Buying my first XM-L torch, so many options for cells and chargers, need help.

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Buying my first XM-L torch, so many options for cells and chargers, need help.

Well I'm going to get the KD C8 X-ML T6 that was reviewed on this site. I have many options for cells, chargers and better flashlights that I don't know about. What confuses me is the advertising of capacity. I just need to Know what I need for for longest runtime.

example (Pair) Ultrafire Protected 18650 3.7V 2400mAh   VS  Ultrafire 18650 Protected 3000mAh vs Ultrafire BRC 18650 3600mAh 3.7V Protected Li-ion Battery (1 pair)

 

I do know that I dont want a cell that may shut off if I put the light on high, with any light that I will get. But I should get protected to conserve cell life, right?

 

2400mAh vs 900Mah? Well I just need to know what cell and what charger would be the best choice for this flashlight or any other XM-L light.

 

Whats the average shipping wait time from KD? I don't want to wait more than 2 weeks for shipping, which is why I think KD is a good choice right? I don't want anything From DX, due to the wait.

 

I'll be using this for forest trails, camping, late night boating, working outside (i'm a HD mechanic). I'm thinking I need More spot and flood than distant throw.

 

I was saw the beam shots of Romisen RC-T6 6* CREE Q5 Flashlight (2*18650/1*CR123A+1*18650)  on this site and thinking it would be good for a the flood. Not sure if this is the better flashlight if compared to the  KD C8 XM-L above.

I just wan't something as close to the Fenix TK 45 spot and beam. But for 50-70$ (charger, cells and torch).

 

Thanks in advance, btw this site is has excellent flashlight reviews.

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The best runtime might be from your first choice. The 3000mah's are horribly overrated. The grey 2400's are quite variable. Some are decent; some are not. I suggest these: http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/protected-trustfire-18650-37v-2400mah-rechargeable-batteries-flame-2pcsset-p-5560  Good capacity (2450 ish mah), ok quality and protection circuit. Pretty consistent. 

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Thanks, any recomendations on flashlights that are simular in beam flood of the TK-45?

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Probably what you're considering now is your best bet. 

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snoozin wrote:


Well I'm going to get the KD C8 X-ML T6 that was reviewed on this site. I have many options for cells, chargers and better flashlights that I don't know about. What confuses me is the advertising of capacity. I just need to Know what I need for for longest runtime.

example (Pair) Ultrafire Protected 18650 3.7V 2400mAh   VS  Ultrafire 18650 Protected 3000mAh vs Ultrafire BRC 18650 3600mAh 3.7V Protected Li-ion Battery (1 pair)

 


Stay away from those 3000 and 3600mAh cells. Stick with the 2400mAh cells. Most people like the Trustfire 2400mAh cells with flame label, but the gray ones are good too. Don't get cells from eBay unless you are dealing with a seller that people here have used successfully in the past.

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I do know that I dont want a cell that may shut off if I put the light on high, with any light that I will get. But I should get protected to conserve cell life, right?

 


I don't hear of that happening too often. Look around in the battery section and you will find recommendations of good batteries. None of them should shut off like that.

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2400mAh vs 900Mah? Well I just need to know what cell and what charger would be the best choice for this flashlight or any other XM-L light.


People like the XTAR charger, but a lot of people have the Ultrafire WF-139 which is about $12 and will charge a lot of different sizes. I use this one, but it only does 18650. I haven't had any more problems with DX than KD. To me they are about the same, but DX has better customer service and their website has more product info and reviews:

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/digital-li-ion-18650-battery-charger-6105


 

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Whats the average shipping wait time from KD? I don't want to wait more than 2 weeks for shipping, which is why I think KD is a good choice right? I don't want anything From DX, due to the wait.


Average time is about 3 weeks. Usually it is no more than 4 weeks, but right now there are some serious mail problems in Hong Kong. I've had a light sitting at Hong Kong Post for 3 weeks now. The shipper sent it out a day or two after I ordered it (rare, it usually takes 3 or 4 days of "packing"), but it hasn't budged since.

 

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I'll be using this for forest trails, camping, late night boating, working outside (i'm a HD mechanic). I'm thinking I need More spot and flood than distant throw.


It's a good light and the price on it just went down. Hopefully they haven't changed suppliers.

 
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I was saw the beam shots of Romisen RC-T6 6* CREE Q5 Flashlight (2*18650/1*CR123A+1*18650)  on this site and thinking it would be good for a the flood. Not sure if this is the better flashlight if compared to the  KD C8 XM-L above.

I just wan't something as close to the Fenix TK 45 spot and beam. But for 50-70$ (charger, cells and torch).


That 6-LED light wasn't cheap to start with, about $60. Personally, I'm not comfortable spending that kind of money on a "budget" light because it really is a crapshoot on whether it works or not. There was a Trustfire TR-1200 that a couple of people got which also had multiple LED's in the head. It got great reviews at first, but later versions were terrible and just didn't work or were really dim. That's a lot of money down the drain. And they aren't easy to fix because they use special parts (non-standard drivers).
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Awesome, thanks, I'm ordering one right now.

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Well from what I read, I thought KD was shipping quicker than DX lately. But If there both the same I will buy my charger and cells with DX since its slightly cheaper and I was planing on getting other cheap flashlights through them anyways.

 

Or if theres another online shop that ships budget lights withing 2 weeks, Let me know.

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snoozin wrote:

Thanks, any recomendations on flashlights that are simular in beam flood of the TK-45?

 

Three much cheaper flashlights taped together Silly

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I just ordered mine too the KD C8 X-ML T6 1000 lm model. Waiting for its arrival

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Travelmate wrote:

I just ordered mine too the KD C8 X-ML T6 1000 lm model. Waiting for its arrival

Good choice, you will like it. I have got one the first day they were availible and I just ordered a second one last week.