Best AA Flashlights For 2013

Unlike AAA flashlights, which are mostly “twisties”, the AA flashlight format is pretty much evenly distributed by switch type. The switch type for a flashlight generally determines its size and shape, and people have differing preferences. For this reason, I am going to break this list up into four categories: Forward clickies, reverse clickies, twisties and electronic switch controlled. For each category, I will give a little background on the pros and cons for each type of switch.

Top 5 Forward Clickies

A “forward” switch, or “forward clicky”, is a type of switch that will turn the flashlight on momentarily, without fully engaging the switch. For this reason, it is also sometimes referred to as a “momentary on” or “tactical” switch. This type of switch is quieter, because there’s no “click” sound when the switch is momentarily engaged. There’s also less wear on the switch if it’s used regularly for momentary on. It is referred to as “tactical” because this type of switch can be quickly pressed to use for signaling purposes.

The main downside to this type of switch is that it tends to be a little bulkier than other types of switches, and flashlights using them tend to be a little bulkier. Another downside is that flashlights which use this type of switch for mode switching tend to be less intuitive than light which use a so-called “reverse” switch.

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2 comments

  1. I stumbled on this post in my constant search for my idea of the perfect 1xAA light and given your list you might like to have a look at the Crelant V11A. I've been carrying mine around for awhile now and it is very very close to my idea of the perfect 1xAA light, if only a little bit on the big side. I also noticed the Xeno E03 on your list but don't see the lack of pocket clip in the con side. I would have one in my pocket if it had a clip.

  2. The V11A does look nice. It has a constant current driver and a forward switch, my two favorite qualities in a flashlight. Hmmm I think I will add your note about the E03, too, thanks for the feedback.

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