Help Me Decide on a 26650 Light

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Help Me Decide on a 26650 Light

I have decided to add just one 22650 light to my now meager collection, but can’t decide what. Criteria for deciding is…

-lightweight
-compact
-well-driven
-NOT a HD2010 (I’ve had four of those and the quality just sucks too much).
-budget
-more thrower than anything else

My runner-ups are…

-JM26
-JM07
-Prairiefire D11

Help me decide with a few-words review of what you recommend. Otherwise, I’m gonna get rid of the 26650 format and stay with 18650s from here on. This is driving me nuts!

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Rusty Joe wrote:
This light just entered the race…

http://dx.com/p/ultrafire-xl-7003-cree-xm-l-u2-800lm-5-mode-white-flashl...

Big Smile

i hope this light doesn’t need to cycle through all the modes to turn it off Silly
how about this light

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JM07 or a good clone, it’s my favorite 26650.

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zelee wrote:
Rusty Joe wrote:
This light just entered the race... http://dx.com/p/ultrafire-xl-7003-cree-xm-l-u2-800lm-5-mode-white-flashl... :D
i hope this light doesn't need to cycle through all the modes to turn it off Silly how about "this light":http://wallbuys.com/Product/PAISEN-U2-Z6-CREE-XML-U2-1000-LM-Strong-LED-...

It has decent throw, but it calls for a different driver and thermal grease under the mcpcb.

The low mode should be lower.

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If HD2010 quality is not enough for you, you should search for a non-bugdet flashlight.
Where did you buy your HD2010s?

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If HD2010 quality is not enough for you, you should search for a non-bugdet flashlight. Where did you buy your HD2010s?

1) Easy(HARD!)LightBuy.com
2) Tmart
3) Lightmalls

They all crapped out on me or flickered.

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Rusty Joe wrote:
zeremefico wrote:
If HD2010 quality is not enough for you, you should search for a non-bugdet flashlight. Where did you buy your HD2010s?

1) Easy(HARD!)LightBuy.com
2) Tmart
3) Lightmalls

They all crapped out on me or flickered.


I believe you were unlucky, HD2010 is one of the best budget lights out there.
I own Trustfire A9 which is 26650 and might suit you. Also search for Palilight, they offer some 26650 models. Hope I helped you a bit.

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Thanks. This search is expanding with nearly every post!

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you should consider XinTD X3

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convoy l2, great build quality and moddable.

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Absolute best bang for the buck IMO assuming you can find someone to do a simple bore out of the switch end of the tube, is the DST.

You don’t have to chop it either of course to gain the best of a few battery configuration worlds to boot plus that big reflector gives you so many options.

Can’t say enough good things about this or a similar setup.

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/23186#node-23186

“In many things in order to truly understand the small picture you have to understand the big picture first.”

True Color Rendition (TCR)/Simplified Definition: “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest rating, a TCR will equate to what true colors you see in sunlight vs the same object’s colors you see when illuminated with a flashlight. The closer the two are, the higher the TCR rating will be.”

The TCR Reference Standard is the Walmart Ozark Trail OT 50L , Model No. 6103.
It has a TCR rating of ‘10’. $1.00 including batteries.

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gorky wrote:
you should consider "XinTD X3":http://intl-outdoor.com/xintd-x3-xml2-3aa-flashlight-p-739.html[/quote]

Since that has an integrated pill, a replacement pill would be huge and very expensive.  There isn't a thermal path with the X3 is already quite good aside from a little dip in the middle.  The main benefit for a new pill would be if it was redesigned to allow the use of protected 18650 & 26650's, or if it had a hole and plug to accommodate the use of a side clickie.

 

Oops.  Wrong thread.

 

Yes, the X3 is a nice light.  I have one.  I'd buy an updated version if it accommodated protected cells, and then I'd buy a third one if it had a side clickie that still used the Qlite driver.

The low mode should be lower.

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+1 to this ^^^^^

the x3 is minor developments away from being perfect.

I would add to the above, make the body tube 34mm id and 70mm internal length, it should then be possible to take 4aa/32650 protected cells and 26650/18650 with appropriate sleeves, side clicky would be easy to implement with a qlite but would add a little overall length, the trade offs for the above would make it just about the most awesome light available in this class.

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http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Portable-Cree-XM-L-U2-LED-2000-Lumens-5-Mode-White-Light-Waterproof-Flashlight-1-x/1402561378.html

3.5 amp at the tail on a Sony 26650 VT

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I need 3 of those Flomotion, I could strap them together for 12,000 lumens of light! Smile

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Chinese Looomens real about 800, hey, I was impressed for the money, nice gift to yourself. I find myself actually using this torch for actual use, it is a good combo light.

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I just recently ordered the Raysoon F13, plan to mod it into a useable daily use light. Have a couple of 26700’s I need to put to use, hope they fit (if not, I’ll make em)

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DBCstm wrote:
I just recently ordered the Raysoon F13, plan to mod it into a useable daily use light. Have a couple of 26700’s I need to put to use, hope they fit (if not, I’ll make em)

Well, well, I just put my Moli 26700 in it, perfect fit!

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3.5 amp at the tail on a Sony 26650 VT

Couldn’t resist at this price. Just ordered. It’s gonna run a Kong. 3.5 amps would give over a thousand lumens at start! I’m hoping I get that.

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Now that…is some serious Flow Motion!!! Sweet! Thanks Flomotion, appreciate ya checking it. Wink

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the DST, now with this timely 26650 tube that mates with the head you can have it even better.

Plus now you have that extra XML-U2 & its head to mate back to the original DST tube on top of it.

A very compact DST running on a 26650 for a mere extra $6 and change. You put in the driver you like too.

I mean if I had to settle for one 26650 setup as you state there’s nothing out there for the money that comes close.

What’s not to like? :bigsmile:

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/25612

“In many things in order to truly understand the small picture you have to understand the big picture first.”

True Color Rendition (TCR)/Simplified Definition: “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest rating, a TCR will equate to what true colors you see in sunlight vs the same object’s colors you see when illuminated with a flashlight. The closer the two are, the higher the TCR rating will be.”

The TCR Reference Standard is the Walmart Ozark Trail OT 50L , Model No. 6103.
It has a TCR rating of ‘10’. $1.00 including batteries.

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Plus now you have that extra XML-U2 & its head to mate back to the original DST tube on top of it.

I did that, but there is no switch in that configuration

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If the 26650 tube screws into the DST head then doesn’t conversely the DST side clicky attached to the DST tube screw into the 26650 XML-U2 head as well?

Granted you lose the DST side clicky with this setup but you should also have a shortened setup with just the 26650’s tail switch, no?

Edit: Anyone know if my thinking here is incorrect? I still bought one anyway. :bigsmile:

“In many things in order to truly understand the small picture you have to understand the big picture first.”

True Color Rendition (TCR)/Simplified Definition: “On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest rating, a TCR will equate to what true colors you see in sunlight vs the same object’s colors you see when illuminated with a flashlight. The closer the two are, the higher the TCR rating will be.”

The TCR Reference Standard is the Walmart Ozark Trail OT 50L , Model No. 6103.
It has a TCR rating of ‘10’. $1.00 including batteries.