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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 4
  • Quality: 4
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 4
One perfect, one defect – TrustFire TR-801 Cree Q5-WC 230-Lumen LED Flashlight (1*18650) Reviews

posted by bstrickler on 08/02/2008 Certified Owner

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

Pros:
-The flashlight is very bright to start out with (only arrived an hour ago).
-Uses only ONE 18650, which is a huge advantage for me (less money spent on batteries)
-Small size
-Uses 14-16mm round LED board (not stars)
-Modable (only LED's are, as far as I know)
-Head of flashlight works excellent for getting hard to reach itchy areas (lol)
-Glow-in-the-dark tailswitch for finding in the dark
-FIRM clicky
-When flashlight is on, you can lightly push the tailswitch, and it will momentarily shut off (great for sneaking around the house at night if you don't want to be heard/seen)
Cons:
All problems on one of the 2 flashlights:
-Shattered lens
-Battery cover doesn't screw on fully (about 1-2mm gap)
-LED is dimmer
-LED flickers
-Doesn't fit star boards
-Doesn't tailstand
-GITD tailswitch doesn't glow for long
-Flashlight head makes it uncomfortable to have in the front pocket
Other:
Would be nice if it would fit a star
I'm currently using Li-Ion batteries from a laptop battery that stopped working (had a flat-lined cell that I couldn't shock back to life, and another cell that self-discharged at about a volt every 5 minutes, no matter how many times I attempted to shock the battery)
Bottomline:
If you don't want to spend a lot of money on a flashlight, this is the one to buy.

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