A few months ago I thought that it was time to upgrade my supermarket grade flashlights. They are big and heavy, and uses expensive D cells. Rechargeable D cells aren’t cheap and they need another big charger, since my existing Maha C-9000 can’t charge D cells.
Enter Astrolight A01 Copper (BLF Edition). At the time, the demi Parker “51” was in rotation, so it had influenced my first serious flashlight purchase criteria. For example, I’d avoid big lithium powered ones, definitely nothing too small like my keychain led light, etc.. Enter BLF/Astrolux A01… Bottom line, something practical.
It’s made entirely of copper and cost three times more the aluminium one, but the unavoidable patina and its natural anti-bacterial nature of copper made it worth every penny. And best of all, I can use any Ni-MH AAA and existing Maha charger that cost $100 😦
The green one above is the Aluminium version. The same everything except the build quality. Twist to turn on, quick on-off to change mode. Moonlight (1 lumen) – Med – High (about 100 lumen) – Strobe. No memory, so it always starts at moonlight (very dim) the mode. Shown in medium beam.
Did I say I don’t want big lithium batteries? Well, that didn’t last long. I soon bought these batteries and about four more 18650 flashlights, and another four protected cells for gifts. Then I added four more 30Qs for spares.
*At the time, I was at this point plus a few others not shown.
JetBeam EC-R26 & G-Shock GWM-5610
Soon enough I was looking for a “practical” USB rechargeable model. Something that has a built in charger. Mini review: It is small and short, comes with a free battery, USB rechargeable, smooth reflector, and has a quick turbo shortcut. I like this one a lot, despite the shortcomings, such as the press and hold to turn on/off (I prefer clicky) and the cost.
At this point my whole torso was in the rabbit hole. I needed a separate lithium charger. Shown above the LiitoKala Li-100 units. I modified the one on the right to include a mini digital voltmeter (and a switch) in order to avoid over charging on some batteries.
*The current state of affairs.
Having a proper lighting is a necessity, so I don’t consider this as a new hobby. It’s too utilitarian to be called a hobby. Thus, I won’t bother to “chase” certain models or service them myself like I do with fountain pens. I think I’ve reached the bottom of this rabbit hole. I wish I could say the same with pens, because despite being bored of the whole FP scene, I still have a few in mind. –TR