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  • Just OK, not great

    posted by jamska on 06/18/2008
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    It works fine. Good build quality. Comes in a nice box.

    Cons:

    This light is sort of big. The HID bulb throws a lot of heat and the light gets warmer than an LED equivalent. It takes 15 seconds to come up to full intensity from dead cold. It is not as bright as I expected for an 1800 Lumen light.

    OtherThoughts:

    It uses three 18650 rechargable batteries and a charger that come with the light, and requires plugging the charger into the battery pack inside the light to recharge -- I would rather just recharge my cells individually with a different external charger.

    I have the 900 lumen (SKU 12761) LED light that throws just a little less illumination than this light, comes on instantly, doesn't get as hot, and runs longer on a set of just two 18650 batteries. The HID lights have big ratings, big prices, big hype on performance, and much less than expected performance. I am disappointed -- or maybe just spoiled by my LED lights. I will forget about HID lights in the future.

    Bottomline:

    Bottom line is this light is way overpriced for what you get -- it just doesn't provide $350 worth of value. If I had it to do over, I would spend that money on six of SKU 12761 lights instead of this light, and have about 4 times the total light output.

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