Opinions on Elzetta lights

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Opinions on Elzetta lights

I am looking for opinions on Elzetta lights, as the next two lights I plan on buying are the Charlie and the Bravo models. ( Then I will get back to the cheaper lights after I have a couple tough potted lights ) I know the cons to the light might be Cost, Non-rechargeable cells except the Bones model, although Overready bores them to a 18650 size. Other cons might be output 900 lumens. They are however true lumens for almost 1 hour . Then there is the fact that you get one or two levels of light.

I do not mind the CR123A only factor. (I have over 100 SF123A cells. ) I can live with the cost of these lights for them being tough ( fully potted electronics ) 100% waterproof and simple operation UI as simple as click on/click off. I have the Surefire P2X Tactical and the P3X Tactical lights , but they are not the quality of Elzetta though, also the optics on the Elzettas will make them different too as will the tint.

Opinions on these lights is appreciated!

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Disclaimer: I’m not the target market for these types of lights

With that said I think I would rather go with a PFlexPRO which takes standard 18650’s, has more configurable firmware and emitters, and is still potted. Sure their website doesn’t have a bunch of tacticool AR’s on it but I think the lights should hold up just the same, with better configurations (IMO) for half as much money.

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I have an AVS Bravo that was bored for 18650 by Oveready. Only reason I bought it is I found a good deal on it used. It is a fine light but if I were in your position and wanting a simple operation, potted, and highly reliable light I would look at Malkoff first.They have a similar, if not better, reputation for quality and customer service, but offer many more options for beam type, output, tint, voltage range, etc. plus 18mm bore as standard.

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I don’t doubt their reliability, but you’d be getting 2014 tech at 2014 prices

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I looked at their website. There is no mention of driver specs or even what emitter and tint are used. That would be a bit of information I would expect to get with a $200 dollar flashlight regardless of how well it’s made. If we had driver specs we would be able to tell if we could run 2 16340’s in the light instead of CR123’s. I imagine it would accept a 16650 without a problem. Those cells are a bit harder to find but they are still running around. I agree, I would look toward the Malkoff or even a Armytek.

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They’re a top notch weapons’ light for critical applications, like SureFire.

If you’re not into the ‘shooty’ stuff, or have firearms, there are probably better/cheaper choices out there.

Chris

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I have lights on quite a few of my firearms. I have had a few surefires. had a streamlight or two as well. They lasted for a year or so. They broke. Got tired of sending them back. I started buying lights that had what I wanted and making them work for me. They have been going strong for years now. I am not one to leave anything well enough alone. Smile

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A few of my fellow deputies carry them and regard them highly. For work or duty use these are in the top pick list. CR123A’s aren’t an issue as they can be found for a buck a piece or less and have a 30 year self life. The Bones model is 18650 ready.

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I still have a bravo with avs head, and a m60 based 2 cell light. Meant to sell them though.

I do not like the beam from avs optics. The m60 light has a beam similar to that of a surefire e2d 200 lumen, still inferior though, beam has a ring, and less throwy.

I will not recommend bravo avs to my friend for $200. Maybe they have their values in terms of extreme reliability, I just don’t have a use for that. Similar situation for my hds, I agree it is a nice light, but not $200 nice to me. Again just too lazy to put them for sale.

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texas shooter wrote:
A few of my fellow deputies carry them and regard them highly. For work or duty use these are in the top pick list. CR123A’s aren’t an issue as they can be found for a buck a piece or less and have a 30 year self life. The Bones model is 18650 ready.

Most of the quality Panasonic CR123As made in the USA and Japan, as well as the Sanyo~Japan sourced cells, have an expiry date of 10 years, not 30 years, but yeah…they should be a monetary problem for ‘departments,’ or people buying Elzettas.

It’s like the Ferrari owner worrying about tires, or an oil change.

Chris

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Thanks everyone !

I found a lot of valuable information to consider. Also, it is so refreshing not to see fanboys in the posts. Just honest opinions. Exactly what I was looking for.

I like so many different lights from so many different manufacturers and for so many different reasons it is impossible to keep up with them. I think I will end up buying just the Charlie first or a Malkoff which I have also been looking at, however still can’t find the right one for me. I do have weapons and this light might go on an AR or AK. Thanks again everyone.