Lights with a 'low' low ???

cratz2

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Hrmm. I'm looking for a specific type of light. My main lights are a Fenix L1P, an HDS42, a Streamlight TL3 (Incand) and a 2C Mag with an NFlex.

What I want more than anything is a 1xAA light with at least two settings but three would be fine and programability/SOS/strobe don't bother me but aren't particularly needed.

For the higher setting, a normal L1P level is fine, but I'd really like a 'low' low. The lowest setting on the HDS is about right... but I'd be happy with anywhere in the range of 1 - 5 Lumens. Don't particularly care about throw for this one and it can be a clickie or a twistie.

I will probably use primary lithiums but the ability to use LiIons would be great as long as the light doesn't get radically brighter with them.

Seems like the new Fenix lights are all about super crazy bright. And there are so many JetBeam versions that it gets a bit overwhelming. Would any of them either current or previous be what I'm looking for?

I'd say a top end of $100 but would prefer to keep it around $50 or $60.

Any suggestions?
 

martonic

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If you don't mind CR123 I just got a spartanian - it's the same length as L1D-CE (which is a 1aa light) although the head is a little wider - it's a clicky - low is really low (okay for maps, a nice restaurant, etc.) and high is unbelievably bright!
 
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martonic said:
If you don't mind CR123 I just got a spartanian - it's the same length as P1D-CE (which is a 1aa light) although the head is a little wider - it's a clicky - low is really low (okay for maps, a nice restaurant, etc.) and high is unbelievably bright!

P1D-CE is a CR123 light...:whistle: :)
 

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My favorite single 1xAA light with a very "low low" is the LRI Proton.

It is still my light of choice for walking around the house and checking on the kids without waking them. I prefer it for this than my HDS U60, Fenix L0D-CE, Peak Pacific, etc.

Cheers!
 

cratz2

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Thanks for the suggestions so far. That LiteFlux looks like it will be perfect if they ever offer it in a 1xAA.

I really want a 1xAA light though. Basically, I have carry the HDS and the Fenix. What I ideally want is the capabilities of the HDS Basic in a Fenix-ish form factor.
 

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Get Milkyspit to install a FluPic board in a Fenix. Flupic can be turned down to about 1 lumen while still having the top-end brightness. Since you already have the Fenix, getting the board installed is simple.
 

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Proton rules low light. It has a single Red LED that starts ultra dim and ramps up from off (so easy to use - great UI). OR you can ramp down the White very quickly. So glad I got one while they were available.
jburgett said:
My favorite single 1xAA light with a very "low low" is the LRI Proton.
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flashy bazook

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why not the original Surefire L1? The low setting is even toward the low part of the range you give (1-5 lumen). And you get a higher setting if you need it.

By now you'd have to buy it used, so it would also be within your price range (new it would be more - but of course it is no longer made, since it's been upgraded to stronger LEDs).

finally, the form-factor is a bit larger than what you mention, it uses 1xCR123a, but, still, it is one of the classic flashlights--perfect really from a number of points of view.
 

paulr

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I think you want the LRI Proton. They're unavailable new right now but you could probably find on on BST. They're dimmable with an interface similar to the Photon Freedom and they make a nice flood beam and run on 1AA, and they have a red led (plus six white leds) for even more stealthiness than a dim white light.
 

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My VB-16 from Waion puts out light at all 32 levels. At level 2 it puts out 1/20 th full power. At level 1 it puts out 1/1000 th full power. Beam center hotspot is about 1.5 cd and it's more than enough to find your way around the house with dark adapted eyes. It should get more than 2000 hours out of a 18650 at that level.

YMMV depending on Vf of your LED.
 

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I'll admit the U2 and spartan are very close in brightness, low if near the same on both and high for me is slithgly brighter with my U2 than Spartanian you migh try one of those arc lights or a 5mm led based unti fenix has some E series lights maybe a resistor could be added for even less light depending on how dim you need it to be.
 
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