I talked a bit last year about a $15 Coleman number aimed at campers. It is available in different configurations such as 1xAA and other larger sizes but I like the 3xAAA since it's a jacket pocket size light. Plus if one prefers a 17650 will operate it. On the tailcap there is an opening that creates a circular shelf to press against the battery carrier but won't allow an 18mm cell to fit and since a 65mm cell protrudes from the body the 18mm cell has to fit into the hole. A 17mm does.
The reflector is DEEP so it ends up being an old school type thrower with 3 distinct beams in the wild. A small hot spot for spotting eyeballs in the distance, a medium bright beam and a gentle spill, all very similar to the TIR an Elzetta Bones produces.
The head is removable with the LED remaining inside the body with another shoulder blocking it from blinding you when tail standing on a table. No need for a lamp shade.
Coleman touts the battery guard aspect of the slider switch. If you are familiar with a slider switch, most have a slight parasitic drain. So to know this one does not can bring peace of mind to those who like me prefer a good old fashioned slider switch.
Another nice feature (to me) is the intial set point of the slider is a nice low output, much like small incan 2C would produce back in the day. Yet slide it a bit further and it puts out a "high beam" that'll cause the eyes of a critter to glow at least a football field away, or provide plenty of light to set up camp, source fire wood etc.
Holding onto the body is easy due to four flat areas similar to the old school A2 aviator 4 flats. And at each end there are bumper guards.
The light is not some technological marvel by any means, but it does a really nice job of bringing old school features into the new millenium. I cannot honestly say I have confidence the plastic slider switch will out live me like an old Kel-Lite or Bright Star, but it doesn't feel cheap and flimsy. If dropped down a mountain side the switch will likely not survive since it protrudes from the body enough end up making impact with a rocky terrain.
So two things I'd change are adding a point of wrist strap attachment without negating the tailstand option and making the flat area where the switch is deeper.
Versus a Streamlight Scorpion HL for size compare