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    Default Review: Energizer Vision HD 2xAA Flashlight


    Bought this from Harvey Norman store. With today's conversion rate, that's USD 16.29, a pretty good deal I would say, considering elsewhere these are going slightly higher. This is 2016 version though, as Energizer has updated the 2017 version from 300 to 400 lumens.

    what prompted the spending was this...

    everything else was blurred (like in the picture) until I parted my money... yea... you know that moment that things started to come clear one after another?


    as usual, light is made in China while batteries in Singapore... and if you wanna check out the data sheet, the model number is PMHH21. Actually, Energizer's model number is anything but helpful especially when they updated the model... there is no revision number nor letter to indicate it's a different version or different make. Good luck figuring out the original specifications after a few years. and see below for the model number printed at the tailcap...


    ok now, the main reason for this review...

    do you see that beautiful Energizer's Daylight tint?! Yup! That's a beautiful neutral white tint! In fact, this isn't the first Energizer light that feature such a nice neutral white tint, approximately 2 months ago I bought an Energizer Hardcase PivotPlus 2xAA flashlight that features similar tint and I absolutely love it!


    The only downside to this Vision HD 2xAA is the low mode that features really low frequency PWM. Even the slow strobe that's hidden (you need to press and hold for 2 seconds when flashlight is ON to activate the strobe) I consider as OK-design!

    The UI is very simple mode cycling using the electronic switch: OFF > Click once to High Mode (300 lumens) > Click once to Low mode (85 lumens) > Click once to OFF. Again, strobe is hidden and can be activated by turning on the flashlight and press and hold the switch for 2 seconds. To turn off the strobe, click once and the light will be switch off.

    Let's take a look at a few more pictures of the light...

    the e-switch is quite small


    the body knurling pattern looks smooth at first, but it does provide good grip in use. tailcap is smooth but I have no issue unscrewing the tailcap at all (in contrast to those comments from Amazon).


    The positive contact point at the head... it's spring loaded although it doesn't appear at first. I had a surprised when first inserted the battery.


    No spring contact at the tailcap, just a slightly raise washer type button to make the battery negative contact.


    The tailcap threads and the O-ring comes pre-lube, no excessive amount of grease like other manufacturers, but just a nice lube around the thread and the O-ring.


    The second AA battery is exposed and only cover upon screwing the tailcap back to the body.


    This flashlight's wall is thick! and if you are into modding, you could shorten and enlarge the tube to fit single 18650 size and I don't think it will compromise the body integrity.
    A bit of rattling when shaking the flashlight, but easily fix with a piece of rolled paper around the batteries.

    and finally, the business end of the flashlight...

    first time seeing this type of optics, 2 TIR + 1 diffused optics, weird but somehow it works! The beam profile is actually a good balance of throw and flood.

    bykfixer coined a phrase: "even a bad flashlight aint bad these days", although I don't think this is a bad flashlight, but a consumer grade flashlight it is (probably budget range too), and bykfixer's phrase is equally relevant here especially given big name consumer product producer catches on with phrase like "DELIVERS A WIDE, POWERFUL BEAM TO IMPROVE HIGH-DEFINITION VISION"!
    I guess Energizer may be on to something here... and we probably need to re-term High CRI flashlight to Full High Definition (Full-HD) like in Flat-screen TV to gain market traction...
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    Thanks for doing the review, I really like it. I remember seeing Energizer's metal 2XAA flashlights around stores and wanted to give the "daylight colour" a go but I end up walking away as I knew I would be getting a new dust collector (eventually). That said, light like this would be great gift choice if I think the giftee is not ready for 18650 lights.

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    Default Re: Review: Energizer Vision HD 2xAA Flashlight

    Nice one, thanks for sharing.

    Next up, Energizer "High Noon" and "3 O'clock" daylight editions.

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    Default Re: Review: Energizer Vision HD 2xAA Flashlight

    I wonder just how bad the 'regulation' will be.
    Maybe they could have done 150 lumens flat regulated (with three LEDs)

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    Default Re: Review: Energizer Vision HD 2xAA Flashlight

    Thanks for all the kind words guys...

    Quote Originally Posted by TCY View Post
    ...That said, light like this would be great gift choice if I think the giftee is not ready for 18650 lights.
    exactly!

    Quote Originally Posted by leon2245 View Post
    ...Next up, Energizer "High Noon" and "3 O'clock" daylight editions.
    hahaha... can't wait!

    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelW View Post
    I wonder just how bad the 'regulation' will be.
    no idea until I perform a runtime test, but if their previous releases are any indications, these will be "battery-regulated"...
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    Quote Originally Posted by rookiedaddy View Post
    but if their previous releases are any indications, these will be "battery-regulated"
    Has anybody ever come up with a little boost circuit, similar form factor to protection circuits, that you could put in between the cells in one of these linearly regulated lights to make it into a constant current light? Kinda like a no-mod driver mod...

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    Good one RD.


    It may have been these...
    That caused me to coin that phrase, or perhaps repeat it.
    Polished alluminum numbers with a simple on/off, come with a nice wrist strap and have a nice neutral throwy beam.

    I'll be on the look out for the "HD" versions
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    Default Re: Review: Energizer Vision HD 2xAA Flashlight

    @Keitho, that's a very interesting idea...

    @bykfixer, thanks buddy. that phrase makes me take a closer look...

    Just did a runtime test using Panasonic Alkaline, the PWM started to kicks in after ~15 minutes and brightness continue to drop, after 3.5 hours, the brightness is estimated to be 20-25 lumens, which is <10% of the output, at 6 hours, brightness is about 2 lumens, still usable in pitch black darkness but decided to stop the test at this point.
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    Default Re: Review: Energizer Vision HD 2xAA Flashlight

    Saw them in the store today. They seen nice enough for the price, but the on/off button doesn't look like it would last very long.

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    Default Re: Review: Energizer Vision HD 2xAA Flashlight

    bought a new 6AA 1300 lumens version...





    comparison to 2AA...


    this is a newer version (not talking about brightness nor number of batteries) as Energizer has put something called "digital focus" in the control circuit. It alternate between the lone flood optics and 2 TIR optics by holding down the switch when the light is on, as a result, you can somewhat have "variable brightness" while the light is alternating between the optics. An interesting idea indeed. Kudos to Energizer for creativity!
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    Thanks for sharing, I'll probably grab one of this as a good "family light" if they are available where I live.

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    Great find ! Curiosity got the best of me and I picked up the 6 cell model. It was in a set with a 3XAAA headlamp for $30,a good deal for the money based on the initial quality and it is nice to see that Energizer put some thought into this light. The knurling gives it a "stylish" look but I don't think it provides as sure a grip as I would like. The tail cap could definitely use some knurling instead of being smooth. I was able to screw it on but it is too slick IMO. My example still seems to be on the cool side with the hot spot but it is not horrible or anything. There was no Daylight Color symbol on the packaging for my light but it did mention the "high def" design.

    Nice to see this kind of light in B&M stores aimed at the average consumer.

    EDIT: After a backyard trip with the Vision HD it seems much more neutral and I have to say I was impressed. The cool "effect" to the hot spot is only noticeable in white wall hunting and not in actual use. I probably see it more since I am so used to seeing 4000k lights with consistent tint and they have a little warmer color.
    Last edited by ZMZ67; 10-06-2017 at 10:24 PM.
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    I got the 1300 lumen model a couple weeks ago. Way too bright for indoors use. Perfect if you live out in the boonies and need lots of light covering a large area like around a farm and the barns and buildings. Youíll see everything. The digital focus is nice. Huge flood option with a neutral tint is easy on the eyes for the brightness and I can ramp it up to a more of a spot.

    Today I was at Meijer and picked up the 2aa model in 400 lumens and it has the same digital focus and is at the limit for indoor use. They had a buy one get 50% off the next so I got the 3aaa model for $7.00 and change. I have a closet with no light in it and itís annoying. The 3aaa model will live in the closet. Itís nice but not as nice as the 2aa and 6aa.

    Most energizer lights are good. Iíll admot as a light user and not a collector I more lights in that brand than any other and they always work and are rugged take lots of abuse and run a long time for me.

    The aa models will be by my chair. The 1300 for outside needs and the 400 for indoors. With high and low options with long run times on high, theyíre perfect. No need for 18 different modes with 14 user programmable UI options. They arenít toys. Theyíre made to light stuff up and they do it great for the price.

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    Default Re: Review: Energizer Vision HD 2xAA Flashlight

    Sam's club has the 6AA packaged with a Vision headlamp for $25 (in store) till the end of the month. Not sure if this is nationwide (US) but a pretty good deal if it is available in your area. Still don't know about the long term reliability/ruggedness but I have been impressed with the output and tint for the price.I haven't run into any problems so far although my lights are not seeing what I would consider "hard" use.
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    Saw the 6AA/Headlamp combo was $19 and change (essentially $20) at my local Sam's club. No idea if this price is available everywhere but it is a great deal.The 1300 lumen rating seems accurate from my observations and the headlamp is not too bad in its own right. If your looking for a bright light for that non flashoholic friend or just a low cost option for yourself it is worth checking out even at the original $25-$30 price. Had to convince myself not to buy anymore at the $20 price!
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    Default Re: Review: Energizer Vision HD 2xAA Flashlight

    I dig this review! That actually IS a very good NW tint! For that cheap?! Very cool.

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    Default Re: Review: Energizer Vision HD 2xAA Flashlight

    Looks like a good deal to me
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    Default Re: Review: Energizer Vision HD 2xAA Flashlight

    I think this is what I'm looking for. Who sells them?

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    6AA alkaleak light? No thanks rather buy an 18650 light with charger for about the same price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by infinite regression View Post
    I think this is what I'm looking for. Who sells them?
    I bought mine at Lowes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynx_Arc View Post
    6AA alkaleak light? No thanks rather buy an 18650 light with charger for about the same price.

    No, 2xAA, the little one

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    Lowes carried both versions when I bought mine. I opted for the 2 cell version.
    Is it 300 lumens? I dunno, but it's plenty bright for a lot of stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by infinite regression View Post
    No, 2xAA, the little one
    Someone posted they bought the 6AA one..... 2AA for under $20 is ok but 6AA alkaleaks in a flashlight is a recipe for disaster IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bykfixer View Post
    Lowes carried both versions when I bought mine. I opted for the 2 cell version.
    Is it 300 lumens? I dunno, but it's plenty bright for a lot of stuff.
    I gotta get to Lowe's

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    Target store shows a 1000 lumen rechargeable version with charging usb port and outgoing usb port for topping up a celphone etc. There's also a 700 lumen tacticool version with h/m/l/flash.

    I'll stick with the 2aa version for now but may opt for a rechargeable one day.
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    I like the energizer 1aa 75 lumen angle light best of anything else they make right now.

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    Yesterday, while at Lowes they had the 6 volt (2x123) version for $25. I went there looking to buy some SureFire batteries but they had none, so I bought the flashlight.

    It's pretty bright and has a broad, conical beam so you get a good 150 feet of punch forward through while lighting up a broad area well. It claims two hour run time on a pair of Energizer 123 cells. Being it has 3 LED's gulping from the batteries I'd say it definitely steps down. Machining is good and grip is decent.

    Both ends come off and the tailcap is serviceable but the head end is not (without some inginuity). It's $25 so I do not expect it to be but so robust. The head end has some cooling fins and it gets fairly warm after a couple minutes on high. A spring mounted plastic button between the head and battery tends to isolate heat away from the battery some. In other words the heat is more easily conducted to the outside of the head so you don't get the senses you are carrying a hand grenade with the pin pulled like some really bright flashlights of this size. The crenalations make for a good kubatan without being pocket shredders.

    I removed the supplied clip because it has ears that protrude to the point of annoying when hand holding cigar grip or overhand. It fits pretty loose so it will probably pop off anyway. I liked the tailcap where about 1/3 of the shoulder is well the button for ease of use from the short travel, soft press button. Momentary is easy with enough travel between off and click to not accidently click it, but to click travel isn't very far either. Overall a positive experience in activating for moment or click. It tailstands on a solid surface. But on a surface with a say, table cloth it tends to lean towards the lower part of the shoulder and fall over.

    A rapid click and half press gives a rapid flasher. Half press it to find hi, med or low then press for on with about a half second to a full second between presses. Easy enough to get used to if this is your EDC. I could not find settings numbers so I will guess at what I saw. Medium appears to be 50-60% and low about 25-30%. I liked medium.

    One thing about the tacticool white beam is there is not really a defined spot, but instead a really nice combination of throw and spread instead of a distinct wall of light from a flooder light. So you get the option of viewing objects at a distance while lighting up everything in your peripherals pretty evenly. To me the beam is the charm of this light as there are no visible Mickey Mouse look from the 3 emitters in a triangle. Now unlike the 2aa where you can hold the on button to achieve better throw or spill, this one seems fixed. If it isn't I have not figured out how to adjust it, yet did not have an urge to do so as the beam is pretty good from default.

    Will it outlast a SureFire or Elzetta? I doubt it but for $25 you can feel comfortable giving it away to a friend or family. This is another 'even bad lights aint bad this days' flashlight.



    Compared to a 6P and ProTac


    The 3 LED's, with one being dedicated flooder. Nice touch.


    The tailcap cutout. Another nice touch in my view.


    A beam shot.
    Shed in the far distance is about 300 feet.
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    Default Re: Review: Energizer Vision HD 2xAA Flashlight

    I wonder what is this triple lens? I would love to get some for my triples

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    I saw that light yesterday but what intrigued me (slightly) was a Lux Pro that was rechargeable about 500 lumens I think for $25 that had 3 modes also.
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    Lux Pro lights aint bad either.
    John 3:16

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