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I wouldn't say I'm in anyway a flashlight guy. So when I first jumped in I didn't know what I was talking about.

Now that I've learned some things (to include how many knockoffs there are out there) I know what I want.

So here is what I'm looking for 3-4" under 3" would be great. Slim, I got enough things I edc so if it is .50" or less then that would be ideal. pocket clip is a must, and so is it being AA or AAA I don't need to be looking all over for some crazy battery. I don't really have a lumen preference but I do like the strobe option. The last thing is under $50 would be great, $30 even better.

So what are my options now?
 

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Not sure all the details on it, you'll have to use google, but a while ago I picked up a maglite xl50 from walmart for like ~$30. It's been great, full power, strobe, and 1/4 power options. Really bright, don't recall exact lumens. AAA batteries, doesn't have a belt clip though.
 

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Not sure all the details on it, you'll have to use google, but a while ago I picked up a maglite xl50 from walmart for like ~$30. It's been great, full power, strobe, and 1/4 power options. Really bright, don't recall exact lumens. AAA batteries, doesn't have a belt clip though.
thanks I'll google it.
 

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FourSevens makes some respectable flashlights in your price range.

The Preon P1 (1AAA, $39, 70 Lumens, 2.95 in x 0.6 in) and P2 (2AAA, $49, 160 Lumens, 5.05 in x 0.6 in)

They both have belt clips.

They both have Lo, Med, Hi, and a few different strobe options.

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My next flashlight is probably going to be the FourSevens Mini ML-X: http://www.foursevens.com/products/ML-X-AE
I wear jeans a lot and that sized flashlight fits perfect in that little pocket.
You can find CR123 batteries at WalMart and I'm sure plenty of other places. I personally just bought rechargeables (16340s are rechargeable CR123s) I don't need to worry about keeping batteries stocked, and when it starts losing power, I just swap out for a fully charged one.
 

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So here is what I'm looking for 3-4" under 3" would be great. Slim, I got enough things I edc so if it is .50" or less then that would be ideal. pocket clip is a must, and so is it being AA or AAA I don't need to be looking all over for some crazy battery. The last thing is under $50 would be great, $30 even better.
With those basic specs, I have been really impressed with this one: 4Sevens Mini, or 4Sevens Quark Pro. Both have models that run on either the CR123A or AA battery. Note that the CR123A is so popular that it can be found at most any spot a AA battery can. The Mini is pretty tiny, easy to hold in the pants pocket, shirt pocket or a mini holster. The Mini is my choice when I need to grab something small and pop it into a pocket. About $45 or so.

Of all the 4Sevens lights, probably one of the most useful is: 4Sevens Quark Tactical QT2L-X. Bright, ~4.5" OAL, light, easy to use. About the only additional feature I'd prefer on it would be full waterproof capability. But otherwise it's pretty fantastic. Priced a bit higher than the Mini.

My choice for a daily-carry "defensive" light is a roll-my-own style: Malkoff M61W LED module; SolarForce L2 host body/head assembly; and a 18650 Li-Ion rechargeable battery. A bit more pricey than your stated price range (at ~$95 or so), but it's hard to beat for durability, fabulous beam brightness and quality, and the added comfort of having a flashlight in hand that has a little bit of heft to it (for defensive reasons). Yes, I suppose the 18650 cell isn't on the average street corner. But then, it needn't be, so long as you keep them charged and carry a couple extras with you (in the car, at home). This is the light I take with me when I'm out and about.
 

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I just picked up a pair of tactical flashlights at Sams club. They have the rear clicker. One click for normal, next click for super bright (I believe it was 200 lumens, but can't quite remember), and another click for strobing. If you click and hold, the light comes on for as long as you hold and goes off when you release. They're awesome and were only around $19.98--also included a tiny keychain flashlight. Item number was 598556. Build quality is amazing.

Professional Grade LED Flashlights - 3 pk. - Sam's Club
 

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I'll toss in my vote for 4Sevens. They have the Preon line, which are very slim. If you're willing to sacrifice slimness though, I highly suggest a Quark. I have the 2x CR123 with the Cree XML and it puts out a massive amount of light for such a small thing, but has several levels of output for every need. My wife carries the single CR123 version.
 

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A single AAA battery flashlight is about the only thing that nearly meets your specs. They have just under an inch diameter barrel.

I have Nebo Blueline that falls in that category. Price is good.


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Fenix LD10. 1 AA, 4" length, 3/4" diameter, 100 lumens, strobe, lower lumen modes, SOS mode, steel clip, tail switch, black.
 

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A single AAA battery flashlight is about the only thing that nearly meets your specs. They have just under an inch diameter barrel.

I have Nebo Blueline that falls in that category. Price is good.


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Oops, I meant AA but a single AAA will work as well.
 

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Stream light 66318 MicroStream C4. $16.88 on amazon.
 

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Check out the Fenix LD01, 1xAAA 70 lumens on high, has low/med/hi settings and a beltclip/lanyard holes. Tiny so it is perfect for EDC as long as you aren't looking to beat someone down with it.
 

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Stream light 66318 MicroStream C4. $16.88 on amazon.
Good suggestion. I have the 2AAA version (66118 Stylus Pro); good lights for the money.

Like the OP, I'm looking for a single AAA EDC. Looking forward to everyone's suggestions as well.
 

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First off, check out candlepowerforums - best flashlight info on the web...

For AAA lights, try titanium innovations which are available at battery junction. Aluminum or titanium bodies, 3 brightness settings. Alternately, check out olight i3. Similar emitters and both models use a twisty mechanism to turn on and change brightness.

The best AA light on market IMHO is Zebralight sc52. It is available directly on their website.

Also check out fenix or jetbeam options. And yes, flashlights can be an addiction...


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I carry a fenix that has all of your desired characteristics except the battery. Uses CR123 batteries. I buy in bulk on amazon as stores charge quite a higher price. It is an amazing flashlight. Couple settings, comes with a belt pouch and lanyard has a beveled crown, and can be set on end "candle" style.
 

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031131, I just bought an Inova XS last Friday at Sportsman's Warehouse for $19.99. (Energizer AAA, S-biner, & lanyard included) This little light is about the size of a tube of Chapstick, but don't let the size and price fool you. In my opinion, the XS is a steal. Light output is amazing for a single AAA battery.

Here are the specs & more info:

https://www.niteize.com/product/INOVA-XS.asp

Your only criteria not met is the lack of a pocket clip, but I'm sure that finding one would not be too difficult. I have not tried it, but I think that the clip from my Streamlight Stylus Pro would fit perfectly. I'm keeping the light in my front pocket, so I don't need a clip.

Hope this helps.


 

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I wouldn't say I'm in anyway a flashlight guy. So when I first jumped in I didn't know what I was talking about.

Now that I've learned some things (to include how many knockoffs there are out there) I know what I want.

So here is what I'm looking for 3-4" under 3" would be great. Slim, I got enough things I edc so if it is .50" or less then that would be ideal. pocket clip is a must, and so is it being AA or AAA I don't need to be looking all over for some crazy battery. I don't really have a lumen preference but I do like the strobe option. The last thing is under $50 would be great, $30 even better.

So what are my options now?
I will offer one suggestion. Save up. Buy a quality light from a well respected company like Surefire or Streamlight. It's worth the money to get a quality light. I carry a Streamlight ProTac HL2, which doesn't fit yuour criteria, but it's 600 lumens, and has high/dim/strobe, and an all aluminum casing that's waterproof. It fit my needs for a light I can use with my handgun. While it was a $120 light (paid $60) and was a bit pricey, it was well worth the cost.
 
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