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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    The figures are from a thread on the JetBeam v3 that Napalm pointed to earlier in this thread. Check Napalm's posts to find the thread, then look about halfway through, maybe page 6 or 7. 14500 did something like 5500 cd. NiMH was roughly half that or a bit more - well short of XL50's 5200...
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    Thanks for the recommendations, AlphaZen. So far the JetBeam is a leading contender but there are several other models that have been suggested in this thread that I need to research, when I have more time. I'm in no hurry and will try to read up on each model that people suggest. Be happy to...
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    Actually, I'd rather get something with higher lux and lower lumens, because it'll have better runtime. But, if all I can find has both higher lux and higher lumens, then I guess I'll have to learn to live with less runtime. The first approach is like a sniper rifle, the second more like a...
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    Candela and Lux are both units of brightness or luminous intensity. Candela is one lumen flux per steradian of solid angle. Lux is one lumen flux per square meter. Peak Beam Intensity is used to specify the brightest part of the beam, and may be expressed in Cd or Lux. Unless otherwise...
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    Hey Nap, whatever floats your boat is fine with me. Ever hear the saying "There is no substitute for throw?" Means that if necessary you can always pop a diffuser onto a throw light and use it to see up close. But, the reverse just ain't happening with a floody light when you want to see...
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    Yeah, I disregarded all the recommendations for ZL SC51 because I'm familiar with its capabilities - read the reviews, looked at specs and beamshots. A fine light with huge output and smooth beam, but somewhat lacking in brightness and throw. Good summary of a very simple concept that...
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    Thanks for the suggestions, eyeeatingfish. I'll read up on all those models when I have time. I know that I'd have to run a 14500 cell to get max brightness out of most of these 1AA lights. However, I'd still like to have a light that is very bright when running with an NiMH cell. And even...
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    Thanks for the advice, gcbryan. While reading up on a lot of different brands and models, I noticed what you mention about XR-E and XP-E emitters producing brighter beams for better throw. I am looking for Maximum Brightness for Throw, not big lumens - have enough lights already for close to...
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    Thanks, nap. Haven't read through the whole thread yet, but one guy in that thread measured well over 5000 Cd running a 14500, and about half that with a NiMH. 5000+ Cd is not too shabby in the brightness department for a regular sized head 1AA light. ;> .
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    Sure, why not? 14500 is always a great option, even if not used regularly. Besides the 1AA form factor being nice for EDC, the other big advantage is their ability to run so many cell types: -Alkaline -Lithium primary -NiMH -14500 are common, but don't forget: -NiCd -Carbon Zinc The...
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    I'm looking for pure brightness and long throw, so lumens don't really matter. As a practical matter, most 1AA lights that are very bright will obtain that brightness from a higher output. To achieve high brightness and long throw, the designer has to overcome the disadvantage of a small head...
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    Thanks for the suggestion, nap. Yeah, I'm looking for something with white output, not monochromatic output. ;> Having trouble finding good numbers for the jet I pro v3. If Jetbeams throw distance figure is to be believed, this light's brightness would be something over 5000 Cd. Outstanding...
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    ANSI specs are becoming more common these days, at least among more reputable makers. ;> ANSI specs give: -OTF output in lumens (not emitter lumens) -Brightness in Cd -Throw distance in meters ("useful" throw defined as distance to 1/4 lux) -Runtime in hours and minutes (to 10 percent of...
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    Thanks for the suggestion. Sunwayman's website doesn't specify brighness in Cd, but from "effective range" they list it looks to be a tad over 3600 Cd if their figures are legit. .
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    Brightest pocketable 1AA EDC

    By pocketable EDC I mean no "turbo" or similar oversized heads. Dereelight Shorty can achieve over 5000 Cd, but has a bigger head that wouldn't work for me for pocket carry. I could probably live with a slightly oversized head, say up to 1 inch OD, but that's pushing the limits for pocket...
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    Which is your LEAST favorite UI?

    There are so many bad UIs out there, it's hard to pick my LEAST favorite. -Fenix reverse clicky, head twisty UI with disco modes - just a really bad UI. -Streamlight TwinTask series - must click their Incan bulbs on and off to cycle through LED modes. -Any light with disco modes that come on...
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    Your first flashlight - what can you remember?

    Great light! The 2C Eveready Captain and its counterpart the 2C RayOVac Sportsman, were my favorite outdoors lights for many years. Compact, lightweight, ergonomic, with good throw and decent runtime. I backpacked several hundred miles carrying a Sportsman or Captain as my main light source...
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    Help finding a small, cheap flashlight?

    Because of the 25 Pound Sterling price limit, I'm guessing you're in the UK. I know that Mags aren't a good buy in the UK - they tend to cost about twice what they cost in the US. Way too expensive for what are frankly, very basic lights. Maybe some British members could help you out with...
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    Best flashlight for under 30?

    If the Streamlight ProTac EMS is too expensive at 40 bucks, here's a couple of bargain lights for less than 20 bucks. Brinkmann ArmorMax 1AA: http://www.brightguy.com/products/Brinkmann_ArmorMax_1AA_Flashlight_809-1095-0.php Only 14 bucks, good reviews on CPF, rugged, tail clicky, and a single...
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    Best flashlight for under 30?

    Consider the Streamlight ProTac EMS: http://www.streamlight.com/product/product.aspx?pid=226 Ideal features for an outdoor light: -Forward clicky with momentary. -Three well spaced levels. -Starts with a 3.6 lumen low level. -High at 50 lumens is sufficient for most camping needs. -Decent...
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