Easy To Carry! 10 Best AAA Flashlights 2020 [Twist or Click]
Why an AAA Flashlight?
If you are looking for a new flashlight, maybe even one you can fit in your pocket, you have come to the right place! Here you will find information on the best AAA flashlight. We hope you enjoy our reviews and find them helpful as you navigate through all the available flashlights on the market.
With all of the new battery technologies out these days, I frequently get asked the following question: If other batteries will give me more lumens, last longer, and be lighter than standard size batteries, then why would I want a flashlight that uses AAA batteries? My answer every time is because AAA are easy to find. AAA batteries are easy to find in both disposable and rechargeable.
For some this is a really big reason they will only buy flashlights with standard size batteries. These are not usually the most high powered, the smallest or the lightest flashlights; However, if your batteries die, you will be able to buy more even from a gas station. Sorry we do not do top 10 best, we segment by use case and specs. Hope you enjoy.
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Another reason why you might want a flashlight that uses AAA batteries is that they are small and easy to carry everyday. Many of the single AAA flashlights offer keychain attachments and are very easy to carry with you everyday. As we always say, the best flashlight is the flashlight that you have on you when you need one. It is very easy to have an AAA flashlight all easy to reach places of your home, office, workshop, and vehicle. I have one in both nightstands in the bedroom, in the kitchen, and in all of the vehicle’s glove boxes. We have other torches lying around but these are the go to light when the power goes out since we always know where they are.
This year we decided to add a selection of Hi-CRI flashlights to our list since it seems to be a huge deciding factor for many buyers, including hardcore flashaholics and regular buyers. The term CRI stand for Color Rendering Index and has to do with how close the light that comes off of the LED is to natural light. The higher the the CRI number, the closer it is to natural or incandescent light – the light off of an incandescent bulb being 100. It is not often that you see such a split in buying habits in the flashlight market, but this is one. There are flashlight lovers that have decided to only buy Hi-CRI lights and have sold all of their other flashlights.
While at the same time there are people that do not really care about Hi-CRI. The downside to Hi-CRI emitters is that in general for the same amount of power, they can not produce the same level of output so the lumens are lower. You will have to decide which one you want. Most manufacturers have not switched to Hi-CRI LEDs since consumer buying habits still favor higher lumen output.
Types of Batteries
If you are also looking to buy some batteries, your options are rechargeable or primary (not rechargeable) AAA batteries. If you want to get rechargeable, the best are Eneloop AAA Ni-MH. If you are going to spend money on nice rechargeable batteries, you will need a good charger. Our favorite charger for Ni-MH batteries is the La Crosse BC-700. It is easy to use and can charge both AA and AAA batteries. If primary cells are what you want or you need some backups, the Energizer L92 Lithium batteries are the best. Lithium primary cells and Li-ion rechargeable cells are completely different types of batteries. The Energizer L92 batteries are better than alkaline batteries in every way except cost. They have a higher power output while still in a safe range. They also last longer and have a longer shelf life.
Another thing to consider with AAA flashlights is that many of them can use rechargeable Li-ion 10440 batteries and increase the output into the 200-300 lumen range. For you this may turn the best AAA flashlight into the best overall form factor flashlight period. Obviously this is not a manufacturer recommendation because your flashlight will get really hot really fast and could easily burn out. Putting these batteries in is doable and many of the flashaholics over at candlepowerforums are using their AAA flashlights this way. Check out others results with 10440 batteries before putting them in your flashlight.
The Maratac Copper belongs to the Executive Series and brings to light many features that consumers have been waiting for. One of the most talked about features being offered with the Maratac Copper is the medium/low/high setting order when turning on the flashlight. Consumers have long requested this setting order as they find themselves using the medium setting more frequently than the other settings. The three settings offer a maximum of 145 lumens on high and 1.5 lumens on low. The body of the light has been hand finished, so is packed within foil packs to protect the light during shipping.
Constructed from an ultra conductive C360 Free Machining Brass the body of the light is extremely durable and has great build quality. The Maratac Copper light utilizes a Nichia 219C LED that offers a 50,000 hour lifespan. The emitter used with the light is one of the newest and brightest available and provides the same ultra-low thermal resistance your CREE emitters offer. The orange peel reflector is paired with an AR coated lens to provide users with a smooth, steady beam. The manufacturer strongly suggests you use a rechargeable battery rather than an ordinary alkaline battery due to the risk of the battery leaking. The light is powered by a single AAA battery and will run for 55 hours on its lowest setting.
Glow in the dark features
Multiple brightness levels
Comes with pocket clip
Finish peels after a few months
Weight: 1.31 oz with battery
Dimensions: 2.6 inches long by 0.5 inches wide
Lowest Setting: 1.5 lumens for 55 hours
Highest Setting: 145 lumens for 1 hour and 10 minutes
One of the things consumers need to be aware of with the Prometheus Beta QRv2 is that it is not backwards compatible with the Beta QR. The newer model requires a very specific groove design in order for it to work properly. Although the Beta QRv2 is not backwards compatible you won’t be disappointed as you get the same amazing core features that made the original Prometheus Beta so popular.
While the Prometheus Beta QRv2 still offers a superior beam and is aesthetically appealing to users it does offer some new features that make it better than the original. One of those features is the push and pull design that is used to engage and disengage the light. This push and pull design uses 10 pounds attach and detach force with a snag-free brass component to make detachment impossible, plus there is an audible click when the light is attached to the retaining clip. For enhanced durability the flat split rings found on the light are made from stainless steel.
Using a Nichia 219B High CRI 4500K LED the Prometheus Beta QRv2 can emit a maximum of 60 lumens and offers two output modes controlled by a twist on and twist off interface. The beta QRv2 uses a single AAA battery to power the light. The manufacturers discourage the use of ordinary alkaline batteries as they release a corrosive gas instead they recommend the use of Lithium or NiMH batteries.
Two output modes
Stainless steel body
Quick release feature
Does not come with instructions
Weight: 0.8 oz. without battery
Dimensions: 2.95 inches long and 0.55 inch diameter
If you are looking for a small, yet powerful flashlight that offers a twist switch interface, look no further than the Thrunite Ti3. The Thrunite Ti3 is small enough to fit on a keychain, but don’t let its size fool you as it is one of the brightest for its size. Users will be pleased to discover that the Thrunite Ti3 utilizes a CREE XP-G2 R5 LED which offers a 20 year lifespan, so you know it is built to last. This specific model is the Natural White Light, but the light is also available in a Cool white for users with that preference.
The Thrunite Ti3 is manufactured from aircraft grade aluminum and offers an anti-abrasive finish to enhance its durability. With its twist switch interface the Thrunite Ti3 is not only easy to use, it can be used one-handed. Powered by a single AAA battery the Ti3 offers four brightness modes with maximum lumens of 120, which is almost unheard of with lights of this size. The four brightness modes, including Firefly and Strobe, make this light an excellent choice for an EDC light. A removable pocket clip and a key ring come with the light so you have your choice of carrying options.
4 output modes
Can tail stand
User friendly interface
Versatile carrying options
Paint chips easily
Weight: 0.42 oz. without battery
Dimensions: 2.76 inches long and 0.55 inch diameter
The Fenix LD02 V2 is an upgraded version of the original Fenix LD02. One of the most important upgrades with the Fenix LD02 V2 is the high CRI LED. The new version uses a CREE XQ-E LED that comes with a CRI rating of 90. This upgraded LED offers a warm, sunlight beam that allows real colors to show up. The LD02 V2 also upgraded its switch to a stainless steel tail switch that is extremely simply to operate. Weighing less than an ounce and measuring less than 4 inches in length this light is the perfect size and weight for an EDC option and is built to withstand frequent use.
The Fenix LD02 V2 offers three brightness modes to choose from, plus has introduced a new UV light mode for users. The light uses a 200mW LED UV that can be used for identification, fluid detection, and anything else you need a UV light for. The three brightness modes, as well as the UV mode, are accessed via the stainless steel tail switch. The light can be powered by either a Ni-MH or alkaline AA battery. Battery choice will not affect lumens output, but will change runtime. A fixed pocket clip makes the light easy to carry and with a IP68 waterproof rating you won’t have to worry about protecting it from the weather.
User friendly interface
Deep carry clip
Two battery options
No tail stand ability
Weight: 0.84 oz. without battery
Dimensions: 3.6 inches long and 0.53 inch diameter
The Lumintop Tool features a CREE XP-G2 LED that offers a 50,000 hour lifespan. The LED is paired with a double-sided AR coated lens that has been tempered to resist impact and thermal shock. The lens maximizes light transmission and is paired with a micro-textured reflector for a smooth beam. Inside the light is a high-quality constant current circuit which gives the Lumintop Tool the ability to maintain a stable brightness on every output mode even with a low battery. The Lumintop Tool is made from aircraft grade aluminum alloy with a HAIII military grade hard-anodized finish. The durable body offers impact protection up to 1M and can be used in heavy rain as it offers the highest level in waterproof standards at IP68.
The Lumintop Tool is powered by a single AAA battery and offers a maximum runtime of 36 hours. The Lumintop Tool offers 3 different output modes and starts up in mid mode. The light offers two different user interfaces. A clicky tail switch is used to power the light on and off and can be used to switch between the modes when the light is powered on. The head can also be tighten or loosened to switch between modes. The light comes with a detachable stainless steel reversible clip to keep the light in place.
User friendly interface
Reverse polarity protection
Two methods to change modes
No lock out mode
Weight: 0.53 oz. without battery
Dimensions: 3.2 inches long and 0.57 inch diameter
With the Reylight Pineapple Mini users will get to experience a 4000 K Nichia 219 LED that offers a CRI of 90. The Pineapple Mini is made entirely from copper, so it is a little heavier than most key chain style lights, but it is extremely durable. Users will be happy to know that the Reylight Pineapple Mini offers a single tritium slot so you are able to add trits to customize the light to your liking. The Pineapple Mini offers an AR coated lens paired with an orange peel reflector to provide a smooth beam of light.
The Reylight Pineapple Mini is controlled via a clicky tail switch. The light offers three brightness modes and one of them is a true moonlight mode that offers a mere 0.1 lumen of light. To preserve night vision, the Mini will turn on in moonlight mode so users will need to cycle through the brightness modes to reach their desired lumens.
There are two things you need to be aware of when it comes to the Reylight Pineapple Mini. The first thing is that when used in high mode the light can heat up rather quickly and may grow hot to the touch. The second thing has to do with batteries. The light can be powered by either an ordinary AA battery, Ni-MH or a 320mAh 10440 battery, but lumen output and runtime will be affected depending on the battery used. The 10440 battery gives the Reylight Pineapple Mini the ability to emit more lumens, but reduces the runtimes in each mode.
Tail stand ability
Reverse polarity protection
Weight: 1.3 oz. without battery
Dimensions: 2.9 inches long and 0.55 inch diameter
If you are looking for a true keychain flashlight, one that is small enough to even fit on a zipper pull look no further than the Thorfire TK01. The Thorfire TK01 is a miniature light that utilizes a Nichia 219C LED with a high CRI to produce a bright and steady light. The TK01 only offers one mode and has the ability to emit 85 lumens for several hours at a time. Coming in at 2.75 inches in length the light is just slightly longer than your average key.
The Thorfire TK01 is made from an aircraft grade aluminum alloy and offers a HAIII military hard anodized finish. The durable light is impact resistant up to 6 feet and is also water resistant with a IP65 rating. Powered by a single AAA battery the Thorfire TK01 offers a user friendly interface. As the light only offers one mode, you simply need to twist the head to turn the light on or off. If not using the light for an extended period of time, remove the battery to avoid any damage occurring from leakage.
User friendly interface
Bright for its size
Not prone to accidental activation
Brightness output varies
Weight: 0.78 oz. without battery
Dimensions: 2.75 inches long and 0.6 inch diameter
The Fenix LD05 V2 is an upgraded version of the previous model and features some of the same great features you have come to rely on, but also offers some great improvements along with a more professional look and super build quality. With the Fenix LD05 V2 you will find the light uses a CREE XQ-E HI LED with a CRI count of 90. The LED flashlight offers a 50,000 hour lifespan and provides users with a smooth beam of warm white light. The UV mode uses a 365nm UV LED. With the Fenix LD05 V2 you can use either ordinary AAA alkaline batteries or a Ni-MH battery to provide power without affecting the brightness levels, but the battery choice will determine run times.
One of the best things about the Fenix LD05 V2 is how simple it is to use, lights with a user friendly interface are always an excellent find. With the Fenix LD05 V2 the stainless steel tail switch allows you to switch between three brightness levels, as well as the UV mode. The LD05 V2 offers a maximum of 100 lumens, but can go as low as 5 lumens. The HAIII hard-anodized body paired with the anti-abrasive finish protects the light with a waterproof rating of IP68.
Two battery options
Stainless steel head and switch
No lock out mode
Weight: 1.04 oz. without battery
Dimensions: 5.3 inches long and 0.53 inch diameter
Lowest Setting: 5 lumens for 70 hours
Highest Setting: 100 lumens for 1 hours and 40 minutes
The Thrunite Ti4T features a CREE XP-L V6 LED with a 20 year lifespan. With the Thrunite Ti4T consumers have the choice between a cool or neutral white light. Paired with an OP reflector the LED flashlight provides a perfect flood beam that is suitable for a variety of tasks. Powered by two AAA batteries, the Thrunite Ti4T has the ability to emit a maximum of 300 lumens for a period of 51 minutes. The good news is that the Ti4T doesn’t start up in high mode; the light has been designed to start in Firefly mode to prevent any accidental blinding.
The Thrunite Ti4T is not a tactical type of light, it is more a penlight used for professional types of tasks. The highly polished finish offers a professional look complete with a titanium alloy body. Made from high quality materials the Thrunite Ti4T is a durable light with an IPX-8 rating. The user friendly interface is simple to use and offers 4 brightness levels, including a strobe mode. Users can switch between the brightness modes via the tail switch.
Can be hooked to keychain
No lock out mode
Weight: 1.09 oz without batteries
Dimensions: 5.23 inches long and 0.55 inch diameter
If you are in the market for an affordably priced light, take a look at the Lumintop IYP365 as it offers some excellent features without breaking the bank. Using a high CRI Nichia 219CT the Lumintop IYP365 produces a light that is as close to natural as you will get in a flashlight, regardless of the setting the light is used in. Thanks to a constant current circuit the Lumintop IYP365 offers the same level of brightness regardless of the battery power. The light is made from aircraft-grade aluminum alloy and offers a HAIII hard-anodized finish to provide the IYP365 with an IPX-8 rating and a 1.5 meter impact resistance.
With the Lumintop IYP365 users will be pleased to discover that the High CRI LED is paired with a precision aluminum alloy orange peel reflector so the light provides a smooth and balanced beam. The IYP365 can easily be used one-handed thanks to its single tail switch design. The tail switch powers the light, but also allows users to quickly switch between the various brightness levels. On its highest setting the Lumintop IYP365 can emit a maximum of 125 lumens while on its lowest setting the light emits a mere 1.5 lumens.
Three output modes
Fully submersible for sterilization
Clip makes it hard to take out
Weight: 0.81 oz. without battery
Dimensions: 5.03 inches long and 0.57 inch diameter
There are a lot of AAA flashlights available on the market, but we think these are the best AAA flashlights. If you need a flashlight with higher Lumens you should consider flashlights with CR123A or AA batteries. Thank you for reading our article on the best AAA flashlight reveiws. If you feel this article would help others in their search, please share this article on your social media such as Facebook and Twitter!
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