Review: Sipik SK98 from Tmart
Tmart sent me this Sipik SK98 for review
It's a zoomie using an XM-L and a single 18650 battery.
Reviewer's Overall Rating:
|Price Paid:||Sample, lists for $12.95|
|Emitter Type||CREE T6|
|Brightness / Lumens||1000 Lumens|
|Lightbulb / LED Lifespan||100000 hours|
|Mode Arrangement||Hi > Lo > SOS|
|Battery Configuration||1 x 18650 batteries (not included)|
|Input Voltage||3.7 - 4.2V|
|Runtime||1 - 2 hours|
|Switch Type||Clicky / Clickie|
|Switch Location||Tail - cap|
|Reflector||Aluminum Smooth / SMO Reflector|
|Material||Aerospace aluminum alloy|
|Dimensions||4.53" x 1.10" x 0.87" / (11.5 x 2.8 x 2.2) cm (L x Head Dia.x Body Dia.)|
|Weight||97g / 3.42oz|
PROS: Small enough and lightweight enough to be a belt carry EDC. Sturdy clip. Good as an everyday kick around light that you don't want to have to worry about getting damaged. Inexpensive with an adjustable beam.
CONS: Any zoomie is a big compromise. It's meant to be an all round light, but it sort of fails all round. When you zoom out to get the square die thrower, it just looks strange. Square die is just not what you expect from a light. When you zoom in to get the flood, it becomes just a soft glow of sorts. Flooding an area like a mule would and it's not very bright. If you just adjust the zoom for in between, it's almost acceptable. This light whined terribly on high and I don't care for the blinky modes nor the blue white led that is a "cool white".
Overall: If you have to carry only one light and you can accept a compromise, I would say that a zoomie might work for you, if you need flood and throw in daily use. It's not expensive and with an 18650 you will have longer run time than 3AAA.
On to the tear down:
The tail cap threads are dry as a bone and they are the cheaply cut style threads. They need lube before using this light. The clicky spring has the brass cap over the top. I don't necessarily think this does much, other than to help save the battery from spring wear.
I found several marks where the ano has been chipped off during assembly of the light. Overall, the aluminum is rough and so is the finish. I would imagine it's type I or II and it's not hard for sure. It's just an average inexpensive ano on an inexpensive light.
The lens is plastic and is the standard 23mm in diameter.
The Aluminum pill. At least the wiring is covered up with a nice plastic cover, so it cuts down on defects in the beam.
The pill is hollow, of course. It's fairly well made, better than I expected.
The body opening where the pill sits in.
The Slider ring for zooming. Being as the light is new, it slides smoothly and it's tight enough to stay in place.
The "Guts". The XM-L is on a 20mm x 1mm aluminum star. As I said, the pill is hollow, so there is nothing backing the star right where the led is. That's a total no, no as far as I am concerned. I wish these MFGs would change their thinking on this. The driver is 20mm in diameter. It makes lots of noise on high and I wouldn't want to have to use it as is.
Standard with no light
The first photo is with no light on. The second is full flood and the last is full zoom. It's not a really bright light. I thought it would be brighter. I did not do any amp checks. To me, it's just not bright enough to bother what the amp readings are. It will be brighter soon though...
Thanks to Tmart for letting me review and mod this light for giveaway!