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Offline ASiX

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Hi, I want advices to choose a 3-4*18650 flashlight.
« on: March 23, 2015, 06:29:09 PM »
Hi there !
I'm looking for a very powerful flashlight to go in the woods. I need like 2500-3500 lumens power flashlight that works with 3 or 4 18650.
There is so many models I can't choose between 3,4 XM-L2 or MT-G2 emitters ?

Thank you if you have some good advices !

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Re: Hi, I want advices to choose a 3-4*18650 flashlight.
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2015, 07:25:23 PM »
Welcome to the TFF family, ASiX!  Great to have you here. :)

How much are you looking to spend?  There are loads of possibilities in that output range.  From all the lights I have there is one that first comes to mind above the others for your purposes - The Acebeam K40M.  It has great output and that perfect MT-G2 tint.  Magnetic control ring for mode selection, no PWM, super build quality, nice big head and good throw and spill.  I have a full review here if you want to read more about it.


Like I said though, there are lots of options out there and many at a lower price point.  Let us know your budget range and we can offer more suggestions if you need them. ;)  Also, are you looking for lots of flood, lots of throw, or a compromise between the two?
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Re: Hi, I want advices to choose a 3-4*18650 flashlight.
« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2015, 08:59:58 PM »
Thank you for your answer !

In fact i'm ready to spend 150-200 dollars. I don't need something special in throw, maybe a mix between throw and flood. And I don't really care about the tint: I have a SRT7 and a Zebralight Sc52w l2 and I like both tints (6300K and 4400K).
Is Acebeam a good brand ? Does the magnetic ring works like those on the Nitecore SRT7 (doubled with a tactical switch) ?

I've also seen this JetBeam DDR30 on that French site (i'm French) : http://www.ecologeek4u.com/catalogue/lampe-jetbeam/lampe-torche-jetbeam-ddr30.html
It has a digital screen, a port to charge the batteries on the side and it's 70 dollars under the regular price. It's the XM-L2 version.

 I'm happy to be new on this forum !
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Re: Hi, I want advices to choose a 3-4*18650 flashlight.
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2015, 11:53:13 PM »
The control ring on the  K40M is similar to the SRT7. Rotate through the modes by rotating the ring but it is stepped, not infinitely variable.  There is also a forward clicky tactical switch on the tail for momentary use.

Another favorite of mine is the Lumintop PS03. It is very compact and runs on 4 cells for good run time and has triple XM-L2 emitters.  See my review of that as well in my review sub-forum here. The reviews will tell you all you want to know about both lights suggested.  The PS03 is a solid, well made little light that really kicks but.  My only complaints are the lack of included holster and lack of moon low.

If you shop around you might get the Niwalker MM15 for under $200.  I stole mine for around $150 on sale. It has two MT-G2 emitters and makes 5300 lumens and is about the smallest multi-emitter light you can buy.  Build quality is great.
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Re: Hi, I want advices to choose a 3-4*18650 flashlight.
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2015, 09:02:54 AM »
The Niwalker seems to be exactly what I want but too much floody and can you disable the flashing switch that drains current ?
Moreover what do you think of the DDR30 ? I like the multi XM-L2 because if one of the three emitters breaks down, you still have two (I may be wrong).

Thank you !
« Last Edit: March 24, 2015, 08:50:12 PM by ASiX »

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Re: Hi, I want advices to choose a 3-4*18650 flashlight.
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2015, 01:19:52 AM »
The Niwalker seems to be exactly what I want but too much floody and can you disable the flashing switch that drains current ?
Moreover what do you think of the DDR30 ? I like the multi XM-L2 because if one of the three emitters breaks down, you still have two (I may be wrong).

Thank you !
You can disable any parasitic drain from the MM15's switch by giving a quarter twist of the battery tube to mechanically lockout any current.  It does give a wall of light that's for sure but damn, what a wall!

I know little about the Jetbeam DDR30 since I don't have one which is why I can't recommend it based on personal experience.  I'm sure it's a nice light but it is a couple years old aside from the upgrade to XM-L2 emitters.  I have never heard of any of the emitters on any multi-LED lights dying before any of the others but in theory if one dies the others will stay lit but that goes for any of the lights.  If one of the MT-G2 emitters dies on the MM15 the remaining will still be amost as bright as all 3 on the DDR30.

To throw another option at you the Black Shadow T70 (aka Terminator 2) is another fabulous choice with compact size and good throw and spill.  I have a review of that as well.  Lots of modding upgradability with it as well. ;)  I have a review of that as well.

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Re: Hi, I want advices to choose a 3-4*18650 flashlight.
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2015, 07:22:40 AM »
You're right, DDR30 is old and the UI seems to be crappy (no mode memory). I watched some video about the MM15 and it seems to have a decent throw even if I can't believe it regarding to the size, impressive ! I think in hindsight that I don't need a 800m throw in the woods ;D. Do you know where to find it at less than 200$ ? Found it on flashaholics at 149.95 (224$) : http://www.flashaholics.co.uk/niwalker/niwalker-minimax-nova-mm15.html

Do you like yours ? Often use it etc ?

There is something I don't understand : K40M has a single MT-G2 and seems to get warmer in the reviews than the MM15 which has two MT-G2 and is smaller, why ? Is not the K40M thermally regulated ?

Thank you for your help
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Re: Hi, I want advices to choose a 3-4*18650 flashlight.
« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2015, 06:30:09 PM »
I'm still strongly hesitating between the MM15, the K40m, or maybe the new K60 ?
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Re: Hi, I want advices to choose a 3-4*18650 flashlight.
« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2015, 04:55:40 AM »
I've still not received my TN36 yet but maybe by the end of this month I will.  Don't think the MM15 doesn't get hot as balls because it does.  Not sure where you heard it doesn't get warm compared to the K40M.  They are two different types of lights though.

Now for the K60/K60M you will need six batteries and because they will be in series means they need to be all a matched set.  Same brand, same model and same batch preferably.It is a lot of light and a lot of throw.  Not as much flood as the MM15 but lots of throw :)

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Re: Hi, I want advices to choose a 3-4*18650 flashlight.
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Re: Hi, I want advices to choose a 3-4*18650 flashlight.
« Reply #10 on: October 10, 2017, 05:27:30 PM »
Hi ASiX,

I don't have this light yet, but the BLF Q8 is a 4x XPL light (5000 lumen) that is powered by 4x18650s.

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Re: Hi, I want advices to choose a 3-4*18650 flashlight.
« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2017, 09:10:13 AM »
Hi ASiX,

I don't have this light yet, but the BLF Q8 is a 4x XPL light (5000 lumen) that is powered by 4x18650s.



You wont have the new worn off the Giga thrower enough for the Q8 to impress you yet when you receive the Q8 will you?
I saw the ear to ear grin on your face when you did the testing video of "Giggles"......lol