4.8
  • 5 star 7 ( 25% )
  • 4 star 18 ( 64% )
  • 3 star 2 ( 7% )
  • 2 star 1 ( 4% )
  • 1 star 0 ( 0% )
Customer’s impression:
There are no customer's impression yet.
Create Review

Share your thoughts and
Get DX Points!

  • Good compact Flashlight, Poor Efficiency As-Is

    posted by relic38 on 12/20/2012
    1

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    - Really nice size, accepts CR123A and 16340 Li-Ion cells (caution note below for protected cells)
    - Simple design, decent finish
    - nice flood type beam, good for a pocket light.
    - Nice host for upgrades (see below).

    Cons:

    Very inefficient LED, produces lots of heat and some cold white light, not
    - OP (aluminum-plated plastic) reflector
    - plastic lens
    - boost driver means it's unregulated above ~3.4V, essentially the full useable range of a 16340 Li-Ion cell.
    - gets very warm when running on a fresh Li-Ion cell.
    - May bot work with all protected 16340 cells; in my case it didn't screw down far enough to turn on

    OtherThoughts:

    For me it's the modding potential and compact size that attracted my attention. Mine is now using an XM-L T6 LED. Check out my forum post below for details and future plans.
    5-Star usefullness was for being mod-ready.

    Bottomline:

    As-is, this is an OK flashlight for up-close use. I'd like to see a dedicated Li-Ion version using a Cree XR-E or XM-L LED and a standard linear (AMC7135-based) driver board (around 1000mA) to get 200 to 350 lumens.
    The current reflector is OK, but an SMO would sweeten it up nice. A $10-12 price tag and it would be a cheap pocket sun.

Post comment

WHY CHOOSE DX.COM?

Get great weekly deals and offers like: Collections