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  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Price: 4
  • Quality: 5
  • Ease Of Use: 5
  • Usefulness: 5
The best allround flashlight – Romisen RC-29 CREE Q5 WC 3-Mode 180-Lumen Convex Lens LED Flashlight with Strap (1*AA/1*14500) Reviews

posted by scidiver on 11/15/2011 Certified Owner

Involvement:Novice  (still getting used to it) - Ownership:less than 1 day

Pros:
very broad flood angle (zoom 1x) to extreme concentrated thrower (zoom 8x), decent runtimes (5+h Med mode@Alkaline, 0.75h Max mode@14500), very bright even when zoomed out, beam is always very even and uniform with no dark rings, mule mode possible (180° flooder), Fenix LD20 accessories fit perfectly (pocket clip, diffuser tip, etc) in mule mode, with a pocket clip can be used a headlamp(!!), incredibly far thrower (250+ yards), very fine zooming (~3 full turns), perfect constant brightness regulation (does not dim!!!), high-quality look&feel, typical Romisen top-quality built&finish, thick material walls, waterproof & shock-resistant, and most of all: its design is beautiful, will never cease to attract. Dealextreme price is lower when you order 3 or more!
Cons:
- no spare lense, no spare o-rings, no holster; only handstrap
- much smaller than i had imagined. looks bigger and more dangerous on the pictures haha
- price too high on other websites
- cycles thru the modes with no mode memory
- no momentary on for sending morse code
- no ultralow mode
- the tactical tailcap is a little sharp. cuts your enemy's face but also the inner of your pants
Other:
With 14500 in High mode it can get very warm after 1/4h unless you hold and keep it in your hands/outdoors for the cooling effect; the max. runtime then is ~45minutes. With 14500 in Med mode no noteworthy heatings effects occur and the max. runtime is 2.5hours. Even if brighter (=more expensive) 1x AA flashlights exist, you will like it a lot from the very beginning and not regret it. Once you try the 14500, you will never want to go back to Alkaline or NiMH, promised! Superior to Romisen RC-G2 and any other Romisen 1x AA flashlight, Sipik SK68, and Fenix LD10. Beats also Fenix LD20 except for the Fenix long runtime in ultralow mode. I enjoy it even more than the Xeno E03 V3!
Bottomline:
Best LED flashlight for the money, Period.

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