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  • Reliable flashlight

    posted by Norad2000x on 10/18/2008
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:

    Blindly bright and decently white light.

    Decent spill around surroundings and very tight hotspot to illuminate far objects

    Strobe's good for annoying/disorienting. You can stand the light on the assault crown and use strobe as a beacon.

    Tailstands easily (at least mine does after I removed the useless wriststrap)

    Good battery life...

    Cons:

    MY CR123 batteries rattled in the casing. Easily fixed by rolling a sheet of paper and using it as a liner within the tubing.

    The belt clip is my main gripe. Flipping it around 180° would prevent the assault crown from poking into my sides when worn. It is also relatively easily bendable.

    Using the assault crown results in a projection pattern that's rounded triangular. Using the plastic crown results in a slightly round but crowned pattern.

    OtherThoughts:

    Battery life test results using 2 fully charged "1000 mAh" CR123 batts (SKU4419)

    -55 MINUTES on continuous high before the driver stepped down to medium brightness. The flashlight was warm but still comfortable enough to handle

    -10+ HOURS on continuous low. I left the light on overnight and was surprised next morning when it was still operating. Though dimmer than before, it was still very usable- probably around AAA maglite bright.

    Works well with the drop-in Xenon bulb (SKU3218) if you want a more traditional, warmer beam. Also works well with the drop-in infrared bulb (SKU12625) if you need night vision illumination.

    Didn't like the effect when used with the convex lens (SKU5297). The resulting beam is too uneven.

    Uses 28mm O-rings around the lens.

    Bottomline:

    Great flashlight for work, daily use, hiking, etc. Buy two packs of rechargeables and a charger, and you'll probably be set for anything.

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