I always say the anker lc40 is unbeatable at 18 to 22 bucks , and I like the olight i5 that uses 1 aa.It's that time again. What time, you ask. Time to start discussing our favorite budget light for 2021. Be it one released in 2021, or just new to us, or a carry over favorite from previous years.
My initial entry for this year is a 130 lumen number by Energizer. A 1aa with a two-way clip. It was $12 at my local grocery store where my favorite $3.50 home comfort air filter is $5.99 so you can probably find it for less if interested. It's model PMHH11.
I surmize it's probably not regulated, but my moving ceiling fan blade test showed the what appears to be 25% output low showed what appears as a very fast PWM. The beam is a nice egg shell neutral in the upper 5000 kelvin range. Nichia perhaps? The flash mode is not some weird epilileptic inducing so called tactical "self defense" flash but more of an attention grabber for road side emergencies type thing. Think 1 flash per second.
The clip is ok. I'd hesitate to use the term robust simply because it will probably be to soft and bend if abused, yet will make it easy to slide onto a ball cap brim. It comes with an energizer max battery and a wrist strap that is attached in the package.
The modes are hi/lo/flash where if you wait a couple of seconds it prompts back to hi. Momentary is available with the forward clicky that was like a goldilox bowl of poridge……just right. The button produdes enough to eliminate tail stand but not enough to pocket activate. The head is glued on and the clip is not removeable unless you can get the head off. The tailcap is user serviceable and has a gold color coating over the button instead of using a bare spring.
Overall this one falls in the "these days even bad flashlights aint bad" category.
The clip and lanyard