Successor to Sunwayman M20A


Newly Enlightened
Mar 10, 2017
A few years ago I bought a friend a Sunwayman M20A for hiking, safety, and generally knocking around in the dark. It seemed like the perfect light for muggles such as ourselves: it took two AAs, the modes' light levels were well chosen, the user interface was superb, and it was well built enough to be trustworthy. I'd like to buy a light or two for similar purposes, but the M20A seems scarce these days, and tech marches on.

What light would you recommend for this niche today?

1) How would you prefer to purchase the light? online

2) Budget: $100

3) Format: flashlight

4) Size: normalish for 2×AA

5) Emitter/Light source: LED

6) Manufacturer: no preference

7) What power source do you want to use? usually low self-discharge NiMH 2×AA

8) How much genuine out the front (OTF) light do you want/need? I want to confidently walk around an unlit/unpaved rural area (60-150 lumens).

9) Flood vs Throw: Narrow Flood: I want a sharply defined flood area that will project some distance for tasks like trail walking.

10) Runtime: 90-120 minutes at walking-around light levels

11) Durability/Usage: Very Important (Camping, Backpacking, Car Glove-box).

12) Switch Size, Type, and location (choose all that apply):
13) User Interface (UI) and mode selection.
I'm still in love with the control ring / tail switch combo.

14) Material/Finish/Coating: no preference

15) Water resistance: IPX8 (Submersible to greater than 1 meter for 4 hours) would be nice, but not critical.

16) Storage conditions: will vary

17) Special Needs/extras: none