Review: FandyFire STL-V3 CREE XM-LT6 5-Mode

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Review: FandyFire STL-V3 CREE XM-LT6 5-Mode

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FandyFire STL-V3 CREE XM-LT6 5-Mode 850-Lumen White LED Flashlight with Clip (1 x 18650)

Price: $40.80 @ time of review . [ Though I got this one when it was on sale @ DX ]

Brand:FandyFire
Model:STL-V3
Color:Black
Emitter Brand/Type:CREE
Emitter BIN:XM-LT6
Color BIN:White
Total Emitters:1
Battery Configurations:1 x 18650 (not included)
Voltage Input:3.2~8.4V
Switch Type:Clicky/Clickie
Switch Location:Tail-cap
Modes:5
Mode Memory:Yes
Mode Arrangement:High > Mid > Low > Fast strobe > SOS
Circuitry:Digital Regulated 2800mA Current Output
Brightness:850-Lumen
Runtime:2 hours
Lens:Glass lens
Reflector:Aluminum Smooth/SMO
Carrying Clip:Built-in

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When I first saw this light , I thought it interesting , when DX put it on sale , it was too much , I had to buy it . 

I really wasn't expecting to get this much flashlight for the money . Modes are set out  High - Medium - Low - Strobe - SOS and mode memory is about two seconds after turning the light of . The sample I got is extremely well made, surprisingly well  so . Build quality and finish is just great , I have nothing negative to say here , so lets move onto performance . 


Freshly charged 18650's run the light [ measured at the tail ] from 1.9A to 2.12A on high , 0.83A to 0.87A on medium and 0.15A to 0.18A on low .

Doing a ceiling bounce test , the Fandyfire did some 66Lux , my Trustfire X9 some 62Lux , and my Kegos K5 some 49Lux , using the same battery ...


Lets try some throw figures @ 1 meter ...

The Fandyfire did some 33000Lux @ 1 meter 

The Trustfire X9 some 36000Lux @ 1 meter [ 31000Lux with the same battery ] 

And the Keygos did some 19000Lux @ 1 Meter 


I have to say I am impressed with the Fandyfire , I didn't know how it would perform , and well , it does perform ! 

I don't have time for outdoor beams right now , but will update shortly with some comparison shots .  


Back yard beams :  

 

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I will take some comparison shots , and post them in a day or so ...

Fandyfire - VS - X9 - VS - Keygos K5 


Update: 


Ok , the light is small , and not every 18700 fits well , tightening down the tailcap with some 18700 could be problematic , as long as the battery fits inside the body all should be fine , but if it sticks out , you may end up with a crush fit tightening the tailcap down . Forgot , will not like flat top batteries ! 


 

2x16340 

 

Hi- 1.66a

 

Med- 0.71A

 

Low- 0.16A

 

Ceiling bounce 71Lux

 

throw 33800Lux 

 

 

 

Some comparison shots :   

http://img196.imageshack.us/img196/2459/91664092.jpg  KE-5

http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/79/50051412.jpg  X9

http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/2886/18645454.jpg  V3

http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/9727/pa40.jpg  PA-40

Click to view larger 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 ….

 

Edited by: sb56637 on 08/26/2014 - 17:21
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Nice review old4570.

What's the Trustfire and Keygos pulling in relation to the fandyfire?

The Fandyfire is pulling 2.12Amps on high. Is the Trustfire you got pulling 1.7Amps?

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So the Trustfire is pulling 2.3Apms on high.

That means the driver on the Fandyfire is slightly more efficient?

I wanted to get this but I was in two minds because it was a 45mm head.

Now I will get this or the Sky Ray version if I can get it for $30.

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Have you tried it with 2 x RCR123?

What's it pulling?

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Its late , Ive got school tomorrow ...  I will update as time permits ... 

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how2 wrote:

Have you tried it with 2 x RCR123?

What's it pulling?

Mine pulls 1.57A from 2 x 16340 TF Flames (2.2A from 18650)

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_the_ wrote:

how2 wrote:

Have you tried it with 2 x RCR123?

What's it pulling?

Mine pulls 1.57A from 2 x 16340 TF Flames (2.2A from 18650)

How do you like it so far ? 

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Nice review old4570!

I can confirm the relative lux readings: FF STL-V3 gives ~150%of Keygos KE5, but ~50% of FF STL-V6 (my readings for these three were something like 17kcd, 25kcd and 50kcd measured at 2m and converted back to 1m)

Edit: There might be something wrong, since 17kcd for Keygos sounds a bit too little. Have to check again later.

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old4570 wrote:

How do you like it so far ? 

So far so good. It's small, almost pocketable, has a clip, is bright and throws well. My favorite 1x18650 thrower at the moment.

Ps. I was about to write a review next weekend but you were faster. Smile

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16340 

Hi- 1.66a

Med- 0.71A

Low- 0.16A

Ceiling bounce 71Lux

throw 33800Lux 

So there is a nice little boost from 8.4v / would love to see a extension tube ... for 2x18650

 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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_the_ wrote:

Nice review old4570!

I can confirm the relative lux readings: FF STL-V3 gives ~150%of Keygos KE5, but ~50% of FF STL-V6 (my readings for these three were something like 17kcd, 25kcd and 50kcd measured at 2m and converted back to 1m)

Edit: There might be something wrong, since 17kcd for Keygos sounds a bit too little. Have to check again later.

It's not too little.  My U80 does that but with the under reading meter.

Plus you definitely cannot measure at 2m.

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2100 wrote:

It's not too little.  My U80 does that but with the under reading meter.

Plus you definitely cannot measure at 2m.

Actually I have the same under reading meter. Smile

..and I know that 2m is too little for real throwers, but that was the best I could do yesterday. (I was just curious to see if STL-V3 really outshines KE5 by that much, and considered 2m as "good enough" for relative throw figures)

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Updated with some nice outdoor beams !  

 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:

16340 

Hi- 1.66a

Med- 0.71A

Low- 0.16A

Ceiling bounce 71Lux

throw 33800Lux 

So there is a nice little boost from 8.4v / would love to see a extension tube ... for 2x18650

Have you ever tried 2*IMR 18350's?

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VFMaddict wrote:

old4570 wrote:

16340 

Hi- 1.66a

Med- 0.71A

Low- 0.16A

Ceiling bounce 71Lux

throw 33800Lux 

So there is a nice little boost from 8.4v / would love to see a extension tube ... for 2x18650

Have you ever tried 2*IMR 18350's?

Dont own two 18350 IMR [ or one even ] 

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I just got mine yesterday. Definitely nice finish. Yeah, I was measuring the tailcap amps and it read around 1.8 A on high which I was kinda disappointed with. Was really hoping the driver was actually regulated at 2800 mAh like it says, but alas it is not the case. Still really bright though. I was hoping this would be like the X9 but with a better driver that I wouldn't need to replace to get over 2 amps. So is this driver regulated or not? How to find out?

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I would say @ 8.4v or 2x16340 etc , it would be regulated ...

With a single 18650 , probably not so 

 

Test regulation - Buy a light meter , and a Multi Meter ..  Test battery voltage and then test output , where output drops , flashlight falls out of regulation ...  

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Hi there old, sorry I missed this review. Very well done as usual. Frontpage'd and Sticky'd now.

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How does this stack up against the Uf980 in straight-up output?

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Its only just dawned on me that this is supposed to be a (Q5) clone of the Fandyfire STL-V3.    An XM-L mod of it may provide similar results for about half the price...Smile

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And what's about  this? 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1300Lm-CREE-XM-L-T6-LED-Flashlight-Torch-Lamp-Light-/300641203038?pt=US_Flashlights&hash=item45ff9cb35e

 

Now it isn't alive, but after the spring festival I will order one.

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VFMaddict wrote:

Its only just dawned on me that this is supposed to be a (Q5) clone of the Fandyfire STL-V3.    An XM-L mod of it may provide similar results for about half the price...Smile

Nice find , same with the Ebay light ---   

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VFMaddict wrote:

Its only just dawned on me that this is supposed to be a (Q5) clone of the Fandyfire STL-V3.    An XM-L mod of it may provide similar results for about half the price...Smile

Why not this one?

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/jacob-a60-cree-q5-3-mode-310lm-white-led-flashlight-w-strap-black-1-x-18650-114268?r=43033281

It has a bigger reflector and looks well-made. I have one on order.

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agedbriar wrote:

Why not this one?

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/jacob-a60-cree-q5-3-mode-310lm-white-led-flashlight-w-strap-black-1-x-18650-114268?r=43033281

It has a bigger reflector and looks well-made. I have one on order.

That looks very well-made, especially for that price.

Please write a review when you get it, ok?

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By the time I get it, I'll forget any promise made.  Wink 

But yes, of course!