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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
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    warm tint, good for trail use

    posted by frills on 01/06/2011 Certified Owner

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

    Pros:
    This is an affordable P60-compatible drop-in module. It has mode memory, and will remember the last mode it was in before being turned off. The output of this module has a very warm tint, rivaling an incandescent xenon bulb. The light cast by the emitter pr...
    Cons:
    The warm tint comes at the cost of efficiency, as evidenced by the P3-bin emitter. It produces around a third less light than a...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
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    Classy and solid

    posted by frills on 06/14/2010 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:
    The handle is made of real, resin-impregnated wood. It makes for a warm, comfortable grip. The blade has a modified spear-point shape with a highly polished finish. Combined, these factors make for a very classy-looking knife. This knife was razor sharp out...
    Cons:
    The jimping at the thumb ramp is a little smooth and not as functional as it could be. The handle scale cutouts will be dirt ma...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
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    Well-built

    posted by frills on 04/27/2010 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:
    The light has some sturdy construction and heft with a battery tube wall over 3mm thick on average. (approximately 2.5mm at clip attachment point, 3.5mm thick at knurling, 3mm elsewhere) The checkered knurling is reasonably aggressive and provides good gr...
    Cons:
    Ringy beam; The reflector has a light orange peel texture and the emitter collar protrudes a small distance into it instead of ...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
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    SF P/C/L compatible host with XP-G

    posted by frills on 01/26/2010 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:
    The XP-G emitter is substantially brighter at high current than an XR-E/XP-E. Smooth beam with negligible ringing even with the SMO reflector, a bit floodier than XR-E/XP-E. Working mode memory, comes back on in the last mode used. Tailstands even with t...
    Cons:
    Out of the package, the lens rattled in the head even with the crown screwed down tightly because the o-ring under the lens was...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
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    Slim light

    posted by frills on 01/19/2010 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:
    Very compact as far as AA lights go. It's barely wider than the AA it houses and about as tall as one and three quarters of them. Has some variant of Diamond Dragon emitter, which creates a smooth beam with very little ringing despite the smooth reflector....
    Cons:
    Battery squasher design. There are no springs in the unit so you're basically pressing the battery against the contacts rather ...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 3
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 3
    2 DXPoints
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    Tight beam, eccentric driver

    posted by frills on 01/19/2010 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:
    The polycarbonate optic concentrates the light into a tight beam pattern. Works with AA, 14500 or CR123. Decent output on CR123 primary, around twice as bright as AA. Extremely bright on li-ion, well over twice as bright as AA. Appears to go into direct ...
    Cons:
    Not waterproof. The body o-ring is too thin, and there is no o-ring at all on either the AA extension nor the tail assembly. T...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 3
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 4
    2 DXPoints
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    cool-looking light

    posted by frills on 02/15/2009 Certified Owner

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

    Pros:
    Good output. Solid aluminum construction. Cool camo pattern. Grippy latex finish. O-ring sealed. Solid tail click switch. It's a P60 host and will accept drop-ins. Takes 18650 or CR123 cells.
    Cons:
    Latex finish also tends to scratch easily, revealing the metal underneath. No anodization whatsoever. Threads are unlubed and a...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 2
    • Quality: 3
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 4
    2 DXPoints
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    Lightsword

    posted by frills on 02/15/2009 Certified Owner

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

    Pros:
    Solid aluminum body. Glass lens. Very deep aluminum SMO reflector. O-ring sealed. Well-collimated beam with massive throw, with a very little spill and a tight spot that diverges little.
    Cons:
    Definitely on the expensive side of things. A bit underdriven, even considering reflector losses. Light output is well below 20...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 3
    2 DXPoints
    earned for this post
    cheap little folder

    posted by frills on 02/15/2009 Certified Owner

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

    Pros:
    Ambidextrous thumbstuds. Came sharp enough to slice paper. Smooth opening, adjustable pivot. Flicks open easily from the thumb stud. Funky rainbow finish. Frame lock fully engages and lockup is very solid. Possibly the best lock out of all of the knives on ...
    Cons:
    Pocket clip is not adjustable. Fake branding, though DX doesn't sell it as a branded knife. Grip surface on the handle scale is...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
    earned for this post
    Strong in-car phone mount

    posted by frills on 02/15/2009 Certified Owner

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

    Pros:
    Very affordable. Easily adjustable, not too stiff. Strong suction stays secure to the window. Effective mount/dismount lever. Strong phone clips.
    Cons:
    Attaching it to the window can be a little finicky, but when it sticks, it sticks hard. Retaining clips for the phone are almos...
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