Review: TrustFire X6 SST-90

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TrustFire X6

Reviewer's Overall Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary:

Battery:3 x 18650
Switch:tailcap
Modes:5, Hi - Med - Low - Strobe - SOS
LED/Output:Luminus SST-90 / 2300 Lumen (WM Emitter)
Lens/Reflector:Glass Lens / Smooth Aluminium reflector
Tailstand:No
Price paid:US$ 134.99
Date Ordered:September 2011
From:DealExtreme SKU47754

DIMENSIONS / WEIGHT:

  • Head Diameter: 80 mm
  • Total Length: 35.2 cm
  • Weight: 827 grams (without battery)

Pros:

  • BIG smooth reflector
  • Great heatsink and heat transfer
  • Big, if you like large heavy-weight flashlights
  • Good build quality and finish
  • Waterproof
  • Very bright
  • Comes with carry strap, where you can sore some extra batteries
  • Vanilla tint I think, not too warm and not like 1A (don't have a 3D tint to compare)

Cons:  ★★★☆☆

  • Expensive!
  • Very under-driven, it comes at 5 amps, and with this heatsink it should be driven at 10 amps
  • Too long for my taste, I would like a fatty 3x18650
  • Inefficient driver, around 70% (at 28W Output, Input is 40W)

 

Light Output: ★★★★★

This flashlight is a great thrower and also a great flooder!

Don't have beamshots, but a quick comparison: a P60 with XM-L@3.5A at 60 meters, is as bright as the X6@7A at 170 meters.

 

Summary:  ★★★★★

Great flashlight if you mod the driver, great build quality, excellent for throwing, good heat transfer ability.

 

A few pictures: [Link to high quality gallery]

Note: Driver is modded with some extra SMD resistors to get higher output, so wires to the LED were re-soldered.



And... finally, that's me 



EDIT July 31 2012: Added "SST-90" in the title

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 The money shot: 

 

The money shot:

 

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Thanks for the review and

Thanks for the review and nice pics .

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Nice review and pix! That

Nice review and pix! That poor cat's eyes looked permanently blinded!

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Wow. I keep thinking of what

Wow. I keep thinking of what it would be like to be on the receiving end of a cranium strike with that momma!

Is it actually 2300 lumens?

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r1derbike wrote:Nice review

r1derbike wrote:

Nice review and pix! That poor cat's eyes looked permanently blinded!

Nah, they are OK Smile

 

 

Rusty Joe wrote:
Is it actually 2300 lumens?

Brand new it is about ~1500 lumens because it isn't well driven, If you drive it at nine or ten amps you should get 2300 or even more lumens!

Maybe with THIS driver if it is really what it says.

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If the LED can get 5A then it

If the LED can get 5A then it is 1363lm according to the tests on CPF done by jtr1962 .

Now considering that this is only 70% efficient, that would be about 1000 real lumens.

The SST90 needs 10A and a vf of 3.88V to produce 2300lumens

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Nice pics! LOL...your tiger

Nice pics! LOL...your tiger looks pissed that you layed that heavy light on him.

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Wow, nice pics! Thanks a lot

Wow, nice pics! Thanks a lot for the review. It definitely looks like a well built light, but a bit over my budget.

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Nice review FX-32. Which

Nice review FX-32. Which assistant took your pic.Laughing

 

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Thank you guys! I'm glad you

Thank you guys! I'm glad you like it, thanks for your comments Wink

 

Hikelite wrote:

If the LED can get 5A then it is 1363lm according to the tests on CPF done by jtr1962 .

Now considering that this is only 70% efficient, that would be about 1000 real lumens.

The SST90 needs 10A and a vf of 3.88V to produce 2300lumens

No, When I said 5A, it was measured at the LED (the output of the driver), so the LED receives that current and the drivers efficiency does not affect it. This drivers comes from 5.0A to 5.4A when new, so let's say it is about 1400 OTL Lumens.

With the unmodded driver, it barely reaches 200 meters, but with the driver modded to 7.0 amps the throwing difference is huge!, so, i can't even imagine this flashlight at ten amps!! that would be EPIC!

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FX-32 wrote:Thank you guys!

FX-32 wrote:

Thank you guys! I'm glad you like it, thanks for your comments Wink

 

Hikelite wrote:

If the LED can get 5A then it is 1363lm according to the tests on CPF done by jtr1962 .

Now considering that this is only 70% efficient, that would be about 1000 real lumens.

The SST90 needs 10A and a vf of 3.88V to produce 2300lumens

No, When I said 5A, it was measured at the LED (the output of the driver), so the LED receives that current and the drivers efficiency does not affect it. This drivers comes from 5.0A to 5.4A when new, so let's say it is about 1400 OTL Lumens.

With the unmodded driver, it barely reaches 200 meters, but with the driver modded to 7.0 amps the throwing difference is huge!, so, i can't even imagine this flashlight at ten amps!! that would be EPIC!

I see , so you have measure 5A at the LED.

That is still 1400 emitter lumens, not out the front.

Look at this test done for the SST-90 by jtr1962

http://img809.imageshack.us/img809/5660/luminusphlatlightsst90l.gif

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No beamshots? Good you

No beamshots? Good you put kitties pics, if not I will be really mad.

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Thank you for the review FX-32

(and nice cats you have there although I must agree with JohhnyMac that the grey eno looks p**sed about the role as flashlight support)

BTW. Did you order the driver you linked to? I have been eyeing that one before but did not jump because I have not found a single review or anything about it. And it is kind of huge since I dont know yet the inner dimensions of the light I would try to fit it in. Funny description though -

"Attention: One piece Circuit Board with 3~4 pieces "Thermally conductive adhesive". To make it better to thermally conductive, please smash the "Thermally conductive adhesive" and filled it between circuit board and body."

Smash the thermally..... LOL Ok!

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The driver by default comes

The driver by default comes at 5A, you can mod it to get more current by adding parallel SMD resistors on the top of the "mini tower" of SMD resistors that the driver has.

You can get up to 28~29 Watts from this driver, that means around 7A for the SST-90 (you can get more amps, but less voltage, but never more than 28 or 29 Watts)

At DX forum DrBlood, NeoFX (me) and alines399 discuss about modding this driver: http://club.dealextreme.com/forums/Forums.dx/threadid.858108 with some measurements.

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Thanks for this review FX-32

Thanks for this review FX-32 - just found it although I have had an X6 for a year now.

Like you say a great light with exceptional build quality and with great flood AND throw.

I think this light is much underrated - especially on CPF which seems to think that anything ****Fire is rubbish. Some of it is of course, but not the X6 which is certainly much more expensive than most of the ****Fire stuff.

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epictetus wrote:Thanks for

epictetus wrote:

Thanks for this review FX-32 - just found it although I have had an X6 for a year now.

Like you say a great light with exceptional build quality and with great flood AND throw.

I think this light is much underrated - especially on CPF which seems to think that anything ****Fire is rubbish. Some of it is of course, but not the X6 which is certainly much more expensive than most of the ****Fire stuff.

Yeah, I totally agree with you. The only defect of this flashlight is the driver, but it has much potential.

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Aloha and welcome to BLF

Aloha and welcome to BLF epictetus!

 

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By the driver being

By the driver being 'defective' I take it you mean that the driver supplies less power to the emitter than it could do - not that the driver is busted - yes?

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Sell mods of these

I understand from reading several reviews of this light that it's a quailty build, but suffers in output.  I recon someone could make a few dollars selling modded versions of these kicking out around 8-10 amps.  I'd be in.

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The SkyRay KING has it’s baby

The SkyRay KING has it’s baby brothers (“QUEEN”), and it looks that the TrustFire X6 also has one too: www.dealextreme.com/p/prairie-fire-d9-xp-l-t6-white-led-5-mode-800lm-gla…

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FX-32 wrote:The SkyRay KING

FX-32 wrote:
The SkyRay KING has it’s baby brothers (“QUEEN”), and it looks that the TrustFire X6 also has one too: www.dealextreme.com/p/prairie-fire-d9-xp-l-t6-white-led-5-mode-800lm-gla…
!http://img.dxcdn.com/productimages/sku_126167_3.jpg!

The dimensions on this ‘baby brother’ seem to be promising (if true). It says the head diameter is 65mm, so it’s safe to say the reflector is above 58mm. If someone can buy this and test the current to the emitter then it’d be great. Based off the reflector size alone it looks like a solid contender to the STL V2/V6.

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excellent review!!!

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The X6 is a better accessory

The X6 is a better accessory with the black and grey cat! Nice pics FX-32!

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TR-X6 'clone'

I found this on Alibaba, which like like a clone of the X6. The seller posted is contact info here if anyone is interested. It looks like he is open to one piece buys if you are OK with the shipping…

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Im curious to the mods you

Im curious to the mods you did with your driver on your X6, you have any info on exactly the resistors and where you placed them in to gain output ? i would like to try simmilar mods to one of my X6’s.

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you either have a small cat

you either have a small cat or a bloody big flashlight Big smile nice light but the Strobe – SOS rubbish puts me off forking over hard earned for it. thanks for the review and the cat pictures Smile

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Good review, I’ll order soon

Good review, I’ll order soon this light, when I have some $$$ Crying

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I know this is a bit of a

I know this is a bit of a dead-thread revival, but I thought it was better than starting a new thread.

Does the driver efficiency go up when adding the resistors to increase amperage? That is, is the driver clamped down and energy is being deliberately wasted to heat, or are the components simply sub-par?

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