As LED and flashlight technology advances, AA powered flashlights are becoming more and more powerful. Fenix continues to develop reliable and outstanding flashlights that run on the simple AA batteries, making the most out of this power source. From extremely small pocket flashlights to powerful handheld flashlights, the compact AA battery can power a variety of lighting tools. Fenix also creates headlamps and lanterns that are powered by these common AA batteries.
Convenience of an AA Battery
While many high quality LED flashlights run on lithium-ion batteries and lithium batteries, Fenix produces durable flashlights that run on AA batteries. There are many reasons to use AA-powered lights. While AA batteries may not deliver the power of lithium-ion and lithium batteries, they have other benefits that, for many users, outweigh the disadvantages. Alkaline batteries tend to have a good shelf life. Many electronics already run on AA batteries so these batteries have become a typical household item. AA batteries can be stored for a while without worrying about the energy draining like with lithium-ion batteries.
AA batteries are also significantly easier to come by and are less expensive. You can find alkaline AA batteries, lithium AA batteries, and nickel-metal hydride AA batteries. These batteries are inexpensive and some of them are rechargeable giving you the added economical choice to get the most bang for your buck. Almost all types of AA batteries can be found at a typical hardware store or even at a gas station.
Because these batteries are easy to find, inexpensive, and have a good shelf life, flashlight enthusiasts will use AA powered flashlights for their bug out bags and as an emergency light or survival light. So what makes a good survival light or emergency light? Why are AA batteries preferred among these flashlights?
Survival flashlights typically have a few features in common: a decently high output, compact size, long run times, and runs on either AA batteries or CR123 lithium batteries. With a survival light, you don't need a light that delivers insanely powerful lumens. In fact, it's expected that if you need to use your survival flashlight, you'll be using the lower outputs to help conserve the battery. This is where having a long run time comes into play. With a survival flashlight, you want to get the most out of your battery that you can. AA batteries and CR123 lithium batteries offer great run times for flashlights.
The size of the LED light is also important because you want something easy to carry with you. Big bulky flashlights can weigh you down but a smaller AA-powered flashlight would barely be noticeable if you needed to carry it. Finally, you want a survival flashlight to run on AA batteries specifically because these batteries are so common to find. If you use a flashlight that runs on lithium-ion batteries and your battery stops working, finding another is going to be significantly more difficult. In an emergency situation, it's better to use resources that are readily available to you. So if you're looking for survival or emergency flashlights or you're wanting a flashlight that runs on very convenient batteries, browse through our Fenix selection of AA powered flashlights, headlamps, and lanterns.