Budget light output

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This table of measurements is based on Don's readings at Budget Light Forum. Most are budget lights, but there are some 4Sevens lights and a not-at-all-budget Varapower 2000 in the list too. The readings are taken with uncalibrated equipment, so the lumen readings are just estimates, but provide a good basis of comparison. Remember that lux measures peak beam intensity and throw, while lumens measure total light output. See Light Output Measurements for more information.

The original document is a publicly available Google spreadsheet and has some additional information like product links, throw, and runtime, though not for all lights. You can get to it at the link above.

You can sort this table by any column. If you want to group the AA lights by brightness, click twice on "Lumens at 2 min" to sort from high to low, then click on Battery and scroll down to the AA NiMH section.

Make and Model Battery Lux
at On
Lux
at 30 sec
Lux
at 2 min
Lumen
at On
Lumen
at 30 sec
Lumen
at 2 min
4Sevens Preon 2 High 2AAA NiMH 1074 944 912 193 169 164
4Sevens Preon 2 Low 2AAA NiMH 18 18 18 3 3 3
4Sevens Preon 2 Low 2Alk. AAA 18 18 18 3 3 3
4Sevens Preon 2 Med 2AAA NiMH 187 182 182 34 33 33
4Sevens Preon 2 Med 2Alk. AAA 195 188 183 35 34 33
Akoray K-103 AAA NiMH 197 164 151 35 29 27
Akoray K-103 10440 697 681 682 125 122 122
Akoray K-106 AA NiMH 189 198 198 34 36 36
Akoray K-106 14500 1055 1019 1004 189 183 180
Aurora AK-P7 High 18650 2420 2140 2120 434 384 380
Aurora AK-P7 Low 18650 266 269 272 48 48 49
Aurora SH-032 High 18650 802 751 712 144 135 128
Aurora SH-032 Low 18650 567 575 566 102 103 102
Aurora SH-033 High RCR2 744 133 0 0
Aurora SH-033 Low RCR2
Aurora SH-033 Med RCR2
Aurora SH-034 High IMR 16340 937 856 806 168 154 145
Aurora SH-034 Low IMR 16340 35 35 35 6 6 6
Aurora SH-034 Medium IMR 16340 281 277 273 50 50 49
Aurora SH-035 AA NiMH 644 116 0 0
Aurora SH-035 High 14500 898 856 817 161 154 147
Aurora SH-035 Low 14500 36 36 36 6 6 6
Aurora SH-035 Med 14500 269 266 265 48 48 48
Aurora SH0031 Alk. AAA 142 99 100 25 18 18
Aurora SH0031 AAA NiMH
BLF DeLight 1 AA NiMH 135 144 128 24 26 23
EastwardYJ J09 High Alk. AA 822 706 595 147 127 107
EastwardYJ J09 High Li Primary 891 685 661 160 123 119
EastwardYJ J09 High AA NiMH 916 750 706 164 135 127
EastwardYJ J09 Low Li Primary 379 364 362 68 65 65
EastwardYJ J09 Low AA NiMH 395 362 351 71 65 63
EastwardYJ J09 Low Alk. AA 399 369 348 72 66 62
Elektrolumens triple K2 4C NiMH 1351 1284 1199 242 230 215
Elektrolumens triple K2 Old cells 4C NiMH 679 452 494 122 81 89
Fenix E0 AAA NiMH 20 20 20 4 4 4
Fenix E0 * Near dead Alk. AAA 12 12 12 2 2 2
Fenix E01 AAA NiMH 31 31 31 6 6 6
Fenix E01 Alk. AAA 37 33 32 7 6 6
Fenix P3D High 2xCR123 469 462 465 84 83 83
Fenix P3D Low 2xCR123 30 30 31 5 5 6
Fenix P3D Medium 2xCR123 197 198 203 35 36 36
Fenix P3D Turbo 2xCR123 894 858 844 160 154 151
Fusion 36 dropin 3D NiMH 1399 1382 1348 251 248 242
Fusion 36 dropin 6D NiCd 1937 1868 1790 347 335 321
Fusion 36 dropin 5C Alkaline 1998 1913 1750 358 343 314
Fusion 36 dropin 6D NiMH 2220 2150 2050 398 386 368
Golston "7W" 2 RCR123 425 327 311 76 59 56
Hugsby P31 with P32 Gold driver 14500 1176 1084 1064 211 194 191
Hugsby P32 High Li Primary 527 472 461 95 85 83
Hugsby P32 High AA NiMH 650 597 554 117 107 99
Hugsby P32 Low Li Primary 201 197 197 36 35 35
Hugsby P32 Low AA NiMH 214 199 195 38 36 35
ITP A3 EOS Upgrade High AAA NiMH 496 421 388 89 76 70
ITP A3 EOS Upgrade High 10440 1259 1040 226 187 0
ITP A3 EOS Upgrade Low AAA NiMH 11 11 11 2 2 2
ITP A3 EOS Upgrade Medium AAA NiMH 123 116 113 22 21 20
ITP A3 EOS Upgrade Medium 10440 459 82
KD XM-L Dropin High in L2m flat bezel 18650 3160 3150 2990 567 565 536
KD XM-L Dropin Low in L2m flat bezel 18650 125 130 123 22 23 22
KD XM-L Dropin Medium in L2m flat bezel 18650 1250 1236 1222 224 222 219
Lumahunter MRV SE High 18650 1462 1380 1323 262 248 237
Lumapower MRV SE Low 18650 110 110 110 20 20 20
Lumapower MRV SE Medium 18650 630 634 633 113 114 114
Maglite Solitaire w. Lambda LED Alk. AAA 34 33 33 6 6 6
MDXL "3W" AA NiMH 69 72 73 12 13 13
MDXL "3W" AAA clickie AAA NiMH
MDXL AAA Clicky AAA NiMH 109 103 96 20 18 17
MDXL AAA Twisty AAA NiMH 102 95 91 18 17 16
MDXL AAA Twisty 10440 267 150 0 48 27 0
Mr.Lite J4 XM-L Mod High 14500 2170 389 0 0
Mr.Lite J4 XM-L Mod Low 14500 541 97 0 0
Mr.Lite J4 XM-L Mod Medium 14500 1390 249 0 0
Mr.Lite J4 XM-L Mod Moonlight 14500 0 0 0
Mr.Lite LT3 Mode 1 IMR 16340 219 214 213 39 38 38
Mr.Lite LT3 Mode 2 IMR 16340 423 418 407 76 75 73
Mr.Lite LT3 Mode 3 IMR 16340 1232 1160 1110 221 208 199
Mr.Lite LT3 Mode 4 IMR 16340 1787 1637 1568 321 294 281
Mr.Lite LT3 Mode 5 IMR 16340 1864 1727 1645 334 310 295
MrLite J4 High AA NiMH 627 611 578 112 110 104
MrLite J4 High 14500 1460 1334 1269 262 239 228
MrLite J4 Low AA NiMH 156 157 157 28 28 28
MrLite J4 Low 14500 370 365 362 66 65 65
MrLite J4 Med AA NiMH 438 415 403 79 74 72
MrLite J4 Med 14500 951 871 859 171 156 154
MrLite J4 XL AA NiMH 15 15 15 3 3 3
MrLite J4 XL 14500 23 23 23 4 4 4
MrLite KC-05 High AAA NiMH 341 328 310 61 59 56
MrLite KC-05 Low AAA NiMH 42 41 41 8 7 7
MrLite KC-05 Mode 2 AAA NiMH 76 74 74 14 13 13
MrLite KC-05 Mode 3 AAA NiMH 210 198 185 38 36 33
MrLite KC-05 Mode 4 AAA NiMH 38 36 35
Mrlite Lipstick AAA NiMH 214 201 194 38 36 35
MX Power ML-310 High 14500 900 798 739 161 143 133
MX Power ML-310 Low 14500 216 211 208 39 38 37
Nuwai Luxeon V 2 17500 462 418 402 83 75 72
Nuwai Luxeon V 3 CR123 462 405 387 83 73 69
Piritlight SG-L8 MC-E High 18650 2400 2280 2120 430 409 380
Piritlight SG-L8 MC-E Low 18650 282 286 288 51 51 52
Piritlight SG-L8 MC-E Med 18650 800 816 824 143 146 148
Poundland button cell thing 4 AG4
Powerlight 1 AA NiMH 64 64 62 11 11 11
Romisen RC-C6 high wide RCR123 697 732 751 125 131 135
Romisen RC-C6 High Zoom RCR123 333 335 349 60 60 63
Romisen RC-C6 Low wide RCR123 181 189 192 32 34 34
Romisen RC-C6 Low Zoom RCR123 95 97 99 17 17 18
Romisen RC-F4 2 RCR123 901 731 661 162 131 119
Romisen RC-T5 High 2 18650 2490 2290 2200 447 411 395
Romisen RC-T5 Low 2 18650 990 989 986 178 177 177
Romisen RC-T6 High 2 18650 3760 3620 3450 674 649 619
Romisen RC-T6 Low 2 18650 1615 1535 1494 290 275 268
Romisen RC-T6 Medium 2 18650 2490 2390 2340 447 429 420
ROP High 2x32600 3760 3600 3080 674 646 552
ROP Low 6D NiMH 1670 1568 1422 300 281 255
RQ Spear Clone High 18650 875 839 834 157 150 150
RQ Spear Clone Low 18650 94 93 93 17 17 17
Sinounion eBay penlight 2 AAA NiMH 53 53 52 10 10 9
Sinounion eBay penlight 2 Alk. AAA 61 11 0 0
Smallsun ZY-C85 14500 867 766 735 156 137 132
Smallsun ZY-C85 full zoom 14500 581 542 498 104 97 89
Solarforce L2i R2 low voltage dropin 3AAA NiMH 1077 988 902 193 177 162
Solarforce L2i R2 low voltage dropin 18650 1085 1016 965 195 182 173
Solarforce L2M DX P7 18650 1956 351 0 0
Solarforce L2m DX R5 dropin High 2 18650 1375 1424 1198 247 255 215
Solarforce L2m DX R5 dropin Low 2 18650 73 73 72 13 13 13
Solarforce L2m DX R5 dropin Med 2 18650 251 239 260 45 43 47
Solarforce L2m Solarforce HV R5 dropin 2 18650 1505 1415 1301 270 254 233
Solarforce L2R Solarforce low voltage R2 2AA NiMH 679 646 634 122 116 114
Solarforce L2R Solarforce low voltage R2 2AA NiMH 779 140 0 0
Solarforce Skyline 1 2 CR123 880 158 0 0
Tank007 E07 (1) AA NiMH 423 372 343 76 67 62
Tank007 E07 (2) AA NiMH 310 385 384 56 69 69
Tank007 TK-703 Alk. AAA 237 181 160 43 32 29
Tank007 TK-703 AAA NiMH 445 395 333 80 71 60
TiKey 3 LR44 81 71 64 15 13 11
Trustfire F22 AA NiMH 586 105 0 0
Trustfire F22 14500 1254 1128 1030 225 202 185
Trustfire F22 High Li Primary 325 324 375 58 58 67
Trustfire F22 Low Li primary 41 43 41 7 8 7
Trustfire F22 Med Li Primary 177 178 179 32 32 32
Trustfire F25 High 14500
Trustfire F25 High AA NiMH
Trustfire F25 Low 14500
Trustfire F25 Low AA NiMH
Trustfire F25 Med 14500
Trustfire F25 Med AA NiMH
Trustfire R5-A3 14500 1630 1482 1416 292 266 254
Trustfire R5-A3 High AA NiMH 650 117 0 0
Trustfire R5-A3 Low AA NiMH
Trustfire XP-E F23 High AAA NiMH 383 334 312 69 60 56
Trustfire XP-E F23 High 10440 957 785 702 172 141 126
Trustfire XP-E F23 Low 10440 90 88 87 16 16 16
Trustfire XP-E F23 Low ** AAA NiMH 33 34 6 6 0
Trustfire Z1 High RCR123 919 875 833 165 157 149
Trustfire Z1 low RCR123 87 90 84 16 16 15
Ultra-budget C3 clone 2AA NiMH 144 111 83 26 20 15
Ultrafire A1 High RCR123 813 771 717 146 138 129
Ultrafire A1 Low RCR123 45 45 44 8 8 8
Ultrafire A1 Medium RCR123 274 272 268 49 49 48
Ultrafire A30B RCR123 909 163 0 0
Ultrafire C3 (P4) AA NiMH 229 234 233 41 42 42
Ultrafire C3 (P4) 14500 457 438 444 82 79 80
Ultrafire C3 (P4) 2AA NiMH 781 455 452 140 82 81
Ultrafire C3 (P4) No. 2 14500 1347 1118 1089 242 201 195
Ultrafire C3 (P4) No. 3 14500 1176 1099 977 211 197 175
Ultrafire C3 (P4) No. 4 14500 865 819 740 155 147 133
Ultrafire C3 Grey Q5 AA NiMH 664 629 596 119 113 107
Ultrafire C3 Grey Q5 Li primary 678 572 544 122 103 98
Ultrafire C3 Grey Q5 2AA NiMH 986 954 924 177 171 166
Ultrafire C3 Grey Q5 3AA NiMH 1304 1163 1081 234 209 194
Ultrafire C3 Grey Q5 14500 1359 1205 1149 244 216 206
Ultrafire C3 R5 AA NiMH 886 843 810 159 151 145
Ultrafire C3 R5 14500 1697 1487 1435 304 267 257
Ultrafire C3 SS Q5 AA NiMH 718 620 574 129 111 103
Ultrafire C3 SS Q5 14500 1391 1259 1122 250 226 201
Ultrafire RL-118 RCR123 1260 226 0 0
Ultrafire U20 High AA NiMH 575 618 608 103 111 109
Ultrafire U20 High 14500 1647 1575 1534 295 283 275
Ultrafire U20 Low AA NiMH 225 225 225 40 40 40
Ultrafire U20 Low 14500 320 320 320 57 57 57
Ultrafire WF-500 2 18650 2300 2040 1507 413 366 270
Ultrafire WF-501B M bin MC-E 18650 3240 2990 2720 581 536 488
Ultrafire WF-502B R2 single mode 18650 940 169 0 0
Ultrafire WF-503B DX MC-E High 18650 1508 1407 1355 270 252 243
Ultrafire WF-503B DX MC-E Low 18650 540 550 544 97 99 98
Ultrafire WF-504B - 5 mode R2 High 18650 1148 1092 1023 206 196 183
Ultrafire WF-504B - 5 mode R2 Low 18650 155 155 155 28 28 28
Ultrafire WF-504B - 5 mode R2 Med 18650 445 442 440 80 79 79
Ultrafire WF-504B KD MC-E High 18650 2400 2360 2170 430 423 389
Ultrafire WF-504B KD MC-E Low 18650 75 75 73 13 13 13
Ultrafire WF-504B KD MC-E Med 18650 1819 1733 1640 326 311 294
Ultrafire WF-602C 10440 210 190 185 38 34 33
Uniquefire AA-S1 Li Primary 502 446 459 90 80 82
Uniquefire AA-S1 AA NiMH 565 557 531 101 100 95
Uniquefire AA-S1 14500 1255 1183 1162 225 212 208
Uniquefire L2 w DX 5 mode R5 dropin 2 RCR123 1437 258 0 0
Uniquefire L2 w DX 5 mode R5 dropin 18650 1578 283 0 0
Uniquefire R5 5 mode XP-G R5 High 2 IMR16340 1477 1320 1220 265 237 219
Uniquefire R5 5 mode XP-G R5 High 18650 1599 1409 1318 287 253 236
Uniquefire R5 5 mode XP-G R5 Low 18650 73 73 73 13 13 13
Uniquefire R5 5 mode XP-G R5 Med 18650 144 143 144 26 26 26
Uniquefire S10 AA NiMH 575 103 0 0
Uniquefire S10 14500 1112 1017 962 199 182 173
Varapower prototype 4C NiMH 8650 8330 6260 1552 1494 1123