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Review: Shadow JM05 2 x 26650

Shadow JM05 2 x 26650: "Please Drive Me Harder"

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The Shadow JM05 concludes the quintet of vastly entertaining lights I ordered from Hank at Int'l Outdoor.  This JM05 was highly anticipated because Foy feels that 26650 torches deserve to be the next big thing among the flashlightinati (insert clever group description) The 2 x 26650 form factor has the look and feel of what many might call a "traditional" flashlight.  The additional energy of a 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery is no small thing and I'm certain more single and multiple 26650 flashlights will soon be on the market.  The Shadow JM05 is a superb example of the breed and without reservation, it is . . .

Foyapproved

Bottom line:  The JM05 is a formidable torch.  It has a huge, screw-in copper pill and quality extras like gold (copper? brass?) contact rings, a reflector lock ring, dual o-rings at the head and gorgeous, square threads.  Fit and finish is second to none, its Hollywood good looks is sure to annoy haters and it seems purpose built for an over-driven, XM-L hot rod driver.  So . . . why isn't it?  The JM05 has thick, thermal pathways enough to passively cool a nuclear reactor and make no mistake; it is bright, brighter than my M8, even.  But, ohhh could it be so much more and at this size/price, it should be.  It's easy to imagine the folks at Shadow being a little squeamish with 3+ amps atop 8,000 mAh, but Foy thinks this flashlight should spend some quality time under Erik's soldering gun.  All aboard for New Hampshire!

Shadow JM05 2 x 26650: "Please Drive Me Harder"

WOLF

 

The Shadow JM05 concludes the quintet of vastly entertaining lights I ordered from Hank at Int'l Outdoor.  This JM05 was highly anticipated because Foy feels that 26650 torches deserve to be the next big thing among the flashlightinati.  The 2 x 26650 form factor has the look and feel of what many might call a "traditional" flashlight.  The additional energy of a 4,000 mAh lithium-ion battery is no small thing and I'm certain more single and multiple 26650 flashlights will soon be on the market.  The Shadow JM05 is a superb example of the breed and without reservation, it is . . .

Foyapproved

Bottom line:  The JM05 is a formidable torch.  It has a huge, screw-in copper pill and quality extras like gold (copper? brass?) contact rings, a reflector lock ring, dual o-rings at the head and gorgeous, square threads.  Fit and finish is second to none, its Hollywood good looks is sure to annoy haters and it seems purpose built for an over-driven, XM-L hot rod driver.  So . . . what isn't it?  The JM05 has thick, thermal pathways enough to passively cool a nuclear reactor and make no mistake; it is bright, brighter than my M8, even.  But, ohhh could it be so much more and at this size/price, it should be.  It's easy to imagine the folks at Shadow being a little squeamish with 3+ amps atop 8,000 mAh, but Foy thinks this flashlight should spend some quality time under Erik's soldering gun.  All aboard for New Hampshire!

 

What I like:

- aesthetics

- 2Cish form factor

- build quality/machine work

- apart from the norm grip design

- big, fat pill

- gold contact rings

- gorgeous green shade anodization

- reflector locking ring

- no external brand identification or "warning hot" notices  (just the letters W O L F around the tail cap)

- 3 hours run time

What I do not like:

- under driven

- should have been a 3-mode  (with no strobe)

- came with just one 26650 to 18650 sleeve

- arrived with (extremely) small flaws

Shadow JM05/T6 2 x 26650 Flashlight

$53.50  Int'l Outdoor  http://www.intl-outdoor.com/shadow-jm05-t6-2x26650-850lm-flashlight-p-301.html 

ordered:  2-16-12

received: 3-8-12

Cree XM-L/T6 emitter

SMO reflector

designed for 2 x 26650 or 2 x 18650 lithium-ion batteries  (no working voltage listed)

4-mode user interface: high (2.8 amps) medium (1.4 amp) low (.12 amp) and fast strobe with mode memory  (manufacturer specs)

6061-T6 aluminum

"HA III" anodization with medium green finish

square cut threads

dual o-rings

tail standing, tactical, reverse clicky tail cap switch with 4 lanyard holes and 14mm boot

gold flashlight body contact rings

large, copper screw-in pill

IPX-5  <<edit>>

selected manufacturer specifications:

"850 lumens"

run time:  high - 3.5 hours  low - 65 hours

low battery warning

205mm length; 30mm body; 47mm head

295 grams without battery

what you get for $53.50:

- JM05 flashlight

- 1 26650 to 18650 battery converter sleeve

 - 2 battery spacer magnets

- lanyard

tail cap draw:  with 2 x King Kong 26650/4000

high:      1.15 amp

medium: .56

low:       .04

Run time with 2 x King Kong 26650s charged to 4.18 volts each.

Flashlight on high.

timeFoyometer
12:37169
12:40167
1:10164
1:40164
2:08164
2:35162
3:08162
3:30160

3 hours run time - pretty good.

Foyometer:  (for comparison only)

60   - Foy's dimly lit office

170 - Solarforce M8 with 2 x unprotected Panasonic 18650/2350

177 - Shadow JM05 with 2 x King Kong 26650/4000

The Shadow JM05 is a full size flashlight with a classic 2C feel and look.  I really like the two vertical cut bands around the body instead of the usual knurling.  (or, most often, faux knurling)  Fully loaded with King Kongs, the JM05 is about 475 grams and however substantial it is to carry and use, it never feels too big or too heavy.  When the need arises for a non-EDC light such as this, performance requirements usually trump minor carry concerns.

Machine work is a delight to behold with no sloppy nicks or burrs.  The green ano is beyond awesome, much more so than my camera could capture.

At first I questioned the builder's choice of a two battery only setup instead of an extension/convertible . . . but, I've found I like the solid feel/less busy appearance of a once-piece tube.

The head knurling is diamond beautiful with laser straight cuts.  And, this is not an "attack" or "defensive" bezel; it merely facilitates head standing lamp duty.

Whatever doubts I may have about ano durability, I can't say enough about its matte quality.  It looks and feels expensive.

I am absolutely thrilled that the JM05 sports no external brand identification or livery, save for the letters "W O L F" on the four flat sides of the tail cap.  Or, maybe it's "FWOL" or "OLFW."

Even under the fins, the aluminum is massively thick.

My JM05 arrived with these tiny flaws in the metal, which appear to be under the anodization.  There were also a couple of other minor nicks.

Like the XinTD L2, the JM05 has gold (probably brass) contact rings.  A very nice plus and I like the dual o-rings.

The square threads are spectacular and feel butter smooth.

A brass collar screws into an aluminum ring which itself, screws into the tail cap.

Upon disassembly, correct pill depth is achieved by installing the reflector, lens and fully tightening the head.  The pill is then screwed in until it seats against the reflector.

Giant copper, screw-in pill . . .

. . . this is how it's done, folks . . .

. . . of course the pill threads are square, too.

Another thing I really like is this ring that threads down into the head, making it snug against the o-ring.  You just stick your wife's pointed tweezers in the holes and loosen or tighten as needed.  Every flashlight should have this and it's the kind of quality you don't readily see.  Things like this create real value, in my opinion.

King Kong fit with one spacer magnet installed . . .

. . . the thick wrap is flush with the top.  My light will not turn on without the spacer and Int'l Outdoor thoughtfully included two with the light.

The whole kit, 80% disassembled.

Size comparison with the Shadow VG-20 and Solarforce L2P.

The below beam shots were taken with a 1/4 second shutter speed @ f2.8.

Solarforce M8 with 2 x Panasonic 18650/2350.

Shadow JM05 with 2 x King Kong 26650/4000.

You can see the eaves lit a little brighter with the JM05.

Even driven like it is, this is a superb flashlight that I am proud to own and show.  It is plenty bright but if I can persuade Erik to work a little magic, the Shadow JM05 could possibly be a superstar.

 

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Everybody is intensely interested in this light.

Ahhh well - I still like it.

 

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Really ?

Seriously though , thanks for another fine review , Foy .

E will have this thing blasting through the night .

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I must have missed you posting this.  Which is odd, since lately i have had this strange compulsion to refresh blf recent posts during all my waking hours Embarassed

 

anyway...that's green?!  you're right, its hard to tell in the pics, which is weird, since they look great!

 

that thing is built like a tank.

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Yeah - there was an expression I was trying for, sounded better in my head.

"Illuminati?"

 

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I like that color!! Thats a good looking light! I have several 26650 now (plus one on the way) so I wont pull the trigger on this one.

Excellent review Foy!!

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I don't understand some of these manufacturers. They build a beautiful flashlight like this, design it to handle lots of heat dissipation, it has the appearance of being able to shoot flames out the front, and then toss in a super conservative driver that's only 1.15a on high mode. I thought it was supposed to be regulated at 2.8a on high?

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Richie086 wrote:

I don't understand some of these manufacturers. They build a beautiful flashlight like this, design it to handle lots of heat dissipation, it has the appearance of being able to shoot flames out the front, and then toss in a super conservative driver that's only 1.15a on high mode. I thought it was supposed to be regulated at 2.8a on high?

1.15A * 8V = 9.2W

9.2W / 3.3V = 2.8A

 

2.5A if you take some driver inefficiency into account.

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Shadowww wrote:

Richie086 wrote:

I don't understand some of these manufacturers. They build a beautiful flashlight like this, design it to handle lots of heat dissipation, it has the appearance of being able to shoot flames out the front, and then toss in a super conservative driver that's only 1.15a on high mode. I thought it was supposed to be regulated at 2.8a on high?

1.15A * 8V = 9.2W

9.2W / 3.3V = 2.8A

 

2.5A if you take some driver inefficiency into account.

 

Thank you Shadowww for the clarification. 

Richie

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Excellent review, as always!

Foy, if I can make a suggestion, a few group shots with some common other flashlights might be a good idea, for size, color, anodization, and other comparison sake.

Thanks!

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The below beam shots were taken with a 1/4 second shutter speed @ f2.8.

Shadow JM05 with 2 x King Kong 26650/4000 vs Solarforce M8 with 2 x Panasonic 18650/2350

Mouse out: Shadow JM05 with 2 x King Kong 26650/4000

Mouse over: Solarforce M8 with 2 x Panasonic 18650/2350

 

IMO, both look VERY nice.

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Thank for the comparison Viktor. Actually the JM05 has nice tint and a tint host spot. Sometimes is better to look at the beam shots and not at current draw measurements.

The part of the wall that behind the fence is better illuminated by the JM05, but in fact the hotspot don't match, the M8 being pointed a bit lower.

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AnotherawesomereviewbyFoy! 

 

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Your alias is safe with me, but I can be bribed. Another review in your own impeccable manner.

I recieved this light about 10 days ago. Using King Kong 26650 cells with voltage at 4 volt the amperage usage is, high 1.27 amps, med .63 amps and low .08 amps. Low is very low and would expect a couple of years run time on these batteries. (joking). The body has no imperfections at all and I would consider an excellent finish. Love the color as its very different to black. The battery tube has double o'rings either end. Not sure what happened with Foys. Also the Lanyard is colored blue. Thanks for pointing out how the lens is held in as this had me beat. The light holster ordered at the same time is very average in quality. Protected Trustfire 2400 and 3000 flames are to long to screw the end cap on fully.

How does the memory on modes work as mine turns onto high everytime it is turned on?

Light throw in the bush varies greatly, depending what if anything the light can reflect of. Lighting up a dam 175 meters away the dam is very clear but the trees 25 meters behind are recogniseable as trees but no where as clear. These trees are gum trees and a very dark green. Shining at a white caravan 282 meters away the caravan lit up but could not be recognised as a caravan. All measurements are off google earth.

Thanks again for an excellent review and your's and Benkies help with a few answers to silly questions.

 

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Another awesome review Foy!  I REALLY like the looks of this one but have been holding off since I've read it's a bit conservative on draw, however, as you mentioned it'd be a great platform for modding.

Thx Foy!

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DNF -

That is odd that you got two o-rings at each end and it also sounds like you may have got a different driver as well.  Mine has mode memory but rentention time is long.

As soon as E can secure the right driver, mine will be going to him for the flashlight equivalent of heads/cam/headers/custom tune.  Going to push that XM-L pretty hard . . .

 

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Very well done. Frontpage'd and Sticky'd. Sorry for the delay!

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The thing looks part monolith! lol And it looks like it'd be great for bludgeoning! Doesn't hold all that much appeal in my eyes, though I like the bold fins.   

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You know you will have to do a complete rundown of these mods. First F1 race for the season is on here now so there is plenty of this going on. heads/cam/headers/custom tune.

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

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Here's a run-time update with 2 x King Kong 26650s charged to 4.18 volts each.

time Foyometer
12:37 169
12:40 167
1:10 164
1:40 164
2:08 164
2:35 162
3:08 162
3:30 160

3 hours on high - not too bad.

 

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I hope you were not there for three hours watching it. Did it switch of or what happened after 3 hours?

 

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That is a nice looking light Foy. Excellent review as usual.

 

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I was doing some other writing during that time, watching Star Trek Enterprise reruns I have recorded (I know, lame) and finally went to bed.  Just wanted to see how it would do before Erik guts it.

 

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Nice Reveiw as always Foy, they seam well driven to me you realy want to push the XML for a tiny gain ? Atlest it will handle the extra heat. Will be intrested in what drivers work with it. 3hours run time is Awsome got to love the 26650's 8.4v at 4000 + mAh

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This light is off to Erik for a driver swap tomorrow.  (I forgot to send it 2 days in a row)

It's going to be an animal when he gets through with it.

 

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Gonna keep an eye on this thread, as the 2 x 26650 format is looking like a good replacement for my D cell mags.

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What size is the magnets foy ?

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Foy, I think I missed this during the spate of recent spammers. Thanks for a great review. I totally dig the the aesthetics of this light. It is nice to see a manufacturer try to look different instead of cloning every other design out there. the anno color is da bomb, just wish we could get more color options out there like this. Shadow really seems to be coming up with some interesting choices, can't wait till my JM07 arrives.

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Benkie. If your talking about the magnets that came with the King Kongs, (l only got one) there about 1mm x 5mm. It works ok as you only need 1 between the batteries with this torch. 

 

djozz quotes, "it came with chinese lettering that is chinese to me".

                      "My man mousehole needs one too"

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great rev.  i only wish this were a split tube baby! 1 or 2 bats. looking forward to that design the near future. i 2 like the larger size lites.

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