12-22-2012, 03:52 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
My Ride: Suburban LT 4x4
I have ordered a total of 5 China type flashlights off of eBay; each using the CREE XML T-6 LED. It blows my mind how much light these things give out.
The first two of them use the pipebomb 18650 battery. After learning more about these (JonJon) I started my search for a similar type using regular batteries.
They are few and far between but I found some! At under $15 each, I bought three different models from three different sellers on ebay. All use 3 AAA batteries (or 18650) and the CREE T6 LED.
Anyway, they rock! Each is a little different.
1. I like the best, but does not fit 1" rings for pic rail, superwide solid beam, no halo, but the rear button sticks out and not protected.
2. I like second best, fits rings, but 1 out of 2 was defective (slide loose for focus, did come on though)
3. I like third best due to beam not as wide as #1, but it has a clickable focus, and is the unit is the smallest
All three have adjustable focus, strobe, and rear controls.
Anyway, at 4.5v for 3 AAAs, batteries should last decent time (like an hour) lsince the LED works down to about 3v.
I tried to find a reasonable Fenix version that used reg batteries. Only a couple of models and they are waaay overpriced for the same LEDs ($250). I am sure the build quality is better, but at 10-15x the price, it just gets silly.
What I do not understand is why someone can not make a $50-$100 light that has 3 T6 leds that run off of 3 D batteries. Its so simple. 3 Ds = 4.5v and as much as 3000mah. Run the 3 LEDs in parallel, so each wants 3-4.5v and the standard circuit driver has 3 output levels to save batteries.
You would get hours off the D cells and a ton of light dim-able down to normal.
Amazon has AAA Duracells for $.53 each!
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Last edited by GlockMan; 12-22-2012 at 07:36 PM.