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  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 5
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 5
Brightest 1xAA flashlight – HUGSBY P31 HA-III Cree Q3-WC 160-Lumen 3-Mode LED Flashlight with Clip (1*AA) Reviews

posted by neveric on 05/02/2011 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

Pros:
- One of the greatest 1xAA flashlight. Amazing light output for ni-mh and alcaline batteries. Best choise if you don't want to use li-on batteries. - Built quality is superb for 14$. - Real waterproof. - Nice clip.
Cons:
- It's different from batch to batch (see other thoughts). - Overview says that P31 has no 14500 support, but... (see "other thoughts").
Other:
There is a date print on the tailcap. I bought two P31 flashlights: one last year, one about a mounth ago. And they ARE DIFFERENT. The first one (with "3.2010" date mark) is a singlemode version with "0.9-4.2V" inscription on the box. So despite the overview on DX, there should be 144500 support. I don't want to burn the driver checking this, so I can't say anything about 14500 performance in P31. My second P31 (with "9.2010" date mark) has 3 modes (hi-lo-strobe)! And lo mode almost the same as hi. So the flashlight works like Hugsby P32, but has P31 label on it. I'm not the first one who get 3-mode version instead of singlemode. Also, some people say, that they have 14500-only version (with no ni-mh and alcaline support)!!! This is so bad because P31 has it's good reputation thank to its performance on ni-mh & alcaline batteries. And of cource, there is a very first version, that works on ni-mh and alcaline batteries only. So the worst thing about this light is that you can't be sure what you get bying this. Just buy and pray for not getting "2.8-15V" version. Hope DX don't sell them anymore.
Bottomline:
Perfect flashlight, but I can't give it 5 out of 5 because of that mess with batches.

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