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  • Excellent

    posted by epictetus on 04/30/2011
    4

    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    The fit and finish of this light is absolutely outstanding. Others here and elsewhere have commented on the machining and anodizing on this light and I can only endorse - WOW!!! In the word one reviewer (DR Blood on DX), SUBLIME, truly perfect. On mine at least I had to go looking really hard with a magnifying glass to find even tiny blemishes.

    The feel of this light is also great, to me at least, since I prefer both the look and feel of the longer form to the ‘shorter-fatter’ form. I also prefer standard (in this case 3 x 18650 - I use AW’s, not the ones which come with the light) to custom battery packs or highly specialised batteries.

    All body sections are double O-ringed and the threads are perfect but some did have tiny metal filings and one had a 6 cm metal shaving loosely held under one O-ring which was easy to re-move. The thread was otherwise fine. As others have commented, no lubrication was evident on the threads and that is one of the first things I did - with DeOxit.

    This light is BRIGHT with great throw. It is of course primarily an outdoor ‘thrower’ but even close up on a white wall the beam is pretty perfectly symmetrical so it ought to please even white wall hunters. I do have a light meter and may get around to doing some measurements but ‘ball-park’ I go along with the circa 1600 real Lm estimates on high which are floating around the web.

    It DOES have MEMORY although there are conflicting reports around the traps. The last-used mode will be remembered and come on next time if you turn off and leave off for around 3 seconds. Changing modes involves turning on-off within half a second or thereabouts. Maybe the conflicting reports reflect the fact that the first versions did not have memory but that recent ones do. DX, where I got mine, certainly advertises memory but other sites do not or are ambiguous.

    The reflector is insanely perfect - highly polished and VERY smooth. DO NOT do what I did and try to ‘polish’ it further - the coat/polish of the surface is very soft apparently and almost any touching will put tiny scratches in it. Fortunately additional reflectors can be had from DX (sku 47996). I may try to mod my ‘scratched’ reflector to see what I can do with the beam.

    DX also carries a 75 mm Optical Glass Lens (sku 43044) which supposedly works in this light with reflector removed and I have one of them on order to check it out.

    The switch is a reverse clickie and nicely positive. The DX version comes with a spare switch, 2 spare body O-rings, a spare glass ‘lens’ and a spare large O-ring for what I am not sure. I point this out because there are quite a few sellers of this light and you may not get the same ‘package’ from all of them.

    Cons:

    I have trouble finding any real ones although see above on metal filings on threads. The assembly problems identified by others were not evident in mine - definitely two screws holding in the SST-90 etc. The manual could certainly be improved: it is written in a better version of ‘Chinglish’ and does not mention how to use memory. I thought the internal packing of the light itself was excellent although the outer surface of the box did arrive a little the worse for wear - cardboard edges were cracked - even it too was securely bubble-wrapped.

    Bottomline:

    Just 'brilliant' even if it cost more

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