I will go for 3 X 18650 or 4 x 18650 which has more battery juice instead of 8 x AA.
8 X AA flashlight like mentioned above is just way too many battery, but that's just me.
Same output as the EA4
Just alot more AA's.. I don't get it
If you need more run time go with one with 18650's
Just my 2 cent
I have a TK41 (8xAA), a S65 (6xAA), a EA4 (4xAA), a LD40 (4xAA) and many many 2xAA and 1xAA lights. Not that I don't have 1xCR123 or 2xCR123 (18650) lights.
I like the fact that you can find quality LSD rechargeable batteries and chargers everywhere, even at the market next to your house. Especially LSD batteries make very good emergency lights as they don't discharge in a few months. I still keep 2xCR123 lights for cold winter days and in trunks or my cars as they almost never discharge or freeze.
The only downside with multi AA lights has been that they required a battery holder which usually was the weakest part of the light, hard to put batteries in and out, easy to drop. With EA4 I saw a great method stacking in 4xAAs, using body to keep them at their places. Without a holder I can fill my light much easier and the light is much smaller too. I don't find useful to keep spares in 8xAA of 6xAA as you'll have hard time keeping them matched but still as others stated, a 8xAA pack makes a power source even more powerful than a regular 2x18650 pack. So for the same or shorter length you can get a greatly powerful light without the fire breathing dragons, liIon cells
Kokopelli, Istanbul, Turkey
I actually still use alkalines in some of my lights. For every AA-flashlight I take in consider the possibility to use it also with alkalines. For high output lights(with no low mode) I see no reason to use AAs when I can use CR123, 17670, 18500 or 18650 instead. Yes, I have Malkoff M31W runned by 2AA but that is most for fun, the regulated runtime is around 30min with alkalines while Eneloops provided 70min according to my test. For M31WL I measured 80min with alkalines and with M31LL more than 5 hours. I can get better result with NiMh and L91 but my justification of using alkalines is that I don't need to be worry of damaging them because of overdisharging(unless of the reason of leaking, but I have not experienced that yet).
Cheap alkalines provide more lumen-hours for the price than lithiums at moderate outputs like with M31LL, Surefire E2L AA and maybe also M31WL. For moderate outputs I personally therefore find it justified with alkalines. But I use to remove them from a light if I will not use it for a while, even if it happens now and then that I forget it...
Apart from that I still don't object to your warning of using alkalines because of the leaking risk; I know that they will leak before or later, and I have actually seen example of leaked unused alkalines in unopen box, and with the best-before date not passed. So I understand I should be even more careful with alkalines...
Hmm, in my country, very few stores sell 18650s, CR123As and the like. Very hard to find. There is only one store in my state that I could find selling these batteries. AA, AAA, D alkaline batteries are sold at almost every little shop. Heck, even Energizer L91 Lithiums and rechargeables are common. Which is why I got to stick to more common batteries.
It isn't that bad actually with new lights coming out that are as powerful as those running on 18650s while maintaining a decent size. I am eager for the Eagletac GX25A3 putting out 915 ANSI lumens running on 3 AA batteries. It even supports 14500s! Can't wait!
sorry, posted wrongly so please look at my post just below...
Last edited by newbie66; 03-03-2013 at 05:31 AM. Reason: Posted without quotes.
Then I think you might like the Eagletac SX25A6 (uses 6xAA) and GX25A3 (uses 3xAA). The SX25A6 with the new XM-L2 U2 emitter will put out 1049 ANSI lumens with a 396 meter throw. Too bad only a few older models of Eagletac and Zebralight are available in my country. The store I purchased my lights from are more focused on selling Fenix stuff. No Nitecore, no Surefire, no 4Sevens, etc.
Last edited by newbie66; 03-03-2013 at 05:33 AM.
This was ment to be a reaction on Vortus , clickrd too fast on the reply without quote button.
i just ordered a EA4 NW at fasttech wich should arrive around my birthday somewhere....
Still asking myself if I should buy the Ea8 too, with a lot of duracells on low mode only, this light will be useful in power outages.
on travel a set of eneloops with a quick travel charger and I'm ready to goo
At home there are my good old SR90 and my just purchased swm T60CS, buth running on li-ions and not ment to be used by the family.
so everybody happy and safe.
Last edited by lightliker; 03-28-2013 at 12:40 AM.
Well i buy AA or AAA lights because i can use the eneloops in any other household device as well, thats one and number two is i buy Eneloops because i feel save, i dont want to walk around with a pipe bomb in my pants or attached to my head because i need my head and i need the thing in my pants! I dont care about arguments like it rarely happens, one case of exploding batteries is enough for me as a proof.Okay. This quote pretty much illustrates my point.
But 8 AAs is too much for me, but on the other hand i dont like any large flashlights, i always hated the large maglites, im happy with the EA4.
Last edited by Danielsan; 03-24-2013 at 03:37 PM.
I think it would be ridiculous to change to a cell format that isn't readily available or one that doesn't fit into a particular user's war chest of standards. Perhaps it's not so much a question of "cell love" but the fact that nearly every portable piece of equipment they own runs on AA's, which is probably a good percentage of American households. The sheer popularity of lights like the TK40/41 and EA8 are a clear demonstration that people are willing to sacrifice a little bit of convenience for the sake of sticking to what they know/have. These lights just happen to be examples of the top end of throw, brightness and run-time possible from the AA format.
I think the EA8 looks like a great light!
I have a TK41, i also have a few 18650 and 14500 lights. The TK41 is a power failure favorite because it gets extraordinary runtimes and if the batteries go flat my wife or another family member can change the batteries, i wouldn't let them get near my 18650 lights - too dangerous for those unfamiliar with them. They are familiar with my stash of spare Eneloops and it's easy for them to just go and get some more eneloops. After all, they're just AA's to them.
We had a severe storm come through yesterday afternoon. We didn't lose power but 30,000 people in surrounding areas lost power for over 12 hours. There are more severe storms forecast for tonight when i will be at work, so half an hour ago i pulled the 8 eneloops from my TK41 and they're in the 8 bay charger getting topped off in case i need to light up a room for a long time tonight. I am also charging my 18650's and 14500's for tonight but they take much longer to charge than the eneloops. The 8x eneloops will be done in 2-3 hours but the single 18650 will take 4-5hrs. I can often charge 16 eneloops in the time it takes to charge a single 18650, and i'm not cooking those batteries with fast chargers either!
I have not purchased alkalines in about 2.5 years, though i still have a few sitting in packets from years past. I use these old alkalines in cheap disposable lights which i 'lend out'.
I have made the initial (reasonably expensive) purchase of a decent smart charger (NC8700) for my eneloops and now whenever i need some more AA's i just pickup or order another pack of eneloops. I'm getting quite a collection but it's been over a few years and my eneloops from 2006 are still kicking along fine. I like to keep about 16 or so eneloops as spares in my battery/flashlight drawer so when a device is flat i can just swap out the batteries straight away without having to wait for them to be charged. This is also a good backup for power failures/storms. When you've been dealing with eneloops for a few years and build up a little collection, things like flashlights that need 8 batteries aren't an issue.
In my experience during extended power failures (days) the D, C and big 6 volt style flashlights and batteries are first to dissappear from supermarket shelves. I see many people during these outages who don't have flashlight or can't remember where it is so they race out and buy the biggest, baddest flashlight and batteries they can buy. Panic buying is interesting to watch
hope this info helps
Last edited by Samy; 03-24-2013 at 07:06 PM.
That of course is solely because of the EA8's bigger reflector and has nothing to do with the battery. But since the reflector is bigger they might as well make the flashlight longer, too, and get more run time. I do get it.
I think if the EA8 was a lot brighter than the EA4 then the inconvenience would be worth it. I bought a 8xAA light years ago. It was much, much brighter than any AA light by far. It was also brighter than single 18650 lights, and still is brighter than 95% of them.
A long time ago I had a lithium ion battery blow up, burned a hole in my kitchen too. I stayed away from them for a long time. And multiple lithium ion batteries in one light tend to be even more dangerous...
So the 8xAA super bright light was really cool and very powerful.
A few years later... technology has finally caught up to it. I have on order a single 18650 that will be as bright, at least for the first five minutes. Also li-on chargers are better now. But still for most people getting a charger and some batteries is as much as the flashlight it self. And a lot of people have extra rechargeable AAs laying around.
But yes, the 8xAA is too big for me now, even if it was a single battery. And charging 8 is a hassle.
So, anyone want to buy a Fenix TK40, barely used?
Note to self, turn off flashlight when a plane is over head. Don't want them trying to land.
You have nothing to fear from lithium batteries in your flashlight.
Last edited by fyrstormer; 03-28-2013 at 11:54 AM.
Nothing to fear? Excellent...now I can use my mixed-voltage CR123 cells with my newer, higher-voltage CR123 cells. Should be fine, right fry?
Or, is it that with lithium batteries, we should make some effort to ensure the cells are very similar voltage?
You apparently don't realize how this sounds... I've never heard such a heavily biased derogatory remark about AA cells before. I think you're letting a bad experience or hearsay from some others to distort your perspective. ANY cheap battery is a terrible choice, no matter the type.[..]This is a good case for saying that AA would be the WORST possible choice of any battery type for emergency use.
Last edited by xevious; 04-11-2013 at 02:18 PM.
Lights in my rotation: Nitecore EA4 | Surefire U2 | Novatac EDC-120P | Olight M20 R5 | Fenix P3D-Q5, PD30. L0D-Q4 | Regal WT1 | Pila GL3/D26
I was a long time customer of Duracell batteries. Even though Energizers performed as well, I favored Duracell because of brand loyalty. Then... last year... the leaks started. I had *7* separate leak issues. The batteries were housed mostly in remotes, but also in a few other things to include one low end flashlight and an electronic collectible. They were mostly sitting IDLE, not in use and certainly not high drain. *NEVER* had I ever seen this before, except with some cheap no-name alkaline batteries that I was unlucky to use many years ago.
Duracell played dumb with me. I contacted them about this, photographing the batteries and their leaky messes as well as the damaged items. Their reply? "We never heard of such leaking before. Here's a few coupons for your trouble." How ridiculous. Like I'm going to use those coupons to buy MORE Duracell batteries?
OTOH, I've never had a problem with Energizers. Even though I previously favored Duracell, I would buy Energizers from time to time. Anyway, I'm still convinced that it's OK to use high current formulated alkaline batteries from a quality brand, but Duracell is off my trust list for the foreseeable future.
Lights in my rotation: Nitecore EA4 | Surefire U2 | Novatac EDC-120P | Olight M20 R5 | Fenix P3D-Q5, PD30. L0D-Q4 | Regal WT1 | Pila GL3/D26
Eight cells aren't that hard to deal with, especially if you have an eight bay charger. It's simply loading two cells four times. So long as you're paying attention you won't have a problem. And some lights are only offered in the eight cell configuration (TK45, TK41) with no li-ion counterpart (I really wish there was a 2 x 18650 TK31).
I've had one alkaline battery leak on me my whole life. It was a no name D cell left in a device for years. The device still worked fine after I cleaned it up. Alkalines can and do provide many years of leak free service. How many wall clocks do people around the world own that have alkalines that never leak?
I run several of my emergency lights soley on alkalines for the reason I don't want my eneloops being used in devices that may never get used. Once a month or less I check them, and once every six months or so I check their charge state. I keep dozens of spare AA cells in the linen cupboard and spare D's downstairs.
Recently stocked up on the new AA Duralock cells that are supposed to be good for ten years. They were cheap so I bought a bunch of them. I'd prefer to stock up on lithiums, but they're at least five to ten times the price, and when using your lights on low and medium modes the extra cost is not worth the extra 30% odd runtime.
Again, I have alkalines for emergencies, as I know they will have charge and aren't going to possibly be dead when I want them. I also use them in wall clocks without issue.
There can never be too much honey to lick off your fingers.
I don't think 8 AAs would really be too much for me to handle, although I only have a 6-bay NiMH "Tronic" charger from LIDL. It can handle up to "D" cells, and it's got 2 additional slots for 9 volt batteries).
There's a couple of things I'd like to point out:
1) The EA8 can work on only 4 AA's if necessary, according to Selfbuilt's video review, because the battery configuration is 4S2P; 4 in series 2 parallel.
2) You only have to change the batteries only every 60 hours in the EA8 as opposed to every 22 hours on the EA4, at 50 lumens on the EA8 and at 65 lumens on the EA4 (on the second lowest setting for both). So, yes, you have to change 8 batteries, but maybe less than half as often.
I certainly see the point that the OP is making, it is quite a lot of batteries, but IMHO, it's not *too* many. After all in the 1980's, there were stereo radio-recorders (ghettoblasters) which often used 8 "D" cells.
So, I think, yeah, 8 cells is a lot alright, but it's quite do-able.
I would think that if Nitecore decides to build a more powerful NiMH / Alkaline light than the EA8, it will use "C" or "D" cells.
I'd say there won't be a Nitecore EA12 or EA16, but there might be an EC8, or an ED6 or ED8, if you follow me (where the 2nd letter denotes the battery class).
True "D" NiMH cells with their huge 8,500 (LSD) to 11,000 (straight NiMH) mAh capacity impress me.
And 4 x 1.2 volt "C" or "D" cells will provide 4.8 volts - enough to drive an LED.