Review: UltraFire WF-606A (photo heavy now)

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Review: UltraFire WF-606A (photo heavy now)

UltraFire WF-606A

  ★★★★★

 

Summary:

Battery: 2xAA or 1xCR2

Swtich: Protruding reverse clicky

Modes: High only

LED: Cree XR-E Q2

Tailstands: no

Price: $13.35

From: FastTech

Pros: 

+Accepts both AA and CR2

+Solid build quality

+Nice textured reflector

+Well made protruding clicky switch


Cons:

-one mode

-rear clicky

 

This'll be a sweet and short review of the UltraFire WF-606A. This light arrived two weeks after ordering from FastTech without and hitches or hiccups.

This light closely resembles the 2xAA Maglite Mini, with its slim form factor. I especially like the grey body color.

In stock, the light wasn't too bright, so I shorted the current sense resistors in the driver and the tailcap current draw increased to 2.6A with a freshly charged pair of Eneloop cells. Quite impressive!

Photo montage:

 

 

 

Shortie configuration:

The little cell pictured is an RCR123 (not a CR2), which is NOT compatible with the light, only shown for a size comparison.

Note that I applied some cheap thermal grease on the pill:


Beam profile:


The reflector has a nice OP, and consequently produces a smooth beam profile. One downside would be that this light isn't forward clicky, even thought there is one mode.

Overall, this is a great light for the price and with a small tweak, can produce lots of light in a small package.





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Looks like a very decent light for the money..
looking forward to reading more about it!

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Thanks. I’ll be adding more pictures and text later on. Smile

Cheers!

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Added more photos! Sorry for the procrastination. Smile

If you have any questions about the light, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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Nice looking light. How do you short the current sense resistors?

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I shorted the resistor by removing it and connecting the two pads with a solder blob. Smile
I think it’s called a solder bridge:

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Thanks for the review. Did you take any pictures of the pill while you had it apart? It looks like it may make a good host.

 

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Nice light and nice review. I wonder why it is not cheaper…. (xxxxFire) I think it will not have the regulation Fenix has

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Thanks for the kind words, just took some pictures of the pill and added it to the first OP.

I would like to add that there is some regulation since the light was about 60% as bright with one AA and a spacer.
Since LED’s have a relatively narrow Vf, if there wasn’t regulation, the LED wouldn’t have turned on.

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Nice review, been looking at this light myself, but given its age+that its single mode I dont think I will be buying it Smile

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Thanks, it does seem to require an update.

One thing I also discovered was that the pill won’t accept 17mm drivers; the stock driver is 14-16mm and isn’t compatible. Sad

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It is a good looking and versatile light even with a single mode. Can you take a pic in shorty config?

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One shorty shot coming up….

Added to the OP review!

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How did they manage to build a single mode light with protruding clicky and NOT make it a forward clicky. Seems like a light like this screams for a forward clicky.

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Reminds me of my old Romisen RC-N3. Similar size, but the Romisen costs more and adds additional modes and a forward clicky.

Thanks for the review!

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Speedsix wrote:
How did they manage to build a single mode light with protruding clicky and NOT make it a forward clicky. Seems like a light like this screams for a forward clicky.

Exactly my thoughts.

That being said, does anyone know where to find forward affordable clicky switches?

Thanks for the kind words.

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I don’t know if it will fit but Shiningbeam has the Rominsen RC-G2 switches for like $1.50.

I replaced mine on my G2 and have my old one. I can measure it for you.

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Shiningbeam doesn’t have the rc-n3 anymore but they have switches. Since this light is so similar it might work.

http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/the-92/Forward-Tactical-Click-Switch/...
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Sure, that would be great!

Just the inner tailcap diameter would do, thanks!

Thanks for the tips guys.

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Tecmo wrote:
Shiningbeam doesn’t have the rc-n3 anymore but they have switches. Since this light is so similar it might work. http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/the-92/Forward-Tactical-Click-Switch/...
Whats the diameter of this switch?

Both of my non-working Saik SA-125 2AA lights have a switch that looks exactly like this one, they are 16mm in diameter.
Both dont work, both reverse clickies.

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Thanks, my switch is 16mm as well.

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This was my 1st ever LED flashlight, and I still love it.

A great intro light in my opinion. Beats the hell out of a 2aa incan maglite, and for the same or less money (UK).

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ryansoh3 wrote:
One shorty shot coming up.... Added to the OP review!
Thanks. That looks pretty nice. Smile
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Nice light! Nice review! Thanks!

What is the lowest price this light can be found? I have seen a FandyFire at dx for about 17$

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This sells for $13.35 at FastTech, so check out the link on the review!

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This was the second LED flashlight I’ve bought, back then I didn’t know anything about diodes, batteries or anything. Just discovered DX and ordered.

I keep one of these in my car with Eneloops just in case I need a flashlight with at least couple of hours runtime. And last weekend it turned out I needed one. Still worked like a charm – no flaws or whatsoever, not even high temperature on the host. Nice beam, nice switch, very reliable. Possibly the best AA flashlight for the money.

I also have the black version with Q5, which is considerably worse – not brighter, worse switch, uglier, getting hot.

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What kind of output did this have before it was modded? Lumen wise I mean and what does it have now. do you think?

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My apologies but I don’t think I’m qualified to give any type of output estimation for I don’t have any means of measuring it.

I think the best comparison I can make is that it’s comparable to a stock Stainless steel C3 with an 14500.

Before the mod, they had a similar output and now the 606A is slightly brighter.

In general, the 606A does have a tight hotspot.

Hope that helps.

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ryansoh3 wrote:
My apologies but I don’t think I’m qualified to give any type of output estimation for I don’t have any means of measuring it.

I think the best comparison I can make is that it’s comparable to a stock Stainless steel C3 with an 14500.

Before the mod, they had a similar output and now the 606A is slightly brighter.

In general, the 606A does have a tight hotspot.

Hope that helps.

Thank you for that, just looking for a light for my Dad. This might do.

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Very nice little thing. What kind of output are you getting with 2 AAs?

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