Review: Trustfire X9 [ 1 x 18650 ] 5 mode - XM-L

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Review: Trustfire X9 [ 1 x 18650 ] 5 mode - XM-L

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For review :   Trustfire X9 .

 

  • Brand: Trustfire
  • Model:  X9
  • Emitter Brand/Type:  XM-L T6
  • Color BIN:  White
  • Voltage range: 3-4.2V
  • Total Emitters:  1
  • Battery Configurations:  1 x 18650 rechargeable battery (included)
  • Switch Type:  Clicky/Clickie
  • Switch Location:  Tail-cap
  • Modes: 5
  • Mode Memory: Hi> Mid > Lo > Fast Strobe> SOS
  • Brightness:  1000 lumens maximum brightness (manufacturer rated)
  • Lens:   Glass Lens
  • Reflector:  smooth Reflector
  • Carrying Strap:  Strap Included

 


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Now there are a few things that grab you , first , for a single 18650 battery light , the X9 is on the larger side , the second thing is that the anodizing does not match well on some of the parts , was it done on purpose ? [ 2 tone - possibly ] , its neither here nor there for me . The light is well made , everything appears to be well machined , and the only thing I can mention is the pill to head fit , on the threads , its a bit of a slop fit , but once tightened up , not really an issue . 


  The reflector appears to be really well made , and this really helps to pump the light forward , the clicky is very mechanical and a little on the heavy side for actuation [ which can be good ] . There is also a lanyard , which again looks to be very well made , and quite useful , being almost two feet long it might just be able to do the job of a lanyard , rather than just being ornamental , or a wrist strap . 


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Tailcap - clicky , looks to be very well put together ..


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Now at first I didn't like the way the emitter was mounted on the pill , but when I saw some better pictures , and saw how massive the emitter base/star was , well , I thought it might just be ok after all , and then I set about finding a X9 to call my own . 


Performance :

Now I did kind of hope its would not be under driven , and not over driven , I wanted it to be just right , and I think it just about does that .


On high with a Xtar2600 18650 it pulled around 2.23A [ 4.19v resting ] and returned some 850L , which for me is right on the money . On medium it pulled some 0.9A and gave about 380L , and on low , pulled some 0.18A and offered some 80L .


 Now I thought these figures a little generous so thought I might do a ceiling bounce test to compare .

Two other lights used in the comparison = 

L2T low current 500L on high XM-L= returned 47Lux CB 

L2  Manafont 3 mode XM-L 940L = 86Lux CB 

X9 = 78Lux CB 

I did the math on the CB test and it looks to be good , there really must be something in these larger reflectors .

The sun is still , ok its cloudy , but once it gets dark , I will see about some beams ..

Now talking about beams :  Lets check out the throw numbers .


In low mode @ 1meter I got some 2500Lux [ surprisingly good ] and in medium mode I got some 13,000Lux which was surprisingly good , and in high I got a reading of some 30,000Lux , which is even good by XR-E standards . Im really looking forward to taking this light somewhere dark , because Im really expecting it to perform ...


Forward Clicky

5 Modes with memory [ High - Medium - Low - Strobe - SOS ] 

Smooth Reflector - Aluminum

Well made - except for slop fit between pill and head 

Glass lens

Tailstands

Well finished [ 2 tone ? ] 

Nice Lanyard 

Looks to be a seriously good thrower

I like the current in each mode 

 

PWM = Low frequency 


More after I have some time to play :    

 

 

 

 

Solarforce L2 with Manafont XM-L Drop in + Sanyo 2600 

 

 

 

 

X9 on high with Himax 2600 for power 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok , it looks to throw ... .

Mine wont run on flat top batteries , definitely wants button tops ...  

 

 

 

 

 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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A serious thrower and a seriously good looking flashlight.

Did I read that right, old; an L2 with a 3-mode Manafont XM-L was brighter than this light?

 

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Flashlight Foy wrote:

A serious thrower and a seriously good looking flashlight.

Did I read that right, old; an L2 with a 3-mode Manafont XM-L was brighter than this light?

 

Foy

Manafont 3 mode XM-L , cold it starts over 1000L+   

But sags quickly to 960ish and continues to sag to around 850ish   ...   Cant hold the high output .

A XM-L driven between 2A and 2.5A makes more sense ...

That drop in pulls close to 4A with the Carlie's Panasonic 2250  18650 , its an insane amount of current for one XM-L 

 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:

On high with a Xtar2600 18650 it pulled around 2.23A [ 4.19v resting ] and returned some 850L , which for me is right on the money . On medium it pulled some 0.9A and gave about 380L , and on low , pulled some 0.18A and offered some 80L .


XML T6  2,23A=769lm

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T6 280L per 700mA  

1.4A = 560L 

2.1A = 840L 

So 2.23A measured , it could go a little higher less the MM , so ill stick to my guns on this one ... [ + let's not forget all the variables ] 

Now , its also expressed as 

 

XM-L is 20% more efficient than 

XLamp XP-G at the same current, 

and can deliver 1000 lumens with 

100 lumens per Watt efficacy. 

Hmmmm , 9.13Watts , Im not getting 900L 

 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

Where did you got the X9 and for how much, a friend is looking for one and it seems at 2.2a its good enough even on stock.

thanks

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The X9 is available from all over , Manafont , DX to name a few ...

But mine came from Ebay  , $36 Shipped to my door .  

 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:

 

T6 280L per 700mA  

1.4A = 560L 

2.1A = 840L 

So 2.23A measured , it could go a little higher less the MM , so ill stick to my guns on this one ... [ + let's not forget all the variables ]

I go by what Match tested here, http://budgetlightforum.com/node/2603

So that would be 765L @ 2.23 by relating to the 2000mA results.

 

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Thanks, Asking cause my X9 bought off ebay is only pulling 1.4A using XTAR 2600mah.

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The current measurements on this light vary wildly between examples. My eBay x9 draws 2.6 on a SF battery and 3.1 on the Callies Kustoms 2250.

Piers said " ....but who wants enough light, when you have the option for far too much "

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I really like mine and am happy with the output.

 

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I just wonder how much of the variation in reported current draws is measurement/battery differences and how much is the actual light. They seem to vary widely, but maybe they aren't that different. I like this light a lot even though mine fried the driver withing seconds of turning it on for the first time. I much prefer single cell lights. And since its single cell it was easy to swap out the driver. The PCB/heatsink/whatever design scared me at first, but it seems to work nicely. I get 32k lux@1m (calculated from 5m) out of mine with a T4 5A3 @ 2.8A and got 40K+ with the original emitter.

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There are a couple of top rated sellers who have the X9 with a buy it now price under $34. Have to pay off my car first or I would pull the trigger.


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Everybody got the same Two Tone  finish? 

Ian2381's doesn't look two tone, maybe he lighting is hiding that.

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Mine does not appear two-tone. Maybe a little mismatched on a couple parts, but only noticeable if you look very carefully.

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Hikelite wrote:

Everybody got the same Two Tone  finish? 

Ian2381's doesn't look two tone, maybe he lighting is hiding that.

Yup, My X9 isn't two tone. Or my eyes is deceiving me.Cool

 

EDIT: My eyes indeed deceived me, looked at it again in the morning and the bezel has darker color and the whole body include tailcap is lighter.

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I've seen one other member here saying he got a two tone. Sellers' photos are not two tone in one body, however I've noticed that there seems to be a darker and lighter grey X9. Old4570's X9 seems to have the two grey's in one and it's obvious.

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Awwww, I want one...

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X9 different drivers?

It's  obvious they are not identical.... but on the inside...

You guys maybe should post some pictures. The one on the right is from a pack (batteries, box, charger)

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My driver is like the top one, with red ring and no rows of holes in the center area.

Mine draws 2.8A with an Xtar 2600

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mine had the red ring driver and drew 1.7a..

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  I seem your measurements mildly value-added.I use the program LedCalc.Here virtual variant is found

http://dxreviews.fonarevka.ru/cgi-bin/LCalc.cgi

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Mine was just 1.4A, I have it DD now giving 3.4A till I receive the new driver from Kaidomain.

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Mine was a bit over 2A when I received it, now 1.7-1.8A with the same batteries. (Edit: driver is the red one without the double row of holes in the central island). Planning to install the KD 2.8A driver.

And yes, the bezel ring on mine is darker then the other parts, could be said two-tone. From eBay.

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Mine is all in the same color from ebay too.

The other one in the picture is the TR-1200 which is black in case my camera does not show the colors that accutate..

 

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Old4570

  I seem your measurements mildly value-added.I use the program LedCalc.Here virtual variant is found

http://dxreviews.fonarevka.ru/cgi-bin/LCalc.cgi

There are two measurements , current and output ...

So the obvious variable is that measured current does not match measured output ..

The explanation for that could be as simple as not being able to accurately measure current ...

Several variables for that ...

1/ MM adds resistance [ Ive come across this before ] 

2/ Point of measurement , depending on where the contacts are placed from the MM , will give different readings , this depends very much on the light itself ...

I have measured - with this light - with the same battery - from 1.8A to 2.23A , thats a 400mAh variation with the same battery ... 

My fault perhaps for not mentioning how difficult it can be sometimes to get a true and accurate current reading ...

I personally trust the light box and ceiling bounce more than the current reading ...

+ The tailcap will make much better contact than the MM probes , so there you go , take it for what you will ..  [ + there are even more variables to consider if you really want to get into it ] 

 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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Mine is from a combo deal on ebay. 2.6 on trustfire flame and 3.1 on Callies Kustoms 2250.

Piers said " ....but who wants enough light, when you have the option for far too much "

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I agree that this is a very handsome flashlight. I wish they would offer a 3*XM-L version of this one! I personally prefer flood over throw.

Great review Old, thanks! Frontpage'd and Sticky'd.

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Nice review. Might be rivaling the FandyFire STL-V6 in throw, which uses 2*18650 but is only 4cm longer... But the X9 looks nicer Smile

old4570, may I suggest measuring spot intensity at a longer distance? (more info

sb56637, triple XM-L would require more batteries... 

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DrJones wrote:

Nice review. Might be rivaling the FandyFire STL-V6 in throw, which uses 2*18650 but is only 4cm longer... But the X9 looks nicer Smile

old4570, may I suggest measuring spot intensity at a longer distance? (more info

sb56637, triple XM-L would require more batteries... 

I thought about it , tried it , but cant see the read out ...

The other way might be to put the light down and hold the meter itself [ hmmm that might work ] 

But if you look at the picture 's , you can see the X9 light up the back fence way down the track , hmmm might have to upload fuller size image ... 

 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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Lux @ 1meter has been the standard for flashylights for a while now ..

I know some want that changed as it does not take into account focus at longer distances ...

 

 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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