REVIEW: JETBeam RRT0SE Raptor (Nice Pics)

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REVIEW: JETBeam RRT0SE Raptor (Nice Pics)

JETBeam RRT0SE Raptor (XM-L2)

LED: XM-L2 (T6)
BATTERY: 1XCR123A/1XRCR123A/1XAA/1×14500 (extender included)
MODES: Variable continuous and preset positions (Strobe/SOS/Off)
INTERFACE: Magnetic Rig + Rear Switch (forward)
DATE: 2014 October
SELLER: Banggood (see end of review)

INTRODUCTION

My favorite format for flashlights is the AA NiMH, but I recognize that a perfect EDC light must be cr123a (compatible with recheargable lithium, of course). What is the best interface for this format, I think Magnetic ring with rear witch. If we also 730 lumens in a flashlight of this size, we have in our hand one of the best edc flashlights that exist out there.

This new version of Jetbeam RRT0, the RRT0SE , is in direct competition with 2 excellent flashlights with magnetic ring, rear switch and extender for best chemistry compatibility: Nitecore SRT3 and Sunwayman V11R (this V11R not included on the package the extend, sunwayman must improve this).

The flashlight comes in a plastic blister, that ensures the integrity of the flashlight, the extender is placed. We can see the flashlight but not the extras.
The Extras: Clip, Orings, rubber, lanyard, and holster. The holster has a side pocket allows us to place a battery (or such a small AAA flashlight with clip, I put a I3S). The holster is perfect for flashlight in AA format, but is too large for RCR123A format.

Some pics; we can see a difference with the previous model (possibly was my first high-end flashlight few years ago). Changes in tone anodized different arrangement of the threads in addition to the incorporation of the new “SE” a XM-L2 led. The new clip has a matte finish, I like it.

These pictures, the clip you can see is the original comes standard (it is strong and allows 2 different placements). In other pictures you will see one that I bought separately and I like most aesthetically.

How does it feel in your hand?

With and without extender

GROUP PICS

CR123A format

AA format

THE FLASHLIGHT

As in previous versions, the quality of materials, construction, and attention to detail is maximum.
2 main pieces when we use the CR123A version and the extender to AA.
Great quality orings and threads, this are not anodized (this is no problem with this interface is no danger of an accidental start).

The rear switch: the hardness was increased over previous models. I think there is over quality. No excel, tailstand allowed.
There are holes for the lanyard, also for the placement of a clip (screw) we can separate purchase. Anyway, clip series is quality and allows placement in both directions.

The original package clip

I prefer this clip: Titanium alloy clip banggood . I’ve bought the long version, the shortest is ok for cr123a version of the flashlight, but for AA it is not nice. But you must remember that the long versión slashing on the edge of the flashlight, please see the pics. I think original is more funcional clip, and the “titanium alloy clip” is more beautiful.

Magnetic ring. Notches which facilitate handling. No signs or letters indicating the position of the ring. It has greatly improved the relationship between the rotation and the visual perception of increased brightness.

Poles +, – . We can see protection for accidental reverse battery placement.

LED/BEAM

The flashlight mounted an XM-L2 T6 surrounded by orange peel reflector. Perfectly centered.
Tint is between neutral and cold.
Projection is relatively flooder, although we are promised a range of 155 meters. Probably by the brute force of the initial 730 lumens a (few seconds), with rechargeable lithium battery.

RRT0SE and the others (SW V11R and Nitecore SRT3) RCR123A Magnetic Ring flashlights with rear switch. The three flashlights are XM-L2.

My old RRT0 with XP-G S2 is not a rival for the new RRT0SE with XM-L2

RRT0SE tailstand with RCR123A, it may well light up a room of 12 m2.

This is just a curiosity, I compare this compact flashlight with a completely different flashlight. The Armytek Predator XP-G2 NW, a compact thrower.

Only one small criticism. I miss the old model super-low modes. Now depending on batteries, the low is between 2 and 4-5 lumens. For me this is the only thing I change about this flashlight. With NiMH aa, no problem 1,5-2 lumens, but rcr123a would be a littles lower.
Can compare the lowest at this pic:

INTERFACE/BATTERY

We have a rear switch (forward), we can turn on and off the flashlight in the preselected position with the magnetic ring. Momentary on allowed at any position.

The magnetic ring allows us to move between the different modes:
-There are three fixed positions, in which the ring is retained; STROBE-SOS-OFF,
-then an area of continuous variation of the intensity. Another end fixed position in the highest mode.


The relationship between degree turn the ring, and the visual perception of increased brightness has been improved over the S2 models that I have. It is very correct, similar to Nitecore SRT3.

RUNTIME/POWER

This RRT0SE is now my most powerful in this format flashlight battery (I mean the RCR123A). We are officially listed 730 lumens high, I have no reason to doubt it, but as you can then check the graph of discharge soon begins a rapid decline, right now I do not have batteries IMR in this format, but soon hope to check if with them, you can better maintain the brutal demand requesting to offer those numbers flashlight lumens.
Respect to low mode, here one of the few things I think you lose some of the beauty of the old model, who offered us some of the lowest lows I’ve seen. In RRT0SE when using RCR123A batteries can be 4-5 lumens minimum, CR123A primary battery gets better and maybe walk by 3 lumens, using NiMH AA we are around 1-2 lumens.

Fall is fast with RC123A, with primary cr123a there may be excess conservatism, we started about 300 lumens and there is a gradual decline to establish a flat line for just over an hour at about 200 lumens after a fall up to 70-80 lumens which is maintained for another hour and finally a progressive fall of about 20 minutes, with primary will not stay abruptly without light.
With a rechargeable Eneloop AA NiMH 2400mA have less power than we are used to these batteries in recent times, but it is the price to pay for a flashlight that can run such a variety of formats. I think we move around the 130 lumens (we will have decent light for about 2 hours with it).

Finally a little more detail for the first 5 minutes of the 3 chemicals selected for testing.

CONCLUSION

The best thing about this flashlight is its interface and chemical compatibility. The great interface of the old RRT0 raptor, is now improved adding an extra position for “SOS” in the magnetic ring. Also the quality of the rear switch is improved.
With the upgrading Led XM-L2, we have one of the most powerful RCR123A flaslights (for a short period of time), good regulation and balanced power with CR123A primaries, as an emergency solution provides acceptable solution for working with AA NiMH (of course we can choose 14500 option, but I prefer a good quality 16340 (for the length of the flashlight). Nice tint of this T6.
The clip quality and finish is more attractive than the old models, provides appropriate support and allows placement in both directions, in addition to thanking the option of having holes for those who prefer the option of this other clip (titanium alloy clip, see the link).
Allows tailstand stable (we can control the output power millimeter while in Candle mode), easily removable front steel crown to access the reflector and LED front, cover with extra battery department, Lanyard, Orings …

I have only two complaints about this new version. The holster is ok for AA format, but will not be useful for the short version of the flashlight, this is not really a problem, but this quality flashlight is necessary to complain about everything that hinders perfection. The only thing I like less than other models is the loss of low moonlight option, it’s a shame. With AA NiMh is ok (1-2 lumens), but with RCR123A, perhaps 4-5 lumens (with full battery).

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Edited by: Trevi_lux on 10/20/2014 - 12:36
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Looking forward to this... it has been on my To get list..

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Gracias por este excelente review! Lástima que no he tenido ninguna otra linterna de anillo desde mi primer raptor RRT1 hace mucho tiempo atrás, quizás este sea el momento…? Me hubiera agradado mas con un U2/U3 1A, y aunque no me gusta para nada el nuevo empaque de jetbeam (lo hace ver muy chino), no tengo duda alguna de su calidad, para mi sigue siendo unos de los mejores.

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Great review!! Have to say I dislike the new package, even cheap chinese lights come with better presentation… I wonder if they would ever display and sell this in a retail store, or they only depend of online sales? I miss my RRT1 rocking the R2 back in the day, I’ve been looking a bright AA light for a while and this definitely tops the list, but I’m out of flashlight budget right now, too many GBs!!

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One of my favorite lights but I still cannot afford it.I purchased the RTT 21 for $41, hope this goes below $30

Which Jetbeam there are 2 versions

1

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Thanks for comment guys!!!, this night I will finish the review, now other duties calling me. Steve

(Will,100% agree with you. RRT0SE is one of the best RCR123A there, but the blister is not pretty. All the same, I have found that if it is very effective for good transportation and arrival in perfect condition)

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Thank you for the review. I still wish you could get an 18650 version of lights like this. But nobody really seems to make them.

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Review Finished Wink

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Thanks Tl for the review. It seems a really nice light but I will have to wait for a rich uncle to buy me one. Is he here?

 

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Chicken Drumstick wrote:
Thank you for the review. I still wish you could get an 18650 version of lights like this. But nobody really seems to make them.

Closest current one for size and magnetic control ring is the Nitecore SRT5 though it has a lot of added modes. I am lucky enough to have the Nitecore Infilux IFE2 which runs fine on one 18650. Bought several years ago and continuously variable via mag ring and it’s only special mode is strobe, selected by turning the control ring past the standby mode detent. Per listed dimensions the SRT5 is about 10mm longer than the IFE2 but the same maximum diameter. If you can find an IFE2 as NOS or good used grab it.

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Skytrooper;

Without a tail switch the Niteye Eye15 looks to me like too inclined to come on in the pocket based on the description I found. I have the Jetbeam TCR10 and that is my biggest complaint about it. Next is that the Jetbeam control ring is stepped rather than continuously variable for the main beam.

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Skytrooper wrote:
Chicken Drumstick wrote:
I still wish you could get an 18650 version of lights like this. But nobody really seems to make them.

What about the Niteye EYE15? It’s one of my favorite lights, especially after replacing the head with one from an XM-L2 version Jetbeam RRT-01.


Quite like those. But rather pricey (not that would be a deal breaker), but they seem expensive for an XM-L and CW only. If they offered XP-G2/XM-L2 and NW then I’d have one.
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how2 wrote:

One of my favorite lights but I still cannot afford it.I purchased the RTT 21 for $41, hope this goes below $30

Which Jetbeam there are 2 versions

1

2

Rrt 21 for 41 is very cheap...

Finding this RRT0SE for under $30 is just dreaming. 

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Thank you for the review! Very nice flashlight…so much power!

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Thanks for the review. I like what you did with the clip.

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fantastic review! thank you

 

 
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Great Review,

I am a few years behind this review that you did, and they now sell for $64.00 the cheapest I could find today. I Like what you did with the Clip Too, those other Clips eventually get weak and don’t stay secure. I Prefer the Magnetic Ring Control with No Tail Switch at all, but that’s just me. If you Removed the Tail Switch and Bypassed that & put in a Spring, would that give you enough room to Drop in a 18650 Battery, if the tube has enough wall thickness to allow you to Boar it out enough to fit the larger Battery? That would Definitely Increase the amount of Lumens, even if you had to drop in a New Board.
If I get one I will make a Ti. Clip that looks just like the one you have on your Light! It Looks Great and a reversible Clip is Just Awesome!!!

Great Review thanks for doing such a Good job covering Every Detail of the Light.

Interested in repairing my JetBeam TC-R1, (I’m lacking knowledge and a Novice) Wires broken between LED and Double Stacked Boards below. I soldered New wire to LED (Brass LED Base is loose, not glued or secured). 1 wire is Broken just above the top of the