Eagle Eye X6
Reviewer's Overall Rating: ★★★★½
|Switch:||Reverse Tailcap Clicky|
|Modes:||5: High, Medium, Low, Strobe, SOS|
|Memory:||Yes (Off, ~3seconds)|
|LED Type:||1 x XM-L2 3C (Neutral) , Also available in 1A (Cool White)|
Very comfortable to hold for long periods of time, which you will be doing if you have this flashlight. :)
Machining is superb
- Smooth edges
- no 'play' in any threaded connections
- knurling provides grip, but not overly aggressive
Annodization is flawless
Perfect, square, lubed threads
No visible/audible PWM
Surprisingly small, makes for a easily pocket-able thrower.
Great thermal management
Serious mod potential
Bezel is slightly darker than the rest of the light.
5 Mode driver
Tailcap boot sticks up a bit too far and prevents tailstanding.
Battery tube has very small ridges on the inside and wide protected cells (KP/Generic wrap NCR18650B) tend to catch every now and then and need to be twisted slightly to slide down the rest of the way (No damage to cells or wrap after several battery swaps, it is just a bit annoying).
A bit under-driven.
Tailcap current (Amps):
(Protected & Unprotected NCR18650B 3400mAh)
14300 cd @ 30sec
Standard reverse tailcap clicky switch operation.
Click on. Half press for mode change. H-M-L-Strobe-SOS
Strobe is a fairly slow strobe.
The light arrived in the standard bubble mailer, crushed white box, and bubble wrapped flashlight inside. Got here without a scratch. :)
It came with a replacement GITD tailcap boot, 2 O-rings, a decent lanyard, and an extremely sturdy clip. Fairly uncommon for a light in this price range.
Here's a 360 view. I'm not a clip guy, but this is a very nice clip. The fact that it is still on for the pictures is saying something. :)
Some close ups of the fine machining.
Here are those beautifully lubed, square threads.
Perfectly centered XM-L2 Emitter. It's tough to see, but the glass lens is actually a bit dirty on the inside. It did wipe off easily after disassembly though.
Back of the head.
Bezel threads. Triangle cut, plentiful, lubed, O-ring seats beautifully.
Note: One BLF user received this flashlight that had heavily glued bezel threads. Several BLF members and I have received Eagle Eye X6 flashlights with zero glue in the bezel threads.
Back of the reflector. Fits right down around the XM substrate, and away from the solder joints.
The XM-L2 emitter on a 20mm star is secured with some screws.
Left to Right: Sk68 - Convoy S2+ - Eagle Eye X6 - Solarforce L2 - Convoy C8
The knurling is a bit more 'grippy' than the S2+, a bit less aggressive than my L2's knurling. A bit more Matte than the L2.
As with all my beamshots, all pictures are taken in manual mode at the same settings.
The distance is 50yards to the center tree with the majority of the trunk showing.
Eagle Eye X6 : High - Medium - Low
I wanted to show a wide range of XM-L/XM-L2 lights. All lights are on their Highest mode. All stock except the noted P60.
I pulled the 3 closest to the Eagle Eye X6. The Convoy (OP Reflector) is slightly brighter with a bit more throw which is consistent with the measured 19kcd and 2.8A drive. The Tangsfire (SMO Reflector) has a much more focused beam measured at 26kcd and 3.4A.
Simply put, the Eagle Eye X6 is a great light.
It is definitely among the elite few in the less than $20 flashlights that have this level of build quality. The only significant issue I have with this flashlight is the drive current. I would like to see at least 3A drive in a light like this, but it should be able to handle 3.5-4A.
Taking that into consideration and the minor cons of this flashlight like the small ridges inside the battery tube, no tailstanding, color mismatch, and 5 mode driver, I rate the Eagle Eye X6 a 4.5 out of 5.
As far as modding is concerned, I plan on very simply swapping out the driver and reflowing the XM-L2 to a copper star. The result will probably replace my Convoy C8.