gaz wrote:Hope Vision One may come close.
JohnW of this parish speaks highly of it (possibly an earlier model) and IIRC has hinted that the AAs are in a removable battery pack, allowing you to carry a pre-charged set in their own pack ready to swap over.
Yes, I'm impressed with mine. The AAs are in a pack, though I haven't tried to buy a spare. Battery life is very good, and several levels of lighting so you can control how fast you run them down.
As the OP says, protection against battery failure because you just replace the AAs when they reach end of life.