Xtar WK007 flashlight review. New beam images posted---Post #11-08/19/2017

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Xtar WK007 flashlight review. New beam images posted---Post #11-08/19/2017

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Review in progress stay tuned for more.

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The above outside images are beyond horrible in quality. They do however illustrate two things.

1) From only 3 feet from the building the flashlight produces an incredibly large circular light.

2) Flashlight is bright on max with 14500 battery.

A sodium vapor street light was less than 20 feet behind me while I took these photos. The street light has a awful tint. The building has a very ugly beige color.  I just wanted to show the incredible large flood light the flashlight can produce. I am going to take some night time photos on a dark wooded path soon. These will be much better quality.  

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I did not want to wait any longer to test the Moonlight Mode. Everyday I am going to post a new image of the flashlight in Moonlight mode. The flashlight is sitting on the shelf of truth. I promise not to turn the light off or change the batteries. However the flashlight might move or travel a bit. At the end of the test I will see if I can make a GIF out of the images. After the Moonlight test I will finish the review by taking nighttime beam shot outside. 

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I have been very negligent updating this post. My bad. Camera settings will always be F6.4___8 seconds_ISO 64

Day 2 is just as bright as day 1. Ambient light was very much dimmer. This post takes care of the obligatory macho rambo type photo. Hey look at my big knife and I can kick your A$$ with this gear. The Xtar WK007 is tough and is a useful tool. So I paired the flashlight up with actual useful tools for day 2.  

 

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The above photo is not related to the review. However the Xtar WK007 is masquerading as the sun behind the glasses on turbo. If you are going to view the Eclipse make sure your solar glasses have a manufacturing date that is not older than 1 year from the date of the eclipse and meets the 2015 transmission safety requirements of ISO 12312-2 for direct solar viewing.  Otherwise you will no longer need a flashlight just a nice walking stick.

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Above photo is on turbo with 14500 battery with flashlight pressed against lens. Cell phone image. Xtar masquerading as the sun.

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Still as bright as day one.

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Unfortunately I did not take a picture of the flashlight for day 6 or 7.

Day 8 the light stopped glowing using a 14500 battery. The battery was brand new and just charged twice. It is an Xtar 14500 800 mah  battery. I ran the test twice and got the same result. If I have time I will use an Eneloop  AA to compare.

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Thanks for the work in progress review. I received a WK007 yesterday for review, and will be comparing beams shots against the ledlenser P7.2.

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The Sipik flashlight was an ingenious idea. The sipik style flashlight is constructed of a rather thick aluminum shell and looks like it could withstand an atomic blast. The electronics inside them are low quality and very unreliable . Every Sipik style flashlight I have owned was dim and had a very bluish eye destroying beam. Worst of all it flickered. Xtar takes the basic idea of the sipik style flashlight and makes a great flashlight with high quality electronics. When I walked at night on a few trails with the WK007 I noticed that it has a nice easy to hold size. It can be fun to zoom it in and out. The beam color is slightly blueish. Not anything like the Sipik style flashlights. In the real world the beam imperfections and yellowish corona you can see on the inside walls of your home do not detract from the usefulness of the flashlight at all. Real world being on a trail in a wooded area. The WK007 is not going to replace a dedicated style thrower flashlight. This being said it is a very useful, bright flashlight. Xtar provided me the flashlight for review. The most horrific, debasing thing I can say about the flashlight at this point is that the provided lanyard blows. Xtar it needs to be more robust and larger at the least. Some convoy flashlights have two chamfered holes for the lanyard. This in my opinion is the very best, useful way to tie a lanyard to a flashlight because when used properly it does not affect the flashlights ability to stand as a candle. The Xtar WK007 flashlights stands as a candle well. Stay tuned for nighttime beam shots. DSCF3073-Crop

 

Forgot to mention after using the flashlight in medium mode with an Eneloop battery for about 12 minutes the flashlight is nice and warm. This means the heat sinking is phenomenal. An unexpected aspect of high quality design and construction.   

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stephenk wrote:
Thanks for the work in progress review. I received a WK007 yesterday for review, and will be comparing beams shots against the ledlenser P7.2.

Thanks Stephenk for commenting. Your photos are great.

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How are your runtime tests going? Have only just started on mine!

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Working on the review.  Smile

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Moonlight mode run-time tests can be interesting (I’ve done a few myself), but they obviously take a loooong time.

I find it’s much easier, and almost as accurate, to do a tail-cap current measurement, and then calculate the run-time based on your battery capacity. For better accuracy, take 3 measurements: with full charge, 50% charge, and almost depleted battery levels. Average the 3 values, and that gives you a pretty good estimate of battery drain over the entire run.

I usually find it’s accurate +/- 5% of the actual run-time.

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Outdoor beam shots full flood.

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Flashlight distance from blinds is about 5 feet. In real life you can clearly see the moonlight mode beam pattern on the blinds.