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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Cheap, useful general purpose torches.

    posted by _Diceman on 05/08/2010 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:
    I rescued some 17500 lithium-ion batteries from a dead laptop battery and saw that these 3xAAA torches would be compatible. They have been great general-purpose lights around the kitchen and on my computer desk as they are wide enough to free-stand securely...
    Cons:
    If you use AAA batteries, you need three of them. Need to keep the charge of the Li-ions below 3.8V so they don't supply too m...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Thanks DX for making these available

    posted by _Diceman on 04/29/2010 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:
    I bought this to replace the Nichia LED array in a popular 3xD camping lantern so it had a better tint and added brightness. The tint is pretty good (close enough to WG) although it varies toward the edge and centre
    Cons:
    It was a bit tricky to solder the connections to make all 4 dies work in parallel because of the gap between the pins. I had to...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 4
    2 DXPoints
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    Cheap and Cheerful CR123A Light

    posted by _Diceman on 04/27/2010 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:
    I got this as I wanted a CR123A torch that had modes and this fit the bill. It's fairly compact, is priced well and hasn't had any technical glitches. I added some thin cardboard spacers between the LED and the reflector to put the LED further back and have...
    Cons:
    A warmer tint would be nice but almost every Cree XR-E torch has the same tint. Has Strobe and SOS modes. Reflector shape/fin...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Useful but won't last forever

    posted by _Diceman on 04/25/2010 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:
    Cheap. Equivalent to dozens of primaries. Protected (for those who like protection circuits). Good looking. Both worked when received.
    Cons:
    I ordered these in May of 2008 and the batteries now have very little capacity, it has dropped through age rather than use. I c...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 4
    2 DXPoints
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    Efficient red led from a trusted manufacturer.

    posted by _Diceman on 04/18/2010 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:
    I bought this to use in a cheap 2xAA headlamp housing to be directly driven. It's quite bright on moderately flat alkalines and doesn't produce much heat. On rechargeables it's even brighter but good heat sinking is needed for extended use. No real problem...
    Cons:
    Wish a yellow version was available.
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 4
    2 DXPoints
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    Surprisingly useful

    posted by _Diceman on 09/04/2009 Certified Owner

    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:
    I had succumbed to (budget) flashaholism for a while and despite having an AAA-powered SSC torch collecting dust still bought this mainly because of the runtime, something other AAA torches lack. Although I wouldn't use it as a primary torch it has enough ...
    Cons:
    The price is a little bit steep but you're paying for usefulness rather than raw output. There's a question of how long the co...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 4
    2 DXPoints
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    Trustfire 14500

    posted by _Diceman on 05/22/2009 Certified Owner

    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 week to 1 month

    Pros:
    Good price. Useful for direct driving 1XAA torches. Have a raised positive node (like the new grey Trustfire 18650) so no need for magnetic spacers.
    Cons:
    Have 10% more volume than 16340's (RCR123A) but the capacity seems to be worse. Tempting to try them out in 1.5v torches (dama...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 4
    2 DXPoints
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    More attractive than a maksehift solution.

    posted by _Diceman on 04/30/2009 Certified Owner

    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:
    I have a cheap PC case with the USB ports on the side, which makes connecting and removing a USB drive awkward. I fit these ports to the front of the case but it looked ugly and because I filed down the soldering the performance was temperamental. This card...
    Cons:
    Red LEDs may clash with the other LEDs on your PC. A removable drive permanently appears in My Computer (for Windows users). Th...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 4
    2 DXPoints
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    Impressive for cheap glasses, but dark.

    posted by _Diceman on 04/30/2009 Certified Owner

    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:
    Cheap but better build quality than equivalents found in local purveyors of cheap wares. Comes with a proper case and a microfibre cloth which makes it feel high-end.
    Cons:
    The tint is quite dark, these would be best suited to summer use when the sun is at it's brightest. On say, an overcast day the...
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    • Overall Rating: 3
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 2
    • Usefulness: 2
    2 DXPoints
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    Great for people under 1.5m tall

    posted by _Diceman on 04/30/2009 Certified Owner

    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:
    Sound and build quality seems decent enough. A bit chunky but otherwise good looking. Has a attachment to stop the cord taking all the load if you drop your mp3 player (although if you switch between headphones this may not be useful).
    Cons:
    I guess I didn't read the reviews here carefully enough, I was surprised by how short the cord was, I couldn't even put my mp3 ...
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