Review: Ultrafire C3 Stainless Steel XR-E Q5 1xAA 3-mode

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Hi there vnv889, welcome to BLF, hope you find the forum useful! Thanks for joining.

I agree with Don's comment, nobody will be able to guarantee that you'll receive a "good one", since quality varies considerably between manufacturing batches and different sellers. I'm not sure if others here have bought the C3 SS from Manafont, if you want you're welcome to create a new post along the lines of "Who owns the C3 SS from Manafont and is it any good?".

I do recommend Manafont as a seller, even though I don't receive any monetary compensation from them for my opinion. (I have requested and reviewed three flashlights from them. They also used to advertise here on BLF.) Manafont is polite, responsible, fast, and caring toward its customers. I'm fairly confident that at least for the most recent review I did of a UF-H2 headlamp that they did not send me a carefully selected sample, because when I requested one for review the manager said "Sure, but do me a favor to save me a headache please order it through the regular online system and then I'll refund the PayPal charge as soon as you make it." In other words, she wanted the light to be processed through the regular system like any other order because she didn't have time to personally go pull a sample and mail it to me.

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I bought one after reading this review and it has become one of my favorite edc's.  It's built like a tank but looks very cool.  The 3 modes make it even better.  No stupid strobe or sos.

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Ah good, I didn't know you bought one Fishinfool. Glad you like it.

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I picked up a single mode version of this light after reading the review.  Had it about a week now....  A nice built like a tank little light that has found its new home in a case with my 380.

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Thanks for the feedback. I think I'll just bite the bullet and purchase one. Will have to wait until my Paypal account beefs up a bit as I'm a few dollars short atm. Any idea how long postage would take to Melbourne, Australia from Manafont? Anyway, once I receive it I'll be sure to return here to this thread for better or worse

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Hmm, we have quite a few Australians here, and several of them buy from Manafont. I think it's on the order of a few weeks.

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3 weeks is about right, +/- 2 weeks lol!

 

Im wondering, can the tailcap button be removed? Might be able to chuck it on the lathe (somehow) and face the surface smooth. The central nipple if present is a result of the quality of the machining. Its caused by having the cutting tool height lower/higher than the axis of rotation, so it misses the center. Its difficult to get it perfectly right on my lathe (lots of shims) but so far i have the right combination.

I have a couple questions myself.

1) How far off is it from tailstanding in its current iteration.

2) Does the switch exhibit a sticky operation when pressed off-center

3) does it come with lanyard  - Yes.

4) How well is it waterproofed, talking about the metal switch cover here,

5) Can the switch be changed to rubber (and tailstand) if need be.

 

Im thinking of carrying this as an outdoor torch that I can go out with in salt water. As a waterproof light for when catching crabs (wading in water with scoop nets), it will definitely get wet. I Have taken the Trustfire R5 A3 out, (low not low enough, mines a first gen), and have taken my D10 ramping out, but mechanically the early piston o-ring design is waterproof, but water (and salt) still makes it inside the torch around the end of the piston, within the moving parts of the piston = crunchy salt crystals

Metal switch covers are always difficult, but the 3 mode, mechanically simpler body design and SS are attractive features.

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Hi there okwchin!

okwchin wrote:

1) How far off is it from tailstanding in its current iteration.

2) Does the switch exhibit a sticky operation when pressed off-center

3) does it come with lanyard  - Yes.

4) How well is it waterproofed, talking about the metal switch cover here,

5) Can the switch be changed to rubber (and tailstand) if need be.

1. I can make mine delicately balance on the rim of the tail, and it stands precariously at about 20 degrees.

2. If I deliberately press it way off center, it simply doesn't depress. Apart from that, it's a fairly forgiving switch, with nice action.

3. Yes, it's a cheap, common variety lanyard. The good part is that the two lanyard holes are in the side of the body and therefore wouldn't interfere with tailstanding- if it could tailstand.

4. Good question, I haven't submitted it to any rigourous tests. They were serious enough to put an O-ring between the lens and the body, which is often left out. Hopefully they waterproofed the switch well.

5. I wouldn't know. Wink I'll refer this one to the experts around here.

 

Cheers, hope you can find a good budget light for your sea water tasks.

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Mine has arrived and in a nutshell it is very good, as the original review explains.

I ordered mine on March 6 and it arrived on the 18th. I'm in Melbourne, Australia.

Great communication from Manafont, quick postage, and a great torch so I'm happy.

Unlike alot of people on these types of forums this will most likely be one of my first and only torches purchased (hopefully it lasts that long)

I love torches but can't see myself hoarding a whole truckload of them.

The only other torch I have bought was the famous Romisen RC-G2 from DealExtreme. It was a good introductory light.

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vnv889 wrote:

Mine has arrived and in a nutshell it is very good, as the original review explains.

I ordered mine on March 6 and it arrived on the 18th. I'm in Melbourne, Australia.

Great communication from Manafont, quick postage, and a great torch so I'm happy.

Unlike alot of people on these types of forums this will most likely be one of my first and only torches purchased (hopefully it lasts that long)

I love torches but can't see myself hoarding a whole truckload of them.

The only other torch I have bought was the famous Romisen RC-G2 from DealExtreme. It was a good introductory light.

Not sure about that.

You know, 150 flashlights won't actually make a truckload. A shopping caddy might do. Innocent

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vnv889 wrote:

Mine has arrived and in a nutshell it is very good, as the original review explains.

I ordered mine on March 6 and it arrived on the 18th. I'm in Melbourne, Australia.

Great communication from Manafont, quick postage, and a great torch so I'm happy.

Unlike alot of people on these types of forums this will most likely be one of my first and only torches purchased (hopefully it lasts that long)

I love torches but can't see myself hoarding a whole truckload of them.

The only other torch I have bought was the famous Romisen RC-G2 from DealExtreme. It was a good introductory light.

Good luck with that.  Tongue out

 

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"But as I said long ago, you are more likely to be killed by a dead fish dropped by a seagull in the Sahara Desert than by a lithium ion

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LOL!

Yeah, good luck! I foresee at least getting another identical one when you find out it is really a good one just for having one spare. Later on you will have to buy a few for coworkers or relatives catching you using one.

On the other hand you might be immune to such weaknesses. Let's see. Smile

Keep us informed of your next eventual purchases... i find it funny. Smile

 

P.S. I own max 7-9 flashlight at a time. Wife version = 4 flashlights. By being completely honest is 12-14. Silly

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LOL!

Yeah, good luck! I foresee at least getting another identical one when you find out it is really a good one just for having one spare. Later on you will have to buy a few for coworkers or relatives catching you using one.

On the other hand you might be immune to such weaknesses. Let's see. Smile

Keep us informed of your next eventual purchases... i find it funny. Smile

 

P.S. I own max 7-9 flashlight at a time. Wife version = 4 flashlights. By being completely honest is 12-14. Silly

C'mon now, the real truth,  how many? 

Don't worry, you're amongst friends here so we won't tell.

32-48? 

 

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Oldienea wrote:

vnv889 wrote:

Mine has arrived and in a nutshell it is very good, as the original review explains.

I ordered mine on March 6 and it arrived on the 18th. I'm in Melbourne, Australia.

Great communication from Manafont, quick postage, and a great torch so I'm happy.

Unlike alot of people on these types of forums this will most likely be one of my first and only torches purchased (hopefully it lasts that long)

I love torches but can't see myself hoarding a whole truckload of them.

The only other torch I have bought was the famous Romisen RC-G2 from DealExtreme. It was a good introductory light.

Not sure about that.

You know, 150 flashlights won't actually make a truckload. A shopping caddy might do. Innocent

 

Just about all of mine fit in an old laptop bag. And that is well over 100 of them.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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fishinfool wrote:

Budgeteer wrote:

LOL!

Yeah, good luck! I foresee at least getting another identical one when you find out it is really a good one just for having one spare. Later on you will have to buy a few for coworkers or relatives catching you using one.

On the other hand you might be immune to such weaknesses. Let's see. Smile

Keep us informed of your next eventual purchases... i find it funny. Smile

 

P.S. I own max 7-9 flashlight at a time. Wife version = 4 flashlights. By being completely honest is 12-14. Silly

C'mon now, the real truth,  how many? 

Don't worry, you're amongst friends here so we won't tell.

32-48? 

 

http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/7696/dscn2265b.jpg

Just these along with a UV 501B have to find. The SS-004 is officially a paperweight. Cute tho. And the skyray S1 something AA q3 is missing on the pictures.

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Budgeteer wrote:

 I foresee at least getting another identical one when you find out it is really a good one just for having one spare. Later on you will have to buy a few for coworkers or relatives catching you using one.

 

 

And you were eventually correct! One of my co-workers, who uses a UniqueFire L2 XPG-R5 18650 torch daily, seen it and was impressed

He loves the L2 but sometimes needs a smaller torch, so he's told me to get a bulk order of these C3's as well as some more L2's and AA-S1's.

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To make purchasing this light even more confusing, the Manafont page for it shows a 98mm body, and the DX page for the light shows a 93mm body.

I took a chance and ordered the DX (5 mode, OP reflector) will report back when it comes if it is really the 93mm body or the 98mm.

 

At 13 bucks, its pretty cheap, order 3 or more, $11.50 each. 

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

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If it is 93mm long it is (probably) a good 'un.

 

If it is 98mm long and has a metal switch cover it is (probably) good.

 

If it is 95 or 98mm long with a rubber switch cover is is (probably) not so good.

 

Unless anyone knows different.

 

I wonder just how long it would take to melt solder on one of these with an XP-G or XM-L driven equally hard.

 

Or set fire to your hands.

 

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I'll let you know in 6 weeks when I have totally forgotten about the C3 and suddenly it shows up in the mail...

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

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trooplewis wrote:

To make purchasing this light even more confusing, the Manafont page for it shows a 98mm body, and the DX page for the light shows a 93mm body.

I took a chance and ordered the DX (5 mode, OP reflector) will report back when it comes if it is really the 93mm body or the 98mm.

 At 13 bucks, its pretty cheap, order 3 or more, $11.50 each. 

I've just received this from DX

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/ultrafire-c3-stainless-steel-cree-q5-wc-5-m...

Works great on AA and 14500, it's a real Q5, it's 98mm, it has rubber GITD switch and can perfectly tailstand.

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Davx wrote:

 

I've just received this from DX

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/ultrafire-c3-stainless-steel-cree-q5-wc-5-m...

Works great on AA and 14500, it's a real Q5, it's 98mm, it has rubber GITD switch and can perfectly tailstand.

Yes, that is the same one I orderd today. If you like at the photos with the calipers in that ad, they clearly show it as a 93mm body, yet you received the 98 mm body. Hopefully everything else works well.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

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Don wrote:

If it is 95 or 98mm long with a rubber switch cover is is (probably) not so good.

I have the 98mm one with a rubber switch boot from DX, and it's actually quite nice. No complaints whatsover except for the fact that it doesn't tailstand.

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Davx wrote:

I've just received this from DX

http://www.dealextreme.com/p/ultrafire-c3-stainless-steel-cree-q5-wc-5-m...

Works great on AA and 14500, it's a real Q5, it's 98mm, it has rubber GITD switch and can perfectly tailstand.

Tailstands huh? Lucky! Mine doesn't.

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Davx wrote:
it's a real Q5

How do you know?

J888www wrote:

Congratulation to all who have positive result from their Ultrafire SS C3. Unfortunately for me, mine has since died after 1-2 Weeks and no matter how I tried to resuscitate it, I cannot breathe anymore life into my SS C3.

Which version?

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J888www wrote:

The version purchased from Manafont @ $19.80

http://www.manafont.com/product_info.php/ultrafire-full-stainless-steel-...

If it died after 1-2 weeks you can probably get it replaced from Manafont?

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My C3 SS is the one from lightake. It is the 93mm body. Tailstands very well. Didn't work when I first put a battery in. Discovered that the pill was not screwed in all the way. Tightened that and it worked fine. Definitely the Q5 version. Body is very well made. The pill has an awful lot of solder all over the place though. Doesn't seem much brighter than my ITP c7 on Nimh. It actually arrived within two week of ordering too.

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mfm wrote:

Davx wrote:
it's a real Q5

How do you know?

I compared it to a sure Q5. Equal aspect and equal output (with same input obviously).

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I finalliy got the C3 SS today from DealExtreme. It works fine, but it is indeed the 98mm long version, not the 93mm length that is shown in the photos on their website. Seems to work well with either AA or 14500 batteries, but the modes are strange.

When you first turn it on, it defaults to Medium, one click takes you to Lo, then High, then Strobe and then SOS.

Sort of makes sense to default to medium, I kind of like that.

Fit and finish and the seams were good. Not highly polished, sort of a satin finish to it, and it does tailstand.

I'd say well worth the $13  I paid for it.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

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trooplewis wrote:

I finalliy got the C3 SS today from DealExtreme. It works fine, but it is indeed the 98mm long version, not the 93mm length that is shown in the photos on their website. Seems to work well with either AA or 14500 batteries, but the modes are strange.

When you first turn it on, it defaults to Medium, one click takes you to Lo, then High, then Strobe and then SOS.

Sort of makes sense to default to medium, I kind of like that.

Fit and finish and the seams were good. Not highly polished, sort of a satin finish to it, and it does tailstand.

I'd say well worth the $13  I paid for it.

Is quite strange. I have the DX version too. It has 5 mode: H-L-M-STROBE-SOS and it has memory. So when you turn it on, it starts from the last mode you used.

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Today I got another SS C3, this one from Tmart, and it is the one-mode light.

It is 93.7mm long, go figure. Doesn't seem as well-made as the MF one, There is a small gap (line) where the headpiece should be totally flush with the body, Other than that and very dry threads, for $10 it's a steal.

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

http://dreammustang.com/

http://i884.photobucket.com/albums/ac47/Ha

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