Hi, all. First post here, though some of you know me from CPF, where I served as an early cheerleader for lithium-ion cells, Wolf Eyes incandescents, and, more recently, nickel-zinc rechargeable AA cells.
These days, I've settled on the 1AA form factor. Specifically, pocketable 1AA lights that excel in either throw or flood; no in-betweeners for me! By pocketable, I mean having a head no wider than, say, a Romisen RC-G2 (26.5mm).
With that in mind, has anyone tried the XTAR WK26? With an XP-E R3 and a max. diameter of 22.5mm wide, it looks as though it might give the Balder SE-1 XP-E R3 a run for its throw. But I can't find it sold or reviewed anywhere.
Thanks for pointing me to foy's review. Foy doesn't seem very impressed with the WK25, but Budgeteer rates it highly. Evidently the WK26 is a newer, brighter version, without strobe. I look forward to reading reviews after it is available.
Well i still stand by my review. Foy is "sold on" Solarforce and he compares other flashlights in his own way. Most of the time i agree with his findings. If not i still find his reviews very entertaining with a touch of his personal Foyism we all like.
Anyway, wk25 was my edc for a while but got replaced recently by the WK21 (pocket cannon cutie). This wk26 accepts only 14500 batteries and not plain alkaline AA's (input voltage 2,7-4.2) beware if you wish to run it as an AA able for crysis situations. The wk21 is more flexible in my opinion but if you don't consider using only 14500's as a con it might be just great. Generally XP-G's have a really lovely beam. I have not tried one yet. If i can i will do a review.
Xtar will also be releasing the WK25B which is basically the WK26 but with an AA compatible driver so more of the direct descendant to the original WK25, but using the XP-E R3. WK26 is 2.7~4.2v, the WK25B is 0.8~1.5V. Its not clear if the WK25B is using the DIY driver. Available specs are still limited. It may only be two mode.
I may be able to get my hands on one of each and I'll follow up if it happens.
My WK26 arrived from Singapore in just 10 days. Initial impressions:
It throws as well as I'd hoped.
The beam is very cool.
The strobe is driving me crazy. Can someone point me to the video or verbal directions for programming the light's Do It Yourself (DIY) mode? ADDED: Never mind; the WK26 comes with a small booklet that shows complete instructions in words and pictures. I will scan them and post them here.