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  • Close to perfect, especially for this price!

    posted by bartm on 07/08/2009
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    - A bit brighter than its older (and even lower priced) black alu C3 brother sku.1993, which I also own. Also, 3,5 mm shorter.

    - Good solid build quality, fits together perfectly (you can barely see where the two front parts meet!).

    - my older C3 had some contact problems (flicker) and a shallow switch, but this one is fine.

    - Glow in the dark clicky and O-rings (I like the front one behind the lens, it glows brightly when you switch off!).

    - Three useful and easily accessed brightness modes (I don't care for the two other modes) and it remembers the last used. The low modes have no discernible pulse-width-modulation flicker.

    - Tailstand is stable.

    - A bit less heavy than specified (2,61 oz instead of 3,21 oz). For some maybe a negative, but I do not like too much weight in my pocket.

    - Wrist strap will fit any adult hand.

    Cons:

    - Beam has noticeable Cree rings, more so than the older C3 and the still excellent Romisen RC-G2 (sku.3607).

    - Steel finish is a bit matte, expected a bit more of a polish.

    - No holster (but I prefer a soft pouch anyway, to protect my pocket. not the light).

    - Design is a bit plain, with no knurling. But I knew that of course from the photos.

    OtherThoughts:

    - I use AA batteries (eneloop NiMH), not lithium which would be even brighter, and did not yet test the run times. I expect one hour or so, in high, like my other C3.

    Bottomline:

    - This lamp is an unbelievable deal. I say, get it while you can. Any change (price or in manufacturing) will likely be for the worse, as it would be hard to improve either the quality or the price.

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