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Maratac AA Aluminum TPF Light

Maratac AA Aluminum TPF Light

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Love it.
Mine goes LMH after it's been off for a little while. when you turn it off then right back on, it switches to the next higher brightness. I can clip it onto my tshirt neck/collar and illuminate a nice FOV whichever way I turn with both hands free.
Holding out for the copper AAA ... Nudge nudge wink wink
So I got one of these from the last drop.
It's pretty cool. My concern with this light is whether it improves over using just using a headlamp for hands-free operation. The answer for me is that this is much more compact, and much more reasonable to EDC than a headlamp. It's actually pretty tiny.
I was lamenting the lack of a base magnet before, but after getting it, and thinking about the pros and cons, I think it's actually a good idea not to have a magnet on the base.
Because if you stick it in your pocket, there's some danger of messing up the magnetic stripe of any credit cards that may be nearby. And it will stick to stuff in your pocket, which is pretty inconvenient and annoying.
I'm not missing a magnet on this.
The one gripe I have about lights with lenses is that there's often a off-putting chromatic shift around the edges of the light circle. It's not so apparent on the high setting. But as the light is dimmer, you can really see it. This is something I notice in a number of my flashlights that have lenses on them.
Also, there some risk of the lens getting scratched up if carried in the pocket (without a microfiber pouch), as the lens is unprotected by a lip.
Otherwise, it's a good little hands-free flashlight.
seems like a hugely missed opportunity for a fat neodymium magnet.
I also want to know water resistance. Only way I will buy.
Tantal0074
I tried everything I could think of for Ipx rating and got nothing. Would love an idea of H20 protection of some sort. Still...I'm nearly tempted to jump on this. Lol
Anybody know if this has any water resistance?
Well this isnt the olight H1R I am currently coveting but could be a nice starter light for my edc and ghb packs as the clip lets it sit perfectly out in front shining the way. It's hard to say no to a AA light in this format regardless of the lack of a magnetic base (imo). It will free up a hand which is cool. I'll have to snag this when the price gets lower (I hope) so the budget will smile at me.
Without a magnet, or head band, I not going for it
Paul321
The reflective lens is a nice touch for when and if you drop it in the dark.
Why is there no magnet in the base? That would make the case for this light over using a headlamp for hands-free lighting.
I've held off on these so far as I've found a headlamp to be a perfect hands-free solution for me. Having a magnet in the base would just make this a no-brainer for plopping it onto a surface. It would make it so much more useful and offer a mode of use a headlamp does not offer.
Still, I'm going to try this out. I like the black anodized color, and I find I can't use anything smaller than an AA battery in these kinds of lights.
A single AAA is usually too dim and short lasting for me. So this AA model should fit the bill.
K.T.N
I did a review of the AAA and think it is a game changer for handsfree use. The magnet is less useful than the clip because the clip can be used on your person, while the magnet needs an external object. I discuss this and show the light compared to other lights in my video review: https://youtu.be/amvd4o-S1LA
ResistImpulse
Foot pillow! Fair points made, and I enjoyed the personality
Hey @JWPepper, @CaptainQuinoa,
Thanks for flagging that, we've tweaked the copy to specify that this is a twist on/off light. I do want to mention that with the light slightly in the off position, you can squeeze it to make the tailcap twist switch act like a momentary switch.
LukasM
Nope, copy still claims side switch. I'm for a magnetic base, also.
Countycomm website states L,M,H. Also unless this is a different model than they normally carry on their site, this is a twist on/off; no side switch. Most of their lights operate this way. I've got several of their lights , not this model though, and they're all pretty great. The stainless cr123 is a great little chunk of metal. If you check out their site they've got a video that shows the features of this light.
There is not a "side switch". It's a twist on/off.
I got this last time. The description is WRONG. There is no side switch. You must turn the base to opperate. Great light otherwise. Stays in my everyday bag.
This thing needs a strong magnet in the base. Especially since it has a side switch.
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Agreed. Add a magnet and it becomes superior.
eluhrs
I did a review of the AAA and think it is a game changer for handsfree use. The magnet would be less useful than the clip because the clip can be used on your person, while the magnet would need an external object. I discuss this trade off and show the light compared to other lights in my video review: https://youtu.be/amvd4o-S1LA
Why don't we have a picture of the said side switch ?
Xthree
The description is WRONG. There is no side switch. You must turn the base to opperate.
What is the operating sequence for the modes? Does it go LMH, MLH, or something else? Wish this would be included in the description as it is always asked for flashlights.
grubbster
Every single time you twist to turn it off, it goes to the next brightness setting. The settings go from Low, Medium, High.
grubbster
The AAA version goes Medium, Low, High. I just took it out my pocket to double check lol. Not sure about the AA version.