These flashlight posts are a dime a dozen and I've spent three days researching (a lot on here) the best light for my needs. I've narrowed it down and I'd appreciate your insight if you kindly have the time.
The intent is to truly have an EDC, preferably in my front pocket, versatile, dependable for general use but fantastic for emergencies. I know it is difficult to find the perfect light that marks off all checkboxes bought the goals is to get incredibly close. I think I found a few. Keep in my mind I'm a novice in this field so I basically know what the site and reviews tell me. When it comes down to flashlights that are really similar I'm probably not going to decide by something technical like a metered output test but by what looks cool. But please set me straight if one has a better spot/flood than the other or battery life is significantly different.
- Takes AAA battery size - allows for slimmer, smaller size and easily available
- Some adjustable settings to control battery life and brightness.
- Having modes like strobe and SOS is not a must, but cool if it's there.
- A clip to make it versatile.I don't need a key chain.
- Under 3" in length
- Under $30
- Most lumens I can get from the specs above, naturally.
- (yes, I want blue if they have it.)
Here is what I have so far. I'll list from least favorable to most.
3. ThruNite Ti3 - seems to have a massive following here. What would be better, neutral or cool white?
2. Olight i3E EOS - I was digging this one a lot and I can get a clip for it here. The reviews I read said while the Ti3 had superior battery life, Olight had better lumen output. I think it is slighter shorter too and comes in blue. Definitely a close second.
1. LUMINTOP® Tool AAA - I'm most excited about this one and my top pick right now. It's got almost everything on the list. What is unique about this one is it was a click attachment, which will give the option to click or twist. Another cool bonus is it also has an attachable magnet. I love the mod capabilities.
Rofis ER3A - I keep coming back to this one although it's lacking a few key needs, but the few stellar reviews are keeping me intrigued. It may wind up being a second purchase just to see what the fuss is about. I do like how it can truly be unnoticeable in my pocket.
I have at least one that I'm drooling over. If it weren't so expensive I wouldn't even have bothered posting this. But damn, I may need to just go for it.
Looked at but didn't make the cut:
- Fenix E05 - when I did read comparison reviews (even on here) against the Thrunite Ti3 the latter always was more favorable
- Fenix E01 - see above
- Streamlight MicroStream - while good it looks like the others met my needs more
- Streamlight Nano - battery size
- Nitecore Tube - already own it and it came defective
- J5 Tactical V1 - over 10k reviews and sitting at 4.5 stars it has to be decent enough right? I may get this one for home use.
- UltraFire SK68 - had this but gave it to a security guard while in MX. May still get one. You can't beat the price and rating. When I had it for the short time I liked it.
I ran into this article at the very end of making my list so I was pleasantly surprised that my own research resulted in many of the same lights. It was nice to know I was pointed in the right direction.
Well, what do you think?!
Quick update: I just so happen to stumble upon the Fenix UCO2 last night! I wonder why my research didn't find this before. Comes in blue and SS with blue trim. The compact size and the fact that it's rechargeable certainly has my attention. No clip but the size and weight makes up for it. Freakin expensive though.