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The King is dead? Long live the Warrior!!

 For all of you who've wanted an SRK but couldn't stand the gold color, hated only having two output levels, didn't care for the parasitic drain of an electronic switch...your patience has paid off.  The FandyFire Warrior/YL-02 has arrived!

For those who, like me, bought an SRK (or 2 or 3 or 6) in the past, it's time to break open the PayPal account like I did not 5 minutes ago when I saw this for the first time on Fasttech's new release page.  I didn't even see this one coming but had to order it immediately.  I can't remember the last time I pulled the trigger on a new flashlight the instant I saw it without giving it a second thought.

 

The color and style of the L3 minus 4 of it's LEDs.  It probably does have the L3's driver and it does have the L3's control panel.  I'm sure most of you remember this little number...

Full of promise and obscene amount of photon output, it only delivered disappointment and shame with just 2000 lumens and a giant battery carrier needing 6 matched 18650 cells.  Well, FandyFire apparently decided to trim the battery fat off of it and lose 4 of those emitters  but keeping all the best parts and reduce the head diameter to SRK proximity.  Here are some posted YL-U2 specs.

Light Sources
TOTAL LED COUNT3
LIGHT SOURCE BINU2
LIGHT SOURCE BRANDCree
LIGHT SOURCE COLORWhite
LIGHT SOURCE MODELXM-L
LUMENS (MAX)2200 LM
Aesthetic
COLORGrey
MATERIALAluminum HA-III
Construction
WATER RESISTANTYes
WATERPROOFIPX-7
Electronic Components
LOW VOLTAGE WARNINGYes
OUTPUT CURRENT2500 mA
REVERSE POLARITY PROTECTIONYes
FLASHLIGHT MODESHi > Mid > Strobe > SOS > Infinitely variable brightness
LENS TYPEGlass Lens
MODE COUNT5
MODE MEMORYNo
REFLECTOR TYPEAluminum Smooth/SMO
SWITCH PLACEMENTSide
SWITCH TYPEReverse Clicky
TAIL STANDYes
TAIL-CAP CURRENT3000 mA
Power & Batteries
BATTERIES INCLUDEDNo
BATTERY FORM FACTOR18650
REQUIRED BATTERY COUNT3

The fact that they are selling the Warrior for just $37.64 is icing on the cake.  I used the BLF code on mine and it was just a tick over $35.  Now the waiting game begins!  Come on snail mail!!!  Looking forward to reviewing this and letting you all know if it is a disappointment or a winner.  Can't seeing it not being a winner though.

Just 2 weeks until it arrives....  Just 2 weeks until it arrives...

Edited by: JohnnyMac on 07/16/2013 - 19:41
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Can’t wait… looking forward…

How bright is bright enough...

Runtime VS Lumens...

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just when i thought i was going to get through a month without ordering a light…. poo.

Would you mind keeping the wrong flashlight?
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Infinitely variable brightness is nice… when there’s a magnetic ring to control it. Using a timer based one sucks.
But holy crap it is cheap. I skipped the Kung, but I’ll wait for more info about this light before I take the plunge.

Thanks for posting JMac.

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Thanks, looks velly interestink. Well now, if you could get extentions, extentions, like the TK75 …

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They are getting really fast with copying lights:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/22780

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Hmmm… looks pretty good. I might have to order one so I can compare it to my TM11.

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NightCrawl wrote:

They are getting really fast with copying lights:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/22780

Solarstorm and Black Shadow is actually Skyray.

Skyray re-brands to everybody, Fandyfire, etc.

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NightCrawl wrote:

They are getting really fast with copying lights:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/22780

How the hell did I miss that post??  Anyway, they are not really clones, just rebrands.  BlackShadow/Solarstorm are the OEM and they rebrand them for companies like FandyFire.  Not to say that the SRK hasn't been cloned over time (it has) but AFAIK the FandyFires are the same as the BS/SS originals.
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nice find there! yea i seen that thread on that solar storm warrior but wasnt too excited when op didnt reply back when i asked if it was brighter than the kung or king.

but now for only $35, thats almost a must have light! unless the king is alot brighter, then i may have to pass.

so whats that button with the lightning ….strobe mode?
and what are the 4 small buttons..or are they lights?

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blueb8llz wrote:
nice find there! yea i seen that thread on that solar storm warrior but wasnt too excited when op didnt reply back when i asked if it was brighter than the kung or king. but now for only $35, thats almost a must have light! unless the king is alot brighter, then i may have to pass. so whats that button with the lightning ....strobe mode? and what are the 4 small buttons..or are they lights?
Big button is power and the smaller one mode selection.  The 4 blue LEDs across the top of the control panel are voltage level indicators so you don't get caught off guard with soon to be dead batteries.
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i saw the cnqg one the other day, and this one earlier today... like the price on the FF model a lot more. i will probably wait until someone gets one of these models from either place, but i am liking this light a lot. yall know, grey and blue... 

 

whats the 7 xml 6 cell light like?? besides the low 2k lumen output. pwm good? good ui? good machining? 

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It’s funny you posted this Johnny. I just ordered one earlier, and I haven’t ordered anything but hosts in a while. The price helps too.

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Ouchyfoot wrote:
It's funny you posted this Johnny. I just ordered one earlier, and I haven't ordered anything but hosts in a while. The price helps too.
Yeah, I just couldn't pass it up.  I'm thinking it will be way more floody than that SRK though.  Originally I figured they were ab out the same size (and they may be) but after ordering I remembered the SRK uses 4 and this only 3 so the body will be thinner than the SRK (not a bad thing at all) but the head might be smaller as well.  Now I need to check the dimensions of the SRK and compare against those posted about this one.  BRB

Okay...the SRK head is 59mm and the YL-U2 is 57mm.  Doesn't mean they don't have the same reflector inside but even if they did, 2mm isn't that huge a difference and the individual reflectors could still be the same size as in the SRK.  For $35 I can't see going wrong with this light especially if output can be bumped up even more.

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Oh god, I did not need to see this today. Considering I don't actually have a King currently I may have to get this, anxiously awaiting your review JM! 

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Damn you JM! Yell

I have one already coming from FF - with XM-L2 emitters (and significantly higher price, of course..)

Well.. At least we can compare them. Smile[At least in case of SRK, Fandyfire is identical to real King..]

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I'll pass this one. Have a Nitecore TM11 coming.  :hat:

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Can’t wait for the review! FT might have another purchase coming soon.

"Whoa that's a bright light!" ... Yea I guess.

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Nice find JM. This is so interesting, if not for the UI (quote from FT):

How to use:
Press the larger button for 3 seconds to turn on/off the flashlight
Click the larger button to switch brightness in Hi > Mid > Strobe
Keep pressing the small button for infinitely dimming the brightness
Double click the small button to access SOS mode

It's extremely frustrating - the UI implements strobe in MAIN cycle! Why not hide it just like SOS - e.g double click small button to activate and cycle SOS/strobe? I would have jumped on this but having to cycle through strobe breaks the deal.

I'll put this on waiting list pending JM's approval Smile

IMO main button cycle should be H-M-L (or add additional moonlight for extra long run) and hidden strobe/SOS through double clicking small button. And on/off shouldn't take 3seconds, too long - you might need light faster than that. 

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Now this looks interesting. Hope they didn’t do something stupid to it.
UI is already pushing it.


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Pulsar13 wrote:

Nice find JM. This is so interesting, if not for the UI (quote from FT):

How to use:
Press the larger button for 3 seconds to turn on/off the flashlight
Click the larger button to switch brightness in Hi > Mid > Strobe
Keep pressing the small button for infinitely dimming the brightness
Double click the small button to access SOS mode

It's extremely frustrating - the UI implements strobe in MAIN cycle! Why not hide it just like SOS - e.g double click small button to activate and cycle SOS/strobe? I would have jumped on this but having to cycle through strobe breaks the deal.

I'll put this on waiting list pending JM's approval Smile

IMO main button cycle should be H-M-L (or add additional moonlight for extra long run) and hidden strobe/SOS through double clicking small button. And on/off shouldn't take 3seconds, too long - you might need light faster than that. 

Here is the UI breakdown for the larger L3 on which this is based.  Now remember that the L3 doesn't have a medium mode, just high, ramping, strobe & SOS.  According to the review I got it from it only takes 1 second to turn on or off, not 3.  I hope the 3 sec is wrong.

Two E-Switch
Power switch / Mode switch = Big one = B
Ramping switch = Small one = S
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Turn on/off = press and hold switch B for 1 second
When you Turn on = always start with your ramping preset mode
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Flashlight Turn On
Press switch B = Ramping preset mode > Hi mode > SOS mode
Ramping preset = Press and hold switch S
Strobe = double press switch S 
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Flashlight Turn Off
Hi mode momentary on = Press or press and hold switch S
Strobe = double press switch S
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Strobe mode about 4-5 Hz

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Nice Find! Very tempting as I like the 3×18650 slimmer body over 4×18650 SRK.

The only reason to pick on it is to protect paypal, nothing personal. The switch plate now looks too big for the smaller light, where it looked more natural on the original 7 xml/6×18650 version.

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I'll wait till Johnny's review before I pull the trigger. The only thing I don't like appearance wise, are the tacky blue buttons. Anyone else?

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I like the tacky blue buttons. Half of my lights have been swapped to blue boots 

 

They could have made them less protruding though 

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I'm liking this, but I'm confused about the power though - 3A tailcap, but 2.5A output current, 3 parallel cells, 3 LED's. So, a 3A tailcap is 1A per LED? Or is the 2.5A # real, and each LED gets 2.5A?

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Pulsar wrote:

 They could have made them less protruding though 

I see your point. They do stick out a bit too much. I still would have preferred black..  

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Tom E wrote:

I'm liking this, but I'm confused about the power though - 3A tailcap, but 2.5A output current, 3 parallel cells, 3 LED's. So, a 3A tailcap is 1A per LED? Or is the 2.5A # real, and each LED gets 2.5A?

That's why I'd wait until I can put in the ol' IS to see what the OTF is from it.  Once I publish it's true real world output you can decide to pull the trigger or not. Wink
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must…….not…….pull……..trigger. …….

I’m liking it, but its definitely going to be down on the lumen grenade, I’d be better splashing the cash at cutter for a 3up xm-l2 board.

Cant wait for the review though, hurry the f*** up postal service.

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The thing about th  blue buttons I definitely understand.

They feel very spongy. if it were a different style switch I would be all over it it.

Sstill interested though, I still want a shorty, after selling  my SRK.

I miss him, except for the beam profile.

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aaww man when i promise myself to not buy any 3x emitter light and this light appear? |(

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yeah. Current draw is not impressive given the parallel cells. If the heatsinking is good though, it’ll make a sweet host!!

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