I have concluded my opinion on my Ultra vs AAA LE vs Photon 3 regarding runtime and brightness.
I did run times with fresh energizes and new panosonic coin batteries for the Photon.
Brightness at all intervals goes to the Ultra easily. The AAA le was bright til 7 hours and then moon mode kicked in. Moon mode is pretty dim. The Ultra was always brighter than the other two and started to really dim around 12 hours but had about twice the output of the LE moon mode for another 10 hours. The Photon is only good for the first 5 minutes then dims. I will be taking the Ultra camping as my backup!
I tested two samples of each light and had similar results.
I love the AAA le's finish and I understand its alot smaller than the Ultra but IMHO it doesn't compare to the Ultra in brightness or runtime.
I had my wife look at the beams at each 2 hour interval and she picked the Ultra beam everytime.
They both are built like tanks but the only advantage I see that the ARC has is size and a more scratch resistant finish.
Now I'm an ARc fan also, but I have to say I don't understand all the hype. If I didn't have an Ultra to compare it to I would understand the hype but I did have an ultra. And for half the price its the light I will reccomend of the two.