Looking for my first Reliable bright Flood-To-Throw flashlight.

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Looking for my first Reliable bright Flood-To-Throw flashlight.

I have been researching all the flood to throw flashlights. I just want a really bright FTT with preferably wide flood. 

 

I was thinking the X2000, I know it has its issues, but how hard is it to mod this.

Also the C30, C78, or the Romisen Rc-29.

 

I'm hoping theres a Flood to throw out there that makes this ones look dim. Something with XM-L maybe?

15-40$ budget. I'm still looking, Thanks in advance.

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I've driven the XML to 2.8a in a flood to throw...you can find a post on it here. It looses throw, but gains a butt ton of flood, if that's your thing.  Out of the box, I'd say either the EDI-T T11 or the C78.  I've tried to like my x2000 and c30...but meh. I gave one away and use the other as a bench test drone.

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 I'm thinking of getting one of these reliable FTT flashlights below, I want the brightest one, but not sure as some of them have shinebright.com

Romisen RC-C8 CREE Q5-WC 3-Mode 210-Lumen Convex Lens LED Flashlight (1*18650/2*CR123A/3*AAA)

Romisen RC-29 CREE Q5 WC 3-Mode 180-Lumen Convex Lens LED Flashlight with Strap (1*AA/1*14500)

Romisen RC-39 CREE Q5-WC 5-Mode 190-Lumen Memory Convex Lens LED Flashlight with Strap (1*18650)

 

Or this Moded RC-29 which uses Cree XP-G R5 LED in RC-29

Or this moded RC-29 which uses Uses premium 3D tint Cree XP-G neutral white R4 emitter*

Or This is the customized version of the RC-C8, which uses a brighter WC tint Cree XR-E R2 LED

 

The three flashlights above are from shinningbeam and they claim the mod makes them 40% brighter. I'm new, I don't know if that adds up with the different led, but you guys may be able to confirm that.

I was also considering getting a stock rc-29 or rc-C8 above and making it a XM-L light. Not sure what I would need but I'm thinking its not difficult with the right parts.

 

I want powerful Flood to throw with more flood. I read that the Randar RA-813: 1x18650 XML T6 Flood to Throw is available but waiting for one of the members of the forum to review it. I might consider fallowing Match's post of edi-T T11... To He(xm)LL as it looks to be the most cost effective approach to and XM-L flood to throw at this time. 


 

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I am verrry close to trying this one out! seems to be quite water tight as well!

 

http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1063

 

However, I have fallen victim to some false advertising on the Yezl's before with my Z1. So I am slightly hesitant. 

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That was a good review with nice pictures. Of all the mentionned Romisen lights I have mentioned, which one has the effeciant/brighter LED regardless of flood and throw? The Cree XR-E R2,  XP-G R5, XP-G R4 or Cree Q5?

 


 

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snoozin wrote:

That was a good review with nice pictures. Of all the mentionned Romisen lights I have mentioned, which one has the effeciant/brighter LED regardless of flood and throw? The Cree XR-E R2,  XP-G R5, XP-G R4 or Cree Q5?

 


 

Xpg- r5 is the brightest

xpg -r4

r2

q5

That is making an assumption that all things are equal ...

I keep harping on this but it;'s worth noting  .. this 40% gain over another light sounds like a lot ....

i bet you can't see the difference  between the two

 

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I might just buy the stock version of the Rc29. What does the upgrade to XPG R5 involve? Just swapping parts plus resolder? What would I need?

What type of lense is the RC-C8, domed or engineered? Is the C8 really brighter?

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I have the 14500 version of the RC-29. It is quite a bit more impressive on 14500 than AA. And I highly recommend the light, I love it!!

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Another vote for the RC-29 with a 14500. Beautiful!

Piers said " ....but who wants enough light, when you have the option for far too much "

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I have Randar 813, Romisen RC-39 and a CR123 X2000 at the same time and guess what, I just finished taking their indoor photos. Will make a comparison review (not for runtimes or lumens but with some beamshots and body shots) soon. 

As a teaser, I can say Randar 813 is a very bright flooder but its throw is a bit holding it back. It pulls at least 2Amps as far as I could measure (my DIY C2 with 8xAMC7135 driver pulled only 1.9Amps at most with the same setup. It may be the wire resistance limiting it). Nice 3 mode no strobe or hidden big number of strobe modes groups are present. Build quality is nice, but could be better.

On the other hand, Romisen RC-39 pulls only 850mA with a 4.2V battery and 750mA with a 3.9V one, but its beam is different due to its TIR optics and gives a brighter and more usefull throw end. Flood is clean but of course not bright as Randar's. Romisen's build quality is very good as usual. 

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Kokopelli wrote:

I have Randar 813, Romisen RC-39 and a CR123 X2000 at the same time and guess what, I just finished taking their indoor photos. Will make a comparison review (not for runtimes or lumens but with some beamshots and body shots) soon. 

As a teaser, I can say Randar 813 is a very bright flooder but its throw is a bit holding it back. It pulls at least 2Amps as far as I could measure (my DIY C2 with 8xAMC7135 driver pulled only 1.9Amps at most with the same setup. It may be the wire resistance limiting it). Nice 3 mode no strobe or hidden big number of strobe modes groups are present. Build quality is nice, but could be better.

On the other hand, Romisen RC-39 pulls only 850mA with a 4.2V battery and 750mA with a 3.9V one, but its beam is different due to its TIR optics and gives a brighter and more usefull throw end. Flood is clean but of course not bright as Randar's. Romisen's build quality is very good as usual. 

Kokopelli I can't wait for your pics!  I really like flood to throw lights Smile 

 

Quick question....if I were to build an XML Maglite aspheric, would the flood to throw still work like it does on the regular maglite?