Crelant V11A 14500/AA XML $39

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Crelant V11A 14500/AA XML $39

Int outdoor has it for sale,
Pretty nice looking light, for just $30.now $39
Looks like something I’ve been waiting for.
http://www.intl-outdoor.com/crelant-v11a-xml-u2-450lumens-1aa14500-flash...

Unfortunately I dont like the white plastic in the tailcap.

What do you guys think?
A worthy competition with the Balder Se1 and Xeno E03?

Edited by: ChibiM on 10/26/2012 - 08:38
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If there are extention tube for 2xAA for this V11A or…
V21A come with 2 parts of battery tube… would be perfect.
(You can use 1xAA or 2xAA or 1×14500)
Why… Wink

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Nice looking flashlight. other than that, there is nothing special about it imho. just another flashlight, DX.com has so many of this type.

For my liking this Crelant is too bulky (23mm diameter!!!!), heavy (54g?? omg), and clip looks known insufficient (see Jetbeams). Mode switching via forward clicky (but no morse code possible i guess), 3 modes. Performance on Eneloops unknown. For 30$ shipped i could find a D25A Eagletac Clicky for you.. (17.5mm, 24g, 87mm length)

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Hi Kreisler,
thanks for the PM

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It`s still a good looking light.
And for IntlOutdoor to sell this light, it means that its probably better than most DX stuff.

Therefore, this light might be a good option! Nobody has it yet, so someone can be the first..
not bad looking light.

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kreisler wrote:

Nice looking flashlight. other than that, there is nothing special about it imho. just another flashlight, DX.com has so many of this type.

For my liking this Crelant is too bulky (23mm diameter!!!!), heavy (54g?? omg), and clip looks known insufficient (see Jetbeams). Mode switching via forward clicky (but no morse code possible i guess), 3 modes. Performance on Eneloops unknown. For 30$ shipped i could find a D25A Eagletac Clicky for you.. (17.5mm, 24g, 87mm length)

Find an eagletac for me please

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ChibiM wrote:
Unfortunately I dont like the white plastic in the tailcap.

 

Think Head

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how2 wrote:
Find an eagletac for me please

PM me model/models and i'll do da rest. ChibiM's been served already hehe Wink

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*Runtime (14500): High output at 1A: 450 lumen max for 56 minutes. Although it’s a nice enough light, I won’t buy a light when they fudge the numbers. I just don’t like deceptive marketing. I agree with kreisler.

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how2 wrote:

ChibiM wrote:
Unfortunately I dont like the white plastic in the tailcap.

 

Think Head


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ChibiM wrote:
how2 wrote:

ChibiM wrote:
Unfortunately I dont like the white plastic in the tailcap.

 

Think Head

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He thinks it's the head not the tailcap. And yeah, it's the head. 

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Looks nice, but they bumped the price to almost $40.

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Hikelite wrote:

ChibiM wrote:
how2 wrote:

ChibiM wrote:
Unfortunately I dont like the white plastic in the tailcap.

 

Think Head

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He thinks it’s the head not the tailcap. And yeah, it’s the head. 

I looked at it again, and yes, it seems to be the head.

it just reminded me of the tailcaps of the very cheap ebay lights. that why I thought it was the tailcap.

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U.S websites have it for $32

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Is Crelant a good brand? What others would it be similar to? Jetbeam/Fenix or Sunwayman?

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I’m also a little curious in the v11a. Did anyone actually pick one up?

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For $35.95 JUST BUY THE QUARKX AA2 TACTICAL from going gear NOW.

Never ever forget and forgive. Niwal**er new kid on the block trying to act tough.
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/24847
Do not support this brand.

DINODIRECTSCAM COMPANY. DO NOT BUY
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MountainKing wrote:
For $35.95 JUST BUY THE QUARKX AA2 TACTICAL from going gear NOW.

And it comes pre-loaded with free preflash! Smile

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Wow, 50% off from 47 Shocked Superb price! Big Smile

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That is a great price. I don’t think I want a two cell though.

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MountainKing wrote:
For $35.95 JUST BUY THE QUARKX AA2 TACTICAL from going gear NOW.

 206 lumens isn't much of a barn burner for $39. I would trust Crelant's rated 450 lumens to be in the ballpark from prior BLF Crelant reviews. Plus the 4Sevens Quark AA2 is 2 AA's, while the Crelant is 1 AA or14500 light. For the AA2 at 6.2 inches, I would go with a 18650 light instead. The AA2 has a whole bunch of advanced features (selectable modes including moonlight), and maybe it throws good, but for sheer output, it can't compare.

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[quote=MountainKing]@tome: This http://i243.photobucket.com/albums/ff97/selfbuilt/2012/QB2A-FL1-Summary_zpsf16095bf.gif[/quote]

 Ahh, interesting... I was looking at the XP-G R5 version, not XML -- the XP-G R5 is different all-around (size, reflector, etc.). The XML version is rated at 280 lumens, but SELFBUILT measured it at 420 running 2 NiMH Eneloops in it -- not bad, but still at 5.8 inches, it's up there in length. I would prefer the V31A - for some reason the dimensions of width is equal between the V11A (AA) and V31A (CR123A).

 I wouldn't write off the V11A so quickly, before anyone thoroughly reviews it. Mark at MD-LightSource only carries quality lights, he's an active Police Officer, and carries the full line of Crelants. If you saw his posting, the weekend he got in his first shipment of the Crelant new designed lights, he basically was sold out. I'm not sure why the reviews aren't showing up yet though if so many were sold day 1 Frown.

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Looking at the pictures alone, this looks like an excellent built light. Crelant is a good brand name that carries well built flashlights. Also, this seller is known to carry exceptional products.

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I’ve read good mentions of the Crelant brand here and there but not a ton. Not sure why.

I guess might be partly due to their limbo in that middle market between the real budget stuff ($20ish) and the higher end stuff ($50+)?? Some of the lights in that price range are entry level models of higher-end brands (ex: jetbeam B series). These high end brand budget models have a name recognition advantage in that respect.

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I have a v31a that should be here this week..its the cr123 version of this series..I’ll fill everyone in on the build quality..the v9cs I have is an awesome light

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Looking forward to your review. If you supply beamshots you’ll be my hero. Smile

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Received my (used) Crelant V11A. For 26 bucks, near new condition, I am very happy.

Fit and finish are excellent. Definitely on another level from, say, a Trustfire R5A3 for example. Anodized coat is a classy grey color. No flaws in the finish. I really like the look and feel of it. I’m not taking a steak knife to it to test ano durability, sorry guys. The bezel is another nice clean design touch. Knurling on the body is effective. Gotta say the clip sucks though. It kept moving on me so I removed it.

Overall size is not huge for a AA but not tiny either. Its a very useable size and weight in my opinion. I suspect width is on the big side for a AA because the head is shared with the CR123 powered V31A.

Switch is fwd clicky. Mode change requires off-on. Using as momentary on does change to next mode. I’m not a huge fan of this setup but I can put up with it. At least the clicky and button feel pretty solid.

This light can tailstand but it does wobble a bit because the button sticks up a hair past the body. Its very close… I have others that wobble worse.

Light output is pretty much what should be expected. On alkaline AA its not terribly bright, but this should be no surprise given their low voltage. Lithium primaries give more useable output and would due OK in a pinch. Nimh (eneloops) were a tad brighter still and worked pretty well. For indoor useage around the house eneloops would be sufficient. Obviously, li-ion are really the ticket with the XML U2 emitter. 3.7 volts make all the difference! On my IMRs this thing rocks. Even the wife remarked so. Again, really no surprises here… there’s no free lunch…. you need powerful batteries for high output.

The U2 in mine is a nice clean pure white. For a cool emitter it actually looks pretty damn good. Maybe even ever so slightly warm/neutral. I am pleased. (Still wish it was NW but the price was too good to pass up.)

Throw is pretty good for a light this size, but it is still an XML… more flood than throw. On Li-Ion, on high mode, output alone gives a fair amount of throw. I don’t have any way to measure, but I can believe the advertised 450 lumen claim.

Modes are pretty good. They are pretty evenly spaced. Seems like about 100/50/10. I wouldn’t mind a lower low, something like 100/40/5 or maybe even 100/30/1… but the mfr setup is good as it is. I am kind of picking nits.

Overall I am digging this light a lot. (So much so that I ordered a V31a in NW!) For the price I paid it is well worth it. I would say it is still a good buy at 30-35, but you will have to make that call.

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