I've been hunting around for a while to no real avail, so I am turning to you all at the EDC forum. I own a LOT of lights, but I would love to standardize on a single model. Trouble is, I am having trouble finding exactly what I am looking for. Since the light world is *constantly* changing, I was hoping you all would show me stuff I am overlooking and point me in the right direction. So, here is what I am looking for and why: AA Powered Simply because they are available everywhere for next to nothing. Tail Cap Switch I've never had much success with twists. They almost always require two hands to operate, and I have had reliability problems with them in the past (though, those were older lights that were sort of cutting edge at the time). Not Fenix I own a bunch of Fenix lights from 3-4 years old. Their reliability sort of sucks from my experience. I have 4 Fenix CR123 lights from back in the day, and only 1 works reliably. Unless they have gotten WAY better over the last couple of years, I really want to avoid them. Pretty much everyone and their moth recommends them, so perhaps this opinion is outdated and based on old lights? Some things I have considered, but am looking for alternatives to: - 4Sevens makes great lights, but their AA series is just as fat as their CR123 series lights... but longer. Why the heck is that? -NiteCore I have a NiteCore Piston Driven NX10 (I think that is the model) that is years old and fantastic. Personally, it is one of my favorite lights. The hesitation I have with investing in 4-5 of their new PD lights is this: Nobody I respect carries NiteCore anymore. TAD Gear dropped them and 4 Sevens dropped them. Why? Crappy lights or inside baseball drama about how they run their (Chinese!) business? I'm gonna drop a couple of hundred on these lights, so I don't want to be stuck with a company that sucks to deal with, even though the 11.2 series looks pretty great. If my concerns about NiteCore as a company can be quelled, they look like the winner. Any information about this? So, that is where I am at. I want to thank you all for answering! I've used the search function a bunch, but my questions are sort of broad and difficult to find definitive answers to. As such, I want you to know how much I appreciate your distilled knowledge!