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Starry Light SA-22
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No but I will soon .

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I saw those at IS a few days ago and wondered why I hadn’t heard about them. Looks very nice especially for the price! I look forward to a review.

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IS is to be praised for AGAIN sending me an order with Lightning Speed.
Ordered the Starry Night on Friday, got it on Monday Smile WOW

Illumination Supply will be getting more business from me.

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Starry Night SA-22 first impressions:
—nice medium stiff switch. Its rectangular and could be a bit bigger, but seems quite adequate.
-Nice floody beam.
-Compared side-by-side with my Cyclone C88 ( with 26650 flame),
The Starry Night beam is just a hair wider spill.
Rated lumens of 880 seem relatively realistic—brightness is comparable to the Cyclone.
Starry Night beam is much cooler than the warm of the Cyclone, but appears just a hair cooler than neutral to my untrained eye.
( I am nowhere near experienced enough to guess at the Tint and binning )

Beam is very nice IMHO
wide hotspot, no distinct edges, fades into a brighter corona, with lots of useable spill. Spill is just a bit wider than the Cyclones, and a tad narrower than my TMart HD 2010’s.

User Manual was a folded single page xerox copy lol

Holster it came with is nice and fits well.
Battery installation instructions/polarity diagrams were backwards.

Still examining the build quality—but I am quite happy with beam quality.

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I wonder when Chinese sellers will start to sell this for 25$ or less, so far I havent seen anyone having this, beside IS, but thats in USA so its out of budget-reach for BLF’ers.

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My SA-22 came disassembled. I had to finish putting it together. The Bezel was not tight and had pinched the o-ring under the glass damaging it. The driver/head retaining ring wasn't tight. It stays a little loose to allow the driver/head to spin but had to be tightened with a very thin and long screwdriver. If it comes fully assembled, I believe it to be a nice light.

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bikenber73 wrote:

My SA-22 came disassembled. I had to finish putting it together. The Bezel was not tight and had pinched the o-ring under the glass damaging it. The driver/head retaining ring wasn't tight. It stays a little loose to allow the driver/head to spin but had to be tightened with a very thin and long screwdriver. If it comes fully assembled, I believe it to be a nice light.

Can you do a little review? Output? Tint, quality? Mode memory? 

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Not likely, I have a wee one due next week! I received it two weeks ago and this is the first time I opened it up!

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Looks very similar to my just purchased Fenix LD 41. Anyone have any idea how it stacks up?

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For 25$ and with some coupons, I would like to buy one for 19$ shipped worldwide just to see how good it is for the price, even if I have to put it together myself :D!

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Go to Alibaba, and ask for 5-10 pieces...$15 a pop, without shipping.shipping can be pricey.

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I saw it there, I went on to ask them when its going to be available and some more details about this light, they said that theres already review in progress by one reviewer, so lets hope we see review soon and these lights on sale from usual suspects even sooner :D!

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Scalz wrote:
Looks very similar to my just purchased Fenix LD 41. Anyone have any idea how it stacks up?

I have them both. The Starry light stacks up well. It is sleeker and more compact. Beamwise they are similar. On my samples, the Starrylight is slightly cooler, and the hotspot is slightly more concentrated.

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Clicky at the tail? Memory or no memory?

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Clicky at the tail? Memory or no memory?

Yes. Reverse tail clicky with last mode memory.

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Is there a turbo or can you keep it at max brightness till the batteries are dead?

Does the plastic seem to be thick and durable?

What kind of battery life on high?

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[quote=Bort]Is there a turbo or can you keep it at max brightness till the batteries are dead?

Does the plastic seem to be thick and durable?

What kind of battery life on hhaven’t erate]

Well, I haven’t had too much of a chance to put it through the paces yet, but it’s not listed as a turbo mode. I’ve only had it on high for a minute or two at a time so far, and havent noticed any step down in that short period of time. I’ll try to let it run for awhile here tonight. The plastic seems very durable and we’ll made. For the money, this one is a winner. My only complaint is the noticeable pwm on the lower modes, but I like high mode anyway! It’s not that it’s unusable, but if pwm is something that bugs you, and you plan on using the low mode alot, you may want to look elsewhere. If you can live with that, this is undoubtedly one of the best budget lights ever!

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Battery installation instructions/polarity diagrams were backwards.

Ha ha! Glad someone else noticed this! I thought I was going nuts! I could’ve done without that sinking feeling that for an instant I thought my new light was DOA! Smile Alas all was well.

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I’m curious as to the specs- 880 lumen high with no stepdown, and a low of 150 lumens? It does sound like a great deal, but I think I’d still prefer the Jetbeam PA40 – a low of 50 lumens and a 2 lumen moonlight, plus a carbon-fiber body. I’m still looking for a good all-around camping light, and I think a “slim” 4xAA would be just about perfect – pocketable, quite bright when you need it, especially with a diffuser. But I’d really want a moonlight mode for using inside a tent and such. A low of 150 lumens is just too much.

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Ordered. Can’t wait.

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Rusty Joe wrote:
Ordered. Can’t wait.

Looking forward to your take on it. Smile

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Leaking alkalines don't eat plastic. Smile

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what size driver? may be able to swap a qlite into it if pwm bugs you

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The plastic body of the Starry Light SA-22 is made from Polymide Nylon PA66. I guess i’m not so bothered by the plastic body now. Good balance of strength, flexibility and heat resistance. Sometimes glass fibers are added but not sure about the PA66 in this light.

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Pulsar wrote:

what size driver? may be able to swap a qlite into it if pwm bugs you


I also wonder about hte driver, if it is easy to replace i bet there are good buck drivers out there
I hope someone does a full review, it would answer a lot of questions

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2 starry lights came in the mail today. The best part about the light is the output. I would compare it to a nanjg driver running about 2600-2700ma. The manufacture lumen claims are fairly accurate. The only batteries I had with me at work are akaline duracell pro AA. The battery polarity markings on the inside are off. I think they mean which direction you put the + and – in versus what is facing out. The tail cap feels fine to me. I hear a slight rattle in the head/driver area. Not exactly sure what is causing that but it might be expected with a floating type driver pill or whatever you call it. My biggest gripe would be the plastic. If feels fine and looks ok. It just doesn’t match the head. The head is more of a straight black and the plastic body is a charcoal black. It would of been much better if they matched the anodizing on the head to plastic. You can definitely see a contrast of the two colors. Maybe the manufacture can change the anodizing for the head on their next batches.

Overall. It is not a bad light. Good mix of flood and throw, kind of a mix between a C8 and a small P60 reflector. It is not bad for the price point and would make a great gift light or something for everyday use to avoid the worries of 18650 batteries.

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Thanks for the impressions.  Sounds pretty good, like you say, for a non-flashaholic type people.

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I could deal with using it on a daily basis. I’m just annoyed with the color difference between the plastic and metal head. All they had to do was finish the head with very very slight charcoal anodizing.

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The very slight rattle went away. It’s a solid and quiet light now. I was a little afraid to crank it super tight considering its plastic threaded into metal. The final little tightening made it silent.

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Cant wait for beamshots of this light :D!

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