DQG Spy 10180 titanium first impressions [picture heavy]

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DQG Spy 10180 titanium first impressions [picture heavy]

Just some quick first impressions of the DQG Spy that i won from CNQG’s giveaway a while ago.
Mine was supposed to be a pre-production sample, but since i got a neutral tinted xp-g2 instead of the xp-g CW i was supposed to receive i can’t say for sure if it’s “the real deal” or a bit rough compared to the ones for sale.

DQG Spy:

Compared to olight A3T

front view:

same size as the head of A3T

Olight I2, olight A3T and DQG Spy

compared to tank007 e09

DQG Spy on low and high, ~1 meter from the wall:

tank007 e09 on low, med and high:

The flashlight is as can be seen very tiny!
-there’s barely any reflector, so it can be considered a mule.
-the knurling is quite pleasant, but the grooves on the tail is quite sharp.

on low i measured 26mA with a fresh battery, and on high 270mA.
-you tighten the flashlight to turn on the low mode, and then you tighten it even more to get the high mode.
-because of it’s tiny size i’d say that one-handed operation is very hard, but if you keep it on a keychain it’s no problems

-since it’s a mule it’s most effective providing light close up. keeping the flashlight in your hand hanging low it can light up the ground around your feet, but not much away. turn on high and you see a little bit more… Silly

might add a couple of pictures with the batteries and the metal box that the flashlight arrived in. (the batteries are supposed to be 10×18mm, so they’re really tiny!)
-i charged the batteries with the help of some magnets in a cheap “faulty” charger i have, that only charges with 100mA instead of the claimed 1A. I’m waiting for some SMD-resistors so i can make a tp4056 charging board with ~50mA charge current for these batteries

-there’s tritium on the tail, but even after several minutes in a dark room i can barely see a faint glow if i move it ~15cm in front of my eyes. at an arms length i can’t see it. i hope i just got a faulty one, but i can’t complain since i got it for free.

-i haven’t done any run tests, and i don’t know if there’s any low voltage protection, so i might not do any neither.

feel free to ask more questions!

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Thanks for the photos! ^^ Compared to the E09, it looks like it’s about half the size of Preon P0, and NW too. Shocked

Oh, does the tritium look replaceable? Is it glued in place?

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is there a lens on the front of the thing? I don’t like the chances of it going into [my] pocket and not coming out with a scratched dome.

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Chloe wrote:
Oh, does the tritium look replaceable? Is it glued in place?

i can’t see any glue, it might be just pressed into place, but i’m not sure.
(clickable pictures, this time taken with my LG G2 phone instead of my panasonic gf3 m43 camera…)

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Mr Floppy wrote:
is there a lens on the front of the thing? I don’t like the chances of it going into [my] pocket and not coming out with a scratched dome.

yes there is a lens. can’t tell if it’s coated or not.

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Hello this is my first post. Sorry for my bad English.
I have a Spy CW.
In mine tritium can barely see in the dark.
The lens is plastic (I think it is suitable for this type of flashlight)
Tritium is fixed with adhesive 502.
I really like the user interface, and I really like this flashlight. Smile
I have several 10180 (Lummi wee ns,Veleno designs quantum DD, and Peak Eiger). The spy is the lightest and smallest of them all.

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Welcome stirner!
You English sounds is good. Could you take a picture of all your 10180 flashlights together?


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!!

Sorry. The photo is not very good

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Hi and welcome stirner. You have a very nice line up of miniature lights.Smile

My current and or voltage measurements are only relevent to anything that I measure.

Budget light hobby proudly sponsored by my Mastercard and unknowingly paid for by a hard working wife. 

djozz said "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

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Thanks stirner!


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Who does not love small lights?

And that DQG Spy is definitely one of the smallest and brightest lights.

My website with reviews of many chargers and batteries (More than 1000): http://lygte-info.dk/

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That really is a good collection, HKJ . It is a pity that more of them are not in stock anywhere
I usually read your page about flashlights. You do a great job

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Nice collection. Thanks stirner and HKJ for the comparison pics.

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stirner wrote:
!!

Sorry. The photo is not very good

The main reason being that your photo is back lit, for subject like torches you need the light from the front.

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stirner wrote:
!!

Sorry. The photo is not very good

Torches on diagrams of firearms (pistols).

Very nice Wink

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Thanks for the advice fartybum. I tried to put more light, but did not go well. I’ll remember for more photos
The best is the natural light, but in my country it rains a lot. Smile
You have sharp eye Boro. It’s a mat I use for cleaning a pistol take pictures or anything else .

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Is smaller than the button batteries keychain flashlights!


The battery sent bears the mark of a competitor

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Nice little light!

Specs:
Dimension: 27mmx12.5mm
Netweigt: 6 gram

Did you checked the weight ?

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Infinite wrote:
Netweigt: 6 gram Did you checked the weight ?

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Thanks the ! Smile

Tempting… minimal weight of lummi wee 12 – 20 g….

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5.40 grams.. Shocked
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It’s cute. I wonder how they do the two modes.

Three Tanna leaves to give him life, nine to give him movement. But what if he eats the whole bag?

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Tempting but not with a dim trit. I’d definitely consider if they came with bright fresh good quality trit vials.

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Rufusbduck wrote:
It’s cute. I wonder how they do the two modes.

I don’t know how the driver is constructed, but to access high mode you just tighten it a bit more than what’s needed for low mode.

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mizjif wrote:
Tempting but not with a dim trit. I’d definitely consider if they came with bright fresh good quality trit vials.

Since mine was supposed to be a pre-production sample, i don’t know if just i got a bad trit, or if all of them are bad.

Other dqg spy owners, how are your tritium vials?

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I’m having trouble seeing… is there a lens which covers the LED and ‘reflector’? Or is it just bare?

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Yes. It is a lens, plastic.

The lens is not plastic. CNQG seller was wrong. (And I did not check, sorry).
The lens is made of quartz. The next batch will be AR glass. This information comes from the designer DQG (George), and is reliable.

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OscarM wrote:
mizjif wrote:
Tempting but not with a dim trit. I’d definitely consider if they came with bright fresh good quality trit vials.

Since mine was supposed to be a pre-production sample, i don’t know if just i got a bad trit, or if all of them are bad.

Other dqg spy owners, how are your tritium vials?

Hello
Today I received another DQG Spy (yes, I bought another :bigsmile: ).
In the same shipment I received a vial of tritium (free, I asked Ric via email) to replace the first dim trit.
The two new trits are perfectly in the dark , very bright .
In the darkness you can see perfectly.
I think the first trit was a failure of pre-production

PS: I got a discount on the purchase of the second Spy due to failed trit

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DQG SpyTi , DQG Spy 10440 , ultrafire 10440 battery Big Smile

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I received this light a week ago. It replaced my poor old Photon Microlight on my keychain, and did it with style. I just love floodlights! This is like my 47s Preon P0, but its brighter AND neutral white! I just don’t think it’s nowhere near 200 lumens like advertised. When doing ceiling bounce, it seems to be about as bright as my Olight S10 on it’s 70 lumen medium mode.

I also bought a Veleno Designs charger (14$) for the 10180 battery from Veleno website. It seems to use 1C charging current, as it uses about an hour
to charge the battery. It has blue light while charging, which goes off as it finishes (volt meter reads 4.17v from fully charged battery).

I tested the runtime until the light was down to moonlight mode-like brightness, and then measured battery voltage after 15 minutes.
Manufacturer’s claims of 10-15min high mode & 3-4 hours low mode seems to be pretty accurate.

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Compared to Spyderco Bug:

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