Review: Balder SE-2 [ better regulated version ] XM-L 1x18650

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This was a continuous run , non stop from start to end ..

Light pulls about 3A on high to start with , so on a continuous run voltage sag  will come into the equation ... http://budgetlightforum.com/node/9635  See this battery review . 

As for reading it now , well , I have school , lots of home work , and time is a little limited , so when time permits . 

Initial regulation check was to see if the light runs regulated , which it did , and did again this time , its unfortunate that the (error) did not show up in the initial test as I had done a full run with the previous SE-2 with no issue .  

 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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budynabuick wrote:

EDCPlus wrote:

my9221 wrote:

Can somebody tell me where I can get the new version?

I went to purchase and the site states on back order 2-3 wks eta.

Keith

 

I have the new version in stock.

 

Woops forgot to edit the description when I got more in stock.  Still a couple in stock, but I'm still carrying out my own testing on a few of these lights.  I'd hold off if you plan to order for a few more days.

So far though 35 minutes into the runtime test no flickering or strobe type stuff going on yet...

 

Slim Pickens wrote:

Can you describe the voltage warning flashes in a little more detail?  Also, any chance you'll see how it behaves on RCR123 cells?  Last question: what's the size of the driver cavity?  This seems like a sweet light for the dough.

Do NOT use 2x RCR123's or CR123's in this light.  It is designed for a Single 18650/17670 cell only.  The balder BD2 can accept 2xCR123's or 18650's.

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Runtime test completed:

 

I confirmed that the light does 3-4 brief flashes, to signal for a low battery warning.  The datalogging sample rate was set to 1 second, thats why you see random drops in output towards the end of the runtime.  The test was done with a Redilast 2600 with a 4.15v starting voltage.  The first blink happened at ~56 minutes.  The next blink was at ~59.5 minutes and the next set of brief flashes happened every 2 minutes.  The light seemed to have terminated the discharge at around 25% relative light output.  After the test, the light would not turn on until the battery voltage rebounded back to an acceptable usage level.  Now when I turn the light on with the almost fully discharged battery, it blinks 3 flashes or so for a brief second, then will provide 2 minutes of output before blinking again.

Perhaps old4570's driver is defective and has the low voltage signal warning set WAY too high.

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Damn, I was so looking forward to owning one of these. FOY, HJK Any comments ?

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So far how many reviews posted ? 

  Its early days , and more reviews need to be posted , by others who got lights to test 

 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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I received my SE-2 but don't really have any scientific test data to provide.  I can only tell you I am satisfied with the build quality, performance, and appearance of it.  Other folks who have discussed this light were spot on in my opinion when they likened the feel of the SE-2 to some fenix lights.  Mine does in fact have a similar feel (quality wise) to my Fenix E-21.  I have not done any long run times with it yet but did test it out at work last night.  It was on constantly without any issues for about 20 minutes.  Light output is very much to my liking.  A very nice balance of flood and throw.  All in all it seems to be a very usable light and at this point I have no regrets about picking one up.  Hopefully this opinion will not change after living with it for a while.  I certainly have no indication at this time it will. 

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I shall be owning one of these.

Keith

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old4570, I've sent you a PM

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I have 2 Balder lights and I am amazed at the quality.

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My review (in spanish): http://reviewsdelinternas.blogspot.com.es/2012/05/balder-se-2.html

This is a different driver version, with 2 group of modes (Main group 3 modes Hi-Med-Low, Hidden group with 6 modes Hi-Med-Low-Fast Strobe-Slow Strobe-SOS) and with a different low voltage warning signal.


Regulation is different too.

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UPz, thanks for the data.

One question though: the current was measured at the tailcap, not at the LED, right?

If the former, it means that the light isn’t regulated at HI mode to maintain constant brightness, unlike that of the mid setting…

I think I’ll get one anyway though.

Cheers! Beer

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This is one seriously nice looking light. I must admit it never really blipped my radar advertised at only 500 lumens, they should really change the product description. This is definitely on my list. I’m surprised it hasn’t generated more interest.

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If I’m reading correctly, this driver is 2.5A – 630lum or “3A-750lum” version on high (English is not my mother language)?
My driver is dead, so is 2.8A Nanjg 105c a good/better replacement?

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Good replacement .. 

 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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