Odepro KL52 Adjustable zoom flashlight Review

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Odepro KL52 Adjustable zoom flashlight Review

*Odepro KL52 Adjustable zoom flashlight Review *

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Hey folks today we will be reviewing a very special flashlight. Nothing about the flashlight itself is that special but its a zoomie and I actually like it!
That is why its so special they have changed me and I take back all I have said in the past about zoomies. So the day has come where I have changed lol. I actually don’t mind my Cometa its okay just being a zoomie its a bit big and heavy to carry fishing.

The KL52 is years ahead of the Cometa in build type and quality. Soon enough my KL52 is going to become a mod monster. I will write a separate review once the KL52 is modded. We are aiming for 300Kcd right?

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Today we will be reviewing the Odepro KL52. The light was sent to me by Odepro I am not sure how to pronounce this name so lucky I only have to write it! No doubt is a good band and I also have no doubt I will get the spelling wrong a few times.
Odepro is owned or are apart of Brinyte and Orcatorch I am not sure where they sit in the mix. The specs of the KL52 are similar to the Brinyte B158 but it is defiantly a different flashlight at least in looks. I never bought the B158 but it was on my list of flashlights to buy.

The build quality of the KL52 is amazing no issues at all. My KL52 came perfect no marks or blemishes no chips. The lens is 100% perfect which is surprising with a zoomie every thing is just perfect. Why did I write first? Well its probably the best finished flashlight i have received in a while plus with a zoomie you expect the lens to be chipped but this lens is a beast. That was one reason why i disliked zoomies but Odepro have fixed this issue.

Flood mode

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The KL52 is a good looking flashlight and probably the best looking zoomie on the market by far. The KL52 looks years ahead better then the Cometa and I think it looks better then the UF 1405. Looks are up to the users taste I guess but id rather carry the KL52 over any other zoomie. It took me a while to figure out how to use the KL52 I was stumped on how to zoom in and out.
The head doesn’t twist to zoom in and out the body twist around the head if that makes sense. Well some part of the body/slash head has to twist but unlike conventional zoomies you don’t turn the head. You twist the back of the flashlight where the tail cap is. There is no visible threads on the flashlight to indicate that it is a zoomie.

Focus Mode
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This looks awesome people can be tricked into thinking its not a zoomie besides the fat lens sitting up the front. This is by far the perfect zoomie design it looks so much better and functions so much better then all other zoomies I have owned. Seeing as the zooming/focus threads are covered there is no way for dirt and debris to get into the threads and make it harder to use plus it has O-rings to protect the threads. The most import fact about a zoomie like this is the fact that it is waterproof. The KL52 is IPX8 to 2 meters underwater how cool is that! No way in the world that I would feel safe dunking other zoomies especially the Cometa underwater. Unless I wanted to break it of course!

The KL52 also has a drop resistance rating of 1.5 meters which is great seeing as the KL52 is being sold as a hunting flashlight. It will be getting knocked around bumped a bit when being used in the field. I wouldn’t want to drop any zoomie head first into the lens just to be safe side. The bezel does stick out further in the KL52 then the lens so that has some added safety if you do drop the flashlight head first. The Kl52 has a crenelated bezel and the circulations sit out more then the lens. Crenelations make a flashlight more tactical lol in seriousness they do have some good uses.

  • IPX8 2 meters submersible
  • 1.5 meters drop resistant

The Odepro KL52 is made out of the usual Aircraft grade aluminum alloy imagine how heavy a zoomie that is made out of stainless steel would be? The KL52 uses premium hard anodizing type 3 oxidization and anti abrasive finish sounds so fancy! The finish on the KL52 is mint not a mark at all as I have already said and its a very hard wearing finish. I have had the KL52 for 2 weeks and its holding up really well even with continue use. I took the KL52 to my trip Canberra and it was on the car floor for a portion of the trip and the finish is still flawless. The anodizing must be thick. Now I will probably drop it and scratch it I scrathec it with calipers damn it!.
The KL52 is finished in a glossy dark black finish and looks very slick. It will be a pain to find if the drop the KL52 while hunting maybe you should add some glow in the dark decals.

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Overall the KL52 is very user friendly it is made to be modded and have parts changed regularly. Odepro/ Brinyte sell LED pills that come in Green and Red which can be used hunting. You can also buy pressure switches for the KL52 and mounts to fit the LK52 to your rifle. I just asked Odepro they do not sell the pills so you have to buy the Brinyte pills. Now I sound like a drug dealer.

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Size wise the KL52 is the same as the B158 from what I can tell. Its a smaller sized zoomie and a fairly compact single 18650 flashlight. Its actually not that much bigger then a C8 but you will be able to feel the difference if you where to pocket the two. Either way my shorts will fall down if I carry either in my pockets! I blame gravity.
*Dimensions *

  • Weight: 240 grams without battery
  • Head diameter: 54mm
  • Body diameter: 30mm
  • Body length: 147mm zoomed in (Measured by me)
  • Body length: 170.47mm zoomed out

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So as you can see the KL52 is a fairly compact flashlight not even for just a zoomie but in general. Considering how massive the head is at 54mm that is huge head. I can not wait to mod the KL52 and see what it can in the throw department I think it will be a monster.

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The KL52 is using the latest and greatest in Cree led technology lol. I put that in here myself the KL52 is actually using a top bin XML2-U4 this is my first U4 binning I think. I did buy a U3 from some where but I don’t really see that many XML2-U4 for sale. Maybe I am not looking hard enough! For a budget priced priced flashlight the KL51 is using premium quality gear.

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The U4 binning XML2 is a really good start from Odepro you can already see the quality is good just by looking at the specs. Like they could have easily used a U2 or an even worse binning. Or just used a lattice bright cut back mate lol.
The tint on the XML2 is okay its white but not the worse I have seen. Some where around 6000k I would think. Its a bit hard to tell because the optics always make the tint shift a little well at least to my eyes. I do not think I have ever had a NW tint in a zoomie.
Hahaha right in front of me is a flashlight I built with a 4500k XPG2 zoomie derrr! The good thing about the XML2 is that the cold white isn’t the coldest out of the Cree emitter line up the XPG2 is much worse even I am not a fan of the CW XPG2.

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Output is really good on the KL52 its rated at 900 lumens which is a good effort for a zoomie because you do lose a lot of light from the optics. I would rate the KL52 at over 900 lumens it does seem a tad brighter to my eyes but I am no expert on zoomies. It has managed to keep up with my Cometa in output probably because of the tint difference. I don’t know right now my Comate is acting weird maybe I should swap those parts to this flashlight. Does any one want to buy a Cometa shell? Actually the light reverse clicky would be awesome in here I wonder if it will fit.

Tree is 100m
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*Output and modes *( zoomed in and out have different output numbers so I will make two list)
Zoomed in flood mode

  • High: 900 lumens at 1.3 hours
  • Medium: 350 lumens at 3.2 hours
  • Low: 68 lumens at 30 hours
  • Strobe: 900 lumens run time unknown
  • SOS: 900 lumens run time unkown

Zoomed out focus mode (Run times stay the same)

  • High: 380 lumens at 1.3 hours
  • Medium: 135 lumens at 3.2 hours
  • Low: 38 lumens at 30 hours
  • Strobe: 380 lumens at unknown run time
  • SOS: 380 lumens at unknown run time

Output and run times are great on the KL52 seeing as it is stock flashlight the 900 lumens is good. I think as a stock flashlight the KL52 does well its output performance is good for a single die emitter it just seem bright to me.

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The KL52 comes with a 3000mah battery so you will get close to the stated run time on high mode. It will step down on high mode but that is to be expected. The step down isn’t to bad I didn’t even notice it. One thing I have not said is that cooling is awesome on the KL52 even on high mode it gets warm but never hot it does have a lot mass after all.
I am not sure why Odepro went with two different output numbers? When even in focus mode it should still be 900 lumens at the LED? Most companies would have just said one output for all. The mode selection is good I would have liked to see the blink modes hidden I guess. Its not a big problem just being a forward clicky its a pain.

KL52 left and Cometa right
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I personally really enjoy the forward clicky switch I love the monetary makes me feel like I am hunting. The mod spacing is great 3 simple output modes with very good spacing its a very linear spacing not to extreme in any way. Some companies will give 900 lumens then like 150 lumens then 1 lumen. I like the modes being this way where they half the output from high to medium.
You can quickly cycle through the modes by using the momentary on to pick a mode and then fully click the switch the whole way. In a sense it work like a reverse clicky if you use the switch this way and take out the pain of having to click 100 times. This way is the best way to cycle modes.

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Throw numbers

  • Focused 52000cd at 480m
  • Flooded 1100cd at 210m

What can I say about the throw numbers? They are huge for a flashlight that is not even marketed as a thrower. Even zoomed in so flood mode that is a huge number. The KL52 out throws a stock C8 by a bit which is a really good effort. You could get a lot of extra throw by just placing a XPLHI in the KL52. I think the KL52 will even compete with a stock C8 with a XPL-HI in throw.

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The driver in the KL52 is great I am not sure what driver is to be exact. I do know for it is a constant current driver and includes a lot of other features. The driver in the KL52 has no visible PWM which is great easy on the eyes. The KL52 can only be run on a single 18650 and 16340s can not be used in the KL52. The driver has reverse polarity protection and low voltage protection from what I can see. Cut of voltage is 3 volts from what I can see either way the included 18650 is protected also for your piece of mind So you can be assured the KL52 will be okay to give to a flashlight noob. Or you can buy me another one so I can mod two no pressure at all!

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The KL52 is sold as a package by Odepro on Amazon this makes the KL52 a really good option to give to a flashlight noob. The package includes an Odepro branded 18650 that is 3000mah the battery appears to be protected. No wait is defiantly protected. I am not sure what battery is under the re-wrap it looks like either a Sanyo or Samsung I would have to unwrap to be sure. The included charger is very basic I have one from another company although basic they work very well. It is made to only charge 18650s the battery terminals do not slide or move in any way. The charger charged the included cell to a nice 4.21 volts which is perfect seeing as the Odepro battery is new. The charging current is at 1 amp so the included cell will take just over 3 hours from completely flat to fully charge. The light on the charger turns green when the charge is done and is red while the battery is charging. The green light activated at 4.20 volts for me. The charger is universal and can be used in any standard power socket from 100-240AC.

How good is the quality!
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What is included in the package?

  • Odepro KL52
  • Odepro 18650 charger
  • Odepro 18650 3000mah battery
  • Grease/Lube
  • Instructions
  • Spare O-rings
  • Warranty Card

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Overall I really love the Odepro KL52 I wanted to buy the Brinyte B158 so I am happy Odepro decided to send me this flashlight. Honestly the KL52 has changed the way I think about zoomies its amazing! The build quality is second to none and its actually sturdy not just for a zoomie but for a flashlight in general. You can buys heaps of attachments which makes it an awesome choice for hunters and fishermen. Stock it throws really good just imagine what the KL52 could do with a little bit of modding.

I have beam shots in the video towards the end.

All the pics are taken at ISO800

Seeing as the KL52 is a adjustable zoom flashlight i took a few pics of each mode. These pics are not uniform as in they are different patterns at different outputs.

These pics are on low mode 68 lumens it throws so good!

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These pics are medium mode 350 lumens

100m to the tree
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High mode

Very good output on high mode 900 lumens
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100m to the tree
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KL52 left and H03R on the right both super floody
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KL52 left and stock S2+ Right
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KL52 left and Cometa Right
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KL52 left and Cometa Right
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KL52 left and Cometa Right same output level on both and they are fairly similiar Cometa is just a tad more narrow.
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Thanks for taking the time to read!

Regards Chris

Edited by: everydaysurvivalgear on 04/20/2017 - 05:56
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Thanks for the review, it looks like a decent bit of clobber, impressive that the battery is decent too.

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Isn’t this simply a re-branded Brinyte B158B?

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Thanks for the review Chris.
If this is the same as the Brynite what you see on the pill for the driver is a blank plate with a spring on it in an 18mm to 17mm adaptor. The driver will float in the pill. is 2.8 amps and is 7135 based.
I just went looking for the remote switch for this and could not find one in stock. Also there Aliexpress shop is empty.

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/all-wholesale-products/1038738.html?spm...

Where do we buy their products from apart from Amazon which does not ship to Australia?

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MRsDNF wrote:
Thanks for the review Chris.
If this is the same as the Brynite what you see on the pill for the driver is a blank plate with a spring on it in an 18mm to 17mm adaptor. The driver will float in the pill. is 2.8 amps and is 7135 based.
I just went looking for the remote switch for this and could not find one in stock. Also there Aliexpress shop is empty.

https://www.aliexpress.com/store/all-wholesale-products/1038738.html?spm...

Where do we buy their products from apart from Amazon which does not ship to Australia?

Yea it has to be the same. It just looks different but it looks the same as the XPL-HI version. I have not taken the driver out but i will soon to replace it with a DD. Gearbest still has the pills but no pressure switches. I will ask the rep if they can ship them to us. Or maybe we can ask Fasttech in the thread. Have you modded yours?

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I’m interested in the remote switches. Do you have them?

I’ve modded quite a few of the Brynites with XPE2 Torch leds running at 2.2 amps in single mode.

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How is the throw?

I might put a Dedomed XPL in this one.

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Thanks for the review !

MRsDNF did you dedome the xp-e2 too ?

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No I didn’t dedome the XPE2. I havent measured throw but I’d suggest for its use around 300 meters.

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