Where are all the 1AA flashlights these days?

ampdude

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I remember when the Fenix L1P came out 1AA flashlights were all the rage for so long, then they just died away. Can someone recommend me a decent 1AA light, preferably with a warm tint and HCRI? I might have to go with Peak, I think they still build one.
 

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Dual fuel 1AA/14500
Multi mode McClicky
519a 5700k dedomed

There's a ton of excellent AA/14500 hosts to build. My favorite size by far.

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Here's a cheap host with a wonderful reflector. The beam profile is as good as any MCR.

Dual fuel tool AA driver

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ilikeguns40

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Malkoff AA MDC

Peak El Capitan- duel fuel

Zebralight sc53

Reylight pineapple- Duel fuel

McGizmo AA Pak is an awesome host

Malkoff AA MDC host can lego onto a lot of different heads in order to use either VME and drop ins or 3.7v li-ion compatible Surefire, McGizmo, or Malkoff heads.
 

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Most AA size lights have now evolved into 14500 lights, the Lumintop Tool for the price is hard to beat. They just released a few new colors also.
 
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Olight's i5R has a high CRI LED option. It has a weird USB-C rechargeable 2.4 volt proprietary 14500 included that's needed for max output, but it can also run on a standard AA (but not a standard 14500.) The LED is no Nichia, but is decent enough with a very nice optic. It's a simple 2 mode forward clicky UI, press once for low (12 lumens), press again for high (285 lumens.)

The Skilhunt E3A is another great AA/14500 that's a simple LMH reverse clicky UI with no mode memory and it's 4000K SST-20 is the absolute best SST-20 I've ever seen. It even puts a lot of my Nichias to shame when comparing tints side by side.

Acebeam also has the Pokelit which is also a dual fuel light, but I have no experience with it nor it's 5000K Nichia 219F, so I can't comment much on that. The price is right though at under 20 bucks on Amazon for the green color.
 

rwolfenstein

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I know its prolly already been mentioned but the streamlight protac 1L-AA uses 1AA battery or 1 CR123A which is nice being duel fuel. I dont know much about them, but I know lumintop makes a small light with a AA that can also run a 14500 battery. (I dont know much about lumintop but their lights look nice)
 

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The nicely efficient Skilhunt M150 V3 with 519a and also the Reylight LANapple are two considerations . I still really like the Thrunite TH20 with a emitter swap.
 

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Basically will take any battery you can fit inside
...except for 4.2V 16340 / 14500 cells. I point that out only because it's a very important point and one that many have historically found confusing, for whatever reason. The higher performance available using CR123A can also be realized by using LFP16340s for a secondary (rechargeable) solution at the expense of some run time. For that reason, this is what I keep in mine most of the time.

Outside the spec, I understand from others that one can finesse a AAA into it (although I haven't bothered to try it), and while that would be sub-optimal from a performance standpoint, it could save the day in a jam, and at lower output levels would probably still be useful.

My favorite is the ProTac 1L AA. It's a very versatile little flashlight.
Same here. It is without question the highest quality / best engineered AA-capable light I own (or know of for that matter), and for me offers the best package of design features and operating scheme. It is unquestionably the 'AA' light I would grab first when it really 'matters'.

Also, don't forget the venerable EagTac D25A. The basic design has been around a long time, but there are very good reasons for that, and in its current (MKII) version, is still a good choice in many respects. It's not 'perfect' (and what is?), but has a feature set / operating characteristics that most find very flexible / usable and easy to adapt to. I have several, and it is the AA light I use most daily 'around the house'. This one can indeed use 'standard' 4.2V 14500s to some advantage (which I do). It's also available from stock from a fine U.S. distributor, and is currently in stock with a choice of several emitters, including SST20 4000K R9080, which is probably my most-used (with a 219C example not far behind), although the latter is not currently in stock.
 
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