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This is a quick look at the Orbita Lighthouse Series Stainless Steel Flashlight.


From Orbita's website.

" Included in this package: One (1) Lighthouse Series Flashlight, Two (2) rechargeable 3.7 Volt Lithium-Ion batteries (2600 mAh), a two-channel 115 VAC battery charger, lantern base and a convenient nylon carrying holster.

Orbita's Lighthouse Pocket Flashlight, powered by a high-energy rechargeable #18650 Lithium-Ion battery, delivers an unprecedented level of intense white light with great efficacy. The XLamp XP-G (Q5) emitter made by CREE, Inc. (a fine example of American technology) provides a high beam light output of 350 Lumens and is life rated for 100,000 hours of operation. It is protected by a sealed lens which is scratchproof and impact resistant. Structural components are all machined from 18/8 stainless steel bars. There are no flimsy stamped metal or plastic parts. Choose from Stainless Steel, Carbon Fiber or Hardwood bodies which are hand turned by North Carolina craftsmen and protected with a durable acrylic coating. Flashlights are dustproof and splash-proof to IP54 standard. There are six (6) user selectable lighting programs. By softly pressing the glow-in-the-dark power button, or double clicking it, you can scroll through and select any one of the six modes of operation (see table). Turn power on or off in any selected mode with a single click.

Operation Mode * * * *Intensity * * * * *Duration
Search Light * * * * * * Very High * * * *2-3 Hours
Reading Light * * * * * *Medium * * * * *8-10 Hours
Defense Strobe * * * * Very High * * * *2-3 Hours
S.O.S Signal * * * * * * Very High * * * *4-5 Hours
Lantern Mode * * * * * Very Low * * * 120 Hours
Beacon Mode * * * * * Very Low * * * 150 Hours

Length: 4 3/4" Diameter: 1 1/4" Product Weight: 7oz "


Various models.





I ordered the Stainless Steel version.









Uses XPG Q5





Has 8 Leds for lantern mode and beacon mode. Lantern mode all 8 Leds light up. In beacon mode 2 Leds lights and it moves in a clockwise motion.



Reverse clickie switch. Memorizes last setting when shut off. High, medium, strobe, SOS, lantern mode and beacon mode.



This is the lantern base. The rear tail cap needs to be removed then the lantern base installed tail cap screwed back on for installation.









2 UniqueFire Li-Ion Rechargeable 3.7V 2600mAh 18650 battteries and a AC 100V-240V travel charger is included. I don't know if the batteries are protected or unprotected, it did not say on the batteries.







A holster is included. It seem pretty heavy duty IMO.





The light is very hefty due to it's Stainless Steel construction.






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The Stainless Steel finish is excellent.

The overall build quality is excellent.

The beam tint on my light is a nice white color. Smooth beam with no artifacts. I do notice though when first turned on my light blinks after 3 seconds noticeable in high and medium mode. It does not blink in the other modes.

I paid $100.00 shipped Fedex. It seems like a very good deal because you get 2 batteries, charger, holster and lantern stand. The deal expires May 31, 2013.

If you want the other models they cost $50.00 more.

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What new flashlight did you order or purchased?

I had a thread about this before but it looks like it's gone.  :'(

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General Flashlight Discussion / Klarus XT20 Review
« on: September 03, 2011, 12:35:44 AM »

The Klarus XT20 uses 2 Cree XM-L U2 Leds.







Comes with a lanyard, split ring, 4 o-rings, rear rubber boot cover and tactical ring.



A holster is included.



No tactical ring installed.



Tactical ring installed.



Tactical ring can be reversed but the o-ring that sits in front of the tactical ring should be removed. O-ring can be seen fron the side but once removed there is play forward and aft.





Uses 2 Cree XM-L U2's.





This Klarus XT20 came with SMO reflectors.



Stainless Steel Bezels



Rear view of the head.





Working voltage: 7.0V - 14.0V

Battery: 2, 18650/ 4, CR123A

Thick battery tube.





Front of battery tube.



Rear of battery tube.



Inside view of the rear forward clickie.



Upper button is a forward clickie on / off. Lower button, mode switch controls the levels. High, medium then low.

You can access strobe by holding down the mode button for more than 0.8 seconds in any level.
To get out of strobe press the mode button or you can click on the upper button to shut off the strobe. You can also press the mode button to turn on the strobe. Release the mode button strobe shuts off. It's a momentary strobe.



Cannot tail stand.



The holster with XT20 installed.











This is run time and lumens from Klarus.






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I took lux readings with 2 AW Protected Black 3.7V 220mAh Li-Ion batteries fully charged. I used a Meterman LM631 Light Meter.


Klarus XT20, low - 120 lux @ 1 meter

Klarus XT20, medium - 4,000 lux @ 1 meter

Klarus XT20, high - 13,880 lux @ 1 meter


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Beam shots using 2 fully charged Redilast Protected 3.7V 2900mAh Li-Ion Batteries.

Klarus XT20, High @ 96"  (In real life the wall beam shot looks white with a very very slight green tint around the hot spot).



Klarus XT20, Low @ 32'



Klarus XT20, Medium @ 32'

 

Klarus XT20, High @ 32'



Klarus XT20, High @ 45'



Klarus XT20, High @ 138'



Klarus XT20, High @ 158'



Klarus XT20, High @ 146' or 44.5 meters



Klarus XT20, High @ 210' or 64 meters




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I was very surprised how small the Klarus XT20 is. I was expecting a longer and heavier light. Even in the shipping box the XT20 felt light. I thought the Klarus XT20 would come in a larger box.

The Klarus XT20 looks like it's made very good.

The Type III Hard Anodize is excellent with no flaws in the finish. Color matching between parts is excellent.

The threads came lubed. They are very smooth. Threads are not square. Uses single o-rings.

AW's Black Protected Black 3.7V 220mAh Li-Ion batteries and my Redilast Protected 3.7V 2900mAh Li-Ion batteries fit with no problems.

The tactical ring fits loose, spins easy. I like tactical rings that don't move. It's on the hard side trying to access the levels using on hand holding the tactical ring. On / off using the tactical ring is no problem for me.

The rear clickie can be accessed very easy in different positions. Both the on / off and mode switch in the "tactical postion" (holding the XT20 over hand) not using the tactical ring.The action to push on / off is just right. Not too hard or soft. The mode switch is the same way. The forward clickie is a plus.

My version of the Klarus XT20 uses 2 smooth reflectors. I've read that the first shipment of some XT20's had one smooth and one orange peel reflector. The description said the XT20 supposed to come with 2 orange peel reflectors. The pictures also show 2 orange peel reflectors. I don't know if various options will be sold. I like smooth reflectors and I'm glad this Klarus XT20 came with them.

The beam tint on this version of the Klarus XT20 is very white compared to the other XM-L U2's I have. I think I have about 5+ lights that use the XM-L U2's. Most of them have the green tint around the hot spot. I do see a very slight doughnut hole in the hot spot.

The light levels seem well spaced out. Low is a good low for reading.

I'll leave the actual run times to other reviewers that are set up to do them.

The Klarus XT20 cannot tail stand.

The holster is a nice touch. It's built tough. The only issue I have when using the tactical ring it tends to catch through the bottom of the holster installing or removing, more so on removing the XT20.

I like that the Klarus XT20 comes with a lanyard, split ring, 4 o-rings, rear rubber boot cover, holster and tactical ring.



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General Flashlight Discussion / Shadow TC6 XM-L T6 Review
« on: August 11, 2011, 02:50:41 PM »

I just received a Shadow TC6 XM-L T6 CW.



Light only. No extra o-rings, no lanyard, no instructions or no holster included.



Uses 2, 18650 sized batteries.





Uses an XM-L T6 Led.

Orange Peel (OP) reflector.







The lens bezel assembly is removable.



This is where the positive anode of the battery makes contact.



Uses double o-rings.





3 level light, High, medium then low. Always turns on high. Does not remember it last setting when shut off. Reverse clickie.



Inside view of the reverse rear clickie switch.



Tail stands










Website says Max 850 lumens   (2 hrs on High)  No lumen or run time for medium and low.

Max 2.5A ---4V~8.5V


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I took Lux readings with 2 Trustfire 18650 2400mAh 3.7V Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries fully charged.


Shadow TC6 XM-L T6, Low - 730 Lux @ 1 Meter

Shadow TC6 XM-L T6, Medium - 8870 Lux @ 1 Meter

Shadow TC6 XM-L T6, High - 16,770 Lux @ 1 Meter


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Shadow TC6 XM-L T6, High @ 96"



Shadow TC6 XM-L T6, Low @ 32'



Shadow TC6 XM-L T6, Medium @ 32'



Shadow TC6 XM-L T6, High @ 32'



Shadow TC6 XM-L T6, High @ 45'



Shadow TC6 XM-L T6, High @ 138'



Shadow TC6 XM-L T6, High @ 146' or 44.5 meters



Shadow TC6 XM-L T6, High @ 158'



Shadow TC6 XM-L T6, High @ 210' or 64 meters




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The Shadow TC6 XM-L T6 is a well built light.

The threads are smooth but did not come lubed. The threads are not square. Double o-rings are used and were not lubed.

The finish is Type II Anodize. It has a few flaws in the finish. Some spots. Color matching between parts is excellent, no mismatch of colors.

There were 2 options for the light levels. 3, high, medium and low. The other option is a 4 level light, high, medium, low and strobe.

I just noticed there was 2 options for the reflector. OP and MIL. I guess MIL is smooth. I should have paid attention to this because I like MIL (SMO) reflectors.

The cost for the different options were the same.

The beam is smooth. It does have the characteristic very slight green tint around the hot spot. I believe this is a Cool White (CW) XM-L. The website did not state what kind of led, cool white, neutral or warm. I do like CW lights.

The Shadow TC6 XM-L T6 always turns on high. I don't mind because I like my lights to turn on high. It just like some of the user interfaces of the XENO lights I have. I tend to not purchase lights that turn on either low or medium when they do not memorize it's last level when shut off.

I was surprised how nice the beam is. Also the light level in high. I thought it might be less bright than it is.

The battery tube is on the small size for battery width. My AW Black 18650 fit tight and I would have to remove the label to make it fit. Forget using Redilast 2900mAh 3.7V Li-ion Batteries they won't fit. The Trustfire 18650 2400mAh 3.7V Rechargeable Li-ion Batteries fit with no problems.

No lanyard, holster, instructions or o-rings are included. Maybe that's why this light was priced IMO a low price.



I purchased the Shadow TC6 XM-L T6 from CN Quality Goods for $45.00 + $9.53 (Shipping)  = $54.53 Shipped.

Shipping took 20 days.


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General Flashlight Discussion / Olight SR51 XM-L U2 Review
« on: August 03, 2011, 03:28:25 AM »

I purchased a Olight SR51 XM-L U2.

Comes in a case.





Comes with 2 o-rings and diffuser.



Lanyard is included.







Uses an XM-L U2 Led.

Orange Peel (OP) Reflector.





Stainless Steel Bezel



The diffuser is made of a flexible plastic that fits over the lens bezel.





Back view of the head.



Hold down the button to get in the 2 levels low and high.

A quick double quick gets you into strobe mode. One press of the switch gets you out of strobe.

In either low or high the level will be memorized when shut off. Does not memorize strobe mode.



Square threads



Comes with a 6 CR123A battery carrier.



The optional 2 18650 battery carrier was included for free if purchased before August.



Left, 2 18650 battery carrier.     Right, 6 CR123A battery carrier



The carriers negative end rest on this plastic piece on the tail cap.











Tail stands



This is the included holster.












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These are Lumens and run times from Olight. Also some other specs.




I took Lux readings with my Meterman LM631 Meter with the 2 18650 battery carrier. The batteries I used are Trustfire 2400mAh 3.7V Li-Ion Rechargeable Batteries.


Olight SR51 XM-L U2, Low - 8,820 Lux @ 1 Meter

Olight SR51 XM-L U2, High - 33,140 Lux @ 1 Meter


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Olight SR51 XM-L U2, High @ 96"



Olight SR51 XM-L U2, High, Diffuser @ 96"



Olight SR51 XM-L U2, Low @ 32'



Olight SR51 XM-L U2, High @ 32'



Olight SR51 XM-L U2, Diffuser High @ 32'



Olight SR51 XM-L U2, High @ 45'



Olight SR51 XM-L U2, High, Diffuser @ 45'



Olight SR51 XM-L U2, High @ 138'



Olight SR51 XM-L U2, High @ 158'



Olight SR51 XM-L U2, High @ 146' or 44.5 meters



Olight SR51 XM-L U2, High @ 210' or 64 meters




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The Olight SR51 XM-L U2 is a very good constructed light.

The threads are square and came lubed. Threads are smooth.

O-rings came lubed.

The Type III Hard Anodize is excellent. No spots or specks noted. Color matching is excellent.

The User's Interface is very easy to use. Very easy to figure out.

The beam tint on my Olight SR51 XM-L U2 has a very white hot spot with the characteristic very slight green tint around the hot spot. The very slight green tint is more noticeable in low.

When I used the diffuser the very slight green tint is not noticeable in high. In low though I can see some very slight green in the diffused light. When I first turned on the SR51 it reminded me of fluorescent light. I was surprised how much I liked the SR51 with the diffuser. It makes the SR51 use at night inside your house very "easy" on your eyes. No hot spot that could dominate your vision.

The advertised 110 run time in high is not bad IMO. Also 10 hours in low.

The Olight SR51 feels well balanced in my hands. As with most of the side switches it does take a little movement to get your thumb to find the switch.

The SR51 has some notches machined into the head to prevent rolling, anti roll.

The battery tube removed feels very light. The tube is on the thin side.

The holster IMO could be made of a little thicker material if you were using it everyday. It may not take the abuse of daily use. There is a zipper so it can be unzipped so the head can fit in the holster.

I hope in the future a Smooth Reflector (SMO) could be offered. I'm not sure if the Stainless Steel Bezel could be removed though. I did try to remove it. Maybe with more effort I can do it.

The metal travel case is a nice touch. A place to store your light and extra protection for traveling.


I purchased the Olight SR51 XM-L U2 from Going Gear for $125.95.




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General Flashlight Discussion / 4 Sevens Maelstrom X10 Review
« on: July 29, 2011, 10:21:41 PM »

I purchased a 4 Sevens Maelstrom X10.



Instructions and 2 o-rings are included.



A holster is included.





The 4Sevens Single Bay Smart Battery Charger is purchased separately.



Comes with a car charger and USB cord for charging.



The Maelstrom X10 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion 26650 Battery is purchased separately.







Uses an XM-L Led.



Uses a Smooth Reflector (SMO).





Lens Bezel Assembly is removable.



This is where the positive anode of the Rechargeable Lithium-Ion 26650 Battery makes contact.



All threads are square.







The rear tail cap is a twist on / off.

There are 2 levels low and high. Twist on / off within 1 second the X10 goes to the next level. Twist on / off for more than 2 seconds the X10 memorizes that level you are on.

The rear button is for momentary on. To use the tail cap needs to be half turned out. Press on release for off. Press again with in 1 second the X10 goes to the next level. Press on then release wait for 3 seconds the X10 will turn in that same level you were on.


Inside view of the rear tail cap.



Hard plastic is used for the rear tail cap switch.



This is the included holster.














Operating Range: 3.0V ~ 4.2V

Two levels of output:
Low: 100 lumens, 15 hours
High: 640 lumens, 1.8 hours


I took Lux readings with a fully charged Rechargeable Lithium-Ion 26650 Battery with my Meterman LM631. Hot off the charger at high. I read 18,000 Lux @ 1 meter. I took another reading at 1 minute.


4 Sevens Maelstrom X10, High - 17,600 Lux @ 1 Meter

4 Sevens Maelstrom X10, Low - 2,560 Lux @ 1 Meter


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4 Sevens Maelstrom X10, High @ 96"



4 Sevens Maelstrom X10, Low @ 32'



4 Sevens Maelstrom X10, High @ 32'



4 Sevens Maelstrom X10, High @ 45'



4 Sevens Maelstrom X10, High @ 138'



4 Sevens Maelstrom X10, High @ 158'



4 Sevens Maelstrom X10, High @ 146' or 44.5 meters



4 Sevens Maelstrom X10, High @ 210' or 64 meters




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The 4 Sevens Maelstrom X10 is very well made. The Type III Hard Anodize is excellent. All parts match.The threads are square. Twisting action is tight and smooth.

A nice touch is the holster. The holster is well built and tough. You can go put the X10 in either direction, tail up or tail down. I like the tail up position. I have had quite a few lights turn on by accident tail down in different holsters.

The X10 cannot tail stand.

Initial charge of the Rechargeable Lithium-Ion 26650 Battery took almost 2 hours.

The beam tint of the XM-L is white hot spot but around that is has the slight green tint. The green tint is more noticeable at low. The green tint doesn't bother me. Almost all of my cool XM-L lights I have show the same characteristics with the white hot spot and the green tint around it.

I was surprised at how much throw the X10 puts out for it's size. It throws a beam just as far as some of my other XM-L throwers. The other XM-L throwers are much longer compared to the 4 Sevens Maelstrom X10.


I purchased my 4 Sevens Maelstrom X10, 4Sevens Single Bay Smart Battery Charger and Rechargeable Lithium-Ion 26650 Battery from Going Gear.


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General Flashlight Discussion / Fenix TK70 Review
« on: July 20, 2011, 05:45:52 PM »

I got the Fenix TK70.





               

Comes with a shoulder strap and 3 o-rings.



Batteries were included.





Uses 3 XM-L Leds







The head came with a plastic cover that covers the end.



This is where the positive anode of the battery makes contact.



These are the switches that control the brightness and on/off.



Left switch which controls the levels, turbo, high, medium and low. Right switch contols on/off. The switch that controls the levels you have to press down to get to each level. Holding down the switch will not cycle through the light levels.



Square threads are used through out the light.



The battery tube is long. The extender is installed. Holds 4D batteries.



Inside view of the tailcap.



Can tail stand.



This is the shoulder strap clips.













Size comparison

Left Fenix TK70.     Right Fenix TK60



Left Fenix TK70.     Right Fenix TK60



These are the lumens and run time from Fenix.

Note: The below-mentioned parameters (tested by four high-quality D Ni-MH batteries with a measured capacity of 9000mAh in Lab) are approximate and may vary between flashlights, batteries and environments.




These are the Lux numbers I got. I used freshly charged Tenergy Premium D Size 10,000mAh Nimh Rechargeable Batteries.

Fenix TK70, Low - 410 Lux @ 1 meter

Fenix TK70, Medium - 8640 Lux @ 1 meter

Fenix TK70, High - 26,684 Lux @ 1 Meter

Fenix TK70, Turbo - 64,990 Lux @ 1 Meter


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Fenix TK70 @ 96"





I didn't change the settings on the beam shots at 32'. I always shoot the beam shots at the same speed. Sorry if they look washed out in high and turbo.

The Fenix TK70 is Bright!!!!


Fenix TK70, Low @ 32'



Fenix TK70, Medium @ 32'



Fenix TK70, High @ 32'



Fenix TK70, Turbo @ 32'



Fenix TK70, Turbo @ 45'



Fenix TK70, Turbo @ 138'



Fenix TK70, Turbo @ 158'



Fenix TK70, Turbo @ 146' or 44.5 meters



Fenix TK70, Turbo @ @ 210' or 64 meters




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The Fenix TK70 uses Type III Hard Anodize. It's finish is excellent. No flaws or mis color of parts.

The TK70 uses square threads. The threads came lubed. The threads feel smooth.

It's a large light with a long battery tube. The TK70 feels balanced in my hand when holding the TK70 near the 2 switches.

The TK70 has the issue just like the Fenix TK60 does. With one hand I hold my hand near the switches and have to rotate the battery tube with my other hand to find the switches.

The carrying strap is OK. The strap fits good on the rear of TK70. There is another lanyard included that fits in the groove of the head. The loop needs to be smaller so it can stay in the heat fins of the light. My Fenix TK60 did a better job making the loop smaller. When no slack is on the shoulder strap the lanyard falls out of the heat fins groove the the head. To solve this problem I would put a knot on larger side of the loop, to custom fit it in the fins.

When I first turned on the TK70 I said to myself "Holy F!". Man it's bright!

In the low you do see a very slight green tint around the hot spot. When I go into turbo mode the very slight green tint around the hot spot is less noticeable. Most of my cool white XM-L lights have the same characteristic with the slight green tint. Only one of my cool white XM-L light doesn't. I have 6 cool white XM-L lights.

The Fenix TK70 is "insanely" bright. I do have an Olight SR90 and it's the highest Lux light I have. The Fenix TK70 is second brightest according to my Lux readings. I have not compared the beams though. Turning on the TK70 did remind me of the Olight SR90 in terms of brightness.

It's not an Every Day Carry (EDC) light.....It's a Monster!!!


I got the Fenix TK70 from Fenix Outfiitters for $214.31 from a discount listed on Twitter.






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General Flashlight Discussion / Xeno X03 XM-L CW Review
« on: July 06, 2011, 06:56:16 AM »

I found the Xeno X03 XM-L (Cool White) CW through Tactical HID's website.



Comes with lanyard, spare rear switch and o-rings.



Uses 1AA Alkaline, Ni-mh, Ni-cd, Lithium, 14500 Li-ion or Lifepo4.

Has a finger grip machined on the battery tube.



Uses XM-L Cool White Led with an Orange Peel reflector.





Glass lens, Stainless Steel Bezel and Glow in the dark o-ring behind the lens.



This is where the positive anode of the battery makes contact with a spring.



Uses double o-rings and square threads.



Inside view of the reverse clickie.



Glow in the dark rear clickie cover.

It's a 3 level light. Medium. low then high. Does not remember it's last level when shut off.





Tail stands

 





From Tactical HID

Modes and Runtime (Aproximate):

Ni-mh cell:

Low: 20mA, 10 lumens, 20hrs+
Medium: 135mA, 60 lumens, 4hrs+
High: 500mA, 200 lumens, 1hr+

14500 Li-ion:

Low: 300mA, 90 lumens, 2.5hrs
Medium: 1000mA, 320 lumens 45min
High: 1560mA, 490 lumens, 30min


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I took lux readings with an AW Black 14500 Protected 3.7V 750mAh fully charged.


Xeno X03 XM-L CW, Low - 450 Lux @ 1 Meter

Xeno X03 XM-L CW, Medium - 1670 Lux @ 1 Meter

Xeno X03 XM-L CW, High - 2500 Lux @ 1 Meter


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Xeno X03 XM-L CW @ 96"



Xeno X03 XM-L CW, Low @ 32'



Xeno X03 XM-L CW, Medium @ 32'



Xeno X03 XM-L CW, High @ 32'



Xeno X03 XM-L CW, High @ 138'



Xeno X03 XM-L CW, High @ 158'




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The Xeno X03 XM-L CW is a very excellent built light. I have 4 Xeno Lights and their build quality is excellent. The finish is excellent, I don't know if Xeno is using Type III Hard Anodize or Type II Anodize.

As all the other Xeno light I have they all use square threads. The threads are smooth but were not lubed.The battery tube connected to the head must be glued because I cannot remove it.

The battery tube has the "unique" finger grips machined in it. The cut out grips look cool but they always seem to cause me to "fumble" the E03 around to find that perfect grip with the cut outs. I just grab the E03 in any position and turn it on.

I was very surprised when I first turned on the E06 using an Alkaline. Very floody and bright! The beam is all flood no throw.

Using a 14500 is even more bright. In high using the 14500 battery the head heats up quick. Tactical HID does not recommend running the E03 in high with 14500 for more than 5 minutes. Tactcal HID said they have not had any failures of the XM-L being run too hot, about 100 sold so far.

The tint on my XM-L Cool White has a very very slight tint towards the blue. No slight green tint noted.

Using a 14500 in low the beam is too bright for reading. The medium and high seem very close in brightness. I haven't used at this time any Alkaline or rechargeable nimh batteries to see how much of a difference the light levels compare to each other. I like my lights to shine bright.

At this time the Xeno X03 are being offered with Cool White, Neutral White and Warm White XM-L's.

Also at this time the body colors are Ti Black, Red and Blue. The Blue look more like a Purple color.

Shipping is very fast for me because I live in the same state California where the lights are shipped. It took 2 days.


The Xeno X03 XM-L CW was purchased from Tactical HID for $29.99 + $2.99 (First Class Shipping) for $32.98 USD.

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General Flashlight Discussion / Streamlight Jr Led C4 Review
« on: June 30, 2011, 02:38:21 AM »

I just recevied the Streamlight Jr Led C4.

2 AA Energizer Batteries included.



As you an see a holster is included.





Uses a Cree.

Orange Peel Reflector.





The Lens Bezel is removable.



Plastic lens is used.



This is a view of where the positive Anode of the battery makes contact.



Inside view of the rear forward clickie.



I tried to tail stand the Jr but the rubber boot sticks out a little.
















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Streamlight rates the Streamlight Jr Led C4 at 55 lumens with a run time up to 4 hrs to the zero Lumen mark. The run time chart looks like the Jr hits 25 Lumens at the 3.5 hr mark.


I took Lux readings with Meterman LM631 Light Meter and I used fully charged 2 AA Tenergy 2560mAh batteries.


Streamlight Jr Led C4 - 2560 Lux @ 1 Meter


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Streamlight Jr Led C4 @ 96"



Streamlight Jr Led C4 @ 32'




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The Streamlight Jr Led C4 build quality is good. Threads are smooth but no lube applied to the o-ring or threads. I broke my Lens Bezel Assembly o-ring reinstalling the Lens Bezel Assembly. Lucky I had a broken Ultrafire 2 AA so I took the o-ring off that light and used it. I lubed the o-ring and threads when reinstalling.

I don't know what the finish is. Type II of Type III Hard Anodize but the finish is excellent. No chips or scratches. Body part colors match.

The rear clikie is a forward clikie.  1 level only in high. The rear clicke feels sloppy. One needs to push in the center of the button to turn on or off. If you miss the center while pressing the switch the light won't turn on or off.

My Jr will not tail stand. I tried it with the rear clickie pushed off then on. The button stick out about 1mm.

I was surprised when I saw the reflector I though the Jr would have a smooth beam. When I first turned on the Jr I saw it the ring around the hot spot. The tint on my Jr is on the white side.

The clip seems tough, it has some "beef" to it.

The holster is built good. It's made for the Jr to sit tail down in the holster.

It's a nice improvement over the Luxeon version but they could have better designed the reflector to get rid of the rings and the tail cap action could use some improvement, tail standing and turning on or off.


I bought the Streamlight Jr Led C4 from Amazon for $33.23 but saw it drop to $29.20 for one day, then back to $33.23.

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General Flashlight Discussion / Fenix LD01 Stainless Steel Review
« on: June 24, 2011, 06:44:38 AM »

This is the Fenix LD01 Stainless Steel Special Edition that came from Fenix Outfitters.



Came with a battery, o-ring, instructions and split ring for a key chain.





Uses a Cree XP-G LED R5.





Rear view of the head.



Uses 1, 1.5V AAA Nimh or Alkaline battery.

Has a spring in the end of the battery tube.



Rear view of the tail.



Tail stands








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Lumen and run time from Fenix:


Fenix LD01 SS, Low - 3 Lumen, 27hrs

Fenix LD01 SS, Medium - 28 Lumen, 3hrs 8mins

Fenix LD01 SS, High - 77 Lumens, 1hr 28mins


I took Lux readings with a fully charged Energizer Rechargeable AAA 1.2V 850mAh Battery. I used my Meterman LM631 Light Meter.


Fenix LD01 SS, Low - 10 Lux @ 1 Meter

Fenix LD01 SS, Medium - 150 Lux @ 1 Meter

Fenix LD01 SS, High - 360 Lux @ 1 Meter


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Fenix LD01 SS, High @ 96"



Fenix LD01 SS, High @ 32'



Fenix LD01 SS, High @ 18'



Fenix LD01 SS, High @ 8'




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The Fenix LD01 Stainless Steel Special Edition is a very well made light. The Stainless Steel finish is excellent. No flaws or scratches in the finish.

Feels kind of hefty for a key chain light which to me a good thing. Feels tough.

The threads came lubed along with o-ring. The twisting action is very smooth.

The LD01 is a twisty. Starts off in medium, low then high.

The tint of the Cree XP-G LED R5 looks be almost a neutral color.

Uses common AAA battery. Run time seems to be good in high, Fenix claims a 1hr 28mins.

Fenix says it's ANSI/NEMA FL 1.

Waterproof to IPX-8. , 2m

Distance 50 Meters or 180'


You can get the Fenix LD01 Stainless Steel Special Edition from Fenix Outfitters for $48.76 with the CPF Discount.

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General Flashlight Discussion / ThruNite Catapult V2 XM-L T6 Review
« on: June 23, 2011, 06:10:38 AM »

I got the ThruNite Catapult V2 XM-L T6 from Going Gear Feburary 14, 2011.



Extras are spare o-rings, rear clickie switch, rear glow in the dark (GITD) rubber switch cover, lanyard and extension.







Uses XM-L T6 Led.





Stainless Steel Bezel

Smooth (SMO) Reflector



It's very easy to get to the XM-L T6 Led.





Rear view of head. Uses a spring to make contact to the positive anode of the battery.



Thick battery tube!









Asia Version?



Inside view of the rear forward clickie.



The switch controls on and off.



To control the 2 light levels high and low loosen the head for low, tighten for high.



Tail stands



Battery options  2 x 18650, 2 x 17670, 4 x CR123, 2 x 18650. (2 x CR12, 2 x 16340 for low only)










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ThruNite rates the Catapult V2 XM-L T6:


Low - 170 Lumens

High - 700+ Lumens

ThruNite says ANSI Lumens

No run times listed


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I took Lux readings with fully charged Protected Trustfire 3.7V 2400mAh Li Ion Batteries. I used my Meterman LM631 Lux Meter.


ThruNite Catapult V2 XM-L T6, High - 35,508 Lux @ 1 Meter

ThruNite Catapult V2 XM-L T6, Low - 1135 Lux @ 1 Meter


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ThruNite Catapult V2 XM-L T6, High @ 96"



ThruNite Catapult V2 XM-L T6, Low @ 32'



ThruNite Catapult V2 XM-L T6, High @ 32'



ThruNite Catapult V2 XM-L T6, High @ 146' or 44.5 meters



ThruNite Catapult V2 XM-L T6, High @ 210' or 64 meters



ThruNite Catapult V2 XM-L T6, High @ 138'



ThruNite Catapult V2 XM-L T6, High @ 158'




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The ThruNite Catapult V2 XM-L T6 is the second version of 3 that was made. The ThruNite Catapult V2 replaced the ThruNite Catapult V1 that used a SST-50 Led. The V2 re-designed the new driver with no MCU to accept higher input voltage and current.

An automatic overheat shutdown function was added. At 120C or 240F it will shut down. I have read from some others who have the V2 say their lights haven't reached that temperature and shut down. That means the V2 must have a very good heat sink.

The ThruNite Catapult V2 is made of 7075 Aircraft Aluminum. Most of the other manufacturers use the more affordable 6061 Aircraft Aluminum.

A ThruNite Catapult V3 was made about one month after I purchased the V2. If I knew a V3 was coming out I would have waited. The V3 is supposed to be brighter than my V2 using an XM-L T6 Led.

The ThruNite Catapult V2 is built very well. The threads are smooth. No square threads though. The Type III Hard Anodize is excellent. All parts match. No flaws in the finish.

The ThruNite Catapult V2 feels kind of hefty in my hands. Thick battery tubes.

The beam tint of the XM-L T6 Col White (CW) is just like the other XM-L T6 CW's I have. White hot spot surrounded by a a very slight green tint.

The Stainless Steel Bezel is a nice touch. Version 1 had an aluminum bezel.

I asked Going Gear about if the Asia Version was different the US version and I was told they are the same.



I purchased the light from Going Gear for the price of $134.95 with the CPF discount


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General Flashlight Discussion / Fenix TK21U Review
« on: June 23, 2011, 12:04:36 AM »

I purchased the Fenix TK21U from Fenix Outfitters.





Comes with a holster, lanyard, o-rings, rear rubber clickie cover and instructions.



Fenix Outfitters gave some Powerizer CR123's.

Can use 2 CR123's or 1 18650 battery.





Uses XM-L U2 Led





SMO (Smooth) Reflector



Uses a spring to make contact with the positive anode of the battery. Cannot remove battery tube from head it's glued.



This is the where you access the light levels. Low, medium, high, turbo. Hold the button down you get into strobe. The strobe alternates between and fast strobe and medium strobe. To get out of strobe function just hold the button down until the strobe stops. The button is on a wider flat spot so it makes it easier to find the button.



Has square threads. Threads and o-ring came lubed.



Inside view of the rear forward cliclke.



The rear clicke only turns the TK21U on or off.














The Lumen and run times from Fenix.

Turbo - 468 Lumens,  1hr 50min

High - 180 Lumens, 5hrs 10min

Medium - 58 Lumens, 16hrs

Low - 5 Lumens, 220hrs


Distance 214 Meters or 702 Feet


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I took Lux Readings with 1 AW Black 18650 Protected Battery 3.7V 2200mAH fully charged. I used my Meterman LM631 Light Meter.

I did not take any Lux readings or beam shots with the 2 CR123's.


Fenix TK21U, Turbo - 7510 Lux @ 1 Meter

Fenix TK21U, High - 2710 Lux @ 1 Meter

Fenix TK21U, Medium - 830 Lux @ 1 Meter

Fenix TK21U, Low - 90 Lux @ 1 Meter


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Fenix TK21U @ 96"



Fenix TK21U, Medium @ 32'



Fenix TK21U, High @ 32'



Fenix TK21U, Turbo @ 32'



Fenix TK21U, Turbo @ 138'



Fenix TK21U, Turbo @ 158'




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The Fenix TK21U2 XM-L build quality is excellent. Square threads and threads came lubed. The Black Type III Hard Anodize is excellent. Good color matching between parts and no flaws in the finish.

I was surprised at the size of the TK21U. I thought it would be much longer.

The mode changing button is very easy to use. It's made of metal. Fenix put the button on a wider flat area so it's easier to locate the button.

There is a anti roll device toward the end of the tail cap. Cannot tail stand because the rear clickie sticks out.

The tint of this XM-L U2 Led has a white hot spot. Around the hot spot the tint is a very slight green tint. It's just like most of the other XM-L CW (Cool Whites) I have. The slight green tint is more noticeable at lower levels. The low is a good low for reading.

The holster is OK. It uses thin material on the front of the holster so I don't think it will take much abuse or "wear and tear" for longevity.

Fenix claims a run time at Turbo 1hr 50mins for which isn't that bad IMO for an XM-L light.

On the box it says ANSI/NEMA FL 1

IPX-rated for waterproof.


I got the Fenix TK21U from Fenix Outfitter for $88.15. It was 10% off a Twitter Father's Day Special Discount.








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General Flashlight Discussion / Fenix TK60 Review
« on: June 21, 2011, 07:04:02 AM »

I purchased the Fenix TK60 from Fenix Outfitters.







Comes with a carrying strap, extension tube and spare o-rings.



Uses 4D sized batteries with extender on.



Uses an XM-L Led.

SMO (Smooth) Reflector.



I believe it's an AR Coated lens. I can tell when I have the TK60 on and look from the side I can see some blue color in the glass.





Rear view of the head.





The left button is for the changing the levels. The levels are low, medium, high then turbo. when in strobe you can click into SOS.

The right button is to turn on the TK60. It's a reverse clickie. If you double click it goes into a "debilitating" strobe. The strobe in high really seems to mess with my eyes!



The threads are square and were generously lubed. The extender threads weren't lubed.





Inside view of the tail cap.



Tail stands



Carrying Strap installed












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These are the Lumens and run times from Fenix:

Turbo - 800 Lumens - 4hrs 16min

High - 350 Lumens - 12Hrs

Medium - 111 Lumens - 40hsr

Low - 10 Lumens - 400hrs


Strobe - 800 Lumens 

SOS - 111 Lumens


It says Fenix Products are strictly in line with ANSI Standard. The testing Data more scientific and specific. I don't know what all this means?


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I took Lux readings with the Tenergy D Sized 10,000mAh Nimh Batteries fully charged. I used my Meterman LM631 Light Meter.

These are the batteries I used.




Fenix TK60, Turbo - 45,936 Lux @ 1 Meter

Fenix TK60, High - 15,280 Lux @ 1 Meter

Fenix TK60, Medium - 4,680 Lux @ 1 Meter

Fenix TK60, Low - 370 Lux @ 1 Meter


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Fenix TK60 @ 96"



Fenix TK60, Low @ 32'



Fenix TK60, Medium @ 32'



Fenix TK60, High @ 32'



Fenix T60, Turbo @ 32'



Fenix T60, Turbo @ 146' or 44.5 meters



Fenix T60, Turbo @ 210' or 64 meters



The next outdoor beam shots are at distances not measured.












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The Fenix TK60 is a very excellent made light. Threads are square and generously lubed. The threads feel smooth but are tight.The finish is Type III Hard Anodize and is excellent with good color matching and no flaws.

The hot spot on the bean is very white. Outside the hot spot has a very slight green tint. It's the brightest XM-L light that I have. I have 5 XM-L lights and 4 of them are "throwers". I  knew when I first turned on the TK60 it was going to be the brightest.

In strobe mode the TK60 had the strongest effect on my eyes. As I said earlier it's "debilitating"!  I was looking at it about 5 feet from my wall.

I did notice the lens looks to have an AR Coating. When I turn on the light and look too the side of the lens I can see some blue in it.

It does take a second to find the on switch. I hold it and rotate the TK60 to find the switch.

Not bad run times as told by Fenix. Turbo - 800 Lumens - 4hrs 16min. I like to run my lights in high.

The Fenix TK60 is a very long light and has some weight to it.

Fenix did an excellent job with this light.


Cost of the Fenix TK60 was $110.65. I got 10% off a Twitter special.
 



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General Flashlight Discussion / Streamlight E-Spot LiteBox Review
« on: June 20, 2011, 06:51:42 AM »

I purchased a Streamlight E-Spot LiteBox.

This is the box the LiteBox is packed in.





Comes with 120V 60Hz AC Charger and 12V DC Charge Cord.



A strap is included.



Uses what Streamlight calls  C4 Leds. They are Rebel Leds.







The wall mounting bracket is attached on the bottom.

The black switch below the handle towards the front is the light on switch. The switch is a reverse clickie.



There is a charging port towards the back bottom.

To release the wall mounting bracket press the rectangular button on the back and slide forward.



The is the wall mounting bracket. The wall mounting bracket comes with screws.



The Zero-maintenance 6V, 12Ah sealed lead acid battery. Rechargeable up to 500 times is installed at the bottom.





There is another charging port located on the back. This is where the wall mounting bracket connects the power to.



This is where the charging indication is located. Red for charging. Green for full charge. Streamlight recommends a 24 hour charge time for initial charge.



The strap installed.





A look under the LiteBox without the wall mounting bracket installed.



The head can be angled in many directions.







The LiteBox is set to the high position at the factory. If you want to set the LiteBox to low a Phillips Head screw at the back of the head needs to be loosened to remove the back cover. Then move a jumper to the "LO" side of the three pin header.

This is from the Streamlight website.

High 55,000 candela peak beam intensity; 540 lumens
Low 32,000 candela peak beam intensity; 330 lumens
Runtime:
High 7 hours to the 10% output level
Low 15 hours to the 10% output level


I measured with my Meterman LM631 fully charged:


Streamlight E-Spot LiteBox 30,550 lux @ 1 meter


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Streamlight E-Spot LiteBox @ 96"



Streamlight E-Spot LiteBox @ 32'



Streamlight E-Spot LiteBox @ 146' or 44.5 meters



Streamlight E-Spot LiteBox @  210' or 64 meters



Streamlight E-Spot LiteBox @ various distances not listed.










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The Streamlight E-Spot LiteBox is an industrial-duty, rechargeable, portable lantern. It's heavy! I was surprised at it's weight.

It's rated IPX4 rated for water-resistance.

Made of High impact ABS thermoplastic housing.

The build quality is excellent. No issues noted at this time.

After I charged the battery I let the LiteBox sit for about 14 hours before I recharged the LiteBox for lux readings and beam shots. It went to green in less than a minute. I was surprised how short of a time it took recharge. This is my first lead acid battery light so I didn't know what to expect.

I was also surprised Rebel Leds are being used. On most of the newer led lights Streamlight is using are Cree's.

I didn't shoot any beam shots in low. It seems to much of a hassle to remove the back cover of the head and move a jumper.


I got the LiteBox from Optics Planet, Shipping was free. Cost was $128.24.

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General Flashlight Discussion / Solarforce M8 Review
« on: June 16, 2011, 02:21:43 AM »

I purchased the Solarforce M8 from Solarforce-Sales.com



Came with 3 mode A.I switch & 1 mode switch, o-rings, spare rear switch cover  Glow In the Dark (GITD) and lanyard.






Battery options 1 or 2 18650  or 2, CR123A or 2 RCR123's.





Uses a hybrid reflector. Orange Peel by the LED, Smooth (SMO) outside the LED>



Uses a XM-L T6 Cool White (CW) 780 lumens. I don't know how they rated the lumens.

Voltage 2.7 - 9V









The XML is easy to get to.



Rear view of the "Head".



My M8 had some major flaws in the Type III Hard Anodize.





Inside view of the rear Clickie.



This single level switch is a forward clickie.



Tail stands














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I took a Lux reading of the Solarforce M8 using 2 AW's Black 3.7V 2200mAh Batteries fully charged.


Solarforce M8, High - 26,254 lux @ 1 meter


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Solarforce M8 @ 96"




Solarforce M8 @ 32'



Solarforce M8 @ 146' or 44.5 meters



Solarforce M8 @ 210' or 64 meters




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The Solarforce M8 build quality was OK. My light had some flaws in the Type III Hard Anodize. The threads were smooth but had no lube.

I like the 1 level switch. I hate the A.I Switch. The A.I switch has high, low then strobe. Doesn't remember it's last setting. You have to cycle through the levels to shut it off. Irritating IMO.

The hybrid reflector puts out a very nice beam. I think the hybrid reflector does cut down on the "throw" of the light. I have a Thrunite Catapult V2 XML and I get lower Lux readings but it slightly out throws the Solarforce M8.


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Left, Solarforce M8, XML T6.   Right, ThruNite Catapult V2 XML T6 @ 96"



Left, Solarforce M8, XML T6.   Right, ThruNite Catapult V2 XML T6 @ 96"   Stepped down exposure



Solarforce M8 @ 210' or 64 meters



ThruNite Catapult V2 @ 210' or 64 meters




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ThruNite Catapult V3 should easily out throw the Solarforce M8. It's supposed to be more brighter than my ThruNite Catapult V2.

You have to remember though the Solarforce M8 is at a lower price.





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