Review: Black Shadow Terminator 4*U3/4*18650

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Thanks JohnnyMac, I have been enjoying using the light thus far and gradually found my liking for the handle — could use just one finger to hold the light instead of the whole hand, making it more versatile. The LEDs are not really a problem; that’s why I have that (or minor) in my last post. But an evenly lit button would be nice anyway! And most of the time I lock it out so I only see the LED light up when I want to use. So far I have enjoyed using the light, and the major purchase decision was because of this thread so thanks for your review again.

Well… have not tried to see if Terminator is waterproof, and I think I wouldn’t even try, like all my other flashlights.

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You excelent review was the major reason for my choosing the Dark Shadow Terminator as my first new light in about a year. I paid just a little more for this light than I did for my beloved Olight M3x and Fenix TK41 lights. Not cheap but a great buy when compared with other lights in it’s class. I’m really impressed with this light. I will see how I feel after a month or two when the newness wears off. I argee with you on the little green light on the button being quite brite. It does light up the room at night and makes a great night light. I was a little concerned when I first put the batteries in as the green LED in the button was only lighting up one side of the button but after I called Going Gear, they checked another Terminator and found it was the same. Great review and great light.
Yes one fatal (or minor) flaw is the green button! It not only is distracting, the button does not light up evenly but brighter on the side with the LED! Didn’t pry open and see, probably it’s two LEDs, one red one green side by side. But the LED helps in that every time I don’t use the light, I would know how much turn I need to lock out the light.
Glad you like the light so far.  Not sure why you are surprised about the LEDs in the switch since I did mention that there are two and on either side of the switch, along with pics of the switch when lit. Wink
“The switch is translucent silicon and carries the “X” theme of the Terminator with it’s molded design.  Behind this cap are red and green LEDs.”

“When battery levels are above 2.7v the switch lights up green.  When cell levels are too low the right half will light red to notify you that it is time to swap or recharge your cells.”

While it doesn’t bother me in the least, being as OCD as I can be at times I can understand how someone else might be bothered by the unevenly lit switch boot.  Hopefully the rest of the awesomeness will distract you from dwelling on it. Wink


It’s not that I’m disturbed, it’s just that in the pictures it doesn’t really show the green led only lighting up one side of the button. I called Going Gear and asked them if there was something wrong with my new light and they checked another light they had on hand and confirmed that it was normal. That’s all. IT doesn’t bother me that it’s not even and I can completely understand why they built it hat way. The red one is on the right and the green is on the left.
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Chidwack2 wrote:
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radiancez567 wrote:
Chidwack2 wrote:
You excelent review was the major reason for my choosing the Dark Shadow Terminator as my first new light in about a year. I paid just a little more for this light than I did for my beloved Olight M3x and Fenix TK41 lights. Not cheap but a great buy when compared with other lights in it's class. I'm really impressed with this light. I will see how I feel after a month or two when the newness wears off. I argee with you on the little green light on the button being quite brite. It does light up the room at night and makes a great night light. I was a little concerned when I first put the batteries in as the green LED in the button was only lighting up one side of the button but after I called Going Gear, they checked another Terminator and found it was the same. Great review and great light.
Yes one fatal (or minor) flaw is the green button! It not only is distracting, the button does not light up evenly but brighter on the side with the LED! Didn't pry open and see, probably it's two LEDs, one red one green side by side. But the LED helps in that every time I don't use the light, I would know how much turn I need to lock out the light.
Glad you like the light so far.  Not sure why you are surprised about the LEDs in the switch since I did mention that there are two and on either side of the switch, along with pics of the switch when lit. Wink
"The switch is translucent silicon and carries the "X" theme of the Terminator with it's molded design.  Behind this cap are red and green LEDs."

"When battery levels are above 2.7v the switch lights up green.  When cell levels are too low the right half will light red to notify you that it is time to swap or recharge your cells."

While it doesn't bother me in the least, being as OCD as I can be at times I can understand how someone else might be bothered by the unevenly lit switch boot.  Hopefully the rest of the awesomeness will distract you from dwelling on it. Wink

It's not that I'm disturbed, it's just that in the pictures it doesn't really show the green led only lighting up one side of the button. I called Going Gear and asked them if there was something wrong with my new light and they checked another light they had on hand and confirmed that it was normal. That's all. IT doesn't bother me that it's not even and I can completely understand why they built it hat way. The red one is on the right and the green is on the left.
I think this shows it but I'm glad you're happy with it now. Smile

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I did see that photo but I didn’t look close enough I guess. Also, I can see why someone looking at that picture could think that the bright spot on the right side of the button was the flash of the camera on that side and the whole button was in fact green. When I called Going Gear and asked them about the light, first thing they told me was that they thought the whole button was green and only after they actually looked at another light did they realize it was green on the left side.

Now I’m trying to decide what is the next light I’m wanting to buy. Chime in here if you want as I’m open to sugestions.

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What type are you thinking of? Thrower? Flooder? EDC? Any special battery type?

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Also budget.

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I’m really starting to like small lights that are very bright. I have been a big fan of throw but I’m starting to gravitate to a more floody, really bright light. Thinking of a few right now. Nitecore TM15, Nitecore TM26, Fenix TK75. Mostly multiple 18650 battery lights. Price isn’t really a big deal right now for me so I can pretty much get what I want. Doesn’t even have to be a light I will be using a lot. Just something that might be fun to have around and to show my friends. I’m for sure going to buy a Olight SR95UT.

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In that case there is only one I'd insist you consider. The Zebralight S6330

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/19667

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That one is on my list.

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JohnnyMac wrote:

In that case there is only one I’d insist you consider. The Zebralight S6330

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/19667

Yes the S6300 is very impressive for how small it is. Here is a link to mine.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/17575

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i like the new zebra light – but i am waiting for them to do an xml2 light

i love the zebralight ui

Would you mind keeping the wrong flashlight?
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How did you find out and what, if any, damage occured?

Well..Curiosity got the better of me and I just had to know since I was planning to use it somewhere wet. I tried dunking the light into a pail of water to find out, good thing I had half a brain to take out the batteries and use distilled water. I saw bubbles coming from the handle’s mounting point and quickly took it out of the water. Upon inspection, I was amazed by how much water had gone in with the brief amount of time underwater. I disassembled everything, tail-cap, contacts board, heads, lens, reflectors and found out that water came in from the mounting point into the hole where the wires of the switch goes into the body. I dried the components with a hair dryer and used a microfiber cloth for the heads, lens, and just the outside of the reflectors for fear that I might scratch them. After everything was dry and leaving it open for 2days, I reassembled, put in batteries and it fired right up. As far as I can tell, there is no damage to the light and it’s components. Brightness and function is still the same after comparing it to my other terminator.

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Since nothing bad happened to your Term, so the squid rings still taste just as good as before! haha

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LOL! Yeah..I also got a TK75 and that thing is waterproof Smile

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LOL! Yeah..I also got a TK75 and that thing is waterproof Smile

So what are your impressions on hotspot, spill on both lights?

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I’d just like to confirm to everyone that this Nitecore holster is a PERFECT fit for the Terminator.
Also, at $10 delivered it’s good value as it’s a very well made holster.
Doing Outdoor Nitecore Holster

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Denbuc wrote:
I'd just like to confirm to everyone that this Nitecore holster is a PERFECT fit for the Terminator. Also, at $10 delivered it's good value as it's a very well made holster. "Doing Outdoor Nitecore Holster":http://www.doingoutdoor.com/holster-for-nitecore-tm11-tm15-tm26-p-256.ht... chance we can get a pic of the Terminator inside the holster from the front and side?
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Yeah man…

Sorry, not very good at this caper, so my images are a funky size.

I’m particularly impressed with this holster because the base of the torch fits perfectly into the base of the holster, so no baggy bits. The neck of the holster around the torch is perfect. Tight enough to need a wee wiggle just to coax it in, but not that tight you need 2 hands. Also, my favourite bit lol, the velco strips marry-up perfectly too! No rubbish overlaps!

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Denbuc wrote:
Yeah man... !http://img543.imageshack.us/img543/5610/20130319182104.jpg! !http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/2563/20130319182207.jpg! !http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/4168/20130319182141.jpg! !http://img202.imageshack.us/img202/9138/20130319182245.jpg! Sorry, not very good at this caper, so my images are a funky size. I'm particularly impressed with this holster because the base of the torch fits perfectly into the base of the holster, so no baggy bits. The neck of the holster around the torch is perfect. Tight enough to need a wee wiggle just to coax it in, but not that tight you need 2 hands. Also, my favourite bit lol, the velco strips marry-up perfectly too! No rubbish overlaps!
THanks for the quick pic posting.  I may have to get one of these for mine.  It looks and fits really nice!  8)
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Ordered!  Thanks a bunch, Denbuc!  :bigsmile:

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No problem squire Smile
You’re as fast at ordering as I can be with photos sometimes haha :bigsmile:
Oh yeah, and just so you know, mine took 1 day from ordering to dispatch, then only another 10 days to get to Scotland. Pretty impressive Smile

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Denbuc wrote:
No problem squire Smile You're as fast at ordering as I can be with photos sometimes haha :bigsmile: Oh yeah, and just so you know, mine took 1 day from ordering to dispatch, then only another 10 days to get to Scotland. Pretty impressive :)
Good to know. I've never ordered from them before and was wondering how long it might take. Wink

Oh, and they only have 4 left now so I figured if I don't act quickly they will be gone after everyone else sees how nice it fits the Terminator.   Silly

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Word will indeed spread fast, I’m going to check at bed-time and see if they’ve all gone. Big Smile

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Thanks denbuc ordered one aswell.By the way i took the handle off mine and sealed the hole where the wires from switch enter head ,used non acetic silicone.

let there b rock (i mean light)

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No bother jakey.
Nice tip about the handle joint. Might get me some sealant and do that too. Wink

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Denbuc wrote:
No bother jakey. Nice tip about the handle joint. Might get me some sealant and do that too. ;)
Same here. Wink
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lol :bigsmile:

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jakey wrote:
Thanks denbuc ordered one aswell.By the way i took the handle off mine and sealed the hole where the wires from switch enter head ,used non acetic silicone.

It was another member that tried the dunking test and noticed bubbles coming from around the handle,so i thought i had better seal it.Sorry i cant remember which member it was.

let there b rock (i mean light)

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jakey wrote:
jakey wrote:
Thanks denbuc ordered one aswell.By the way i took the handle off mine and sealed the hole where the wires from switch enter head ,used non acetic silicone.
It was another member that tried the dunking test and noticed bubbles coming from around the handle,so i thought i had better seal it.Sorry i cant remember which member it was.

I was the dum dum who dunked his terminator in water. Thanks for the idea, I gotta get some silicone sealant to seal that hole! Smile

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arjay wrote:
jakey wrote:
jakey wrote:
Thanks denbuc ordered one aswell.By the way i took the handle off mine and sealed the hole where the wires from switch enter head ,used non acetic silicone.
It was another member that tried the dunking test and noticed bubbles coming from around the handle,so i thought i had better seal it.Sorry i cant remember which member it was.
I was the dum dum who dunked his terminator in water. Thanks for the idea, I gotta get some silicone sealant to seal that hole! :)
At least it's a simple fix and a non-moving part.

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