Rofis R2 14500/AA Rechargeable EDC Flashlight/Headlamp Review

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Rofis R2 14500/AA Rechargeable EDC Flashlight/Headlamp Review

I received this light from Banggood for review.

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Product specs from Banggood.
Specification:

Product name:

Rofis R2 XM-L2 U3 700LM  LED Flashlight Headlamp

Brand:

Rofis 

Model:

R2

Emitter Type:

XM-L2 U3

Material:

Aerospace grade aluminium alloy

Mode:

Moon,Low,Mid,High,Turbo,Strobe,SOS

Lumens:

0.5LM,5LM,90LM,300LM,700-330LM,600LM,600LM

Runtime:

125H,43H,253Min,98Min,3+67Min,83Min,90Min

Battery Configurations:

1x14500 battery (Included) or 1x AA Battery 

Switch Type:

Clicky

Switch Location:

SIde of the flashlight

Peak Beam Intensity:

3600cd

Impact Resistant:

1.5m

Range:

120m

Max Output:

700LM

Waterproof:

IPX-8 Standard

Color:

Black

Weight:

67g without battery

Size:

22mmx20mmx97.5mm(Head diameterxTail diameterxLength)

 

Package includes:
1 x Rofis R2 XM-L2 U3 700LM 7Modes Brightness USB Rechargeable LED Flashlight Headlamp
1 x 14500 battery
1 x Headband
1 x Clip 
1 x Charging Cable
1 x Lanyard
2 x O-ring

 


 

Light has switch on one side and magnetic charger on the other.

 



 

LED is CREE XML2 U3.

 

 

Smooth reflector. What you see here are reflections of the bond wires and dots on the LED. I did not observe any actual blemishes on the reflector.

 

 

Tail end has magnetic tailcap. Threads are very thin, but squared off. Can be locked out by twisting tailcap.

 



 

Head can be turned all the way to a 90 degree angle.

 



 

Included is an 800 mAh 14500 battery with protection circuit.

 

 

USB charging cable attaches to magnetic charging port.

 



 

Switch LED lights red while charging and green when finished. Stopped charging at 4.16V.

 



 

Battery charged from around 2.8V indicated close to 800 mAh capacity.

 

 

To activate the light, press the side-switch once. The R2 has memory mode and will turn on at the last used brightness (not including turbo). Pressing the switch again will turn the light off. With the light on, hold the switch down and the R2 will cycle through modes Low, Medium, and High. To activate Turbo, quickly double-click the switch while the light is on. To activate Moonlight mode, long press the switch for 1 second while the light is off. Strobe and SOS Strobe modes can be activated by rapidly pressing the switch.

The following lumen measurements were taken with the Texas_Ace lumen tube. I roughly calibrated the tube, so it should be somewhat accurate. Once I get the tube more finely tuned, I will retake these readings.

Battery

Low

Medium

High

Turbo

14500 800mAh

1

86

245

685

Energizer AA

0

85

243

N/A

 

Measuring from 3 meters, I got roughly 3,300 cd.

The Rofis R2 does have low battery indicator. Once the included 14500 battery reached around 3.13V, the red light begins to rapidly blink indicating low voltage. The light did shut off once the battery reached close to 2.8V.
***This light does not appear to have a built in low-voltage shutoff. On each low voltage test, the battery protection is what seems to have turned the light off. No voltage reading on the battery after shutoff, but resetting the circuit in the charger indicated about 2.8V. I tested this a couple of times. It seems to work just fine with the included battery, but take note of this if you use an unprotected cell.

 

Opinion

The Rofis R2 is a great looking, well-built light. The lens and switch bezels both appear to have more of a ‘black chrome’ look to them. The reverse pocket click allows this light fit on the end of a hat as well.

A couple of things I do not like.

I personally do not like the UI. I wish I could change it. I’m a big fan of few and simple modes. I am happy with Low and Turbo on most lights. Rofis does indeed keep it simple with the basics (moonlight, L, M, H, T), however I find it extremely clunky to get where I want to be. It’s like the reverse of most UIs. I would rather it have been click on, then change modes for each additional click with a long press to turn off. I find myself turning it off half the time, because I forget I need to hold the switch to cycle to the next mode. That being said, I read another review on this light were the reviewer really liked the UI.

Next, the headband. Actually, the headband works fine…it’s more the location of the switch. It ends up being right up against your head.

 

 

What I do like.

So, a couple of things make this light awesome. The first is the USB charging cable. By far, absolute easiest to use! You don’t even need to plug it into the light. Just get the light near, and the magnet sucks it right on every time. This GIF explains it all.

 

 

Second thing is the magnetic tail combined with the rotating head. Makes changing my oil so much easier. The head does require some torque to turn, though, but it is extremely smooth and there is no wobble or excess movement in the head.

 

 

If you have any questions, let me know. I have beamshots, but they came out somewhat blurry. I’ll retake them and post shortly.

Edited by: WillyD on 05/24/2018 - 00:08
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