Review: Skyray King (3xXM-L - 4x18650)

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any updates on the kings ?

Nothing major, but FF has now XM-L2 U2 version in stock (the real deal)

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Just got my first SRK from Fasttech for $36 delivered 7 days from placing the order. I got the C3PO gold version. It came in a sturdy white box very similar to the one pictured from the OP except it had an extra sticker that had the “SKY RAY” logo. Same foam insert in the box. Spare O-ring, slightly darker lanyard. It is definitely brighter and more floody than my Shadow SL3, although it might not be a fair test since the battery in my SL3 was not topped off before the rough comparison. Also, I was running the SRK on only two cells. But if it holds, it is the brightest in my collection so far.

Anyway, the only real complaint I have so far is that the edges on the bezel are a bit sharp. Instant turn-off for my wife as she is sensitive to things like that. If you put it in a coat pocket it could snag. Anyone try smoothing down the edges? At least I won’t have to worry about the wife claiming this as her own!

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Hi guys. I’ve just pulled the trigger on one of these lights, and not wanting to sound stupid, but would it be best to run it on protected cells or would it be ok on unprotected?

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mally wrote:
Hi guys. I’ve just pulled the trigger on one of these lights, and not wanting to sound stupid, but would it be best to run it on protected cells or would it be ok on unprotected?

Protected was recommended for me

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Protected was recommended for me

Would these be sufficient?

At Fasttech.

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Nothing major, but FF has now XM-L2 U2 version in stock (the real deal)

Anyone got this new version already?

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mally wrote:
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Protected was recommended for me

Would these be sufficient?

At Fasttech.

Yep, for longer runtimes look at 2900, 3100 or 3400 mHa batteries

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attitude wrote:
any updates on the kings ?

Nothing major, but FF has now XM-L2 U2 version in stock (the real deal)

Nice. Less $ HERE.

Would love to know if anyone has one and notices a difference.

Now they need an XML2 neutral/warm. Silly 4C! 4C! 4C!!! Big Smile

I like copper

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Haterade wrote:
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attitude wrote:
any updates on the kings ?

Nothing major, but FF has now XM-L2 U2 version in stock (the real deal)

Nice. Less $ "HERE":http://www.cnqualitygoods.com/goods.php?id=1708. Would love to know if anyone has one and notices a difference. Now they need an XML2 neutral/warm. Silly 4C! 4C! 4C!!! :D

You're forgetting FF is free shipping and CNQG isn't.

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hmm yeah guess I did overlook that

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Metalophile wrote:
Anyway, the only real complaint I have so far is that the edges on the bezel are a bit sharp. Instant turn-off for my wife as she is sensitive to things like that. If you put it in a coat pocket it could snag. Anyone try smoothing down the edges? At least I won’t have to worry about the wife claiming this as her own!

I don’t own a king (yet) but i smooth down the edges on some of my lights.
Especially ss/aluminum (single alloy) bezels smooth down, almost without any visible difference still having a HUGE difference on how sharp they feel.

The original king has a stainless steel bezel, i have heard of coated bezels on mimics but i’m not sure if that would reveal a different color metal beneath (if i had to guess, i would say it wouldn’t).

What I would do is find a piece of fine sandpaper 1000 grit or so, wrap if around my finger and work on the sharp edges, with increasing pressure, checking every few passes.
Try not to touch anything but the edge when working with the sandpaper.

If you want even smoother edges you have to start with lower grit sandpaper first.

I have yet to regret sanding down something sharp on my flashlights, even painted portions, as this makes me use them more. (i guess i hate sharp edges as well)

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Good idea Johm. I am sure a dremel could be used to speed things up. Wouldnt want to over-do it though.

I would actually prefer a flat bezel on the King. Never really cared for crenalated ones.

I like copper

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Hmmm. $68.00 for the XML2 version seems a bit pricey to me…

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Fasttech has them for $40 with BLF discount.

For the black XM-L U2 version they claim: “Fasttech is now shipping the version that’s reported to be of the best quality and seemingly the most genuine”.

For the gold XM-L U2 version they claim: “This golden version is recommended over the black version for better build quality and output”. Someone posted a review 4/15/13 for the item saying the one they received was a mimic and not like what was pictured.

Metalophile, you posted above that you just received one from Fasttech for $36 delivered. Does it have the same cord and is it genuine?

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pretty sure fasttech has been saying that for some time on their site

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anyone got width x depth of reflector and whether this will fit?

http://dx.com/p/3-cree-reflector-smooth-aluminium-18mm-x-50mm-11922

thanks beforehand.

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troisanh wrote:
anyone got width x depth of reflector and whether this will fit?

http://dx.com/p/3-cree-reflector-smooth-aluminium-18mm-x-50mm-11922

thanks beforehand.

This reflector is too small for the SRK – 50mm is even smaller than the reflector of a MagLite 4D.

My SRK’s head diameter is about 59mm so you need maybe about 55mm to 56mm diameter for your reflector.

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what I figured, just having no luck finding 1 for replacement.

Anyone help with links perhaps.

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troisanh wrote:
anyone got width x depth of reflector and whether this will fit?

http://dx.com/p/3-cree-reflector-smooth-aluminium-18mm-x-50mm-11922

thanks beforehand.

The two sat on the my bench both are 51mm diam x 18mm deep, one a FT clone no idea where the other one originated. I would guess your linked one would or be made to fit.

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Should the outer edge of the beam look like a clover leaf on a wall bounce?

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Jasen40 wrote:
Should the outer edge of the beam look like a clover leaf on a wall bounce?

Only if very close to wall. This is 20cm from the wall.
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@No. 13 The edge of the spill from 15 feet away shows a zoomed pattern that you posted in the first picture. I will post a picture tonight.

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Just bought this baby from FancyFlaslights (T6) with panasonic 3400mah protection cells. The individual battery costs $12 but they are selling a pack of 4 of the supposedly same battery, for $35. Is this genuine? This is less than $9 a piece! What ya think?

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Pchri12 wrote:
...panasonic 3400mah protection cells. The individual battery costs $12 but they are selling a pack of 4 of the supposedly same battery, for $35. Is this genuine? This is less than $9 a piece! What ya think?

 

There's quite a critical battery crisis atm. Few things lithium are slipping out of asia in the meantime.

There's also cheaper at FastTech.

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I am looking to buy this flashlight from FT with fou panasonic protected 3400mah.
Can these batteries fit in this flashlight?

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markito wrote:
I am looking to buy this flashlight from FT with fou panasonic protected 3400mah. Can these batteries fit in this flashlight?

Yes, easily, I have them in mine

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Hi Guys,

do you think this is genuine?

http://www.banggood.com/SKYRAY-3xCREE-XML-T6-6000-Lumen-LED-Flashlight-4×18650-p-907538.html

Which battery, without spend too much, you suggest in this same shop?

for example those?

http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-UltraFire-18650-Rechargeable-4000mAh-3...

http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-UltraFire-18650-3_7V-Rechargeable-Prot...

http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-Ultrafire-18650-Rechargeable-Flashligh...

Many thanks

Ale

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Do a search on Ultrafire batteries.

Never buy Ultrafire batteries.

You save $3-4 per cell and at best get a bad cell that poorly functions at vastly lower than stated capacity, and at worst you get a cell that explodes when charging, causes a kitten to have a heart attack and die, then your house subsequently burns down along with the cure to cancer that was hidden in your closet.

As far as the flashlight goes… Eh, it may be genuine, it might not be. There are better SRK options though…. I’ll try to find the link to the good ebay seller with the SR Kung.

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I have this torch for 1 year, I use it with 4 ultrafire (probably copy) 3700, a date I’m waiting 4 NCR18650B 3400mAh

https://www.fasttech.com/products/1141104

I guess I’ll see a big difference in performance?

I’m French and don’t fully master English, so thank you for your patience.

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cortesman wrote:
I have this torch for 1 year, I use it with 4 ultrafire (probably copy) 3700, a date I’m waiting 4 NCR18650B 3400mAh

https://www.fasttech.com/products/1141104

I guess I’ll see a big difference in performance?

A huge difference, and the risk of the ultrafires blowing up or setting your house on fire will go down substantially, assuming you will no longer use the ultrafires (please dont use Ultrafire batteries).

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