7W 300LM Mini CREE LED Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp ( Head of the flashlight can be pulled out to focus the beam)
Super mini size, bright, blinding effect
Skid-proof design & waterproof design.
Output bright can come to 300 lumens (MAX). This mini flashlight can use AA size Alkaline, NiMH, and lithium 14500 batteries.
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From top review on Amazon:
With all the complaints about varying products and 1-mode versus 3-mode switches, I decided to trawl through 100+ comments looking for sellers specifically named, and also directly contacted a few of them myself.
Seller names with a * next to them are ones I got a conclusive e-mail response from.
You might prefer a US based seller (may only cost 50¢ more), so that you get the product in a week instead of a month, and fast returns if there are problems. Be sure to take a good look at seller ratings before buying, and post negative seller feedback if you are treated badly... Some of the cheapest sellers have only 50-60% positive rating, while it is normal to see 90% positive.
1-MODE VS. 3-MODE:
The cheapest sellers are typically offering the 1-mode light, so expect to pay a bit more for a 3-mode. You should also realize that 3-mode isn't always a good thing... Several reviewers have complained that they don't like the extra complexity and confusing (memory) behavior, so consider your needs carefully. As bright as this is, I insist on 3-mode so I can dim the light (about 40 lumens), and get several times longer battery life. The combination of high/low and flood/spot very effectively covers the full range of flashlight usage scenarios. I do wish LOW was the first mode in the cycle... you can't un-blind yourself after the fact. And I'd like an even-lower brightness mode, ~5 lumens.
It is a waste to buy 14500 Li-Ion batteries... Most of them cost ~$4/each, and have just 10% more power (Volt*Amp/Hours) than a $1.20/each LSD NiMH rechargeable, which withstands much more use and abuse (and Li-Ions are notorious for vastly exaggerated specs). Contrary to some other reviews here, I've seen absolutely NO difference in light output whether my lights are driven by 1.5V or 3.6V, so the regulator is doing a superb job. Although a hot-off-the-charger Li-Ion battery, briefly at ~4.2 volts might over-drive the LED for a small increase. If weight was critical, I would prefer disposable Lithium AAs to Li-Ions. Also, a single AA is much cheaper, smaller, and more convenient than 3xAAAs, yet both provide nearly the same amount of power. In a pinch, this flashlight even runs reliably on a single AAA battery without modification. So this unit is superior to most other (18650) small flashlights.
On a single Tenergy Centura LSD AA NiMH Battery, I get 1.5 hours of run-time on HIGH before the light dims. I expect "strobe" mode to get double that. LOW mode lasts about 4.5 hours before the voltage presumably drops too low and the regulator suddenly shuts-off the light entirely. I measured a current of approx 1.7A@1.3V on HIGH, and 0.5A@1.3V on LOW. With a 13¢ "Super Heavy Duty" AA battery, I got about half the run-time, which is decent and useful in emergencies (but starts to dim sooner than NiMH). With a battery extension tube converting this to 2xAAs, on HIGH I get 4 hours of run-time, a 33% improvement.
Most 3-mode sellers are offering the 150 lumen Ultrafire SK68, which is a very similar clone of the 120 lumen Sipik SK68 which a few people have also received. You may be interested to know that the Sipik was itself originally a MUCH cheaper clone (using a different battery) of the old 220 lumen Nitecore Extreme
The blank/unbranded SK68 clones sold here are a bit different than their cousins... The button protrudes from the tail-cap so they *can't tail-stand*. The thread diameter is larger so you also can't swap tail-caps (or extension tubes) between a Sipik/Ultrafire SK68 and these no-name lights. The design and build quality of the clones isn't quite as good, but they're decent.
This is nearly the PERFECT small flashlight. I always carry one in my back pocket, next to my wallet... I rarely notice it and I've always got a great flashlight with me when I need it. With an extension tube, it can fill the role of a MEDIUM sized flashlight as well. With the belt-clip turned backwards, it can clip on a hat for a hands-free headlamp. The high/low modes and flood/spot zoom lens means you get the exact lighting you want for nearly any purpose. And it makes a great lantern/whole-room light if you unscrew and remove the lens entirely (equivalent to a 15W bulb). Ultrafire rates this "SK68" light as 150 lumens, not 300lm as listed here, and it's certainly evenly matched with my 190 lumen Dorcy CyberLight. I just wish I could find a large 2xD flashlight with all these same features, other than the discontinued Small Sun ZY-A601.
- The belt clip should be turned the other way around (or just drill a second set of screw holes near the head, so customers can choose). That would allow clipping to a hat or similar for hands-free headlamp use without needing an extension tube. It would allow quick mounting under a car hood as a work-light, and more.
- An even lower ~5 lumen brightness mode would be great for preserving night-vision, up-close work, or indoor use, and would allow a single AA to run your light non-stop for 48 hours.
- Lowest mode first when turning-on the flashlight would be best, then cycle through higher modes as needed. Alternatively, a memory or a switch to set (and keep) the preferred initial mode might make everyone happy.
- An extension tube designed for this light would be a great option, and they could be sold bundled together like the Ultrafire C3 usually is. There's a big market for 2xAA mini-maglites, and it gives an impressive 33% improvement in battery-life.
- An inexpensive pack of colored lenses seems like a common request. I believe most people want, in order of decreasing priority: Red, Amber, Green, Blue.
Last edited by daiei27; 03-10-2014 at 11:56 AM..
I usually buy one of these little flashlights every time they have a decent price. I'm ok with it being one-mode, because that will suit my purposes. Thanks for posting this slickdeal, OP; thumbs up and rep +4. Also, MasterTactician needs to post in this thread so I can rep for all the helpful info in the wiki!
This is not the lowest price they have been but does + or - 50 cents matter?
Anyways I have both the single and multi-mode versions of this light. For around the house I like the single mode for simple on and off and I keep the multi-mode in the car and on hikes to alert someone if I would need help.
Not that it mattered but I spent the extra $0.60 cents to get a light green one for my brother. For a birthday gift I might as well splurge a couple dimes to get it in his favorite color.
Price-wise for this deal though... its so-so. I still have a silver and black that still going strong on 14500's.
Although I'd stick in AA's in the green one knowing my brother.
Personally I do feel there is a noticable increase in brightness between regular AA's and 14500's.
But to each their own. Although you have to be aware that you are cutting the life of your LED alot shorter. But at <$4 a piece, I don't mind. It also depends on your usage. Mine are on an average of 1~3 minutes because either I'm working on something or looking for something. Rarely do I have it on past 10 minutes. If I was using this for the long haul like walking around in the dark at night, I'd probably just stick AA's in there so the flashlight doesn't heat up and burn my hand while holding it. Also being more cost efficient.
My dad still won't budge from his 4x D's maglite he got in the early 90's. I don't get how he sees at night with that thing. He keeps trying to compare these $1/free flashlights he gets from Habor Freight to mine.
i bought the version linked here, from Amazon via Coutlet and it's an amazing little flashlight. well worth the $4 i paid. I ordered one of the 3-mode flashlights from a different vendor so I can compare which one I like best, then I'll probably order a dozen of them. Just waiting on shipping...
I purchased the single mode from Tosell888 back in Oct and the screws were cheaper than what's shown in the picture. Both were loose/stripped. They did give me a small discount when I contacted them, I would have preferred a better quality one.
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