Review: XTAR D02 diving flashlight 3xAAA

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Review: XTAR D02 diving flashlight 3xAAA

XTAR D02 - Diving flashlight (200m)

Reviewer's Overall Rating: ★★★★

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Summary:

Battery: 3x AAA, alkaline or ni-mh
Switch: Side, magnetic variable sliding type
Modes: 17 levels of intensity
LED Type: CREE R4
Lens: Plastic, but extremely clear
Tailstands: Yes, perfectly
Price Payed: donated for review by  XTAR
From:www.szwholesale.com
Date Ordered:late april 2011

 

 

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Variable output
  • Uses easy to find batteries (AAA both alkaline and ni-mh)
  • Built to sustain some abuse
  • Head is made of aluminium, pretty similar to the XTAR D01

Cons:

  • plastic lens/cap asembly
  • plastic lower body (thick however, and common for most underwater flashlights ) Is it really a CON?!?
  • Cannot be used with anything else than AAA batteries without fiddling with extensively.

XTAR D02 - Diving flashlight (200m)

Reviewer's Overall Rating: ★★★★

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Summary:

Battery: 3x AAA, alkaline or ni-mh
Switch: Side, magnetic variable sliding type
Modes: 17 levels of intensity
LED Type: CREE R4
Lens: Plastic, but extremely clear
Tailstands: Yes, perfectly
Price Payed: donated for review by  XTAR
From:www.szwholesale.com
Date Ordered:late april 2011

 

 

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Variable output
  • Uses easy to find batteries (AAA both alkaline and ni-mh)
  • Built to sustain some abuse
  • Head is made of aluminium, pretty similar to the XTAR D01

Cons:

  • plastic lens/cap asembly
  • plastic lower body (thick however, and common for most underwater flashlights ) Is it really a CON?!?
  • Cannot be used with anything else than AAA batteries without fiddling with extensively.

 

Features / Value: ★★★★

From XTAR page:

XTAR D02 200m Diving CREE XP-G R4 LED Flashlight
50000 life span CREE XP-G R4 LED
Electrodeless magnetic control switch
260 max luminous flux
Good condensing orange peeled reflector
250m max range (on land)
Constant circuit constant brightness
Power by 3*AAA(1.5V) battery
Aluminum embedded POM body, anodized aircraft 6061 aluminum head
Amphibious 200m deep diving sealed compression resisted design
Safety magnetic switch design
2.5~4.5V voltage range
NetWeight: 70g
Size:48mm(head dia) * 28mm(body dia) * 146mm(length)
 

This is XTAR D01 new cousin. You might be familiar already with th D01 and the fact it is an awesome diving flashlight for less than you think. The main difference is that is powered by 3 AAA batteries. Both alkalines or nimh works fine. I immediately checked the possibility to use it also with 18650/18700 batteries but found it extremely difficult to do. It has to be modded extensively and personally i think it is not worth to do it. Features the same magnetic 17 step variable switch i like very much. It drains the battery in standby for unknown mA so don't forget to turn it off completely after use. I was unable to register any amount of current but i believe it is there somewhere. The D01 had quite a drain on "off".

 

Design / Build Quality: ★★★★

The head of the D02 is very similar to D01 but the D02 features a on/off reminder. The flashlight cap/lens assembly is plastic. I was unimpressed seeing the lens are plastic, however the quality of the plastic which is very similar to a good glass is quite reassuring. The body tube is surprisingly also made of plastic. The pastic is however very thick. No worries dropping it but i would suggest against it since the head of the light might get scratched. Reflector wise there is also a difference. While the D01 features a nice SMO refletor the D02 opted for a slight OP reflector. Whatever the reasoning behind i like both of them. Pretty hard to unscrew which i assume must be very good for the claimed underwater capabilities. I have tried to remove the lens/cap assembly but i was unable to without using extreme force on it. Since i needed to review it i opted not to.

 

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Battery Life: ★★★★★

Battery life is decent. The 5 stars are awarded as you can have plenty of options on how to run it. Be sure to put it on off after use or your just bought 3 AAA alkies might go bye bye in a few days.

Generic AAA nimh which rested 1 day:

- high 700mA

- low 13mA

Off = less than 0,00?A

The current draw at rest postion (slider down to 0) was not under the range of my multimeter (in the up to 10A testing range). I might get a better one and do it again with a fused unit i can trust.

 

Light Output: ★★★★

What to say? It's a underdriven R4 emitter. Has nice tint, it is bright but not excessively so. That was toughtfull i think since driving it at 1400mA (1500mA being the max allowed by cree) would eat the poor AAA pretty quickly. Instead it can be run at "full" brightness for more than an hour providing decent batteries are used. Tha ability to regualte the output in 17 steps is excellent and heklps alot in not crystal clear water. Especially usefull in muddy water where the refelction on full brightness will just make things worse.

 

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Absolutely no idea where the blue corona comes from. The joys of a pocket camera with a mind of it's own. :/

The reflector is very mild OP type. Thats why a slightly defined hotspot.

 

Summary: ★★★★

The D02 was tested by the same team that tested the D01 but i was unable to have it tested by the same guy. :/ He used it at max 18m for 45min without issues while helping cleaning the coolant tank of a factory or something similar. It was sweetwater use but very littered and with poor visibility. He liked the variable output which helped him to see where he usually was about to expect either 0 visibility or getting blind. What to say about the D02. It is likeable. Features the variable magnetic switch, uses common to find batteries. What do i think? Very simple. Actually i would put it this way:

Q: Have or like to use 18700 li-ion batteries?

A: Get the D01 hands down

Q: Could not care less about li-ion, want easy to find batteries, don't like chargers much or have a ton of AAA ni-mh's?

A: The D02 might be the best you can find.

The claim of 200m is a bit weird. At such depths i think a submarine might be very reasonable, and those feature their own light system. Why would this one resist 200m and the D01 "only" 100m beats me. If both can do 50m consistently i say that is more than enough. I have no reservations believing they will do that.

XTAR informed me that this flashlight is also available in green color. Might appeal to many but green is not my favorite color so recieving a black one was pretty nice. Smile

I would like to thank www.szwholesale.com for the opportunity to test the flashlight. Since i like snorkeling and live by the sea i will probably use it myself this summer. Planning to do a scuba diving course if budget permits. Untill then it will make a shelf queen. This one is definitely a keeper. Still think that if you don't mind going the li-ion route the D01 is superior to D02. Perhaps the D02 was built for the alkaline users market. For that it has little to no fault.

Still i would have liked the tough glass lens like the D01 has. D02 It is however much lighter and weighs only 70g.

kragmutt wrote:

They're gonna send you a green redcat with a black LED.

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Mighty be fun to play with in the jacuzzi at night!

Rats, finally sold my 2010 509hp Mustang...now I can buy more lights!

Sold the red one too! Now guess what I drive, doing my penance for 500 hp commuters...

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I wish i had a jacuzzi. :/

Would rather play in there with my better half. Wink

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Great review Budgeteer! I just received one of these along with a D01 for review. Im swamped so it probably wont be for a few days that I can get to it. I'll try to find out if there is any parasitic drain in the off position, and I suspect there is. At least you can "lockout" with a twist. Tongue out

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Thanks. I'm courious which one you would like better and what conclusions you come to. Smile

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Great review Budgeteer! 

 

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Great review! Maybe for $50 is not the best flashlight but you pay the "200m option"...

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Well... my buddies divers used to say that anything under 200€ is junk...

that changed...

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A 22600 wont fit ?  

Thank you for the review ... Could also be a decent work light maybe ... ?   Plumbers , there always dropping things 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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old4570 wrote:

A 22600 wont fit ?  

Thank you for the review ... Could also be a decent work light maybe ... ?   Plumbers , there always dropping things 

Look at the back of the head picture. It has to be modded heavily. Also the lower body isn't used to transmit current.

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So the battery holder transmits the "-" current to the extended rim from the head 

 Always remember , the easiest thing in the world to do , is to expel hot air from your lungs and through some vocal chords ..
The resulting sound may , or may not be worth listening too ….

 

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yep

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Great review as usual Budgeteer, thanks very much! Frontpage'd and Sticky'd. Nice to see a review of a diving light by somebody who actually knows what a diver would look for. I personally wouldn't know the first thing about what is ideal in a diving light.

Looks like a nice light. I personally don't like the 3xAAA configuration, it doesn't make sense to use multiple batteries with such low capacity. If anything I would prefer a 3xAA light.

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It's kind of a weird dive light actually. I understand why they under rate it at 700mA (battery selection) but I don't understand that battery selection.

Output-wise it's more like a backup light since it can't be putting out more than 200 lumens or so. It's a wide beam and wouldn't be great for limited viz waters. There is no need for the 17 steps of variable brightness given that it's only 200 lumens on high.

One would be replacing the batteries (or recharging) after one dive as I doubt if you could get two dives out of it.If might be OK on a tropical dive where the water is clear and where you might not need a light for the whole dive.

It's got a magnetic switch and that's about all I can say for it from what I can see. There are better budget dive lights out there.

Tail standing isn't really a feature much required in a dive light :)

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Budgeteer- just some comments about the 200m rating.  Recreational dive limits are from 120-130 feet.  (Some commercial diving and other specialty diving is done much deeper.)  130 feet is pretty close to 40 meters.  But, the rating on underwater gear (flashlights, watches, etc) is usually a static (stationary) rating- think of a flashlight setting on the sand in 40 meters of water.  If it's rated at 50m (or more) then yes, that would be sufficient. 

However, moving the flashlight would would add pressure, and it would also be possible to bump it against something for additional pressure.  So, divers being safety conscious, they like to use gear with the higher depth ratings. 

There are watches that are rated as "WR"- water resistant.  Some of them have no depth rating- for these, it means they can get some water on them from rain or similar.  Others say 30m or 50m WR- these I would be comfortable swimming or snorkeling with, but not SCUBA diving.

So, if given the choice between a light rated at 100m and one rated at 200m, unless there was a HUGE price difference, I would opt for the 200m light.  No, I will never go that deep, but it gives an extra margin of safety, which I would appreciate.

Anyway- just some comments from a Divemaster.