Lux Pro 2D XP-G2 light at Lowes, $12.97 now UNTIL Black Friday

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Lux Pro 2D XP-G2 light at Lowes, $12.97 now UNTIL Black Friday

I just left Lowes with this light. Looks really good, XP-G2 and runs on 2 -D cells. The BEST kind of light for long run times for non flashaholics. Here are the pics in the store, I bought one and will do a tear down tonight when I get home.

Looks like maybe my store jumped the gun on Black Friday deals????

Nope! I just realized THIS deal is ON. But only now until BF

280 Lumens, XP-G2. Designed in the USA but made in China.
It has modes so it is just not a cheap DD unit.

Switch is up front where it belongs!
And the batteries are included! (that’s worth $3 right there)

That rubberized grip feels good in the hand.

Without completely tearing it down in the store, it looks like a well made light. Look at those threads and spring, and like I said, the batteries are included. I just wonder how it will do on 2 NiMH cells?

At only $12.97 this looks like a steal. I think I am going to really like this light. I will probably post a separate tear down thread tonight and post a link here to it.
This is definitely one deal I think you all can take advantage of (USA and maybe Canada) .

The tear down

The reflector and lens is plastic, the lens is held in place by a threaded ring. I have also seen that used in the Defiant 3D light from last year.

That is a good sized pill and the driver is secured in place with a threaded ring.

Lots of thread to make good thermal contact between the pill and the head of the flashlight. BTW, all threads were lubed or had thermal paste on them.

The pill is solid for good heat transfer from the star. Unfortunately the driver is potted. That compound is rock hard and I don’t think it could ever be removed without destroying the components underneath. Maybe the part # of the board can give us a clue as to what it really is. I know this, there is an inductor underneath all of that. I can see parts of it protruding from the edges.

The star with the XP-G2 LED. To me it looks like too much thermal compound was used. It is soft and I will remove the star and fix that later.

The plastic reflector and the centering ring.

I tested the tailcap current with the supplied Alkalines and got 2.05A on high, 0.45A on low. I was worried that this light wouldn’t work with NiMH but it turns out that is not a problem. In fact I measured the same exact tailcap current with them. In fact even at a 3.6V partially depleted Li-Ion cell gave the same tailcap reading. Lastly, running the light on just 1 NiMH cell, I measured a tailcap current of 1.82A and there was a very decent amount of light coming out of it.
For the past several years Lowes has offered the LED MagLites for their BF promotion. It could be that this year this is the light that unseats MagLite on BF. For that reason I have decided to compare the 2 with pictures and their beam shots.



Now the beam shots:
Lux Pro, 280 Lumen

The 2D MagLite with the reflector adjusted for maximum throw. Approx 130 Lumen

Conclusions? I like them both, decide for yourself.

There is some discussion already on the “Lowes Deal Alert Thread”
http://budgetlightforum.com/node/32139?page=1#comment-682692
Starting with post 38. I have cross posted from there.

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Definitely a boost driver

Very interesting…thanks for the review

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Very interested in this light. Hoping two 26650 cells will fit. 

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Something about this light I liked before this tear down.  Lots of potential battery capacity to size ratio with potential for 2S Li-ion.  Mostly, I like the way it felt in hand.  Kind of a no non-sense, get it done light.  Now, I won't be able to resist getting one.

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What you think the runtime on low would be?

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I am going to guess around 15-20 hours

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What is the driver diameter?

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I decided I don't want to risk the light selling out before the price drops more (if it does).  That has happened down here on several lights I wanted from HD.  I actually think this one is going to become popular and probably not drop in price.  Glad I did.  It is a real bargain. 

Great News!  dchomak was right.  There is plenty of room for two 26650 cells with a shorter tail spring.  You might be able to use the stock spring.  Seems like it would be very tight and I prefer copper dome springs instead. This opens up a lot of possibilities.  I think I will go with a bigger emitter in mine.  Probably XM-L2 with a buck driver.

It's almost like the designer had us in mind.  There is a pocket in the tail cap that gives plenty of room for that.  Check out the unprotected KK sitting in the cap below.

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So ImA4, loose any sleep last night worrying about not being able to get one these? Big Smile

You posted at 7:14 AM, so that means you tossed and turned all night and got up early Sat. morning, or you went back out last night.

Either way, a true sign of a flashaholic! No wonder you fit in so well around here. Wink

TheGloriousTachikoma wrote:
What is the driver diameter?

Yes, I left out 2 pieces of important information. The driver OD is 20mm as is the star.

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I can not tell a lie.  I picked one up on the way home last night, but was not sure I would keep it.  Then I saw your tear down and knew I would keep it, but was going to wait to see if the price dropped more.  Than this morning I decide "the hell with it", I'm opening the damn package. I know I could still return it after I opened it, but that just seems wrong.  It's mine now and I'm happy.  Smile

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interesting! ill stop by the lowes here in danbury on the way home tonight to pick one up Smile

Would you mind keeping the wrong flashlight?
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I have a ID card from the VA and my Doctor who is a big DIY said with it you get a extra 10% at Lowes.
Might have to try it tonight.

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I’m grabbing one today too. Saw these last week at full price and passed… Definitely not this time.

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How bright is low mode?

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^ hmmm, I'm not the best person to answer this type of question, but I'll give my impression.  It is nicely separated from High.  Guessing about 20% of High.  If I were only to have 2 levels of brightness, I would say this light is just about right. 

Stock, this is a great light for a non-flashaholic.  For most of the rest of us, it's a under driven..   It's driven better than most stock lights, but still under driven.

Mine will have about 7 brightness levels and push the emitter  to around 7 amps on turbo.  That's if I can find a good buck driver that fits.  If not, I may go MT-G2 DD.  I haven't tried a smallish MT-G2 yet.

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Its just not fair that you folks get all these great deals on lights, I’m still gutted that the Defiant wasn’t available here in the UK Sad

Any chance of a kind person shipping me one of these Lux Pro 2D please?

Cheers,

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The one I just got back from had none, just the sign.
Had them run the SKU and they are all gone.
Good part is there are 4 others not too far, so we’ll get one tomorrow or Monday.

Good to see they are selling, I told the wife “Boy that BLF has some buying power” Smile

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Hopback wrote:
Its just not fair that you folks get all these great deals on lights, I’m still gutted that the Defiant wasn’t available here in the UK Sad

Any chance of a kind person shipping me one of these Lux Pro 2D please?

Cheers,

Woody


I would be willing to do that for you, but I would think the shipping would kill it for you. Any idea how much?
If it would help, I have some of the older Defiants. I could also perhaps send to lower the cost of shipping per light.
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I went and got one on my way home from work tonight. Excellent little light, low is a bit too high and it seems to have next-mode memory but for $13 its a great buy, especially with the machining quality.

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Stittville Ed wrote:
I have a ID card from the VA and my Doctor who is a big DIY said with it you get a extra 10% at Lowes. Might have to try it tonight.
I wish I had known that. I just went and bought two. Now I got to return them and buy them again to get my 10% off! 

Of course, these will be modded.

I also like the LuxPro LP1200C because it has a reflector that is half OP and half SMO, so it would be good for an MT-G2. It uses 6xAA, so 6 Eneloops and an MT-G2 at 3 amps Zener mod, would be great for that light.

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When I revisited my store this morning, I finally located the original display of these lights. Remember up until now they came thru with an XP-G. This new deal has the XP-G2. Here is a pic of both versions and the bar codes on each package is identical. That means both will ring up at 12.97, but what we all want is the newer XP-G2. Just make sure the one you grab is the right one.

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The one I bought had a driver potted with a small amount of a Fujik-like material.

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^ That pill looks different than dchomak's.  Does your light have an XP-G or XP-G2?

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XP-G

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Hey guys, I picked this up earlier today not knowing there were two versions; xp-g vs xp-g2. Luckily, mine ended up saying XP-G2.

However, my led looks like this:

What did I get? Should it say XP-G2? [Edit: Its no different than the OP. My apologies.] Either way, this thing is pretty sweet. I like it more than I thought I would. Mine does not have next mode memory. It always starts back on high as long as you turn it off for more than 2-3 sec. A quick half press will get you to the next mode. Much better than next mode memory…this way you never have to go into strobe mode…

Also, not to go off topic…when you guys go to Lowes, seriously look into the Utilitech 320 Lumen 4 AAA light. I picked it up too, for $10. It’s also a Black Friday deal. The label looks like this:

I can show a beam comparison if anyone cares. It has a larger hotspot than the Lux Pro, it pretty impressive for its size!

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This looks good if you want to run alkaline.

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The star says XPG but the emitter is the XP-G2
The XP-G has a green base, the XP-G2 has a silver colored base

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TyBreaker wrote:

. . . Also, not to go off topic…when you guys go to Lowes, seriously look into the Utilitech 320 Lumen 4 AAA light. I picked it up too, for $10. It’s also a Black Friday deal. The label looks like this:

Congrats on the new lights.  Is the 4AAA you mention this one

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Thanks for the verification, dchomak. Also, the Utilitech I was speaking of looks like this:

It appears to be a slightly updated version of the one reviewed by Old Lumens here

I was even able to fit an 18650 in it and turn it on; though without modification, the head was loose. Anyhow, just wanted to quickly let people know, as they’re probably going to Lowe’s anyhow.

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ImA4Wheelr wrote:

TyBreaker wrote:

. . . Also, not to go off topic…when you guys go to Lowes, seriously look into the Utilitech 320 Lumen 4 AAA light. I picked it up too, for $10. It’s also a Black Friday deal. The label looks like this:

Congrats on the new lights.  Is the 4AAA you mention this one

Thanks, ImA4Wheelr. I wasn’t able to open your link, but its this one here.

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