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Review: X-Power Wildfire

Wild About the Wildfire

 

If the appearance of quality alone can sell a flashlight then Int'l Outdoor will have no problem moving a lot of Wildfires.  I must, however give credit to Boaz for pointing me to this stunning looker.  It is a bit pricey, if just raw lumens are considered but this beautifully designed and superbly executed torch excels at everything.  It's quality appearance comes by way of actual quality and it goes without saying (but I will say it anyway) the X-Power Wildfire gets a hearty . . .

Foyapproved

Bottom line:  Near $60 is hardly "budget" but, for a flashlight that looks, feels and performs at this level, I think it is a veritable bargain.  It feels like $120 in the hand and has some surprise features not found in any torch.  Its firefly mode is the absolute lowest low I've ever seen and its UI is inspired.  Add to that the best knurling you've ever felt, stellar performance and some well chosen bling . . . the X-Power Wildfire satisfies and delivers.

Wild About the Wildfire

 

If the appearance of quality alone can sell a flashlight then Int'l Outdoor will have no problem moving a lot of Wildfires.  I must, however give credit to Boaz for pointing me to this stunning looker.  It is a bit pricey if just raw lumens are considered but this beautifully designed and superbly executed torch excels at everything and its quality appearance comes by way of actual quality.  It goes without saying (but I will say it anyway) the X-Power Wildfire gets a hearty

Foyapproved

Bottom line:  Near $60 is hardly "budget" but, for a flashlight that looks, feels and performs at this level, I think it is a veritable bargain.  It feels like $120 in the hand and has some surprise features not found in any torch.  Its firefly mode is the absolute lowest low I've ever seen and its UI is inspired.  Add to that the best knurling you've ever felt, stellar performance and some well chosen bling . . . the X-Power Wildfire satisfies and delivers.

 

What I like:

- aesthetics

- anodization

- knurling

- UI

- low, low, low firefly mode

- reverse threaded switch locking ring

- square threads

What I do not like:

- star but not superstar output on high

- clip removal a little fussy

 

X-Power Wildfire XM-L/T6 Flashlight

$57.89  Int'l Outdoor Store  http://www.intl-outdoor.com/xpower-wildfire-xml-t6-flashlight-p-280.html 

ordered:  3-26-12

received: 4-16-12

designed for 1 x 18650, 2 x 16340 or 2 x CR123 lithium-ion batteries

working voltage: 2.7 to 8.4 volts

aluminum construction

"premium type III hard anodization, anti-reflective coating"

flat, stainless steel bezel

non tail-standing, forward clicky tail cap switch with 14mm boot

anti-roll ring, drilled for lanyard

3-mode head-twist user interface: firefly, medium and high

selected manufacturer specifications

copper base plate heatsink

530 lumens

706 hours maximum run time

peak intensity: 18926cd  (??)

impact resistance: 1.2 meter

141mm length, 35mm head

145 grams without battery

removable stainless steel clip

IPX-8 waterproof rating  (immersion beyond 1 meter)

what you get for $57.89:

- X-Power Wildfire flashlight

- 2 x o-rings

- spare switch

- lanyard

The Wildfire arrived in flawless condition in this box . . .

. . . ensconced in bubble-wrap and a padded bottom.

Tail cap draw with 1 x unprotected Panasonic 18650 charged to 4.22 volts:

firefly -     no reading  (lame DMM won't go that low)

medium - .35 amp

high -     1.77

with 2 x UltraFire 16340  (generic blue)

firefly -     no reading

medium - .20  (.40 to emitter)

high -      1.0  (2.0 amps to emitter)

No doubt about it; the Wildfire is one handsome torch.  To a lot of folks, this is how a modern, tactical flashlight should look and the X-Power Wildfire exudes quality.  It has the heft, balance and feel of a very serious tool, something a friend with more money than you might carry.

Perfect knurling?  Everybody's expectations are different but the Wildfire's grippy texture is the best I've ever felt.  All cuts are consistent and in fact, machine work on this torch is spectacular.

A small issue but nonetheless; if there must be a brand name present, just say it once.  The X-Power Wildfire name is visible from just one angle, otherwise it is devoid of graphics and beautiful.  I should have taken a picture to illustrate but this torch loses its visual impact without the tactical lanyard ring and clip.  Also, the clip comes off with great difficulty and high scratch potential index.

Another fine view . . . "cooling" fins are two larger and two smaller . . .

A finer looking flashlight you'll never see.  The Wildfire simply does not take a bad picture.

Seems somebody got the message about "attack" bezels.  The head/reflector is slightly larger than a P60 and it's diameter and depth is almost exactly the same as a Solarforce M6.

In actual use, the Wildfire is a little less bright than an average XM-L P60 torch.  (brighter than an M6)  In other words; it is more than bright enough and has none of the heat issues of an over-driven T6 P60.

As DARCANGEL pointed out and Foy forgot, the Wildfire is a rebranded Thrunite T30, right down to its internals and UI.  I'm also guessing the Thrunite is just as good.  A quick Google confirms what DARCANGEL said; a T30 can be had for as little as $50.  'Course, then it wouldn't say "X-Power" on it.

Jus' sayin'.

Altough the X-Power Wildfire compares in size and weight to a blinged L2P, it feels much different in the hand.  (better)

Machine work is superb, fit and finish is near perfect . . .

I guess this is the copper pill "base plate" IO was talking about.  I didn't take it out (at this time) but it does indeed look substantial.  Pity it is driven as safely as it is.

This is the fancy driver that makes this UI so outstanding.  Unlike a lot of head controlled interfaces, this one stays tight in every mode.  With some Foursevens designs for example, several modes are accessed by loosening the head (and leaving it loose) and some are turned off this way, too.  The Wildfire changes modes by loosening and then quickly tightening again.  Everything snug and tight during use.

I turned it on firefly and put the camera lens about an inch away from the flashlight bezel . . . not sure if this is the best way to show how damn low this thing goes . . .

. . . this one is with the camera lens touching the bezel.  This is the lowest low I have ever seen . . . my lame DMM reads zero.  You can put the flashlight into your eye socket and stare right at the emitter - it's that low.

Another thing I really like, and this one surpsied me; the ring that holds the switch assembly inside the tail cap is reverse threaded.  Why does this matter?  I have several lights, some not so cheap, that will loosen this locking ring a little each time the tail cap is unscrewed and reinstalled.  Over time on a few of these lights, it would fail to turn on and/or the tail cap would mysteriously begin to not screw down all the way.  My JM07 is the current worst offender and its sin is minimized by careful tightening and not too tight. (easy to forgive also, because it does everything else so incredibly well)  The Wildfire locking ring is threaded opposite the normal tail cap "righty-tighty: and therefore, impossible to loosen during normal use.

Some purty square threads . . . indeed they are.  (sans o-ring on the right, I took it off)

Broken down as far as Foy is willing to go . . .

The following beam shots were taken with 1/4 second shutter speed @f2.7.

Control shot to show the damn street light right behind my fraking house.  I swear I'm going to put a .177 in that thing . . .

Solarforce M6 with unprotected Panasonic 18650/2350.

X-Power Wildfire with protected Xtar 18700/2600.

Side by side: X-Power WildFire (left) and Solarforce M6. (right)

To my eyes the Wildfire ekes out a win which, confirms same on the Foyometer

There you have it; probably one of the highest quality, best built light you'll ever use.  You can easily spend double the price and not get near the quality and unique features of the X-Power Wildfire.

A superb flashlight.

 

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Great review .

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Does it have visible PWM?  I have the X Power thunder and it's a pretty ok flashlight, just that it has somewhat visible PWM.  Eg, it's definitely way worse than Xtar S1 of ~ 500Hz.  This has AR lens (purple hue), Xeno has AR lens as well.  It doesn't cost much (2 bucks or so), but then it's still a "detailing" feature and fitting sizes (both dia and thickness) are usually not available from flashlightlens.

With the PWM, then Xeno's stuff is slightly better.

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No visible PWM to the naked eye in all three modes.  When I shine it at my camera, I can see none in firefly (too dim) and the other two, the lines are faint, real close together and smooth.  Bad PWM is big, fat lines, spaced far apart.

 

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Looks nice and already has a foyzel!

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Nice looking torch.  Kinda reminds me of the 4sevens 123 turbo

 

My lights here and here

 

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Hey foy,nice review,nice light.I mentioned in a thread before that this light is actually a rebranded thrunite t30.Seeing it all apart confirmed my suspicions even the u.i. is the same as well as all the internals.I was going to jump on this light from international outdoor,but I thought it could have been driven harder.Unfortunately,the t30 can be had for like 49 bucks and as sweet as the u.i. is,I had to pass.Thanks for the awesome review!                                                            nottryingtobeabuzzkill                                                                         

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Foy wrote:

No visible PWM to the naked eye in all three modes.  When I shine it at my camera, I can see none in firefly (too dim) and the other two, the lines are faint, real close together and smooth.  Bad PWM is big, fat lines, spaced far apart.

 

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Hi Foy, no need to feel unscientific about it.  That sounds pretty good...wonder why my X-Power Thunder has visible PWM (it's nearly the same price as well).   So when you wave your five fingers in front of the light in medium and low, there is no flicker?   Sounds like it is current regulated then for the light output.

Or you can put it in front of a black T-shirt and stick it beside the ears to hear if there is any sound (you can hear the exact PWM freq).  Edit - i just tried it, red t-shirt works as well  LOL!

Sometimes i am also too lazy to bring out the DMM to measure (coz you need to have like 3 hands to measure it, or be creative). 

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DARCANGEL wrote:

Hey foy,nice review,nice light.I mentioned in a thread before that this light is actually a rebranded thrunite t30.Seeing it all apart confirmed my suspicions even the u.i. is the same as well as all the internals.I was going to jump on this light from international outdoor,but I thought it could have been driven harder.Unfortunately,the t30 can be had for like 49 bucks and as sweet as the u.i. is,I had to pass.Thanks for the awesome review!                                                            nottryingtobeabuzzkill                                                                         

Well, yeah...the thrunites TN series are not expensive at all, though they are not priced like budget lights of this league.

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Not at all.  That's why we post it all up, so everybody knows.  When I do beam shots here in a few minutes, I also need to include the T30 information.  Thanks for reminding . . .

 

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Dayum that's pretty! Thanks for another great review, Foy!

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2100 -

I'll try the finger thing again but I swear I can't see it.  My camera trick usually tells the tale.  The ubiquitous UF 3-mode XM-L drop-in, as good as it is, shows huge, fat lines on low and medium - indicating fairly significant PWM yet I struggle to see it with my poor old eyes.

I say that because I feel my reviews would be more comprehensive were they more technically accurate/informative.

 

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Foy wrote:

Not at all.  That's why we post it all up, so everybody knows.  When I do beam shots here in a few minutes, I also need to include the T30 information.  Thanks for reminding . . .

 

Foy

cool,I realize after I posted that it wasn't a put down to this light,rather an abstract for others to compare.I'm anxious to see beamshots,this is a sexy light and worth a look.thanks for taking time to do these reviews. DARC
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Foy wrote:
I say that because I feel my reviews would be more comprehensive were they more technically accurate/informative.

Complaining about your reviews is like "aww the ferrari I just got for free is ruby-red but I wanted carmine-red"

Nice review, but I didnt quite understand the paragraph about the brand name. Would you prefer flashlights without brand names?

I already was worried you might be ill or sth, two weeks without a Foyview just seemed wrong.

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What a nice looking light, great review as usual thanks.

You can put the streetlight out temporarily with your green laser, if you still have. Just shine it at the switch on the top and the streetlight should go out long enough for you to take some beam shots.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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I do still have that green laser.  Really?  I didn't know you could do that.

NightCrawl -

Clumsy way of saying I like the name brand being printed in one spot and no where else.  In fact, if the knurling were uninterupted all the way around (with no name at all) that would be even better.

 

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Gotcha. Smile

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E1320 wrote:

What a nice looking light, great review as usual thanks.

You can put the streetlight out temporarily with your green laser, if you still have. Just shine it at the switch on the top and the streetlight should go out long enough for you to take some beam shots.

Problem is everytime I do that.... I pull the trigger as well.

then i can't do beamshots because I'm hiding my gun. Silly

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This is one beautiful light and you know i'm quick to bash a light even in someones review .I've never been a believer that all reviews must just be filled with lovers of the light ..I'm more than happy to hear that people hate it for good reasons .

          The truth is...like you said... take out the center pieces and the light gets boring very quickly ...Same with the Xeno/farka lights ..One reason i'm still searching for those cigar grips in quantities .

 The only problem I see with this light is distance ..it's about 2000 miles to far from my house ....that and I can't get Michael Murphys song out of my head ...

happy birthday you old dog

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That is extractly what i had seen a month ago. As i remember, it is ~30$, i really love it but don't know why, i didn't order it Cry. 2 week ago, i seen it cost 57$ so that i really regret Cry, and now when i see this review, i do regret again Cry but i will not buy this, 57$ is too much for budget light

Great thanks for your review Smile

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$34.95 plus shipping

https://illuminationsupply.com/t30-p-99.html?zenid=cc702f3bb365e4275f939e7958de68df

Edit: I forgot to mention that I really like all the detailed photos, Good Work

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Great Review as usual Foy.

Not to Hijack this thread but I just received my ThruNite T30 from HKequipment.

It is identical to the Wildfire in every way except branding and I did receive a holster too. The Quality is very nice and the mode changing is super smooth. One of THE nicest body designs ever. Definitely a Keeper.

However, I returned a Quark 1 x AA light a few years ago due to this " Moonlight or Firefly " Low mode. (At $60.00 no less - Ouch). The Quark had a 0.2 Lumen low and a 4 Lumen next low (OTF not FL1, so even lower than that) and quite frankly, I can not see the usefulness of a setting that low as you can not even read a document comfortably in pitch black darkness. Honestly, anything below 5 lumens is not useful as a beam. Unless someone can enlighten me to the purpose of settings this low where there is NO useable light ?

My Balder BD-1P has a very low setting of 6 Lumens and is right on the border line of useable light.

I have several lights that are 10 Lumens on low and find that to be about perfect, but any lower and I don't see the point.

Don't get me wrong, I love a 3 mode, Low, Medium, High, Flashlight as much as the next guy, but ThruNite should have made the LOW setting at 10 - 15 Lumens and it would truly be perfection. As it stands, it's really only a 2 mode light in my opinion.

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Photon wrote:

Great Review as usual Foy.

Not to Hijack this thread but I just received my ThruNite T30 from HKequipment.

It is identical to the Wildfire in every way except branding and I did receive a holster too. The Quality is very nice and the mode changing is super smooth. One of THE nicest body designs ever. Definitely a Keeper.

However, I returned a Quark 1 x AA light a few years ago due to this " Moonlight or Firefly " Low mode. (At $60.00 no less - Ouch). The Quark had a 0.2 Lumen low and a 4 Lumen next low (OTF not FL1, so even lower than that) and quite frankly, I can not see the usefulness of a setting that low as you can not even read a document comfortably in pitch black darkness. Honestly, anything below 5 lumens is not useful as a beam. Unless someone can enlighten me to the purpose of settings this low where there is NO useable light ?

My Balder BD-1P has a very low setting of 6 Lumens and is right on the border line of useable light.

I have several lights that are 10 Lumens on low and find that to be about perfect, but any lower and I don't see the point.

Don't get me wrong, I love a 3 mode, Low, Medium, High, Flashlight as much as the next guy, but ThruNite should have made the LOW setting at 10 - 15 Lumens and it would truly be perfection. As it stands, it's really only a 2 mode light in my opinion.

 

I couldn't disagree more....

 I have nitecores at 2 lumens for the D-10 and 3 lumens for the ex-10nad i'd say the 3 lumens is almost too high ...i prefer the 2 lumens over the 3 .I like the low low lows of my zebralights ...

i'm always turning lights down lower not jacking them up ...that's why i like lights that start on low or where you last left them parked .

The nitecores are really smart and go from med  if you left it on medium to low next than run thru the 3 modes like normal  low med high ... it''s just smart the first time you turn it on to stay parked but then go down rather than up .... smart  very smart ..

 

 I still love the look of this light ...it's one very pretty light in my humble opinion

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Boaz wrote:

I couldn't disagree more....

I have nitecores at 2 lumens for the D-10 and 3 lumens for the ex-10nad i'd say the 3 lumens is almost too high ...i prefer the 2 lumens over the 3 .I like the low low lows of my zebralights ...

i'm always turning lights down lower not jacking them up ...that's why i like lights that start on low or where you last left them parked .

The nitecores are really smart and go from med  if you left it on medium to low next than run thru the 3 modes like normal  low med high ... it''s just smart the first time you turn it on to stay parked but then go down rather than up .... smart  very smart ..

I still love the look of this light ...it's one very pretty light in my humble opinion

I understand what you are saying Boaz. And Yes those Nitecores are very nice. But what do you ACTUALLY use that 2 or 3 Lumens for, because I am talking about a Low, Low that is 1/3 of that.

Here is the Thrunite T30 output specs from their website.

Firefly: 0.9 lumens - Mid: 109 lumens - Max output: 600 lumens (530 Lumens on the package).

So we go from 0.9 Lumens, which is 1/2 to 1/3 of what you like as a low, to a medium of 109 lumens with nothing in between. So if you need to see the back of your computer in a dark hole under your desk, then 0.9 Lumens is not enough and 109 is way to much when you are up close...blinding.

4 or 5 or 10 would be good. I am just saying. Useful and Usable light is what I NEED.

If I shine it under my office desk at night, I can't even tell it's on with the Low, Low mode.

The Firefly mode only serves one purpose, so that ThruNite can bragg that it gets 706 hours of runtime on Low mode.

By the way, my eyes are over 50 years old, so I need a little bit more light.

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update:

From the department of unsolicited honesty:

I don't have much to report about the Wildfire because . . . . it is something of a shelf queen.  It might be because I have so many flashlights and perhaps, because the Wildfire is so damn sexy I want it to stay looking brand new forever.  After reading my review I'm reminded of the reverse threaded tail cap switch locking ring that can not loosen over time like so many lights I have do . . . and the super low, low.  Despite the practical, real world value of a low this low, being brought into question; I remain convinced it is a particularly nice feature.

For me, it has nothing to do with run time.  It's about seeing the thermostat, and only the thermostat, without waking anyone.  It's about seeing/finding a tiny whatever while lying in your sleeping bag among four snoring tent companions, that wish to remain snoring.  The good news is; it is essentially a single mode torch.  You access the mode, re-tighten the head and that's what kind of light it is until you change the mode.  I'm sure it works great in actual use.  I wouldn't know, I haven't actually used my Wildfire as a . . . well, as a flashlight.

Guaranteed to vastly improve the apperance of any shelf.

 

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I’ve always felt that the ThruNite T30 missed the mark as well as what it can do for its size. It’s slightly larger than a Solarforce L2, and pretty much performs like one, putting out only 500 or so lumens. That changed, though, when I decided to mod it. This was a simple 10 minute mod, but, the results were worth it. The reason for this mod is that the reflector is larger than your average P60 drop-in. Take out the large XM-L emitter and swap it for an XP-G2 and you have a pocket thrower in your hands. Sure, lights like the Deft EDC will outclass this light in terms of outright throw in the same size class, but, the pencil thin 75 lumen beam is worthless in the real world and the T30 is far more affordable. True dedicated throwers will easily out throw this light, but, they’re not easy to drop into a pocket like the T30 is. This light comes apart easily with only a pair of pliers needed to loosen the brass pill from the head. The star that the original emitter came on was 16mm and copper, but, a standard 20mm MCPCB fits into the same space. This requires a custom spacer, though, so I cranked one out on the lathe. It serves double duty to center the emitter to the reflector and to press the MCPCB to the brass pill, which is the way the original emitter was held down. The next picture shows the emitter centered in the reflector before I reinstalled the O-ring, lens, and retaining ring.

So, how well did this work? It is the throwiest 6P sized light that I have. Period. My dedicated throwers will blow this one away, though. Even my XM-L MagLite driven at 2.8A behind a cut down incandescent Mag reflector will out throw it. These lights, though, are nowhere as compact as the T30 and an important thing to remember about any light is that it’s only useful if you have it near you when you need it instead of having it at home collecting dust because it was too large to bring along.

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Nice work PCC! Where did you find the 16mm XPG2? Or did you reflow it?

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It’s a 20mm star.

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PCC wrote:
It's a 20mm star.

Oh, thanks. Embarassed I am still trying to find some for P60 drop ins. Sad

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IS has them on 10mm MCPCBs. Why not use those?

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PCC wrote:
IS has them on 10mm MCPCBs. Why not use those?

Hard to center, the 16mm ones just drop right in. I guess I'll just keep waiting. Smile

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