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    Default Best- Most Reliable: aaa flashlight. ..?

    Just curious: I ordered a thrunite-ti and itp a03 ITP A03.

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    Got to be the E01. It is bombproof!XD

    There was a recent member whose Ti lost its moonlight mode since the small metal below the head was broken IIRC

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    Default Re: Best- Most Reliable: aaa flashlight. ..?

    I have to go with the Fenix E01 or E05. The LD01 Stainless is built like a tank, but the multiple modes make it more vulnerable to failure. I have had some serious quality control issues with my two Thrunite Ti lights...I would't say they are reliable.

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    Default Re: Best- Most Reliable: aaa flashlight. ..?

    Coincidentally I just ordered myself a Fenix E05 last night. But of course I won't be able to speak to its reliability until I've owned and used it for a good while. But based on tons of research, I selected it for my AAA choice (no pun intended) because if fit my current want for a teenie, tiny light built to today's standards (waterproof to ipx-8 standard, type III hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish, aircraft or aerospace grade aluminum and CREE LED).

    But even more specifically to the E05, I wanted the super simple one mode operation and the softer, wider flood beam it offers combined with a medium to low output for more personal, up close uses and a decent run time - while fighting back the urge to go for the most powerful and brightest single AAA light with a loooonnnnng throw, multiple modes and a kitchen sink installed, etc.

    But without being able to personally vouch for the E05 from experience, I will say that the myriad of reviews I've read, Youtube video reviews I've watched and other general information perused pertaining to the E05.... that it would be an incredibly safe bet to go with. Here's a great review in the CPF for that matter!

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    Default Re: Best- Most Reliable: aaa flashlight. ..?

    I think "best" needs to be defined by you, as there are too many variables.

    Most reliable, there are some that seem to have only one potential area that can stop the light from working, and that's the battery.

    I'd go for a Peak Eiger, an Arc, or a Fenix E01.
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    The current Eiger with QTC is pretty flaky and is pretty hard to get. Peak Customer service is non-existant but their vendors do a pretty good job.

    The single mode 5mm 11lm light like the Arc and E01 are proven reliable lights, but kinda suck with their one mode, ringy, purple beams.

    I put the Fenix LD01 as the most reliable of the multi-mode higher output AAA lights, the SS one is now hard to find. I carry a discontinued Revo and or a Klarus MiX6 and they have been problem free so far but some have reported problems with the spring plate thingy.
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    The Maratac AAA series in Stainless is bombproof. I can't say the same about the Aluminum versions having dropped an AL AAA on tile from about 3', and being surprised to see the head had snapped clean off above the threads:



    Last I heard the Maratac lights are manufactured by ITP.

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    I would second McGizmo & Peak (and that "lego" looks great!) .... Photon Fanatic in DLC seems rather tough too
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    I don't own any high end ones like Peak (on my to do list though) but from my small collection, the E01 seems to be the most reliable. I'd put the Streamlight Microstream up there too. I know everyone hates the stiff switch but I actually like it. I've never owned the A3 but the replacement, the I3 seems pretty bullet proof. I have a couple other cheap 5mm lights like the SWM R01A and the Nitecore T0, but they don't give me the same feeling of robustness that the E01 does. Neither does the Ti, though I think it might be my favorite night stand light of all time. But just going strictly by reliability (or appearance of at least) from the ones I've seen so far, that would be the E01.

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    I sent a Ranger off with an EO5, it's seen three tours in Afghanistan so far and still working as it should! I've carried an EO1 in my pocket for the last 3-4 years, still on the same lithium battery! I have another EO1 in the storm shelter, unused other to check function. I TRUST these lights!
    I really think you will be hard pressed to find a better platform than these lights! I've heard horror stories of what some Arc lights went through and still worked, I've no doubt this series of lights would perform the same as well!
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    Default Re: Best- Most Reliable: aaa flashlight. ..?

    Got myself an E05 & E15 today to replace my Photon keychain light. I must say they are quite a big improvement in terms of output and the quality of the light as compared to my diminutive photon. I like the E05 better than the E15. Smaller and utilizes AAA battery. Its a winner!
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    Default Re: Best- Most Reliable: aaa flashlight. ..?

    For me its Fenix E01.. That's for sure..

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    Default Re: Best- Most Reliable: aaa flashlight. ..?

    Get the E01 /LD01 double pack. Its like $35-$40. Two is better than one.

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    Someone asked a very similar question a few weeks ago, it might be worth a search of the forums for it. My vote then went for the Fenix LD01 but I recall the Thrunite Ti got a few supporters as well, also ARC.

    Personally I think you can't really go wrong with any of the Fenix AAA lights, which one depends on what brightness you want and what sort of runtime, number of modes, etc. I have all 3 (LD01, E01 and E05) and find them all very useful, E01 on my keychain, E05 on nightstand and LD01 for EDC.

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    Default Re: Best- Most Reliable: aaa flashlight. ..?

    Stainless Steel Fenix LD01.. it is a tank with very smooth threads.

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    Default Re: Best- Most Reliable: aaa flashlight. ..?

    Best - depends on your personal definition.

    Most reliable - lots of people swear by the Fenix E01.
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    Default Re: Best- Most Reliable: aaa flashlight. ..?

    Quote Originally Posted by edpmis02 View Post
    Stainless Steel Fenix LD01.. it is a tank with very smooth threads.
    it *is* a tank. very heavy one.

    have you ever dropped it? i think that the glass lens, PCB or soldering break more easily in the SS than in the R4 alu version!!

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