Your thoughts on Malkoff MDC AA

thermal guy

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So just tested my AA neutral on high with a eneloop pro
And got 1 hour 15 minutes till it started to dim by my eyes.And I mean barely dimmed. Was still at 80-90 percent full power. And continued at that level "50-60 lumens est" till 2 hour mark when it stepped way down to 5 lumens or so! Not sure if this is normal results but I'll take it. Love this little light. I have tested lowest level and got over 8 days and well over 1 1/2 hours on high. Nice to see companies claims as being legitimate.

Just a quick update. At 2 hours 30 minutes dam thing is still on with enough light to read or walk with in complete darkness. Ended test. Ending volts.650.
 
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So just tested my AA neutral on high with a eneloop pro
And got 1 hour 15 minutes till it started to dim by my eyes.And I mean barely dimmed. Was still at 80-90 percent full power. And continued at that level "50-60 lumens est" till 2 hour mark when it stepped way down to 5 lumens or so! Not sure if this is normal results but I'll take it. Love this little light. I have tested lowest level and got over 8 days and well over 1 1/2 hours on high. Nice to see companies claims as being legitimate.

Just a quick update. At 2 hours 30 minutes dam thing is still on with enough light to read or walk with in complete darkness. Ended test. Ending volts.650.

Nice!!

Just update mine with a SS flat bezel, had a crenulted but I didn't care for it . I love mine too! Still use it almost daily


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You know there's another flashlight make that I have always loved because of it dependability form factor and great runtimes. Been away from them for a bit for personal reasons. But with Malkoff's I have to say I'm pretty sure I'm not missing anything.Malkoffs have never let me down and In fact think I'm probably better off. I know my wallet is happier 😁
 

wicky998

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With Malkoff I'm almost positive your better off.


I don't know how true that wallet statement is though. [emoji23][emoji23]


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LMAO. You know I was smiling when I was posting that because honestly now I think about it I have probably spent a lot more on Malkoff's then I did the other brand. But then again pretty sure I got 4 times the lights. With same or "probably " better reliability and a lot less going wrong 😁 so ya. Maybe my wallet isn't happier. But I am.
 

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LMAO. You know I was smiling when I was posting that because honestly now I think about it I have probably spent a lot more on Malkoff's then I did the other brand. But then again pretty sure I got 4 times the lights. With same or "probably " better reliability and a lot less going wrong [emoji16] so ya. Maybe my wallet isn't happier. But I am.

Yea I'm definitely more happy with my light collection in general since Malkoff.

My wallet on the other hand....

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Yea I'm definitely more happy with my light collection in general since Malkoff.

My wallet on the other hand....

[emoji23][emoji23]


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I only recently got into the Malkoff AA lights. Honestly I have stopped looking at any others. They just work really well for me.
I am currently using the MDC AA neutral and waiting for a AA Cool to clear UK customs.
Definitely my favourite EDC light.
The 2xAA Neutral and Cool are at home for emergency duties.
Including Custom charges and International shipping it was expensive. However, the quality and functionality mean I am very happy.


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I only recently got into the Malkoff AA lights. Honestly I have stopped looking at any others. They just work really well for me.
I am currently using the MDC AA neutral and waiting for a AA Cool to clear UK customs.
Definitely my favourite EDC light.
The 2xAA Neutral and Cool are at home for emergency duties.
Including Custom charges and International shipping it was expensive. However, the quality and functionality mean I am very happy.


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If you like the AA lights.

You should definitely try his other lights.

Also phenomenal.


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If you like the AA lights.

You should definitely try his other lights.

Also phenomenal.


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I know his other lights are awesome. I am restricting myself presently to AA and AAA lights. Those are the cells commonly available in the UK.
I use eneloops primarily.
The only exotic cells I use currently are the lithium rechargeable CORE cells with the Petzl lights.
If I go back to 18650 rechargeable lights then there will be another round of Malkoff purchases!


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FlyGuyLuciferin

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I am really enjoying my AA light.
I have one other Malkoff that takes a Cr123 and the 2×AA body since it uses the same head.

I have noticed that occasionally my AA comes on in low, not LowLow. I thought I was just bumping it or something, but now I have been messing around with it and know that it is happening. The great things about these lights are that if there is an issue I know they will fix it. Does anyone know of that would be a switch problem?
 

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It explains on his site the switch debounce time. You have to have it on for more than 1 second I believe, or next time you use the light it will come on in the next mode. If you start in LL and leave it on for more than 1 second, then it should start next time on LL. "[FONT=&quot]The switch debounce time is 150 milliseconds. The mode will advance each time the light is momentarily activated and the switch debounce time has passed.[/FONT][FONT=&quot]This light USES ON time to determine mode switching. If the light is left ON for more than 1 second, the NEXT off/on cycle will return the light to low. If the light is NOT LEFT ON for 1+ seconds the NEXT off/on cycle will advance the mode. The off time has no relation to the mode switching of the light. In most normal use, the light will always come on in low."[/FONT]
 

FlyGuyLuciferin

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It explains on his site the switch debounce time. You have to have it on for more than 1 second I believe, or next time you use the light it will come on in the next mode. If you start in LL and leave it on for more than 1 second, then it should start next time on LL. "[FONT=&quot]The switch debounce time is 150 milliseconds. The mode will advance each time the light is momentarily activated and the switch debounce time has passed.[/FONT][FONT=&quot]This light USES ON time to determine mode switching. If the light is left ON for more than 1 second, the NEXT off/on cycle will return the light to low. If the light is NOT LEFT ON for 1+ seconds the NEXT off/on cycle will advance the mode. The off time has no relation to the mode switching of the light. In most normal use, the light will always come on in low."[/FONT]

Thanks man! I guess I didn't understand it the first time I read that. It is operating perfectly then. I think it is kind of easy to bump the switch in my pocket briefly, especially when removing it, resulting in advancing the mode.
 

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Picked up older (2008?) aa 1-3v and like it, but not for the reasons I thought I would. Using a primary the levels get all wonky and the high is noticeably lower. Curious. But with single aa it is as good or better than my Nichia 219b aa and better than my cool xpg. One reason is the lowlow is a true moonlight that looks about half or less lumens than the other aa's. The other is the true white tint with a little violet or purple which I prefer over the yellowish green of other cool white. Not a big deal but the beam is pretty awesome for a single aa. And it's anodized orange! It's funny I'm using this and an older M30 mostly these days. Not sure new stuff is better though will like to see an aa with new neutral sst led someday.
 

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With a different driver I'd buy an MDC AA in a heartbeat, but the on-time memory + PWM just doesn't do it for me. Anyone know if the driver is potted?
 

calipsoii

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Me too. The on-time memory drives me nuts.

I have a replacement driver - I wonder if Gene accepts custom electronics for his builds? Don't really want to go blasting a bunch of potting compound out to try and do it myself.
 
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