Review: XinTD C8 (SC-82)

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The XinTD C8 is now available for purchase in intl-outdoor.com.

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A little trick I use the reverse spring trick on my drop ins.

If you are having problems with the reverse spring not making contact with the small nubs on your batteries take a needle nose pliers and bend the last coil across the middle of the opening like so.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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could a 20mm-star fit instead of the built-in 16mm-star? it looks like there would be enough room for it

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To XinTD C8 users: What was the longest time you ran it on high? Was it too hot to touch?

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probably 15 min. it was not too hot to touch.it definitely pulls the heat to the body of the light quick though.

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Oh nice! I suppose yours is also stock, no mods? I guess it's going to be a pretty reliable light then. Thanks!

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mertinator wrote:

To XinTD C8 users: What was the longest time you ran it on high? Was it too hot to touch?

Sorry for the delay, just under 1 hour to low voltage cutoff. Rises to approx 60dC at head. This was tail standing, no airflow at a ~20dC ambient. Details will follow at some point when I have time

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Updated original post under 'Battery Life & Heat managment' to show you my recent test. 54min runtime on full with Sanyo 18650, max temp of 62dC (143F).

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Wow! Thanks for adding the timer on the pictures. Very nice review! So how was the emitter after the runtime test?

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No problems at all, will prob do another run with a Panasonic cell to see runtime difference. I think outdoors with minimal breeze and with body contact to conduct heat away it would be noticeably cooler. So no problems running on full until low volts and then just stick another cell in Smile

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This was my first C8 buy (didn't know what that meant a month ago), so looking forward to getting it soon.  I'm getting ambitious - also ordered a L2 with the Manafont drop in.  "Drop in" - listen to me! What next?  Not the soldering iron - I remember the damage I used to do with my brother's one years ago.

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Woody wrote:

This was my first C8 buy (didn't know what that meant a month ago), so looking forward to getting it soon.  I'm getting ambitious - also ordered a L2 with the Manafont drop in.  "Drop in" - listen to me! What next?  Not the soldering iron - I remember the damage I used to do with my brother's one years ago.

Careful, your starting too well! You'll have nothing much better to get lol. Tho there is always turboBBs reviews to read through, just be prepared for a lighter wallet...

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Nah, this is cheap - I started with a LD20, then a Caveman, then a SC600W, then a Spark ST6 460NW. Still stuck on single cells, though I expect it won't be long before that changes.

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Well, it arrived the other day, with some Intl Outdoor Panasonic 3100mAh cells.  Whilst these were charging, I put in a Xtar 1800mAh, that I got with a B01.  Looked OK (in the day).  Then I noticed a slight flicker. Then a big flicker, then nothing. Mmmm.  I remembered a few basics - checked the switch hadn't come loose.  It hadn't.  Ah well.

When I looked inside I was puzzled to see the spring at the wrong end (hey, come on, I'm still a newbie).  I remembered this review, re-read it, and saw E1320's tip about bending the spring to make contact.

By now the new 3100 cells had charged, and I realised that the button on the Xtar cell was much smaller than the one on the Panasonic.  Put this in, and no problems.

Checked the dogs in the garden tonight.  Bright, isn't it? 

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New version of the xintdC8!

How will the longer reflector affect the beam? Will the V3 have more throw?

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It would probably throw more.

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Tempted to get this but I'll wait for someone else's view. Throw is fine as is on this kind of light IMO, infact I'd prefer a slightly floodier, smoother beam

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I have the V2 C8, would the V3 be a significant upgrade or it would be better off getting another light?

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mertinator wrote:

I have the V2 C8, would the V3 be a significant upgrade or it would be better off getting another light?

I stand to be corrected but I doubt there will be much difference at all. I'd suspect perhaps a tighter hotspot and a little more throw. What are you looking for in your next light?

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I recently received my V3 and like it alot.  Highest quality I've held in my hands in the C8 configuration.  With a Redilast 2900 I get 2.75 at the tail.  But I will have to contact Hank about a little problem I'm having with the switch.  Whenever the tail cap is removed and replaced, the light only has high mode.  The only way to get it to work properly and have 3-modes is to bang the light into my hand, and all works greats until the cap is removed and replaced and that operation must be repeated.  I took apart and cleaned all components in the switch, but it didn't make a difference. 

I'm sure mine is just a 1 in 100 glitch and I highly recommend this light.

Richie

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Any chance of a beam shot Richie?

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Any chance of a beam shot Richie?

 

Sure thing Jeansy.  I'll have it posted in about 8 hours when it gets dark.  I'll post it up against my Fandyfire HD-2010, even though that may not be fair, but I think it would still be interesting to see.

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Cool, nothing unfair about that, the XinTD won't win the lumen contest but I'd be interested how it compares other ways too, ie tint and PWM. Thanks for doing this Smile

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Here's some beam shots of my new XinTD C8 V3 NW tint from IOS.  It's not a shootout, but just tossed in my Fandyfire HD-2010 and Skyray 3xT6 3800 rev.O for some sort of comparision.  Distance to shrubs is 50 feet on this one.

 

 

 XinTD C8 V3 NW tint

 

 

Fandyfire HD-2010 with a well adjusted reflector for focused beam.

 

 

Skyray 3xT6 3800 Rev. O.  With fully charged Genuine Trustfire flames 2400mAh, it flickered off after about 3 minutes, but got the shot just in time.

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Looking for more throw probably. I have a cheap zoomie xre q5 light and it throws better and more intense light (although square in shape) when focused. The C8 overwhelms it with loads of light and spill but the the q5 is brighter compared to the c8's hotspot. I would like something that would eat the q5. Lol!

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Looking for more throw probably. I have a cheap zoomie xre q5 light and it throws better and more intense light (although square in shape) when focused. The C8 overwhelms it with loads of light and spill but the the q5 is brighter compared to the c8's hotspot. I would like something that would eat the q5. Lol!

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Great shots Richie, thanks. I'll have to double check how my v2(I assume) looks to make a comparison, I think it holds it's own there, the HD will out throw by quite a margin but look how useable the c8 beam is for closer range use Smile

 

Mertinator, perhaps there is your answer, the HD2010 sounds ideal for you, another plus (in my books at least) is that it's a 26650 battery type, so it will prob outrun the C8 with both on high (HD prob draws more so not directly increased with capacity)

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Jeansy wrote:
I think it holds it's own there, the HD will out throw by quite a margin but look how useable the c8 beam is for closer range use Smile

Hi Jeansy, I think you hit the nail on the head with your observation.

Richie

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Oh my, I love the beam on the HD2010!

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how much force is needed to unscrew the reflector from the pill? it seems to be too tight to be unscrewed with bare hands on mine and i dont want to damage it.

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