Review: DRY cool white, 4-mode/step-down

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How dry I am...how dry I am...nobody knows...how dry I am.

Good review Foy, might have to catch this next time around on a GB.

Missed the boat on this one, due to procrastination, and use my 5X Q5 anyway.

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aoyue2702 wrote:

hows the throw on the dry compared to the tk70?

 

I have both and in my opinion, DRY can't really be compared to TK70 in terms of throw.

Even though DRY produces slightly more OTF lumens than TK70, its reflector is just too narrow and shallow to be a serious thrower.

It is one heck of flood light though lighting everything around you.

check this picture i just took for reflector size comparison.

 

tk70 and dry

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Do you feel the TK70 is worth $200 ?  I can get one for $179.00 shipped from a US seller.  think I should?

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aoyue2702 wrote:

Do you feel the TK70 is worth $200 ?

 

I paid about CDN$180 shipped and I think it's totally worth it. Someone at CPF mentioned his TK70 out-threw his olight SR-90 ($400).

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tgx78 wrote:

aoyue2702 wrote:

Do you feel the TK70 is worth $200 ?

 

I paid about CDN$180 shipped and I think it's totally worth it. Someone at CPF mentioned his TK70 out-threw his olight SR-90 ($400).

 

I can get one on amazon right now, for $179.00 shipped, 3 day shipping free.

 

EDIT:  Man... My wife is going to KILL ME

Damn you TGX78, you talked me into it!!!

 

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Thanks for a great review! The only thing keeping me from ordering one is cash shortage.


"tail cap draw:  (Solarforce protected 2400) - 4.30 amps - turbo"

Anyone with a DMM and some flame Trustfires?

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gorann wrote:

I forgot, will Trrustfire flames from DD be good for DRY?

These are my bbest cells Shocked unfortunately.  

 

I have those and they seem to work fine on DRY even on turbo. 

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anduril wrote:

Thanks for a great review! The only thing keeping me from ordering one is cash shortage.


"tail cap draw:  (Solarforce protected 2400) - 4.30 amps - turbo"

Anyone with a DMM and some flame Trustfires?

I hit 4.5a on my tf flames

 

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with new 3000 flames I hit 4.8a with batteries at 4.12v..but they are tiiigghhhttt..just got mine right now... 

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On my DRY strobe mode trips the protection circuit on the Flame batteries.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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Very nice review Foy! Sorry I just now got to it. Frontpage'd and Sticky'd now. Smile

The DRY pretty much changed everything, even if it is as ugly as sin. Wink It's definitely a big success for the budget market.

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The smallish o-ring and slight battery holder rattle were the only minor annoyances. Otherwise really awed by the amount of light coming out from such a small compact design. 

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I used a dremel tool with a wire wheel to de-burr the threads on my DRY,  much smoother now and you can actually run your finger across the threads without getting your finger cut Silly

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There we go. Enjoy! Smile

 

Mouse out: E1320 modified F15  (XM-L @ 3.50 amps)
Mouse over: DRY Turbo

F15 vs DRY Turbo 

 

Out: E1320 modified C88  (XM-L @ 3.50 amps)
Over: DRY High

C88 XM-L vs DRY High 

 

Out: DRY High
Over: DRY Turbo

DRY High vs DRY Turbo 

High vs Turbo is not exactly HUGE, but it's significant. The heat on Turbo is ALSO significant.

 

Out: E1320 modified C88  (XM-L @ 3.50 amps)
Over: E1320 modified F15  (XM-L @ 3.50 amps)

C88 vs F15

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Mouseovers Rock

What I do

 

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jacktheclipper wrote:

Mouseovers Rock

yes they do, and so does the Dry Smile

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Trust me guys, from my experience with all the triples and 4 of these, try not to do above 4A.  It is already very good at 4A, there is no need at all to try to aim for 5A unless you are living in a very cold place like Alaska or Canada or Northeasten China/Moscow.   I know the feeling that you want MORE and MORE, but seriously there is no need.

And at this juncture this and the TM11 are the only triples with NW and this one is the only one with WW.

My 4 x U2 emitters came on LED DNA. Going to change one copy out.  Smile   Hope it does 3000L OTF! (or probably close to it).

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I must admit; I tried to do the mouse-over some time ago and encountered a strange mental block . . . I just couldn't figure it out . . . but I will.

viktori - thank you so very much; those show the difference rather dramatically.

 

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Great pics foy. I must say I do miss the cactus though.

 

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I must say mouseovers puzzled me for a moment, because they worked while composing the reply, but not after I submitted the reply. Turns out, you have to reload the full thread page, or open it in a new tab/window for mouseovers to work. Looks to me like a bug in frugal.

Here is a nice tutorial on how to create a mouseover, or mouseover howto: 

http://budgetlightforum.com/node/2605

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I used some small washers to lengthen my DRY battery holder by 1.1mm ,  longer protected batteries fit nicely now. 

 

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aoyue2702 wrote:

I used some small washers to lengthen my DRY battery holder by 1.1mm ,  longer protected batteries fit nicely now. 

 

this is simple yet so brilliant.now the xtar 2600 fits nicely into the battery holder,thanks,aoyue2702

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nice idea..I will do the same..

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Thanx Viktor for the excellent mouse-overs and the tutorial.

Boy, that DRY remains impressive!

Current Collection:

BLF: BLF-GT90, BLF-GT70 (CW Sliced), BLF GTmini, BLF-LT1; 

BTU: Shocker (3 x SST-40 @ 8A)

Solarforce: L2P (XM-L2 U3 @ 4A), MPP-1 (XP-L HI @ 6A), MPP-3 (3 x XM-L2 U2 @ 12A), M6 (Nichia 319A @ 6A), M8 (XHP-50.2 @ 9A), 9x (9 x XM-L2 U2 @ 2A)

Coming Soon: Lumintop: BLF-GT4; 

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aoyue2702 wrote:

I used some small washers to lengthen my DRY battery holder by 1.1mm ,  longer protected batteries fit nicely now. 

 

What a great idea! You're the man!

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atbglenn wrote:

aoyue2702 wrote:

I used some small washers to lengthen my DRY battery holder by 1.1mm ,  longer protected batteries fit nicely now. 

 

What a great idea! You're the man!

 

I know... I know...  Cool

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Hi, I am new to this forum.

I just sold my Dry to my Bro-in-Law, cuz he had to have it.  Not because I did not like it.  For the money it is likely the best small bright light out there

I just ordered the Electrolumens Buiser which is on sale for about $149.  It uses a 26650 (might have one more zero) battery and he rates it at 3000 lumens.

I should get my Bruiser in a few days and will give a comparison.  I also own the TK70 and the TM11.  I found both to put out noticeably more light than the Dry (not saying the Dry is not amazing, all things considered).

I don't think the TK70 is a comparable light because it truly lights up the inside of a dark 2 story chimney (I inspect fireplaces).  The TM11 does a good job and the Dry is acceptable, but the TM11 does a noticeably better job than the Dry.  This holds true for my bounce tests as well.

One thing I really liked about the Dry is the reverse clicky at the back (the TM has an electronic type on off switch on the side) which means its less convenient to turn on and off.

I wont be able to do a side by side since I no longer have the Dry but I can compare it to the TM11.

I will put a quick review here when I get it.  I won't be doing beam shots since I am too lazy (lets be honest) to set it all up.  Actually, if the Bruiser blows it won't really matter.

I also ordered his EDC which is claimed at 1000 lumens and uses an 18650 battery, it's on sale for $99.

He seems like a real good guy (the owner) and responds quickly to emails.  No, I do not work for him. But I love my lights and if I find a good one (especially if it is made is US) then I will promote it.

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When I ordered my Dry I ordered an extra battery holder and their holster.  I advise the extra holder since the first one I touched fell apart and the spring broke off (all fixable).  The $5 holster is inexpensive but it will not last if you are like me and use your lights all the time (placing it in and out of the holster a lot).  So if you want a holster, order 3 and certainly order another bat holder if you are serious about using the light.

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