NIGHTWATCH Seeker NS22 (XHP50.2/SST40 and SST20): discount code posted in op (XHP70.2 now available too)

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Frumious wrote:
After a month of ownership, here are my impressions of my Nightwatch Seeker NS22.

What I have:
1. Emitter: SST20-4000K-95CRI
2. Optional 21700 battery tube
3. Total cost: $25 including optional tube and free shipping to Alaska (with a discount code). It came with extra 0-rings, a lanyard, an extra rubber switch cover, an extra lens and a lens O-ring. There were no instructions but none are needed.
4. Battery: Sofirn 21700 40Amp 4000mAh (high drain/unprotected)

Why I purchased this torch: To try a high-CRI 4000K emitter. Most of my lights are 5000K-NW.

Here are my impressions:

Build: Feels substantial. It weighs 237g with this battery. (The similar-sized Astrolux C8 weighs 199g.)
Nice anodizing. Color is pewter-esque.
Reflector: Beautifully smooth, deep, small diameter (for a thrower).
The emitter is the smallest I have ever seen. A marvel. It is domed.
Four levels of light: Low, medium, high and turbo plus a bright strobe.
• Low is more like a medium than moonlight. It is a useful level.
• Medium is a big jump up in brightness.
• High is slightly brighter than medium.
• Turbo is slightly brighter than high.
UI: There are two modes to select from. They are described well by Lfatman on 1/22/19. Because high and turbo are so similar I selected the simpler UI (mode#2) which takes turbo out of the simplest sequence of button presses. (Turbo bump-up is still easily available with two quick half presses from L, M or H). It starts up in the last level you used before turning off the light.
Brightness: With the SST-20 emitter, high and turbo are not particularly bright, but bright enough for most uses short of search and rescue. I’m guessing turbo to be maybe 800 lm; High 600 lm; Medium 400 lm; Low 100 lm. These are just eye ball estimates.
Beam profile: Excellent: Very nicely defined and even across the beam. (It has a beam profile similar to my U-Torch 02.) There is minimal spill.
Throw distance: With this emitter throw is similar to other throwers I have that are rated around 600M.
Tint: I like the SST20 4000K-95CRI’s warm color. It is significantly warmer than my 5000K NW lights. It is pleasant and, yes, it makes colors pop.
Temperature: There are lots of deep cooling fins designed to dissipate heat and they do their job well: With the SST-20 emitter it gets mildly warm on high and turbo but not hot.
Handling: The four syringe-type flanges on the tail cap make this rear-switched light easy to use.
Portability: Overcoat pocket or cargo pants pocket. It has a good lanyard.
Run time: I recommend getting the optional tube for 21700 batteries. Only $3.

BOTTOM LINE: This is an easy-to-carry, well-built, practical, moderate distance, single-cell thrower. It is an excellent value. So good, in fact, it is tempting to buy another one (or two) with different, brighter emitters. If you don’t already have a single-cell thrower and are watching your wallet, buy this one. Buy it to use it. I will use it mine on hikes, on walks and for camping.

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Will a standard C8 reflector fit the NS22? It seems that the NS22 reflector is slightly smaller.

The person who always struggles between practicality and lumens.

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ControlTheController wrote:
Will a standard C8 reflector fit the NS22? It seems that the NS22 reflector is slightly smaller.

I no longer have a C8, perhaps some of us here can provide the answer.

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ControlTheController wrote:
Will a standard C8 reflector fit the NS22? It seems that the NS22 reflector is slightly smaller.

No, it will not work
In the photo: from left to right
NS 22 , C8 , Warson CT9T

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Thanks for the comparison photo, nice NS22 quad! What optic is that?

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Looks like CUTE 4

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I thought for once I had an Original idea of making a quad out of NS22—- Looks like it was a good one

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Can someone please confirm the driver size? It seems to be in the 20-22mm range. I have a NS22 incoming but have a few mods planned and want to order some components.

Astrolux MF01 Mini, BLF Q8, BLF A6, BLF FW3A, BLF FW3C, Convoy L6, Convoy C8+ , Convoy S3, Convoy M21A, Convoy S11, Emisar D4, Fireflies E07, Jaxman E2L, Lumintop EDC18, Manta Ray C8.2 long version, Olight S1R Baton II special edition series, S2R Baton II, Nitecore HC65, Olight H1R Nova.

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