The build quality is very good. Machining and hard anodizing are flawless. The reflector is fairly deep, and gives a very good throw (I measured about 17000 lux/m). This light use 3xAA batteries, and have 3 useful modes (hi, med, low). Inner diameter of the body is 30.5 mm, so 26500 with some adapter should fit inside just fine. I already modded mine with XP-G R4 neutral white, but I think this driver from DX, 3x14500 and XM-L could be a good combination. This light is a really massive, so heatsinking shouldn't be a problem.
Some more images. The led base is 15 mm, and KD XP-G R4 heatsink is 13,5 mm, so it fit fine. Yes, the driver is standard 17 mm, and the driver housing is 20 mm. There's plenty of room to play with different configurations. The threads are the same on the both sides of the body, and theoretically it is possible to made one 6xAA light if someone is willing to sacrifice another flashlight :)
I made a small centering part for XP-G led, because the hole on the reflector is made for XR-E emitter. The current draw on high is about 1 A with XP-G led, and 0,8 A with original Q5.
Nice light, but expensive for something to mod. These Chinese makers need to get over the XR-E lights and move on to XP-G and XM-L's. With a 2.8A driver and and XM-L, you've got an AA-powered light that would just rock. But $28 plus a $10 LED and $5 driver gets kind of steep.
260g without batteries (~150g for the head/reflector assembly). ie the head assembly (less pill) of the C88 weighs much more than most P60 hosts, and nearly as much as a complete C8. The heat sinking is this thing looks capable of dealing with much higher output emitters than the XRE Q5 it comes with, but it performs so well as is that I can't see much sense in modding.
I'm with you there; I bought this light to mod it, specifically to make a 'poor man's Maelstrom' with XM-L and 26500 cell... but this light is too nice to risc messing it up when modding it. It has a tighter and brighter hotspot than my Skyline 2 on 2xCR123!
Dang... I guess I have to get a second one to mod it
I like the screen name you'll like this light it;s a fatty .. it weighs 360 grams with batteries in it .. it's a hefty beast . I think most people who have it really like it . I 'm sure i didn't know what a real thrower was until I got this light .i'm impressed , looking forward to modding it as well.