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    Default Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    For summer I am switching to a smaller pocket organizer. The one issue I am having is that the slot pocket limits the diameter of the flashlight to about 20mm. I have a few flashlights that will fit and have been using but none are forward clicky, which is my switch preference.

    The must have characteristcs:
    - Forward Clicky
    - HiCri in neutral temp (4000-5700 temp)
    - Diameter ~20mm or less
    - high and low mode at minimum (preferably 3-4 brightness)
    * If the light does not have all three then I am probably better to stick with one I already have (D25c, Tool AA, Fenix E12)

    Preferences but not deal breakers
    - AA/14500 or CR123/16340, I like using rechargeable. Would really like 16340 but many have diameters that are larger than want
    -200+ max lumens
    - Sub 10 lumen low
    - Good balance between flood and throw

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    Default Re: Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    Plugging your criteria into my flashlight search engine finds 3 solid matches:

    • Manker E21
    • Darksucks Preon P1 Mk3
    • Darksucks Preon P2 Mk3


    These all use AAAs. The E21 and Preon P2 just barely hit your 200 lumen requirement and the low mode too.

    If you are open to doing an LED swap to get high CRI then there are 40 possible hosts. But none of them are 16340. There are a few very bright 14500 options.
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    Default Re: Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    Quote Originally Posted by parametrek View Post
    Plugging your criteria into my flashlight search engine finds 3 solid matches:

    • Manker E21
    • Darksucks Preon P1 Mk3
    • Darksucks Preon P2 Mk3


    These all use AAAs. The E21 and Preon P2 just barely hit your 200 lumen requirement and the low mode too.

    If you are open to doing an LED swap to get high CRI then there are 40 possible hosts. But none of them are 16340. There are a few very bright 14500 options.
    Thanks. How do you select ďforward clickyĒ in your search? I tried using it but didnít see that as an option.

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    Default Re: Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    That is the "momentary" option under the "switch" filter. You'll also want to change the filter mode from "any" to "all" because otherwise it will find tail OR momentary.
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    Default Re: Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    Quote Originally Posted by Sos24 View Post
    Thanks. How do you select ďforward clickyĒ in your search? I tried using it but didnít see that as an option.
    I haven't used that database very much, but I believe you would select 'Switch >> Momentary' (which is industry standard terminology), rather than 'forward clicky' (which is definitely not [with the exception of the 'flashlight segment']:-)
    Last edited by aznsx; 06-17-2021 at 06:22 PM.

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    Default Re: Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    By the way, Sos - If you do find what you're looking for in a 'production' light, please do let us know. I'd most likely be in for one myself!!

    I think my D25A MkII w/Nichia 219C meets all those criteria well - except of course lacking the switch we both want. I'd give up the extra length that would almost certainly be required to get it (while keeping a conventional reflector)!
    Last edited by aznsx; 06-17-2021 at 10:33 PM.

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    Default Re: Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    Iím gonna say the Prometheus/FourSevens Preon P1 and P2 checks all the boxes except itís a AAA light, not AA. If the P2 is too long for your organizer, the P1 will also fill all those same needs except maximum brightness of the P1 is 100 lumens vs 200 lumens on the P2.

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    Default Re: Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    Quote Originally Posted by aznsx View Post
    By the way, Sos - If you do find what you're looking for in a 'production' light, please do let us know. I'd most likely be in for one myself!!

    I think my D25A MkII w/Nichia 219C meets all those criteria well - except of course lacking the switch we both want. I'd give up the extra length that would almost certainly be required to get it (while keeping a conventional reflector)!
    I would love if I could get the D25c with a forward clicky because it is such a nice light. A hybrid between the D25c and the Fenix PD25, would be perfect, but unfortunately doesnít seem to exist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InvisibleFrodo View Post
    Iím gonna say the Prometheus/FourSevens Preon P1 and P2 checks all the boxes except itís a AAA light, not AA. If the P2 is too long for your organizer, the P1 will also fill all those same needs except maximum brightness of the P1 is 100 lumens vs 200 lumens on the P2.
    The P2 is longer than what I would like, but the P1 does have potential.

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    Default Re: Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    Fatherís Day sale preons are 20% off

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    Default Re: Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    Quote Originally Posted by InvisibleFrodo View Post
    Fatherís Day sale preons are 20% off
    Is there a code or something because I donít see anything on their site?

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    Default Re: Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    If you sign up for the Emails, theyíll send you one. I have a code, but Iím not sure if anyone can use it, or if itís a one time use only thatís got a slightly different code for each person.

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    DADFTW20
    You enter the code at checkout

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    Default Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    Quote Originally Posted by InvisibleFrodo View Post
    DADFTW20
    You enter the code at checkout
    Thanks. I ordered one. The Preon P1 is less lumen than I wanted, but will serve most purposes just fine.
    Last edited by Sos24; 06-18-2021 at 10:03 PM.

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    Default Re: Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    You might be pleasantly surprised at how truly useful that light can be, and how much you really donít need the 100 lumen mode. The 60 lumen high isnít insanely bright by todayís standards, but that doesnít stop it from being plenty for most tasks. I rotate a Preon P2 frequently, and my most used modes are 1 lumen low and 30 lumen medium. I almost never feel like I need more than 30 lumens.

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    Default Re: Small diameter, forward clicky, HiCri

    Wurkkos WK01 has a version with a SST20 4000K led, has a forward, but it is a single AAA form.

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