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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 5
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 4
  • Usefulness: 5
Stupid bright, very light (weight) – NEW-10B CREE Q5 3-Mode 310LM White LED Flashlight w/ Strap - Black (1 x CR123 or 1 x 16340) Reviews

posted by Jeffiekins on 12/04/2012 Certified Owner

Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

Pros:
Ridiculously bright. Really not even usable indoors on "high". Lightweight and tiny; I forget it's in my pocket. Doesn't heat up as much as some.
Cons:
Doesn't "remember" previous setting, always comes up "high", so you always have to click On, then click to Low setting. Center bright spot is a little too small (and not adjustable). Needed to tighten the ring holding the reflector in place to stop it from rattling when shaken (easy to do with sharp tool or pen).
Other:
With the 3.6V battery, the "high" is EXTREMELY bright. On Low, it's plenty bright for almost all uses. Since it runs only a little bit warm, I'm hoping that will make up for the lightweight construction and let it last a long while. Also, it helps when you realize you don't have to click it to switch modes, just press a little to make it blink. BTW: it doesn't have a "tactical crown", but it's so lightweight it would be ridiculous to hit anyone or anything with it.
Bottomline:
Overall, it's very likeable. If after reading the above, you're not sure whether you should get it, just get it; I can't imagine you'll be disappointed.

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