If you’re looking for a tiny, pocket-sized flashlight that packs a lot of power and features for a great price, the super-mini CREE 300LM Mini LED Flashlight gets good recommendations from existing Amazon customers with a rating of 4.3/5. It’s a relatively straightforward torch with three operating modes: high, low, and strobe but relies on your intuition to learn how to operate it (there’s no instruction manual). Given its small size, it’s powered by a single regular AA battery or a rechargeable alkaline 3.7 volt, or rechargeable lithium 3.6v. Best of all are the amazing discounts of over 80% off list price.
CREE 300 LM Mini LED Flashlight
This really is a tiny flashlight, just 3.7inch long that has a list price of $22 and is now available for just over $4 after some fantastic discounting.
The CREE 300 LM Mini LED Flashlight has three operating modes of high, low and strobe; the LED bulb, at 300 lumens, is immensely bright for such a small flashlight. This puts it in the same range as high-end flashlights used by professionals, emergency teams and law enforcers. Given its size, this is most definitely in the super mini league and is very handy to keep in your backpack, kit, car or home.
There’s only one button – a simple On/Off button – but you can adjust the focus to change the spread and size of the beam.
If you’re powering the flashlight using an energizer lithium AA battery, expect to get around three hour’s use and you’ll notice that the brightness of the LED bulb will start to dim after 2 hours. The one fiddly part is that you need a screwdriver to replace the battery since the battery compartment is located under the power button.
The CREE brand is well known, with manufacturing located in Hong Kong; CREE has built a good reputation in quality and performance that is reflected in the customer feedback and reviews on sites such as Amazon.
For such a small light, the power is good: the flashlight will easily illuminate as a floodlight or with a narrow beam and lighting distance of 200 feet.
There are a couple of choices for battery that makes this flashlight very practical: regular AA, alkaline, a rechargeable 3.7 volt battery, or a lithium-ion 14500 3.6 volt. Since the torch only needs a single battery, you can buy a couple in a store and have a spare. The choice of battery has a small impact on the quality of the light, with the lithium battery producing slightly brighter output, but with a shorter runtime (watch out, the flashlight will start to get warm after a few minutes with this battery).
Lastly, design-wise, the flashlight has a rugged look, is all black and similar to its larger brother, the 5 inch CREE SA-9 7 watt model.
This tiny CREE is rated by Amazon customers at 4.3/5 in the ratings; this is not down to the features (there are few, though the focus adjustment is very useful) but instead mainly down to the brightness and the price which together make this a real must-buy with few rivals.
Top 5 Main Features
- Adjustable focus, three operating modes (High, Low, and Strobe)
- Super-mini size making it a real pocket flashlight
- Very bright LED power given its size, beam distance of 200 feet
- Uses one AA battery (or rechargeable 3.7v)
- Size: 3.7 inch long x 1 inch diameter
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Battery Type: One regular AA or a rechargeable 3.7v battery (not included)
- Power / Lumens: 300 lumens on high power setting
- Body material: Aluminum Alloy
- Mount: None