I Am Truly Impressed With The SolarForce S1100

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I Am Truly Impressed With The SolarForce S1100

When I first opened the box, “WOW” came to mind. I can’t put into words how impressive looking this thing is. Best looking flashlight I currently own. Quality is about as good as well. SolarForce has outdid themself on this one. On a wall, this light smoke my brightest TN31 which has been measured at 115,000 lux. I wouldn’t doubt this light is 130,000 lux or more. I’ll have to compare it to my 2 TN31’s later on. I’m blown away with this one. Don’t get me wrong, I still would pick my Fenix TK75 for my favorite, but this S1100 is very very close. As for looks, the S1100 wins, but for overall quality, finish, weight and the TK75 having more spill I would still have to pick the TK75. I hope SolarForce keeps more flashlights like this one coming in the future. They knocked this one out of the ball park. The tube is just spectacular and the tailcap is in my honest opinion even more spectacular. Battery carrier is one of the nicest I have seen. And protected batteries regardles of length will fit in this one. The KeepPower 18650 3400mah(Panasonic cells) protected batteries fit with ease. The S1100 with these 3 batteries installed weight 1lb 15oz or 31oz. All in all you would be hard pressed not to love this flashlight.








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Looking forward to your beamshots Ilike. There has been nothing but glowing reports for this light.

 

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Curious, did you buy it Direct, and is there any BLF code for it?

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Very nice, Brad!  Looking forward to your outdoor beam shots to see if this really does beat the TN31.  Other lights have beat the TN31 in hotspot size and intensity when wall hunting but outside where it counts they come up short.  Looking forward to seeing if the SF really does bring it.  >)

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Flomotion wrote:
Curious, did you buy it Direct, and is there any BLF code for it?

Yes I bought it from Jo at SolarForce. No coupon code. I think I paid $122 shipped.

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JohnnyMac wrote:

Very nice, Brad!  Looking forward to your outdoor beam shots to see if this really does beat the TN31.  Other lights have beat the TN31 in hotspot size and intensity when wall hunting but outside where it counts they come up short.  Looking forward to seeing if the SF really does bring it.  >)

We shall see later tonite. I actually didn’t think this thing would be that much brighter than my TN31 on a wall. There’s a big and I do mean big difference. I wished I had a light meter. And no I’m not buying one, but I would like to know just how many lux this baby is putting out.

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I added some more pictures of the flashlight taken apart.

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I really like that the emitter is that accessible. Easy upgrades are always a plus.

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Are the TN-31 and SolarForce reflectors intercheangeable? How do you compare the size and quality of finish? Which one is built better in your opinion?

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Give us a triple head that will lego with that beauty.

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AlexGT wrote:
Are the TN-31 and SolarForce reflectors intercheangeable? How do you compare the size and quality of finish? Which one is built better in your opinion?

The S1100 reflector is quite a bit deeper than the TN31 reflector. Build quality I would say goes to the S1100. And you can take the tailcap off. In my honest opinion, the S1100 should out throw the TN31. But we shall see. The anodizing is about the same on each. I had one blemish on the tailcap. I just took a black permanent marker and colored over it. It was very and I do mean very minor. But I am very picky. Like I said it’s close to Fenix quality, but not quite as good. Fenix flashlights are typically flawless. My TK75 was perfect.

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Great pictures!! I told you it was nice, it’s a beauty!! Congrats…

 

 

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Great pictures!! I told you it was nice, it’s a beauty!! Congrats…

Thanks. And your were right this thing on a wall beats the TN31 easily. It ought to out throw it. But I’ll see what my eyes and camera see shortly.

I’m gonna post a few more pictures to better show the emitter and the underneath side as well. Give me a few minutes.

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Ok I added 2 more. That may answer any questions about the emitter and underneath to get to the driver.

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If you look at the tailcap photo above, you will see the little blemish at 10 o’clock in that photo. I did find just a few very tiny microscopic specs where the anodizing needed touched up. But like I said I am picky as hell. I also got like 20/13 vision up close. But really this light is a 9.7 on a10 scale. And trust me, coming from me that would be a 10 for most folks. I am totally satisfied with this light. Well worth the money and then some.

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Correct me if I am wrong. It looks like the battery carrier can only be inserted in one direction. I mean is it user might make mistake when insert the battery carrier and cause reverse voltage?

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Nice pictures Brad,this light is getting irresistible by the second.I think this is next on the list.
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DENGOH wrote:
Correct me if I am wrong. It looks like the battery carrier can only be inserted in one direction. I mean is it user might make mistake when insert the battery carrier and cause reverse voltage?

That’s correct. Positive end marked on the carrier with + in first.

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If that is the case, I wish Solarforce has reversal voltage protection. Just to be safe as out of 100 insertion, occasionally it might happen once or twice.

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I think it has a built in reverse polarity protection. At least that’s how it is advertised.

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I wonder if the driver is as easy to mod to get more current to the LED as in the TN-31, can’t wait to see the beamshots! In the previous battle the TN won by a hair, let’s see how they do in round 2

This thread has comparison pics between TN-31 Vs. S1100

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/19587

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I’m off to take some beamshots.

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Luckily you didn’t say I am off to go to bed. Wink

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This might have to be put on my short list….

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I can already tell you the TN31 is going to win going off what my eyes seen. But give me a few minutes and I will post them here. I just took 110yd shots with man 1.2 sec shutter f/4 ISO 400.

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We will just do a mouseover to show you how bad the TN31 beats it. I'm still not understanding how this S1100 loses so much in the throw department outdoors. At 200yds you can easily see the TN31 takes over.

110yds

Mouse over TN31 mouse out S1100 

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Now can somebody explain why this is? The S1100 is a tighter beam thrower and brighter up close. It smokes the TN31 on a wall. But this same principle applies to the Jacob A60 when I tried to tell you guys that the Crelant 7G5, Olight M3X, Sunwayman T40CS, Olight SR51 Fenix TK41, and FandyFire STL-V6 will out throw it. But yet the Jacob A60 I’m sure is putting out more lux.

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ILIKEFLASHLIGHTS wrote:
Now can somebody explain why this is? The S1100 is a tighter beam thrower and brighter up close. It smokes the TN31 on a wall. But this same principle applies to the Jacob A60 when I tried to tell you guys that the Crelant 7G5, Olight M3X, Sunwayman T40CS, Olight SR51 Fenix TK41, and FandyFire STL-V6 will out throw it. But yet the Jacob A60 I’m sure is putting out more lux.

Would it have something to do with the purity / quality / depth of the reflector?
I’m just guessing here….

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How do they compare in a quick ceiling bounce?

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Looking at the comparison pics, I think the difference has to do with the parabola of the reflector, the TN-31 has less spill than the SF because it is concentrating it on the main beam, the SF has more sidespill that is being taken away from the main beam.

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To my eyes, they are just about even, the TN31 just has a bigger hotspot, (like in the case of the TK70 compared to your throwers with smaller hotspots). Looking at the center of the pic, the light intensity of both light’s center hotspots are hardly distinguishable from each other.

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