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    I've decided I need a brighter keychain light. My first thought is to get a Fenix LOP and run rechargeables AAA's but still it seems to have not so good regulation although I guess neither does the Arc AAA although it does better with lithiums.

    Am I missing out on other alternatives? I really would like to keep it AAA and maybe a little better then an hour runtime? I guess you can't have your cake and eat it too concerning brightness vs. runtime.
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    Default Re: viable Arc AAA alternatives besides LOP?

    I just received my Peak Matterhorn single snow-white LED AAA yesterday. I got the High version rather than the Ultra. I think you would want the Ultra for sure but it still might not be bright enough for you. Runtime is huge though and the light is very well made and up until the Fenix price drop was considerably less expensive even paying the $5 extra for Ultra output. You can get extra bodies and different LED heads too. I'm very satisfied.

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    Default Re: viable Arc AAA alternatives besides LOP?

    Ditto on the Peak.

    I purchased the Hi-Power varient, Snow 3LED.

    It for sure is brighter than the Arc, and also white as can be. No ringy thingys, without the varying colors nichias are infamous for.

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    Default Re: viable Arc AAA alternatives besides LOP?

    Get a Peak Matterhorn High-Power single LED (cheaper than Ultra) then send it off to MillerMods for conversion to 3/4 Watt Luxeon 2-stage. More than 1 hour run time in high power and much much more in low power mode.
    You can do this to an ARC as well, but he prefers to work with the older mode ARC-AAA due to slightly larger reflector.

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    I think Millermods had an Arc-AAA mod in the works.
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    Default Re: viable Arc AAA alternatives besides LOP?

    To date, the Peak Pacific is the third player, beside Arc AAA and L0P. Hopefully this year we are going to see a multi-level keychain light from somebody, and not only in limited quantity from our modders...

    Last week I bought the $5 AAA keychain light that Lighthound has on his site, and for the price paid is fenomenal. I may post a full review next month.

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    Default Re: viable Arc AAA alternatives besides LOP?

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnK
    Ditto on the Peak.

    I purchased the Hi-Power varient, Snow 3LED.

    It for sure is brighter than the Arc, and also white as can be. No ringy thingys, without the varying colors nichias are infamous for.

    I second that vote

    Been using my Snow29 3 LED version on lithium AAA cells and get 2+ months of use out of one battery. Soon my Fire~Fly III will arrive and I'll give it a shot for a keychain light, if it is too large... I will throw the Snow29 Matterhorn back on.
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    Default Re: viable Arc AAA alternatives besides LOP?

    I too like the Peak mattie lug body ultra Po.My single LED puts out bright white light, and imho the best build quality of the popular AAA lights.VDG
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    Default Re: viable Arc AAA alternatives besides LOP?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray_of_Light
    To date, the Peak Pacific is the third player, beside Arc AAA and L0P. Hopefully this year we are going to see a multi-level keychain light from somebody, and not only in limited quantity from our modders...

    Last week I bought the $5 AAA keychain light that Lighthound has on his site, and for the price paid is fenomenal. I may post a full review next month.

    Anthony
    Looks neat. You wouldn't happen to own the arc clone light to compare it to
    possably? VDG
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    Default Re: viable Arc AAA alternatives besides LOP?

    Greg,
    the light sold from John is 14 mm diameter (the Arc AAA is 12.5) and is 74 mm long (the Arc is 71 mm).
    It is a little bigger. Plus, the switch is in the tail, not in the head.
    The LED is one of those 26K mcd driven at 40 mA.

    Hope this helps

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