3 Mode Zoom AA 14500 Headlight Torch Light Headlamp #9 (ebay)

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3 Mode Zoom AA 14500 Headlight Torch Light Headlamp #9 (ebay)

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On a whim, I bought a couple of these headlamps. They are alloy, reasonable quality for the money. Threads are ok, dry, no o-rings. Waterproofing is doubtful, but some good grease would help.

Headstrap is decent, nice and wide, comfortable and holds firm.

Output is not dazzling bright, but very useful. Nowhere near as bright as my Sipik SK68 clone.

Modes are: High – Low – Strobe. Starts on High. No memory and short reset time, about a second or two.

The zoom is effective, a few rings on flood, and the usual Q5 die image on full throw. Smaller die image than SK68 but not as many lumens or lux. Also flood pattern is smaller than SK68, about 2/3 of the size.

Tint colour is a nice white, no purple or green tints to speak of.

The zoom head on mine needed a tighten, it was a tad loose. The head screws into the battery tube.

For under $8, this is a great light for the kids or non flashy friends. pretzy’s el cheap seal of approval rating ****/5 stars

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Edited by: pretzy on 11/15/2012 - 06:12
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I have bought that one also, at dx, for 12 dollars. I really like the look of it and the AA/14500 use, but the finish is awfully cheap and all threads are gritty. No o-rings and at the attachment of the head to the battery-holder there is no possibility for a o-ring, so that joint (leading to the driver!) will leak in the rain (teflon tape??). I find the light hardly useful because even the flood modus is so narrow that you can not illuminate half of one page of a book, also the low is not low enough. It is a good tight thrower though, for what that is worth in a head lamp.

Best part I think is the carrying pouch, well made, neatly finished Wink. And the worst part is that it is impossible to reach the led (I wanted to do a swap); lens is press fit and when you finally have got it out there is a press-fit plastic part under it that is impossible to remove (believe me, I applied brute force!)

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Thanks…I couldn’t find that seller for U.S. buyers, but here it is (I believe) from another seller, or the same one with two user IDs: http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-Mode-Zoom-AA-14500-Headlight-Torch-Light-Headl....

And this: torch and battery looks the same to me. Is it?

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Defusion tape to make it usable at close range? Plenty of those to bid on but they usually go for 7-8 dollars.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-5W-Cree-Led-500-Lumens-Zoomable-Flashlight-H...

Similar headlamp with attachment:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/310502478147?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3...

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