Review: Fandyfire Rook (Cree XM-L T6 | 3 x AA or 3 x 14500)

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M3TAL_L0RD wrote:
3. I thought this light is called Rook (FandyFire Rook to be exact)

Too funny. I forgot what we were talking about. I thought “rook” might have been Finnish slang for something else.

The, since I’m personally responsible for messing up a great review, I will try to make it up to you by giving away one of these lights when I hit 2000 posts. Totally serious. I am sorry because while everyone knows I don’t mind straying from the OP after a thread has started to come to a close, I feel really, really bad about doing it in something that like this review that I know took you lots of time, but perhaps worse yet, is “stickied”.

I will order one up this week so that it is available when the time comes.

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cone wrote:
M3TAL_L0RD wrote:
3. I thought this light is called Rook (FandyFire Rook to be exact)
Too funny. I forgot what we were talking about. I thought "rook" might have been Finnish slang for _something_ else. _The_, since I'm personally responsible for messing up a great review, I will *try* to make it up to you by giving away one of these lights when I hit 2000 posts. Totally serious. I am sorry because while everyone knows I don't mind straying from the OP after a thread has started to come to a close, I feel really, really bad about doing it in something that like this review that I know took you lots of time, but perhaps worse yet, is "stickied". I will order one up this week so that it is available when the time comes.

I think someone just wants to play with the light. Big Smile 

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Is there anyone who will be interested in the golden rook ?

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I will be happy to accept any donation for this flashlight Silly
P.S. Nice review, thumbs up.

 

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cone wrote:
M3TAL_L0RD wrote:
3. I thought this light is called Rook (FandyFire Rook to be exact)
Too funny. I forgot what we were talking about. I thought "rook" might have been Finnish slang for _something_ else. _The_, since I'm personally responsible for messing up a great review, I will *try* to make it up to you by giving away one of these lights when I hit 2000 posts. Totally serious. I am sorry because while everyone knows I don't mind straying from the OP after a thread has started to come to a close, I feel really, really bad about doing it in something that like this review that I know took you lots of time, but perhaps worse yet, is "stickied". I will order one up this week so that it is available when the time comes.
I really, really, REALLY hope I win this when the time comes.  I never win any of these dang giveaways. Cry
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Three fully charged Eneloop drained to 0.8V after leaving it inside the ‘Rook’ for just 2 weeks without using it (I was away for 2 weeks).

Since the ‘Rook’ cannot be locked out, I place a piece of round thin cardboard between the battery and the head unit to lock it out. Troublesome when come to use the light which need to remove the cardboard first before it can be used.

Btw, this light can run on 1 battery.

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Thanks for the review! Great light, but I really dislike the colour. I will wait for the black version to come out (or for the zebralight q50, if they ever release it)
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A few weeks back, I sent the follow email to BlackShadow Technology:

 

Why not black?

The Sky Ray King is, and always has been, a popular light. However, a very significant percentage of owners (including myself) don't really like the colour that much, and aren't too enthusiastic about adding new lights to our collection in the same colour. There will always be those who like gold/sand of course, but why not make some of your new lights in black too? Everyone likes black. You can't go wrong with it. I would have bought a Rook by now if it wasn't for the colour, and I know for a fact that I'm not the only one. Just some constructive feedback from a potential customer. I hope you will consider it. Thanks for reading Smile


This was their reply:

 

Thanks for all of your attentions and support of our flashlight, we really appreciate it. Regarding the black type flashlight, thanks for your advice, I will send it to our engineers, we did have some customers who want black color before. We totally know black is the mainstream, but what we want is difference, we hope you can recognize us at first sight.

Yours sincerely,

Helen


The part where I said I would have bought one by now if it was black was before I learned about the dismal AA performance.  But it's probably still true.

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I’m not seeing me ever owning a gold light, end of story…

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JohnnyMac wrote:

cone wrote:
M3TAL_L0RD wrote:
3. I thought this light is called Rook (FandyFire Rook to be exact)
Too funny. I forgot what we were talking about. I thought “rook” might have been Finnish slang for something else. The, since I’m personally responsible for messing up a great review, I will try to make it up to you by giving away one of these lights when I hit 2000 posts. Totally serious. I am sorry because while everyone knows I don’t mind straying from the OP after a thread has started to come to a close, I feel really, really bad about doing it in something that like this review that I know took you lots of time, but perhaps worse yet, is “stickied”. I will order one up this week so that it is available when the time comes.
I really, really, REALLY hope I win this when the time comes.  I never win any of these dang giveaways. Cry

It’s been ordered, so you will only have to endure approximately 550 more idiotic posts from me to get another crack at a win.

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What's the brightness like compared to the Balder SE1 XM-L on Eneloop or similar batteries?

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how2 wrote:

What's the brightness like compared to the Balder SE1 XM-L on Eneloop or similar batteries?

Ceiling bounce is 135% of my Balder SE-1 XM-L NW.

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cainn wrote:

We totally know black is the mainstream, but what we want is difference, we hope you can recognize us at first sight.


Then i’ll take one in red ano. :bigsmile:

 

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_the_ wrote:

how2 wrote:

What's the brightness like compared to the Balder SE1 XM-L on Eneloop or similar batteries?

Ceiling bounce is 135% of my Balder SE-1 XM-L NW.

So the Rook is 35% brighter than the se1?

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how2 wrote:

_the_ wrote:

how2 wrote:

What's the brightness like compared to the Balder SE1 XM-L on Eneloop or similar batteries?

Ceiling bounce is 135% of my Balder SE-1 XM-L NW.

So the Rook is 35% brighter than the se1?

With Eneloop XX @1.32V, yes.

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If they made it in the same machine gray as the Darth and Padme it would be the BOMB!

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Sure, grey would do it for me as well. Anything but fracking gold (which isn’t even really gold). BlackShadow have succeeded in making some of their lights stand out alright. But they stand out as examples that a ton of people don’t like.

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I’ve seen this light look more of a greenish than gold. Is there a green version out there, or is it just a camera tint issue?

I don’t know why I like flashlights so much… I must have been left in the dark for too long as a child! LOL

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Oops, forgot to say – awesome review, makes me want one. Are there different versions of this light out there? ask because I’ve heard others say the standby drain is really bad, but this review says it’s not all that bad.

I don’t know why I like flashlights so much… I must have been left in the dark for too long as a child! LOL

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crystalcai wrote:
Is there anyone who will be interested in the golden rook ?

Man $11 is sick price for this light! Is that really the same light or is it a knock-off? …geez what has the flashlight world come to when there are knock-offs of already cheap flashlights! LOL

I don’t know why I like flashlights so much… I must have been left in the dark for too long as a child! LOL

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What would happen to “Low voltage warning” if 14500 LifePO4 (3.2V only) are used instead of Li-on?

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The low voltage warning will still activate at the limit set for LiIon so LiFePO4 cells would not be used to their full capacity.

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Nice form factor. I like 3 X AA lights, and this one is pretty small! However, the runtime is poor. Why do they continue to make lights with multiple levels, including a strobe, but no low level?

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JohnnyMac wrote:

Another great review of what appears to be a very good light. I just wish you could lock out the power for no parasitic drain. Sad

I was just about to pull the trigger on one of these. I love the fact that I can use standard AA’s in a pinch, but have the higher power 14500’s most of the time. That, combined with the size and output make it a very nice light (IMO). Unfortunately ‘parasitic drain’ is a deal breaker. I’ll need to research this issue more before I start spending a lot of money on flashlights.

A flashlight is worthless to me if, when I need it (after sitting for months), the batteries are dead.

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eebowler wrote:
The low voltage warning will still activate at the limit set for LiIon so LiFePO4 cells would not be used to their full capacity.

If the low voltage warning level is anything under around 3.1V (certainly 3.0V) you would get pretty much the full capacity. There is almost no capacity left in a LiFePO4 cell below 3.0-3.1V

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Great review!, nice light!
Looking at the nitecore AE4, this nice light lacks a low and lumens.
How long does it run on AA’s on low mode?
I am looking for an emergency light during pwer down situations hat will run for a long time on tons of AA’s that I have on stock

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I have had mine for about a month now and I love it. I also have the Fandyfire UV S5 (SRK). I actually think that overall the Rook is more useful. It’s not the flood monster that it’s big brother is, but it’s also easy to carry in a pocket. It’s very bright and well built. It’s runtime is decent, the throw is good with a nice transition to flood. The switch on the side is nice.

I do agree that I would have preferred a low to the strobe, but you can’t have it all. Plus when you’re outside the medium is just about perfect for walking. I have not had a problem that I know of with parasitic drain. But then again I have been using it a lot and swap out the batteries once a week or so.

Not much of a warning when the batteries do go. On high it starts to blink then only runs on medium for a short while before you need to swap batteries.

If stolen I would replace it without a doubt.

I’m a junky, I mod lights so I can sell lights so I can buy more light to mod so I can sell lights to buy more lights to mod.

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Thank you for the awesome review the ! It answered all my questions.
This light looks really sweet except the low PWM frequency. That is a deal breaker. sigh.

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Ordered one from Fasttech. Great review.

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I have aproblem and maybe some can help me:

I sold my Fandyfire Rook a few days ago. I used it only for about 2-3 minutes. Ity it with one AA, with 3 AA and after this with one 14500 and at the end with 3× 14500. Everything works fine.I put in three 4,19V 14500, use it for a few seconds and left them in the flashlight for 14 hours. After this, each battery has 4,16V.

Then I recharge the 14500, put them in a batterybox and send everything to the buyer. The batteries are brand new and charged only 2 times. They are protected Trustfire, like in the selfbuilt review.

The buyer informed me now, that he has some problems:
He puts the 14500 batteries into the Rook, played 30 seconds (was impressed about the brightness), switch it off (battery left inside the Rook) and the next day it was really dim. Each 14500 has only 2,9V.

It doesn’t work with normal AA batteries 1,5volt or rechargeable AA batteries with 1,2 anymore. Has anyone a solution or an idea, which could be the problem or does anybody read about a similar problem in another forum?
The had the Rook since 15. Jan 2013 (bought from FT) and use it only for a few minutes.

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