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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
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    They work great, mostly.

    posted by iksbob on 08/10/2012 Certified Owner

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

    Pros:
    Nice smooth movement. Aluminum thumb sticks with a conductive plastic pad on the bottom (slides easier and prevents scratching). Transparent plastic minimizes screen obstruction. The return-to-center springiness increases as you move the stick away from ...
    Cons:
    The suction cups have started to slide more easily. When a cup gets to the edge of the screen, it loses suction and the stick s...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Good for path lighting, other wide-angle apps

    posted by iksbob on 05/12/2012 Certified Owner

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

    Pros:
    Produces a well controlled bar-shaped beam of light. Flawlessly fits the easily obtained Chinese 1-watt LED emitters (probably what it was designed for). Can also be used with Cree XRE emitters, though the lens may have a little wobble to it (the plastic hi...
    Cons:
    The plastic is of the brittle variety... I wouldn't try using the screw holes with real screws, though I suppose it could be do...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 3
    • Usefulness: 4
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    A bright, solid zoom light

    posted by iksbob on 05/04/2012 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day

    Pros:
    Bright. Build quality is pretty good. The emitter is attached to the pill with thermal adhesive (fujik type) which is in turn screwed into the body tube, so it has a good heat sinking path. Body has just enough length to keep a good grip and operate the c...
    Cons:
    The zoom mechanism is threaded - it takes 4 full turns of the head to go from full wide to full zoom. The lens sticks out the f...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Slim, very light weight, bright.

    posted by iksbob on 03/13/2012 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day

    Pros:
    The most compact AAA-powered flashlight I've ever seen. Respectively bright with an alkaline battery, remarkably so with an Li-Ion cell. The finish is nice (slightly darker in person than the pictures might lead you to believe) and the glow-in-the-dark lens...
    Cons:
    Mine didn't come with the pictured carabiner or keyring-let, though that doesn't bother me much. The light gets quite hot when ...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 3
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Impressive little light

    posted by iksbob on 03/08/2012 Certified Owner

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

    Pros:
    Simple "drop-in" installation. Much brighter than the stock incandescent bulbs in my application (1156 reverse lights). The side-facing emitters adequately illuminate the rest of the fixture lens.
    Cons:
    Strain on the bulb socket from weight and vibration may be a long-term issue The big emitter heated up noticeably over the coup...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 3
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    An interesting (though not practical) laser color

    posted by iksbob on 01/21/2012 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day

    Pros:
    Compact (easy to carry). The near-UV output makes things fluoresce like a black light.
    Cons:
    Compact (easy to drop). The color of the light makes the beam appear out of focus at just about any distance beyond arms-length...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
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    Bright, warm white with good color

    posted by iksbob on 07/12/2011 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day

    Pros:
    Bright. I believe the 800 lumen claim... This light significantly out-shines 50 watt MR16 bulbs (supposedly about 800 lumens) around the house, though admittedly it's more focused. The color rendering seems pretty good. It's definitely warm white, but the g...
    Cons:
    There's a noticeable hole in the hot spot of the beam, making it a hot-donut. The strap gets in the way of tail-standing unless...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 4
    • Usefulness: 4
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    Not quite halogen, but pretty good.

    posted by iksbob on 07/12/2011 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day

    Pros:
    Warm white, though it seems tan compared to halogen's yellow... Color rendering seems slightly reduced in a direct comparison. Low power draw. (measured about 100mA @ 12V) Construction seems pretty solid. The emitters are set up as 8 groups of 3 LEDs, with ...
    Cons:
    Out of the 5 modules I ordered, one had a cluster of 3 LEDs that are DOA. The units run hot at 12VDC. After operating for 5 min...
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    • Overall Rating: 5
    • Price: 5
    • Quality: 5
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 5
    2 DXPoints
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    Excellent value. Great for SMD.

    posted by iksbob on 07/12/2011 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day

    Pros:
    Fine but not flimsy tips. "Anti-Magnetic" feature works well. Other tweezers will cause very small items like SMD electronic components to spin so that their contact ends line up with the tweezer prongs, then stick to the tweezers once the compone...
    Cons:
    The tips of the curved tweezers are a little warped. If you look down from the top (so the normal curve of the tweezers points ...
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    • Overall Rating: 4
    • Price: 4
    • Quality: 4
    • Ease Of Use: 5
    • Usefulness: 4
    2 DXPoints
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    Good quality, but not perfect.

    posted by iksbob on 07/12/2011 Certified Owner

    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:less than 1 day

    Pros:
    Nice machined metal nozzle. Bulb has a nice micro-texture finish. Great for dusting off optics and other small items.
    Cons:
    The vent check valve on the flat of the bulb is open by default and slow to close. If the bulb is squeezed lightly, it may not ...
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