Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month
I bought this torch as a battery vampire to use up CR123 batteries that were part-used in 2x CR123 torches as they approached the end of their useful life, discharging individually for safety.
Solidly made, the clip is detachable by unscrewing switch base.
The torch will stand on tail end quite well, though not perfectly stable.
OP reflector smooths out the Cree beam very well.
The user interface takes some getting used to, first press gives a quick flash, then nothing, a quick depress gives max, then mid, then low, then fast strobe, then SOS mode.
It does retain some memory for a few minutes, then goes through the whole start-up procedure again.
Does what I bought it for, estimated RT on new CR123's High 60 lumens @ 170ma ˜8 hours, mid 40 lumens @ 50ma ˜28 hours, low 2 lumens @ 10ma, ˜140 hours calculated from 1,400mah CR123 primary cell.
GITD tail cap not very bright.
Would have liked a lanyard option.
It is OK, but is no brighter than other Cree 1x AA torches I have bought from Dealextreme, nowhere near 230 lumens, but is still quite bright.
Using CR123's, the extended RT's are a welcome bonus.
Recommended for indoor use, or really dark night-time exterior.
The low setting is quite useful for when you just wake up, going to mid setting after a while.
I would have preferred the output to be low, mid, high, not the other way around.
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