Last week i got an Eagle Eye X2R from gearbest for review ( link gearbest ) It is my first review in english because i usually post in a german flashlightforum and of course its my native language and i feel more comfortable with. Its been a while since i visited the last english lesson in school but hey you still have the pictures Oh and its not a tear down, im am definately the wrong guy for that, i would ruin it. So i wont remove the driver or such things. Anyways, lets start with the review.
The X2R is a typical cigar shaped light in the 1x18650 format with a single tail switch (reverse clicky) and mode memory, gearbest offers it in two colors, black and grey. You have the choice of two color LED binnings as well, 1A and a more neutral 3C. The emitter is a XM-L2 U2 with around 550 lumens in high mode. The light has only three brightness levels without any disco modes which is not bad at all, i usually like simple UIs without strobe and SOS. I could not find any lumen data regarding the mid and low mode. Hi=1,6A Mid=0,7A Low=0.08A
manufacturer claimed measurements:
12.20 x 2.40 x 2.40 cm
weight: 88g (my scale says 65,3g?)
There can be no doubt, the light is designed as a competitor to the famous convoy S2+ which i like a lot. Both design and price is similar to the famous budget model from convoy.
The only difference is you get a simpler driver but therefor an integrated USB port for charging!
No fancy packaging here but its perfectly ok for a 15 dollar light. You will get a lanyard, two o-rings and a GITD rubber switch cover in addition to the already installed black one
Here is a 360 view and some other pictures showing the light. I like the color of the anodizing. Its a true grey without the purple shimmer of the grey S2+ and Jaxman, however i noticed a slightly difference in color of the middle tube compared to the rest of the light. Machining is really smooth and my sample was flawless without any silver parts or dents etc..
You can not only unscrew the head, you can also unscrew the top cover with the lens, it wasnt glued at all. Its perfect for cleaning dust particles from the factory.
The X2R is a bit longer compared to a convoy S2+ but surprisingly lighter with 65g (Convoy=80g). To the right, the larger brother, the X5R.
A picture of the headspring. I think everything looks like quality for the price.
A comparision with the convoy S2+, i think thats what most ppl want to see. Both are really good for budget flashlights. The Eagle Eye looks a bit "cleaner" to me if you look at the holes for example.
The main benefit of the X2R is the integrated USB port, the S2+ dont offer such a feature. I charged a completely emtpy nitecore 2600mah 18650 battery in 3 hours and 30 minutes.
As you can see the light charged with 1 Amp but it will decrease over time. For example 30 minutes before the end the light charged with 0,5 amp and so on.
When the charging process is finished the little indicator will turn green.
I thought they would use the little side indicator LED as a low voltage warning but no, the main LED is used. After 2 hours and 2 minutes the low voltage alarm kicked in (fully charged 2600mah battery). I removed the battery and measured 2.94V.
This is a little runtime line diagram i made, its obviously in german for the other forum. One axis is brightness in percent and the other is time in minutes. I clamped the light and a luxmeter in tripods (1m distance) and let it run on high until the low voltage warning kicked in. Note, i measured every minute until the 15 minute mark, then every 15 minutes.
A GITD o-ring is used but honestly, the effect will not last long. I build Paracord Lanyards with selfmade resin GITD beats in the past and the magic word is strontiumaluminate, this will last the whole night. Cheaper GITD pigments and those used in toys are made of zinc sulfide. According to the specs the light should have a coated lens as well but i couldnt recognize the typical shimmer, so i cant say if thats true or not.
Here is a little color bin comparision, the 3C is a really nice neutral color, its really "white". The T6 3B is also a very pleasant color bin in my mind. I made a little mistake here, its Lumintop IYP365.
Now an indoor and outdoor beamshot.
There is a tiny white camping table at around 54 yards distance. The higher lumen lights had no problems in illuminating the table.The Eagle Eye X2R and the S2+ are very similar because its a 7135*4 S2+ model but the X2R was a bit brighter as you can see. This will of course change with a S2+ 7135*8 for example.
In the end you cant go wrong with the X2R and the S2+. Both are budget models but you get the most for your money and Its probably the cheapest way to enter that quality region. I bought the X5R a while ago and its a really good light for the money as well. The X2R is perfect as a gift because of the integrated charging function. Fans of higher output and blink modes should consider the S2+ 7135*8. In my runtime test i measured a max. temperature of 130 F (30 minute mark).