Medium size, good brightness, LED running on eneloops


Newly Enlightened
Feb 5, 2013
Hi all, I'm looking for a flashlight, moderate size and better than average brightness, running on rechargeable eneloops. I don't know much about what the options are, so I'm open to suggestions and advice. Thanks!

Here's the usual checklist:
1) How would you prefer to purchase the light?
__X__I will be mail-ordering or buying online, so this doesn't matter.

2) Budget: An easy question, but you may change your mind after answering the rest! :)

__X__Less than $25.

3) Format:

__X__I want a flashlight.

4) Flashlight-specific format/size:
__X__Every day carry small (2-4 inches).
__X__Every day carry medium (4-7 inches).

5) Emitter/Light source:

__X__LED (known for efficiency, longevity, and compactness)

6) Manufacturer:

__X__I want to buy a light from a traditional mass producing manufacturer that is ready to go out of the box.
_X___I would consider getting a light that is pieced together (for example a “host” or flashlight body from one manufacturer, and a “drop-in” emitter from another source). Under the right circumstances, this path can provide more options to the consumer to meet specific needs, and can often be easily upgradeable as technology improves.

7) What battery type do you want to use?

__X__I intend to use rechargeable nickel chemistry (NiCad, NiMH, NiZn)

8) How much genuine out the front (OTF) light do you want/need? Sometimes you can have too much light (trying to read up close up with a 100 lumen light is impossible).

__X__I want to walk around an unlit rural area (50-150 lumens).

9) Throw vs. Flood: At what distance will you be most likely to use this light? Select all that apply.

__X__Less than 5 yards/meters (looking for something inside a dark shed/garage/basement)
__X__5-20 yards/meters (check out a noise in the backyard)

10) Runtime: Not over-inflated manufacturer runtime claims, but usable brightness measured from first activation to 50% with new batteries (Measured on maximum output).

__X__90-120 minutes (Runtime is moderately important, but still not critical)

11) Durability/Usage: Generally the old phrase “you get what you pay for” is very accurate for flashlights.
__X__Slightly Important (Walks around the neighborhood).

12) Switch Type and location (choose all that apply):

____I want a forward clicky (Helpful for momentary activation and signaling).
____I want a reverse clicky (For use with multi-mode/level lights).
____I want a momentary switch (Predominantly for use with signaling and short bursts of momentary light only).
____I want a twisty switch (Tighten the head/tailcap to activate, and the light will stay on until the head/tailcap is loosened).
____I want a body mounted switch (near the head, like on a Maglite).
____I want a tail mounted switch (found on the majority of today’s high end lights).
__X__I don't care.
____I don’t know.
____Other, please specify____________________.

13) User Interface (UI) and mode selection. Select all that apply.

__X__A simple on-off with only one output level is fine for me.
__X__I want 2 light levels. (Brighter/short runtime and Dimmer/long runtime.)
____I want a beacon mode.
____I don’t care.
__X__I don’t know. (open to advice)


__X__Anodized Aluminum – either type II or III (Hard Anodized) (Aluminum, specifically HA, is the most common material/finish for today’s flashlights).
__X__I don’t care.

15) Special Needs/extras: Is there anything else you want or need that hasn't been mentioned? Select any below.
__X__Wrist/Neck Lanyard

As you can see, I'm pretty open to suggestions/variations. I want a relatively low budget flashlight, but if something amazing pops up I'd be down to spend more. Thanks for the help!


Flashlight Enthusiast
Jul 4, 2010
SBFlasthlight's L10 is approximately 120 lumens, more if you get the xpg2 version
Thrunite T10 might cost a little more but is nicely built and has mode memory.
Xeno E03 is a well made 30 dollar light that can handle a 14500


Flashlight Enthusiast
Jul 4, 2010
The more I think about it the more I think that the Fenix E11 would be perfect for you. Two modes, 115 lumens, forward clicky, loosen the bezel for low mode.
i gave my dad mine and he takes it everywhere (maybe I can make him a flashaholic?)