Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month
The flashlight feels very solid and works very well.
High mode is extremely bright compared to some other XML-T6 2x18650 flashlights. Medium is OK and low is about the same as sku.16516 on high with fresh batteries.
This flashlight has a very bright hot spot with very good throw (not officially measured but will easily light up a tree about 150m away) and there is sufficient spill to use this at shorter distances.
The batteries provided are protected and the charger does its job.
Heatsinking is very good as everything in the head screws into each other with a large contact surface area. The head does get rather warm after extended use on high but not too hot to touch.
it's a big heavy flashlight, good for use as a makeshift weapon if required but not that great for general use.
it is possible to shorten the tube to accommodate a single 18650 but it feels imbalanced when holding it up.
The threads are not lubricated on arrival (the small amount of silicone grease should be enough though).
It is not possible to tailstand it because the button protrudes out the end slightly. Rocking the flashlight on its end would cause the modes to change.
The charger's flip out power connector feels a bit flimsy and looks as though it might break off at any moment.. It is also single channel charger so not so good when charging 2 18650 batteries at different charge levels.
The inside edge of the crown feels a bit sharp as it's not machined down like the outer edge ( but that me nitpicking cos there aren't too many bad things to say about it. )
current measurements at the tailcap with 2 18650s:
Strobe and SOS modes not measured since they fluctuate a bit but when on look as bright as High mode.
The brightness doesn't decrease over time so you might find the light suddenly shutting off after a while (due to battery protection kicking in).
Definitely a flashlight worth considering if you need one for the outdoors (hiking, camping, fishing,etc)
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