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Solarforce Skyline I

Well I decided to buy one after seeing a picture.  Looks to be a good quality light.

http://solarforce-sales.com/product_detail.php?t=LF&s=26&id=123

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Now at just $30 dollars I suspect I'm certain you won't be alone. Smile 

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That is a steal. 

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I even started a post about this light last week i think it was.

But im told its well worth the $30 and higher for what you get, My issue is i dont have much use for a thrower since most of my lights stay indoors. 

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It is a good light overall, but its performance on a 18650 is abysmal. (replacing the standard driver with a 3*amc linear regulator solves this issue)

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SPAMBOT wrote:

It is a good light overall, but its performance on a 18650 is abysmal. (replacing the standard driver with a 3*amc linear regulator solves this issue)

 

where could you get the driver? is it possible for an XM-L mod?

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SPAMBOT wrote:

It is a good light overall, but its performance on a 18650 is abysmal. (replacing the standard driver with a 3*amc linear regulator solves this issue)

Do you have any more info about why it is abysmal??

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cd520 wrote:

SPAMBOT wrote:

It is a good light overall, but its performance on a 18650 is abysmal. (replacing the standard driver with a 3*amc linear regulator solves this issue)

Do you have any more info about why it is abysmal??

 

I also have a Skyline 1 and its much brighter using 2xCR123A batteries.

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Thats a huge let down for me. The Skyline I has that fancy infinite brightness driver with hidden strobe mode too. I was thinking about pulling the trigger on buying one myself.

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Here take a iook at this I was thinkig about the skyline too for a thrower but I got the solarforce pro-1 kit LI

heres a link compareing skyline to pro 1

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?248023-Solarforce-Skyline-Driving-Impressions-%D8-HEAVY-GRAPHICS-%D8/page2

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I had one for a bit and ended up selling it.  Fun to play light sabres with, but didn't have much of a practical purpose for me.

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which one you mean

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cd520 wrote:

SPAMBOT wrote:

It is a good light overall, but its performance on a 18650 is abysmal. (replacing the standard driver with a 3*amc linear regulator solves this issue)

Do you have any more info about why it is abysmal??

The abysmal part was referring to its low output on 18650, which can be rectified by replacing the regulator as I said.

cd520 wrote:

Thats a huge let down for me. The Skyline I has that fancy infinite brightness driver with hidden strobe mode too. I was thinking about pulling the trigger on buying one myself.

You won't lose the "infinite brightness" part if you switch out the regulator for a simple 1-mode linear amc board. The brightness ramping is controlled by a separate pwm dimmer in the tail cap and it won't be affected by a swap to a amc regulator.

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Ian2381 wrote:

where could you get the driver? is it possible for an XM-L mod?

The regulator I used was a 5-mode 3*amc board that I pulled from another mod job and converted into 1-mode. But any 1-mode amc regulator should work just fine. It was fairly easy to get access to all components in the light, a xm-l mod should also be fairly easy. You'd want a 16mm or smaller mcpcb for the mod though.

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I can't imagine 2x123a (all of $2) being a huge deal since it doesn't seem like a light you'd use all that much. A few years storage life might actually be a useful function.

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i like this light good grip , hvy feel

but as stated poor output on one battery. i knew that going in to it and hate to say but i was shocked still . its my first single battery light in 18650 or cr123 . 

to compare a dissimilar light

 SacredFire NF-009 Cree Q2-WC 160-Lumen LED Flashlight (2*18650/4*CR123A)

destroys this in terms of output , 009 moded with XML BTW ( even without mod).

i had planned on swapping the LED at some point then maybe the driver...

interesting about the tailcap functions - i think that really is the WTG.

 

over all its a nice build - solid but not too heavy , out of the way disco mode and yet it can be deployed effortlessly , infinite brightness is good but... , does throw but needs xml

 

but infinite brightness is fast, too fast ,  once held it in increases in brightness then within a second its down to "flickering moon mode "

worst flaw-  is not supporting rCr123s

id get it again but a few bucks less would be nice , i would be highly disapointed if i had paid more. although a few years ago ( when it came out) i dont know if the output equated a , eh-hmm  "premium"  $90 or whatever at the time

also SFF sent it light wrapped in foamy wrap ,l2t and l2p were in packages

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cd520 wrote:

Thats a huge let down for me. The Skyline I has that fancy infinite brightness driver with hidden strobe mode too. I was thinking about pulling the trigger on buying one myself.

I will be the first to tell you that for what you get for $32 shipped to your door is one heck of a deal.  The quality on this light is just awesome.  And it throws the tightest beam out of all the lights I own. 

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ILIKEFLASHLIGHTS wrote:

cd520 wrote:

Thats a huge let down for me. The Skyline I has that fancy infinite brightness driver with hidden strobe mode too. I was thinking about pulling the trigger on buying one myself.

I will be the first to tell you that for what you get for $32 shipped to your door is one heck of a deal.  The quality on this light is just awesome.  And it throws the tightest beam out of all the lights I own. 

it throws the tightest beam but what throws the furtherest distance from what you own ILIKEFLASHLIGHTS ?

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This one probably is the brightest light I own and the farthest thrower.  It probably will throw a beam 500yds.  I know it will very easily throw one 400yds. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6p-CREE-XR-E-Q5-LED-1600-Lumens-Flashlight-Torch-KE7-/150658100573?pt=US_Flashlights&hash=item2313ec2d5d

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It's 400yds or so to this horsebarn from my house where I am standing.  That was taken on 18x optical zoom.  I can light that barn up at nite very easily with that light at this same spot. 

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ILIKEFLASHLIGHTS wrote:

This one probably is the brightest light I own and the farthest thrower.  It probably will throw a beam 500yds.  I know it will very easily throw one 400yds. 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/6p-CREE-XR-E-Q5-LED-1600-Lumens-Flashlight-Torch-KE7-/150658100573?pt=US_Flashlights&hash=item2313ec2d5d

compare single 18650 cell only...does the skyline has longest throw??

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Well at just a 300 lumen light, you will be hard pressed to find a better thrower.  This light will easily throw a beam 300+ yds.  I can still hit this horsebarn with this light.  But it won't light it up like a stronger lumen light that my not be as good of a thrower but the added lumens makes a light throw farther even though the beam may not be as concentrated.  The best single cell thrower for brightness would be the KEYGOS KE-5 light probably.  But if you could get a XM-L in this Skyline it would be probably the ultimate thrower.  I'm gonna see if I can't get a guy on here to help me do that.  There are some smart dudes on here. 

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If you look, this is a shot from the KEYGOS KE-5 light shined back toward that same horsebarn from the same exact spot about.  Look to the right of the vehicle lights that are lit up and you can see it.  And my shutterspeed may make this appear just a little brighter than it probably was in actual person, but it will be very close to seeing what I seen live and in person.

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old4570's  review here http://www.jayki.com/10556 he was disspointed as his only pulled

Current draw = 0.78A  on 18650's

if you have a DMM how does your compare ILIKEFLASHLIGHTS

 

 

 

 

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Well I can tell you I would very easily pay $32 for another one and still be very happy.  You do what you want.  But the light is a very good quality light for the money.  Yes there are other lights to be had that are brighter for the money, but I doubt you will find a better quality light for fit and finish for the price. 

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yeah I got no doubts whatsoever that its indeed a quality light as are all Solarforce no doubt , I have an L2T and the Masterpiece Pro 1 Head on the way , cant fault the L2T its simply purrrfect , I was just interested to know what tailcap readings you got from yours  , no big deal