What's the best keyring light?

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What's the best keyring light?

Postby redsonic » Tue May 29, 2018 11:29 am

I thought I would ask the BNA brains trust this one. Not cycling related; I want a small but relatively powerful light to take with me when walking the dogs so I can see to pick up their doo doo, and key into the lock when I get home.
I have tried several little bike lights but the first time I drop them, they break open and are useless.
So, must be sturdy, must be small, needs to fit on a keyring, and preferably rechargeable. Battery life not such an issue, as I will only be using it for brief periods of time
I was quite taken with this:
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A MecArmy X1S

Any thoughts, or other suggestions?

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Re: What's the best keyring light?

Postby LG » Tue May 29, 2018 8:11 pm

Normally can't go wrong with a Maglite https://www.ledtorchshop.com.au/maglite ... black.html
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Re: What's the best keyring light?

Postby Cheesewheel » Tue May 29, 2018 9:02 pm

Go!Run!GAH!

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Re: What's the best keyring light?

Postby redsonic » Wed May 30, 2018 11:38 am

Thanks for the suggestions guys. I looked at the maglite, but discounted it as too long.
The Nitecore looks interesting. Have you bought from Zapals before?

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Re: What's the best keyring light?

Postby Blakeylonger » Wed May 30, 2018 12:27 pm

I was going to suggest the nitecore tube too. it's excellent. (Beware of fakes that are too cheap, even though genuine ones are already cheap, they are still counterfeited, eg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjX8S2G1Czc.)

There are plenty on au ebay shipping from AU for ~$13 delivered, eg:
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/322931127249
https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/172701971301

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Re: What's the best keyring light?

Postby LG » Wed May 30, 2018 5:16 pm

Also recommend the nitecore, I use one of their spotlights and they're excellent. 2 of the 3 brands I'd recommend have been mentioned, the other is led lenser if the size meets your requirements https://ledlenser.com.au/collections/fl ... hain-light
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Re: What's the best keyring light?

Postby Trevtassie » Wed May 30, 2018 7:35 pm

Jaycar used to do a little solar keychain light made by Gama Sonic, but I don't think they do any more. I once ordered about 1000 of 'em direct from Gama Sonic with our company logo to give away in PNG, they were about $3 each. If you want to be popular in a third world country give somebody a reliable solar torch! They are dreaming though if they think they are worth $19 https://gamasonic.com/product/solar-pow ... -keychain/

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Re: What's the best keyring light?

Postby Cheesewheel » Wed May 30, 2018 8:04 pm

redsonic wrote:Thanks for the suggestions guys. I looked at the maglite, but discounted it as too long.
The Nitecore looks interesting. Have you bought from Zapals before?

I have purchased from them about 4 times. Never had any problems although the postage time is funny (about a month). I have purchased maybe 40 of these nitecore t (for gifts for people , funnily enough) ... I purchased them slightly cheaper on ebay once but I suspect they were fake (they didnt cycle through the two modes like the others did and had issues recharging).
The nitecore has an auto cut off circuit for recharging so you dont have to worry about overjuicing the lithium battery.
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Re: What's the best keyring light?

Postby Konatourer » Thu May 31, 2018 11:26 pm

I have several AAA battery key chain type lights. I use Sanyo Eneloop rechargables. I can recommend the Olight i3s and Thrunight Ti3. Both have multi-level outputs and a priced around $25. The Thrunight has 120 lumens at high level. It is one of the brightest AAA lights. Olight also make a 90 lumen single output light for around $15. At these high outputs you have around 30 minutes burn.

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Re: What's the best keyring light?

Postby redsonic » Mon Jun 04, 2018 8:14 pm

Thanks for the suggestions all. I ended up buying a Nitecore Tube from Zapals. I will let you know what I think when it arrives.

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