OK, guyz, so I've receved last Saturday my eagerly awaited Klarus P1A from DD Will put official specs here, just in case:
1. Max output: 150 Lumens
2. Max run time: 28 hours
3. Cree XP-G R5 LED
4. Two output modes and easy operation
5. Forward tactical switch with momentary activation
6. Clip for hands-free operation
7. Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard
8. Smooth beam - perfect balance of beam throw and spill
9. Military Grade HA Type III anodizing
10. Highly efficient digitally regulated output - maintains constant brightness
11. Reverse polarity protection
1. Emitter: Cree XP-G R5 LED with a lifespan of 50,000 hours
2. TTwo output modes: ----Max output: 150 Lumens/ 1.5 hrs ----Low output: 11 Lumens/ 28 hrs
3. Working Voltage: 0.9V - 1.8V
4. Battery: 1pc 1.5V AA (Alkaline, Ni-MH)
a) Tactical tail switch for power on/ off and momentary activation.
b) Rotate the flashlight head to adjust the brightness output - tighten head for max output, loosen for low output
6. Lens: Toughened ultra-clear glass.
7. Material: Aircraft grade aluminum with Military Grade HA Type III anodizing.
8. Reflector: Textured reflector for smooth beam.
9. Dimensions: 105mm (Length) x 23mm (Head) x 22.6mm (Body).
10. Net weight: 57g (Excluding battery).
11. Waterproof to IPX-8 Standard.
12. Included accessories: lanyard, body clip, two spare o-rings, and a rubber switch boot.
What can I say? Nice small but sturdy package. Comes with all that typical extra stuff, as described in DD (will not post pics of the light right now because you will find nice ones in DD, with good macro shots)
About the light itself. Impressions just right after taking the light out of the box, nothing more: amazing quality I think you've already noticed that I'm a "semibudget" flashaholic, and I think all lights I have are superb quality (and all of them with small cons and so on, but whatever ). Man, this one is no exception. Superb feeling! I don't have Fenix or more expensive lights, but really, anodizing (HAIII) is perfect, all parts are machined with outstanding precision.
It's not lightweight, but you actually feel those 60 grams. It feels very robust and comfortable in hand.
I've noticed that the knurling on the body is slightly less aggressive than on the tailcap, just as I like.
Normal threads (not square) and anodized in the tail, so if you slightly loosen the tailcap, it'll prevent accidental switching. All threads are decently lubed (great lube, btw)
It can tail stand, but the rubber cap protrudes a little bit, so it's quite wobbling tail stand The rubber cap is slightly rounded thus prevent the light tail firmly.
PS: So, Klarus, put flat rubber cap in your next models, please
Truly AR coated, crystal clear lenses Well, don't know if that's AR, but all reflections looks less bright (i.e. a normal incandescent bulb filament) and with violet/purple tint. Just FYI, all my ITPs doesn't have that purple tint reflections, and they are AR coated too So, if someone knows what's that coating, please explain
The emitter is perfectly centered, in a small, black and plastic thingy without any anomalies (i.e. damaged clear plastic covering the emitter)
LOP reflector and black o-ring on the front. Overall, veeery clean install. No evidence of solder drops, finger prints, etc.
As for the switch, the light has momentary ON. The clickie sounds quite cheap (like in my Xeno), but works flawlessly. Not a con really, but you need a good press to turn the light ON (not momentary I mean), quite long displacement IMO :puzzled: The rubber cap is not thick so it's easy to press.
The light comes with SS clip, but IMO it's very stiff Haven't tried it yet, but looks like you can turn it the other way and clip it to the baseball cap, for example. Maybe that stiffness will hold well the light on the cap.
Tint is quite cold, with veeeeery slight purple/violet tint (spill). I thought it will be really a "Premium R5" as stated (i.e. ITP tint :bigsmile: , which is perfect white on all my ITP lights).
The beam pattern - excellent just what I was looking for. I don't have any lux meter, but I can say that the hot spot is very similar to my ITP C7 - quite good defined hotspot, but with soft corona (or soft 2nd hot spot). It's quite hard to notice the "donut hole" (typical thing on many lights). It's very small and you will never notice it in real life.
It has 2 modes: 11 and 150 lm. Can't prove that without lux meter, sorry, but for me, the LO is perfect for most situations. And HI is really high Very decent (IMO) output for 1xAA.
Can't say anything about regulation Will try to measure current tomorrow. From selfbuilts reviews I can say that other models (P2A, P1C) have excellent regulation. No PWM at any mode It's CC
Overall score: 4,7/5 (especially for that price, ~$30 @ DD I've got it for much less, lol, but indeed, I'd pay those 30 bucks without a doubt)
4,7 because of: wobbling tail (rubber cap prob), stiff clip and CW tint. A lil' bit better switch would be great too.
Well, I'll upload some pics if you want tomorrow Over and out.