@haydesigner Yes. AA’s cannot put out the same current (amperage) as an 18650. Nicad and NiMh AA’s are 1.2V versus 1.5V so it can impact the performance of the flashlight. There are lithium rechargeable AA’s and I have some but they weren’t cheap. I’d rather buy 18650’s again instead of rechargeable lithium AA’s.
Most of the professional flashlights that are portable and rechargeable will use 18650’s. I’m somewhat of a flashlight snob and will admit to having an over abundance of them around the house.
@cengland0@haydesigner I thought 18650 was just the size of the battery? Probably most 18650 batteries are lithium at this point, though… Anyway, 14500 Li-Ion batteries are 3.7v and fit in most AA slots. I have one in a AA flashlight and it’s amazing, I just have to watch out for overheating. Speaking of overheating, I wouldn’t recommend putting lithium-ion batteries in today’s lights, as you’d end up putting over 14v into a system that is designed for 6
@Superllama7 Yes, 18650 is a specific size. 18mm x 65mm. That length of 65mm can vary though depending if the manufacturer includes any protection circuitry in the battery or not. That can add a couple millimeters to the length.
Although the 18650 number specifies the diameter and length, I haven’t seen any that aren’t lithium based so I would assume they are all rechargeable. There are some that are Lithium-Ion and some Lithium-Iron-Phosphate but I’ve never seen any Alkaline or non-rechargeable 18650 batteries.
I have some 14500 batteries for some single AA flashlights I have around the house. They are great for that particular usage but I wouldn’t use them to replace batteries in devices that use more than 1 AA such as today’s Meh offering.
I only buy rechargeable now. All of our technicians are using NEBO lamps (of some type) now, & they seem to be working & handling the abuse quite well. Here’s NEBO’s version of that flood lamp, & it’s rechargeable…
@woodyzim You’re right about your linked product being rechargeable but it appears the battery is built-in and not easily replaceable like with the 18650 battery type. Might just have a LiPo pack inside and finding replacements would be similar to getting replacement batteries for your cell phone.
I’m a little concerned about Meh’s using that Amazon item as a similar product & pricing it as $22 without even mentioning that you get TWO of them. Or mentioning the coupon for a 5% discount (let alone free Prime shipping). Meh made a similar “mistake” about pricing on another item recently (I’m blanking on what it was). I say “mistake” because I’m starting to wonder about these things. I mean, did they really not notice that the cost for Amazon was a cost for two? I may be falling out of love with Meh.
Yes the honeymoon is over for me too…
In the past week…I had the wrong group of Christmas socks sent to me AND a Shiatsu neck pillow flat out did not work…
of course NO help from the Customer Service Department which I dont think exists…
BIL (Brother-in-Law) can use something like this as he is always repairing stuff around the house, Grannie’s house, especially. Leaving one under the sink, near the fuse box, etc. Grannie always wants a “light source” in those areas as a hospitable gesture for those who do the fixing (as she would say).
@KaRaS Definitely fine for general use, if you don’t mind the similar pricing issue mentioned by others. However, cengland has made a decent point of these not being top tier lights, if you’re snobby (like a few of us). But lights are lights, and I love having more than I need, and strategically placed all over the place, instead of having to hunt whenever I find myself needing one or more of them for whatever project or situation.
Also, no specification of the size or battery requirements. Yeah, the pictures show what appears to be four AA cells, and you can guestimate the size based on this, but it would be nice to have this spelled out.
Currently, the Amazon comparison link goes to a unit with 3X the brightness (1500 lumens), for $18.95 each (or 2 for $32.45). It comes with 2 rechargeable 18650 batts and a wall charger. The Meh item is only 21% less (with shipping) for a much wimpier flashlight. I have seen the light: NOT a bargain…
Meh, you leapfrogged right over shady and landed on unscrupulous with your comparison product comparison swap.
You swapped the link to a “similar” item at Amazon for $18.95. But it’s not comparable.
Meh light - 500 lumens
Amazon light - 1500 lumens
Meh light - uses (4) AA batteries (not included)
Amazon light - uses rechargeable batteries, a charging block and charging cord (included)
Your first comparison was more equivalent. Why’d you remove it? You could have edited your copy to read $11.00 for similar at Amazon. That would have been the right thing to do.
I can only surmise that since it highlighted your crappy price it had to go. Lucky for you that most of your customers don’t read the forums.
Price comparisons are hard sometimes, especially when items aren’t for sale online or are sold out. In this case, we ran into both. The product in question was not for sale on Amazon, but was listed on HSN at $17.45. Unfortunately it was sold out, and in fact was removed from their website this morning.
We made mistakes in our attempts at fixing this, which sucks and we apologize for that. The last thing we want is for our community to think we’re trying to pull a fast one on them. We may have screwed up today, but we aren’t dumb enough to think you won’t keep us honest.
Now that they’re sold out, perhaps Meh wouldn’t mind my mentioning that a farm supply super store, initials RK, rhymes with rural king, has 750 lumen lights, very similar to this, for $5. Might check them out if you need something similar. I live in a hurricane zone, and have several. They’re bright as heck. Heck is very bright.
Perhaps it’s location limited, but mine has had them for either $5 or $5.98 (translation: $6) for quite some time. Maybe it was Black Friday, but I bought a couple for $5, I’m pretty sure. Anyway, I’m glad you’re happy with the lights. I really like mine, too.