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I guess I should have posted here when I got mine it was the tiny G5 not the mini tac

 

It came with an extra set of batteries, it's pretty bright and it is is $9.99 at sears so for $3.50 it's a good deal.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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I got the same thing in black .. it looks just like the mini tac .. is called the nano tac  takes Lr754 watch batteries(cheap on ebay) and is a forward clicky..a nichia (same output as the mini tac ) almost exactly the size of a AAAbattery  but 1/2 inch longer ..I had previously tried to avoid this light because of the 4 watch batteries now i like it as well if not better than the mini tac ..nano tac rules as a keychain light that works well lasts a long time and weighs nothing .

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just filled out the survey....will post what i get once it shows up

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I happily received my survey light a few weeks ago, to my surprise they sent me the G10 led light. 1xAAA, 18 lumens at 3 hr run time. Same shape and size.

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did any of you guys receive a confirmation email or anything after having done the survey and paid via credit card?

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98dinan3 wrote:

did any of you guys receive a confirmation email or anything after having done the survey and paid via credit card?

I ordered two more today and received an email for each as soon as I submitted the orders.

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Zeros wrote:

98dinan3 wrote:

did any of you guys receive a confirmation email or anything after having done the survey and paid via credit card?

I ordered two more today and received an email for each as soon as I submitted the orders.

hmmm....credit card was billed the $3.54, but no confirmation email...

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Boaz wrote:

I got the same thing in black .. it looks just like the mini tac .. is called the nano tac  takes Lr754 watch batteries(cheap on ebay) and is a forward clicky..a nichia (same output as the mini tac ) almost exactly the size of a AAAbattery  but 1/2 inch longer ..I had previously tried to avoid this light because of the 4 watch batteries now i like it as well if not better than the mini tac ..nano tac rules as a keychain light that works well lasts a long time and weighs nothing .

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I wonder if you could jam a 14650 in it or if it would fry it...

 

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It would take quite some jamming since a 14650 is bigger than the light.

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Just wondering since he said it looked like a AA would fit with half an inch to spare... 

 

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No, he said the whole light is the size of a AAA but slightly longer.

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agenthex wrote:

No, he said the whole light is the size of a AAA but slightly longer.

14650 would totally work.  You'd just need to go at it with a vegetable peeler for a bit.  That's totally a good idea, right?

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 Thanks for straightening that out for me

I stared at that post for way too long ....HUH ???

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Coast LED Lenser Mini Tac Torch

Reviewer's Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Coast LED Lenser Mini Tac Torch

 

Summary:

Battery: 1xAAA
Switch: Forward Clicky
Modes: Single
LED Type: 5MM Nichia GS
Lens: None
Tailstands: No
Price Payed: $3.50
From:Coastportland.com
Date Ordered:11/20/2010

 

Pros:

  • Forward clicky!
  • Low price
  • Near ridiculously good battery life
  • Excellent build quality

Cons:

  • Ugly, ringy beam
  • Doesn't tailstand
  • Price only valid for Canada and US<--break->

Features / Value: ★★★★

Time for a new review!  This one is a little bit different from my last two reviews in that instead of a super-high-tech pocket rocket/hand burner/signal light, I'm looking at a very basic, well built, low-output torch, but one that's got a few very cool tricks up it's sleeve.  For those of us in Canada and the US, this light is available for the cost of shipping ($3.50) from coastportland.com from the front page.  Outside of those two countries, you'll probably pay close to $10 for the light, but that's not a bad deal for what you get either. 

The torch I'm examining today is the Coast LED Lenser Mini Tac Torch.  There's been something like a half-dozen different versions of this light, but the latest (and I think the best) version is the one I'm looking at.  It's rated at 8 lumens for 18 hours off of an alkaline battery, and as such seems to be aiming squarely at the Fenix E01.  Same build, same LED, similar output and battery life numbers.  This is a picture of the packaging for the current version:

Package 

Not my picture, unfortunately.  The light really doesn't come with much, just the light and a crappy alkaline battery, not even a split ring for the tailcap, but it's at least enough to get you started (and who doesn't have split rings laying around these days?).  The feature set is otherwise pretty nice - HA-II level anodized aluminium, "premium" Nichia GS 5MM led, forward (!) clicky, and a two-step driver similar to Fenix's.

One thing to note is that this light is on the large side for AAA keychain lights, as it has both a clicky switch and springs at the head AND tail for impact resistance.  Here it is compared to my current keychain light, the Mr Lite KC-05

Comparison

Quick picture of the back of the light as well, showing the forward clicky.

Forward Clicky

 

Design / Build Quality: ★★★★

I would overall rate the design and build quality of the light as very, very good with only a few minor niggles.  The light has both a removable head and tailcap, and both have very thick washers.  They came well lubricated, and the thread themselves were very clean and well-cut.  Both the head and tailcap sections have springs in them to prevent breakage from impact.  The clicky switch is a forward clicky that protrudes slightly, but kind of lacks texturing that would help find it in the dark.

Head and tail

As can also seen from the above pictures, there's also some diamond-pattern knurling over most of the body and it does give very good grip.

The one strange thing about this light (and something that it shares with the Fenix E01) is that the Mini Tac does not use a lens.  Instead, it uses a smooth reflector for light control, and LED itself is sealed for weather resistance in to the head via silicone rubber.  This is a perfectly reasonable solution, and I'd be happy enough to use this light in the rain - just no swimming.

Coast LED

Head

Coast Head

There are a couple of minor niggles in the design that kind of detract from a perfect rating, though.  First, the light doesn't tailstand.  Normally I wouldn't place a huge amount of importance on this fact but this particular torch would make a great long-term emergency light in case of power outages (I'll get to that in a bit), and tailstanding would be a really useful feature.  Secondly, the anodizing isn't great, and a week on my keychain left a lot of noticeable bare spots on the body.

 

Battery Life:  ★★★★★

Battery life is where the light absolutely shines.  Heck, if I could give it more than 5 stars I would.  Since my crappy multimeter no longer wants to give readings, I had to test battery life the old-fashioned way - I just put a fresh Duracell AAA alkaline in the body and left it on.

Result?  21+ hours of usable light.

What was that again?

That's right, 21+ hours of usable light.  I started this light at midnight two days ago, and when I woke up at 8AM, it was still going strong.  At around ~9:30, it shifted in to a not-quite-moonlight mode of a couple of lumens, which is similar to the Fenix E01.  The light then kept going until about 9:15PM at night in moonlight mode, until it finally became too weak to use.  Taking out the battery and letting it rest for 20 minutes gave me about another 15 minutes of a usable moonlight mode until the battery was utterly dead.  If you take a look at the packaging again, Coast actually rates this flashlight at 18 hours of light, meaning the usable battery life was *better* than stated.  This was a pleasant surprise.  My thought right now is if you stuck an Energizer Lithium primary in to this light, it would make a fantastic long-term "emergency" or power outtage torch.

 

Light Output: ★★★☆☆

The light output, on the other hand, is a weakness. Not so much the lumens output (which I understand is a necessity for the battery life), but rather the beam pattern.  To put it mildly, it's ugly.  REALLY ugly.  The light uses a reflector with no lens for light output and it creates a lot of artifacts in the beam, and these are noticeable at close range.  It can be distracting, but you'll probably get used to it pretty quick if you were using it reading or as an emergency light.

Beamshot

As to tint, well, I lucked out and got a pretty neutral colour beam but there's a reason why Nichia is said to have a "tint lottery" - who knows what you'll end up with.

 

Summary: ★★★★

Coast doesn't really market this light as a competitor to the Fenix E01, but in reality it pretty well is - same body styling, same LED, similar battery life and output.  I also think it competes pretty well - you give up the smaller size and better anodizing of the Fenix and gain a forward clicky switch and better knurling.  Not a bad trade off, I think.  If Coast redesigned this light to somehow tailstand, I'd easily rate it 5 stars.

 

The mini torch illuminate great light.

Laughing haha

 

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jekostas wrote:

 

Coast LED Lenser Mini Tac Torch

Reviewer's Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Coast LED Lenser Mini Tac Torch

 

Summary:

Battery: 1xAAA
Switch: Forward Clicky
Modes: Single
LED Type: 5MM Nichia GS
Lens: None
Tailstands: No
Price Payed: $3.50
From:Coastportland.com
Date Ordered:11/20/2010

 

Pros:

  • Forward clicky!
  • Low price
  • Near ridiculously good battery life
  • Excellent build quality

Cons:

  • Ugly, ringy beam
  • Doesn't tailstand
  • Price only valid for Canada and US<--break->

Features / Value: ★★★★

Time for a new review!  This one is a little bit different from my last two reviews in that instead of a super-high-tech pocket rocket/hand burner/signal light, I'm looking at a very basic, well built, low-output torch, but one that's got a few very cool tricks up it's sleeve.  For those of us in Canada and the US, this light is available for the cost of shipping ($3.50) from coastportland.com from the front page.  Outside of those two countries, you'll probably pay close to $10 for the light, but that's not a bad deal for what you get either. 

The torch I'm examining today is the Coast LED Lenser Mini Tac Torch.  There's been something like a half-dozen different versions of this light, but the latest (and I think the best) version is the one I'm looking at.  It's rated at 8 lumens for 18 hours off of an alkaline battery, and as such seems to be aiming squarely at the Fenix E01.  Same build, same LED, similar output and battery life numbers.  This is a picture of the packaging for the current version:

Package 

Not my picture, unfortunately.  The light really doesn't come with much, just the light and a crappy alkaline battery, not even a split ring for the tailcap, but it's at least enough to get you started (and who doesn't have split rings laying around these days?).  The feature set is otherwise pretty nice - HA-II level anodized aluminium, "premium" Nichia GS 5MM led, forward (!) clicky, and a two-step driver similar to Fenix's.

One thing to note is that this light is on the large side for AAA keychain lights, as it has both a clicky switch and springs at the head AND tail for impact resistance.  Here it is compared to my current keychain light, the Mr Lite KC-05

Comparison

Quick picture of the back of the light as well, showing the forward clicky.

Forward Clicky

 

Design / Build Quality: ★★★★

I would overall rate the design and build quality of the light as very, very good with only a few minor niggles.  The light has both a removable head and tailcap, and both have very thick washers.  They came well lubricated, and the thread themselves were very clean and well-cut.  Both the head and tailcap sections have springs in them to prevent breakage from impact.  The clicky switch is a forward clicky that protrudes slightly, but kind of lacks texturing that would help find it in the dark.

Head and tail

As can also seen from the above pictures, there's also some diamond-pattern knurling over most of the body and it does give very good grip.

The one strange thing about this light (and something that it shares with the Fenix E01) is that the Mini Tac does not use a lens.  Instead, it uses a smooth reflector for light control, and LED itself is sealed for weather resistance in to the head via silicone rubber.  This is a perfectly reasonable solution, and I'd be happy enough to use this light in the rain - just no swimming.

Coast LED

Head

Coast Head

There are a couple of minor niggles in the design that kind of detract from a perfect rating, though.  First, the light doesn't tailstand.  Normally I wouldn't place a huge amount of importance on this fact but this particular torch would make a great long-term emergency light in case of power outages (I'll get to that in a bit), and tailstanding would be a really useful feature.  Secondly, the anodizing isn't great, and a week on my keychain left a lot of noticeable bare spots on the body.

 

Battery Life:  ★★★★★

Battery life is where the light absolutely shines.  Heck, if I could give it more than 5 stars I would.  Since my crappy multimeter no longer wants to give readings, I had to test battery life the old-fashioned way - I just put a fresh Duracell AAA alkaline in the body and left it on.

Result?  21+ hours of usable light.

What was that again?

That's right, 21+ hours of usable light.  I started this light at midnight two days ago, and when I woke up at 8AM, it was still going strong.  At around ~9:30, it shifted in to a not-quite-moonlight mode of a couple of lumens, which is similar to the Fenix E01.  The light then kept going until about 9:15PM at night in moonlight mode, until it finally became too weak to use.  Taking out the battery and letting it rest for 20 minutes gave me about another 15 minutes of a usable moonlight mode until the battery was utterly dead.  If you take a look at the packaging again, Coast actually rates this flashlight at 18 hours of light, meaning the usable battery life was *better* than stated.  This was a pleasant surprise.  My thought right now is if you stuck an Energizer Lithium primary in to this light, it would make a fantastic long-term "emergency" or power outtage torch.

 

Light Output: ★★★☆☆

The light output, on the other hand, is a weakness. Not so much the lumens output (which I understand is a necessity for the battery life), but rather the beam pattern.  To put it mildly, it's ugly.  REALLY ugly.  The light uses a reflector with no lens for light output and it creates a lot of artifacts in the beam, and these are noticeable at close range.  It can be distracting, but you'll probably get used to it pretty quick if you were using it reading or as an emergency light.

Beamshot

As to tint, well, I lucked out and got a pretty neutral colour beam but there's a reason why Nichia is said to have a "tint lottery" - who knows what you'll end up with.

 

Summary: ★★★★

Coast doesn't really market this light as a competitor to the Fenix E01, but in reality it pretty well is - same body styling, same LED, similar battery life and output.  I also think it competes pretty well - you give up the smaller size and better anodizing of the Fenix and gain a forward clicky switch and better knurling.  Not a bad trade off, I think.  If Coast redesigned this light to somehow tailstand, I'd easily rate it 5 stars.

 

The mini torch illuminate great light.

Laughing haha

 

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  Since my credit card was billed, but I didn't ever receive a confirmation email, I decided to give Coast customer service a call to see what was up.  The lady I spoke with was pleasant and competent, and I waited on hold for all of 15 seconds before getting through.  Excellent service from Coast in that regard.  Anyway, she apologized for the lack of email, and confirmed that my order had been placed, abd was already on it's way to me.  Out of curiosity, since there seems to be some kind of mystery as to what you get sent, I asked if she knew what had been mailed out.  She was kind enough to tell me it was a Coast Mini-tac 7830, and was pretty sure it was an AAA version.  Good deal for $3.50 to my door.

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7830 might mean this too ->>

 

http://www.quality-items-flashlights.com/product_info.php/info/p11416_Coast--LED-Lenser--LL7830-V--Black-Mini-Tac-Torch-Key-Chain-White-LED-Flashlight.html

Whatever they send everyone seems to be happy campers ..My mom said she can't push in her clicky and wants to trade for an easier clicky light ..I'm excited to get her little red AAA mini tac back .i kind of like the red ,

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i got the g10, looks almost like the one in the op, but has a red ring on it... im happy as can be

 

oh yeah, came in a nice black gift box as well

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They changed them a little, I think I like the smaller one better.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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I like the nano tac  too ..but maybe that's because I have more mini tacs and am looking for a back up keychain light .

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  So.....   my light from Coast arrived safely today.  Turns out they sent me the AAA  G10 (with the red ring), along with a Duracell AAA battery.  Not bad at all for $3.50 shipped to my house.

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I got mine in the mail today. Looks like this one.  Can't beat the price.

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the one i got was just like e1320 posted, same gift box, battery, light... i have noticed a few things playing with this that kind of confused

 

i have 2 joye (e cig branded, blue wrapper, icr10440p) branded 10440s.

one, the charger says is not fully charged. i pop this one in and its about as bright as the duracell aaa that came with it, maybe a little brighter but id need 2 side by side to tell

two, the charger says its fully charged... pop it in, and... light is very dim, and dims very quickly.

i said $#!T... it was only 3.50 but still...

so i grab the duracell and pop it in, and its fine...

 

only thing i can figure is the "full" battery is failing one way or another. gotta check that with the mm tomorrow

 

other observations is...

the body is well made, little to no machining "flaws".

the switch feels good turning on. but once on it feels flimsy. slack, wobbly, loose.

the tint is cool. im no expert on tints, but its the bluest i have...

 

all in all, im getting another "free" light. well worth the money. you need a light, blue tint and wobbly switch dont matter to all the other qualities

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the previous two posts do not belong in this topic, can someone remove them? (and this post too) 

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When I purchased my P17 (before I became enlightned) it came with a coupon to send in for a free flashlight.  Sure enough; a few weeks later this little guy came in the mail.  It's quite a stout flashlight.  I was expecting a thin-walled aluminum tube, ala Solitaire but this thing is real - just smaller.  (and dimmer but great for intended use)

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Anyone know which one they're shipping at the moment?

 

 

 

 

 
 
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The Coast G5/10 work surprisingly well as Ninja repellant...Tongue Out

 

 

 

 

 
 
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