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$4.99 1xAA OSRAM Zoomable on eBay

Hello everyone, I just ordered one of these for less than I payed last night for a cheap Chinese dinner...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=270578060123

 

 

This is apparently the same light as the DX Flood-to-Throw Zooming 3W 80-Lumen LED Flashlight (1*AA) that costs $9.04.  This one off eBay is a great deal at $4.99.

 

I am especially excited about this in view of the fact that according to the DX comments it appears to sport an OSRAM Golden Dragon emitter, a device which I highly respect after seeing the beautiful beam in my Uniquefire AA-S1.  I hope that this model isn't driven so hard as the AA-S1, hopefully giving decent battery life.  Additionally, I've never owned any zoomable flashlights, so I'm curious to experiment with this new feature.  If the specs are reliable, it should be about the same length as a BLF DeLight and slightly wider at the head.  I really like the looks of the knurling throughout the body.

 

Here's a review (in Spanish) with good pictures of the disassembled light; he lists the following pros and cons:

Pros

  • Small size for an AA 
  • Smallish head for a zoomer
  • Good tailswitch
  • In theory it looks good for mods
  • Very nice for a pocket-sized EDC


Cons

  • Antiquated LED (Osram golden dragon) 
  • Less powerful than the C78 
  • Doesn't work with 14500s
  • I've noticed that it gets really hot in the body after 5 minutes with an Alkaline, which isn't bad, but the bad part is taking out the battery which is also hot

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Looks good might just have to order myself one of those..

 

 

 

 http://i776.photobucket.com/albums/yy41/charlestt225/Sig/A1200023-1.jpg" width="159" he

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I got a comparable SmallSun one which is my narrow beam dog spotting back door light. Works fine for that though like all such devices a longer range to test it would be nice. But then it doesn't really get fully dark at this time of year here - when I went to bed I didn't need any lights on, nor did I when I woke up 4 hours later.

 

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Doesn't everyone need at least one zoom light? Smile

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FlexakaMal wrote:

Doesn't everyone need at least one zoom light? Smile

Thanks for saying so, I think I do!  8)

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I have both and the C78 is superior in everything. (Sorry)
You can see a review here  (the same)

More cheap here. (and using "2OFF5" coupon,the price remains at 3.96$)

This coupon appears to be valid only until TODAY (05/31)

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Hi there, XRAYBoY, thanks for the links!  I did read several very positive reviews of the C78 at DX.  But I really do prefer the small size of this one I just bought.  But thanks for the Focalprice link, that's an EXCELLENT price!

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I plan to mod mine, if the driver and emitter ever get here. Ordered them with no project in mind till nowWink

a SSC  z-bin and  1 of these http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.10084

The only 2 items they haven't shipped with in a few days of me ordering..

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Hmm, the 2OFF5 coupon at Focalprice doesn't work.

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Get onto the focal price site!! keep getting Chinese error messages Sad

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The site works today, just not the coupon code.  

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Yes, sorry, the page seems to have changed since my order, but it worked for me ...

Sorry about the mishap.

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Well just for fun I ordered the other focusing light too from FocalPrice, which looks even nicer than my eBay buy.....

 

Sipik SK58

http://www.focalprice.com/detail_LF554X.html

$6.07

Even the regular price of $6.07 is great, but FocalPrice was very accommodating with giving me a new $2 coupon code just for me since the other "2OFF5" one didn't work for some reason.  So for $4.07 I'll be pretty happy with this I think.  It looks stellar this one, and maybe, just maybe it could be multi-mode.  How do you understand this quote?

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Adjustable zoom focus design and three modes can switch back and forth.

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It looks like the Sipik SK58 definitely has either a Cree or an OSRAM too, most likely an OSRAM.  And very possibly it could have three modes, judging from the following Alibaba page translated through Google: http://tinyurl.com/24gccvb

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Source: Import OSRAM LED, up to 100,000 hours life.

Switch mode: `tail button switch (optional three-block dimming)

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Please give us your input on the light....for the price i would not mind testing one out or have one in my collection of lights.

With Darkness, there will always be Light.

 

 

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Seems there are versions with Q4 and others with an unknown Osram.

I'm thinking of buying a zooming AA light. SK58 or C78? Hard decision Wink

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Hey there Anduril.  For me the C78 is totally out just for its looks.  It's much longer and has a much bigger head than the Sipik SK58.  It also has a bump-style tailswitch.  A real ugly prize winner in my opinion.  And costs wayyyyyyy more, almost $4 more than the SK58!   Wink

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Thanks, Mr. Admin, Sir...! Wink

Then Sipik it shall be - I was recently given some money and obliged to choose myself a late birthday present Smile

Bad luck the US$ rate skyrocketed last month and, to add insult to injury, I missed the focalprice 2OFF5 coupon by a few days...

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Hello all, I just received the eBay zoomable light, initial impressions are: 

  • pretty good quality
  • very nice beam
  • nice form factor
  • awful runtime of less than an hour
  • gets very hot

Here's the beamshot at full zoom.  If you look closely you can see some features of the LED.  Does this look like an OSRAM to you?

I'll try to do a detailed review after I receive the Sipik SK58, which I suspect will be a bit better.

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I own both, the 'No. 5 Super bright" and the SK58 (which arrived today). Even looking almost the same, the SK58 is indeed superior.

Both are using Osram leds.

 

SK58:

+ less wobbly zooming mechanism

+ lanyard hole is now on the side (meaning perfect tailstanding)

+ brighter (YMMV)

+ no flicker issues whatsover, driver pill seems to be better contacted with the body

+ looks better, even the knurling is a bit better imho

- led shape visible on full flood(!), that's a premiere with a f2t-light for me

 

No. 5:

+ slightly wider flood

+ clicky feels a bit better

 

Both feature they same kind of over-current protection (on LiIon light turns off immediately after a short light burst). Both are 1-mode. Still, the driver PCBs look completely different (well, the downside).

 

Both have a rather bad tint (blueish and greenish). I think the tint will vary a lot, no matter which model you buy. The Osram GDP is on of the most precisely color-binned leds on the market, it's pretty obvious those budget lights are using second quality golden dragons with varying brightness and tint.

 

I didn't check power consumption or runtime.

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Certainly doesn't look like a Cree.

 

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https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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Hi there phlowcus, thanks for your observations!  By any chance is the SK58 a multi-mode?  The product description on Focalprice sort of leads me to believe that it is.

 

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Adjustable zoom focus design and three modes can switch back and forth.

 

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Nope sorry, just 1-mode.

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I´ve got the Ebay light. Nice little light. Not very bright, but OK for domestic use.

I changed the metal "o-ring" in the sliding mecanism with a rubber one, lubed it,

and now there is no wobling or anything in the head.

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Nautic wrote:

I´ve got the Ebay light. Nice little light. Not very bright, but OK for domestic use.

I changed the metal "o-ring" in the sliding mecanism with a rubber one, lubed it,

and now there is no wobling or anything in the head.


Hey Nautic, how did you get the head off?

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Pull it forward then unscrew it. There may be quite a lot of threading. They are harder to put back on as getting them past the metal O ring is a pain.

 

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Unscrew the lens from the sliding mecanism (shiny thing). Unscrew the pill with help of a pointed plier.

Then pull the sliding mecanism forward and off it comes. In there around the body you will find a metal

o-ring. Change this to a rubber or sillicone (not too big) and lube, and you will have a much better light.

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In my opinion: Romisen RC-29 >> C78 >>  DX Flood-to-Throw Zooming 3W .. just looking at the build quality. The Romisen has a nasty sharp  switch... and is a little to big headed ;-).  Review of the RC-29

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The Romisen RC-29 is a (very) much better light than the DX 3W. It does not even come close.

Better is also the Romisen C6 which is even better than the RC-29. AA contra CR123 though.

 

If you want a hell of a thrower you should get this: http://www.kaidomain.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductId=9567

They say its a Q2, but they keep sending Q5s. Nice. Battery is 18650. It outperforms both above mensioned Romisens,

and also a 504B with a R5 pill (throw!)    In flood its only average.

 

Its only fault is the metal o-ring in the sliding mecanism. Change it to a rubber one and lube, and you have got an excellent light

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I finally received the Sipik SK-58.  It's a very nice little flashlight for the money.  The beam is ugly though, unlike the generic "No. 5" zoomable light, which has a truly beautiful beam.  But the overall quality of the Sipik blows away the generic version.  I need to do a proper review on these soon.

 

On a related note, C78 1xAA flood-throw light is really cheap at Focalprice:

http://www.focalprice.com/LF602B/C78A_3W_2AA_LED_Flashlight_Lamp_Torch_Black.html

The description says it's 2xAA, but that's wrong.  Focalprice's descriptions are terribly most of the time.  But it does appear to be the same C78 that most reviewers at DX seem to like a lot.  It seems too long and ugly to my eyes though.

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Thanks for the tip sb56637, I just bought the C78! Smile

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