Xtar WK50 Review--Pictures Returned---07/16/2017

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What qualities do you consider when purchasing a flashlight? What do you consider a premium flashlight? Inexpensive cheaply produced flashlights are ubiquitous. Some people that are friends of mine would pretty much have a stroke if they spent $30.00 on a flashlight. Where I live most hardware, big box, sporting good stores have flashlights priced at most at $75.00. However the vast majority of these products I consider not to be premium. My first premium flashlight was the Jetbeam BA10. It was better in every way than the iconic American brands I grew up with. It cost under $40.00 with shipping included a few years ago. Today I will be reviewing a single AA powered flashlight produced by Xtar. It is the WK50. First produced in 2012. Xtar has been making flashlights for the past 7 years. That is roughly 93 years less than a certain iconic American brand. However all those old American brands could learn a thing or two from about 6 Chinese flashlight manufactures. Xtar provided the flashlight for me to review. *+Part 1:+* 0000 00160023First let’s list the aspects of a flashlight that make it a premium product. The construction of the flashlight is important. One premium feature is high quality aluminum. The WK50 is constructed from high quality aircraft grade aluminum 6061 alloy. This alloy contains 95.85-98.56% aluminum and the remaining alloying materials are: Silicon, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Magnesium, Chromium, Zinc, Titanium, and various other elements of .05 each, with a max of 0.15% total. This type of aluminum alloy has been around since 1938.wikipedia.org/wiki/6061_aluminum_alloy Even though this type of aluminum alloy has a high degree of corrosion resistance it is covered in a anti-abrasive, anti corrosion finish. Which is called: *+Hard Anodizing.+* The alloy oxidizes until it is covered in oxidation and then pretty much stops oxidizing till you wipe it off. *+IPX-8 Waterproof rating.+* Which means you can drop it in a puddle or a bucket of water and it will still work. If for some unknown reason you need to be outside in a rainstorm in the dark it will work just fine for you. Camping enthusiasts ? *+Reverse Polarity Protection.+* No “oops” I put the battery in backwards and see smoke coming from my flashlight. This feature is for people who put batteries in flashlights in the dark. In my case it’s because I’m getting old and can not see well. *+Quality Cree XP-G R5 Emitter.+* Unlike all the ubiquitous brands which might say “High Quality” or “High Quality Cree Emitter” You know which version of the emitter you are getting with the Xtar WK50. It is rated as cool white in color. That color varies from 5000K-8300K. It is going to look nice and white to your eyes. Is it the most cutting edge emitter around? No. Is it very good quality and reliable? Yes! To learn more about Cree XP-G R5 take this link: cree.com/led-components-and-modules/products/xlamp/discrete-directional/xlamp-xpg 0015 *+Max Beam Throw of 75M.+* That is 246 feet. That is a long way. An American football field is 91.44M or 100 yards. *+Maximum Intensity of the Light from the Flashlight is: 1420cd.+* cd means: Candela. The obsolete term for candela is candlepower. Candlepower is now considered a 1:1 exchange between the terms. Candela=Candlepower and vice versa. So you have the power of 1420 burning candles in you’re hand or pocket. To learn more about Candlepower please take this link :wikipedia.org/wiki/Candela *+It does have a solid aluminum reflector. The WK50 flashlight beam is very smooth without artifacts and has a very large hot spot. +* *+It is rated to withstand a 1.5m (4.92 ft) drop onto a concrete floor and still work. My flashlight withstood being thrown onto a concrete floor traveling at least six feet. Part 2: In this second part of this review I am going to compare two other very similar flashlights both in quality and price. These three flashlights are not cutting edge. They are firmly seated on the first rung of the premium flashlight ladder. They all can use alkaline, primary lithium, or rechargeable metal hydride batteries. Not everyone needs or wants to use rechargeable lithium batteries. Lithium ion batteries and chargers can be expensive and dangerous. Unless you are fortunate enough to live in a part of world that has brick and mortar stores that sell premium Chinese flashlight brands you are going to have to buy these lights on line if you want one. There is a plethora of discount websites that sell super bright flashlights on the cheap. Remember these lights for the most part do not always come with a warranty and have questionable quality control. My favorite electronic devises are the ones that work well and are the most efficient to operate. Alkaline batteries are a solid waste nightmare. So the most efficient flashlight always gets my gold star. Efficient products are always best for your pocket book and ecologically speaking the best. Unless they contain high levels of toxic waste. These three flashlights all share aluminum alloy construction, reverse polarity protection, impact resistance rating of 1.5m, IPX8 rating, glass lens, XP-G R5 emitters, constant current drivers, and warranty. For battery waste info: epa.gov/osw/hazard/wastetypes/universal/batteries.htm http://earth911.com/recycling/single-use-batteries/ http://www.batteryrecycling.com/ *+WK50+* Weight...........31 Grams Throw............75 Meters Candela.........1420 cd Min/Max.........1.2/77 hours Dimensions.....Head 20.5mm/Body 17.5mm/ Length 92.5mm *+MT1A+* Weight................55 Grams Throw.................86 Meters Candela..............1860cd Min/Max..............1.5/60 hours Dimensions..........Head 22.5mm/Tail 21.5mm/ Length 105 *+BA10+* Weight............60 Grams Throw.............97 Meters Candela...........2350cd Min/Max...........1.25/30 Hours Dimensions.......Head 23mm/ Length 105mm *+Special features of the WK50 flashlight are:+* Available in three colors: Gun-Metal Grey, Sapphire Blue, and Pink. Has memory function. Will always turn on in the last mode used. Can cycle through all modes with a half press of the tail cap switch. *+OVERVIEW OF THE THREE FLASHLIGHTS:+* The WK50 is the lightest, smallest, second brightest in lumens output, has a wide range of modes: 3/30/80/150 lumens, and longest rated run times. Has a orange peel style reflector. It has the lowest rated candela output. No strobe or S.O.S. modes. The MT1A is the second lightest but much heaver than the WK50. Has the lowest rated max lumens output of 140 lumens, but is second highest rated in Candela. Has 6 output modes: (5/20/50/140 lumens, S.O.S. & Strobe. To accesses the turbo mode tighten the flashlight head. To accesses the remaining modes loosen the flashlight head and half press the switch to cycle through the modes. When using this method the output will always come on in the last output mode used. If you do not wish to cycle through all the modes simply fully press the switch. This is more than a two output flashlight. The BA10 is the heaviest, brightest, and has the shortest run time on low. Has a comparable run time on max as the other three flashlights. It has a orange peel reflector. It is the most basic of the three flashlights and built tough. In a personal reflection. I gave this light to my father in law because he needed a good all around flashlight. He keeps it in his car. *+PART 3:+* *+XTAR WK50 UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL.+* Kissing the concrete floor. Let me tell you how unbreakable this little flashlight is. I was taking pictures of the light beam in the dark of my basement attempting to detect PWM. I was quickly waving the flashlight in front of my camera. I lost my grip on it. It went flying through the air traveling at great speed. It landed more than six feet away from me. It hit the concrete floor with a loud screech like thud. I am thinking I am a clown. There is no way I can tell the people at Xtar of my buffoonery. I will now have to purchase a new pink flashlight and start over. I then noticed that it was still producing light. To make things even better it had no broken lens. Only a few minor scratches on it’s head. That is a tough rugged solid flashlight. I essentially threw it hard onto a concrete floor and it’s no worse for ware. *+CONSTANT CURRENT OR PULSE WIDTH MODULATION ?+* http://arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/PWM https://www.circuitlab.com/browse/by-tag/constant-current-source/ http://video.mit.edu/watch/blossoms-the-stroboscopic-effect-4679/ I could detect PWM on all modes except the “Extreme Mode” a.k.a. “Turbo Mode *+SUBMERGENCE TEST:+* I could not place the light in a clear mountain stream, lake, river, swamp, or random nasty puddle. Earlier my wife suggested that she would like to be given the flashlight after my test review because it is pretty. Consequently I placed the flashlight in a child’s Halloween candy bucket filled with water and sand for 1 hour. I made sure the water was nice and hot. It preformed without fail. No doubt this flashlight can handle a thunderstorm, monsoon, or pleasant spring rain. If you should drop it while fishing in a lake or river and it does not descend into uncharted depths I think it will be O.K. * The shade of the paint on the wall is called “Dragon Pink”. My wife picked it out. It is darker than the color of the flashlight. I do not live in a house of beige colored walls. I took photos of the hot spot at: 3 feet and 9 feet. To give the average flashlight user an idea of the beams hot spot. +AROUND THE HOUSE @ 150 LUMENS:+* These are photos of different places at my home @ 150 lumens. XTAR WK50 ACTUAL RUN TIMES:+* Extremely Mode rated @ 72 minutes. *+Rayovac+* AA Alkaline battery run time was: *+Total run time was 3 hours or 180 minutes.+* 150 lumens for 40 minutes. 80 lumens for 30 minutes. 3 lumens for 2 hours. *+GB Alkaline+* AA battery run time was: *+Total run time was 1 hour 47 minutes or 107 minutes.+* 150 lumens for 52 minutes. 80 lumens for 10 minutes. 3 lumens 45 minutes. *+Eneloop Battery A+*, HR-3UTGA run time was:*+ Total run time was 2.65 hours. 159 minutes.+* 150 lumens for 30 minutes. 80 lumens for 15 minutes. 3 lumens for 1.9 hours. *+Eneloop Battery B+*, HR-3UTG run time was: *+Total run time was 4hr 7 minutes or 247 minutes.+* 150 lumens for 55 minutes. 80 lumens for 12 minutes. 3 lumens for 3 hours. *+Sanyo 2700mAh+* battery run time was: *+Total run time was 4.36 hours or 262 minutes.+* 150 lumens for 61 minutes. 80 lumens for 6 minutes. 3 lumens for 3.25 hours or 195 minutes. *+Battery used was charged about three months ago.+* *+ Moonlight Mode rated @ 3 days 5 hours. That is 77 hours.+* Sanyo 2700 mAh battery run time was: 44 hours, and 26 minutes. Battery was freshly charged for this test. I started the test 1 hour after battery finished charging. Batteries used were randomly selected. The charger used for all Ni-Mh batteries was the Titanium Innovations model #M-8800.The Eneloop batteries were both freshly charged but not in the same overall condition. On highest output the flashlight became hot, but not so hot it became uncomfortable to hold. I have always had less than impressive experiences with alkaline batteries used in flashlights. The Rayovac had an expiration date of 2019. The GP alkaline had an expiration date of 2017. *+ CUNCLUSION OF REVIEW:+* 1.00....Quality Construction. Overall well made. 1.00....Hard Anodizing.Yes, hard to scratch. 1.00....IPX-8 Weather Proofing. Passed water torture test. 1.00....Reverse Polarity Protection. Yes. 1.00....Quality Emitter. Yes. 0.75....Max Beam Throw. BA10, MT1A are farther but not much. 0.75....Maximum Intensity of Beam. BA10, MT1A are higher. 1.00....Quality Reflector. Yes solid aluminum. *+1.50+*....Impact Resistance. Extra 1/2 point for kissing cement floor. 0.00....Constant Current. Only on “Extremely Mode”. 0.50....Actual Run Times. Less than stated. My batteries my be weak. 0.50....Supplied Accessories. BA10, MT1A, includes clip & better lanyard. 1.00....Special Features. Available in cool colors and memory function. 1.00....My Opinion. Good flashlight ? Yes. *+12.00+*...Out of 14.00 points. Bottom line this is a great little flashlight for around the house, casual hiking, camping, fishing. A very good back up flashlight if you’re primary flashlight uses AA size batteries because it weighs so little. Remember my WK50 was thrown onto a concrete floor and sustained very little damage. It is water tight. Is available in three cool colors. Yes, you can purchase a single AA flashlight with better specifications but not for $30 with a good warranty. In a few years you will most likely be able to get a much better flashlight for $30 but not yet. If you must have a pocket clip you can purchase flashlight clips on line. The body dimension is 17.5mm. I do recommend this flashlight if want a good quality basic brand name flashlight. The only weakness I see in the WK50 is it shorter than rated run times and PWM. To be fair I have only owned 1 flashlight in my life that has lived up to it’s stated run times. I give the WK50 a solid 12 out of 14 points. 264 Images are here. I was using incorrect code. Sad My bad. Thank You Mhanlen for your gracious help. *+Quotes from Mhanlen+* Here you go. I’ll post the Here you go. I’ll post the pics here and you can integrate them into your post. Just quote my link, post them into a note pad and then go back and edit your original post and add these in. You know, if you want. Love your pics by the way. Ok, finished adding them. I Ok, finished adding them. I use flickr too…. To get the code that’s compatible with BLF… look at the image page, and choose the “800” size. Right click on it and choose to “view image”. Then copy the link of the image you’re viewing. The address should look similar to this (but without the quotes, of course). “http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2884/9722371016_9db42c2271_c.jpg” Then add an exclamation mark before and after the link. Thanks for reading my review. Smile000100020004000300140013

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I will fix the order of the images soon.  07/16/2017

Will fix text also.......

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Great info on a wonderful little light. Not sure if it just me but all your picture links are broken.

Please EMAIL me directly for the quickest and most reliable response.

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confirm, no pictures…

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Nice. But I can’t see the images.

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Thanks for the review. It might be difficult to post all the pictures.  I found this one by "inspect element".

The low mode should be lower.

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Here is the link to the photos at Flicker:http://www.flickr.com/photos/41326861@N05/
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Thanks Mahanlen. You are the best. Smile

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Enjoyable review, thank you.

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Ok, finished adding them. I use flickr too…. To get the code that’s compatible with BLF… look at the image page, and choose the “800” size. Right click on it and choose to “view image”. Then copy the link of the image you’re viewing.

The address should look similar to this (but without the quotes, of course).

http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2884/9722371016_9db42c2271_c.jpg”

Then add an exclamation mark before and after the link.

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Ok, looks like you got them fixed. I’ll remove my dead links.

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Images fixed. July 16, 2017
Text still needs to be fixed.

Will fix text by August 1, 2017

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This light has nice color. Look forward to the fixed review Smile

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Nice review, thank you. Thumbs Up

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