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#245617 - 05/05/12 02:22 AM AAA Led Light
billn Offline

Registered: 05/04/12
Posts: 10
Loc: GA
What is the best bang for your $ for a decent AAA led light for my EDC? Long battery life and decent cost?


#245618 - 05/05/12 02:26 AM Re: AAA Led Light [Re: billn]
Russ Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4987
Welcome to ETS -- Fenix E01

#245619 - 05/05/12 03:54 AM Re: AAA Led Light [Re: billn]
LesSnyder Offline

Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1540
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
welcome....+1 to recommendation by Russ on the E01... I relocated the hole for the split ring so there is more metal...very light weight with lithium cell... the E01 is on my key ring.. I carry a larger single cr123 LED in a belt pouch with a Leatherman Juice S2...I have a perception of need for a good light over the Bic that was in that position previously

Edited by LesSnyder (05/05/12 03:57 AM)

#245624 - 05/05/12 04:41 AM Re: AAA Led Light [Re: billn]
Arney Offline

Registered: 09/15/05
Posts: 2485
Loc: California
For long battery life over light output, then I'd vote for the Fenix E01, too. Basically bulletproof light at a good price.

I personally EDC a Fenix E05 in my pocket. Won't last anywhere near as long as the E01, but it produces a very useful, bright, soft beam of light courtesy of its flood optic. I think it was recently discontinued, but can still be found for sale.

Welcome to ETS!

#245625 - 05/05/12 04:50 AM Re: AAA Led Light [Re: billn]
Denis Offline

Registered: 01/09/09
Posts: 631
Loc: Calgary, AB
Fenix E01 ... I see a pattern forming here smile

It is a great little light; I've had one on my keyring for a couple years now and I throw it onto a lanyard when I'm out in the woods.
Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck. Roald Amundsen

#245626 - 05/05/12 05:26 AM Re: AAA Led Light [Re: Denis]
billn Offline

Registered: 05/04/12
Posts: 10
Loc: GA
Someone recommended the THRUNITE TI 3-60. Any better than the Fenix E01?

#245630 - 05/05/12 06:09 AM Re: AAA Led Light [Re: billn]
Phaedrus Offline

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2189
Loc: Great Plains
I also really like my Streamlight MicroStream. But the one I tend to carry is this Black Cat light from DealExtreme.com. It's vastly brighter than the Streamlight and seems to be pretty bombproof. I have half a dozen of them, mostly black but a couple red, and my oldest one has been heavily used for about 2 years with no issues. Not bad for $8 shipped.
“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” Naguib Mahfouz

#245632 - 05/05/12 06:30 AM Re: AAA Led Light [Re: billn]
dougwalkabout Offline
Crazy Canuck
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 02/03/07
Posts: 2731
Loc: Alberta, Canada
Mine is the contrarian vote: anything but Fenix.

I have owned five. Different models, different runs. Each one has developed problems, despite being treated as shelf queens. Never again.

On the other hand, my old-fashioned, low-tech, non-sexy Streamlights seem to be indestructible. I hit the switch and there is light, not drama. Guess where my vote lies.


#245633 - 05/05/12 06:32 AM Re: AAA Led Light [Re: Phaedrus]
Mark_M Offline

Registered: 11/19/09
Posts: 295
Loc: New Jersey
My fav's are the Maratac AAA from Countycomm and the Fenix LD01. I like having the low mode for most things but still have the option for a bright light when needed, such as searching for small, misplaced items at camp.
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#245634 - 05/05/12 11:17 AM Re: AAA Led Light [Re: billn]
7point82 Offline

Registered: 11/24/05
Posts: 478
Loc: Oklahoma
My sons bought a couple of Olight I3 flashlights. They have a nice range of output (2.5, 20 & 70 lumens) and seem reasonably durable. They are just over $20 most places.
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