Great review, thanks for posting.
I ordered a light from Deal Extreme about 3.5 weeks ago, and it finally came in today. I ordered the:
Flood-to-Throw Zooming Glass Optics Cree P4-WC 100-Lumen LED Flashlight with Strap (3*AAA)
I am NOT a cheapy flashlight guy - but I browsed their website, and the reviews of this model seemed pretty decent. I figured for $9.52 with shipping, how could I go wrong...
Well, the light came in today, and I am impressed. Here are a couple of pics of the flashlight:
I got it to see how it would compare with my Coleman Max Flood to Spot 110 Lumen light. I like having a flood flashlight for when I am in my car, and I drop something dark on the floormats. I have black carpet, and dark tinted windows. Whenever I drop something while driving, I am always reaching around for it and can't find the item I dropped.
I like my Coleman Max light, but it was $26 + tax, and this was $9.52.
I will say that I am hugely impressed. Just playing around with it inside, I thought it was not too bad, but not fantastic. The flood on the light is really cool. It gives the entire light cone the exact same output. There really isn't any hotspot, because the entire light cone becomes the hot spot. The flood on the lightcone is also much brighter than the flood on my Coleman.
I posted a pic of it on the floor, but this was only at about 2.5-3 feet. I used it outside just now, and it worked great.
Now the Throw mode is kind of weird - you get a strange shape, not a round hotspot at all. It's a square shape with 2 corners unlit, because of the wires on the LED. Below is a photo of of what this looks like - taken inside at a just a few feet (this is in my wife's bathroom):
However, the "square" light cone is almost hard to look at indoors at just a few feet - it's very, VERY bright. Today, I decided it would most likely be my "inside the car" flashlight (it will replace my Coleman Max), as the flood is really nice, and I didn't see myself really using this strangely shaped throw feature with the square hotspot .
But... And a BIG, BIG but... I went outside and played with the light just now in the dark. I compared it to my Eagletac P20C2 Mk 2 and my new Solarforce L2 light.
When you shine this little C30 at a distance in throw mode, that weird square shape really gets pretty big. It's like the bat signal or something. It throws VERY far away. All the light is somehow put into this square shaped hotspot, and there isn't really any flood coming out of it when you use this mode. It throws at least 2x as far as my Eagletac and the Solarforce.
I was really shocked. This actually makes it a fantastic car light - because if you break down at night somewhere, you can use the flood for up close stuff, and really light something up at a distance if you needed to as well.
This kind of gives me an idea of what these $100+ dedicated throwers must look light at long distances... All from a sub $10 flashlight too.
Admittedly, the tail switch feels cheap - compared to the nicer lights I have. But once again, I'm back to this being a sub $10 light.
After playing with it outside, I just ordered a 2nd one from Deal Extreme. I have no idea how long it will last, but this would actually make a decent EDC light - it's pretty short too. And, with rechargable AAA batteries (which is what I have inside - I already had some), the operating costs are great.
Great review, thanks for posting.
Holy cow for less than $10...that's a deal. So I just went to my Norton search and found the light for $9.52 w/ free shipping.I got one on the way. Thanks for the heads up.
Last edited by Frank45; 07-01-2010 at 06:29 PM. Reason: Had the need to buy one.
Be aware that it takes a week to receive it from Hong Kong, and it was 2 weeks before it shipped. So, you should have it in 3 weeks.
It really is a cool light - I had to get another. I am using rechargable AAA's in mine
Yea I kind of gathered that about the waiting time. Thats ok, that's all I have is time. I use rechargable batteries in my Mag-Lite at work. Two sets one in the light and one in my tool box for when the others need a charge.
I bought a Fusion 36 replacement head for my 3D maglight - it is all flood, no throw. But it puts out about 400-600 lumens. It comes in handy in the yard at night - It was about $23 or so on EBay from an LED vendor in Hong Kong. There were a lot of positive reviews on Candle Power Forum, so I thought I would take a chance. I like it a lot.
They are here if intersted:
FUSION 36 LED POWER MODULE FOR 2~6 C or D Cell MAGLITE - eBay (item 120590969005 end time Jul-11-10 17:13:03 PDT)
There is no cure for this infliction, is there? I'll have to check it out...next week.
I've spent enough this week and I'm still looking for my last handgun on this triple
permit blitz I put on my police dept. Thanks for the info on ebay. I check it out,
that would be a nice upgrade to my 6 cell.
Last edited by Frank45; 07-02-2010 at 06:54 PM. Reason: Had to check out ebay and remark on it.
My next light purchase will be this:
M2XC4 from EagleTac
(street price is about $15-$20 lower than the MSRP)
You are a true affectionato of the illuminated kind. That's a steap price on that one, but nice.
That one will have to wait until my Christmas club matures. Although most of it will be going for a left hand bolt long gun.
You will need a larger platform to display them all.
Haha. Yes, I think you are correct
Hey Ship....my C-30 arrived today. It took 12 days. I'll try it out tonight. On the zoom out the dogs are going nuts trying to attack the beam, pretty funny.
Cool. My 2nd one should be in any time now. I use rechargeable AAAs in my AAA lights, so I picked up another pack this past weekend. Rechargable C's and D's are pretty expensive, as are the chargers. But AA and AAA rechargeable and chargers are pretty cheap.
Yesterday, Iplaced my order for the Eagletac M2XC4 MKII - COOL White.
It shipped out yesterday, so I should get it by Thur
Settings: 40 / 150 / 360 / 800 Lumen
4x 123 Run Time: 45 / 9.5 / 3.5 / 1.2 Hours
Runtime (2x18650): 55 / 12.5 / 4.5 / 1.5 Hours
Haha, yea. I can't wait to have it... I have 1 more light planned for this year... This solarforce model for $46:
Just because the bezel is super sweet.
Then sometime next year after I get 2 more Berettas, I'm getting an Olight SR90... 2200 lumens!!!
Olight SR90 Intimidator Rechargeable LED Flashlight (K90) with Luminus SST-90 PhlatLight LED 2200 lumens!
But because of the price, it isn't a priority... I just gotta have it... It's the holy grail of LEDs. There are HID lights that put out more light. But, the bulbs on HIDs have to be replaced, they put out tons of heat, and they must warm up before they put out max light.
The SR90 is an LED - so it's super sweet.
Woohoo! Tracking # says that my new 800 lumen light is sitting in my PO Box... Waiting for me to pick it up on the way home
My 2nd C30 should be in today hopefully too - And, I should have my Comptac IWB holster for my Beretta M9A1 in today too. So, big time Christmas hopefully!
Missing two Inova XO's (which are mounted on my 2 rifles) and a standard LED Maglight - but here's the family now
And the new M2 Eagletac
Yep, I foresee a larger shelf in the near future for you my friend.