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    Best AA solution?

    curious the collective thoughts for a AA powered light solution.

    (sorry, practically impossible to search for "AA" and get results of meaning)

    thx,

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    There's nothing wrong with AA's, except they weight a bit more than Lithiums. I often use two Planet Bike Super Spots which I modded with Seoul P4-Ubin and 1 amp drivers. Total output is about 400 lumens. The batteries are Kodak AA LSD NiMH's. Sanyo Eneloops are also very popular, as are the rebadged white-top Duracell version (aka "Duraloops") The nice thing about AA's is that you can also use them in many other devices which also take AA's.

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    1- Best AA flashlight: Jet Beam BA20 (unfortunately, no flash mode) ~$40. 2xAA for 270 claimed lumens. I have one and it is noticeably brighter than a Fenix L2D Premium Q5.

    2- Best AA light, period: Hahntronix BFL2010 (1800+ lumens, everything included for under $200). These are custom made lights, and I think you have to ask for the AA battery set up. 8xAA's will only run this for about an hour, though, from what I've read. I don't have one so I have no first hand experience with one of these lights.

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    The best AA light is with out any doubt the Philips SafeRide LED Bike Light (Philips LBL)
    http://www.bikelight.philips.de/fahr...rie/index.html
    It comes with 4 AA NiMH and a charger
    Here is a review.
    "Best bike lamp I've ever seen (for on-road use), at a relatively moderate 270 lumen with its superb beam pattern and even illumination of the road surface"
    http://swhs.home.xs4all.nl/fiets/tes.../index_en.html

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    http://store.dinottelighting.com/sha...unt2=572684884
    DiNotte 200L still available in AA (batteries not included)

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    Quote Originally Posted by HakanC View Post
    The best AA light is with out any doubt the Philips SafeRide LED Bike Light (Philips LBL)
    http://www.bikelight.philips.de/fahr...rie/index.html
    It comes with 4 AA NiMH and a charger
    Here is a review.
    "Best bike lamp I've ever seen (for on-road use), at a relatively moderate 270 lumen with its superb beam pattern and even illumination of the road surface"
    http://swhs.home.xs4all.nl/fiets/tes.../index_en.html
    At a cost of 120 euros (approx. $170), it's not the best lumens/dollar value.

    1- the Phillips LBL: $0.63/lumen
    2- the Jet Beam BA20: $0.15/lumen
    3- the Hahn Tronix: $0.11/lumen
    4- Sunwayman M40A (a flashlight I didn't mention earlier), 500 lumens for $170 = $0.34/lumen
    5- DiNotte 200L, 200 lumens for $119: $0.59/lumen

    While the Phillips may be a decent light, when compared to other AA solutions out there, it's the worst value I can find. It's certainly not, "the best AA light ... with out any doubt."

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Hopper View Post
    At a cost of 120 euros (approx. $170), it's not the best lumens/dollar value.
    In the real world you can find the Philips LBL for far less.
    88 here http://www.smdv.de/products/33861/Le...x-Schwarz.html

    And comparing lumens/dollar is not a very good way of comparing lights for road use.

    The Philips LBL is a StVZO-light, and it dfirects most of it 270 lumens onto the road.
    If You had read the review I linked to You would have found the following:
    I think it's better than even 1000 lumen lamps (real lumen, not marketing lumen).
    because
    A symmetric beam puts about 0.60 to 0.70 of the light on the road, but not all where it's useful and the distribution on the road is not optimal either.

    I have myself compared the Philips LBL(270 lumen) with the Magicshine MS900(550 lumen) and the Philips LBL is superior.

    Please read the test Yourself
    http://swhs.home.xs4all.nl/fiets/tes.../index_en.html
    Last edited by HakanC; 06-19-2011 at 08:05 AM.

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    I am kind of partial to this one




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