I am looking for a light that has a good throw.. something not too much bigger than 5" that will run on AA Alkaline or Lithium batteries. Trying to keep it around $25 or less but needs to be reliable.. doing a hiking trip in which we won't have power so replacement batteries are all i can use. Would be nice if it could take rechargables too, but has to work on AA.
also looking to buy it from a source that actually can ship it to me within 2 weeks. Any ideas on what i should be searching for? This light will take some abuse (lots of walking, hiking, temp fluctuations and maybe some moisture. I am not sure if this light exists but i thought i would ask here. A good combo of throw and flood works too, but really want to be able to see a far distance as it's quite dark at night where we will be. If you can help i would appreciate that.
You have a lot of limitations there, buddy. Under 5 inches, AA cells, under $25, reliable, decent throw and good spill.
Considering your length limitation, power source requirement and budget, your best bet is Romisen RC-29 II R5. Less than 5 inches, 1xAA, $21, reliable enough for a budget light, decent throw for a 1xAA light when optic in zoomed in, large spill when zoomed out.
Search for "Romisen RC-29 II R5 Flood-to-Throw LED Flashlight" on Google and the first link will take you to ShiningBeam. Get it from there, and have your shipping upgraded to USPS Priority and you'll have it within a week.