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    Went duck hunting last weekend for the first time in many years, and I had a lot of fun in spite of being so poorly prepared. We get there early and all get out of the Tahoe, and it's still so dark you can't even see your hand in front of your face. My one friend puts on a head lamp, and my other buddy has a little cheap clip-on hat light, and we start unloading gear and putting out decoys. Here I am a guy with 8 or 9 flashlights and I forgot to bring one! I kept tripping over crap and mak'n a bunch of noise and I'm lucky I didn't fall in the pond. Once we all got settled everything was fine, but it gave me a new appreciation for the clip-on hat light. I have had a couple of headlamps and never used them, and I don't really want a dedicated hat clip light. I want a small, light and bright, flashlight with a clip that will work on a hat. I have a single AA Romisen RC-G2 that I taped to my hat to see if it would be too heavy, and it wasn't, but it doesn't have a clip and the bezel is much bigger than the body. (You know you're a "Redneck" when you're walking around your house with a flashlight taped to your camoflage hat!) So.... a small, floody, single AA light with a good clip would be great if it was not too expensive because when you're carrying a lot of gear in heavy brush its easy to loose small things.

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    Fenix LD01

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    AAA Fenix with a clip.

    I have an E1 (with SSC P4 mod) that I EDC with that clip- Extremely handy, used almost daily (but I do a lot of tinkering in a dimmly lit garage as well )

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    Surefires clip onto hats. you may want an E1L (size and led runtime).
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    Quote Originally Posted by farmer17 View Post
    ...Here I am a guy with 8 or 9 flashlights and I forgot to bring one! I kept tripping over crap and mak'n a bunch of noise and I'm lucky I didn't fall in the pond.
    Somebody cut up the membership card...

    Gerber Infinity Ultra would work too, ZebraLight H50 is near perfect, but it is a headlamp. Petzl eLite is another, but not AA, but small enough to have no excuse to forget.
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    A single AA light will work clipped to a hat, but a AAA light goes totally unnoticed.

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    Ra-Clicky new clip works awesome for ball cap use.

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    I've used a AAA Streamlight Microstream on my hat with good results. Small size and great clip.

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    Here are some pics of an LDO1 uses as a hat clip light. Very useful. Not sure how well a AA light would be, I think it may be too heavy. Two LD01's might even be better.





    Better yet, why not get the new fenix headband?
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    Quote Originally Posted by rotncore View Post
    Somebody cut up the membership card...
    And throw it into the pond after him.




    Why don't you build one?

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    you could just get a Minimag 2AAA that comes with a clip

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    Has anyone tried the Fenix clip on an E01?

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    Default Re: Hat clip flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by caltemus View Post
    you could just get a Minimag 2AAA that comes with a clip
    Rather ridiculously dim light for the size by today's standards. It's also a bit long for a hat.

    Quote Originally Posted by Duglite View Post
    Has anyone tried the Fenix clip on an E01?
    It fits, best in the bezel up position. It may take a little bending to get everything to clear properly. Other 1xAAA size clips work also.

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    Default Re: Hat clip flashlight?

    All the Fenix AAA's are great but their earlier clip seems a little more snug than the latest one. Of course there is the ARC-P (I'd go for a DS or GS model).

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    A Romisen RC-N3 in the 123 mode would work real well. The Romisen clip is good and strong and in the 123 Mode the light is short enough. Plus the light is cheap enough that you won't feel too bad if IT falls into the pond!
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    Default Re: Hat clip flashlight?

    Hat clippabilty is almost a must for me. After a few years of trying different lights I have settled on a Fenix P1 CE with the clip from the River Rock AA(always on my person). That clip should be sourced and sold separately by someone as it fits a vast array of lights on the market.
    My second choice is an EX10 with the same clip giving variable output.
    Surefire single cell E series work great but can be heavy causing hat tippage and can also rip the brim of a hat when attaching in minimal light conditions.
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    I have a Craftsman baseball cap that has 2 LEDs built right into the brim. The batteries are in the rear on the adjustable strap. I see more and more lights built right into baseball caps. I think it's a good idea.
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    +1 on the E1L. I use it all the time with my cap sometimes even fishing at night. Only thing that I regret is that it has a tight beam and prefer to have a bit more flooding that you could get with an incandescent.

    Just my 0.02

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    All bezel up carry Novatacs.
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    The new version of the Streamlight Enduro has an clip for hat, i think this can be a good choice for you.

    http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=75

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    +1 on the LD01, ive used it many times with no problems.
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    Default Re: Hat clip flashlight?

    Maybe this is a needful solution, I have posted it a half year ago ...

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=200285

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    Default Re: Hat clip flashlight?

    IIRC, there's a third party hat clip for the SureFire helmet light.
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    Another vote for the LD01. I just received mine a few days ago and to say the least I am completely surprised by how bright it is on high mode. It is easy to use and if you get the aluminum version is virtually weightless.

    Good build, easy operation, and impressive beam and brightness for such a small flashlight. Not to mention it runs on incredibly cheap and easy to find AAA's.

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    Default Re: Hat clip flashlight?

    Quote Originally Posted by Duglite View Post
    Has anyone tried the Fenix clip on an E01?
    I've tried the LD01 clip with the E01 it fits. You can also go check out office supplies and see if there are any pens that have a detachable clip.

    I did a DIY clip and diffuser/spare cell holder a while back, link is here

    hope that helps, it clips to a cap really well too.
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    Thanks, Hyperloop!

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    Would the E2L be too long or heavy to work clipped to a hat? I read a random internet review that said it would work, but I'm a bit skeptical. I like everything about the E2L except for the fact that the E1L may work better as a hat-clip light. They're practically the same price and seem to offer comparable runtime when you factor in twice the battery change frequency for the E1L.

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    I have used my E2L clipped to my hat before with no problems. It maybe heavier than other light choices but it works.

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