Review: Sunwayman C15A , Great EDC

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Review: Sunwayman C15A , Great EDC

SUNWAYMAN C15A

- 1xAA 0.8V-4.2V (supports all chemicals of this size)
- XM-L U2 Smooth Reflector
- 5 MODES: High 170L – Medium 30L -Low 3L + direct Access SOS and Strobe.

Bought in FASTTECH

PRICE 43,05 $ (coupon also avaliable)

Decent cardboard box, with bright colors, high-quality black holster, 2 spare orings and lanyard.

Holster fits perfectly with the flashlight, like a glove.

Here is more detail the Lanyard which is placed in the thread which is also compatible with Standard UNC1 / 4’-20 Camera, originally was afraid of this design rear if easily lost screw Lanyard and dirt that could accumulate if I remove the lanyard. But the piece of thread seems firm and it’ll hold well, and if removed, the hole is not deep and in the background, looks good sealed in black anodized aluminum, if dirt gets into, gets into water and cleans easily.

As EDC is a perfect size, but weighs 67 gr (for me is not a problem). Very comfortable to carry in hand.

Let’s see it in parts. The mechanized is very good and excellent anodizing, body thickness is generous (quality and quality).
Physical protection against reversed battery placement, structure in the head to increase the area of heat dissipation.

Here we see the low voltage indicator does not work with NiMH, but is very useful with a “14500”

It has the XM-L U2 perfectly centered with a smooth reflector, which will give us a well-defined center spot, no rings or artifacts of any kind. Quite warm neutral tint,very nice.

Compared with “Neutron 1A Thrunite” differences; texture aluminum reflector / OP in the neutron and less diameter (it’s more flood)

You can use the filters and diffusers of the series “Explorer 25.4 mm” of Nitecore

using filters here are some rings

USER INTERFACE:

Three primary modes
-High 170 lumens
-Medium 30 lumens
-Low 3 lumens

With side switch turns on and off the flashlight with a short press. If you hold down the switch ,modes are alternated High-Medium-Low-H-M-L …. releasing the button when you reach the desired mode. Turns on in the same mode (it has memory, but not for SOS or strobe)
There is direct access to the special modes. Press 2 times faster, and enter Strobo (although the flashlight is off, the strobe is also accessed by double clicking fast). In strobo, another double click to SOS mode.

Lock out;
The flashlight should be more than seven seconds off, press 1 click and maintain a second click (short flashing) the flashlight will be locked. To unlock, do the same.

RUNTIME:

For this flashlight, I tested high mode and medium mode with Eneloop 2400 mA .
The results have been pretty good. The flashlight dissipates heat very well. Good power with NiMH. Great with 14500 (but without excess, 250 lumens is good choice for EDC 14500).

The runtimes that I have measured are similar to the official runtimes. The low mode is 3 lumens, but I think it might be 1 Lumen.

With “14500 battery” improves performance. High 250 lumens (I think perhaps more), I think medium mode of 60-70 lumens , low mode I estimate 7-8 lumens.

Low battery warning (operates only with batteries 14500):

- In high mode – early warning LED blinks occur about 3.7-3.75V . about 3.65V red LED is almost permanently on.
- Medium (about 60-70 lumens with this battery), in this mode begins blinks approx. to 3.45V in 3.40V is already fixed.
- In Low mode the alarm has been fixed at 3.3V.

I found it very useful.

RELATIVE SIZE

OFFICIAL DATA:

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Edited by: sb56637 on 08/26/2014 - 17:06
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it looks like a miniaturised shadow gf1, thankyou for the review. one of my current edc’s is putting out 3000 lumens though J) ,its maybe a bit big for some being 3× 18650 0:)

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Thanks Trevi_lux. This looks like a really well built light. I love the picture off the threads. Now thats what I call square.

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

old4570 said "I'm not an expert , so don't suffer from any such technical restrictions".

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Great review. I really like mine. At the moment it's doing duty helping my weak eyes with my modding.

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Thanks for comment Big Smile
I use with 14500, I love the low voltage warning in AA. It will be my EDC until I get the SC52.

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Great review!! Awesome job.

 

Thanks for it!

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Thanks kreisler Beer

(ah.. I’m a little worried “kreisler 0 pending orders” this is not good for health…)

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Cool

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Trevi_lux wrote:
"kreisler 0 pending orders" this is not good for health...)

i am using the downtime for gathering funds .. the low Sunwayman prices on Fasttech are too tempting hehe

 

with the counter at "0", i don't know how i am doing. good or bad.

hmm.

rather bad i'd say J)

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I have bought both c15a and his bigger brother c20c. In both of this lights low battery indicator doesnt work. Judging from your review the low battery indication works only with 14500 in c15A. But what about c20c which uses 18650 ? Maybe in c20c LBI works only with 2xCR123A ? Can anybody confirm this ?

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usermode wrote:
I have bought both c15a and his bigger brother c20c. In both of this lights low battery indicator doesnt work. Judging from your review the low battery indication works only with 14500 in c15A. But what about c20c which uses 18650 ? Maybe in c20c LBI works only with 2xCR123A ? Can anybody confirm this ?

Your C15A indicator does not work with 14500? At that voltage you down?

What voltage has dropped the 18650?

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I can confirm that the LBI in my C15A works with 14500. I haven’t yet run my C20C down to that point though.

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Thanks a lot for the review! Frontpage’d and Sticky’d.

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