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I own several of the aluminum models, and they're the best AAA flashlights I've ever used, no question. There's one in my pocket right now.
What I'm wondering is whether there's any advantage to getting the Ti model. The aluminum one is already lighter than the battery that goes in it, so the weight saving seems like it'd be miniscule.
When you figure that you can get 3-4 aluminum AAA Tools for the cost of this drop, is there anything about the Ti model that makes it a must-have?
Titanium does have the advantage of being ....Ahh....shucks. yeah...more expensive. Uhh...It doesnt oxidize but aluminum does and it will have NO affect on this product. Amazon has the aluminium version of this for $21 and change shipped. Just it is the black version. Oh wait, since it has the black coating this one will not oxidize either.
Titanium durability is closer to steel, while 60% lighter. It's obviously not as light as aluminum, but of all the metals, it is non-reactive. Titanium oxide is actually ever-present (it is what changes colors when heated on other titanium products), but it is actually stronger than titanium itself. Titanium is also called 'hypo-allergenic' as short of a rare allergy to titanium oxide, it does not react to anything biological; making it frequently used in structural implants (broken bones) as it does not corrode or react inside the body.
That's kind of what I was thinking. I had a coupon code about a year ago and got a bunch for around $13 shipped. I might get one anyway, just because, you know, titanium, but at the moment I'm waffling...
I think with this particular like it's more about fashion than function. I know some people have different taste, but come on...you can't honestly say that light isn't a good looking light.