Solarforce L2i, L2r?

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Solarforce L2i, L2r?

Since ITC is having a a pretty good sale on these lights (as low as $7.99) I was thinking it would be a good chance to get one. The L2i is 3xAAA and the L2r is 2xAA. The 3xAAA looks kind of fat (and I know 3 AAA batteries don't last anything like as long as 1 18650) and the L2r is probably a little long and skinny. Also with 2xAA, would the lower voltage mean less light with most drop-ins? I'm kind of on the fence about whether I should get one of these hosts and leaning towards no. Any opinions?

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I have the L2R in sand colour and 2 low voltage drop-ins. Actually I had 2 L2R (black/sand) and 3 low voltage drop-ins, but my father has the black one now. If you can live with colour - get the sand one, because of it's satin finish and more grip. (also less fingerprints) I like my L2R even if the head/body ratio feels kind of "wrong", but it is still the best out of the box 2AA solution for 3 modes without strobe and P60 support. If you find a suiting spacer (18/15mm) you can also try the Superfire-mod from my sig. The price on the L2i also made me trigger happy, but so far I resisted. On 18650 the dropin is brighter, but it's also bright enough on 2AA (see Don's list). The dropin is highly recommended...  if you go with L2R/L2i, Superfire 501c, Ultrafire 502c or something else is a matter of taste. To sum up - for 2 AA you better take a special low voltage dropin, for 3xAAA a normal dropin should be fine, but you have a short runtime.

If you order the L2R/L2i ... do yourself a favour and order the flat bezel with them.

 

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Someone on cpf says the new ones suck. Only 0.8A instead of the proper 1.2A.

 

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=296548

 

If true that means it's not as bright as the better 2A draw AA lights.

 

I have one of these l2r's with 14500's for now, and i"m not sure about buying the LV dropin. Nobody else makes LV p60's that I can find.

 

vectrex, can you check yours?

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I was going to buy the sand L2R, but they are charging $2 shipping, so it's not as good a deal as I thought. Plus I was going to buy 2 flat bezels (one for the new one, one for my L2), so it started getting to be more than I wanted to spend for something I didn't really even want that much.

I lost my iTP A3 (that's the problem with tiny flashlights!) so I bought a replacement for it and got a birthday present for myself: a Quark 123-2 tactical with a neutral XP-G R4. That's plenty to spend on flashlights for a little while.

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I have the L2i    

=  It will just take a 18650 

18500 

17500

14500

AA 

Also CR123A with a battery adapter as well as AAAx3  

 

I like mine , 

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I have a L2M and a L2R and I like them both very much. Best P60 hosts you can get.

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To me, the L2i is a better bet, I have an L2R as well but I have never been all that fond of the 2AA layout. Adding a huge P60 head to it makes it even less wieldy. The L2i feels better in the hand and gives a lot of power options. 

 

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

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

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Hmm, just made a quick measurement (don't know the state of the battery- I guess rather full), the one in my L2R (EZ1000) is pulling 1.6 A, the one in my Superfire (ez900) is pulling 1.0 A (same batteries - both hosts) . So yes, there seems to be fluctuation in the drivers.... I always thought it would be the different emitters (ez900 vs. ez1000) that caused the difference in output... like I had written HERE... if they are even lower than that now (0.8 A - that is low).... maybe I have to over-think my recommendation... better build your own dropin with:

http://www.kaidomain.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=9208 This pill

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.15880 this driver (but it has strobes)

and an XP-G  r5 http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.44306

like old4570 did HERE... a shame that the kaidomain driver is gone...

 

Why do they always worsen products over time.... or stop production on the good ones...

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not to be very familiar with the matter, but I did a research on http://www.videofoundry.co.nz/ianman/laboratory/research/driverlist.php

and I found this one:

http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7882~r.85749907

Couldn't this be another candidate for this? The description from Acualab sounds good.

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That one has strobes in every of the 3 mode-groups... bah... and you have to be very careful, when you adjust the max. output by turning the potentiometer. And people seem to get different drivers under the same SKU... Frown

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Solarforce's P60 hosts are awesome. Great quality for a great price. L2i is nice and bulky and can take almost every battery. L2r is great is you wan to stick with AA. With low voltage 3 mode (no strobe!) drop-in it's quite bright. Modes are very well spaced. So what else can you ask from ~20$ flashlight?