Compact, Lightweight Single AA For a Versatile Back-up

A10ACN

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Looks like I'm going to settle on the NiteCore SRT3 as my primary world travel/carry/always in the bag light (thanks to LOTS of help from all y'all!:rock:in previous posts). I picked up a LumaPower LM21(AAA) as a lightweight spare/backup. But, that's another battery (with less power/time) that I have to be concerned with, so, I'd like to find a compact, lightweight, minimalist AA that can take all the AA versions, perhaps 3 or so modes, maybe tail stand? There seems to be a plethora of super compact, little single cell CR123 lights out there. I'm not seeing the much of the same wrt single AA. A lot of the SRT3 ilk of full performance lights and a good number of tiny minimalist AAA keychains, but I'm not seeing something similar for the AA spectrum. Thoughts? Suggestions?
 

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Thrunite T10 LED flashlight, Cree XP-G LED, 115 lumens 3 modes with memory.

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Thrunite T10 LED flashlight, Cree XP-G LED, 115 lumens 3 modes with memory.

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Liking the looks of that. Can only use AA alkys, Ni-Mh, Enloops, but not 14500s.

Not feeling the Zebra, it looks kinda big. The Thrunite is in the current lead, anything else?

(Wow, you guys snuck up on me, while writing above!!)
 
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Fourseven's Mini MA. I have the first version (Mini AA) and it's been working fine for past 4 years including for my travels, been using it with enveloops and 14500 exclusively. Available in standard alu and titanium.
 

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The ZebraLight SC52 is not large. The H52w is also an option; I bought one to give this Christmas and it appears to be a very nice light. Take another look at these, IMHO.
 

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I've been carrying a Zebralight SC51 every day for over two years. They are very tough and very bright for their size.
 

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How about a second NiteCore SRT3 as backup to the first?

Simplifies things a lot, and it seems most of the other options are an inch or less difference in length.
 

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How about a second NiteCore SRT3 as backup to the first?

Simplifies things a lot, and it seems most of the other options are an inch or less difference in length.

Funny you mention that. I ordered another one today! The SRT3 is a bit bulky and what I call a primary use light- one that I carry in my bags wherever I go. I picked up a LumaPower LM21, for a lightweight backup that offers some more versatility (AAA) with the SRT3 (2 lights, 3 sizes of batteries). I like the LM21 (except the OI, I get confused easily and want it to come on at the highest first). AAA power/run time is limited, though, so I cruising around, I saw all the tiny EDC CR123 size lights and thought that having the same in AA format might be smarter for a backup (interchangeable batteries with SRT3, better performance than AAA). There don't seem to be as many high quality, minimum size AA size EDC options compared to CR123 size. The back-up doesn't have to have the performance of the SRT3, in fact I'd prefer it to be a light I'd use for generic use, to ensure the SRT3 is fully charged and ready. Say, as a room light or tent light, a slip into the pocket unobtrusively for going out light, map light, etc, etc. If I had to fall back to local purchase Alkies, no problem, the SRT3 would still be available for the heavy lifting jobs. If any of this makes any sense??
 
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