New . . . from the house of E(1320) - the Shadow EJM05

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New . . . from the house of E(1320) - the Shadow EJM05

Erik's (E1320) budget customs are well known here at BLF.

The poorly assembled TrustFire F15 (driver falling out of mine) became the rock steady EF-15 powerhouse.  I don't know how many R5, T6 and U2 drop-ins he's souped up for I don't know how many ecstatic flashaholics.  Of course when Erik transformed the lowly Q5 C88 into a thundering T6 EC88, he not only created a legend among the faithful, but Int'l Outdoor sat up and took notice, bringing to market the "Cyclone" C88, a near exact copy of what I will always regard as . . . the original.

About a month ago I reviewed the Shadow JM05.  http://budgetlightforum.com/node/8443  I basically liked everything about it except it was not driven hard enough.  After using it some, I came to love its beam profile and the tint was awesome.  Still though, its brightness didn't justify its size and weight.

That was then.

Today, by priority mail, I received my Shadow EJM05.  It is Foy's new favorite torch.  I'll wake my wife up if I do beam shots right now but I couldn't wait to share how thoroughly impressed I am with this incredible flashlight.  In case you forgot how dang hot looking it is . . .

Even though IO's specs said it would pull 2.8 amps on high (it did not) I bought this light with thoughts of an upgrade of some kind in the back of my mind.  If you remember, I measured 1.15 amp with 2 x King Kong 26650s.  An XM-L at 2.30 amps ain't exactly dim but now it pulls over 3 amps and brother, this bad boy can throw.  Not only that, it's got a beam profile to die for . . .

At left is the EJM05/T6.  On the right is the EC88/T6 . . .

. . . they read almost exactly the same on the Foyometer but equal lumens never looked so unequal.  Besides a much better tint, the corona is thinner around a more defined center spot but the best part as far as I'm concerned is the outer beam.  Besides being bigger, I actually have some XM-L lights that are not much brighter overall than this bad boy is at its outer beam.

Simply put:  It's a bazooka.  Here's the installed new driver . . .

I forgot to ask what it's called but he got it from LCK LED Store.  It's a 3-mode no-flocking-blinky; high, medium and low.  Foy prefers unprotected cells and so I really like a clever feature this driver has.  When two lithium-ion batteries (18650 or 26650) discharge down to a little less than 3 volts, the light will flash 2 times per 5 seconds and then shut down after 3 minutes.  Apparently, the same thing happens when the temperature gets too high.  I will experiment and report exactly how it works in actual use but it's a pretty sophisticated board.  Beam shots will follow but trust me; this is one hell of a flashlight.  I may feel differently later but I doubt it.

Bottom line:

The EJM05 is as bright as my brightest single emitter torch.  It is easily the best throwing C8 light I have and with 2 x 26650 capability, it will almost certainly run for a good 2.5 hours on high.  And then there's the beam quality, and the tint . . .

 

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Maybe this is the same driver here

http://www.kaidomain.com/product/details.S005296

I have 5 but I full fill PCB with silicone grease to manage heat transfer.

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I always think to myself "how can he just put them on the bricks like that?!" 

Seems like a good mod for it though, but I cant bring myself to step in to the 2 x battery side of things. 

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I set them down very carefully.  The only lights that have been scratched are those I've stripped to silver.  Good ano should not scratch when gently placed but, in view of the many comments about this issue, Foy may choose to use a towel.

 

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Drool worthy light.  I need one now!!

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I have that 5 mode KD driver and this one is not the same this is quite a unique driver. I will admit to ordering more than six (6) different 4-12 volt drivers before I found one I liked and this bad boy does it all. Boost/Buck, thermal regulation, low voltage warning, a very nicely spread 3 mode to boot .07 low, .45 medium and 1.5 high at 8 volts and no useless flashing disco modes . I never got the thermal protection to kick in on Foys beast no doubt due to the massive pill, but it's in there. This driver in this light pushes the single XML to the 3 amp sweet spot and just hangs there until the batteries die. The emitter, reflector, beam, driver combo in this light is pure nirvana, no other light emitting device I have seen comes close.

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Put it on a towel? *!ssy Wink 

No seriously - any ano should easily take that in full stride.

Late last night I dropped my trustfire T8 from 1,5 meters on stony ground and not a scratch!

Cleaned it under the tap.

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Honestly, Foy, Ledsmoke got to it before me.  Cowboy up and don't use the towel.  As for the light, I'm a bit envious.  Nice work E1320.  Enjoy Foy (I made a rhyme H) I must be smarter than I thought.  Seriously, I wasn't even trying.) 

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Foy wrote:

I set them down very carefully.  The only lights that have been scratched are those I've stripped to silver.  Good ano should not scratch when gently placed but, in view of the many comments about this issue, Foy may choose to use a towel.

 

maybenotFoy

Just get one of these and then everyone can be happy...

 

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Someone had too much time on their hands.

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pounder wrote:

this the driver? looks great 

http://www.lck-led.com/High-Power-LED,-Drivers-Drivers-for-Flashlight/c37_135/p501/Constant-Current-LED-Driver-Board---3-Modes,5.5-12v,3.0A,P7,MCE/product_info.html

Yeah it took over 2 months to get it. I had three orders after the driver I received them before the driver finally showed up. Now the website is flaked out I have been trying to order some more for about a week and can't log in.

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Hi Foy, I've been wanting to purchase my first 26650 light for a while now.  I'd love to have this flashlight with a NW tint and the driver E1320 installed in it.  I may have to set money aside for this light. 

Great job E1320! 

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Good stuff guys. I will be interested in your before and after beam shots Foy. As my light does not have memory does this driver have it?

 

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Yep.  Has mode memory and no lengthy retention time.  Shut it off on low, turn it right back on and it's still on low.

I apologize for not yet putting up before/after beam shots.  My wife is working graveyard all week and I'll wake her up if I open the slider to out back for beam shots.  Last night I left it turned on with 2 King Kongs and I couldn't trip the thermal protection.  I got sleepy after 2 hours waiting for the low voltage to kick in.  I'll try again tonight.  (love playing with this thing)

I've been using the EJM05 today with 2 x unprotected Panasonic 18650s (the reverend's) with those PVC pipe sleeves I paid a dollar for.  It's not a lot lighter but is every bit as bright.

 

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Foy wrote:

Yep.  Has mode memory and no lengthy retention time.  Shut it off on low, turn it right back on and it's still on low.

I apologize for not yet putting up before/after beam shots.  My wife is working graveyard all week and I'll wake her up if I open the slider to out back for beam shots.  Last night I left it turned on with 2 King Kongs and I couldn't trip the thermal protection.  I got sleepy after 2 hours waiting for the low voltage to kick in.  I'll try again tonight.  (love playing with this thing)

I've been using the EJM05 today with 2 x unprotected Panasonic 18650s (the reverend's) with those PVC pipe sleeves I paid a dollar for.  It's not a lot lighter but is every bit as bright.

 

bigboylightFoy

Can you do me a favor and check the amperage draw when the batteries get down around 3 volts each, please.

I could have kept that light for a week and played around with it. It looks like it going to take me a couple months to get more of those drivers and you got the one and I only I bought for testing. I was so excited about how well that thing worked, I did minimal testing before I sent it back to you.

I am already visualizing the duct tape over your mouth.

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You could have kept it for a while.  (glad you didn't) Cool

Will it let me take them down that low?  Maybe I misunderestistood the question?

How come they're so hard to get?

 

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E1320 wrote:
...It looks like it going to take me a couple months to get more of those drivers and you got the one and I only I bought for testing....

 

PM me if you need another one or two with which to 'play.'

 

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Chicago X wrote:

E1320 wrote:
...It looks like it going to take me a couple months to get more of those drivers and you got the one and I only I bought for testing....

 

PM me if you need another one or two with which to 'play.'

 

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How come every time I need something you have like ten of them in a box somewere? Were do live again and when are not going to be home............um I mean thanks for the offer PM sent.

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pounder wrote:

this the driver? looks great 

http://www.lck-led.com/High-Power-LED,-Drivers-Drivers-for-Flashlight/c37_135/p501/Constant-Current-LED-Driver-Board---3-Modes,5.5-12v,3.0A,P7,MCE/product_info.html

Is anyone else having problems trying to create an account or looking up shipping costs from this web site?

 

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Nice work Foy and E1320 (I wish you lived in OZ- feel like moving downunder?) Laughing

 

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E1320. Is this driver or something similar available elsewhere as I cannot get the website listed to load correctly if at all? My main issue is that my light does not have memory.

 

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

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MRsDNF wrote:

E1320. Is this driver or something similar available elsewhere as I cannot get the website listed to load correctly if at all? My main issue is that my light does not have memory.

LCKLED is been down for a couple days, I have no clue why.

I got a similar one from KD but it's a 5 mode there are apparently at least 4 different versions of this driver with different micro controllers.

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I will wait as I do not desire to have blinkitty modes.

 

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

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They would only let you buy one, E?

This is seriously the coolest driver I've ever seen.

 

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Foy wrote:

They would only let you buy one, E?

This is seriously the coolest driver I've ever seen.

 

Foy

I ordered six different drivers from various vendors. The one from LCKLED was 3 mode, pulled the most amps and fit the pill perfect so I used that one. I have been unable to log in and order more since I got that one because LCKLED is doing maintenance on there site. I had ordered a similar 3 mode one from KD but it's came as a five mode and the others have a different micro controller didn't fit or don't pull enough amps or are 5 mode.

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And the only other one is in Las Vegas.  I'm trying to feel bad about it.  (I promise)

 

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Foy wrote:

And the only other one is in Las Vegas.  I'm trying to feel bad about it.  (I promise)

 

Foy

Your light got here first so you got it, others will have to wait. Kumabear got another awesome driver a different one but also with thermal management and low voltage warning for his Skyray Triple X, he is also super happy.

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(laughing)

I would be too.

I swear, almost every light I get from IO is under driven.  I just got the TC6 today.  They give you a choice of 2.5 amps (black) or 2 amps. (grey)  Mine pulls .90 so, with 2 x 18650 that 1.80?

I still really like it but it ain't 2.5 amps.  Drew even less with protected cells.

 

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As promised; here are some beam shot comparisons.  All I have to compare is the beam shot I took 3-11-12.  They are not positioned/aimed exactly the same but I think the difference is rather obvious.

Beam shot taken 3-11-12 with original 2.30 amp driver.  (2 x King Kong 26650)  Taken with my old Canon Power Shot SX20 IS, 1/4 second @ f2.8.

Beam shot taken tonight (4-14-12) with 2.80 amp driver. Taken with my new Canon Power Shot SX40 HS, 1/4 second @ f2.7.

Old driver on the left, new on the right.

I'm sorry about all the variables.  Maybe I need to do it again using my old camera.  Apparently, my new camera has a wider begining zoom.  I swear that placement is within a few inches of each other, I just had the tripod set a little higher.  These look so different I had to go back and make sure the old beam shot really was the JM05.  Why did the beam pattern change so much?

Bottom line; it is one hell of a lot brighter.

 

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E1320 wrote:
Your light got here first so you got it, others will have to wait. Kumabear got another awesome driver a different one but also with thermal management and low voltage warning for his Skyray Triple X, he is also super happy.

 

If it's the driver I'm thinking of, he should be - it costs more than quite a few single lights around here....

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