Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week
- A bit brighter than its older (and even lower priced) black alu C3 brother sku.1993, which I also own. Also, 3,5 mm shorter.
- Good solid build quality, fits together perfectly (you can barely see where the two front parts meet!).
- my older C3 had some contact problems (flicker) and a shallow switch, but this one is fine.
- Glow in the dark clicky and O-rings (I like the front one behind the lens, it glows brightly when you switch off!).
- Three useful and easily accessed brightness modes (I don't care for the two other modes) and it remembers the last used. The low modes have no discernible pulse-width-modulation flicker.
- Tailstand is stable.
- A bit less heavy than specified (2,61 oz instead of 3,21 oz). For some maybe a negative, but I do not like too much weight in my pocket.
- Wrist strap will fit any adult hand.
- Beam has noticeable Cree rings, more so than the older C3 and the still excellent Romisen RC-G2 (sku.3607).
- Steel finish is a bit matte, expected a bit more of a polish.
- No holster (but I prefer a soft pouch anyway, to protect my pocket. not the light).
- Design is a bit plain, with no knurling. But I knew that of course from the photos.
- I use AA batteries (eneloop NiMH), not lithium which would be even brighter, and did not yet test the run times. I expect one hour or so, in high, like my other C3.
- This lamp is an unbelievable deal. I say, get it while you can. Any change (price or in manufacturing) will likely be for the worse, as it would be hard to improve either the quality or the price.
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