Good to know. I was planning on using an AA. I don't have a 14500. Is it brighter with that? Also will a 14500 battery last longer than an AA?
The 14500 lithium ion rechargeables tend to have higher capacity and maintain a higher voltage than a AA. Actually, most AA's are 1.2 to 1.5 volts while the Li-Ion are often 3.7 to 4.2.
The important thing with Li-Ion is, if they're not protected cells, you don't let them drain under 3.5 or so. You'll often notice a big drop off in light output when they drop below a respectable level. But the out put should be significantly more than with a AA.
I suspect these use a boost converter to take a AA's 1.5v to the needed 3.5v for the CREE. This explains some of the horrible battery life.
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Costco almost always has a three pack of these for about $17. Even if you don't have a membership and have to pay the extra 10% its still only around $19. They are super bright crees with the 3 settings (bright, super bright, and flashing). Blow the cheap multi-led lights away.
Are you sure the 3 pack flashlights at Costco are the same as these? I don't think they are.
I like mine and it's a great deal at $5 if you can wait a month for shipping, but the screws keep coming loose on the clip after having used it everyday for a couple weeks. One screw won't tighten properly as well...
I've bought ones from ebay, that look exactly the same. I can tell you they are pretty darn good for the price. They're brighter than most of my other flashlights, for much cheaper. I bought a bunch to keep in the cars and a few around the house. I've taken them hiking and camping and they've worked well. I use some sanyo eneloops for them and they work great.
You realize that's the same flashlight, right? Look at the photos.
it is actually a bit different. The one he posted up BBQbuy one has 3 setting: high, low, and binging setting. The one in OP is only on and off mode. The pictures are the same but if you read the description of the item it tells u there IS a difference.
Awesome flashlight. I bulk ordered a bunch and gave them out to a bunch of my friends. They're small and for regular users, can take AA batteries, but for flashlight nutjobs like myself, the 14500's are indeed compatible, and as usual in cheaper flashlights (and still the expensive ones..) heats up considerably.
The beam is really good, and I love how it can be zoomed in/out. People around you might get angry though if you flash it in their general direction at night
I'm no expert on flashlights. I bought those little 9 led flashlights that run on 3 AAA batteries and I'm very impressed by them. Those sell for around 1 or 2 bucks each. One reviewer on Amazon of this 7w 300ml led said it is much better and brighter then the 9 led ones. I'm in for one to try it out.
Well, then; just wait until you try the single LED emmiter torch.
I find a DRASTIC difference between single emmiter lights and multi-LED lights.
The former throws out a beam, the latter glows.
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