Sneak Preview: XinTD X3 (XM-L2 | 3xAA / 1x26650 / 1x18650)

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Sneak Preview: XinTD X3 (XM-L2 | 3xAA / 1x26650 / 1x18650)

Sneak Preview: XinTD X3 (XM-L2 T3 6A1)

 

 

I got a nice package from DHL:

 

What would be inside? Hmm..

A letter, without recipient address! Smile

 

And inside that.. A dumbbell?

 

..or is it a flashlight, after all?

Oh yes! It is! LOL XD, or should I say XinTD X3:

 

Here it is, finally! XinTD X3 from intl-outdoor.com. And it looks & feels great!

 

Anodized threads all around, with robust O-rings. Should be water tight, for sure.

 

Star is fastened directly to the head, with two screws:

..which works really nice for thermal transfer. The output sag during first 30s with 26650 was only 14lm(!!)

 

The 6A1 tint isn't too warm for me. It looks simply fabulous, as does the whole light. Build quality is top notch, not only like my XinTD C8, but even better!

And the moon mode is low enough! No complaints from me:

 

Modes (with 26650, my AAs are still charging)

TC current: 0.004A, 0.05A, 0.85A & 3.05A

Lumens: <0.5lm, 17lm, 256lm & 832lm (OTF, after 30s)

..and the PWM is totally unnoticable at 17kHz!

This must be the first flashlight I don't feel urge to mod instantly. Very pleased with it!

 

Please note that the tested WW version is lower bin than CW or NW (T3 vs. U2 or T6) => they will score even higher.

intl-outdoor.com lists WW as 835lm, which is pretty accurate => maybe the 1125lm for CW and 1050lm for NW are in the right ball park too.

 

Pros:
- Build quality & design
    - Flawless anodizing overall
    - Anodized square threads
    - Thick O-rings everywhere, dual O-rings in bezel -> feels very waterproof
    - Stainless steel bezel (good quality, feels heavy in hand)
    - Emitter secured with two screws
    - No pill, emitter fastened directly to the head -> good thermal characteristics
- Great driver
    - Unnoticable PWM at 17kHz (silent too!)
    - Nice moon mode
    - Low enough low
    - Med is good compromise between runtime and brightness
    - High is bright at 3.05A, as it should
    - Nice step down to low (10lm emergency light for hours! See AA runtime chart in a later post)
    - ..and all this with working memory!
- Works also with AAs (pretty bright too, 658lm OTF after 30s, but still sagging)
- Good selection of tints (1A CW, 3C NW & 6A1 WW 80 CRI min)
- 6A1 WW is really nice (even for me, who hate yellow WW tints!)
- Good AA holder (cells can't go through)
- Tail stands perfectly

Cons:
- Some protected 26650/18650 cells won't fit (limit is about 67mm)
- Uni-directional knurling may be a bit slippery with greasy hands (longitudinal slots help though)
- Lens is very clear, but I can't notice any AR coating in it(?) Not true, my bad, see post #31
- Lanyard not included (but you can buy a nice one for only $1.99)
- 18650 sleeve not included (of course you can add one to your order here)
- some battery rattle (also 26650 would benefit from sleeve - tube inner diameter is about 31mm)

That's all for now, more pros & cons as soon as I find them.. Wink

 

Verdict: Highly recommended!

=the=

 

Edited by: _the_ on 07/14/2013 - 03:52
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cant wait to have mine in hand! 

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Thanks for the review the! It looks like a great all rounder gift light Smile

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Any idea on the runtime at 600 lumens with the 3AA?

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- Works also with AAs (pretty bright too, 600lm OTF after 30s, but still sagging)
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WOW! can't wait to get mine!

Boycott Nike

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Now that's how to secure a MCPCB,  not Nitecore style.

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can you measure the boot? Big Smile 

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That light looks great, _THE_! What is the reflector diameter?

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This is soon a real review.. Just don't ask for beamshots yet.. Wink

Pulsar wrote:

can you measure the boot? Big Smile 

About 15.5mm

 

JohnnyMac wrote:

That light looks great, _the_! What is the reflector diameter?

Outer diameter 46.0mm, depth 40.0mm.

Inner diameter 43.0mm.

Bezel inner diameter 42.0mm.

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agent80 wrote:
Any idea on the runtime at 600 lumens with the 3AA?

No idea, yet. As I said, the output was sagging at 30s point, so full 600lm can't be kept for any longer. This was not thermal sag, but voltage sag of my Eneloop XX 2500mAh.

I'll publish both 26650 and AA runtime graphs in the real review. Please wait patiently. Smile

I haven't measured the tailcap current draw with AAs, but calculated runtimes with 26650 are:

1h20min on high, 4h40min on med, 80h on low (over 3 days), 1000h on moon (over 41 days)

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thanks. i dont see an issue of a 16mm boot in a 15.5mm hole. done 16mm in a 14mm before Sealed

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Yo where the beamshots at?

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Looks sweet. Would love to see some shots of the tint.

I like copper

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i really want one of these

will it fit unprotected 26650 ok? i have a mnke 4000mah imr that would go well in this light

Would you mind keeping the wrong flashlight?
Best wish, May
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PLEASE HELP ME GEARBEsT! IM LITERALLY CRYING!

 

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Ok 'the', sooo convincing - ordering the 6C1, along with some of Hank's great deals on the XM-L2's on Noctigons, even though I literally have 26 bare Noctigons right now...

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Some runtimes on a 18650 also please

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Nice!This light is def. living up to the hype.Now I just have to convince myself that I don’t need another light.Really, I don’t.Although I do have two homeless unprotected 26650’s, and I am still upset about my defective SF S2200.Hmmmm….

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I am also wondering if long 26650’s fit – the Keeppower 26700s?

In fact is more like 26710. If that existed.

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Hikelite wrote:

Now that’s how to secure a MCPCB,  not Nitecore style.

Nite who sorry? I absolutely cannot wait to get mine now, its on the way, I expect it’ll turn up late next week or early week after, Its getting dark sooner here too, get in!

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10 lumen brightness continues over 3h mark, I just aborted the test there.

During the 10 lumen period it's possible to switch back to high with a single half click. High is then on for 2-3s and steps down back to 10lm emergency mode. This can be repeated as long as the batteries last.

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going to have to buy some eneloops now I guess god damm you. Flat Stare :bigsmile:

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if my 26650 will fit im going to buy one!

Would you mind keeping the wrong flashlight?
Best wish, May
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Soumil wrote:

PLEASE HELP ME GEARBEsT! IM LITERALLY CRYING!

 

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Thanks for the well organised preview. Impressive light. Even on AA.

How bright is bright enough...

Runtime VS Lumens...

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Yes, that ten lumen low for extended time is a very nice safety feature. I'm becoming very tempted...Money Mouth

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the, as usual, nice and informative review.

But you people have to stop doing this to me. I have just donated another $45 to Mr. Hank Wang’s bank balance Smile

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Wow this looks great. These should be the standard mode spacings on all lights.

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the thanks! Looks super on AA

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leaftye wrote:

Whoa, I just noticed that spring mod.  It already has the wire mod!  It doesn't look like there's much left to mod here other than installing a Noctigon.

That photo is a bit misleading.. The spring mod is only on battery carrier negative spring. Doesn't help 26650 usage. [Frankly, doesn't help lot in AA usage either - rumor says Hank is even going to remove it from further versions]

It should be noted that it really is negative spring. Positive end of the carrier doesn't have a spring, which fools me to try to put the carrier in the wrong way around. Carrier spring towards the tailcap is the rule with this light.

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As I mentioned earlier, the lens is very clear. Re-checking it now in a direct sunlight shows signs of some kind of coating.

It's not as purple as I have used to see in AR coated lenses, but it shows fingerprints "better" than uncoated lens.

So I decided to test initial OTF lumens with and without the lens and the results were good: Lens cuts only 1.6% (13lm) and performs like an coated lens should.

I think I need to admit my mistake: The lens has (some kind of) AR coating and it performs well.

Sorry about causing unnecessary hassle. Embarassed

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No side switch?
(nothing is wrong with this light, just that I might be too picky…)

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