Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month
Very bright! The XP-G R5 emitter is driven very hard (2,35A on high!) and coupled with SMO reflector this has a noticeable throw for a flashlight this size. Better than the UF 2100 with XM-L emitter, which has more lumens but is very floody. Has no mode memory, always start on high, then med, low, strobe and sos, so if you too hate blinky modes, there's no need to cycle through them every time. GITD rubber boot switch glows visible even after hours in the dark. Tailstand (but better without lanyard)
As it's driven so hard, it gets warm quickly on high (but not as hot as an XM-L) Also, for the same reason, some concerns about useful life of the emitter. My suggestion, not use high for long periods, and switch to med or low if it gets too warm to comfortably hold by hand. SS bezel was not very tight, and required a drop of threadlock compound to keep tight.
The bezel is only aesthetic. Lens, o-ring and reflector disassemble from inside after removing emitter pill. Given the high amperage, strongly suggested quality cells. Visit Budget Light Forum for more info.
Of the many 2100 style lights around, this one has the best hotspot for distance and still enough spill for general use. Amperage in various levels: 2,35A high, 1,14A med, 0,24A low, not measured on blinky modes.
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