Longest runtime for budget single AA or AAA led light on low setting to be used in tornado shelter

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Old Man post warning... 🤣 Search around for a handful of Fenix E01's and get a multi pack of lithium Energizer AAA's. The E01's can still be found, and if you search here on CPF for runtime and torture testing, you'll know why I still own a few. Bombproof, simple battery sippers that anyone can operate. They're bright enough, cheap enough, and will outlive roaches in the next apocalypse.
There's still an E01 in my laptop bag and my fiancé still has one on her keychain. Going through my e-mails, it looks like some of these are 15 years old
 

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There's still an E01 in my laptop bag and my fiancé still has one on her keychain. Going through my e-mails, it looks like some of these are 15 years old
I still have several of the Fenix E01s, in both versions they released. I still think i have a couple that are still brand new. It's a great light for what it was in its time.
 

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Lots of good choices here & while I'm late to the party this may be helpful for someone.

Consider two twisty lights from Lumintop, the EDC01- AAA, and the EDC 15 - AA. You should be able to get some pretty good run times out of the lowest modes, plus there is no standby drain in either model as the twisty mechanism physically disconnects a cell when turned off. I own both & believe they are a bargain. Check out the Lumintop website for more info.
 

snakebite

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Ty , I have other name brand led lights...was just looking for other low cost budget options.
How about get folks in charge of said shelter to edc lights?
Then it won't deteriorate sitting idle.or get "borrowed"
Same with the batteries
Sucks to need it then find it missing or those duracells have all leaked in the package or worse yet in the light!
 

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How about get folks in charge of said shelter to edc lights?
Then it won't deteriorate sitting idle.or get "borrowed"
Same with the batteries
Sucks to need it then find it missing or those duracells have all leaked in the package or worse yet in the light!
Why would anyone store a Duracell in something the want to use in the future?
 

Scotty321

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Looking for a reliable budget AA- or AAA led light with longest runtime on low setting...doesnt need to have super bright capabilities. Probably 30 lumens or less. 1 or 2 lumens may be a bit to weak to see in the tornado shelter. Ty
Not really budget, but the discontinued SL ProtacAAA (single AAA) has a very long running low mode. Also not really budget, but the EagleTac AA Clicky can be has with numerous LEF configurations and lasts pretty long on low
 

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I'm still cleaning up hurricane stuff and came across two unopened Nitecore LA10 CRIs. I know these will run for 24 hours on 1x AA on low, 6 hours on medium. Wouldn't be a bad option for this use case.

I'm still partial to the battery-powered Christmas lights for this use-case though. Distributed light along the shelter just feels much more civil and less threatening than a single-source flashlight/lantern. Not to mention they're dirt cheap, so it's easy enough to have spares (possibly one on each side of the shelter space).
 

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What's worse about the new version 2.0? I just don't know
So many people hated the E01 until they came out with the V2 model. Suddenly the original was sorely missed. I used to see the original at Amazon and eBay for $60+ shortly after it was discontinued.

The V2 is a 3 setting number with up to 100(?) lumens on high. Starts on low at 5(?) lumens and has a medium. The beam is floody but throws fairly well on high. The water tight rating means it has a fat o'ring up front that makes it hard to twist one handed. And 😱 it won't tail stand. 👎 so folks were not pleased. Not as grippy and it's really small.

I like the V2 myself. It was $20 at first but I just bought some for $14 at Amazon.
 

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What's worse about the new version 2.0? I just don't know
I have two of those and was disappointed. The Original was a little tank of a light that could survive anything short of Nuclear Armageddon. And the runtime was insane. The new version beats it on output only.
 
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