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    I finally decided to get my dad a keychain AAA light for father's day. It will be a late gift. So what do you guys recommend?

    He wants it to be bright. Runtime is not an issue as he plans on only using it for short bursts. It also has to be low maintenance and dependable.

    I was looking at the DX r2 keychain light, but I have read reviews that say it flikers and that the KD v4 buckle is much brighter with the same runtime.

    The KD v4 also looks interesting, but it seems like it might be too big for a keychain.

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    Well Bessiebenny really likes the buckle and if runtime isnt an issue its not a badchoice. Whats your budget? You can't go wrong with the fenix lod although maybe thats a little too pricey.

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    well it all depends on what you define "big".

    i had a KD v4 buckle on my keys for probably 2-3 weeks and i loved it, it is bright and very solid, but the runtime was low.

    i received my Fenix E01 a few days ago, and it has taken over the KD buckle on my keys. allthough their is a massive difference in output, l like my Fenix much more.

    Before i recieved my fenix, i thought the KD buckle was pretty small, but now its pretty big and chubby compared to the E01.

    you where looking for a bright AAA light so the KD buckle meets your requirements, it all just depends on how big your big is

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    You can't go wrong by ordering an Arc (DS or GS) or a Peak Matterhorn.

    Personally, I'd lean toward the Peak Matterhorn 3-LED version, in the Ultra-Power output since brightness (over run-time) is the criteria. They're available in stainless steel, HA aluminum, or brass ($35-45). If that's too rich, drop down to the same light in their 1-LED version (also in U-Power) and save $5-10. Still darn bright.

    If you phone Peak, ask 'em if they still have any "lug" style Matterhorn bodies available. The lugs are slightly shorter than the std. key-chain version and they might be a bit more pocket-able. Either body style also works well on a neck lanyard (I prefer a beaded chain under a shirt) and the various Peaks (or an Arc) are carried that way by many CPFers for an "instantly available" but low-profile light.

    Some find the brass or steel a tad heavy for key-chain/pocket duty, but they "wear" better (keys/coins abrasion-resistant) than any HA aluminum light. They're heirloom-quality construction and look super classy.

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    If you want bright, Fenix's L0D Q4. Available from Fenixstore.
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    Also recommend the Fenix L0D-Q4.

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    "Bright" and "low maintenance" don't go together. The Peak 3-led Matterhorn is a nice light but isn't all that bright by flashaholic standards. The L0D Q4 is a heck of a lot brighter, but it's high maintenance in the sense that you MUST run it on lithium or nimh rechargeable batteries; alkalines will work in a pinch but except on the low brightness setting, performance and runtime will simply suck.

    The Kai buckle light is a bargain alternative to the L0D but of worse quality. This is for your dad, get the best.

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    +1 on the LOD. It is special; very good output, build quality and versatility.

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    I'm looking replacements for my dad's aging Mag Solitaire... The Arc lights are nice, but pricey. Is the LOD's twistie switch a loosen-on design like the Solitaire, or a tighten-on design? The Fenix-store description could be interpreted either way - clockwise and counter-clockwise looking at it from the bulb end (who looks into the bulb when turning a light on?) or looking at it from the grip end? If its a tighten-on light, I'm a little worried about the light coming apart in his pocket.

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    L0D is a "tighten on"

    Along with many others, I have one on my keychain and haven't had any problems with it falling apart..

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt0 View Post
    L0D is a "tighten on"

    Along with many others, I have one on my keychain and haven't had any problems with it falling apart..
    Mag is the only company that makes loosen-on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobski View Post
    I'm looking replacements for my dad's aging Mag Solitaire... The Arc lights are nice, but pricey. Is the LOD's twistie switch a loosen-on design like the Solitaire, or a tighten-on design? The Fenix-store description could be interpreted either way - clockwise and counter-clockwise looking at it from the bulb end (who looks into the bulb when turning a light on?) or looking at it from the grip end? If its a tighten-on light, I'm a little worried about the light coming apart in his pocket.
    I havn't had any problems with my LOD coming apart and of course it is susbstantially brighter than the Solitare.The multiple modes of the LOD are kind of a nuisance sometimes especially with the twist switch.For a single stage bright light the Tiablo A1 works well (there is a low/high version but I don't have that one).As said before these lights really require lithiums or nimh rechargables to work well.For standard alkalines an ARC or something similar would probably be better.BTW the Tiablo A1 is also "tighten on"and again I've had no problems with it coming apart.

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    I'd also recommend the Fenix LOD-CE Q4.
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    The LOD from Fenix Store. Here's a couple of reasons why.

    1. Fast, free shipping.
    2. Excellent warranty service.
    3. The light is very bright for its size.
    4. Has a low, medium, and high.
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    Quote Originally Posted by warriorz View Post
    well it all depends on what you define "big".

    i had a KD v4 buckle on my keys for probably 2-3 weeks and i loved it, it is bright and very solid, but the runtime was low.

    i received my Fenix E01 a few days ago, and it has taken over the KD buckle on my keys. allthough their is a massive difference in output, l like my Fenix much more.

    Before i recieved my fenix, i thought the KD buckle was pretty small, but now its pretty big and chubby compared to the E01.

    you where looking for a bright AAA light so the KD buckle meets your requirements, it all just depends on how big your big is
    Can you take a picture of the KD V4 buckle and the Fenix E01 next to each other? I have E01 and curious to find out how 'fat' is the KD V4 buckle. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeA View Post
    Mag is the only company that makes loosen-on.
    My LiteFlux LF2cree has a loosen-on, two stage switch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by w143 View Post
    Can you take a picture of the KD V4 buckle and the Fenix E01 next to each other? I have E01 and curious to find out how 'fat' is the KD V4 buckle. Thanks!
    This is straight from bessiebenny's thread:


    I myself got an E01 for my dad and he really likes it (although admittedly, his standards aren't high). The KD buckle might be a better option for you since you want a bright light, which the E01 definitely is not. However, 11 hour runtime from a $15 AAA is hard to beat.
    Last edited by BlueBirdTS; 06-15-2008 at 10:04 AM.

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    I have a normal alkaline in my lod, still seems pretty damn bright to me, but I guess I should get around to buying some rechargeables and a charger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by portezbie View Post
    I have a normal alkaline in my lod, still seems pretty damn bright to me, but I guess I should get around to buying some rechargeables and a charger.
    I keep my E01 on key ring. Had it about a month and really have not had the need to use it much. Got an e2 in it now but have some Eneloops not being used. Would they be a better option for me with sporadic use?

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    I'll be tenth to say yes on the L0D CE-Q4. Just cant be beat. I EDC mine and love it. It's everything I need it to be... and more. (ugh).
    It's like having three flashlights with you at all times and being able to choose the correct one based on need. As a bonus, if you're attacked by a roomful of epileptics...

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    • Four days of survival use (two continuous hours per day on the lowest setting)
    • Uses one 1.5V AAA battery (not included), inexpensive and widely available
    • 7.35cm (L) x 1.4cm (D) (or 2.9 in (L) x 0.6 in (D))
    • 14.5-gram (or 0.5 oz) weight (excluding batteries)
    • Made of aircraft-grade aluminum
    • Durable Type III hard-anodized finish
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    • Waterproof to IPX-8 Standards
    • Capable of standing up securely on a flat surface to serve as a candle
    • Input voltage: 0.8V~3.3V
    • Reliable twist-switch
    • Includes a spare o-ring, a split ring, and a pocket clip
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    Quote Originally Posted by paulr View Post
    "Bright" and "low maintenance" don't go together. The Peak 3-led Matterhorn is a nice light but isn't all that bright by flashaholic standards. The L0D Q4 is a heck of a lot brighter, but it's high maintenance in the sense that you MUST run it on lithium or nimh rechargeable batteries; alkalines will work in a pinch but except on the low brightness setting, performance and runtime will simply suck.

    The Kai buckle light is a bargain alternative to the L0D but of worse quality. This is for your dad, get the best.
    Excellent post, paulr... with some good points -- especially re the Fenix LOD.

    I gave one to my uncle (a mechanical engineer) for Christmas -- and he 's really ambivalent about its "maintenance" and multi-level complexity. Yeah, it's bright, but more than he needs from a key-chain application. Lesson learned: what excites us Flashaholics doesn't always translate to others.

    Back to the Peak lights: if the Matterhorn in 3-LED (Ultra) ain't bright enough, consider Peak's nifty Baltic (also 1 X AAA) in Ultra or Super-Ultra power is a good choice here. With great brightness, top quality and durability, and single-mode simplicity, the Baltic could easily be the ticket.

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    The r2 aurora is a pretty sweet 15 buck light, My wife claimed it for her keychain quick. it's one level is brighter than my LOD q4, even on lithium rechargable except on turbo. I could not tell you run times, but my LOD ran fine for about 3 weeks use, about 30 seconds-5 minutes every other day or so. the alkaline was still fine when I switched to a 10440 a few days ago, and yes, brighter, but no idea on runtime.

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    I'd like to offer up the Tiablo MA1 as a suggestion. I don't have any of the fenix lights mentioned to compare them to, but this is a single AAA light with 2 modes, but it always comes on the high mode so you don't have to meddle with any complicated user interface...just turn it on and you get maximum brightness....its rated at 100 lumens I think and its never failed me yet. I've used it with lithiums, alkalines and NiMh and it works fine on all of the. Its a little pricey at about $40....but its a nice light.
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    Here are the specs from Battery Junction's website

    The Tiablo MA1 Flashlight is the bang for the buck mini light! This extremely high powered light is brighter than most larger lights and is about the size and weight of a tube of chap stick. Powered by only 1 AAA battery, this light is a must have
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    LUXEON Rebel 100 LED
    Step up and down constant current driver. High efficiency with dual mode DC-DC regulator (PWM / PFM), working voltage is 0.7V to 4.2V
    Two stage output: maximum output about 110+ Lumens for 3 hours
    Low output about 30 lumens for 8 hours
    Supports one AAA size battery Battery not included.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TonkinWarrior View Post
    Back to the Peak lights: if the Matterhorn in 3-LED (Ultra) ain't bright enough, consider Peak's nifty Baltic (also 1 X AAA) in Ultra or Super-Ultra power is a good choice here. With great brightness, top quality and durability, and single-mode simplicity, the Baltic could easily be the ticket.
    You know, I think the 3-led Ultra Matterhorn isn't that great on an alkaline either (see some of the runtime graphs that have been done for it). I use a rechargeable in mine. I'm not crazy about the Peak Baltic (mine is ti) since it's much larger than other 1aaa lights and the "high" power version has disappointingly low output. The Baltics also won't work well on alkalines (neither will the Kai buckle light).

    If you don't mind a purplish beam, there is always the Arc AAA-GS or -DS. I'd quite possibly go for this since it works well on an alkaline, and has timeless styling. They also have a "Snow" version with more neutral led color and a bit less output, however it may have led longevity issues. Finally there is the Fenix E01 which is less expensive, lower powered and VERY easy on batteries.

    I looked at pics of the Tiablo MA1 and found it unattractive, though maybe that's just me.

    I wouldn't consider "bang for the buck" as a criterion in this decision. Get the best you can afford.
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    [quote=paulr;2519682]"Bright" and "low maintenance" don't go together. The Peak 3-led Matterhorn is a nice light but isn't all that bright by flashaholic standards. The L0D Q4 is a heck of a lot brighter, but it's high maintenance in the sense that you MUST run it on lithium or nimh rechargeable batteries; alkalines will work in a pinch but except on the low brightness setting, performance and runtime will simply suck.
    quote]




    OK, so run it on rechargeables!? In fairness, even on low (with alky) the output vs. runtime will compare to the 3-led matty will they not? Here is a good runtime graph of LOD.....................
    http://lights.chevrofreak.com/runtim...ix%20L0D%20CE/

    Fact is that yes, it runs better on rechargeables (since when is this bad?) but still runs well on alky with the low or medium setting and still competes with the Peak lights on these settings. I fail to see the "performance and runtime will suck" factor. Can you provide output/runtime numbers for the Peak?

    EDIT: paulr beat me to some of this..........I gotta refresh more often!
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    Does the Tiablo MA1 have a way to attach it to a keychain?

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    maximum output about 110+ Lumens for 3 hours
    Those numbers seems high, the LOD Q4 runs at 75lumens for 1 hour, and the tiablo claims 110 lumens for 3hours

    Has anyone tested the tiablo for runtime and brightness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LukeA View Post
    Mag is the only company that makes loosen-on.
    funny but true.

    +(n+1) on L0D-CE Q4
    My dad didn't like the multimode so....

    My dad loves his E01

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    KD V4 Q5 Buckle running a 10440 just breaths fire!!
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