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    Default Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Hi guys -- thanks for helping out in another thread for my search for a great 1xAAA ( https://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb...AAA-for-pocket ) -- so as I mentioned there, I might start a separate thread for a 1xAA as my EDC for days when I have larger pockets!

    So the specs are best defined by comparing it to the Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 -- similar size, similar specs, similar cost (if possible), but would love to find one with a better clip (one that allows much deeper carry), and a nicer LED. The Lumintop is as close as I've come to 1xAA perfection for the price, but I am hoping something even better is out there.

    A couple more preferred specs:

    - Definitely need a tail mechanical clicky (as opposed to electronic switch)

    - Would prefer forward-clicky instead of the current reverse-clicky on the Lumintop if possible

    - Would prefer modes to go low -> mid -> high, hidden strobe if possible, but strobe is okay on a 1xAA, everything else considered

    - Again, the clip is the highest priority... deep carry is very important, if possible

    - Price preferably under $30 since things go missing around here all the time. But I would be willing to go higher if the specs are near perfect. Max $50.

    Top 3 I already have (in order of preference):

    1 - Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 - My current benchmark, almost perfect size for a 1xAA, but annoying clip position (not deep enough carry), and not great color temperature

    2 - Thorfire TG06S - Very similar but slightly larger than Lumintop and has same problem of clip position

    3 - Sofirn SF14 V2.0 - Also slightly larger than Lumintop with same problem of clip position -- also not quite as nice quality overall IMO -- feels good but "cheaper" for some reason, also not as bright

    4 - I have some other 1xAA lights but they are all too large, only have one mode, comparatively low build quality, etc... not really in same class as the 3 above

    On order:

    5 - I just ordered the Factor Mizpah 160 to test - the clip looks pretty good in the pictures, and someone in another thread recommended Factor, so I'll give it a shot for 1xAA

    Considering:

    6 - Ultratac A1, but it looks super close to the first 3 in features, etc., plus same clip issue, not sure it really beats the first 3

    7 - Eagletac D25a Clicky MKII - looks really nice, but is more expensive than I want for a flashlight that will easily disappear on me, plus it requires a twist to change mode sequence (not a fan of any twisting) - however, clip position looks perfect

    8 - Xeno ES1 - looks nice, but maybe overpriced and older LED tech, plus same clip issues?

    9 - Fenix E12 - size looks perfect - almost identical in size to Lumintop, but NO CLIP!?! And also low lumens, older LED tech - what's up with the lack of a clip?!?

    10 - Streamlight 88061 ProTac 1L-1AA - looks very good, but not that bright on AA batteries and significantly larger than Lumintop, basically too big

    11 - NiteCore MT1A - similar issues compared to ProTac

    12 - Jaxman E3 - looks pretty nice... has high CRI option (excellent!), but thicker than Lumintop and has similar clip problem

    Did I miss anything? I can't seem to find anything else close to the Lumintop, and the recurring theme of issues I'm finding is the same clip location (except for Eagletac D25a). Maybe my solution is to find a much better clip for the Lumintop? Or maybe there's a model I don't know about?

    Thanks in advance for your help once again! Very glad I found this forum!

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Best AA light ever is Zebralight SC5 (E Switch) but no High CRI option

    2nd best for clicky tailcap and nice tint (nichia B) is the Egaletac d25a in Titanium

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Quote Originally Posted by Nichia! View Post
    Best AA light ever is Zebralight SC5 (E Switch) but no High CRI option

    2nd best for clicky tailcap and nice tint (nichia B) is the Egaletac d25a in Titanium
    Thanks, Nichia! The Zebralight seems almost legendary from what I've read, apparently, but it's not tail-clicky unfortunately for me. Clip looks very good, better position than Lumintop.

    The Eagletac keeps popping up for me. It's on the higher price side for my situation (of things going missing easily due to family taking off with them, or just me losing them), but otherwise might be almost perfect for me. The clip position looks great. I'm not a fan of the part-twist mode programming thing though, but maybe I can get used to it. Also, I can't seem to find it available in Titanium. I did find the D3A though, maybe that's the latest version?

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    I did not see the Fenix LD12 mentioned. It is larger than a couple of the others and the strobe is not hidden, but it is a nice quality light.

    The D25a is a really nice light, although it is a reverse clickie. The twisty is really only used if you want to set it to high and strobe only, which it doesn’t sound like you would want. The rest of the mode switching is done through tail clickie.

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Best AA light ever was ZL SC52w but discontinued for some reason.

    SC53w or SC5IIw are worthwhile followers I suppose but as Nichia said has an E Switch but that allows for the best Interface in a light too but no tail switch.

    Also more than you want to spend and a great clip but not as deep as some maybe.

    Simply though probably the accepted series of best AA lights sold Today.

    I also love the ET D25A Clicky but agree that the twisty head seems silly and requires 2 hands to use.

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Thanks, @Sos24 and @AVService!

    Looks like I'll have to buy at least one D25A (or the D3A Titanium, which seems like the replacement for the D25A Titanium). The downside is that the D25A Mk II and the D3A cost about 3x-4x what the Lumintop costs. Which will probably make me lose it 3x-4x as easily. But it seems like it's something I should add to my little collection to see how it compares for my usage patterns.

    So basically, the consensus seems that for what I'm describing, if I want to move up from the Lumintop, I need to at least go to the Eagletac (which is a big compliment to the Lumintop IMO, considering the price difference). Zebralight also looks great, but I far prefer tail clicky config.

    Now is there any better clip that is compatible with the Lumintop or is that a waste of my time? (I own several Lumintops so I might as well "upgrade" them if I can.) For example, the Microstream clip fits the Lumintop Tool AAA perfectly. Maybe a different Streamlight clip fits the Lumintop AA?

    Thanks again guys!

    Oh, and @Sos24, thank you, I missed the Fenix LD12, but it does look larger on paper, and also has the electronic mode button -- I'd rather stick with a pure tail clicky. And at that price, I might as well pick up the Eagletac, right?

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Just ordered the Eagletac D25A Clicky MKII! Seems like there's no point in looking at the others on my list, except the Eagletac D3A Titanium, which I might order if I end up loving the D25A.

    I also remembered the Lumintop Prince Mini AA, which looks a bit on the fancy side, but it does have a deep carry clip similar to the Eagletac design.

    So we'll see if the Eagletac (and maybe the Prince Mini if I can find a good price) will be the answer.

    Also still wondering if there's a better clip out there for the standard Lumintop Tool AA 2.0. I might order some Streamlight/Protac AA clips and try them out...

    Thanks guys!

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Quote Originally Posted by cpfnovo View Post
    Thanks, @Sos24 and @AVService!

    Looks like I'll have to buy at least one D25A (or the D3A Titanium, which seems like the replacement for the D25A Titanium). The downside is that the D25A Mk II and the D3A cost about 3x-4x what the Lumintop costs. Which will probably make me lose it 3x-4x as easily. But it seems like it's something I should add to my little collection to see how it compares for my usage patterns.

    So basically, the consensus seems that for what I'm describing, if I want to move up from the Lumintop, I need to at least go to the Eagletac (which is a big compliment to the Lumintop IMO, considering the price difference). Zebralight also looks great, but I far prefer tail clicky config.

    Now is there any better clip that is compatible with the Lumintop or is that a waste of my time? (I own several Lumintops so I might as well "upgrade" them if I can.) For example, the Microstream clip fits the Lumintop Tool AAA perfectly. Maybe a different Streamlight clip fits the Lumintop AA?

    Thanks again guys!

    Oh, and @Sos24, thank you, I missed the Fenix LD12, but it does look larger on paper, and also has the electronic mode button -- I'd rather stick with a pure tail clicky. And at that price, I might as well pick up the Eagletac, right?
    The LD12 is fairly large for a 1xAA light, but a good light so I thought I would mention it.

    I hope you enjoy the D25A.

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    Thanks, @Sos24! I also just ordered some ProTac AA clips so we'll see if they fit the Lumintop! Excited!

    I'm still new to this whole flashlight insanity, and I'm finding I use my EDC light more and more every day. Just reflexively used my EDC right now because I thought I heard a fox in the trash. Normally, I'd have to go dig around the house to find a flashlight wasting time or worse yet fumble with my iphone light and swear if I dropped it. This time I went outside, pulled out my EDC in one fell swoop like a ninja.

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Quick update -- I also ordered the Fenix E12 since that is really close in size to the ideal size, good price, good reliability, and to resolve the clip problem, I've ordered the "Maglite Mini AA Flashlight Accessory Pack" which is confirmed to have a pocket clip that works for the E12. Cross fingers. And even though the lumen output on the E12 is pretty average by more recent standards, the flashlight still gets very high marks, so as long as I can solve the clip shortcoming, it's worth testing.
    Last edited by cpfnovo; 04-01-2019 at 08:10 AM.

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    So here's my current contender list for 1xAA that meets my specs:

    Currently own (but need better clips):

    1 - Lumintop Tool AA 2.0

    2 - Thorfire TG06S

    3 - Sofirn SF14 V2.0

    On order:

    4 - Factor Mizpah 160

    5 - Eagletac D25a Clicky MKII

    6 - Fenix E12 with the clip from the "Maglite Mini AA Flashlight Accessory Pack" (will also try a Streamlight ProTac AA clip to see if that works)

    Still considering:

    7 - Lumintop Prince Mini AA (if I can find it for a good price)

    8 - Eagletac D3A Titanium (if I can find it for a good price)

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    If I had to choose only one single AA light it would be the Zebralight SC5..

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Quote Originally Posted by Nichia! View Post
    If I had to choose only one single AA light it would be the Zebralight SC5..
    Thank you, definitely a beauty, and would be on my personal contender list except I need a tail clicky, and I think the diameter is a bit thick for my preferences. But definitely seems world class.

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Massdrop Vega AA is similar to the Lumintop Tool with the choice of a neutral LED available. It does have an electronic switch (tail) though and I do not know if it will lego with the Tool 2.0 where you could use the Tool's switch. The AAA aluminum Massdrop lights do lego with the aluminum AAA Tool so it MIGHT be possible with the AA. The clip is no better from what I can tell so you would still need to find an alternative clip. No experience with Massdrop's AA or the AA Tool either but I have been happy with the AAA Massdrop lights so far.
    Last edited by ZMZ67; 04-01-2019 at 09:05 AM.
    I respectfully reserve the right to purchase yet another light......

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Thanks, @ZMZ67! Yeah, that Massdrop Vega looks good -- I just signed up for updates for flashlights... looks like I recently missed the Lumintop Prince Mini AA for $30! Dang. Looks like I also missed the ReyLight Pineapple Brass AA. That one has a clicky and a great looking clip... Who knew there were so many cool flashlights? Will read up on the Vega. Not a fan of electronic switches and has the same clip issue as the normal Lumintop, but otherwise very nice indeed. I also see they have a Titanium Lumintop AAA... Hmmmmmm.

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Since you're not a fan of the Tool AA 2.0 clip, why don't you try modding it to fit on the tailcap? Might be the best cost-effective solution.

    IMHO better than spending twice as much for the D25A.

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Like mentioned above keep your Lumitop tool 2.0, and look at other clip options. I have a Fenix LD11 with a Olight SA1 clip on it for deeper carry. I had a Fenix E12 with a Zebra clip that worked pretty well until I lost it.
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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    @SCEMan and @Sipher3 -- thanks, guys! Yeah, I am planning on trying out some alternate clips on the Tool AA 2.0 -- I've got the Maglite and Streamlight clips on order, and was planning on trying them out on the E12 and the Tool AA 2.0 also. If there are any other good clips I can buy separately that I should try out, let me know! The Maglite clip is known to work on the E12, and that's about the same radius as the Tool AA 2.0, so it might work in both cases.

    As for modding... that's a wild rabbit hole I don't want to explore much yet. I'm already in deep enough starting my AA and AAA flashlight collections and buying extra clips, etc., any more than that then I might be lost in the Flashlight Matrix for good.

    However, the most "modding" I'm willing to do at this point would be to use epoxy or super glue to attach one of these clips on the tail of the Lumintop, for example. Any suggestions of the best epoxy or super glue for the job?

    @SCEMan, yes, the Eagletac stuff is obviously costly compared to the Lumintop, but as I'm starting out in this flashlight adventure, I don't mind buying one of the "nicer" flashlights so I can learn what the baseline for "great flashlight" actually is, as a point of reference for everything else. Will it really be 3x-4x as good as a Lumintop Tool AA? I have no idea. So it's worth it right now just to see what its value really is to me, personally. I suspect that sticking with the Lumintops will be more than enough for me, but who knows? Some folks keep raving about the Eagletac. Maybe the D25A is actually magical? Can't know until I try it out.

    But at least for now, I think I have my personal "contenders" list. Once they all show up, I'll do my testing/rotation and see which one makes the most sense for me... cost included as a factor.

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Quote Originally Posted by cpfnovo View Post
    Thanks, @ZMZ67! Yeah, that Massdrop Vega looks good -- I just signed up for updates for flashlights... looks like I recently missed the Lumintop Prince Mini AA for $30! Dang. Looks like I also missed the ReyLight Pineapple Brass AA. That one has a clicky and a great looking clip... Who knew there were so many cool flashlights? Will read up on the Vega. Not a fan of electronic switches and has the same clip issue as the normal Lumintop, but otherwise very nice indeed. I also see they have a Titanium Lumintop AAA... Hmmmmmm.
    Reading the reviews on the Massdrop AA it doesn't seem like the switch from a AA Tool will lego but I don't know for sure. The Titanium Tool AAA has an electronic switch,not a mechanical clicky. All the Massdrop AAA lights use the electronic switch as well just to let you know. I like the electronic switch so far on the Massdrop AAA lights but I don't know about their long term reliability.Fortunately the clicky from my AAA Tool will lego so I have a back-up.
    I respectfully reserve the right to purchase yet another light......

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Quote Originally Posted by cpfnovo View Post
    @SCEMan, yes, the Eagletac stuff is obviously costly compared to the Lumintop, but as I'm starting out in this flashlight adventure, I don't mind buying one of the "nicer" flashlights so I can learn what the baseline for "great flashlight" actually is, as a point of reference for everything else. Will it really be 3x-4x as good as a Lumintop Tool AA? I have no idea. So it's worth it right now just to see what its value really is to me, personally. I suspect that sticking with the Lumintops will be more than enough for me, but who knows? Some folks keep raving about the Eagletac. Maybe the D25A is actually magical? Can't know until I try it out.
    Understood. Best of luck on your new hobby, we all started down this road much like you.
    Enjoy the "ride"

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    Thanks again, guys. I don't want to admit to myself that I might have started a new hobby here, but looking at my growing collection of flashlights just for testing, it's hard to ignore. I currently justify it by planning on giving most of these flashlights to family though! But if get into modding, then I know I'm in trouble....

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    So here is my current official contender list, in order of the flashlights I like the best so far:



    From left to right, in current order of preference (personal rankings, subject to change after more testing):


    1 - Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 - Great flashlight for the money, just waiting for some alternate clips to come in to test. Its main downfall is the current clip IMO. Not deep enough carry for me. But overall, including cost consideration, it's the best so far (for my needs/preferences of course)

    2 - Eagletac D25a Clicky MKII - Best flashlight of the group so far, but also most expensive. To me, personally, it's not worth 3x the cost of the Lumintop for my usage scenario. I'd rather buy 3 Lumintops. But the Eagletac is indeed outstanding, and I don't regret buying it. I am now an Eagletac fan, and "get" what nice flashlights are supposed to be like now... but considering these flashlights go missing on me too often, I'd rather spend less and not worry about losing (or someone "borrowing") the Lumintop. At around $35, this would be worth it for my equation, and I'd be all-in. But not at $50. I'll still probably buy The Eagltac D3A too at some point since apparently now I'm starting to "collect" these things... thanks for introducing me to quality flashlights, guys.

    3 - Fenix E12 - Provisionally in 3rd place, waiting for some clips to come in to test. I really like this for striking a great balance. Not the best overall, but I like the modes and build. Not totally sure why yet, but I just want to use it... Crossing fingers a clip will work well.

    4 - Sofirn SF14 V2.0 - Growing on me, I'm finding I like the mode/UI/spacing... very simple and works for me, but a step down from the above flashlights. Good value too BTW.

    5 - Thorfire TG06S - The most bulky of the group, don't like the order of the modes, and actually don't like the anti-roll head which just makes it more clunky for me. Excellent though for other folks who like those features. High quality, just not for me.

    6 - Factor Mizpah 160 - Could have been great. The clip is a disappointment, and the modes and spacing aren't working for me. Don't like the forced strobe. The build is a step down too, the switch a little touchy sometimes, also some battery issues, and I only just bought it. Just not in the same class as the above. But happy I bought it to test, will go in the glove compartment of the car. This is what I'd consider the minimum for this category for me.

    That's it for now! Thanks again for your help! I'll post again once I rotate through these with real-world experience... and after I test out some clips coming in for the Lumitop and Fenix.
    Last edited by cpfnovo; 04-05-2019 at 03:39 PM.

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    My vote goes to the Reylight Ti LAN V3 although the clip might not do it for you.

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    The Streamlight ProTac clips came in! So I've now put these on my Fenix E12 and Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 and I think I might have a winning combo here -- see the photo below.

    The clips in the photo are: Streamlight 880098 for the E12, which I think is a tiny bit looser than I'd like, not ideal, but still okay... the 880098 will likely fit better on a thicker flashlight like the Sofirn or Thorfire. I will try that soon.

    And then the Streamlight 880104 is on the Lumintop Tool AA 2.0, which is very tight and will definitely take more effort to remove. I think the 880104 might actually work better on the E12 too.

    Anyway, the ProTac clips make these 1xAA flashlights better than the originals IMO, allowing for deep carry. The clips are better and seem more robust than the standard clips IMO on all the flashlights except the Eagletac clip. I'm betting the 880104 would serve as an okay replacement clip on the Eagletac too, should the original Eagletac clip break. If you don't need/want deep carry, then it's a toss-up with these clips though... they are harder to put on and remove than the originals, and you'll scratch the finish of the flashlights (at least I already did on the E12). For me though, the new clips are definite upgrades.

    So I'd say I have some really great options now -- much closer to what I originally wanted.



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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Quote Originally Posted by Espionage Studio View Post
    My vote goes to the Reylight Ti LAN V3 although the clip might not do it for you.
    I saw the Reylight on Massdrop and it is a beauty. Definitely fits all my specs perfectly, except for the cost preference. Right now it's $65 on Massdrop. Very, very tempted. Might get it but I wouldn't want to lose it (or have it "borrowed" by a family member and not see it for a few years). It costs more than the Eagletac. But definitely awesome. One day left to order it on Massdrop.... tempted...

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Quick update -- I just tried the Streamlight 880098 clip on the Sofirn SF14 V2.0 and it was tough to get on... very tight. And I managed to scratch the flashlight doing it. However, it's on there really well and also looks pretty darn good. The 880098 fits the Sofirn better than the Fenix IMO. Nice combo.

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    If you like the specs of the Reylight Ti LAN V3 then you should also check out the Reylight Pineapple. There is a AA and AAA version so watch out for that. It’s brass instead of titanium so naturally cheaper. And if you find one used they can be about $45. I just got one last week.

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Thanks, @light-modder, I've now got my eye on Reylight -- it seems I also missed the Pineapple massdrop, but the next time it comes up, I'll snag it. Reylight is definitely on my list of desirable flashlights, just probably not at the higher cost compared to my current contender list for lights that could more easily disappear on me!

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Quick update on my search:

    The current rankings:

    1 - Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 with the Streamlight 880104 clip is pulling away from the pack from my current collection based on the price and features for me. It's a great combo. The Streamlight clip is a big upgrade over the original clip for my usage needs/preferences (see photo I posted above).


    2 - Eagletac D25a Clicky MKII - This is a better flashlight than the Lumintop (even considering the new Streamlight clip), but cost is also a factor, considering these kinds of flashlights go missing on me too easily. Due to cost, it's #2 for me. Love it though.


    3 - Fenix E12 with the Streamlight 880104 clip - Also a good choice, but is edged out by both the Lumintop and Eagltac.

    The other flashlights from my previous list don't compete with these three. Those will likely go to family who are just happy to get a cool flashlight and aren't so picky. :-)

    At this point, I'm pretty happy with my results, and thanks again for your input! I still want better CRI, but I know that comes with higher cost. So I'm keeping my eye open for deals on higher end flashlights to rotate in when the risk of losing them is lower -- flashlights like the Eagltac D3a, Lumintop Prince AA, Reylight Pineapple AA and other similar higher-end flashlights are great IMO for various reasons. However, those higher end flashlights won't likely match the value proposition of the Lumintop with the Streamlight clip, unless there's some amazing Black Friday deal on them. I'll probably buy them in the months ahead anyway since I'm apparently getting sucked into a new hobby with these dang flashlights. :-) But I think the workhorse will be the Lumintop for now.

    Thanks again for all who helped me out in this and my AAA thread too. Very happy to have found this forum for help!

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    Default Re: Best 1xAA like Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 only with better clip and nicer LED

    Another quick update -- I've done a lot more testing and these are my current 1xAA favorites:

    1 - EagleTac D25A MK II - Rose to the top... despite its cost compared to the Lumintop, it really is the best one IMO, and probably worth the money, going against my prior statement that it wasn't worth 3X the Lumintop. Well... yes it is. Sigh. I guess I've been sucked into the flashlight vortex, but it really is better than the Lumintop in almost every way... Still, I'm not totally a fan of the clip right now (it tends to snag more than some others from my big initial AA list), but overall, it still beats out every other 1xAA I've tested so far. The great features, UI, mode spacing, build quality, etc... combine to make a truly excellent compact tail clicky 1xAA EDC.

    2 - Lumintop Tool AA 2.0 with Streamlight 880104 clip - This one fell behind in my rotation. Still very good, but it falls short in several areas compared to the EagleTac. Inferior ergonomics, inferior beam quality, UI, etc... but is still #2 due to the excellent value for the money, and combined with the Streamlight clip, it still beats out all my other contenders.

    Eliminated:

    3 - Fenix E12 with the Streamlight 880104 clip - This one is off the list now since it just doesn't compete with #1-2 in several areas. And recently, I've really come to dislike the beam quality and dispersion compared to #1-2. Still a solid choice if someone loves Fenix, but I'd choose the others any day.

    Thanks again guys -- Now I'm heading over to my CR123A thread to update that one! :-)
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