Supbeam X40 - Infinitely Variable to @3K lms

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Supbeam X40 - Infinitely Variable to @3K lms

Look what the DHL man brought in time for Xmas today!

A couple observations: Comparable in brightness to my TN30, with identical hotspot but smaller spill.

The magnetic control ring has only two detent settings – at lowest setting and highest setting (just before strobe) and is infinitely variable in between both settings with a smooth twisting motion of the ring. Very nice. I think this a first for an LED this bright, no?

No holster, but direct charger is included. NO INSTRUCTIONS! I don’t know the retail, but got a deal for pre-ordering.

Here’s a few pics:



From left to right: X40, TN30, BS Terminator:

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that’s SWEET!

infinite variable is awesome in a light w/ that kind of output!

i bet if you move it VERY carefully you’ll be able to distinguish levels, but enough of them that you’ll never notice in actual use

what do you think of the ring? wouldn’t you rather it had knurling or something like that?

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dthrckt wrote:
that’s SWEET!

infinite variable is awesome in a light w/ that kind of output!

i bet if you move it VERY carefully you’ll be able to distinguish levels, but enough of them that you’ll never notice in actual use

what do you think of the ring? wouldn’t you rather it had knurling or something like that?

The ring has “steps” that provide some traction. They function well, but they are smooth so I guess they could slip off fingers. But they’re not a problem for me at all.

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do you use just your thumb or add forefinger?

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dthrckt wrote:
do you use just your thumb or add forefinger?

There’s enough tension that you have to use both. It’s smooth, though.

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Nice! So tell us how much and where?

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ILIKEFLASHLIGHTS wrote:
Nice! So tell us how much and where?

Direct from Supbeam. I did a special pre-order and promised not to say price. However, if it ends up retailing LESS than I paid I’ll let you all know!

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That’s a real nice looking light. I’m going to keep an eye open for this one. Hopefully the price will be resonable for it.

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post the beam shots please.. especially against with TN30 Smile

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That light looks nice! Can you take beamshots and pics of the inside?

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What’s the lowest output? Thanks.

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AlexGT wrote:
That light looks nice! Can you take beamshots and pics of the inside?

No beamshots, but here’s some inner pics:


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eebowler wrote:
What’s the lowest output? Thanks.

The supbeam website says 3 lms, but I’d guess more like 20 lms. It’s really just right for me. I don’t have a light meter or any way of doing a measurement, so I’m just guessing.

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So when it's on the lowest setting can you look at the LEDs without it hurting? I'm guessing not. Sad

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What do you think about this TM11 holster? It fits the X40perfectly, but doesn’t cover the tube entirely. My large Ultafire (not shown) does cover the entire light, but the flap isn’t long enough to close.

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scaru wrote:

So when it’s on the lowest setting can you look at the LEDs without it hurting? I’m guessing not. Sad

You guessed right! It’s a bit too bright for that.

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Thanks for the pics, the insides look a lot like the thrunite’s. The battery carrier looks anodized, is there no flickering issues? battery carrier is reversible right?

How is the color tint on your light compared to the other ones you got? Colder warmer, more yellow, green, blue, purplish, etc?

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AlexGT wrote:
Thanks for the pics, the insides look a lot like the thrunite’s. The battery carrier looks anodized, is there no flickering issues? battery carrier is reversible right?

How is the color tint on your light compared to the other ones you got? Colder warmer, more yellow, green, blue, purplish, etc?

No flickering issues, cool white very similar to SRK but slightly smaller spill and tighter hot spot for greater throw, beam is very similar to Terminator, but I don’t think it’s quite 3K lumens.

Battery carrier NOT reversible

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is it brighter then your tn30

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That's a great looking light!

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ersecu wrote:
is it brighter then your tn30

+1

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ersecu wrote:
is it brighter then your tn30

+1

Smile

NO, contrary to manufacturer’s specs, it’s not brighter than my TN30. But I can only do a visual estimate.

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Thanks for your info and pictures! 8)

BLF is bleeding edge!! LOL Silly

Do you have any thoughts yet on the charger or where it takes the batteries? How does the light behave on less than 4 cells? Glasses

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Hello,

just had a look at the Supbeam homepage and found they published how they tested the output.

http://www.supbeam.com/en/supbeam-led-flashlight-x40
http://www.hopoo.lightstrade.com/view/100364/Hopoo_LED-photoelectric-tes...
http://www.hopoo.lightstrade.com/view/62421/Integrating-sphere.html

These product would be the used light meter and sphere. Can anyone of you determine how accurate they are ?

Thanks – Rob.

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Just wanted to say that I received a retail one (Nr34) today and a holster and instructions are included now.

It’s a brilliant light in my opinion, but it’s also the first big one I bought, so what do I know.

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Yes, it is a great light and I have a dozen 3-xml emitter lights.

To Supbeam’s credit, they sent me a pdf file to me with instructions. No holster, though. I’m curious to see how the holster looks. Can you post some pics of it in the holster??

Thanks!

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scaru wrote:

So when it’s on the lowest setting can you look at the LEDs without it hurting? I’m guessing not. Sad

They must have changed this. You CAN look at the emitters on low, similar to the lowest level on the TN31.

A really low low, is a big plus for me. Smile

I am REALLY liking the colored charge-state indicator light; really hoping you never have to take the batteries out of this unless you’re feelin’ fiddly!

Going to be a fight between this and my TM15! I love my TM15 but have told myself I’m just keeping one multi-emitter.
Brightness is very similar to my TM15. 8)
ADVANTAGE: X40. The OSTS TN31 head is interchangeable with the X40 head, meaning I could use the X40s charger with the OSTS TN31 head and charge from the car or a wall plug.
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