slim 1x14500 lights that use optics? (MOVED to main 1x14500 forum)

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slim 1x14500 lights that use optics? (MOVED to main 1x14500 forum)

I've been trying different x14500 lights to be a shirtpocket thrower. It must be 24mm or slimmer. Among lights that use a reflector, the winner (for now) is the XTAR WK26 (23mm). What about these zoomable lights on eBay? Might any of them outthrow the WK26 on an 14500 cell?


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What do you think? Can any of these outthrow the XTAR WK26?
What about these three reflectored 1x14500 lights?
  • Dereelight CH2 XPE-R3 or R4, smooth reflector (23mm)?
  • Tiablo TL1 (23mm)?
  • Nitecore NDI (20mm)?
  • Olight i15 (23mm)?
 
 

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The last two are crap, but I have no experience with the others.

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Most versions of the Sipik SK-68 are driven hard (Manafont version anyway). I don't think you will beat that in that form for throw.

If you want a fixed version you can do as I did and buy any one of the Sipik light and take the aspheric out and put it in an Ultrafire BJO8A which can use a 14500.

It's not driven as hard as the SK-68 however but it is a nice light with the aspheric. If you like forward switches it can take a forward switch easily from Shiningbeam (which is what I did as well).

Basically, I was looking for a slim pocket thrower (throw being relative to that size) to use along with a floody headlamp.

I wouldn't get any of those versions on ebay that you've listed that look like the last one or two. They are knock-offs of the Sipik SK-58 and 78 and in general aren't made very well.

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With a 14500 the TomTop sipik sk68 clone I got throws pretty well actually. I was impressed. With a trustfire flame 14500 it pulls 1.85A at the tailcap. Being such a small light, it does warm up pretty quickly though. The flood mode is nice as well.

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Thanks, Chicago X and gcbryan, for sparing me from buying the latter two lights. I still need someone to talk me out of--or into--buying the first two.

gcbryan, I'm intrigued by your thread explaining how you modded the Ultrafire BJO8A. Unfortunately, for me, that light, like the Jetbeam Jet-1 Pro, measures 25mm at the bezel and the body...a bit too wide to live my shirtpocket.

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At 26mm, the SIPIK is too wide. I've seen clones that claim to be just 24mm, but for my shirtpocket, my upper limit. Maybe I'll try one of those.

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With a 14500 the TomTop sipik sk68 clone I got throws pretty well actually. I was impressed. With a trustfire flame 14500 it pulls 1.85A at the tailcap. Being such a small light, it does warm up pretty quickly though. The flood mode is nice as well.

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If you can catch a sale for $6 shipped, its worth a look, even if its not for your intended purpose.

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I just noticed, in the eBay listing, that the first light shown above is too wide; its bezels measures 40mm (1.57 inches). With three candidates eliminated, only one candidate remains: the 300LM Adjustable Focus Zoom CREE LED Flashlight Torch. At just $10 shipped, maybe I'll try it.

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I can't fathom a shirt pocket light without a clip.  Unless all your shirt pockets have a buttoned flap over them I imagine that light will be hitting the floor every other time you bend over.  I can't keep a damn thing in my shirt pocket unless it's clipped there.

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I should clarify: The light shares a shirtpocket with my Blackberry. The Blackberry uses a week-long battery that makes the phone about 23mm thick. There's just enough room for the phone and a 23mm light. In fact, without the light, the phone used to fall out!

I also should reveal why I want a shirtpocket thrower: So that when I'm walking downtown in the evening, I can quickly signal a driver that his headlights are off, or signal such a driver emerging from, say, a parking lot as I'm sitting at a red light.

That's also why I want the light to be on the long side--at least 105mm: Any shorter, and it takes too long to free it from my pocket when it's wedged against the Blackberry. That's why I may try the Tiablo TL1; at 115mm, it's one of the longest slim lights.

Recently the strobe mode returned on my XTAR WK26, and I think I'll keep it, as long as the XTAR serves this signaling role. A strobe is more likely to be noticed by a driver's peripheral vision. 

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Chicago X wrote:

The last two are crap, but I have no experience with the others.

I think he means it  .. He's said it before ..

 the saik sa-20 looks tempting but truth be told I know what it means ..bad tint odd artifacts ringy,bad threads ,lame tailcap , no modes ,bad pwm if you did have modes ...etc ..

Sounds like it's better to buy a sipik58 or a body you like and mod it

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