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These are nice compact flashlights. Zoom feature lets you pick a wide beam or long distance spotlight or somewhere in between. 1xAA battery power makes it very compact. Price has been $9 to $13 at Meritline. Now $7 each or 2 for $27 (you decide which is a better deal).

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Bought this flashlight from both Meritline and Tomtop 7 months and found that the tomtop one (3000lumens, Q5)is brighter... (more)

fireon (Aug. 10, 2012 @ 1:29a) |

FYI, for anyone interested, here's a slightly cheaper Ébay flashlight ($5.69):
http://www.ebay.com/itm/290711180375

It loo... (more)

Dotbody (Sep. 08, 2012 @ 2:40p) |

Joe1000 (Sep. 08, 2012 @ 10:11p) |


Wow...In for 2 at $27 for sure...

Saving money is not for me...

These are great little flashlights for the money, especially at $7. I like them more than the Costco ones.

Somebody couldn't do their math ...

Thanks for the tip!

dogmeat said:   These are great little flashlights for the money, especially at $7. I like them more than the Costco ones.

I have one of these and like it.
Pretty decent quality for the cheap flashlight.

Can you ever have too many flashlights? In 4 1...

Indicates it has one brightness mode. Close quarter use on high will blind you.
Does not have the brighter Q5 emitter.
No indication it can handle the AA sized 3.7V 14500 Li-Ion rechargeables - making it incredibly brighter.
The flood on these type lights is a perfectly uniform distribution of the light, NO artifacts what so ever.
This much brightness means the battery is depleted very quickly, USE ENELOOP TYPE AA RECARGEABLES.
Another battery option is the 1.7V AA Powergenix NIZN rechargeable (but they hae a high failure rate).
The Energizer Lithium has an initial voltage of around 1.7V, but are too expnsive for every day use.
The higher the voltage the brighter the light. To high a voltage fries the supply circutry or the LED.
Chinease venders show the Max lumen capability for the LED, never the flashlights actual lower output.

Personally I find this fancy shape bulky (I have the 3 mode Q5 and the larger bodied 5 mode T6) and prefer the other slimmer case/lighter weight versions in my hand.

For $7 how can i say no. In for 1 thanks OP!

Even if you end up not liking this light over later ones; its cheap and it makes a great Christmas gift (better than any cheap flashlight the normal gift receipitant has owned) just don`t scratch it up.

I'd recommend this one over OP's post:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/150779356373

Nearly the same light, slightly brighter, a buck cheaper, o-rings on both sides, and over 1000 happy customers (myself included).

And yes, these types of lights usually take 14500 batteries (and become much brighter), but get really hot doing it. However, I personally still use AA's because the light lasts longer and I don't need the added brightness (or heat, or potential extra wear).

Dotbody said:   I'd recommend this one over OP's post:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/150779356373

Nearly the same light, slightly brighter, a buck cheaper, o-rings on both sides, and over 1000 happy customers (myself included).


On paper you win. In fact the one in your auction says it takes the 14500 Lion battery which is a requirement for me these days. Looks like a very similar body so hopefully Meritline also takes the 14500. <shrug>

6 bucks vs 7...ok in 4 2

Dotbody said:   I'd recommend this one over OP's post:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/150779356373

Nearly the same light, slightly brighter, a buck cheaper, o-rings on both sides, and over 1000 happy customers (myself included).


You did found a better deal. The seller is fairly new with little feedback. I have not seen it that cheap. He is trying to make a name for his business and build his feedback score. I doubt the price will remain that low for a "buy it now" item. If bidding you can get it for maybe $5.50 after many failed tries.

ciscoopa said:   Dotbody said:   I'd recommend this one over OP's post:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/150779356373

Nearly the same light, slightly brighter, a buck cheaper, o-rings on both sides, and over 1000 happy customers (myself included).


On paper you win. In fact the one in your auction says it takes the 14500 Lion battery which is a requirement for me these days. Looks like a very similar body so hopefully Meritline also takes the 14500. <shrug>

6 bucks vs 7...ok in 4 2


The bodies are identical, the internal electrical/electronic components are what differ. The quality of the components determine the dealers cost. The Chinease manafacturer will build it any way the dealer specs it.

Brico said:   Wow...In for 2 at $27 for sure...

Saving money is not for me...


It lets you buy two single flashlights at the $7 price. So ignore the 2 pack option and go for multiple singles if you want more than one.

If you think this thing puts out good light, check this guy out:
http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/the-113/Romisen-RC-dsh-T601-I...

Not to crap on this light, I have one too and it's light output is truly incredible for such a tiny light, especially with a 14500 Li-Ion (if this does in fact support one). But the Romisen has over double the light output with a much bigger/brighter flood and is a bit brighter in the center than the concentrated focus on this one which makes it more versatile to more situations. I find myself reaching for it pretty much every time over this one. It uses an 18500 Li-Ion though, so if you're not really that technically oriented or interested I'd just get this one. I know the price is over 4 times this one, but it's completely worth it IMO.

/end flashlight geek talk

jtroye32 said:   If you think this thing puts out good light, check this guy out:
http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/the-113/Romisen-RC-dsh-T601-I...

Not to crap on this light, I have one too and it's light output is truly incredible for such a tiny light, especially with a 14500 Li-Ion (if this does in fact support one). But the Romisen has over double the light output with a much bigger/brighter flood and is a bit brighter in the center than the concentrated focus on this one which makes it more versatile to more situations. I find myself reaching for it pretty much every time over this one. It uses an 18500 Li-Ion though, so if you're not really that technically oriented or interested I'd just get this one. I know the price is over 4 times this one, but it's completely worth it IMO.

/end flashlight geek talk


I have a couple of $50 flashlights too and love them. But I have a few of these scattered in the house and trailer. Sometimes you don't need your best flashlight, just one close at hand that works well. That's what these are great for. And, I'll loan one of these to anyone...but not my high ends lights.

looks like the same one as TomTop sells all day for ~$7.50 each shipped free. I bought one of the TomTop ones a year ago, have loved it so much I just bought a dozen for gifts, and all the recipients go bonkers over them. If it is the same, it will do 1xAA or 1x14500, brighter of course with 14500. Runtime is decent given light output, and will get warm/warmer on longer runtimes, but the body does a great job as a heatsink.

TomTops link: http://www.tomtop.com/lasers-flashlights/flashlights-lamps/flashlights/7w-300lm-mini-cree-led-flashlight-torch-adjustable-focus-zoom-light-lamp.html

If you haven't used TomTop, it's a standard ship from overseas place, just like DX or Meritline... Nothing really that much better or worse about them, other than they seem to have an endless supply of these flashlights.

I find it hard to believe that they can output 280-300 lumen on regular AA.

unnamedny said:   I find it hard to believe that they can output 280-300 lumen on regular AA.

It won't.. The q5 puts out roughly 80 with regular AA and 160 with a 14500 according to people who measured

unnamedny said:   I find it hard to believe that they can output 280-300 lumen on regular AA.
that claim is BS....but it is one of the best (brightest) ones I've ever bought; especially since it only takes one battery instead of three

I have three of these. One for each car and one that sits on top of my pistol case at my bed side. This thing is blinding and have been reliable. I know there are better torches at higher price but this thing is really incredible for $7 each. Another cool torch I keep on my key chain is the Streamlight Nano: http://www.amazon.com/Streamlight-73001-Miniature-Keychain-Flashlight/dp/B0011UIPIW

I personally love my single CR123a flashlight. bright and long battery life, spend a little more you won't regret it.

Thank you for the find.

I need the 'black light' version of this for scorpion hunting

Most of the products sold on Meritline can be found on eBay for less. I bought several of them for less than $7 on eBay. No tax in CA either.

Dotbody said:   I'd recommend this one over OP's post:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/150779356373

Nearly the same light, slightly brighter, a buck cheaper, o-rings on both sides, and over 1000 happy customers (myself included).


Bought 3 of this. thanks for the link.

Great deals thanks - I went for the eBay one.

Thanks OP and Dotbody, went with two of the eBay ones

Grabbed (3) from eBay too!

thanks FW!

I'm in for 2 off eBay; gave one away earlier today, a tip to a bike mechanic who spent hours working on my bicycle when I didn't even have an appt. REI is the best.

Green.

Bought this flashlight from both Meritline and Tomtop 7 months and found that the tomtop one (3000lumens, Q5)is brighter than the Meritline(200lumens, Q3).

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FYI, for anyone interested, here's a slightly cheaper Ébay flashlight ($5.69):
http://www.ebay.com/itm/290711180375

It looks to be the same one fireon mentions above.




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