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airbagz
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Overall   (4.7)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
PROS
Good quality. No blemishes. Glass lens. O-rings on the lens and tailcap. Threads and O-ring on the tailcap are lubricated. Threads are square cut and feel very smooth when tightening/loosening the tailcap. Feels very solid and is comfortable in the hand. The switches are placed perfectly under the thumb. Uses AA batteries which are almost everywhere. Comes with a nice pouch/holster, spare O-ring, and lanyard.
CONS
Switches could protrude a little more to make it easier to find them in the dark. They could also be a little bigger, and a little firmer with a more pronounced click. Not a big deal though.
Its a little brighter than any of my single LED XM-L T6 lights. It also "throws" better than any of them, except a TrustFire 168A. (sku1059704) They're about equal, but the EA41 has a brighter, wider "spill" area. Both are excellent "throwers". The spill light is nice and even with no ringiness at all. The lower switch, (closer to the tailcap)turns it on/off, and also gives instant access to "candle/firefly" mode, and can be used to activate the switch light to help find the light in the dark, by pressing and holding in any mode but off. The lower switch will turn the light off from any mode. The upper switch controls the brightness and blinking modes, and also gives instant access to turbo mode by pressing and holding. From off, press and hold the lower switch for about a second, and it will be in candle mode. Press and release the upper switch to change modes. From any mode (except off)press and hold the upper switch for strobe, press and hold again for beacon mode, (a quick flash about every 1 1/2 seconds)and again for SOS. The battery indicator is activated by pressing/releasing the upper switch. It probably sounds complicated, but it only takes a few minutes to get used to it. The manual is only in Chinese which is one reason I'm reviewing it here. A few thoughts. It will fit in a normal pocket, but its too big and heavy for every day carry. It tailstands nicely. The tailcap has 2 protruding pins inside that fit in corresponding holes in the body/batt tube so the batteries are always aligned properly, because the springs and contacts in the tailcap must stay aligned while its being in stalled/removed. Almost forgot that both switches can be pressed simultaneously and held for a second or so (from any mode but off) to lock it off. It blinks once when its locked out. Press and hold both again to unlock it. I have a discussion thread about it if you have any questions that I might not have answered here.
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SolarStorm SC01 1*Cree XM-L2 T6 3-Mode 230LM Cool White LED Flashlight
SolarStorm SC01 1*Cree XM-L2 T6 3-Mode 230LM Cool White LED Flashlight

airbagz
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Overall   (4.7)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
PROS
Very small, good build quality, O-ring on tailcap and lens which is glass. Finish is nicely done, and even. No blemishes or scratches. Square cut threads were clean and feel smooth. Pocket clip is sturdy but removable/reversible. Will tailstand nicely.
CONS
Haven't found any cons after almost a week of using it.
With a freshly charged 14500 battery, it puts out roughly 300 lm. on high, judging by a lot of my other lights. (I have no way to measure it exactly)It's a decent "thrower" and has a reasonable amount of "spill" light for a small reflector. For a AA alkaline or ni-mh cell, the lm. output is roughly 1/3 of the figures mentioned above. When the light is off, click and hold for about i second and it gives an extra low mode of about 7~8 ln. Click and release quickly and it's in regular low mode which starts around 25 lm. or so. Click and hold in low mode and it will ramp up to "max low" and then blinks twice to let you know it's at max low. It also will remember whatever brightness level you choose in low mode. When in regular low mode, another click gives high mode. In ultra low mode, click again and it goes off. In regular low mode, click again for high, and once more for off. Two quick clicks in regular or high mode gives strobe. It probably sounds more complicated than it actually is, but after a few minutes it almost comes naturally, and it should have a wide enough range of brightness modes to cover almost any situation that most people will ever need. At least for something this small. IMO, I think it's a very good light for the money. Add in the fact that it also uses AA batteries, just makes it even better. I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a small light with these features. Glad I bought it. :)
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airbagz
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Overall   (4.0)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
PROS
Using 18650 cells is a big plus. Non protected button tops or flattop cells fit fine. Pretty small (about 11cm dia.) and not heavy.
CONS
Longer protected cells like Panasonic 3400mAh cells won't fit. Getting shorter protected cells (like TrustFire "True 2400s") in is a little tricky. You have to put the neg. end in first, but don't push it all the way down or the pos. end won't go all the way in. If the pos. end isn't all the way down, it will have intermittent contact.
The quality is decent for the price. Actual output on high is probably about 100~120 lm. Maybe a little more. It's definitely bright enough for a tent or medium sized room. The modes are pretty well spaced. The light is very even and wide. It starts on low mode, then mid, then high. You have to click through all the modes to turn it off. The wire hanger can be removed easily. The diffuser (lens) can also be removed by twisting it counter (anti) clockwise a little bit till the tabs line up with the notches in the bezel, but it's not much brighter, plus it also holds the LED assembly in. Probably not a good idea to remove it. There's a charging port on the back, and the rubber plug keeps the light from sliding too easily on a smooth surface. I'd buy another one, or recommend it to a friend who needs a light like this.
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airbagz
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Overall   (5.0)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
PROS
Excellent quality. Fit and finish are perfect. Anti-reflective glass lens. O-rings on tailcap, head, and lens. Already lubed. Emitter is well centered. Reflector looks flawless.
CONS
Not a con, but the knurling could be a littler "grippier".
UI is very nice. Tighten head fully = turbo mode only. Loose head slightly for hi > mid > lo > SOS > strobe. To change modes while on, fully click and release until you get the desired mode. From off, half press the switch and stop at the desired mode. It has memory and will remember the last mode selected. You can also select any mode and use the head for a basic 2 mode light. For example, if you want turbo and lo mode (or any other mode), shut it off in lo, and it start in lo, then just tighten the head for turbo. It's a very good thrower for such a small light, and I don't doubt the 260 lm rating at all. The spill light is even and not ringy at all. Won't tailstand because the switch protrudes too much. It came with all accessories listed except the pocket clip. Don't know why that's listed. All in all, a high quality light that uses readily available batteries. Definitely worth the money.
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airbagz
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Overall   (2.5)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
PROS
Finish is nice and even. No scratches. O-rings on tailcap, head, bezel and lens. Lens is glass.
CONS
Build quality is fair and the threads are not too smooth. No lube at all. You have to click through all 3 modes to turn it off. The switch should have more resistance to prevent turning it on accidentally.
It's a decent thrower and probably gives out about 500 lumens. It should have a beam range of about 100~125 meters or so. The spill light is fairly wide and only slightly ringy. I would have given it a higher rating if it didn't have the lousy mode system it has. For the price, with a charger included, it's not bad, if you don't mind the mode system.
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