This is the third flashlight Ray has made, the first was a small high power CR123 light (D1), next a small good looking high power AAA light (S20), this time it is a larger light with 2 brightness settings and a strobe mode, changing between the levels is done with fast off/on sequences with the forward switch, the light will remember last selected mode. The light is made of aluminum with hard-anodized (Type 3) finish.
The light is supplied in a cardboard box with magnetic lock.
Inside the box is the light, a lanyard with a split ring and a skull, 3 spare o-rings, a GITD (Glow in the dark) rubber boot for the switch and a manual. A holster is also included with the light.
The light uses a XP-G led in a large smooth reflector.
The bezel on the light is in stainless steel and the back of the reflector has some indents to prevent the light from rolling.
It is possible to remove the reflector and gain access to the led.
Further back on the head is a heat sink.
The connection to the battery has a small plate mounted on it to make it wear resistant.
The body has four faces and between the faces there is some knurling, this knurling is a bit sharp. On one of the sides is the name of the light together with a skull.
The battery tube has threads and o-rings in both ends, the tail threads are anodized and can be used for lockout.
The tail has the classical spring to keep the battery in position and a forwards switch to turn on/off and select mode. The shape of the tailcap makes it possible for the light to tail stand.
This is the parts I could disassemble the light into without using tools.
The lanyard has a skull on it where the eye holes are filled with GITD material.
The holster does also have the skull motive
This holster can be mounted on either vertical or horizontal straps and it can be adjusted to just about any flashlight size as long as the light has a head that is larger than the body. It is also possible to remove the flap over the light for people that want an open holster.
The holster after a small size adjustment, I wanted the light to be looser in the holster.
This is a nice functional light Ray has made here. The light has two brightness settings, the high one is very bright with good throw and runtime, the low is also bright, but has a very long runtime. The SS bezel secures the light can take some punisment.
Technical specification and measurements
This light is designed for 2xCR123, 1x18650 or 2x16340 batteries.
Measured size and weight:
Length: 147 mm
Diameter: 23 mm to 45 mm
Weight: 182 gram with CR123 and 196 gram with AW18650-2600
The light uses a Cree XP-G R5 led.
In the above table I have used 2600mAh 18650 and 1400mAh CR123 batteries for measuring and estimating runtime. The estimated lumen are based on the specified 350 lumen and then scaled according to measured brightness.
The voltage scan shows that the light is stabilized down to about 3.5 volt. This light also has a very nice current profile with a maximum current draw of 1.2 ampere. The light goes out at around 2.6 volt and the current draw is down to 1 mA, this makes it possible to use unprotected batteries in this light, just remember to remove the batteries when the light goes out.
The small bump from the voltage scan can also be seen in the runtime curves, and the voltage from LiIon is just at the edge of stabilization, but not more than acceptable. This is not a light that suddenly goes out, when the batteries are nearly empty, it fades to dark over some time.
The driver in the light has some invisible noise in the light and it depends on the voltage. Top curve is with a 18650 battery, bottom curve is with 2xCR123 batteries (Note the difference in scale).
The low setting uses pwm at 496 Hz, again the noise depends on the voltage. Top curve is with a 18650 battery, bottom curve is with 2xCR123 batteries.
The strobe is 9.9 Hz with 50% duty cycle. Top curve is with a 18650 battery, bottom curve is with 2xCR123 batteries.
Comparison to other Flashlights
Reflex Reflex1, Ray X60, 4Sevens Maelstrom G5
Fenix LD25, Fenix E21, JetBeam RRT-1 Q5
For the full comparison to other lights with graphs and beamshots see here.
The included lights are:
The light was provided for review by Ray.