Is there a keychain light everyone loves?

bykfixer

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To me, the ARC aaa is a true classic that is now seen as a stone aged tool.

Yet like the 57 Ford T-bird there was a time when Baker St was flooded with them. I keep my ARC stashed away for special occasions kinda like my neighbor has his T-bird tucked safely away to ensure on those special occasions, that in all of its charm it causes folks to grin when they see it.

At some point the Fenix E01 became a sort of modern day ARC aaa and it too became a has been lighting tool as progress moved the ball forward. My favorite purple E01 was confiscated by Mrs. Fixer who keeps it handy for lighting up small print or view small details in her craft making stuff.

So then there was this so called Sofirn C01 Yuji, where all of the virtues of an ARC aaa and Fenix E01 remained but the things people disliked about them were replaced with a nice beam and a choice of a neutral or warm tint. They were a special project limited to 1000 units in warm or neutral so those are no longer available.

The Fenix E05 took care of a couple of issues with levels and a floody beam. The new C01 also has levels. But seemingly still lacking are rock solid durability and ability to run nearly a week on a depleted battery. I was able to squeeze light from an E01 for nearly a month from a battery that would no longer power a cordless computer mouse. One day it just quit but until that time it was in a firefly mode every night when nature called at 2am.

My daily is a 1xaaa by famous SureFire designer PK who incorparated self defense virtues in a keychain light. With a microstream clip it acts as a ballcap light that can tailstand. The finish has held up well on the PVD coated version(s) and the uncoated polished silver ones hide scratches very well. On the rare occasion I have misplaced my PL2 a Maglite Solitaire takes on the edc task easily with its brighter than the numbers suggest 40+ lumen output.

It's nice to have choices and this is a great time to be a flashlight fanatic.
 

majid

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The Nitecore TIP CRI and the Surefire Titan Plus. The Nitecore TIP2 is good, but the UI is inferior to that on the TIP.
 

lumen aeternum

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None of the lights mentioned are keychain lights. A keychain light has a button battery, is flat & round-ish, with a spring loaded push switch on one side. They are light enough that it does not wear out the ignition switch on your car, while spending most of the time dangling therefrom.

The required color is a green LED; low lumens but very efficient for your eye to utilize.
Hard to find them with a green LED anymore.
 

Poppy

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Its funny how different lights come in and go out of vogue.

Years ago, I carried a streamlight nano. They were all the rage! I wouldn't recommend it on a bet.
As the paint wore off, I went with the... it adds character mindset. Within a year... it had LOTS of character :rolleyes:

I then went with a Thrunite Ti a AAA number that is still on my son's key chain, but a little big for me.

I like small. One key will open any door, and dead-bolt in my house, and even a padlock so that I don't have to carry multiple keys and bulk up my pocket.
So I went with a CNQ stainless AAA light. It's a twisty it and the 4sevens Atom were the smallest AAA lights at the time, maybe still.

I was gifted a coo yoo Quantum by a friend overseas and have never looked back. I did get one of those key fob sized Manker's. Great light, and fine for the ladies who carry a handbag, but too large for key chain in the pocket carry for me.

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Groundhog

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Olight i3E. Its a very small ( AAA) dedicated key chain light, $9, great quality & construction, single mode, very good reviews.

I have gifted the Olight i3E to a couple of people and they love them.

Now free if you pay $5 s/h.

[FONT=Verdana,Arial,Tahoma,Calibri,Geneva,sans-serif]https://www.olightstore.com/i3e-gift.html[/FONT]
 

Neilrazer

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The Nitecore TIP CRI and the Surefire Titan Plus. The Nitecore TIP2 is good, but the UI is inferior to that on the TIP.
How is the UI better on the TIP than the TIP2? The main difference that I noticed is the lack of lockout on the TIP2, but I could just leave it in demo mode to shut off after 30 seconds if it became an issue. ( I just ordered a TIP2)
 

troutpool

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I have tried several newer options, but I keep coming back to the old Quark Mini CR2. They are not made anymore, but it shouldn't be too hard to find one with a WTB.
 

FlashKat

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I was not an Olight fan, but their lights are getting better.
I really like the Olight I1R2 EOS as the head does not separate from the body to charge with a mini USB.
 

Vemice

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I was not an Olight fan, but their lights are getting better.
I really like the Olight I1R2 EOS as the head does not separate from the body to charge with a mini USB.

Gotta agree. Just got a couple and very impressed.
 

skid00skid00

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I need to add to this thread, having just got 3 new lights. The one that *doesn't* fit is an 18650 Zebralight H604d.

Two that I think should be included are the micro-sized Olight i1R 2 EOS, and the Olight S1 Mini Baton HCRI.

The i1R uses a non-removable, ***non-protected*** 10180. Yeah, I know, CPF don't like this application. But for informed users, it's very capable, with 5 lumens / 7 hours, and 130 lumens for ~15 minutes (safely). It's the size of your two pinky-finger joints, and has a nice beam color and spread. It's definitely small enough for genuine key ring use. While I will always love my ZL SC52, I'm keeping the i1R in my pocket, a first for me. The new design uses a captured rear cap, so you can't lose it. It locks out when unscrewed, so it won't ever screw itself on in your pocket.

The larger (thumb-sized) S1 Mini has an 'ok' high-CRI LED, with a beam width useful for close-up work. Better yet, it has a good moonlight mode (0.5 lumens) and 16/64/326/684 lumen steps. 326 L for 1 hour. These steps are similar to what I programmed for my SC52. Press and hold the side mount button for ML, press and hold for the next three steps, or double-click (from off, or from on) for turbo. It retains any of the last-used middle three modes for next time use. I like this better than the ZL interface. There's a 'charge me now' LED in the side button.

Anyway, that's my contribution to offset the help and knowledge I've gotten over the last 10 years.
 

AZPops

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I bought a Prometheus Beta for a muggle friend, and was very impressed.
Of the three lights I've given her, this one is the winner.
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Yep, +1 on the Beta! I've had one with my keys, ... like forever. Darn light just disappears.
 
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