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  • Worse than Ultrafire SS C3 sku.26122

    posted by bartm on 05/14/2010
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    - Cheap for a stainless steel LED flashlight
    - Still reasonably good
    - Spring puts less force on switch, so I expect less contact issues
    - No cree rings
    - A bit more yellow (warm) light
    - No short delay like the Ultrafire had

    Cons:

    Comparing with Ultrafire ss C3 sku.26122:
    - Considerably less bright (on NiMH batteries)
    - Parts do not fit together very well
    - Short threads, and had to remove loose hanging part of thread
    - Skimped on strength: 65,5g where 82g was advertized. This is also 7,5g less than the Ultrafire
    - 4mm longer

    OtherThoughts:

    - This seems a cheaper-to-make knockoff from sku.26122, so a step backwards
    - Clearly a different driver than the C3: no delay when turned on, no pauze between SOS strobes.
    I'll report back if the contact issues that the C3 had are solved here (which would be a big plus). I'll also test battery time and heat on high.

    Bottomline:

    A bit of a disappointment, primarily because of the much lesser brightness, where more was promised, and the noticeably worse build quality

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