Flashlight Host and Uncommon Budget Flashlights

Too cheap? Yup. I know the LED will be cold and trashy, and who knows how weak the driver will be. But with only 1 mode, hopefully it won’t use PWM. So, I’m basically planning on it being a dirt-cheap host. In for 3. If they mod well (emitter swap, resistor mod), I might even get more. They should make a great recipient of the $0.46 Luxeon V2’s I picked up from Arrow a while back.

PS - there are a couple other listings with slightly lower prices: link1 link2

PPS - when they come in, I’ll try to come back and post comparison pics with my Jet-u and overall impressions

Too bad it isn’t a TIR like Jet-u or i’d be in for a few as LED testers

Yup, I guess it’s a bit more like the Jet-UV in that sense (a Jet-u with a UV LED, they used a reflector in those)

I found this nice triple. The copper looks good. The price is cheaper on the english Taobao site than the Chinese Taobao site. Is this English Taobao site legit?

Well, I ordered 3 of these two weeks ago at $1.37 each. They just showed up today. They’re pretty much what I expected:

  • Slightly longer than a Jet-u, but dimensions otherwise the same
  • Cheap, glossy black anodizing
  • 1 of the 3 is missing it’s o-ring
  • The emitters are definitely angry blue
  • Pill is easy to remove. Driver is press-fit but also easy to remove.
  • MCPCB is 8mm and has a XP-E looking LED.
  • I measured output at 48 lumens
  • The head is slightly too long. You have to really tighten the head down to make electrical contact with the tube. A little filing will easily take care of this.

So they’re not without their faults, but seemingly worth the price paid. I can’t wait to swap the emitters. I might end up playing with the resistors too.


Update: I just reflowed a Luxeon V2 5000K into one. So much better now that it’s neutral instead of angry blue. And I picked up some lumens: it went from 48 to 71.


Multi color zoomie? That is definitely uncommon. :slight_smile:

Another interesting host:


With a reflector almost 50% larger than BLF GT (calculating area) it may throw nicely.

5000 m, 3.1 miles from a XM-L2, 146 mm diameter alum reflector. Might be interesting with a SBT90.2 at high amps. Looks like 4 18650's: 2700x4 = 10800 mah. Plus has a red light and side light, USB charging, etc. Lots of things for $56 shipped.

The claimed lumens output is a realistic 1000 lms, so you gotta wonder bout the claimed throw...

They say exposure distance, not that it’s ANSI FL1 rated to that distance. Chinese marketing meters. I don’t believe any of those specifications. Lol

Realistically it's impossible - 5000 meters would be 6250 kcd. I'd be impressed if it did 600 kcd with a stock XM-L2, but there's potential with such a big reflector and actually with a small investment. I know there's been other efforts here on BLF with some large, cheap reflector lights and I think they all ended up a bust.


The seller claims it’s 18650. I have some reservations.


The new CountryMan B1 has appeared on Taobao. It is similar to a Cometa or Jaxman Z1. They upgraded it now to a new color and 21700 battery.

Link: https://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=a230r.

Very tempting. Any way to buy from TaoBao?

You can buy from Taobao through a Taobao agent. They order for you and ship internationally.

Maybe Freeme could organise a group buy for this flashlight or suggest Banggood to list the CountryMan B1?

The Countryman B1 looks great. The one and only 21700 zoomie and this seems more compact than the Z1 and Cometa.

Are these usually a brass pill or alu shelf?

You are not right… There are other China 21700 zommies out there… And the one I saw is made for 1x 21700 cell, had 3 x inbuilt led emitters (white, green, red) switchable by a knob on flashlight + additional dimmer switch to control brightness of each light mod (white, green or red).

It was declared as a hunting light but to large and heavy for hunting light imho. But it really does have cool features as handheld flashlight.

From Brinyte i think…

They are pretty small player in flashlight industry. I don't think BG is able to supply their products.

If we can get members to secure 50pcs(or more), i think Neal might be able to help us with the sale?