Yes mitro, the idea of such 3x and 5x XM-Ls is to get massive light output and still be able to do long runtimes without the issue of overheating.
To give people an idea on the big picture, some folks already encountered a kick down from Turbo to high in the Nitecore TM11 before 10 minutes, with this light just trailing a wee wee bit in OTF output possibly. Yes they are definitely not equal, but just a frame of reference.
Sorry for so many posts, but I forgot to mention that I even fired it up on 4 C alkalines. 4Cs and a little spacer at the back means that even those who like NiMH can benefit from this light. :)
I'd like to know if it can take 4x li-on, but I'm not about to find out. :p
EDIT: I tried 4 x AA Duraloops and got a 3.3A draw to start and about 75% of the brightness of 3x li-ons. Not too shabby. Also, there is no difference in brightness (less than 0.5%) between 3 fully charged 26650 and 2 fully charged 26650s.
I am absolutely floored by DX's quickness of my order for the TR-J12. In less than 72 hours from placing the order it is shipped with tracking number.
EDIT- and I cant wait to get my hands on this and to see how the driver is set up. This screams to be driven harder from what I am seeing on the reviews. I would love to have a high driving 3A each, followed by a medium at 1.5A.
Since I like flood I put some DC Fix on the lens and it now has a beam that is just about perfect for me. A huge wall of light. There is still a hotspot but it is quite diffused. The light still manages 10k cd through brute force. :)
So far I like this light a lot. I wish I'd paid $70 instead of closer to $90, but that's the price I pay for impatience. Its not a revolutionary light, but the combo of 26650's and 5 emitters just works nicely. I'm the opposite of most people here, I wish the medium was actually the high(1.3A on 3 cells) and then give me a lower medium.
By the way... the lens appears to be the same size as the big throwers (59mm), are we ever going to get some decent glass in this size? I don't want to chop up a UCLp. I'm half tempted to just pay for a run of them and then sell them myself.
I'm not sure what's wrong with my order. My order was placed on 1-1-2012 and was thrown into their new account management system. It was then labeled as BackOrder on the 4th. I filed a support ticket for this problem. Had this happen to another recent order - waited two months as "backorder" and canceled. Not sure when they will refund me.
Anyone else order from DX? I have the "FandyFire" L1 on its way but would really like to play with this one too.
I received few day ago, but my camera wasn’t here.
I will make a mini review later.
I ordered from KD first and DX.
For DX I ordered 12-31-2011 , but 01-09-2012 still in “Order Received”.
So I canceled from DX and WILL NOT ORDER ANYMORE!!!