Review: Palight C8 R5 (sku 6374 from Manafont)

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Man, that seems really high for an R5.  Must be kinda bright, no?

 

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Yeah, it's bright!  About as bright as my KD C8 XM-L, just a narrower flood area.  But I don't trust it.  I'm afraid to burn out the emitter, so I've ordered the 3-mode 1.4A driver from Illumination Supply to replace it. 

From what I gathered in your original review, you don't have this "SG PCB" driver which I have in mine. 

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You're right, mine is completely different . . . as in, it is one of my least favorite lights.  It's actually not a bad C8 host, it just needs a driver swap.  Maybe I'll open up the reflector and put my E1320 resurrected SST-50 in there.

 

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garrybunk wrote:

Ok, I tested tailcap currents again and here is what I get:

battery at 4.15v
Meter w/original test leads:
HI - 2.40A
Med - 1.08A
Low - 0.09A

Meter w/ 14 AWG Romex as leads:
Hi - 2.69A
Med - 1.20A
Low - 0.10A

         The light is also noticeably brighter on high than it is on medium, but it's not a huge jump.  Guess I'll just plan on getting a 1.4A 3-mode driver from Shiningbeam or from Illumination Supply to be safe. 

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Sounds like you got an xm-l instead

 

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No, it's not an XM-L.  The emitter is much much smaller than my KD-C8, and the Palight doesn't throw as wide of a flood as the KD-C8.  I wouldn't doubt they mixed up drivers in the "factory" during assembly.  I did receive my 1.4A 3-mode from Illumination supply (darn that was fast shipping!).  I'm not too disappointed because at least now I won't have the disco modes.

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Mine has been a good light, used on many night rides by cycling buddies that don't have their own light. I picked up an XM-L T6 this Spring and actually prefer the beam of the R5.

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Well I had some challenges in replacing my R5's driver with the Nanjg 1.4A, but it's finally done and working correctly (and no disco modes!). 

Tested Tailcap currents at:

Hi-1.66
Med-0.51
Low-0.08

This was on a Trustfire flame 2400mAh at 4.05v. 

Beam seems very nice on high and very useable on medium.  Hotspot at 15' on a +/- white wall seems a tad bit brighter than my KD C8 XM-L on high (and with half the current draw).  I think the XM-L uses (wastes?) a lot of current to get the wider flood.  If you don't need so much flood the XP-G will be a more efficient choice. 

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