*3/13 Update the Review is in!* G700 "Chip In Fund"

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Well I was in for $5 if it went to good cause not the scammers so I am still in for $5 with this idea

Thanks! I’ll put you on the list.

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Also be aware that if you see an adsense ad for these scams, you can click on a button in the corner of the ad and file a complaint form with Google about that particular ad. If enough people do that, maybe Google will pull it. Because the new X800 version of the scam seems to be getting more prevalent.

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1dash1 (post no. 32) wrote:
Count me in for a $5.00 contribution. Smile

Confirming, I’m still in. Star

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I like the new plan; I’ll pitch in $5. Looking forward to a good review / comparison.

On the topic of sending money, does anyone use an app called Cash? All mobile, requires a checking acct with debit card, allows you to send cash free (I. E. PayPal doesn’t take a cut!)

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Andyman wrote:
I like the new plan; I’ll pitch in $5. Looking forward to a good review / comparison.

On the topic of sending money, does anyone use an app called Cash? All mobile, requires a checking acct with debit card, allows you to send cash free (I. E. PayPal doesn’t take a cut!)

Paypal is free to send $ to family and friends, only costs when used to pay for a product or service.
You send it as personal/gift, from checking or pp balance, to avoid the fee.

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Still in for the $5 on this or the original idea, just let me know…

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Slim Pickens wrote:
I received one of these for Xmas. I’d seen this in banner ads all the time while using my parents’ PC. It came with a dumb charger and 2 “protected” “4.2Ah” cells, which are undoubtedly old laptop pulls. I also looked at the emitter. It’s a LatticeBright clone of the original XM-L (surprise).


The box. Cheap thermoplastic (likely recyclable LDPE).


The contents. Light still in the crinkly wrapping.


I highly doubt the cells have any of the claimed protection circuitry. IlluminationSupply Kinoko IMR cells are among the shortest cells I’ve seen.

The mere safety of this kludge of a package is highly questionable.

Bless my parents. They’d always want me to do what I wish with a gift.

Such a review would be great thing to see, especially if mhanlen did it. He’s funny and from my understanding his YouTube channel has considerable reach.

I’d be more than happy to ship this to the designated reviewer at my expense if I were to get $56 and a comparison review in exchange. I would then purchase an Xtar MC1 charger, two Convoy S2+, and two protected Samsung cells for exactly $55.99 at Mountain Electronics to gift to my parents.

Wow… that light is a joke. They (as in Shadowhawk Tactical themselves) told us on Reddit that the cells that are manufactured in Southern California but obviously that’s complete bullshit. I certainly thought the cells looked familiar and I found them… they’re exactly like the Ultrafire cells which everyone knows are crap.

OP, I wouldn’t even bother having everyone pitch in money to review this light. It’s a waste of money and time IMO. I pretty much called them out for trying to scam people with a piece of shit product.

For the record, the light is going under two names… the G700 and the X800. Links below…

https://products.nationalprotectionassociation.org/order5954311

https://www.shadowhawkflashlights.com/ss1/order.php?AFID=12&SID=YH45

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Angler wrote:

Paypal is free to send $ to family and friends, only costs when used to pay for a product or service.
You send it as personal/gift, from checking or pp balance, to avoid the fee.

And since we are all friends here, no costs Wink
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Awesome news, I spoke to mhanlen, and he has agreed to do the side-by-side review for us! Beer

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Mark’s work (mhanlen), check out his YouTube Channel He’s reviewed quite a few flashlights already, and has some pretty hilarious commentary. He also has a pretty strong following already (one of his reviews has over a quarter of a million hits), so I think this would be the perfect vehicle to get the review out there.

I’m talking to 2 guys who have the G700, and am trying to sort out the details of who has the most original, “in the box” stock flashlight. My MECO “clone” light is being delivered today, so it will be ready to ship to mhanlen as well.

Big thanks to everyone involved already, and to the guys willing to chip in to see this review done. It definitely speaks volumes about this community Beer

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Nice his reviews are funny.
Are we also going to send the two to others (first US for any1 willing to pay shipping to the next then Europe)??
We need a lot of reviews and change titles to x729,Z444 or whatever they change it to next (I.have seen 3 different names so far)

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2/12 Update
I spoke to Richard at Mountain Electronics, and he graciously offered a $10 gift voucher to his shop Smile 2 members on here offered up their G700’s for the review, but decided to go with Slim Pickens since he had the entire kit that is sold on Limitact’s website (flashlight, batteries, charger, case).

I’m going to send out a message with my Paypal to everyone who signed up to donate to the cause. I’ll to be the middle man for the $$$, so it gets sent to mhanlen and Slim Pickens for shipping. Any extra will go to the guy’s for their work on this. In order to alleviate any questions as to what the donations are going towards, I’m going to update this thread with a breakdown of expenses, so every penny will be accounted for. Beer

Thank you guys for seeing this through, I’m pretty excited to see the final review!

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Payment will be done within the hour.

I really hope there are a lot of people who are
1 willing to make a review of the G700 and Meco
2 willing to send it to the next who is on par with 1 and 2

If we flood the web with reviews and new ones to incorporate the new names it could be a fun project.
H#ck I just came up with a nice addition to 1 and 2
3 puts 1 or 2 flashlight related things extra in the package and takes 1 or 2 out to keep.

The great BLF G700 review and goodies box on its travel around the world project!

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Just a heads up, when you guys do the review may want to also include BRIGHTMAX 3000. This is the new name this light is being sold under.

http://www.infinitepowersolutions.com/brightmax-3000/

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Lets debunk some junk!!!

And a shameless bump…

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I seen that same plastic box it comes in here sold at Dollarama for $1.

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so yeah, I’m in for $5 if we’re buying Slim Pickens light

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I’ll add $5 toward this, send me the info.

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jason12085 wrote:
so yeah, I’m in for $5 if we’re buying Slim Pickens light

Jason, unfortunately we are not able to buy Slim Pickens light, unless he is wanting to sell it for a lot cheaper than he paid for it. We just didn’t raise enough money to buy a “community light,” which I’m now thinking is for the best. Instead, we’re just trying to cover the shipping costs, and use whatever is left over, as a gift card to Mountain Electronics for mhanlen and Slim Pickens.

hank wrote:
I’ll add $5 toward this, send me the info.

Hank, I think we have enough funds to cover the shipping all ways, and still pull off a $10 gift card for both guys. I greatly appreciate the offer, and may call on you next week, once we determine exact shipping costs. I’m hoping that the donations we have already will cover everything Beer
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SlimP, would you be willing to share your “full kit” with reviewers, and then take it back if you think it’s worth a lot of money?

I know people feel like “the more you paid the more it’s worth” — but it’s not worth much, really.
Except as a horrible example to share.

I’d offer Slim a S2+ as a gift direct-ordered from RMM, if he’d let his “more expensive” light kit be passed around for reviews for a while.

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NICE hank!

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Hank, that is a heck of an offer…

Slim, You would be getting a free light in addition to yours for just loaning it out…

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Let me assume that extra views and subscriptions are a reward in itself for the reviewer
The one giving up the crappy G700 gets a really nice S2+ (thanks hank)
all that is left is shipping, and with al the name changes a new review should be posted regularly to have any effect.
WHO is willing to make a review AND wants to pay for shipping to the rest?
I am, but live in France so to pass the set around USA seems logical before it shippes to Europe.

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Thanks for your offer, Hank! That’s extremely generous. But seeing a nice review or two is enough for me Smile The light and kit is on its way to mhanlen.

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I am so interested in seeing this review. I have the meco light with an xml t6, it was my first zoomie and first aspheric, and as such I was pretty impressed by the amount of light, the smoothness of the flood, and the tightness and throw of the zoom. It put out a decent amount of light I estimate between 600 and 800 lumens. The UI and switch were flaky and the light is clearly cheaply made, but no so cheaply to impede it's most basic job. Most people I showed it to were fairly impressed and wanted one. But keep in mind I only paid around $7 for it, not $59 or whatever the crappytac lights go for. If that $59 gets these buyers the light 2 batteries a charger, and they have only used common incandescent flashlights, I think there can be enough implied value and reasonable light output, that buyers are generally satisfied. I actually bought another meco light for someone else, along with 2 good cells and a 2 bay charger, and it came to between $25 and $30, which is about the minimum one could spend on these 3 items. From that perspective, crappytak is just doubling the price, which is less egregious than the $6.99 to $59.99 markup we think when we see the ad. Definitely not taking up for these sellers, and maybe my commentary is irrelevant to anything here since I have the meco not the other one. Just happy with mine for the price paid. Not as pretty as my Zeusray but equal in usefulness and output. Braided the springs upgraded the wires in both and run them on LG HE2's. For cheap lights, they provide cheap light. tongue-out

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Yes I got one that looks the same as the G700 but says ultra fire on the side. With LatticeBright led and still it outshines all the flashlights I can buy at the hardware stores here. For the $5 these sell indeed impressive and it fits 26650, 18650 and 3xAAA cells with provided sleeve and AAA holder.
Point is they are worth 5 and general public must know this so if they want to spend $56 they buy something that is actually worth that.

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To make a long story short, friend asked about G700 $55, told him it was junk and worth $7. Asked me about AA lights, didn’t want to use lithium ion, figured out the best AA lights for him and sent lots of links. He calls yesterday and says he bought a Leopard(same as G700), told me USA made and got it for $30, LOL. He also bought lights from Lowe’s and WalMart. Some people just don’t listen, I give up.

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I can’t wait to get into this review! I’ll update here when I get the light. Should take me a few weeks to finish it… just because of my current workload.

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mhanlen wrote:
I can’t wait to get into this review! I’ll update here when I get the light. Should take me a few weeks to finish it… just because of my current workload.

I did not fully follow the discussion (sorry), will you be having the G700 and also the $5 version for a side-by-side comparison?

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mhanlen wrote:
I can’t wait to get into this review! I’ll update here when I get the light. Should take me a few weeks to finish it… just because of my current workload.

I did not fully follow the discussion (sorry), will you be having the G700 and also the $5 version for a side-by-side comparison?

That is my understanding. I wasn’t following the thread that close either, but I was contacted to do a review and side by side comparison. Which I will happily oblige. My analytics on my YouTube channel suggest that a lot of people are searching for G700. So this should get a ton of traffic.

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