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  • Nice little torch

    posted by kramer5150 on 06/29/2008
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    -Cheap (very).

    -Reliable simplicity if a twist cap, no clicky switch to fail.

    -Very good DC-DC regulation.

    -Good color tint.

    -Durable, I dropped it a couple times on the concrete already and it scratched, but it still works fine.

    -Smooth threads and firm O-ring engagements throughout.

    -Aluminum reflector + glass lens

    -Small & easily pocket-able.

    -Splash/rain-proof (I have not submerged it however)

    -Removable clip

    -Tail stands

    -Very good beam quality, from spot to flood, perfect for an EDC.

    -Runs great with Primaries (65L) even greater on RCR123 (90L).

    -You can adjust the head all the way out for lock-out mode, or just slightly turn it off for momentary forward activation.

    -Boxed nice with bubble wrap from Romisen, would make a GREAT gift.

    Cons:

    -Gets warm fast on RCR123 cell.

    -Low mode would have been really nice.

    -Anodize coating seems a little fragile. There is an HA-III version for $21.

    OtherThoughts:

    WONDERFUL little torch. I love the simplicity of a twist-cap switch. No clickies to foul you up, fail, and leave you in the dark. I have a surefire 6P that is my main light on the job, but the robust switch design of the RC-C3 follows similar suit to the 6P, and is now my best EDC light.

    I find that it works admirably with either RCR123 cell or Primary. On the RCR123 it emits about 90 Lumens, over a 40 minute span. With a Primary it spits out about 65 Lumens for about 90 minutes. So, depending on which cell you choose, you can custom taylor its output. 90 Lumens is nice, but I find that much light can blind the user when used in complete darkness.

    Very nice beam quality with a smooth transition from spot to flood. Much better than my other Cree-based lights in this regard. Very good flood too.

    Bottomline:

    Great EDC. This light has replaced my Eveready 1AA (Target) and Ray-O-Vac Sportsman Extreme as my main EDC. The fact that it only costs $13 makes it a real winner.

    You can have an OUTSTANDING budget setup running this light with the $6 Ultrafire 4-pack RCR123 and $12 Ultrafire peak-detect charger.

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