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    Default Bright AAA Flashlight with Clicky for Keychain?

    I'm looking for a AAA flashlight with a clicky rather than a twisty.

    Ideally it should be as bright as a Fenix LD01 Q5 when used with a L91 battery (I only use primaries - no 10440 info needed).

    One mode is ideal (I only use the highest mode available) but multiple modes are OK.

    I know it will be larger than the Fenix LD01 because of the clicky but ideally it should be small enough for keychain carry.

    I have absolutely no interest in any kind of twisty interface.

    Price under $100

    Thanks for your help!

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    Check out the Liteflux LF2XT. I don't have one yet, not sure why. Features a XP-E nuetral white LED, pocket clip, programmable, rear clicky (more of a microswitch button than a clicky as I understand it).
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    Quote Originally Posted by WadeF View Post
    Check out the Liteflux LF2XT. I don't have one yet, not sure why. Features a XP-E nuetral white LED, pocket clip, programmable, rear clicky (more of a microswitch button than a clicky as I understand it).
    Thanks.

    I was hoping for a choice as bright as the LD01 but if I cannot find one the LF2XT is a possibility. I know it is unpopular here but I also find the color of the LF2XT too warm for my taste. The beamshots look brownish to me. I prefer creamy white but if forced to choose I would take blue over brownish or yellowish.

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    you can add a Streamlight Microstream body and tail cap(forward clickie/tactical) to you ld01 head.......

    but there will be a pocket clip that is not removable, but does have a slot in the clip where you can attach keys.

    about $15 for the Microstream

    search: fenixstream for more info.
    (there is also a streamlight body that is same as the Microstream but fits 2 AAA, "stylus" might be the model)

    or
    get the LF2xt(not sure if it will be brighter due to warmer tint)

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    Default Re: Bright AAA Flashlight with Clicky for Keychain?

    How about Lumapower Avenger Gx? Optimized for nimh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Thanks.
    I was hoping for a choice as bright as the LD01 but if I cannot find one the LF2XT is a possibility. I know it is unpopular here but I also find the color of the LF2XT too warm for my taste. The beamshots look brownish to me. I prefer creamy white but if forced to choose I would take blue over brownish or yellowish.
    dang.. the R2 bins all sold out.

    the liteflux is indeed more like a "press"y.. not much feedback.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hotlight View Post
    you can add a Streamlight Microstream body and tail cap(forward clickie/tactical) to you ld01 head.......

    but there will be a pocket clip that is not removable, but does have a slot in the clip where you can attach keys.

    about $15 for the Microstream

    search: fenixstream for more info.
    (there is also a streamlight body that is same as the Microstream but fits 2 AAA, "stylus" might be the model)
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    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=179101
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...=217658&page=3

    Edit: Is that second link invalid for you too? I'll check up on it and re-verify that thread when I get the chance, IIRC it gets into the Fenix / Streamlight Stylus Pro 2xAAA configuration in a bit more detail...
    Last edited by Kestrel; 08-25-2009 at 04:33 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotlight View Post
    you can add a Streamlight Microstream body and tail cap(forward clickie/tactical) to you ld01 head.......

    but there will be a pocket clip that is not removable, but does have a slot in the clip where you can attach keys.

    about $15 for the Microstream

    search: fenixstream for more info.
    (there is also a streamlight body that is same as the Microstream but fits 2 AAA, "stylus" might be the model)

    or
    get the LF2xt(not sure if it will be brighter due to warmer tint)
    Thanks.

    If there isn't simply a flashlight that meets the demands I'm looking for it is an innovative alternative. It's not the most attractive combo I've ever seen but I am happy with the beam of the LD01 so it would allow me to keep that brightness I love. I'm not sure if the combo is still compact enough for a keychain though.

    Is there any trick to removing the LD01 head or the microstream tail that I would need to know?

    I'm really surprised the LF2XT isn't brighter but I've seen many beamshots and none compare to the Fenix. I'd also be paying extra money for the Li-Ion over discharge protection circuitry that I'll never have any use for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    How about Lumapower Avenger Gx? Optimized for nimh.
    Thanks. I appreciate the time you've taken to help me out!

    The Avenger looked like a real contender... until I noticed it has no hole for a keyring with the clicky cap on. You need to use the twisty to install a keyring. It also looks as big as the Nitecore EZAA (of course that's a twisty). The Avenger looks like a nice flashlight though and I never heard of it before today.

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    I can see the tailcap adds quite a bit of length. It's too bad the piston type interface isn't more common.
    Last edited by recDNA; 08-25-2009 at 05:52 PM. Reason: accidental post

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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    I'm looking for a AAA flashlight with a clicky rather than a twisty.

    Ideally it should be as bright as a Fenix LD01 Q5 when used with a L91 battery (I only use primaries - no 10440 info needed).

    One mode is ideal (I only use the highest mode available) but multiple modes are OK.

    I know it will be larger than the Fenix LD01 because of the clicky but ideally it should be small enough for keychain carry.

    I have absolutely no interest in any kind of twisty interface.

    Price under $100

    Thanks for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKJ View Post
    You can check my AAA roundup, it includes most AAA lights.

    Yes, actually I checked your roundup before I even opened this thread. I couldn't find any flashlights there that met the criteria I set up. Did I miss one you can think of?

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    Quote Originally Posted by csshih View Post
    dang.. the R2 bins all sold out.

    the liteflux is indeed more like a "press"y.. not much feedback.
    Did you mean there is a Liteflux AAA with an R2 bin?

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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Yes, actually I checked your roundup before I even opened this thread. I couldn't find any flashlights there that met the criteria I set up. Did I miss one you can think of?
    The candidates are:

    Leatherman S2
    Avenger GX
    LiteFlux LF2XT

    The GX does not mount in a keychain, the other two does, but I do not know how strong the mounting are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HKJ View Post
    The candidates are:

    Leatherman S2
    Avenger GX
    LiteFlux LF2XT

    The GX does not mount in a keychain, the other two does, but I do not know how strong the mounting are.
    The Avenger is really on the large size too. Even with the twisty cap installed it's bigger than the competition.

    Neither the Leatherman nor the Liteflux as are bright with primary AAA as the LD01 so they're not really candidates. The Liteflux is closer but I don't like what I consider the overly warm beam.

    Too bad Quark doesn't make a AAA with a clicky.

    Keep in mind, although I haven't mentioned it before, I could care less about throw. This light will be used at distances of no more than 10 yards so a really deep reflector with a concentrated hotspot doesn't appeal to me. I actually prefer the LOD to the LD01 because it is a "floodier" beam and a difference of 5 lumens isn't visible. I believe the Leatherman is about 1/2 the lumens as the Fenix on high. That is noticeable. The Liteflux is worth the money if you intend to use Li_Ion IMO but not just for primaries.

    The best alternative I've seen yet would be the Streamlite-Fenix combo but it's just so ugly...and it is bigger than necessary too IMO. I don't have the tools nor the skill to cut off some of the threads to shorten it a little.

    I wonder if the LOD head would fit and work on the Leatherman body?

    Bottom line is if you can't think of a light that fits my specs the odds are nobody makes one... :=(
    Last edited by recDNA; 08-26-2009 at 01:03 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Neither the Leatherman nor the Liteflux as are bright with primary AAA as the LD01 so they're not really candidates. The Liteflux is closer but I don't like what I consider the overly warm beam.
    They has both about 80% of the light output of the LD01, according to my ceiling bounce test. This is a small, barely visible, difference.
    kuku427 sold some LF2XT with a higher bin led, they might be what you are looking for, but it was a limited series.
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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post

    Too bad Quark doesn't make a AAA with a clicky.
    Check his forum in the MP. Something is in the works...

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    The Fenix L0D head was compatible with the Streamlight Microstream body. I'm not sure if the LD01 is compatible also, but if it is, you can make your own bright tailcap clicky AAA keychain light. If not, try to find an L0D on the marketplace.

    Edit: apparently it's already mentioned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKJ View Post
    They has both about 80% of the light output of the LD01, according to my ceiling bounce test. This is a small, barely visible, difference.
    kuku427 sold some LF2XT with a higher bin led, they might be what you are looking for, but it was a limited series.
    Is the other version of the LF2XT you mentioned with the R2 bin?

    Is the LF2XT brighter with Li-Ion than the LOD with lithium primary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marduke View Post
    Check his forum in the MP. Something is in the works...
    Thanks, I'll check.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Thanks.

    If there isn't simply a flashlight that meets the demands I'm looking for it is an innovative alternative. It's not the most attractive combo I've ever seen but I am happy with the beam of the LD01 so it would allow me to keep that brightness I love. I'm not sure if the combo is still compact enough for a keychain though.

    Is there any trick to removing the LD01 head or the microstream tail that I would need to know?

    I'm really surprised the LF2XT isn't brighter but I've seen many beamshots and none compare to the Fenix. I'd also be paying extra money for the Li-Ion over discharge protection circuitry that I'll never have any use for.

    the fenix stream will be a little bigger(1/2inch max longer?) than what you currently have.
    I have a fenixstream with the LOD-CE. and it isn't much bigger for the benefits of having a forward click AAA light.

    if you like the tint/brightness and the UI of your LD01, I would keep it and try the microstream "mod" first.... if you don't like that combo, come back and keep on searching, in the mean time I'm sure things will be getting developed.(4sevens should be coming out with a AAA sometime)

    if you are used to the LD01 on your keychain-the extra length of the fenixstream will be barely noticeable IMO

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    When I last checked the Leatherman S2 was basically an L0D with clicky, and the medium mode removed.

    Does that not work for you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    When I last checked the Leatherman S2 was basically an L0D with clicky, and the medium mode removed.

    Does that not work for you?
    It's listed as having half the output on high and HKJ's tests show it having lower output also. Heck, I'd like 100 lumens if I could get it from a AAA with a primary (no interest in Li-Ion). I hate to drop below 80. I think the Leatherman is rated about 35 lumens on high, the LOD 75.

    When I compare reliable numbers from lights like Quarks I find the Fenix lumen ratings to be pretty accurate.
    Last edited by recDNA; 08-26-2009 at 02:52 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    It's listed as having half the output on high and HKJ's tests show it having lower output also. Heck, I'd like 100 lumens if I could get it from a AAA with a primary (no interest in Li-Ion). I hate to drop below 80. I think the Leatherman is rated about 35 lumens on high, the LOD 75.

    When I compare reliable numbers from lights like Quarks I find the Fenix lumen ratings to be pretty accurate.
    The 35 lumens number has been shown to be inaccrurate. HKJ's info only shows current comsumption, which shows that high and low (no medium) are about the same as the L0D .

    No flashing modes, but it's basically a 2 mode L0D with clicky.

    I had both at the same time and can confirm this.

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    I have the L0D, LD01 SS, and just last week purchased the LF2XT R2. I too was concerned about the warm tint offered with the neutral white Q4 so I chose the R2 with a whiter tint. I have no regrets about the purchase and I'm very satisfied with the R2 and tint. I don't own a light box nor can I measure lux, but I'm completely satisfied with the amount of light the LF2XT produces and the beam width. I can't supply any pictures either so all I've really done is given IMO. Maybe my experience with all three lights will help you with your decision, maybe not. EliteLED still had a few limited edition LF2XT R2's last week in case you decide to try one. Your mileage may differ, but the LF2XT R2 surpassed all of my criteria for a keychain clicky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunga View Post
    The 35 lumens number has been shown to be inaccrurate. HKJ's info only shows current comsumption, which shows that high and low (no medium) are about the same as the L0D .

    No flashing modes, but it's basically a 2 mode L0D with clicky.

    I had both at the same time and can confirm this.

    Is the LF2XT with Li-Ion battery significantly brighter than the LD01 with lithium primary?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rmasky View Post
    I have the L0D, LD01 SS, and just last week purchased the LF2XT R2. I too was concerned about the warm tint offered with the neutral white Q4 so I chose the R2 with a whiter tint. I have no regrets about the purchase and I'm very satisfied with the R2 and tint. I don't own a light box nor can I measure lux, but I'm completely satisfied with the amount of light the LF2XT produces and the beam width. I can't supply any pictures either so all I've really done is given IMO. Maybe my experience with all three lights will help you with your decision, maybe not. EliteLED still had a few limited edition LF2XT R2's last week in case you decide to try one. Your mileage may differ, but the LF2XT R2 surpassed all of my criteria for a keychain clicky.

    How does the brightness of your R2 LF2XT compare with your LD01? How about with Li-Ion in the LFX2XT and primary in the LD01?

    Never mind - I got the answer from DHART. With primaries they are similar. With Li-Ion the LD01 is brighter but the LD01 isn't designed for the Li-Ion so it's direct drive with loss of low modes and very short run time.
    Last edited by recDNA; 08-26-2009 at 08:03 PM. Reason: Got answer from DHart

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    Thanks for the bargain tips! Can't beat the price.

    In the AAA beamshot thread the Leatherman S2 looks a LOT brighter than the Tank. Looks the the Leatherman wins the primary contest. (Fenix-Stream too ugly)

    If I decide to go Li-Ion (unlikely) I'll try a LF2XT...although I'm under some pressure there because I prefer the color of the R2 and there are only a few left.

    I'm going to wait until the Quark AAA info comes out. If it uses XP-G it might be even brighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    How does the brightness of your R2 LF2XT compare with your LD01? How about with Li-Ion in the LFX2XT and primary in the LD01?
    Just to keep any errors to a minimum I loaded fresh lithiums in both lights. With lithium the hotspots appear the same. If I were to lean one way or the other I'd give the edge for brightest hotspot to the R2. This is where any similarity ends. The corona of the LF2XT is well defined (bright) while my LD01 corona is weaker in comparison. The spill of the LF2XT is gradual as it fades towards it's circumference. The spill of the LD01 appears to have the same width beam, but not near the defined spill light that the LF2XT provides. I'm thrilled I went through this little exercise. I learned some things I should have already known! I'm impressed with the extra usable light the LF2XT provides with the corona and added spill. I used a garage wall at a 10 foot distance for this test by the way. I can't tell you about Li-ion's yet. I ordered them from another vendor at the same time I made the LF2XT purchase, but they still haven't arrived. I'm anxious to try them in all three lights. Thanks to you I'm wiser and more appreciative of my LF2XT now though.

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