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#235107 - 11/04/11 07:07 PM New keychain flash light recommendations needed
Cauldronborn2 Offline

Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 86
Loc: UK
Hi guys

My current keychain flash light, a streamlight key mate has just stopped working and I'm in the market for a new one.

I've taken a look around and the fenix E01 would seem to be what I'm looking for but I thought I would ask the brain trust here first before buying just in case I missed a good alternative.

I also looked at the the Countycomm maratac AAA light but as I live in the UK shipping would be an issue, I've kept an eye on ebay but no luck so far.

I'm pretty open to ideas thought I would like it to:

1) Run on AA or AAA batterys

2) Have a twisty on/off switch, NOT clicky

3) Runtime over lumens, this flash light would be used mainly to look under desks, behind cuboards ect, so 10 or so lumens would be plenty of light for my needs

4) Less functions the beter, on and off is all I realy want.

5) Cost, I would guess I'm looking in the $20 - $30 range top end, though I would be prepared to pay more for a good quality light.

Many thanks in advance for your time and I hope that this thread will generate some good responses & information other people can make use of themselves.

#235108 - 11/04/11 07:11 PM Re: New keychain flash light recommendations needed [Re: Cauldronborn2]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 6995
Loc: southern Cal
The Fexis EO1 would be an excellent choice. Another option, also fairly cheap, would be the Gerber Ultimate Infinity. It takes a AA battery and puts out a fairly low powered beam, may be 30 lumens (I am not positive), so it has a really long runtime, especially with lithium batteries. I have several versions and I have been quite satisfied with them all.
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#235112 - 11/04/11 07:32 PM Re: New keychain flash light recommendations needed [Re: Cauldronborn2]
Arney Offline

Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 2485
Loc: California
The NiteCore T0 AAA fits your requirements nicely.

The Nitecore EZ AA is also a fine flashlight but a bit above your price range (maybe $50). It's a twisty two-stage (6 and 160 lumens). Crank up the lumens for brief periods to do things, like search under your desk for that dropped pen, but you still have super long runtime at the 6 lumen setting plus the higher capacity of the AA battery over a AAA one.

I recommended it just the other day, so I'll just say that the E05 is also a very useful light that I now EDC. Just in my own experience, an E01's output is often not quite enough and I wish I had more light, such as when you need to look for something. That's where the higher output of the E05 makes it more useful to me than my prior EDC, the E01. Of course, it loses in the runtime department to the E01.

Edited by Arney (11/04/11 08:36 PM)

#235113 - 11/04/11 07:35 PM Re: New keychain flash light recommendations needed [Re: Cauldronborn2]
Russ Online   content

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 5207
Go with the Fenix E01.

#235119 - 11/04/11 08:51 PM Re: New keychain flash light recommendations needed [Re: Cauldronborn2]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3190
Loc: USA

#235129 - 11/05/11 12:51 AM Re: New keychain flash light recommendations needed [Re: Cauldronborn2]
MDinana Offline

Registered: 03/08/07
Posts: 2186
Loc: Bluegrass
the EO1 has a good reputation. As does the Maratac AAA, or alternately, there's a similar model by the same manufacturer. (forget the name, go to Candlepowerforums and look around) problem w/ the Maratac is the keychain attachment is junk, and looks like it'll fail in about 30 seconds.

#235130 - 11/05/11 01:07 AM Re: New keychain flash light recommendations needed [Re: Cauldronborn2]
LED Offline

Registered: 09/01/05
Posts: 1474
The ITP A3 EOS is very popular with people over on CPF. Very similar to the Maratac.

I don't really care for a 3 mode keychain light so I use a Fenix E05. Its okay, runtime is a little short though.

#235131 - 11/05/11 02:27 AM Re: New keychain flash light recommendations needed [Re: Cauldronborn2]
Mark_M Offline

Registered: 11/19/09
Posts: 295
Loc: New Jersey
DR-designed eGear Pico. 10 lumens, 15 hours, single-mode, tiny, twisty, it has everything you ask for except expense: available for $10 locally. I have several attached to all different kinds of gear as a failsafe light source.

My favorite is still the Maratac AAA from Countycomm. I use a fishing swivel to work-around the funky keyring attachment clip, no problems or wear in over 2 years. The ITP A3 EOS Upgrade is the same light with a better keyring attachment, though you can't tail-stand the ITP.
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#235132 - 11/05/11 02:44 AM Re: New keychain flash light recommendations needed [Re: Cauldronborn2]
haertig Offline

Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2089
Loc: Colorado
I'd say any 1xAAA light that is a clone of the no-longer-made Arc-AAA. The Fenix E01 is one such clone, and a nice light for a cheap price. Many Arc-AAA's tended to develop flicker over time (and not just from dirty contact surfaces). I don't know how the E01 lasts over time. I used a Gerber Tempo 1xAAA on my keychain for quite a while (because I got it on sale for $5). It does not feel like it has the build quality of one of the Arc clones, but the Gerber has never failed and never flickered. A solid performer despite its thinner metal feel.

I see someone else mentioned the Gerber Infinity. I have an Infinity Ultra from back when CMG made them, before Geber bought them out and changed the light somewhat. That's a fantastic low-output long-lasting light that has never failed. But a 1xAA light is too big for a keychain light IMHO. You really need 1xAAA. I don't like the watch battery type keychain lights either. The batteries are too expensive and don't last all that long.

I no longer carry a keychain light. I carry a 4Sevens Quark 1xAA with a 14500 rechargeable lithium ion battery in its small pouch on my belt. Much more versatile (and much more expensive!) than a Fenix E01 if you're willing to give up keychain carry and go for belt carry instead.

For your stated needs, I vote for the Fenix E01.

#235137 - 11/05/11 07:17 AM Re: New keychain flash light recommendations needed [Re: haertig]
Cauldronborn2 Offline

Registered: 06/29/11
Posts: 86
Loc: UK
Thanks for all the replies so far guys, now to throw the cat among the pigeons.

I had a look around on the net and it seems that Peter Gransee the founder and designer of the Arc lights set up another company in 2004 making the same lights, the website they have up seems to show that they are still in business.

I know this should probably be taken with a pinch of salt but it might be worth taking a closer look.

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