XР-G2 are not so bad when used in appropriate solutions, e.g. with moderate power and small smooth optics.
For example, it is impossible just to put three XHP50.2 into the Carclo optics. XHP50.2 will be too large and require larger optics for the same beam.
But if we compare the triple of XP-G2 and one XHP50.2 - suddenly they will be equal
It seems to me that for the recent 3-5 years, “flashlight LEDs” have been progressing in multiple directions, in non-linear way. So usually we cannot say that “this LED is new and good, while the others are outdated”.
Now there is a really large variety of LEDs, and each new LED does not replace the previous ones, but complements them. :innocent:
The feasibility of using one or another LED actually depends on the concept, optics, and implementation of a certain flashlight.
I saw that YLP flashlights probably will be good for me but I just bought a Unicorn and a Panda 3R not long ago. I am using them for a few days now and in the first 2-3 days I found many useful features in them and I got good surprises. Oh and I didn’t got these lights for free review. I bought them from my money so this is completely honest first try.
Here is my unboxing video and a little beam compare outside with my car headlights.
[My first YLP flashligh…
YLP is a Russian Flashlight manufacturer (Lights are made in China) that is new to the US market. Their name when translated roughly means bright ray. They have been known by enthusiasts for a few years but it’s been more difficult to buy their lights, having to use google translated versions of their website. Recently they have launched a US English version of the website and got in touch with me to take a look at some of their lights. The YLP Unicorn 1.0 has been on my radar since last year so…
EDIT August 30th: I've finally posted my full review of this light! Some key takeaways:
Thermal throttling works as planned
The beam is fantastic
The magnetic tail is strong
Standby drain is a measly 21μA
The indicating LED alerts you at 3.7V (red and green), 3.4V (red) and at 2.5V the low voltage protection turns off the light entirely
Here's a link to the Advanced Manual (in English) for anyone wanting to get deep into the customizabil…
This flashlight has one of the best design I have seen all time and has a huge potential for an amazing UI if they didn’t implement any gimmicky function, with 2 buttons the UI possibility are almost endless but I for one would love to keep it simple, one button operation with the touchscreen (if its really a touchscreen) to switch around different screens showing some instead of all the numbers.
I hope they don’t make the same mistakes as with the M43, amazing design and driver engineering, but overly complicated UI.
Thanks. The cost in US dollars with the coupon code and shipping came out a lot lower than I expected based on the estimates on the website. Came out to $36 shipped rather than $36+7=$43 that I was expecting :+1: . I’ve been following the mega Fonarevka thread, and it didn’t take much for me to click buy.
Before you buy, a quick summary of what I’ve understood via Google translate:
Inferion had not enough time to finish the firmware, although YLP delayed the release. The current firmware mostly imitates the behavior of the Unicorn, but uses different code. So there are none of the new features like multiple moon modes, auto brightness etc.
Moon mode is not as moon as planned, but slightly lower than in the Unicorn.
There are several differences in behavior compared to the Unicorn. For example 1C from turbo switches off, 2C returns to previous level, moon is not in the main rotation but only reachable from off via 1H.
They discovered some bugs, but production has already started. For example, turning on the flashlight in moon mode starts in a brighter level and fades down for a few seconds.
Another bug is that smooth ramping is not smooth - there is noticeable jitter (because Inferion mixed left and right shift in the lower byte of the brightness variable).
The magnet in the tailcap is exposed. Not sure what this means regarding durability.
The light comes without a clip. The included silicone holder appears to be identical with the one of the Wurkkos HD20 (from the pictures).
The initial 900 lm are reduced to 300 lm after some minutes due to heat. Thermal regulation seems to be great, as expected from Inferion. 400 lm should be possible if temperature limit is set to 75 °C.
Not sure if I’ve understood this correctly, but several times they wrote that hotglue was used instead of thermal paste?!
The driver has external flashing pads for updates, but YLP refuses to provide update files (warranty, don’t want the firmware to be public) and doesn’t accept returns for updates (too much work).
They say you can’t expect more from a light that is this cheap. IMHO they should have set their goals lower if this is true.
Overall I’m pretty disappointed by this light. The hardware seems decent for the price and Inferion made a very efficient and good firmware for the Unicorn. But with this release the firmware appears to be in a beta state at most. Too many bugs, not the expected features. I planned to buy at least one, maybe two or three. Now I will wait for an improved model. If YLP would allow firmware updates this would be different.
The switch should be improved. Not so hard to press and bigger.