MTE Light Mini-Review BRIGHT

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MTE Light Mini-Review BRIGHT

Here's the story:

I was in the market for a new tactical flashlight, one that could be weapon mounted, bright, and durable. As I was searching, I came across a brand called MTE on dealextreme.com. The price was right, only $31 for a 900 lumen flashlight, but there had to be a catch. I did some more reseach on the P7-D, and I happen to run into the U.S. based distributer for all MTE lights. Here's his site: http://site.gregmcgeeengineering.com/ I learned more and more about these lights as I read up on them, and so many reviews, until I found out that many MTE flashlights on the market are fakes! There was the catch for the P7-D on dealextreme.com. They sold the fakes, and many of the reviews on the market were on the fake P7-D, and still, many people liked them! So, since MTE has a huge problem on the fakes, I decided to try out the legitimate MTE flashlight from Greg are GregMcgeeEngineering.com I asked him to prove that he was the real deal seller of the MTE flashlights, and sure enought, he told me the many ways on how to spot the difference between a fake and a real MTE light. Then he showed me that he was the owner of the online trademark for the US based distributer of all MTE lights. I bought a couple, the P7-D and the M-2.

 

He shipped "light"ning fast and it arrived at my door within a matter of days. I tore up the beautiful packaging and inspected these fine lights. Man, these things are brighter than anything I've ever laid my eyes on, and the look as if they are built to last like Duralast. Wink O-rings to seal the light from any water, I wouldn't be afraid if a hurricane hit this light, no water would get in or out.

 

The P7-D is a great light being weapon mounted. Perfect for my needs and build quality that seems perfect. Robust and durable, it's earned a spot on my M4.

The M-2 is fun, it's not as bright as the P7-D, but when on the tightest setting, the M-2 has NO flood and has enought brightness to show the P7-D who is boss, and has some left over to smack the P7-D around. It's like a handheld spotlight.

 

Overall: I am impressed. These things feel as if they can put the sun to shame, I haven't held anything brighter and don't think I ever will. MTE has earned a spot on my quality parts list, and my P7-D has served it's field time well. I suggest that you guys take a look at these, and don't fall for the el' cheapo' knockoffs. Buy them from Greg here: http://shop.gregmcgeeengineering.com/ and you will not regret it.

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Another very smelly 1st post. It's funny how I've read the very same story before on cpf and youtube.

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Very nice light, which I had one of them. Its hardly a budget light at that price though.

I take it we could call the DX version the budget light as its half price of original.

Cheap quality is good - Expensive crap isn´t

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Why not start off my flashlight addiction with a review on a flashlight?

DX as in dealextreme? Sure it is a little more expensive than the ordinary, but the small price difference makes this a great competitor.

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I have seen vids from him when he tests out his lights, and he also seems to be the only legitimate dealer in the US.  According to some of the responses on the other side he seems to have good CS as well.  Please post pics of the light with others as im sure many of us would like to see them.  My only light from MTE was an AA single celled P4 SSC.  Was'nt as bright as lets say a P4 but the beam profile was smooth.

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I was going to surprise you guys with the pictures, but I can't get my camera back until a couple of days. Yep, his communication with me was excellent, and the shipping was fast.

I'll keep you guys posted on the pictures though. I'll even include some of them mounted on my M4.

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Cool and i also forgot to mention the great mini review..........now to find that MTE somewhere.

With Darkness, there will always be Light.

 

 

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Thanks!

 

You can buy it from the guy himself here:

http://shop.gregmcgeeengineering.com/

 

It was at the bottom of the review.

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Congrats with your new lights! Im sure you're going to have a lot of fun with them, As long as the current reviews are positive, dont be afraid to buy counterfeit lights from dx and other places, Armed with a soldering iron, you'll find that most of these lights are very easy and fun to mod.

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Here are some pictures of the P7-D mounted on my M4. Sorry it took awhile, I am extremely busy and just recently found my camera.

 

Let me know what you guys think.

Personally, I love this thing.

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Nice M4 you got there 555Fan.  I had a bunch of pistols and rifles when I lived in Alaska mostly for hunting but nothing like your M4.  I had to sell all of them and all my other toys before moving here.  It felt like having to give up children......but worse. Cry  

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Hi guys, new user here.

 

Isn't that a MTE M3-2I mounted to that rifle since it has got tir optics instead of a reflector? (Head and body looks like a M3-2I and the tailcap looks to be from a P7-D)

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Welcome Spambot. Enjoy your stay here.

 

Sharp eyes there - I hadn't noticed the TIR till you pointed it out.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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It's a P7-D, but with the TIR Optic for durability with the tactical head.. Good luck breaking that!

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How did you get that light? Is it some kind of special order item or did you put it together yourself? Forgive me for asking so many quastions, but does it use a SSC P7 or Cree MC-E LED?

 

I have one of the supposedly inauthentic DX versions of the M3-2I and it is a really good light. I was about to get the supposedly authentic version because of the CR123A support but shipping to my country is a killer.

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Nope, I asked Greg about it and he said he could put that head together for me because I didn't want it breaking on me. He is really good with customer service.

It uses  the SSC P7.

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Hey there SPAMBOT, welcome!  (HA, I never thought I'd say that to a spambot. Just kidding!) Enjoy it here!

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Aloha and welcome Spambot!   Smile

 

 

Don wrote:

"But as I said long ago, you are more likely to be killed by a dead fish dropped by a seagull in the Sahara Desert than by a lithium ion

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Thank you and for the record, I won't spam I promise : )

 

@556Fan: I have always wondered how a SSC P7 would perform using Ledil Iris optics for MC-E, does your hybrid light produce a nice beam or are there any artifacts? From my limited experience with these optics and MC-E emitters I'd say that the beam profile I'd expect from it is a very large uniform spot with absolutely no spill. How does its beam pattern work out when using it as a weaponlight? Sorry to flood you with all these quastions, but I really like TIR based flashlights and I'am looking for an excuse to get a third one, lol Laughing

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556Fan wrote:

It's a P7-D, but with the TIR Optic for durability with the tactical head.. Good luck breaking that!

 

There is nothing I cannot break. I used to be a chemist so, like most male chemists, there was a strong minor in things that went "boom". I once had to break a safe - an attempted robber had emptied a Type 56 magazine into the lock and had left enough crud in it that the key wouldn't work any more. If you can break one of those you can break most things.

 

As an engineer I knew used to say about divers, "You can seal a diver naked in a saturation chamber with two 2" steel ball bearings. Within the hour, he'll have broken one and lost the other."

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0ApkFM37n_QnRdDU5MDNzOURjYllmZHI...

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The beam has a lot of flood, but it's still very bright towards the center, and a little bit dimmer torwards the edge, and then it fades off a bit if you know what I mean. The beam is very large, and at close ranges, it is great as a weapon mounted light, since it floods the whole room, leaving no dark spots behind, perfect, since you want to see everything in that room. It's a great light for weapon mounting and room flooding, but it is still decently bright a far ranges from the shear brightness of it. If you want extremly concentrated lights at far ranges, get the MTE M-2. It has an adjustable head that offers a PERFECT circle of light, the middle of the beam is just as bright as the edge, and can be focused down to the LED, which is like a rectangle, with a smaller rectangle at the side of it. That can light up a garage door, and only the garage door, all the way down the street(hehe). It's very bright, and when pointed in the sky, it makes a beam, almost like you have a light-sword in your hands.

 

I'm a bit of a pyro too. I love the 4th, but I don't deal with actual major explosives. The TIR is made of Lexan, so it's very strong for it's size and thickness.