I recently did a review on a budget priced mini zoomie (TactFire TS-1) using the light re-kindled my interest and fascination with zoomies, and made me more aware of how useful they can be, going from a wide even beam with no hotspot - to a long throw beam with less spill.
Earlier this year I found interest in the UniqueFire 1405, 1406, 1504 and more recently the Brynite B158, but hadn’t bought any of them. I have a few older ones: an SK68, a TrustFire Z8, an Aleto (Zeusfire clone), M-Flare Rebel 90 “The Beast” (7xLEDs) and recently a SurLight XML-2 (Supfire F5)
Although I’ve been interested in the larger ones I’m now exploring all sizes of zoomies and I’ve been looking into some of the more recent models of 18650 and 26650 pocket-able size models. I started this thread to discuss and learn about zooming lights that are good for all-around use, flood and throw, and create a list of popular and interesting models.
Please relate your experience here (good or bad) with zooming lights, including any modding you have done. Feel free to post photos and links to any currently available lights, including any deals alerts, or any models you feel should be added to the list.
I’ve compiled a list of significant, popular and new models that are currently available I’ll try to keep the list and links updated to serve as a reference for purchase options. Models that are no longer available will be noted as such or deleted from the list.
Updates: (2/6/18) I’ve updated the list in the OP and added over 20 newer models, deleted discontinued models and fixed any dead links to clean it up and bring it current.
Due to my interest in the UniqueFire 14xx 15xx series I’ve also added an extensive list of those in a separate section and included two other UniqueFire series.
Of course there are boat loads of low quality zoomies on the market, (G700, Atomic beam etc. etc.) However for the list here I’m mostly trying to include only better quality, popular or new models from trusted brands, plus any budget zoomies that are notable, interesting or a potential host. I’m only listing lights that can run on Li-ion rechargeable cells.
All links are Non-Aff.
(Newly discovered models will be added at the bottom, above the UniqueFire section)
SK-68 (various brands)
Sky Wolf Eye16340
On The Road i3
Convoy BD04 (Biscotti firmware!)
Odepro KL52 (B158 without gun mount or large “nubs”)
Added after 2/6/18:
XTAR WK007 (XP-G3)
UltraFire UF-C11 (XP-G3)
Supfire F11-T (1x26650)
Brinyte B158B (Small nubs like Odepro KL52 but with XPL-HI)
Anker Bolder LC90
Led Lenser MT10
Led Lenser MT14
Led Lenser MT18
Fenix FD30 (XP-L HI) 18650
Fenix FD40 (XPL-HI) 26650 (Discontinued by Fenix, still available on Amazon)
Fenix FD41 (XP-L HI) 18650
Fenix FD45 (XPL-HI) 4x14500 1.5v Li-ion “proprietary” USB cells (or 4AA/NiMh)
Fenix FD65 (3 x XHP35 HI) NW
UltraFire MAX01 (XHP50)
XANES 1401B (XHP50) (appears to be same as UltraFire MAX01)
BRETT 1401-B (XHP50) (appears to be same as UltraFire MAX01)
BRETT Z50 (XHP50) 5500K-5900K
JAXMAN Z1 (XHP50)
JAXMAN Z1 (XHP50/50.2) Shorty 2x26350
JAXMAN Z1 (XHP50) 5000K High CRI 90%
HaikeLite HT35 (XHP35 HD - CW 6500K)
HaikeLite HT35 (XHP35 HD - NW 5000K)
HaikeLite HT08 (NW 5000K)
Litesam E11 Z (Same as Fitorch P30Z but with diamond knurling, Litesam is Fitorch’s amazon exclusive line)
Wuben LT35 (XP-L2)
Wowtac A3S (XP-L HI)
Unbranded Wide Flood (“Excellent Flood” Available in black or brown color)
UltraFire UF-1603 (Side Switch /XM-L2/5500K/USB charging)
UltraFire WF502F1 (502B)
XANES 1302 (Ramping UI/side switch/USB charging)
UniqueFire 1603 67mm lens XM-L2 side switch - USB charging
UniqueFire 1603 38mm lens XM-L2 side switch - USB charging
AloneFire TK105 (XP-L V6)
Warsun X80 (XHP50)
UniqueFire makes an extensive selection of zooming lights in many different sizes and configurations, in addition to white light LEDs there are also Red, Green and IR (Infrared) for use with night vision equipment.
There are many emitter choices for these such as XPG-XPE-XRE-XML-XPL-IR but I’ve linked only the XM-L2 versions; as this thread is intended to be more about all-around use flood and throw, rather than just for throw. The links below are all at Aliexpress which is a good source to find all of the models in the UniqueFire lineup.
UF-T20> 38mm lens XM-L2 1x18650
UF-1505 38mm lens XM-L2 1x18650 (C8 style)
UF-1407 38mm lens XM-L2 1x18650
UF-1502 38mm lens XM-L2 2×18650
UF-1503 50mm lens XM-L2 1x18650
UF-1406 50mm lens XM-L2 2x18650
UF-1504 67mm lens XM-L2 1x26650
UF-1405 67mm lens XM-L2 2x26650
UF-1508 Available in 4 lens sizes: 38mm/50mm/67mm/75mm (1x or 2x18650)
UF-1508 38mm lens XM-L2
UF-1508 50mm lens XM-L2
UF-1508 67mm lens XM-L2
UF-1508 75mm lens XM-L2
UF-1508 Kit Includes all 4 different size heads (comes with an IR emitter but a pill with XPL LED can be purchased separately)
XPL Pill for UF-1508 White, Green or Red
UF-1605 Available in 4 lens sizes: 38mm/50mm/67mm/75mm
This flashlight appears to be suited specifically for night hunting more than all-around use, it’s mostly sold with an IR or XPE LED, but for all-around use it may work with XM-L2 if you like this style. A kit with the flashlight and all 4 heads is also available, but I didn’t list it here.
Here’s a few examples of UF-1605 with white XML/XM-L2 emitter:
UF-1605-38 38mm lens XM-L2 1×18650
UF-1605-67 67mm lens XM-L 1×18650
UniqueFire 1603 Available in 3 lens sizes: 38mm/50mm/67mm
This appears to be UniqueFires latest model aspheric with side switch and built-in USB charging, I mostly could find these with IR or Red or Green emitters, a few Q5 and XRE white. https://www.aliexpress.com/af/uniquefire%25252d1603.html?SearchText=uniquefire+1603&d=y&blanktest=0&origin=n&isViewCP=y&jump=afs