1 lumen single mode 1xAA with great tint

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Looking for a 1xAA that runs on Lithiums L91s, Eneloops, Alklalines..

Between 0.5-1 (one) lumen but don't need "true" moonlight mode
Single mode, don't need complex electronics
bulletproof
Great tint
Twisty
Waterproof
Battery vampire
Lanyard carry mode
Ideally under $30

Kinda of an updated Gerber Infinity. Can't believe it has been 22 years since I got my first one but I've misplaced all of mine. Gerber Infi was great for the year 1999.
 

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Looking for a 1xAA that runs on Lithiums L91s, Eneloops, Alklalines..

Between 0.5-1 (one) lumen but don't need "true" moonlight mode
Single mode, don't need complex electronics
bulletproof
Great tint
Twisty
Waterproof
Battery vampire
Lanyard carry mode
Ideally under $30

Kinda of an updated Gerber Infinity. Can't believe it has been 22 years since I got my first one but I've misplaced all of mine. Gerber Infi was great for the year 1999.

The easy button is to Order a Peak El Capitan and have them put a 219b in it. Simply turn the head for whatever output you want. I can consistently get .25 Lumens from my El Capitan
 

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I've had a moonlight mode light with other modes up to 800 lumens (forgot the brand, I gifted it) but want something simple this time.

I am thinking I will just go with my Malkoff M61LLL and a 3xAA body for my AA needs, I know it's not compact but I was hoping to retain AA compatibility. I do have a Quark Mini ML 1x123 but it broke the lanyard hook so no longer possible to use the lanyard with it. It has 3 lumen low which is a bit too much while 0.2 lumens is too little. I think 1 lumen would be about right.
 

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Ideally under $30

Kinda of an updated Gerber Infinity. Can't believe it has been 22 years since I got my first one but I've misplaced all of mine. Gerber Infi was great for the year 1999.
That's going to be tough.

Peak gets some great reviews - I have my first on order - but it's not $30 or less.

I *think* there are some multi-mode lights for under $30 that start off in firefly/moonlight/etc mode, but those are almost all AAA lights. Also bullet proof and great tints are unlikely.

Reading your follow-up post, if you're not especially concerned about max output, Malkoff does make a 1xAA body; throw that together with a VME head and the M31LL 219B engine from Illumn.com and it comes pretty close while keeping a much smaller profile.

Illumn also lists an M31LLL, but that's back-ordered at this time; I don't think it's as regularly re-stocked as the other Malkoff models.

EtA: Illumn has a Lumintop AA in copper with a 4000k tint for $37 on sale. Starts off with 3.7 lumens.
 
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The whole point was to have a backup 1xAA carried via a lanyard, as stated in the specs. I already have all the Malkoffs. I just realized I didn't have any capable AA-based lights.

OTOH maybe I do need a true Moonlight mode to get max possible runtime. Although in reality when I did have one, I always shifted in the 2nd mode, the one right above moonlight as moonlight of 0.2 Lumens is just about useless for 95% of the tasks. Slows you down. And shifting into the 2nd mode is also slower than it needs to be.

I figured one lumen and one mode would be fine. As I have more powerful M61LLL that can get the job done faster with more lumens if necessary. Plus of course M91T, HoundDogs, etc. etc. etc.
 

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Also open to an idea of a 2xAA single mode light but who has one just that's just 1-2 lumens? I get it, it's a custom job.
 

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Hrrmm. That’s a tough one. If it was me I might go with an E01 V2 (I know it’s AAA) and just never shift out of the first mode which is ~5 lms. If you can stomach the AAA they’re only like $12 to try. Now you have me wondering if there are any nice simple AA twisties that start in Low. They would make great gift lights. Nothing is coming to my mind.
 

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Also open to an idea of a 2xAA single mode light but who has one just that's just 1-2 lumens? I get it, it's a custom job.
See if Armytek Prime A2 (XP-L) is right for you.
Right now it's on promotion for only $ 25 (50% off)
It has 0.15 lumens and then a level of 2 lumens (or is 2 lumens too much for you?)
 

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"I get it, it's a custom job."

Yes, you could talk to Vinh, or to Robyn at Peak, and see if they can come up with exactly what you want. Will cost more than $30 total, but worth it maybe.
 

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Looking for a 1xAA that runs on Lithiums L91s, Eneloops, Alklalines..

Between 0.5-1 (one) lumen but don't need "true" moonlight mode
Single mode, don't need complex electronics
bulletproof
Great tint
Twisty
Waterproof
Battery vampire
Lanyard carry mode
Ideally under $30

Kinda of an updated Gerber Infinity. Can't believe it has been 22 years since I got my first one but I've misplaced all of mine. Gerber Infi was great for the year 1999.
Malkoff AA MDC neutral . The low mode always comes on first. It’s very very dim. Just enough to see in total darkness
 

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Peak ElCapitan made to your specs is your best bet, but a bit more expensive. It will run on about any battery you can fit in the tube.
Or try to find an L3 illumination L10 with a nichia; the XP-G models are available and it’s not too hard to mod. Twisty multimode with three or four levels.
 

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Malkoff AA MDC neutral . The low mode always comes on first. It’s very very dim. Just enough to see in total darkness

I can't believe I overlooked this one. It basically fits all the requirements except for the price, but it is a Malkoff.
 

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Not really. Elzetta EDC AA seems to have it all, except it has more modes than I care but would not hurt.
The AAA one is outside of my parameters but I thought it would be a neat addition as I am AAA-light poor. Only have the Solitaire.

Did your exacting requirements change from the original post?
Elzetta EDC AA
 

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I can't believe I overlooked this one. It basically fits all the requirements except for the price, but it is a Malkoff.
It’s definitely above your spending and has some features your not interested in but in all honestly. You won’t be disappointed. In fact, it may be the best light you’ll ever own. The SST-20 4000K with 95CRI LED will do wonders on your eyes and it’s the best I’ve seen yet. Plus, lifetime warranty and electronics are also potted. Tailcap and lens are user replaceable as well
 
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