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Ultrafire RL-198 XP-G R5 3mode

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Ultrafire RL-198 XP-G R5 3Mode from http://www.manafont.com 

 

  • Brand: UltraFire
  • Model: RL-198
  • Emitter Type:R5
  • Total Emitters: 1
  • Battery Configurations: 1 x 18650 battery(not included)
  • Switch Type: Clicky (Clickie)
  • Switch Location: Tailcap (Tail-cap)
  • Modes: 3
  • Mode Memory: Circuitry Features Mode Memory
  • Mode Arrangement: Hi > Mid > Low
  • Lens: Coated Glass Lens
  • Reflector: Aluminum Smooth/SMO Reflector
  • Carrying Clip: Clip Included
  • Carrying Strap: Strap included
 
First Impresions:
Its very nicely made , it's lights like the RL-198 that give me hope , no junk modes [ Hi - Med - Lo ] , and it also seems to be extremely well regulated , something I was not expecting from a sub $30 shipped light [ more later ] . The beam is both good and ring'y [ smooth reflector ] , how can that be , well , it has a really defined hotspot , much like a XR-E , and then it seems to step down after that as it becomes spill / flood , Ive posted the beams , so check out the pictures .
 I really like the look of the RL-198 , different to the usual run of P60 hosts and while its about the same size as say a L2 [ p60 host ] the RL-198 just seems to look a little more clean [ to me ] , now speaking of P60 , a P60 drop in will fit in this light , though it is a fraction short , making for a slightly lose fit without a battery [ original pill fits fine ] .

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Performance :
Hi = 269L - 0.91A
Med = 86L - 0.29A
Lo = 15L - 0.05A

Checking regulation :
4.1v Battery = 271L
4.02v Battery = 268L
3.87v Battery = 270L
3.6v Battery = 176L

Certainly not a scientific test for regulation , but from these small results one can see that this light is well regulated , also the current is much closer to where the XP-G R5 runs efficiently .  At 139 lumens per 350mA , 0.91A , math say's = 360L , making 270L OTF quite realistic for such low current draw , especially considering all the variables . Now think about that , lower current = less heat and longer run time , with more than acceptable output . Low and medium offer some serious runtime , Medium at around 0.3A offers about 8 and a half hours with a 2600mAh battery , and something like 52 hours on Low . 


Conclusion:

Well , a surprisingly good light , well regulated output , I like the current draw on this one .
The anodizing is nice , a mat black , evenly applied 
Knurling is very fine , and well cut 
Tailcap design allows for tailstanding 
Smooth reflector
Has a nice sturdy clip
Nice smooth clicky , very nice to use 
Has a wrist strap 
Glass lens 
Threads are well cut , but no lube [ dry ] , a bit of lube really slicked them up 
O rings through out 
PWM is good on Medium , but the frequency on low is such as to be noticeable by those sensitive to low frequency PWM , personally I cant see it , unless Im chasing my cat outside ,  her legs look a little funny , but it bothers me not . 
Mode Memory is very fast , no changing into the next mode . [ Clicking on and off ] 

Im very pleased with this light , and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good 18650 flashlight , I cant find anything negative to report , its just so damned nice , I dont want to sound like an advert for the RL-198 , but its not often I see so much value for the money . Ive spent a lot of time ho-humming as to whether to get one , so when the opportunity presented itself to test the RL-198 I jumped at the chance , and I can honestly say if all the RL-198's manafont sells are like this one , it would be difficult to be disappointed .   

I would like to thank Manafont.com for the opportunity to test this light .  

old4570 


Back Yard Beam Shots , 5 Meters to the wall . 

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Low = 15L 




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Med = 86L


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High = 269L

Throw @ 1meter = 7400Lux ... This is good for a XP-G , considering the output , its more like excellent 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

Edited by: old4570 on 02/22/2011 - 07:11
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Thanks old. Those UF RL series lights have always looked nice.......but I wasn't too keen on their Osram emitters. They definitely look like they're worth a second look now that they have upgraded them.

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Nice review I have my eye on that or the C303

Old4570 can you do beam shots with other XPG lights please.

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looks like Ultrafire is having more quality flashlights lately!

thanks for the review!

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I'm getting '403 forbidden' with the pics ..???

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Can't see the low mode image.

Thanks for the review Wink Would be nice to see some wall beamshots comparison, other R5 or Q5.

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Pictures = Might be a high load on the picture host , works for me though . [ hosted by imageshack ] Maybe click the little link and see if you can see it on imageshack . 

Beams , ill take some tonight , but the beam is very XR-E like due to the reflector in the RL-198 ..  [ something I thought a lot of people might be interested in ] 

Low current , XR-E style beam , good hotspot ..  

But I will include some XP-G shots tonight , + XR-E , for comparison . 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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old4570 wrote:

Pictures = Might be a high load on the picture host , works for me though . [ hosted by imageshack ] Maybe click the little link and see if you can see it on imageshack .

Temp issue, works now Wink 

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Ultrafire RL-198/\

 

 

Ultrafire 501B XR-E R2 /\

 

 

Ultrafire C1 XP-G R5 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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This is what I get today, funny...

 

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IE Seems to work ok , + Chrome works fine ... What browser are you using ?

Try Jayki.com for this review , or maybe a different browser .

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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IE and Firefox the same, in another imageshack pic from a DX's thread got the same, maybe is like tinypic some months ago which block some areas... I can enter the site using it normally

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Have you tried cleaning your cookies and temp files? Undecided 

BTW, can't see any spill Shocked Comparing to R2 and R5  Flat Stare

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it's fixed now

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Look at the wall , and the shadows on the ground ..

Check out and compare hotspots ..

The RL-198 really pushes the light forward with a narrower than normal beam profile ..

 

If you compare the XR-E and XP-G R5 C1 , you will see the XR-E has a more intense and concentrated hotspot while the C1 lights things up more evenly ..

So those that like to push light forward , should like the RL-198 ..   + The C1 is about 350ish on the Lumens and pulls over 2A with a fresh cell .

The 501 pulls over 1.5A with a fresh cell , and does about 270L  +  depending on the battery used .  

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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old4570, where did you get the Ultrafire C1 XP-G R5?

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Mine came from KD , initially there were problems that needed sorting out ...

Review on Jayki , but once sorted , it has been a very reliable light , I reach for it often ..

Only thing I dont care for is the high current on high , over 2A with a decent battery . 

Ive been using the RL-198 , and I like it very much , the C1 does not have mode memory , always starts on high , which is good some times , but may annoy the neighbors .

So sometimes , a light starting on Low is more sensitive ...   

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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old4570 wrote:

Look at the wall , and the shadows on the ground ..

Check out and compare hotspots ..

The RL-198 really pushes the light forward with a narrower than normal beam profile .. 

We'll have to take your word for it.

All but one of the images are overexposed and there is no exif info attached. I find them difficult to compare.

Nice shed though.

Angus 

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Thanks old4570 - did a search - no luck. I found it on DinoDirect but from what I've read, I'll pass on them.

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old4570 wrote:

Look at the wall , and the shadows on the ground ..

Check out and compare hotspots ..

The RL-198 really pushes the light forward with a narrower than normal beam profile ..

 

If you compare the XR-E and XP-G R5 C1 , you will see the XR-E has a more intense and concentrated hotspot while the C1 lights things up more evenly ..

So those that like to push light forward , should like the RL-198 ..   + The C1 is about 350ish on the Lumens and pulls over 2A with a fresh cell .

The 501 pulls over 1.5A with a fresh cell , and does about 270L  +  depending on the battery used .  

Manual exposition or automatic white ballance?

Even so, interesting result. So RL-198 will throw better than C1, right? (both with R5) 

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Olympus C-370 3.2meg a pixel  All auto point and shoot digital .

No SLR here [ except my old 35mm = retired ] 

One day I may get a Digital SLR 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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old4570 wrote:

Olympus C-370 3.2meg a pixel  All auto point and shoot digital .

No SLR here [ except my old 35mm = retired ] 

One day I may get a Digital SLR 

 

For just beamshots  a DSLR is overkill. Any point and shoot with full manual override will do the job admirably. Barring that, at least one with spot metering. 

My personal bias has been towards Canon's line of P&S's, simply because there is an extremely useful add-on for them called CHDK. It unlocks many capabilities that the factory has hidden from the user. Most useful for me has been the 'live histogram' and the 'zebra mode'. The zebra mode highlights the areas where you are over/under exposed. But of course you still need the manual controls in the first place to take full advantage.

Cheers, Angus 

 

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A question for you old.

does the p60 module fit in that reflector?. i was thinking MF 3mode xml. Thanks!

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There is a comparison photo .. 

Yes a normal P60 will fit , but you would need to stretch out the negative or outside spring to hold it in place as it is shorter than the RL-198 pill ..

I put one in there and it was a some what lose fit [ p60 ] but the battery [ once installed ] held it in place and it worked fine .

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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jamesearljonesisascab wrote:

A question for you old.

does the p60 module fit in that reflector?. i was thinking MF 3mode xml. Thanks!

You can buy XML version for $29.20

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how2 wrote:

jamesearljonesisascab wrote:

A question for you old.

does the p60 module fit in that reflector?. i was thinking MF 3mode xml. Thanks!

You can buy XML version for $29.20

Ok thx i guess they just added it at MF. Ultrafire RL-168

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Now that's a good looking light . No annoying modes , XML ,  deep reflector ...

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great review old4570 (as usual) I have gotten used to seeing that white wall in your backyard. lol  I am wondering if the xm-l would be a lot better or not?

 

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Some one needs to buy the XM-L Version !  

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Where can you get this light with Osram led? for a good price?

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