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    Default 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    I'm looking for a 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens. It would be nice to have momentary activation. I am looking at a budget between $100 and $200.

    I am currently leaning towards the Eagletac SX25A6...

    All hail the CPF hive mind! What other 6AA or 8AA flashlights does the hive recommend?


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    fenix tk41... 860 lumens...8aa... nice flashlight

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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    Not sure which ones have momentary, Olight S65 baton, Nitecore EA4 are also good choices.

    theFenix TK41 probably throws the best of the bunch
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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    TK45 would be another. Not 800 lumens but very close.

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    Eagletac SX25A6

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    I haven't used any Elagletacs, but Fenix has great quality and I would add another vote for the TK41.

    The Eagletac would fit all your requirements, except its 6xAA, which makes me wonder if it can really output the advertised 900+ lumens.

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    why bother with numerous cells?

    1*18650 host almost beats 6 AA
    2*18500 host (6P w. extension) beats 6 AA,
    2*18650 host (9P w. extension) beats 8 AA.
    and are way better to pocket and lighter,

    and one never has to mess around with 12 (or 16) used and charged cells when 1st set has gotten empty,
    can have the cells charged much qicker (because of the reduced number)

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    Quote Originally Posted by yellow View Post
    why bother with numerous cells?

    1*18650 host almost beats 6 AA
    2*18500 host (6P w. extension) beats 6 AA,
    2*18650 host (9P w. extension) beats 8 AA.
    and are way better to pocket and lighter,

    and one never has to mess around with 12 (or 16) used and charged cells when 1st set has gotten empty,
    can have the cells charged much qicker (because of the reduced number)

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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    Quote Originally Posted by yellow View Post
    why bother with numerous cells?

    1*18650 host almost beats 6 AA
    2*18500 host (6P w. extension) beats 6 AA,
    2*18650 host (9P w. extension) beats 8 AA.
    and are way better to pocket and lighter,

    and one never has to mess around with 12 (or 16) used and charged cells when 1st set has gotten empty,
    can have the cells charged much qicker (because of the reduced number)
    Other than size, I think the AA nimhs are better. Two of the Li-ions will have a small voltage advantage initially, though 9 AA is about the same as 2 18560 length wise. 3 AA is about the same as a C size as well, rather than 4 it takes to about be a D.

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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    The Nitecore EA4 used only 4 AA, have momentary, 860 lumens, small size.

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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    Even though the TK41 is a king of throwers, it's an excellent blackout/power failure light due to it's tailstanding ability and extremely long runtimes. Use it on high (400 or so lumens) and it'll light up a living room brightly for almost 8 hours... can't beat that.

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    It depend on what you're looking for, beam-wise. The TK41 is a thrower, the EA4 is rated at about half as much throw, but it's pocketable.

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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    Quote Originally Posted by yellow View Post
    why bother with numerous cells?
    Because re-stocking cells may be an issue.
    Some people might want to go with AA since they could stock up a bunch and having them ready, instead of buying pricey lithium primaries
    Besides, recharging cells might be an issue too, for example, how would you be able to recharge during camping?

    I second the Fenix TK41, i own one and it has moderate throw with a very usable hotspot, tho the battery carrier doesnt look sturdy
    Tk41 is definitely the best economic choice

    But one thing to remind the OP, with alkaline primaries, the turbo mode doesnt seem to work very well due to the discharge limit of alkalines(High internal resistance), refer to the runtime chart done by reviewers

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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    Quote Originally Posted by yellow View Post
    why bother with numerous cells?

    1*18650 host almost beats 6 AA
    2*18500 host (6P w. extension) beats 6 AA,
    2*18650 host (9P w. extension) beats 8 AA.
    and are way better to pocket and lighter,

    and one never has to mess around with 12 (or 16) used and charged cells when 1st set has gotten empty,
    can have the cells charged much qicker (because of the reduced number)
    Sure, Recharge time would be one. Using my TK45 as an example with it's 8AA cells.... I've got a few AA chargers, including the Maha C9000 and a 15 minute battery cooker. In a power failure or other situation I can be back up and running in as little as a half hour if I use the battery cooker to get the cells working. (2 runs with 4 AA). Keeping a spare set around I can charge in the 1 hour chargers.

    In addition I can use a car battery for charging them. I can also walk anywhere and get AA cells. I can buy a brick of them at Costco or BJ's and keep them in the fridge just in case.

    I just got the TM15 and 4x 18560's with the Intellicharger i4 v2. Love the light and the batteries but waiting 7 hours (in the TM15) or 10+ (Intellicharger) to recharge is not an option in an emergency. I could still use the car battery but it's still going to be 7+ hours for a fully depleted battery. I could use a hobby charger (and that may be my next purchase) and charge in parallel but I think we're still talking about an hour+ for a full charge. And if one of those batteries goes dead I'm mail ordering...

    Both have their place but I like AA/C/D for their near universal availability and with NiMH ultra fast recharge times. LiIon takes the power crown but with longer recharge times in flashlight applications.

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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    I agree, I do love my 18650 and 26650 lights, but I'm beginning to like being able to run Nimh batteries for the lighting choices I don't use day to day. I ordered an EA4, not for everyday use but for the now and then use. I miss my old Fenix tk40, I may need to get a TK41 some day
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    a tk41 will run on 4aa batteries as well as 8 even the turbo still works ! not sure how long for though lol... tried and tested with my eneloop xx

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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    Quote Originally Posted by Bumble View Post
    a tk41 will run on 4aa batteries as well as 8 even the turbo still works ! not sure how long for though lol... tried and tested with my eneloop xx
    You lose turbo with 4 cells, instead of turbo, it goes high on forth mode

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    Quote Originally Posted by jh333233 View Post
    You lose turbo with 4 cells, instead of turbo, it goes high on forth mode
    i can see no light difference with a crude ceiling bounce with the light on maximum setting (Turbo) whether using 4 or 8 batteries ??

    the difference between high/turbo via a ceiling bounce is massive here as i have very low ceilings in my flat ( im literally nearly unable to look at the hotspot with torch on turbo) but i can look at the hot spot "quite" comfortably on high... also look through HKJ review of tk41 and you will see other people reporting that turbo works on 4aa.
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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    Quote Originally Posted by Bumble View Post
    a tk41 will run on 4aa batteries as well as 8 even the turbo still works ! not sure how long for though lol... tried and tested with my eneloop xx
    4xEneloops yes.
    4xAlkalines not really. Unless you only use the lower modes.

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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    Quote Originally Posted by yellow View Post
    1*18650 host almost beats 6 AA
    2*18500 host (6P w. extension) beats 6 AA,
    2*18650 host (9P w. extension) beats 8 AA.
    Lithium cells have their dangers if not handled properly. If you go rechargeable lithium follow the safety instructions here.
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...hlights-safely

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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    Another advantage of NiMH over LiIon: tolerance to abuse. If you forget about a LiIon and it's depleted for too long, kiss it goodbye and shell out for another. A LiIon likes to be kept above 40 or 50% charge, and going below that very many times will shorten it's life. Forget some NiMH AAs, it's no big deal, just pop them into the charger. Much more forgiving.

    As much as I like the 2-button Fenix controls and the promise of greater throw, I think I like the idea of the SX25A6's rotating head even better. Instead of having to turn on and then scroll through unwanted levels to get the one you want, just twist to the desired setting before even turning the light on. With a bit of experience, I bet the user would be able to tell just by feel (from the position of the finger grooves relative to the switch button) exactly what level the Eagletac is set for.

    But I'm still looking and thinking. I'd like to see a more comprehensive review, maybe even a comparison review between some of these.
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    Another vote for the Fenix TK41...great flashlight if you don't mind Chinese brands, but its good quality.

    I have to say I'm impressed by the level of knowledge here...great forum

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    Default Re: 6AA or 8AA LED flashlight with at least 800 lumens

    Quote Originally Posted by glockboy View Post
    The Nitecore EA4 used only 4 AA, have momentary, 860 lumens, small size.
    And under $100

    Leaves enough if one was looking to spend $100 to get some Eneloop's and a charger

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