Years ago I posted my thought on The BEST LED Flashlights.Â Â Unfortunately a few things have happened since publishing that post:Â
- Costco stopped carrying the Luxeon LED flashlights.
- A couple of the Costco lights started to have intermittent problems.
- I needed something brighter than the Dorcy AAA light, but still wanted to stick with a single or double AA design.
A few months ago I received a post on that older article from Nick at http://www.workflashlight.com.Â Â I asked him if I could test a couple of his lights and he sent me two single AA models to try:
Here are the two lights along side of the Dorcy AAA LED flashlight:
As you can see the beam of the 5w had a bit more of a yellow coloring while the 1w has more of a blue color similar to the Dorcy.Â Â Both of these test lights had a much stronger and tighter beam than the Dorcy.Â Pretty amazing when you consider the batteries in each are more or less the same (1.5 volts).
Next I setup my camera and each light to shine on a target picture 16 feet away.Â Â I’ve found that while I’m outside checking on the chickensÂ that this distance is usually the max distance of what I expect to see with a small form factor light light this.
|Â||HereÂ is the baseline shot of the wall and picture with the lights on.The image is cropped and zoomed to get better detail.Click any of the thumbnails to see a larger image.|
|Â||Â This is the 5W Super Duty 30 Lumens 1xAA Pocket LED Flashlight.Again, you can see that the color is a little bit on the yellow side, but could be considered more like “actual light” color. This light produced a good balance between the main beam with a decent amount of “side spill” for peripheral viewing.I prefer the feel of this light over the 1W below.Â It seemed more solid and I liked the anti-roll notching into the body.|
|Â||Â This is the 1W 32 Lumens 1xAA LED Flashlight.Â It has a more “blue” color and a tighter main beam with less side spill.WhileÂ I preferred the feel of the 5W light above, this light fit more smoothly into my pocket.Â I also liked the light color better.The tail cap button felt a little less solid on this light and the optics were loose (could have simply been this model).|
|Â||Â Here is the Dorcy AAA LED.Â The light setting was fixed on the camera to provide for a relative display of how much light each of the flashlights produced.Â Â Â The Dorcy was almost useless at this distance.|
Â Overall I was very pleased with the lights.Â Â Â I’m not sure if it was an optical illusion produced by the different color light, but I honestly had a hard time determining which one was brighter.Â Â After going outside in the dark and testing the lights on a plethora of different areas I decided I liked the brightness, color, and beam of the 1W 32 Lumens 1xAA LED FlashlightÂ best.Â Â Â While I like both lights, I think the 5W body with the 1W circuit / LED would be a perfect combo.
A big thanks to Nick at http://www.workflashlight.comÂ for letting me test his lights.Â Maybe someday he’ll be able to talk me into testingÂ some of his brighterÂ non AA based LEDÂ lights.Â 🙂