able to run at max lumens for more than 30 minutes at a time if need be, but YMMV.
     
  14. MAD777

    MAD777 Loaded Pockets

    Joined:
    Nov 3, 2012
    Messages:
    211
    Likes Received:
    736
    Manker MK34. To turn it off, you have to hold the button down! I never get it right. I single click, which puts it into strobe. How ludicrous is that?

    Sent from my SM-G900V using Tapatalk
     
  15. EZDog

    EZDog EDC Junkie!!!!!

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2012
    Messages:
    4,342
    Likes Received:
    6,948
    Agree I have a Manker and this us just a stupid feature to me.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
     
  16. jag-engr
    • Administrator

    jag-engr Semper Bufo!
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Messages:
    5,531
    Likes Received:
    4,060
    Pull the trigger... you won't regret it.

    You're welcome. Let me know what you think after you've had a chance to use it.

    A website known for dropping masses of stuff has a version in blue anodized titanium that has a UI that many prefer — L > M > H. It's not much more than the normal titanium version, but you'll have to wait a while to get it.
     
  17. jag-engr
    • Administrator

    jag-engr Semper Bufo!
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2007
    Messages:
    5,531
    Likes Received:
    4,060
    It's a heatsink. Titanium is a terrible heat conductor, especially in a flashlight this small.
     
  18. indigo_wolf

    indigo_wolf AKA Breezy

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Messages:
    4,979
    Likes Received:
    8,222
    Kind of figured as much, but wanted to confirm. It's a nice touch by the manufacturer that isn't incorporated by a lot of other manufacturers of titanium flashlights.

    ATB,
    Sam
     
  19. A-MAC

    A-MAC Banned

    Joined:
    Nov 15, 2017
    Messages:
    16
    Likes Received:
    5
    I second the Pelican 1910.

    Also check out the Streamlight ProTac 1aaa. Mode memory, programmable, forward clicky rear switch, good pocket clip (same as the Microstream).