Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week
"Holy $%&*#!!" That's what I said when I first turned on this sucker!... It's also what a friend of mine said when he stared into it, despite my many warnings not to :) . Brightness and throw are simply amazing, especially for a double-AA light! Machining and finish look to be flawless, which is remarkable at this price point. Quasi-"strike" type bezel is a nice styling touch. Battery fit (alkaline AAs) is quite snug (they won't rattle). Rear clicky works very well (no "misses" yet) with just enough firmness (for my tastes at least). Front lens is indeed glass (24.5mm). The lanyard is nice, but I removed it since it won't fit too well in my holster (SKU: 5264).
Sadly, there are a few notable cons. First, the reflector is most assuredly NOT aluminum: it's plain ol' plastic--a very reflective, hi-quality plastic, but plastic nonetheless. Very fine threading throughout, so be careful not to crossthread when "playing around" with the innards. While there are 4 o-rings present, there are NONE between the front bezel and lens, which means this light cannot even be considered water-resistant (and you can forget about adding an o-ring here, as there isn't enough clearance for it to fit). The metal "puck" (serving as a spacer) betweeen the tail cap and switch is loose, leading to a discernable "rattle" when you shake the flashlight (a glob of thick, inert silicone lube gel in between the cap and puck fixed this). There's no holster included.
Ultrafire's 6-inch holster (SKU: 5264) provides a snug fit. CREE module seems to be the same type as DX's SKU: 3417. While it looks positively sexy in its 2xAA form, it looks downright dinky in "compact" CR2 mode (though some might argue it looks cute). As previously stated, DO NOT stare into any of these CREE-type flashlights!! (They are dangerously bright!) Also be careful as not to aim them directly at people's faces.
A truly remarkable value. Had I paid twice as much for this light, I still would've considered it a bargain (despite its flaws). Makes a great gift for anyone, not just flashoholics.
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