26650 tube light that's not an a8

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Well I just searched Ebay and found a few.  This one popped out to me though.  Looks like some decent styling and it’s cheap. 

EDIT – I know it’s not quite a “tube light”.  It does appear to use a 20mm star, but I bet the driver is a 20mm press-fit.

-Garry

i bought that one from ebay too, i won the bid for $ 12.65.
i must say.. it is a beautiful light among all my black colored lights.
it is a gem… too bad the output is not as bright as i wish it should be, but then again.. most lights on the market are built for the masses, not for flasholics like us Big Smile
hmm.. question is.. what kind of driver can i put in there? as the original driver is 22mm
i guess i’ll do a review on it soon Big Smile

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Got one too. Kind of like the beam profile and look of the light, but the light needs a lot of work as follows:

  • Bezel appears to infringe on beam
  • Pill is very sloppy (threaded)
  • Reflector is loose. An o-ring can probably fix it.
  • Emitter may be lower bin than T6
  • Driver is under driven with next mode memory.

All problems that can be overcome. Did resistance mods and used copper tape to tighten up the pill fitment. Still not much output. I plan to eventually mod it, but it is way low on the list at this point.

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DayLighter wrote:
I bought that one from ebay too, i won the bid for $ 12.65. i must say.. it is a beautiful light among all my black colored lights. it is a gem... too bad the output is not as bright as i wish it should be, but then again.. most lights on the market are built for the masses, not for flasholics like us Big Smile hmm.. question is.. what kind of driver can i put in there? as the original driver is 22mm i guess i'll do a review on it soon :D

I'd like to see a review.

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Got one too. Kind of like the beam profile and look of the light, but the light needs a lot of work as follows: * Bezel appears to infringe on beam * Pill is very sloppy (threaded) * Reflector is loose. An o-ring can probably fix it. * Emitter may be lower bin than T6 * Driver is under driven with next mode memory. All problems that can be overcome. Did resistance mods and used copper tape to tighten up the pill fitment. Still not much output. I plan to eventually mod it, but it is way low on the list at this point.

Is the pill hollow under the emitter?  What about the beam profile do you like?  Large hotspot?  Wide bright spill?  Or tight hotspot?

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It is solid. I think there was no thermal paste under the emitter. The pill is a little unusual in that the outside threaded area is straight. No ledge to stop it from threading all the way up or down the head. The copper tape did a real good job of tightening it up.

The beam smoothly intensifies to the center point. It may behave differently when higher output levels are achieved, but I hope not. I find sharp cutoff around hotspots distracting. In most situations, I feel like I see my target better if I can see the context of the surrounding area. That surrounding area is chopped up by a sharp cut off for me.

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That beam pattern does sound nice. I'd like to see a beamshot! 

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here’s the beamshot of aleto, distance to the wall about 10’
 photo aleto_zpse07a027b.jpg

beamshot comparison between C8 XM-L2 from lightmalls ( on the left) and Aleto ( on the right)
 photo comparisonaleto_zps2cd8baad.jpg

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Ha! I recently tried beam shots for the first time. It was a terrible experience. I admire people that take such great shots. You’re one of those people. I have a crappy old camera that only has a couple settings and seems to have a memory issue. Last time I used it (during an all nighter working on my MTG2 spot light), I lost all the pictures. Big time bummer. Luckily, I snapped a couple pictures with my wife’s phone during the process. I tried to take some beam shots with her phone, but it doesn’t work for that.

When I get the funds, I will get a budget camera and tripod. Maybe DayLighter (cool screen name) can help with that. Sorry garry.

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Daylighter, are you sure that's the Aleto on the right in the second pic? The one on the left looks like the Aleto in the pic above. 

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Pretty sharp cut off in the wall pics. I didn’t think of doing that. Might be able to do that with the phone camera. The beam doesn’t look anything like that to me in the wild though.

DayLighter, do you still have the stock insulator on the led? I’m trying to remember if is one of those that covers some of the emitter bubble.

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Wall beam shot. The outter flood doesn’t show up on the pic.

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Now that looks nice! It also looks quite neutral, would you agree?  I wonder if beam pattern is Chinese lottery?

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Oh, I should have said that the wall is beige. It’s the only place in the house I could find that didn’t have pictures and such. I would call the tint white. Not green, blue, or red. No color at all. So I guess I agree with your accessment of the tint.

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garrybunk wrote:

Daylighter, are you sure that’s the Aleto on the right in the second pic? The one on the left looks like the Aleto in the pic above. 

-Garry


i’m pretty sure.. the first shot was slightly zoomed in, that’s why probably the hotspot look bigger.
it slightly has the whiter color than my lightmalls C8 XM-L2 ( less brighter of course)

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ImA4Wheelr wrote:
Pretty sharp cut off in the wall pics. I didn’t think of doing that. Might be able to do that with the phone camera. The beam doesn’t look anything like that to me in the wild though.

DayLighter, do you still have the stock insulator on the led? I’m trying to remember if is one of those that covers some of the emitter bubble.

i still have the insulator but it attached to my reflector instead the LED

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I can’t clearly remember. I know I changed out the insulator that goes between the led and the reflector. I think it was one of those thick plastic guys that actually covers up part of the emitter.

garry, the reflector looks much like a C8 reflector. It fits loosely in the light width wise.

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