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  • High performance, high quality, low price

    posted by fran82 on 11/06/2010
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    + Very good anodizing. No scratches. Gold-brownish color.
    + No machining flaws
    + Veeeery clean, lubed and smooth threads
    + Good and reliable switch
    + Glass lens
    + Metal reflector (orange peel, deeper than akoray k-106 and similars)
    + Sturdy clip
    + Minimum weight for an AA light
    + Driver not epoxied (can fit a 16,8mm one without removing the brass ring)
    + Tailcap rubber cap with GITD
    + Orings everywhere (all are GITD)
    + OSRAM Golden Dragon Plus LED is a performer!
    + Accepts alkalines/nimh/14500 (protected ones, also)
    + Insane output with 14500 (about 220lumens). More than aceptable with ni-mh/alkalines (about 120 lumens)
    + PERFECT beam, veeeeery flood with no hotspot (one of the best beams I have seen)
    + My sample has a WARM white tint beam
    + Probably new and more efficient driver than earlier ones (draws only 1,78A with NiMh and boast F20 which draws 2,2A)
    + Reverse clickie switch (easy replaceable)
    + Low price

    Cons:

    - Only 1 mode. Heats up on 14500 after more than 10 minutes.
    - Not regulated with 14500 until voltage drops below 3,8volt.
    - Not much alkaline friendly, best to use NiMh, Li-ion or Lithium primaries (due to high amp draw and lack of modes)
    - Bad solders in the driver board (connecting the driver board to the pill)

    OtherThoughts:

    Can be easily modable to 5 modes using sku.15880 or sku.6190, which appears to fit in the pill almost without the
    need to sand the driver (or a little).
    Good alternative with OSRAM LED using the akoray k-106 body.

    Bottomline:

    In the AA form factor there are not many flashlights than this: perfect body, perfect construction, simple operation,
    INSANE power on 14500, floody beam......
    The combination of this body and an OSRAM Golde Dragon LED is perfect! and the price makes it probably the best single
    mode AA light!
    What are you waiting for? BUY IT NOW!

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