Review - XTAR RC1 Darkwalker

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Review - XTAR RC1 Darkwalker

 

 http://www.xtarlight.com/05-chanpin/p-001-1.asp?styleid=354 : Product Page . 

Review was very kindly sponsored by Xtarlight 

 

For review is the XTAR RC1 Darkwalker :

Seriously , for starters - That's a cool name !  

2nd , the micro USB port is not one I have seen before . I have a cable for digital cameras , but this one is slightly larger so dont lose the factory supplied USB cable . Xtar has certainly pulled this off well . I can see the RC1 being charged from any USB port , be it a USB to cigarette lighter adapter for charging in the car , or a USB wall adapter , your computer or one of your Xtar chargers with a USB charging connection . Oh heck even a solar panel that does 5v charging . This makes the RC1 seriously versatile as far as recharging goes .

 The build quality is excellent , it is a really well built light . So far I have nothing to complain about , it really is a quality product and one I hope stands the test of time . Lets move onto the forward clicky as it looks like some thought may have gone into making it a little extra trick ! When you press the clicky , there is a little bit of movement and then the light turns on ( sorry it is a forward clicky ) and you press further in before meeting any resistance . What we have , or I have , is a two stage clicky switch , much like the old two stage military triggers from 50 - 100 years ago . So the first stage is for your momentary on ( very little resistance ) , the second stage is for clicking on the light . I really hope this is not just a quirk with mine because it really is trick .  

The emitter is really well centered in the orange peel reflector , and the light does look to throw well . Not nearly as flood'y as a XML , it is a little more reminiscent of a XR-E with not quite as tight a beam , but for those that dont like flood , you will probably love this beam profile . I can really see this light working for say a security guard that drives around all night shining his torch into dark places , with USB charging I dont see why the light would not be ready for use 24/7 .

 The machining of the threads , and the fit of the parts is excellent . O rings where they need to be and the threads are factory lubed for really slick operation . The anodizing is just excellent , and shaking the light really hard - there is not slapping around of the battery . 

 

 Now lets talk about the USB charging , I got the light with the battery @ 3.75v .  

To charge the battery , turn on the light and plug in the USB plug - it will automatically turn the light off and start charging .

It took one hour to get to 3.89v , another hour to get to 4.10v and an hour latter it was done ( well I checked after another hour ) @ 4.16v measured on completion . 

There is a little red light that comes on to let you know that the battery is being charged and when the charging is complete it turns green . Also if you plug in the USB and the light is green , then the battery is not being charged . Pull the plug out , turn on the light and plug in the USB and it should start charging . 

To get to the USB port , just unscrew the collar counter clock wise to open and clock wise to close it again . Dont worry , there are two O-rings to keep moisture away from the USB port , one above and another bellow the USB port .

The battery is fully charged so I will get back with some figures for output and current draw .. 

 

Current Draw with factory supplied battery :

Low = 0.190A - 0.196A 

High = 1.4A - 1.44A 

These figures are what I measured ...

Output ( as close as I can get it ) 

Low = 60 Lumens 

High = 421 Lumens 

Throw @ 1 meter 

Low = 2200Lux

High = 18000Lux 

 

 

Left to right :

XTAR RC1 - Solarforce L2 - Thorfire VG-10 

 

The RC1 is slightly longer than my two go to lights , considering the RC1 also charges the battery I think this is a very small price to pay for such convenience .  I simply can't think of a single negative thing to say . Im sure people will prefer this or that , or have an opinion , but to find fault ? I'm sorry , I cant think of anything to fault . Some one at XTAR set a design goal , a function goal , and the RC1 does what it was designed to do exceedingly well . 

I am impressed by the XTAR RC1. In the past I had no experience with a USB charged light , nor did I see the need in one . But after having experienced the RC1 I can see a multitude of situations where the RC1 would make perfect sense . The convenience of being able to charge your flashlight almost anywhere from a multitude of sources is simply brilliant .  

Two stage tail clicky ( by design or happy accident ? ) I love it either way !

High and low modes - I can live with it , 1.4A on high and 0.190A on low - I can live with it .

Forward clicky - I dont care , I know some people do - I just dont have a preference any more .. ( Its not rocket science )

USB charging - It works , and its not painfully slow .

The overall quality is excellent ,

 

Wow , this is a very nice flashlight and even if you were to hate charging VIA the USB port , this is such a nice flashlight and you could just pull out the battery and pop in a fresh one if the USB offends you . I am really looking forward to reading other reviews on this light , to see what other people think of it . 

Bottom line is , would I recommend this light = YES .. 

If the sample I have is the standard of all lights leaving the factory , I think new owners are going to be very impressed . 

10 out of 10 Xtar - The RC1 is excellent ! 

 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

Edited by: old4570 on 07/01/2015 - 20:10
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nice pictures!

this light would be nice to be compared to the Olight R20 and the Manker Rambler…
pretty the same concept Wink

which i like btw!

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M4D M4X wrote:
nice pictures! this light would be nice to be compared to the Olight R20 and the Manker Rambler... pretty the same concept Wink !http://i1148.photobucket.com/albums/o562/Martin_Rathmanner/Manker%20Ramb...! which i like btw!

There does seem to be a few about .. 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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Nice review of what is a very good torch it seems. Thanks for the review Smile

I still really like the design of the Solarforce L2 in the middle of one of the photos. One of my favorite designs.

 

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Thanks for the review old4570 .

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old4570 wrote:

 The build quality is excellent , it is a really well built light . So far I have nothing to complain about , it really is a quality product and one I hope stands the test of time . Lets move onto the forward clicky as it looks like some thought may have gone into making it a little extra trick ! When you press the clicky , there is a little bit of movement and then the light turns on ( sorry it is a forward clicky ) and you press further in before meeting any resistance . What we have , or I have , is a two stage clicky switch , much like the old two stage military triggers from 50 - 100 years ago . So the first stage is for your momentary on ( very little resistance ) , the second stage is for clicking on the light . I really hope this is not just a quirk with mine because it really is trick . 

old4570 wrote:

Two stage tail clicky ( by design or happy accident ? ) I love it either way !

Thank you for the review! I do not think that the switch is an accident as the BK50's I have had and the BK12 have both had that. Honestly I thought I was getting cheap lucky. Apparently not Smile

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bugsy36 wrote:

old4570 wrote:

 The build quality is excellent , it is a really well built light . So far I have nothing to complain about , it really is a quality product and one I hope stands the test of time . Lets move onto the forward clicky as it looks like some thought may have gone into making it a little extra trick ! When you press the clicky , there is a little bit of movement and then the light turns on ( sorry it is a forward clicky ) and you press further in before meeting any resistance . What we have , or I have , is a two stage clicky switch , much like the old two stage military triggers from 50 - 100 years ago . So the first stage is for your momentary on ( very little resistance ) , the second stage is for clicking on the light . I really hope this is not just a quirk with mine because it really is trick . 

old4570 wrote:

Two stage tail clicky ( by design or happy accident ? ) I love it either way !

Thank you for the review! I do not think that the switch is an accident as the BK50's I have had and the BK12 have both had that. Honestly I thought I was getting cheap lucky. Apparently not Smile

It is sweet ! ( two stage forward clicky ) 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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old4570 wrote:

2nd , the micro USB port is not one I have seen before . I have a cable for digital cameras , but this one is slightly larger so dont lose the factory supplied USB cable . 

Hi mate, your great review and 10/10 score has made me add this to my future-buy list. That future is always fast approaching when it comes to new lights!

One thing that worries me though is your assessment of the USB port being non-standard. Are you definitely certain of this?

XTAR's announcement blurb states "Micro USB charging port – Compatible with all USB wall adaptors or any USB power sources". I would find it very puzzling why they would use some proprietary USB-like shape when standard micro-USB is so well established and would bring the manufacturing price down. XTAR aren't Apple after allLaughing!!

Not to doubt your expertise in anyway (obviously I don't know if you're tech-savvyEmbarassed) - are you sure the camera's to which you are comparing are not mini-USB:

Many thanks again for the effort, it's much appreciated.

Keep shining,

Hirsh

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So its a Micro USB , again not familiar to me , as this is the first device to use one ... Of this particular shape ..

Guess there is a first time for everything ..  

Good call ahirshy  

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….