Noob question - body + dropin all I need?

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Noob question - body + dropin all I need?

Since http://www.lightake.com/detail.do/sku.SolarForce_L2_Flashlight_Body_Tube... is fairly cheap considering it has the extension tube (which seems to be abpout $7 or so well I haven't researched that well but definitely haven't seen it under $3), it occured to me it'll likely be cheaper to get one of those  plus the DX XP-G R5 5 mode drop in seperately ($10.82+$14.16=$24.98 i.e. about $2.60 for the extension) rather then DX Ultrafire L2 XP-G R5 + extension tube ($22.35 + whatever for extension tube).

 

But one thing I'm still uncertain of is whether that's all I need (bar batteries of course :-P). At first I thought it didn't have a lens but then looking more closely it does. And the dropin comes with the reflector. So there's nothing else I need right?

 

Mind you I'm still on the fence with the extension anyway. The additional management issues it creates have always been a concern (plus the likely reduced efficiency of the driver at higher voltages), exploding flashlight report hasn't exactly helped Silly

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Yes its the whole body, all you need is a dropin like the one that you plan on getting and your straight, install the batt and your ready to go whitewall hunting.

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Two 18650's is going to give you plenty of runtime just make sure that you check the voltage range of the dropin.....

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Thanks for that.

 

Yeah the improved runtime and should be fairly consistent brightness (as the driver remains in regulation voltage) are a major plus with 2x18650. Of course the consistent brightness is also the downside. I can bring a spare battery but it'll be nice not having to stop to change battery when I'm cycling if I ever cycle that long. Of course I just realised I missed the LT coupon but oh well... (wasn't really paying much attention to LT/PB before because they didn't have much that I was interested in plus what they did have like the Skyray R5 seemed quite a bit more then DX, I noticed the bodies but didn't seem likely to be cheaper at first until I belatedly noticed the one with the extension tube)

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Well with mine i get about I got over an hour of runtime, but then of course im running R2's in mine.  Might get a little less because of the emitter being brighter, but it should work for you just fine.  I would pack an extra cell anyway just in case you get a flat, just be prepared for the worse.  Is the dropin a single or multimode.

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Multimode (I prefer to have the option of different brightness)

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Cool, you might want to do a runtime test before you venture out at night......this will give you a good indication on what to expect.

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