New AA XP-G R5 interesting lights at DX!

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New AA XP-G R5 interesting lights at DX!

Forget description (XP-E) they are really XP-G! (thanks for showing the LED DX!)

UltraFire K10.

6 mode http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.50122~r.43033281

1 mode http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.50123~r.43033281

Interesting, they looks like the uniquefire S10, but this is better

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The single mode S10 is not a bad light, I just don't like my one. With an R5 it'd be a better light but if it uses the abysmal driver that the original S10 six mode did it would be a lot better to buy the single mode.

 

I remember that both Brted and Vectrex bought the six-mode S10 - and did not like it.

 

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The old 6 mode had the next mode problem. Really annoying ... I hope they learned from their mistakes.

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I ordered 2!

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Problem is, I don't fancy buying one to find out. And then have to start filing off the silly teeth again. Think I'll pass on this one but will be interested to hear what any buyers think.

 

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But, I think they will arrive next year. I will keep you well informed.

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Vectrex wrote:

The old 6 mode had the next mode problem. Really annoying ... I hope they learned from their mistakes.

 

No -  they have not learned - No memory

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Do you trust 100% specifications given at DX?

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fran82 wrote:

Do you trust 100% specifications given at DX?

 

I trust 100% that the DX specifications are likely to be inaccurate in some important way.

 

The numbers from my light tests are always to be found here.

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OK dont worry, Memory mode is not 100% necesary for me. At least it will be my first xpg-R5 light. (the other one I ordered is for a gift)

Then probably I will not purchase any more until the arrival of XM-L flashlights (interesting ones)......... (hope it will be on January or earlier)

 

SO, they will arrive in 2010?

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Not here.

 

Not only HK Post having problems - our postal system still uses a lot of trains and the nearest working train on the east coast of Scotland is 200km south of here.

 

See my rant in the snow topic.

 

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Saw the new K10 this morning, looks very interesting.  Lots of lumens per buck.  Can't decide on 6 or 1 mode.

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I ordered 1 single mode and 1 six mode

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I'm looking forward to the reviews!

 

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I will do, but probably next year (sadly)

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how2 wrote:

Vectrex wrote:

The old 6 mode had the next mode problem. Really annoying ... I hope they learned from their mistakes.

 

No -  they have not learned - No memory

 

Better no memory at all than next mode problem.

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Vectrex wrote:

Better no memory at all than next mode problem.

 

Yep! Look what happens with the TF F20....

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Oh man! Both are "packaging". Very fast

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How much money have you made from referral links? Money mouth

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Btw, the recoil thrower.... is the emitter placed in that silly metal arm? Seems reasonable due to the name and technology behind but how about heatsinking?!?

Arghh wrong thread!

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They're gonna send you a green redcat with a black LED.

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How much money have you made from referral links? Money mouth

From 19 november till today, no money, only 52 pending points................ very sad

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Hey folks, looks like this flashlight is arriving to some people and giving the first impressions. Both of mine left HK on tuesday, so next monday or tuesday should arrive to my hands. Impressions given at DX forums:

Positive:
- Light output comparable with UF R5 (he says that on MED mode it has same output than some other Q5 in HIGH mode, both with 14500)
- good tailcap switch
- orings everywhere except behind the glass
- Driver accepts 14500 without damage
- good machinnig

Negative:
- Bad functioning the memory mode (reminds me the F20)
- No oring behind the glasss
- threads not lubed and some bad soldering


Umm I am anxious to receive both of mine!. I will give impressions and review (still 8 flashlights pending review!)

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They said no problem with 14500 too, which is what killed my Uniquefire S10 before I even had a chance to take it outside. 6 modes is 3 too many, but this sounds like it could be a good choice for a small light with XP-G at a good price. Looking forward to your review of both lights once you get them.

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OK Hope I will receive them next week

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What? what is that? Another world record! Postman Noel has arrived to my house and guess what has given to me.....

One DX envelope with 2 flashlights inside!... incredible... 3 natural days after leaving HK, the record was 5!... and in this dates!

But I have no time to do a review until sunday or so.......... perhaps some first impressions! will update soon

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Man that was FAST!!! I hope they are nice lights! I have my heart set on one if the 6 mode has a good low! I am still sad over my Eastward J09 sucking so bad. I knew you were right about the name confusion the whole time but I just couldn't stop myself from taking the gamble on it.

Hurry and post your first impressions!!! I am hoping they are good!!

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First impressions (sorry, due to Christmas I have not  time...)

OK, thanks to God, I received the correct ones! (one single mode and one multimode)

Both worked fine with AA after using 14500 (despite today there is a review in DX forums saying that the driver was destroyed with 14500). Maybe long use with 14500 may destroy it... who knows? I have to test, I have no time at all......

I have mixed feelings. With 14500, the 6 mode is brighter than the single mode (with AA is the same output both).

Measured the current draw with 14500:

SINGLE MODE = 1,06A ¿¿??¿?¿?¿ WTF?

MULTIMODE = 1,38A (high) 0,9A (med), 0,2A (low)

I have no instrumental to measure the light output, but "by eye", and comparing to others, I estimate:

HIGH = about 300 lumens (equals a 501B with xpg-R5... more or less)

MED = about 230 lumens (equals F20 on HIGH with 14500... more or less)

LOW = about 10-20 lumens (more or less)

Memory mode = almost inexistent. If you switch on in less than 4-5 minutes, it changes mode. After about 10 minutes it resets to HIGH.

Still much things to test. I have to check what happens to the single mode (maybe the very bad solders it have?)

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Update 2

After playing some more...... the single mode is pending new solders to see if it improves.

Beam characteristics, the single mode lets talk later. The 6 mode has a big hotspot, but not as concentrated as the typical XR-E lights. Is floody but not as the UniqueFire AA-S1.

The driver continues acepting AA and 14500 with no issue. I have been used for about 30 minutes. No damages at all.

 

The single mode, I dont know why, has not any kind of hotspot. It reminds to the beam of the F23, which no have any hotspot at all. Maybe thightening the pill.....


Updates later

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Update 3

About the single mode. I finally did new solders and did a powerfull cleaning of the threads. Now the current draw changed from 1,06 to 1,2A. Very bright now. Also tightening the pill as far as I could, the beam is now, aceptable, it now has a defined hotspot but not as defined as in the 6 mode (however nor the 1 mode nor the 6 mode has a well defined hotspot..... some mix between the UniqueFire AA-S1 and the F20). Still works with AA and 14500.

About the 6 mode. All continues equal, the driver mantains the ability to use AA and 14500. The memory mode is as explained

 

Final toughts: In this moment I like this flashlight more than when I received. However, I prefer another body style, for example, Akoray K106 body with XPG-R5. Is a good flashlight, despite the bad memory mode.

Full review propably this Sunday

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Thanks for taking the time to post your impressions. Glad the 1-mode is working better.

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Ya, thanks for taking the time to share this info, Fran82.  Too bad they don't have a 3 mode (H,M,L).  How is the output on eneloops?  Any guesstimates on lumens?  

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