N-Light B1 SS (1xAA) XP-G R5 neutral 3-mode no-strobes

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N-Light B1 SS (1xAA) XP-G R5 neutral 3-mode no-strobes

Does someone have experience with the N-Light B1 ($26.50) ? Seems like a nice light and if I read correctly there is a version with just hi-mid-low. The B2S from the same manufacturer had good reviews. (Manufacturer Link)

"Hello Outdoor Store team,
I am interested in your N-Light B1 neutral white, but I want the version with just 3 modes Low(5%)-Medium(30%)-High(100%) and not the version with 5 modes (I hate strobe and SOS modes). How do I order the 3 mode version?
http://www.intl-outdoor.com/nlight-b1-ss-300-lmaa14500-flashlight-p-237....
Best regards
Vec"

Edited by: Vectrex on 11/15/2011 - 09:10
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Hi, Vec, thanks for your suggestion.

The website page has been updated, now, you can make your mode choice now.

Regards!

Hank

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Cool, thanks Hank... ordered one. Will do a "first impressions" when it arrives.

Hank, are you also able to get the B2S from the same manufacturer?

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Hi, Vec, thanks for your order.

I'm afraid the stock for B2S will not be back this year.

Whenver there is stock, we will update the website.

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I have the order number 82. Wink Your shop is quiet new I assume? I just read that B2S suffered from switch issues and was pulled from the market. I hope that's not also affecting the B1-series. Would you mind checking mine before shipping it out? If that's not possible, I'll just have to wait and see. Thanks.

Is the included diffuser a cone or a lens add-on?


This price includes:

Flashlight x1
Hand Strap x1
Diffuser x1
O-ring x1
Spare lens X1

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Hi, Vec, all the goods will be checked carefully before shipping.

Flashlight x1
Hand Strap x1
Diffuser x1
O-ring x 1
Spare lens X1

All these items listed will be included surely. Please refer to the B1 package photo below: 

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Looks pretty nice!

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Lovely case, thanks for your excellent support and fast replies.

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You're welcome!

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I also came across this model on Hank's website a while back but found zero references to it, let alone a review so I passed. If it's a typical N-Light then build quality should be decent. I wasn't aware of the switch issues with the B2S, but then I don't own any N-Light product. 

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Ric mentioned the switch problems on the B2S here. Boaz and old4570 seem very happy with the ones from an earlier batch.

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I think that's a safe statement ..The b2s resembles a D-10 in stainless Steel. For a hardcore nitecore lover that's a serious plus.. And when OLD4570Said it did 500 lumens ..that would have explained why on a 14500 it has that WOW factor like a es 01xeno or any xml .. this one just does it with an xpg.

I also have the B9...Same emitter and driver  ..Just different styling and weighs about 600 pounds .Hard to carry so it lives in the guest bedroom. double WOW.. wow bright and wow heavy .

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The N-Light B1 arrived. My first impression was... wow that thing is heavy and seems to be so big. The size is pretty much the common 1 AA form factor, but it looks so massive.

At first I was disappointed with the output and some flickering issues, but cleaning the internals of the clicky helped a lot. Before it was like low-medium-medium, after cleaning it is like supposed to be: low-medium-high. It's a physical clicky btw and not an electronic one. The diffuser that is provided with the light by N-Light is actually too big, but Hank offered to send a suitable one.

What I like:

- neutral tint

- 3 modes with no strobes

- no visible PWM on medium and lo

- well spaced modes on NiMHs, very similar to my Xeno XP-G E03

- the Fenix PD-10 clip I got from Boaz fits like a glove (not incl of course)

- tailstands very solid

- runs well on 14500 and Eneloop

- metal tailcap (not rattling)

- there are no logos or brand names on the body, contrary to some product pics out there.

 

What I don't like:

- the weight

- the "optical" and "felt" size

- provided diffuser too big

- that I had to clean the internals, to work properly

 

Photobucket is exceptionally slow today, so pics will be provided later.

I will let you know if the contact issues return.

 

 

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i say thanks you for sharing the thoughts

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Some random pics:

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UF 2100 with SF clip, Xeno E03 with Fenix LD-20 clip, N-Light B1with  PD-10 clip, Brinyte PD03A with Fenix LD-01 clip ..... the camera angle is a little misleading ... better take the picture above for size comparisons.

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Wow, man, that's a... huge light Shocked I didn't thought it will be so big (thanks for the comparison with Xeno, which I own). Those specs in your first post, Vec, should be wrong. AFAIK, Xeno is 97x22 mm Flat Stare and it looks quite smaller.

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Funny thing is that the N-Light is a little thinner and about as long as the Xeno. Don't let camera angles and optical illusions fool you. But I could have sworn it was bigger when I first held it in my hands. I think I fixed the contact issues, but I shouldn't have to .. on a $26,50 light. I think I am starting to like this light...

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SashiX wrote:
AFAIK, Xeno is 97x22 mm Flat Stare and it looks quite smaller.

i thought big is beautiful?

the Xeno is (my own kickass measurements) 97.20mm x 21.50mm, exact. (it's machined very precisely).

nice pix, thx!

82grams, seriously?? then shelf queen Smile

nothing beats Aluminum in weight, not even Titanium. (people like myself sometimes forget that Titanium is heavier than Aluminum!)

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Vectrex wrote:

Don't let camera angles and optical illusions fool you.

Yeah, too late :bigsmile: I was fooled by your camera :bigsmile: Please remove that image :bigsmile: The other one has better perspective Wink

And yes, it's not so huge, Xeno size actually Smile

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But it looks so much bigger... even in real life. Yep it weighs about a ton.

It is certainly a heavy duty light. But since I like the tint so much it could become my new work horse... and since it is SS and very smooth with no sharp edges or knurling, I wouldn't be afraid to throw it in a pocket or bag with other things.

Those Fenix clips rock btw...  thanks again Boaz.

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Glad to be of some help Vectrex ...

 Hey.... it's stainless steel not plastic .it's gonna have some heft to it .

the B2S is 74 grams  which IMHO really isn't heavy .I can carry it without even ever giving it a second thought .....It's brotyher the B9 on the other hand is massively heavy at just shy of 120 grams ..it feels like a set of brass knuckles .

I like the clips on smooth lights like that ....i have a clip on my F23 SS that I stole off a richahang 7001

Here's some lights to compare sizes against....

 

(forgot i had this pic  till I found it on google  Smile  )

Yezel Z1 - same size light as the uf-2100

b9 n-light

b2s n-light

2010 BLF light ... blf-aay4e-cree-xre-r2-4mode

L2 N-light

Solarforce  L2

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Hank followed through and sent me the soft silicone flashlight small diffuser free of charge. The diffusing capabilities is not on par with the solid ones from Fenix... but the softness accommodates to quiet a lot of 20-22 mm lights, whereas on the solid ones 0.5mm decide whether they fit or not. Hanks shop says they fit from 20-25mm, but already on my Klarus P1A/P2A (23 mm) they are a bit fiddly to use and have to stretch quiet a bit. BTW the "wrong" N-Light diffuser that was bundled with the B1 is a perfect fit for Klarus P1A/P2A and I assume also for the Jetbeam BA10/BA20... so Hank ... if you wanna get rid of them ... just sell them separately. Wink

Did you remove the neutral option for the B1, Hank? ...And just now the 3-mode option vanished also? Are they gone for good?