I'm not sure that there is a decent XM-L 18650 three mode zoomie in existence.
I have to agree with sb56637, the Tank 737 is the nearest I can think of to what you want but even that only really beats your T8 on build quality and throw.
The way I see zoomies is for times when you only want to carry one light and are not sure if you will need a flooder or a thrower. Frankly a well driven three mode C8 or MRV clone with an XML and smooth reflector is the better 18650 universal carry. Terrific flood and damn good throw too.
Thanks for the replies, but after doing a bit more reading, I’m thinking I may go for something without the zoomable beam.
Are these any good: solarforce-sales.com
How accurate are the lumen rating on them?
The EDI-T P4 is my favorite Zoomy it just recently became available at DX again. It is only a Q3 driven at 1 amp, but it is still pretty bright and it has a hidden ramping mode with a moon low that will run for about a week on a 18650.
Well, I recommend checking reviews for yourself. There are several of them around:
Several whine about the lack of high throw, and one beamshot compares the throw pattern of this light with that of a typical Q3 type light. But that really is not why you are buying the light, and I am impressed that the big head allows the fat XM-L to look similar to an XR-E at all.
If you want a bright floody light with no hotspot for up close work, I think this would be a great option. With the ability to get more intensity as desired. However, if you don't mind a hotspot, then a reflector light will be a lot better, and this is definitely not a super high throw light.
Thats too bad about the Tank. However it looks EXACTLY like other tanks that use XP-E emitters and such. So it is likely using the exact same driver and driving it at maybe 800 mA max. Plus the aspheric is likely not focused correctly and is meant for an XP-E or XR-E, so it looks awful on an XM-L.