After buying 3 Amutorch Stainless Steel (XPG3-S3) flashlights in AliExpress I made a small review on those lights and recently I’ve been experimenting some things on them with TIR lenses and with a smooth reflector.
Meanwhile, after reading that thread’s comments and –X3–’s thread, I contacted the BLF member Neal to get a similar flashlight that uses a Nichia 219C LED.
He sent me the flashlight for free (I also bought some Aspire cells) with the purpose to “just compare them, and tell your real feeling” (Neal @ PM). So, to honour our agreement I’ll compare Neal’s light with the Amutorch(s) I already had, providing information about the differences these lights have, that are about the tint.
I’ve already thanked him in PM but I make it again: Thank you Neal!!
First, I’m pleased to have received this light from him, and second, I’m pleased to provide a small comparison between those lights, the best I can as I am not an expert and I do not have technical know-how to focus on some specific aspects.
NOTE: I must inform that the photos I’ll present below were taken with a smartphone, so do not expect professional pictures here! Also, some picture are almost similar but have a different focus, especially to try to illustrate the beam/hotspot/spill. (Click images to see them bigger)
Package and flashlight:
The light arrived in a cardbox, wrapped in small bubble plastic bag, with 2 spare o-rings!
COMPARISON (always Left to Right)
I have a few thoughts to share about these lights and the experiences:
1 – The tint from the Nichia light is…AWESOME! I didn’t mention it earlier, but this is my 1st flashlight with Nichia LED, and I love this tint! Apart from the LEDs and plates, the flashlights are identical in their pieces!
2 – All of these lights have some “Cons”:
a) the driver, as all of them have PWM in Low and Mid, all make a small “bzzzz” in those 2 modes;
b) when using Ni-MH, the Low and Mid modes are pretty close; so, only using a 14500 they get more spaced, but using a 14500 turns the light hot faster than a AA battery;
c) the original TIR lenses are not my favourite as they produce a very narrow beam, and being a small light, perhaps preferable for indoor environment, maybe a lens with a more floody beam would be better;
d) the o-rings in the middle of the light (where the head un/screws) are very fragile, so they break easily. I’ve taken mine from there.
a) My preferred settings are those in the photo above: XPG3-S3 with “Hive” TIR lens, and the Nichia 219C with the smooth reflector, although the Nichia with the “Hive” lens is awesome too. I just don’t have 2 Nichias (yet…) to compare them!
b) The hotspot produced by the original TIR Lens is bigger that the one produced by the reflector (although this has a bigger spill, of course). Also, I just tested them, and the TIR is better in distance “throwing”;
c) The SMO reflector I’m using, being smaller than the OP one used in the S2+, produces a wider spill and a more defined hotspot;
d) The Nichia 219C seems to tend a bit more to NW, while compared with the XML2 T6-4C (I guess this may be a fact, but I’m not aware of that accurately);
e) The “hive” lens turn the XPG3-S3 into a more NW tint, which I’d prefer over the original CW tint it has.
4 – I would have some suggestions to try to –hopefully – improve these lights:
a) to change the driver into one that didn’t have PWM and with 4 very well spaced modes (ML-L-M-H), always being able to work with Ni-MH and Li-Ion;
b) to sell this light with a SMO and/or an OP reflector or maybe with a more floody TIR lens (frosted lens or not);
c) I would change the Amutorch LEDs into a more NW tint (if not into a WW like the Nichia)
5 – I must say again that, despite all the cons, I really like these lights, they have a classy touch and with some mods can be pretty good!
Thanks for reading!
Best regards :+1: