D18 or MF01s? If you had to have just one...

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D18 or MF01s? If you had to have just one...

I’ve done my reading on both and people seem pleased with both. Mostly a dog walking light with 3K or 4K HCRI emitters. Which do YOU prefer? These are my struggles:

Is there much difference in heat dissipation/thermal mass (is the D18 TOO small?), even though the form factor seems awesome.

BBL. it sounds like there’s a lower DUV tint bin used in the Astrolux, but after reading, maukka thinks the tint is about perfect on his d18. Any other opinions?

Throw. If anyone has both, which beam do you prefer and is the throw THAT much better on the MF01s?

I’m leaning Emisar because they are tried and true for me but I want to get the best light for my money and purpose. Thanks in advance for any input, even the the real answer is “you don’t need another flashlight.”

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I’ve been wondering about the same thing myself, I have a D4SV2 with SST-20 3000K 95CRI which is my walking light, but I’d like more flood and better thermal handling with higher output.
It’s a great hand warmer though, heats trough your gloves.

Warm color temperature and high CRI are the most important features of a walking light in my opinion, especially on colder winter nights. The warm light is soothing and calming.

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Emisar D4V2 Dual ch. W1/LH351D 3500K, D4V2 Dual ch. E21A 2000K/4500K, D4V2 SST-20 4000K, D4V2 SST-20 5000K, D4V2 Ti SST-20 2700K, D4V2 Ti SST-20 4000K, D4V2 Ti XPL-Hi V3 1A, D4SV2 SST-20 3000K Noctigon KR1 OSRAM W2 | FireFlies PL47G2 SST-20 4000K, PL47G2 219B 4500K, E07 219B 4500K Lumintop FW1A SST-20 4000K, Tool AA 2.0 219C 4500K | Sofirn C01S SST-20 4000K, Sofirn SC01 SST-20 4000K, SP10S LH351D 5000K, IF25 SST-20 2700K + 6500K, BLF LT1 | ZebraLight SC700d XHP 70.2 5000K Hi-CRI Convoy C8+ SST-40 6500K Acebeam H30 XHP 70.2 5000K | 

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D18. I consider Noctigon/Emisar quality the absolute best in the business.

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The MF01S is quite a throwy light. My 4000k does 80kcd with fully charged 30Qs. 6500k should be 50% more. If you’re wondering about the sustained lumens I’d say about 1500 but should be more if you’re holding it. Out of the three Astrolux lights I’ve had (All Mateminco) all of them came with a problem. Their quality control isn’t great. I still buy them though cause they’re so good value for money. Banggood can be a bit annoying but they usually end up solving the problem.

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Ask yourself …. how is astrolux/banggoods warranty if you have issues, especially say 6 months down the road?

And how is emissars?

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I have had issues with lights from both companies. Emisar dealt with the issue immediately and effortlessly. I have now sent and resent pix and videos to Banggood 4 times for the same issue and they still just ask for pix and order numbers every time I contact them. I gave up this morning and contacted paypal. If you are sitting on the fence take Emisar EVERY time. If you have problems they will fix it promptly – Banggood will just keep asking you for the same information over and over until you give up.

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I have had issues with lights from both companies. Emisar dealt with the issue immediately and effortlessly. I have now sent and resent pix and videos to Banggood 4 times for the same issue and they still just ask for pix and order numbers every time I contact them. I gave up this morning and contacted paypal. If you are sitting on the fence take Emisar EVERY time. If you have problems they will fix it promptly – Banggood will just keep asking you for the same information over and over until you give up.

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RageAgainst… wrote:
I have had issues with lights from both companies. Emisar dealt with the issue immediately and effortlessly. I have now sent and resent pix and videos to Banggood 4 times for the same issue and they still just ask for pix and order numbers every time I contact them. I gave up this morning and contacted paypal. If you are sitting on the fence take Emisar EVERY time. If you have problems they will fix it promptly – Banggood will just keep asking you for the same information over and over until you give up.

Do you email them the pics? If you send them via banggood chat they ask for them again.
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@ ZED

Wondering what you went with and how it worked out? also what LED’s you may have went with and hows the heat handling for your light?

I own both astrolux and emisar products and like both companies lights, and im trying to figure out MF01s and D18 right now too.

Thanks! appreciate the info.

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I have the D18 but I find myself carrying my NS53 more because of its smaller size and similar brightness. High cri is nice, but a wall of light from something so small and light is even better

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Thank you !

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