Review: SkyRay STL-V2 XM-L T6 3 or 5 modes adjustable

174 posts / 0 new
Last post
my9221
Offline
Last seen: 7 hours 13 min ago
Joined: 07/26/2011 - 02:18
Posts: 879
Location: United States

M3TAL_L0RD wrote:

Went for a walk and took some beamshots Smile

F/2.7, 1/8 sec., ISO1600

 

Mouse out: UniqueFire UF-2100 - High (1/8 CTO tint mod)

Mouse over: Sky Ray STL-V2 - High

Hay bale about 35 meters away.

 

Mouse out: UniqueFire UF-2100 - High (1/8 CTO tint mod)

Mouse over: Sky Ray STL-V2 - High

Hay bale about 35 meters and forest about 80 meters away.

 

Mouse out: UniqueFire UF-2100 - High (1/8 CTO tint mod)

Mouse over: Sky Ray STL-V2 - High

 

 

Sky Ray STL-V2 - High - 5x Zoom (F/5.9, 1/8 sec., ISO1600)

First hay bale about 165 meters and second about 235 meters away.

Nice beamshots! Sky Ray STL-V2 is a good thrower

M3TAL_L0RD
M3TAL_L0RD's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 4 weeks ago
Joined: 09/09/2011 - 18:21
Posts: 924
Location: Suomi Finland Perkele

Now some serious distance beamshot Smile

F/2.7, 1/4 sec. & ISO4000

 

And same with 5x Zoom

F/5.9, 1/4 sec. & ISO4000

Yes, I know latter is dimmer Sad

Triangle traffic sign is about 375 meters (410 yards) away.

 

And just "one" more shorter distance shot.

F/2.7, 1/4 sec. & ISO4000

Mouse out: UniqueFire UF-2100 - High (1/8 CTO tint mod)

Mouse over: Sky Ray STL-V2 - High

Trees about 175 meters away.

CheapThrills
CheapThrills's picture
Offline
Last seen: 2 weeks 3 days ago
Joined: 07/02/2011 - 10:45
Posts: 3675
Location: Suomi

M3TAL_L0RD wrote:

Now some serious distance beamshot Smile

F/2.7, 1/4 sec. & ISO4000

 

 

Nice shot! Based on this one, I would say on a cold & dry winter day this throws even some more. 200m of throw would be very conservative, even with humidity.

Now i get the idea of throw-capabilities much better, thanks.

gen1.3_
gen1.3_'s picture
Offline
Last seen: 9 years 10 months ago
Joined: 05/25/2011 - 09:16
Posts: 763
Location: Commifornia
Nice beamshots M3tal_lord. I also got this light, couldn't pass up a good deal. Hopefully I will have it next week.

jamesearljonesi...
jamesearljonesisascab's picture
Offline
Last seen: 15 hours 20 min ago
Joined: 03/16/2011 - 00:02
Posts: 1075
Location: US

Thanks for posting these. great shots! Never did do any extra mods as cooling has been sufficient. Have been using 2 18500s

03/04/16 

 

8 lives left

Lazarou
Offline
Last seen: 9 years 7 months ago
Joined: 10/08/2011 - 08:50
Posts: 2
Location: Glasgow

Ordered this from DD on the back of this review, got it in 11 days. Well pleased with the quality, just need it to get dark now!

gen1.3_
gen1.3_'s picture
Offline
Last seen: 9 years 10 months ago
Joined: 05/25/2011 - 09:16
Posts: 763
Location: Commifornia
Got my STL yesterday, took 9 whole days :-). Had fun playing in the dark. Very impressed with the throw.

jsalmika
Offline
Last seen: 9 years 1 month ago
Joined: 11/01/2011 - 17:52
Posts: 76

jamesearljonesisascab wrote:

Pill looks just like the one for olight m3x

 

The pill in mine (ordered from DinoDirect on 24th October) looks a bit different

 

Some indoor comparison shots:

M3TAL_L0RD
M3TAL_L0RD's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 4 weeks ago
Joined: 09/09/2011 - 18:21
Posts: 924
Location: Suomi Finland Perkele

jsalmika wrote:

jamesearljonesisascab wrote:

Pill looks just like the one for olight m3x

 

The pill in mine (ordered from DinoDirect on 24th October) looks a bit different

Mine is hybrid of these 2 Big Smile

Bought from Manafont.

how2
Offline
Last seen: 6 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 06/01/2010 - 10:26
Posts: 2489
Location: london

As soon as I get mine from DD for $36.49 I will post pics.

jsalmika
Offline
Last seen: 9 years 1 month ago
Joined: 11/01/2011 - 17:52
Posts: 76

^ Please do - let's see if your bargain calculated in USD differs from mine calculated in Euro's Wink

how2
Offline
Last seen: 6 months 2 weeks ago
Joined: 06/01/2010 - 10:26
Posts: 2489
Location: london

gorann wrote:

how2 wrote:

As soon as I get mine from DD for $36.49 I will post pics.

How did you bought it for 36,49??

I bought 2 for some 43$ each from dinodirect, with 20% discount. 

Now price went higher, 63$ without discount.

I noticed thad on DD, its like the put prices higher after I buy some cheap flashlights. Like they are following my steps there Shocked 

I used the Save15 code someone gave these codes on this site.

gen1.3_
gen1.3_'s picture
Offline
Last seen: 9 years 10 months ago
Joined: 05/25/2011 - 09:16
Posts: 763
Location: Commifornia

jsalmika wrote:

jamesearljonesisascab wrote:

Pill looks just like the one for olight m3x

 

The pill in mine (ordered from DinoDirect on 24th October) looks a bit different

 

Some indoor comparison shots:

My pill looks the same as yours , also bought from DD.

JohnnyMac
JohnnyMac's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 week 8 min ago
Joined: 04/12/2011 - 16:03
Posts: 8880
Location: Eastern PA

I'm hoping that the picture doesn't do this justice.  This light is considered to be one of the best XM-L throwers around and I can barely see the hay bale at 235m.  I don't own a dedicated thrower but hearing numbers like 400-500m distance then seeing this at 235m I must admit I'm a little disappointed.

Seeing a reflective sign at 350m means nothing since if it wasn't reflective you'd never see it. Make a building or tree visible at that distance and it will mean something. One day I will get a thrower and this light (FandyFire version) and the Crelant are the ones being considered. Now I'm not sure.

M3TAL_L0RD
M3TAL_L0RD's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 4 weeks ago
Joined: 09/09/2011 - 18:21
Posts: 924
Location: Suomi Finland Perkele

JohnnyMac wrote:

I'm hoping that the picture doesn't do this justice.  This light is considered to be one of the best XM-L throwers around and I can barely see the hay bale at 235m.  I don't own a dedicated thrower but hearing numbers like 400-500m distance then seeing this at 235m I must admit I'm a little disappointed.

Seeing a reflective sign at 350m means nothing since if it wasn't reflective you'd never see it. Make a building or tree visible at that distance and it will mean something. One day I will get a thrower and this light (FandyFire version) and the Crelant are the ones being considered. Now I'm not sure.

Taking good pictures with IXUS without manual settings is too hard Big Smile

Yes, that 235m picture doesn't do justice... Last night I was on a walk and could light up barn at that distance.

(note: picture is from 2009, now there is no forest... there was quite storm over year ago)

 

All the first pics are under exposed.... like this.

 

Newer pic from same spot...

place is this

 

 

 

 

"Seeing a reflective sign at 350m means nothing since if it wasn't reflective you'd never see it."

Last electric poles are about 350m away.

M3TAL_L0RD
M3TAL_L0RD's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 4 weeks ago
Joined: 09/09/2011 - 18:21
Posts: 924
Location: Suomi Finland Perkele

gorann wrote:

It's tint (my is from DD) is very good, for me - refreshing - because it is warm yellow, almost like incadescent light. Its a refreshment to me because i have lots of lights with white, bluish even purpleish itint, etc.

Mine has purplish tint Sad

Hikelite
Offline
Last seen: 3 weeks 6 days ago
Joined: 07/13/2011 - 16:18
Posts: 4011
Location: Honeyland

M3TAL_L0RD, would you say that  the beam of the STL has a donut hole? Looking at some of your beamshots for me it sure looks that way.

jamesearljonesi...
jamesearljonesisascab's picture
Offline
Last seen: 15 hours 20 min ago
Joined: 03/16/2011 - 00:02
Posts: 1075
Location: US

gorann wrote:

I was reading throught this topic - this Skyray has 2 group of modes?

loosen the body from head slightly to go to 5 modes and tighten for 3 modes

03/04/16 

 

8 lives left

M3TAL_L0RD
M3TAL_L0RD's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 4 weeks ago
Joined: 09/09/2011 - 18:21
Posts: 924
Location: Suomi Finland Perkele

Hikelite wrote:

M3TAL_L0RD, would you say that  the beam of the STL has a donut hole? Looking at some of your beamshots for me it sure looks that way.

Didn't notice in use, but now tested and it has hole in beam... when shining wall closer than 50 cm, further than that I can't see hole. On high hole is much harder to see and makes me see spot all the time Big Smile

Hikelite
Offline
Last seen: 3 weeks 6 days ago
Joined: 07/13/2011 - 16:18
Posts: 4011
Location: Honeyland

This is what I mean, comparable with the T40CS, it's not harsh.

 

 

Your mouse over here http://budgetlightforum.com/node/3246?page=1#comment-86807  shows the blackhole

UniqueFire UF-2100 - High (1/8 CTO tint mod)

Mouse over: Sky Ray STL-V2 - High

jsalmika
Offline
Last seen: 9 years 1 month ago
Joined: 11/01/2011 - 17:52
Posts: 76

M3TAL_L0RD wrote:

Hikelite wrote:

M3TAL_L0RD, would you say that  the beam of the STL has a donut hole? Looking at some of your beamshots for me it sure looks that way.

Didn't notice in use, but now tested and it has hole in beam... when shining wall closer than 50 cm, further than that I can't see hole. On high hole is much harder to see and makes me see spot all the time Big Smile

High

Medium

Low

This light is from DinoDirect.

M3TAL_L0RD
M3TAL_L0RD's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 4 weeks ago
Joined: 09/09/2011 - 18:21
Posts: 924
Location: Suomi Finland Perkele

jsalmika wrote:

M3TAL_L0RD wrote:

Hikelite wrote:

M3TAL_L0RD, would you say that  the beam of the STL has a donut hole? Looking at some of your beamshots for me it sure looks that way.

Didn't notice in use, but now tested and it has hole in beam... when shining wall closer than 50 cm, further than that I can't see hole. On high hole is much harder to see and makes me see spot all the time Big Smile

High

Medium

Low

This light is from DinoDirect.

Proves nothing... camera just doesn't pick slightly darker spot so easily.

50 cm away (can't see darker spot by eye, yet)

 

15 cm away (can see spot easily, camera starts to pick spot about 20 cm)

 

about 5 cm away

phantom23
phantom23's picture
Offline
Last seen: 19 hours 40 min ago
Joined: 09/26/2011 - 17:39
Posts: 962

jamesearljonesisascab wrote:

loosen the body from head slightly to go to 5 modes and tighten for 3 modes

Mine is different: head tightened - 5 modes, loosened - 3 modes.

jsalmika
Offline
Last seen: 9 years 1 month ago
Joined: 11/01/2011 - 17:52
Posts: 76

^^ Indeed... But perhaps not the cause of the potential donut hole mentioned above (which at least I cannot see).

Looks like the led itself. Good thing anyway this is a thrower so it will be used just a bit further away from the target Cool

jsalmika
Offline
Last seen: 9 years 1 month ago
Joined: 11/01/2011 - 17:52
Posts: 76

jamesearljonesisascab wrote:
The tailcap is a forward clicky which is not the best for multimode flashlights.

Actually I like the possibility of scrolling quickly through the modes by clicking the button slightly and then selecting a suitable mode pressing it completely.

phantom23
phantom23's picture
Offline
Last seen: 19 hours 40 min ago
Joined: 09/26/2011 - 17:39
Posts: 962

Thing is, when the light is on you need to click to turn it off, select right mode by light pressing and click again to turn it on. Pretty annoying.

M3TAL_L0RD
M3TAL_L0RD's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 4 weeks ago
Joined: 09/09/2011 - 18:21
Posts: 924
Location: Suomi Finland Perkele

phantom23 wrote:

Thing is, when the light is on you need to click to turn it off, select right mode by light pressing and click again to turn it on. Pretty annoying.

This is thrower, you don't need modes Smile

phantom23
phantom23's picture
Offline
Last seen: 19 hours 40 min ago
Joined: 09/26/2011 - 17:39
Posts: 962

Well, I do, low mode here is quite useful and I don't need to switch to other flashlight. Besides - forward clicky+mode is useless because you can't really use it because of unintended mode changing.

2100
Offline
Last seen: 8 months 1 week ago
Joined: 05/28/2011 - 10:28
Posts: 4612
Location: SINGAPORE

Just did some lux drop test.

Jetbeam RRT-2 XM-L, about 450 lumens OTF, LED prob at 1.4A.

1st minute = 1083
2 mins = 1077
3 mins = 1073 (0.92% drop)
4th minute = 1070 (1.2% drop)
5th minute = 1067
6th minute = 1065
7th minute = 1063
8th minute = 1061 (2% drop)


Fandyfire STL-V6 :

1022 ,1018, 1014, 1010 (1st/2nd/3rd/4th min) 1.17% drop after 4th minute

Sunwayman

T40CS : 1051, 1044, 1038, 1033  1.7% drop after 4th minute.

M3TAL_L0RD
M3TAL_L0RD's picture
Offline
Last seen: 1 month 4 weeks ago
Joined: 09/09/2011 - 18:21
Posts: 924
Location: Suomi Finland Perkele

M3TAL_L0RD wrote:

Yes, that 235m picture doesn't do justice... Last night I was on a walk and could light up barn at that distance.

(note: picture is from 2009, now there is no forest... there was quite storm over year ago)

This time I took pictures.

F/2.7, 1/8 sec., ISO1250

 

With 5x Zoom

F/5.9, 1/4 sec., ISO4000

 

Close-up picture of target. Distance 20 meters, UniqueFire UF-2100 on high.

F/2.7, 1/8 sec., ISO3200

Pages