Good aa or aaa flashlights?

Discussion in 'Firearm Accessories & Gear' started by beastmode986, Jan 21, 2013.

  1. beastmode986

    beastmode986 New Member

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    Any good aa or aaa battery flashlights that also can be fitted with pressure switches and can be mounted on a rifle?
     
  2. weapon

    weapon New Member

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    I haven't seen too many pressure switches for AA flashlights other than the mini-mag lights. You can put a NightIze LED upgrade in the mini-mag and it will be about four times brighter than the standard incandescent mini-mag but it still won't be on par with the lights that run off of CR123 batteries or a single 18650 -- there are a lot more options which can be remotely activated with those slightly larger lights. If I recall correctly, the pressure switch for the minimag is made by TacStar.
     

  3. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I found some at a gunshow made by nebo. Led, uses 3 or 4 aaa, can't remember for sure. Light with switch was $65 I think. Very bright, and adjustable.
     
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  5. beastmode986

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    I like as and aaa because they are cheap and plentiful. I don't need a 200 lumen flashlight 100 or 150 is fine for me. This would be for a rifle
     
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  7. weapon

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    The issue you often run into trying to use a flashlight that was not designed for use on a rifle is some type of failure with the LED emitter/driver assembly due to shock from the recoil. hmm...I will apologize in advance just in case this gets a little technical and/or flashlight geeky.

    If you need what is likely the toughest light on the market, look at Elzetta weapon lights. They don't run off of AA or AAA, however, if it is a weapon light there will likely be quite a bit of on-off use and two CR123a batteries will last quite a while. Also, the CR123A batteries have quite a few advantages over standard AA or AAA. For example, you can buy a 12 pack of CR123A for around $15-$20 on Amazon and put them on the shelf for quite a while. If you don't need them for seven or so years, they will still work (rated shelf life is 10 years, self-discharge rate <1% per year max).

    The Elzetta ZFL-M60-SS2A with standard bezel, standard lens, 2-cell body and remote tape switch with 5" cable for $214 is an outstanding light for a rifle.
    http://www.elzetta.com/Webpages/Build Your Light/build_your_light.htm
    ^you can even select the angle to where it is better for longer range or more of an even flood for closer distances depending on your intended use.

    If you want something that is a little less expensive, not quite as bright but still very reliable:
    http://www.ondutygear.com/control/p...CTICALSTRION?gclid=COry6MTW_bQCFQioPAodTCkADg
    ^note: that one is rechargeable.
    or:
    http://www.ondutygear.com/control/p...ssionid=E8589A2B8DA9B1849F1AF5451C6F3D3F.jvm1
    or:
    http://www.malkoffdevices.com/shop/turnkey-md2-with-highlow-switch-p-87.html
    ^If you have never heard of Malkoff Devices, they make very high quality flashlights and drop-in light modules. In fact, the Elzetta flashlights mentioned above use Malkoff Devices drop-ins.

    On the other hand, if you do not plan to beat nails into a 2x4 with your tactical light and you do not plan to have it on the weapon every time you go to the range, then you could possibly get by with something considerably less expensive. However, you are running a slight risk that it might fail when you really need it (bad juju if this is a firearm intended for self-defense). With that disclaimer, if I had a limited budget for a weapon light...
    I'd buy this flashlight body:
    http://www.lighthound.com/Solar-For...650--L2P-Host-HA-III-Black-Finish_p_3473.html
    Drop this module into the front of it:
    http://www.lighthound.com/Solar-Force-XM-L-U2-Drop-In-3-Mode-27--9-Volts_p_4110.html
    and attach it to a rail with this mount:
    http://www.lighthound.com/Solar-Force-M-001-Gun-Mount-for-L2-Flashlight_p_3979.html
    ~$50 for all three parts and it will run off of two CR123A batteries or a single 18650 rechargeable battery.

    If you want to make it rechargeable:
    two of these:
    http://www.lighthound.com/Solar-For...P-Rechargeable-Battery--Protected_p_2576.html
    and a 18650 battery charger:
    http://www.lighthound.com/XTAR-WXTA...Charger-for-14650-17670-18650-etc_p_3975.html
    That would give you one battery to keep in the light and one spare -- grand total: ~$80.

    The nice part about that last option would be the run-times with the 18650 battery. As it is a three mode light, you can get some really extended run-time if you need it. A single 18650 battery would give you:
    High setting: 500 lumens for 2 hours
    Medium setting: 225 lumens for 4 hours
    Low setting: 30 lumens for 35 hours
     
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  8. John_Deer

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    You can find the nebo lights on ebay for $10. I put one on my 10/22. They blasted thing would flick off for a second each time I fired the 22LR. Strap a nebo on a centerfire anything and it's junk. My wife made off with the Nebo I bought to carry in her purse. Get a light with a C-5 or C-6 cree bulb. It will last and make about 1600 lumens. No, they won't run on AA or AAA batteries.
     
  9. primer1

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    Maybe, just maybe, they do run on aaa batteries. :rolleyes:

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    Mine has been flawless, never blinked during shooting. Maybe you found the factory seconds or reconditioned ones. Maybe a different model #. Dunno, man. And how can a c-whatever bulb last longer than a LED? Hmmm
     
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    The Cree bulbs are LED bulbs. They are just a very high quality bulb.
     
  11. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I stand corrected. Actually I'm sitting.
     
  12. weapon

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    If you break one of the cheap ones while shooting, get out the soldering iron. The wires they use to connect the driver to the LED emitter are often thin, not very flexible and poorly soldered. Sometimes just touching the solder points with a hot iron long enough to make the solder turn liquid will fix the problem.
     
  13. primer1

    primer1 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    I've had to do that with my d cell mag light led conversion. It wasn't on a gun, probably just dropped too many times.
     
  14. weapon

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    Yeah - some of those LED conversions have wiring and solder that is on par with the less expensive P60 drop ins. On the bright side (no pun intended), the LED dropins for the D cell mag lights actually make the incandescent mag lights useful as flashlights instead of just being clubs.
     
  15. orangello

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    I have been very happy with the little Nebo Redline flashlight i got last Christmas.
     
  16. beastmode986

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    Ok, I guess I'll consider cr123a powered lights. I was concerned I would have a hard time finding the batteries and I'd have to pay like 5$ a battery. Thank for all the info
     
  17. beastmode986

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    Any other good cr123a lights for under 70$????
     
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  19. beastmode986

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    I would NEVER trust my life to china made gear. I try to avoid it of I can. Any good us made lights? I'd gladly pay an extra 30-40 for a us made light.
     
  20. weapon

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    Umm...have you looked at 90% of the stuff in your house? That microwave given you radiation poisoning yet? They can build a magnatron you trust to cook the food you likely eat 2-5 meals a week, the TV you watch while eating and the syringe or IV bag used in virtually any hospital in the country, the brakes in your car or the ABS system that controls the same (feel free to look those up) but they cannot crank out something as simple as a @$!!~^*+<**&euro;~* LED flashlight? Interesting perspective.

    You asked for a less expensive option...I provided a link to the same. Go buy a $400 surefire if it makes you sleep better at night. Addendum: you might wanna look up how many parts have to actually be "made in the USA" before they can carry a label claiming the same. Just a thought.