New Acebean L18
1500 lumens 250000cd 1000 meters
Now it can run on 21700 battery.
Recently Acebeam was selling L17 at a good discount.
And now I understand why).
Probably those who bought the L17 at this sale will be upset) https://www.acebeam.com/l18
I am appreciative of the L17 size. It would be a better light for mounting on a weapon for instance, since you wouldn’t be shooting out to 800 or a 1000 yards, it’s irrelevant the gain you get from the L18.
L18 does look good for what it is though.
Asking for a friend, where have you seen the good discounts for the L17?
From the look of this one image of the light, my guess is that it is using a B&M Optics T106-RL TIR with a Lambertian (‘smooth/even’) beam type. These can be used for either Cree or Osram emitters. Not sure which one is being used, or angle of TIR.
Might buy out of interest, and can compare to the L17.
This maybe the L16 upgrade I’ve been hoping for, skipped the L17 for lack of instant turbo and general UI I preferred from the L16. If this has the same UI as the L16 its a contender though the size is slightly larger its a fair trade off especially given the price difference as well.
Yes, good point. I can’t account for that in my guess. I did try searching for 47, 48, 49mm TIRs. I think I got lost in the similarity with what appears to be a concentric ribbed pattern in the light that corresponds to the TIR I mentioned.
So I may be well off the mark with my guess. Anyone else care to guess TIR and emitter?
I assumed the notably smooth tube on the L17 and possibly battery choice was a nod towards a 1 inch convention in traditional weapons mounting hardware. And the L17 does have a tail switch which significantly adds to length when compared to what is possible with neck switches. I expect that the absence of old skool knurling on the tube of the L18 is also taking into account weapon mounting compatibility.
IMHO the L18’s addition to the line up perhaps introduces a bit if a ‘Mish Mash’ element to their product offer since it is a different battery size (and tube width), with a different switch option and reportedly a different beam style. Perhaps the ultimate tactical/hunters light would be a combination of features on the two lights. Maybe future sales will steer Acebeam towards the best features of both.
I expect I’ll make my own mind up when I (once again) up open the wallet to have this light next to my L17. (and E10, TK’s, K3OGT, K65GT). Ouch.
I do see them as a company that is not afraid to produce on the bleeding edge of performance/innovation (coupled with quality) even if that leaves them open to criticism.
I really like the L17. It’s a pretty amazing flashlight, and it’s not perfect, but for a TIR optic light with a sub 40mm head and 2mm2 led it’s pretty remarkable. I welcome the L18 and hope they are using a Boost HX in it. I think it could crack 900m with a bigger head/optic and a brighter led. The W2 in the L17 is being driven really hard as it is, but doesn’t crack 715 meters throw.