Like anyone i guess, I only thought of reflector lights, thats all i knew. Really a 4-D maglite was “coolness” back then, i was a delivery driver.
then, i got into LED lights, lol… and after a couple small reflector LED lights? I found ZOOMIES. I instantly liked zoomies and they became my favorite for quite some time. I LIKE being able to not have a “flood” light AND a throwy reflectored light both, one decent zoomie can do the work of both.
As a delivery driver? even a comparatively SMALL zoomie, not even modded past “budget stock driver” was great. MUCH smaller package than the big maglites, i could zoom in to see a distant house number, and zoom OUT for walking dark paths and seeing around my delivery vehicle at night.
I liked zoomies so MUCH, they were all i looked at, i acquired several low budget zoomies… and i even got several of a 1504 group buy, i mean, if i like little ones? a couple BIG zoomies with some more juice would be even better. (they were, lol)
recently? i have started to get back into liking reflectored lights.
what people claim is my “802 variant light” (brinkman brand from tractor supply couple years ago) is pretty small and light. No zooming to mess with. single 18650, smaller head but with deep reflector. Throwy light, but, just enough spill for walking around and in rooms.
i was amazed with its “only on LOW mode” blown driver? that on 120ma, the deep reflector was still a “useful” around the room and yard light. Huh…so, it deserved a driver. Nothing major; i got a batter driver for one of my 1504 group buy lights, so, i recycled the driver from that to the 802-style light.
started carrying it on the house remodeling job i am on. Dark basement with the power off, getting in and out of the dark house with the lights not installed yet. Staying overnight on the work site. Big yard to scan too. I stayed overnight with this light, so, i got to put it thru its paces.
if i thought it was “useful” with only a “single mode 120ma driver” because of the deep reflector? with an amp or two, its WAY better, naturally.
The owner had a fire and friends over and i stayed all night. I played with HIGH as little as possible, and “concentrated” on LOW mode, which is running around 120ma in this driver too. It touched the charged battery (decent laptop pull 18650) so little, i even started to use HIGH when in the basement a little, and walking back and forth form the firepit to the house (i was working while the boys were playing) then stayed myself all night and worked till dawn.
man, right off the bat? this thing got switched ON as it got dark, ans STAYED ON mostly in LOW mode (120ma) all NIGHT LONG. Battery went from over 4 to high 3’s… hardly touched the battery. I even started using HIGH when i didnt HAVE to, just because i could.
HIGH (about 1 amp with cheap HF DMM with stock thin leads) with the deep reflector is well over 100 yards, and LOW 120ma with that reflector is still VERY useful. Good for a dark room, walking in the dark, and even 50 yards looking around.
the small diameter head i found poking into the “beer holder” of the folding chair, the beer holder has a mesh bottom? made a nice little night light between my friend and me at the fire all night… this is the prerfect small light to take fishing, and expect to run it in LOW mode all night and not touch the battery. I can still use HIGH here and there and its no problem.
I am really impressed with the usefulness and versatility of this small light single 18650 light with its XPG-1 emitter.
even my 2 used “ultrafire” cheapies i carried around as “backup” run this thing decent, as the driver isnt beating the snot out of the batteries. The small diameter deep reflector REALLY makes this light.
I’m still “married” to my zoomies? but… lets just say i am having a brief but enjoyable “affair” with this rediscovered reflectored light…
i doubt i will give UP on zoomies? but, this little gem is worming its way into my heart. I could see a xpg2 on copper and a driver with higher HIGH, medium where this driver does HIGH… and the same low LO mode… would just make my day.
never thought i would want ANYTHING but a small zoomie for fishing or working on a jobsite? but… this is pretty cool.
moving from “dyed in the wool” zoomie fan, to… enjoying a reflector light? is a BIG change in preferences… anyone else’s preferences unexpectedly change when you run into a “game changer” light like this one has become for me?