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General Flashlight Discussion / Re: Which flashlight would suit me?
« Last post by Nosamai on July 18, 2018, 11:22:00 AM »
I need this information very much if you have enough time to explain.
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New Member Introductions / Re: Hello from Sydney, Australia!
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We are very interested in what you are talking about.
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Flashlight Reviews / Nitecore TINI & TIP Review
« Last post by old4570 on July 18, 2018, 08:14:14 AM »




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 Nitecore TINI Product Page @ Nitecore > https://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/tini

 Nitecore TIP Product page @ Nitecore  > https://flashlight.nitecore.com/product/tip

 

 Holly Smoke Batman !

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bd6GNjzFo8c > Beams on Youtube

 

 For review I have the TIP and TINI keychain lights from Nightcore , and I just don't know how to say it but , Holly Smoke Batman !  So lets get straight to performance .

Performance :

  Lets start with the TIP from Nitecore .

 Low was about 2 Lumen in my lightbox , Factory say's 1 Lumen .

 Medium was about 45 Lumen in my lightbox , Factory say's 35 Lumen .

 High was about 173 Lumen in my lightbox , Factory say's 150 Lumen .

 Turbo was about 405 Lumen in my lightbox , Factory say's 360 Lumen .

 

 Moving onto the TINI from Nitecore . 

 Low was about 3 Lumen in my lightbox , Factory say's 1 Lumen .

 Medium was about 61 Lumen in my lightbox , Factory say's 38 Lumen . ( We will get back to this )

 High was about 240 Lumen in my lightbox , factory say's 145 Lumen . ( Wowsa )

 Turbo was about 600 Lumen in my lightbox , factory say's 380 Lumen . ( Holly Smoke Batman )

 

  Both the TIP and TINI were freshly charged for the lightbox test and Holly Smoke Batman ! , the TINI was just fully Ball's to the Wall . I just could not believe the results at all so I pulled out the Jetbeam TH15 as Ultra Low was 60 Lumen . So it's midnight and I turned my computer screen off as well the lights so it was pitch black . I turned on the Jet ( 60 Lumen ) and then the TINI and I could not tell the difference in light level between the two lights ( both pointed at the ceiling just above my head ). Ok so the TINI was putting out 60 Lumen on Medium .

 The Jet TH15 does 464 Lumen on Medium . So repeating the darkened room test with the Jet doing 464 Lumen , the TINI on Turbo just blew the Jet away with the greatest of ease . ( I wont say it again ) . So I can only conclude that this particular TINI when freshly charged can do 600 Lumen . ( I wont say it )

 

 EDC : ( Every Day Carry ) 

   That's what these lights were designed for , EDC . You can attached the lights to a key ring or quite simply pop them into your jeans coin pocket . Honestly after about a minute you don't notice these lights at all , they literally vanish in your pocket . As well they are small enough to go on a keychain and be about as much bother as a small AAA light on your keychain , only thing is they really pump out light .

 Recharging : 

 Both lights have internal batteries that are charged VIA Micro USB .

 TIP - When charging the TIP emits a red light and when it is done the light turns green .

 

 IGP7711

 IGP7712

 

 TINI - When charging the TINI flashes a blue light and when it is done the light turns solid .

 

 IGP7714

 

 UI : ( User Interface ) 

  TIP - You have two buttons , one to turn the light on and off and the other to change light levels ( mode button ) . The mode button is also a short cut to turbo .

 On and off - A quick press of the lower button turns the light on and off .

 Modes - With the light on , a quick press of the top button changes light levels ( modes ) .

 Turbo - There are two ways to use Turbo , with the light off and with the light on .

 Light on - No matter the light level you are in , press and hold down the top button to activate Turbo ( this will be Momentary ) , Turbo will activate for as long as you hold down the button .

 Light off - Pressing the top button with the light off  ( push the button down and hold ) , will short cut you to Turbo as well maintain Turbo when releasing the button . If you press the on off button the light will turn off , but if you quickly press the mode button ( top ) the light will revert to Low .

 Yes the TIP has mode memory , but you need to run that light level for a few seconds for the light to store it in the memory .

 Short Cut to Low - If you press and hold the on off button , the light will start in low . 

  30 second timer - TIP runs for 30 seconds then turns off . Every time you change light levels you re-set the timer .

 

 TINI - Once again there are two buttons . The top button changes modes ( light levels ) and the lower button is the on off button .

 On and off -  With the TINI you need to hold down the on off button until the light turns on . To turn the light off only requires a quick press .

 Modes - To change modes only requires a quick press of the top button .

 Turbo - There are two ways to use Turbo , with the light on and with the light off .

 Light on - What ever mode ( light level ) you are in , press and hold the mode button down for Temporary Turbo .

 Light off - Press and hold down the mode button , this will give you Turbo for as long as you hold down the button . 

 30 second timer -  TINI runs for 30 seconds then turns off . Every time you change light levels you re-set the timer .

 

 Using the TIP :

 The tip comes with a plastic cover that slides forward or back depending on your preference to protect the buttons against accidental activation . I think this is a great idea if your looking to EDC in your pocket or on a keychain . The buttons are large enough to be easily distinguishable from one and other making the TIP some what easy to use in the dark . ( Rip the the cover off and you can feel the buttons )

  It's winter her in Oz , and while it's not freezing cold it does get into single digits when the sun goes down making for cold hands . I had no issue using the TIP while walking at night , even with cold hands . Though the tip was never meant to be a walking light it certainly could serve as such if needed .

 

 Using the TINI :

 Honestly , using he TINI was not nearly as intuitive as the TIP when in a cold dark place . The buttons on the TINI simply meld into one when your finger are cold and your not really sure which button you are pressing . It did get a little annoying after a while because I was pressing the button I did not want to press just too often .

 

 Neither the TINI or the TIP are good choices if you need to wear gloves and with the cold weather we are having I am finding that I need to wear gloves . I would suggest a much larger flashlight if you need to wear gloves , in fact the Concept 1 is still very much my favorite walking light as it's so easy to use even with gloves .

 

  Conclusion :   

  I like both lights , the TINI is just balls to the wall crazy putting out 600 Lumen on Turbo . But the light I would gravitate to for EDC would be the TIP as it's far more sensible , some what larger with bigger buttons that are easy to feel and use . As well the TIP has the plastic button cover to protect against accidental activation . Though I could see the TINI going in the car for an emergency light . Both lights are easy to recharge VIA USB . I just can't get over how crazy the TINI is , for such a small light to pump so hard ?  I would strongly suggest to go easy on the Turbo with both lights as the batteries are not very large and I can only imagine how hard the battery is working on the TINI .  Nitecore has created some tiny monsters with the TIP and TINI , with the TINI just being completely nuts , foaming at the mouth mad with just massive output for such a tiny light . ( I might sound a little impressed )

 I think these lights are just too unique for me to give them a score . They are practical yet unpractical , impossible yet very possible and yet very impressive in almost a scary sort of way ( TINI ) . For EDC I would pick the TIP , but if all the TINI are as crazy as the one I got . Well , if your a flashaholic ! 

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xrg4S2syMhA  = Youtube
 

 Above video is a ceiling bounce test to see which light - Lights up a small room the best .  Jetbeam PA40 468 Lumens VS the TINI 
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Components Reviews / Re: IOS Boost 1/2*AA, CR123A Circuit board review
« Last post by Hellomane on July 16, 2018, 08:39:48 AM »
I have long been hoping to read it.
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LED Flashlight Modifications / Re: Question about modifying an Olight SR Mini
« Last post by Hellomane on July 16, 2018, 08:39:14 AM »
I believe it is better than this, it wants to show it important.
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General Flashlight Discussion / Re: JetBeam E20R - New Single CR123/16340 Light
« Last post by Usesdaka on July 09, 2018, 09:29:25 AM »
I think these things can be considered as good information for me, which is looking for.
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New Member Introductions / Re: Hello from North Carolina
« Last post by Usesdaka on July 09, 2018, 09:29:13 AM »
I am very pleased to find this information now because it will make me more aware.
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Flashlight Reviews / Skilhunt S2 and S3 Review ( 1*18650 )
« Last post by old4570 on July 08, 2018, 08:52:44 AM »




















 

 For Review I have the Skilhunt S2 and S3 from Fasttech.com 

   S2 Product page > http://shrsl.com/104uf

   S3 Product page > http://shrsl.com/104ud

  A quick note about fasttech.com .. To get the latest greatest price ( if there is a better price than quoted )
1. Add the product to the cart
2. Point the mouse to the trolley at the top bar and click view cart
3. Click have a coupon code and type map

 

  I was sent the Skilhunt S2 and S3 for review by fasttech.com and I must say both lights are very interesting . I do like the single 18650 format a lot and both the S2 and S3 are some what throwy with a good amount of spill to make both lights very useful for more than showing off . A very interesting feature is the ability to chose the amount of light from each light level or mode . What you are offered is 4 light modes - LOW / MEDIUM / HIGH / and Turbo ( with 3 hidden blinky modes ) . Each of those 4 light modes has 2 light levels to chose from . Also the S2 and S3 have USB battery charging built in , making charging possible anywhere you have access to a USB power source .

   Taking the S2 and S3 for a walk I found both lights easy to use , how ever the S3 with it's larger head did give some issue going into and coming out of my pockets . It was a very cold and some what slightly foggy evening and walking past my favorite park it was very hard to tell the difference between the S2 and S3 in terms of throw . ( The fog might have had something to do with that ) .. With both lights on Turbo and out to 50 meters the S3 had the edge on brightness ( to the naked eye ) but only ever so slightly . After Light Boxing the S2 and S3 I am quite impressed by the S2 and it's ability to almost match the S3 in the real world .  ( Lets move onto some figures )

 

 Performance S2 :

 Low 1 Lumens - Medium 52 Lumens - High 210 Lumens - Turbo 618 Lumens  ( Remember each mode has 2 light levels to chose from )

 Low 10 Lumens - Medium 122 Lumens - High 389 Lumens - Turbo 930 Lumens

 At 930 Lumens I measured some 20,000 Lux at one meter ( for throw )

 

 Performance S3 :

 Low 21 Lumens - Medium 91 Lumens - High 327 Lumens - Turbo 770 Lumens ( Remember - 2 light levels to chose from )

 Low 50 Lumens - Medium 185 Lumens - High 485 Lumens - Turbo 1280 Lumens

At 1280 Lumens I measured some 29,500 Lux at one meter ( for throw )

 

 Now both the S2 and S3 were very consistent in Low / Medium and High modes , but once you got into Turbo then the quality of the 18650 you used came into play ( or became noticeable ) . With the S2 I saw output from 928 Lumens to 980 Lumens ( VTC4 ) .  With the S3 I saw output from 1280 Lumens to around 1340 Lumens . None of the batteries used were cheap budget brands ( LG 3500 - Panasonic 3400 - VTC4 ) , and the best performance came from the VTC4 .

 

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq7qECdFrHY = Night time beams

 

 

 USB Recharging :

  A very nice feature to have in flashlights , especially if you are mobile and taken away from your normal charging solution . To date I have put 2 charging cycles through both the S2 and S3 and each time I used different batteries . The first charge cycle resulted in the S2 terminating charge at 4.13 volts and the S3 terminating at 4.04 volts .  The second charge cycle with different brand batteries now resulted in the S2 terminating at 4.11 volts and the S3 terminating at 4.08 volts .  Depending on how low the battery voltage is , I have seen the charge rate start as high as 0.87A . The current does seem to fluctuate a reasonable amount and as an example , I have seen it move from 0.61 to 0.68A rather consistently .  ( See pictures - taken within about a 10 second span )

 

 UI - User Interface :

 Once again this is where both Skilhunt's become interesting .

 On and off - There are two ways to turn the S2 and S3 , on and off . The first way is through the tail clicky . ( Forward Clicky ) The tail clicky does not change modes ( light levels ) , it performs 3 functions . It turns the lights on and off as well offering momentary on .  The other way to turn the light on and off is VIA the side switch . Turn on the light ( tail clicky ) - To turn the light off VIA the side switch - hold the side switch own till the light turns off ( takes about 2 seconds if that ) - Then to turn the light back on , simply click the side switch .

 Changing Modes ( Light levels ) -  This is easy , just a quick click of the side switch , the light has mode memory so will restart in the Mode ( Light level ) you turned the light off in .

 Blinky Modes -  To enter the blinky modes you need to do a nice clean and quick triple press of the side switch . To change modes in the blink level you need to double click ! , a single click will bring you back to the normal mode ( light level ) from which you entered the blinky modes . Here is an interesting side note , the blinky level has mode memory as well . Also if you turn the light off VIA the tail clicky in the blinky mode of your choice , the light will turn back on in that blinky mode . But if you turn the light off VIA the side switch , when you turn the light back on it will be in normal mode ( light levels ) . There are 3 blinky modes - In order - Slow Strobe ( or fast beacon ) - Beacon - and SOS .

 USB Recharging -  To USB recharge the S2 and S3 - The light needs to be on ( Tail clicky activated ) - Plug in the provided USB cable to the USB port in the light and to the USB source .  When the S2 or S3 detects the USB connection it will enter the charging mode .

 Battery Level -  When you turn on the S2 or S3 there is a light that comes on in the middle of the side switch to indicate battery level . A constant blue light means you have 80% or better , a flashing blue light means you have between 50% and 80% .  A constant RED light means 50% to 20% and a flashing red light means you have less than 20% remaining .

 Mode Light Levels -  ( Setting the light level for each mode ) ..  Easy enough , what ever mode you are in ( Low - medium - high - turbo ) just give the side switch a double click and the light level will change higher or lower depending on what it originally was . Yeah , that's how easy it .

 

 

 Conclusion :

  I did not report any current measurements as they don't come close to matching output , most likely due to some sort of safety feature that limits current when something NQR is detected ( In this case my Multi Meter ) . Neither light came very close to advertised output , though both came very close to what I would call expected output ( compared to other similar lights ) . Both the S2 and S3 are extremely well made and I simply can not fault the build quality , fit or finish on either light . There is plenty of room for protected batteries and batteries that are a little wider than normal . The internal USB charging does terminate some what early , especially the S3 . This is a little bit of a non issue for me as I normally use a dedicated battery charger for my batteries , but if out camping then you do have the option to USB charge VIA the lights internal charger . For some one like a security guard that might do night patrols , USB charging could be a life saver .

 In actual use I found very little practical difference , it was very hard to tell the S2 apart from the S3 by just looking at the light emitted . They feel the same in the hand , they operate the same way and if not for the larger head on the S3 . The S3 is harder to get in and out of pockets if you plan to carry , even jacket pockets . Both lights come nicely packaged in cardboard boxes with a cover sleeve . Accessories include a clip , lanyard , rubber boot for the tail clicky and a spare O ring for the tailcap . There is a included instruction manual with tiny writing I needed a magnifying glass for ( I don't think I have 20/20 anymore ) .

 

 Both the S2 and S3 tailstand on a flat surface

 Tail clicky is easy to operate

 Side switch sits flush - hard to feel even with bare hands

 Smooth throwy reflectors

 1*18650

 Lots of output options ( 8 light levels )

 UI is easy

 Extremely well made and finished

 Hidden flashy modes

 Rubber covers on USB ports fit well

 No detectable PWM on either light

 

   Do I have to score the lights ?

 S2 - 9/10  Did not come very close to claimed output , USB charging was close ..

 S3 - 8.5/10 Again did not come very close to claimed output and the USB termination was early .. 

 

  USB termination - Well for lights with internal charging I would really like to see a terminating voltage of 4.15 volts . For safety and just a figure that should be relatively easy to achieve , with what I would consider a decent quality battery .   A flashlight with internal charging , I really don't see the need to push for 4.2 volts , isn't that what dedicated chargers are for .
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Flashlight Collections / Re: Some of mine
« Last post by Julianeez on July 05, 2018, 09:29:59 AM »
Where did the forum come from, and could you suggest me?
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General Flashlight Discussion / Re: JetBeam E20R - New Single CR123/16340 Light
« Last post by Julianeez on July 05, 2018, 09:29:30 AM »
What is the most important content within this forum? I want to know the source.
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