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Hey just looking to see what kind of compact flashlights you guys use. I am looking for something led that works on common AA or AAA batteries. Maybe max 4 inches in length.
 

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I have one of the 5.11 Tactical ATAC A1 flashlights and love it. Runs about 55 minutes on one AA battery at max 103 lumins. Also has reduced light setting and strobe option. Easy to carry in a pocket, 4 inches long, tail button switch with "dead man" feature and appears very rugged and well made. Bill
 

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I own two Surefire C2 Centurions...one for the nitestand, one for the Jeep.



Features:
  • Brilliant white light from high-output lamp 65 lumen (included) or ultra high-output lamp 120 lumen (optional)
  • Precision micro-textured reflector creates smooth, optimized beam
  • Coated tempered window resists impact, maximizes light
  • CombatGrip for secure hold in all conditions
  • High-strength aerospace aluminum body, anodized (BK) or Mil-Spec hard-anodized (HA) for durability
  • Tactical tailcap switch—press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on
  • Steel clip provides multiple carry options
  • Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealing
  • Includes high-energy 123A batteries with 10-year shelf life
 

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If you are not going to go the rechargable route, I would definately look into a 123A battery instead of an AA or AAA, shelf life and use life is WAY better with them.
 

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I have several different lights and while 123a batts are great (and I have many and even have rechargeable 123 batts ) there is something to be said for the aa batt driven lights too. I have an inova that I picked up on a whim from target.
It's inexpensive and small, bright enough but mostly it's small enough to actually carry often. It has a momentary switch or you can screw the cap in to keep it on. It also has a high and low output. Toggles between them when pressing the button.

It wouldn't be my only light but I like having it in the mix and is the one I can throw in my pocket without really noticing it. Mine is the black finish.
Never bought from this site, just found it when googling the light.

http://www.opticsplanet.com/inova-s...plusbox-beta&gclid=CNi547SE9bECFQP0nAod6REAJA

Brookstone also has a pretty neat little light that runs on aa, comes with a cone so you can diffuse the light and make it light up a room for say a power outage. Can't seem to find it on their site though.
 

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bhale187 said:
If you are not going to go the rechargable route, I would definately look into a 123A battery instead of an AA or AAA, shelf life and use life is WAY better with them.
Most of my lights use CR123's but I think AA or AAA are attractive due to price and availability. I've been stuck paying crazy money for CR123's while on duty because I could only get them at a convenience store. I could of got handfuls of AA batteries for that money.
 

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I bought a couple of cases of 123A direct from surefire. I keep a case in my work truck, a case in the gun safe, and have spares in the grips of my ARs, 10/22s, and one battery in the bottom of each side of my duty belt's dual mag pouch.
 

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Most of my lights use CR123's but I think AA or AAA are attractive due to price and availability. I've been stuck paying crazy money for CR123's while on duty because I could only get them at a convenience store. I could of got handfuls of AA batteries for that money.
That's another reason I lke the AA alternative. And now duracell has been advertising that all their batts will be long shelf life so maybe they are catching up on lithium on that front.

Bass Pro has a decent deal on 123s as well. I think it's a pack of ten energizers for $30
 

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bhale187 said:
I bought a couple of cases of 123A direct from surefire. I keep a case in my work truck, a case in the gun safe, and have spares in the grips of my ARs, 10/22s, and one battery in the bottom of each side of my duty belt's dual mag pouch.
I bought Surefire batteries at the local military base 12-$22 no tax. You are definitely better prepared than I am. Sometimes you just get caught were you have to go to a convenience store. That's when it hurts.
 

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SHOOTER13 said:
I own two Surefire C2 Centurions...one for the nitestand, one for the Jeep.

Features:

[*]Brilliant white light from high-output lamp 65 lumen (included) or ultra high-output lamp 120 lumen (optional)
[*]Precision micro-textured reflector creates smooth, optimized beam
[*]Coated tempered window resists impact, maximizes light
[*]CombatGrip for secure hold in all conditions
[*]High-strength aerospace aluminum body, anodized (BK) or Mil-Spec hard-anodized (HA) for durability
[*]Tactical tailcap switch—press for momentary-on, twist for constant-on
[*]Steel clip provides multiple carry options
[*]Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealing
[*]Includes high-energy 123A batteries with 10-year shelf life
Damn this may be the Mack daddy of flashlights. Haha
 

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I carry a surefire e1-b and a surefire z2-s combat light .

The e1-b is dual output a 110 lumen beam on high a 5 lumen on low .

The z2-s is 160 lumens and also has a strobe function

I've posted a pic the e1-b sounds like what you're after hope it helps .

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