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Flashlight Reviews / Review Wowtac A3 / Side Switch--Zoomable
« Last post by robo819 on September 20, 2017, 03:29:36 AM »

This is the Wowtac (fomerly Atactical) A3 zoomable flashlight , sent to me for my review and NO other compensation other than keeping the light.

You can find the Wowtac A3 at either the main site….(links are NON affiliated)…….
http://wowtac.com/wowtac-a3-zoomable-600-lumen/(link is external)

Or on Amazon site …. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074V77QFR(link is external) … for $19.99 on either site at the time of this review.

The A3 is the newest in the line up from Wowtac , which seems so far to be bringing us some good quality lights for a decent (budget) price. Wowtac receives technical support from ThruNite for thier products and it seems to show in the build quality of the lights I have received from Wowtac so far (5 of them) as the quality of the lights has been very good with all of them.

The A3 is a pretty compact 18650 sized ZOOMABLE light with a side switch ONLY for controlling On/off and all the modes. The switch itself is a nice looking metallic one and compliments the light. I personally do not know of other zoomies that incooperate the side switch only feature. This particular model uses a XP-G2 emitter with what seems to be a constant current driver. The light is unfortunately glued or sealed VERY well , so I have not tried to force it apart as I didnt want to damage the light before I could finish the review. ( even the bezel is rock soild on my sample) The color temp is a cool , but not like super cool , I am guessing in the 6000K to 6500K range , but it does look a little warmer when the light is in flood mode than it does in the focused mode.
The A3 comes with a 2600mAh USB rechargeable cell and charging cord included. You will need to use the proprietary USB rechargeable cell or one of the longer protected cells in this light however , as it is made to fit pretty long cells. The tailcap does not have a spring in it , but instead a button , or knob made into the tailcap itself so there is only the spring on the driver at the head end. I did try the Panasonic Protected NCR18650B , which works well in the light , as does the protected Voidhawk cells I have. I am pretty confident that any other cells that are 69.5 mm in length or slightly longer should work fine also. The unprotected cells , flat top or button top either one would not work in the light. (Efest Purple , LG HE4 , LG HG2 , Lg MJ 1 and such did not power the light as they were too short)

As mentioned already , the quality of the light is really good , especially for a light that only cost $20. When I took the light out of the box and inspected it carefully I could not find any thin or bare spots in the Anodizing anywhere. The square cut threads were lubed just about right and they are smooth when screwing the tailcap on or off. The head moves smoothly to get the beam where you want it , but the light is so air tight that you may have to hold the head in place when fully extending for focused mode or going to full flood mode as the air trapped inside will push the head back slightly from the pressure. I found if I just hold the head in place a few seconds when adjusting it stays put then without creeping back.
The head does stop just short of full focus , meaning you dont get the really defined edges showing from the emitter or see the dots from the die. Personally I prefer this and usually pull slightly back to get rid of the focused die on my other zoomies , but I know some also prefer the focus to go that extra 1 mm or so to get the full die focused.

I like the UI on the A3 which has the hidden strobe and also the hidden “ultra low” as they call it , I call it Moon mode , but either way it is a long press (about 1 second) to activate that. The hidden strobe can be accessed from the Turbo mode with a quick double click , or 4 quick clicks in a row from any other mode. The rest of the modes are Low / Medium / High /Turbo. The Low , Medium and High modes can be accessed with a long press (3/4 to 1 second) or you can simply hold the button down and cycle through each mode and release the buton when the desired mode is reached. The Turbo is a quick double click from any of the other modes including if you are in strobe , just double click back to Turbo. A quick click turns the light on in the last used mode for L / M / H and another quick click turns the light off.

Overall the A3 is a very nice light IMO , with a good UI and overall it seems to be a very good quality light with excellent run times.
I would like to see the A3 (and the A3S when it becomes available) have a choice of neutral or cool emitters though.

Below are the test charts from the testing I have done witht he A3 so far , followed by the video and then under that the listed specs.


For those who do not want to watch the whole video the Still pictures and beamshots start at 6:26 of the timeline and the outdoor live footage starts at 10:31 of the timeline.
http://www.youtube.com/v/H9kJY9daqyI&feature=youtu.be&fs=1
Here is the actual Link for the Video on Youtube if it does not work from here.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9kJY9daqyI&feature=youtu.be
Specifications
•LED: CREE XP-G2 LED with a lifespan of 20+ years of run time.

•Runs on: Wowtac li-ion 18650 battery (3.6V/2600mAh).
•Working voltage: 2.7V-4.2V
•Reflector: TIR lens.
•Output & Runtime (Tested with Atactical li-ion 3.6V/2600mAh)
– Strobe (600 lumens /3.5 hrs), – Turbo (600 lumens/3 hrs), – High (220 lumens /5 hrs), – Medium (65 lumens /20 hrs), – Low (16 lumens /2.3 days), – Reading (10 lumens /3 days). •Peak beam intensity: 13280cd (max.) •Max beam distance: 230 meters (max.) •Waterproof to IPX-4 Standard. •Impact resistant: 1.5 meters. •Weight: 83g (excluding battery). •Dimensions: 123 mm in length x 34 mm in head diameter x 25.4 in body diameter. •Accessories: USB Rechargeable Li-ion 18650 battery*1, Cable*1,Spare O-ring*2, Pocket Clip*1
Operation
•Turn ON/OFF
 Single click the switch to turn the light on and off.
 Long press the switch to get reading mode.
 Double click the switch to get turbo mode.
•To Change Modes:
 With the light turns on, long press the switch to cycle through Low, Middle and High.
 Double click to turn to Turbo from any mode. Another double click to get Strobe.
•Memory Function:
 The light will turn on in the last mode accessed, except for Reading, Turbo and Strobe.
•Spotlight and Floodlight Adjustment:
 The factory default will be total floodlight. Stretch or shorten the head torch to generate floodlight or spotlight.
•Low Voltage Indication:
 The light will blink twice if the battery is low.





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General Flashlight Discussion / Tactical Flashlight:A Brand New Sort Of Self-Defense Tool
« Last post by zeddd on September 19, 2017, 09:02:50 AM »
Tactical Flashlight Preserve Us Away From The Dangerhttp://www.ledflashlighting.com/outdoor_106.html
On this converting age, it is very pressing to discover ways to defend your very own safety.Because of the growth in crime, we ought to research more about defensive ourselves and our circle of relatives, what do we should do?Convey guns, together with knives, guns, etc?It’s suitable for an adult, but what about children?Now, consider that there's a tactical flashlight with strobe for your fingers, you can use it within the face of a crook.Did you understand that you could lose your vision at least 180 seconds whilst a person took an image for you with a flash in the evening?An expert tactical flashlight is two hundred instances more powerful than mobiles’ flashlights, it would blind a dangerous animal or an attacker for a few minutes.So you can run out of the criminals or others chance.
A Self-Protection Tool With High Efficiency For An Extremely Low Price
Thanks to the outside 800lumens strength financial institution clever led torch g90, you can protect yourself with a low-cost.It's far already promoting out everywhere in the international!Many human beings buy it now not simplest to be organized for blackouts, emergencies or most important herbal failures, they will buy to defend themselves and guard their families.In these days, we're liable for defensive our safety against predators, attackers, thieves, and other criminals.It is pressing to take all feasible precautions to maintain our lives.A transportable, realistic, expert, self-protection device may be the difference among lifestyles and demise.
You couldn't stay along with your circle of relatives in 24 hours, a tactical flashlight turns into a very effective self-protection device and you could exit for paintings or journey on commercial enterprise without nervousness.It’s a smart idea to get yours earlier than the grief comes.
Product Capabilities:
1.CREE XP-L2 T6 LED, life time: 50000 hours
2.18650 lithium battery easy to have
3.3mm length ×21mm tube diameter × 38mm head diameter (5.96×0.83×1.5 in.)
4.140 grams (4.93oz.) excluding battery and charging cable
5.IPX8 water proof ,max 2meter under water
6.Tail switch on/off life up to 10000 times cycle
7.Safety & High efficiency circuit design, Gold plating spring never rust, high efficiency reflector, high-end hot releasing system
8. Aircraft aluminum body, military type3 hard anodizing finish to avoid easy to scratch

About COSMO
COSMO is an international online retail shop that offers a wide variety of products at once to customers around the area. COSMO has presented customers a handy manner to shop for warm sellers at attractive costs.
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COSMO generation development constrained
Email: sales01@cosmoing.com
Cell: +86 185 6641 9663
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New Member Introductions / Re: Howdy from Texas!
« Last post by bykfixer on September 18, 2017, 12:13:36 PM »
Well hello Steve!

Welcome aboard.
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General Flashlight Discussion / The Tactics Of Using Tactical Flashlight
« Last post by zeddd on September 18, 2017, 09:18:29 AM »
Hardware Requirements For Tactical Flashlight:http://www.ledflashlighting.com/military.html
1.All parts of the tactical flashlight must be strong. Such as case, reflector bowl, bulb, switch and so on. It can’t be damaged by falling or hitting, otherwise it is not suitable for law enforcement officers to use it.
2.Adapt to all kinds of bad environment, such as rain, low temperature, humidity, etc.
3.The brightness of the tactical flashlight should be enough, the spot must be very uniform, and there is no blind spot.
4.Law enforcement officers often need a short time to light a torch in combat, and sometimes even 1 seconds. This action requires only one finger with one hand.
Some Gripping Methods Of Tactical Flashlight:
1.The sword grip is like holding the hilt of the sword, the head of the flashlight is pointing to the thumb, and the beam of the flashlight is like a sword body.
2.The ice pick grip is like holding an ice pick, the tail of the flashlight is pointing to the thumb, and the beam of the flashlight is like the tip of an ice pick.
3.Hand linkage refers to the holding of a gunner with a flashlight hand together, wrist compression or interleaving, both hands at the same time the operation skills.
About COSMO
COSMO was founded in 1999, we are an experienced manufacturer of flashlight & LED lights for various application scenarios.
With a professional R&D team, we proudly develop a wide range of high-tech, new energy-saving green flashlight products, especially for home, night out, adventure, rescue, outdoor sports and other multi-purpose LED aluminum alloy and plastic flashlight.
Contact now:
We are looking for distributors for long term cooperation!
FOR LONG TERM COOPERATION PLEASE CONTACT US:
Website: http://www.ledflashlighting.com/
Leo Yang
Email: sales01@cosmoing.com
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The Main Concern Of Outdoor Flashlights:http://www.ledflashlighting.com/portablelighting_105.html
1.High reliability.
2.Waterproof performance.
3.Compact and lightweight.
4.Power Saving.
5.High brightness.
6.Multiple gear dimmer.
7.Brightness constant.
8.Batteries are easy to obtain.

The range of outdoor sports covers widely, they have some in common, there are some differences, such as the need to search the brightness of high radiation, diving needs good waterproof performance, better battery life and needs to walk.
Product Features:
The lamp head can be swiveled of 90°
The tail  with strong magnet can release your hand
CREE XP- G2 S2 LED, lifetime: 50000 hours
18650li-ion battery easy to have
138mm length ×26.8mm tube diameter (5.43×1.05 in.)
103 grams (3.63oz.) excluding battery and charging cable
IPX4 raining resistant
Body switch on/off life up to 10000 times cycle
Safety & High-efficiency circuit design, Gold plating spring never rust.
Aircraft aluminum body resistant, Type ll anodizing finish to protect the surface.
About COSMO
COSMO was founded in 1999, we are an experienced manufacturer of flashlight & LED lights for various application scenarios.
With a professional R&D team, we proudly develop a wide range of high-tech, new energy-saving green flashlight products, especially for home, night out, adventure, rescue, outdoor sports and other multi-purpose LED aluminum alloy and plastic flashlight.
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General Flashlight Discussion / The Used Of LED Tactical Flashlights
« Last post by zeddd on September 17, 2017, 08:07:09 AM »
Tactical flashlights are mainly used by military and law enforcement personnel, including the role of:http://www.ledflashlighting.com/portablelighting_84.html
1.Because of the high illumination and color temperature of the tactical flashlight, it has a strong visual inhibitory effect on the eyes of the irradiated person. In the dark, the beam is directed at each other's eyes, and the enemy could not tell the exact location of us.
2.When entering the house, officers and soldiers can continue to irradiate or irradiate brightly to control the enemy.
3.To watch exhibits, map in a close range can use the flashlight tail light source LED.

A tactical flashlight, also known as a tactical light, is simply a flashlight for tactical tasks.In addition, the tactical flashlight can also be used for long-distance irradiation, interrogation, interception, vehicle and use the pistol.

Product Features:
♦  CREE XM-L2 T6 LED, lifetime: 50000 hours
♦  18650 lithium battery and 1AA battery easy to have
♦  114.5 mm length ×29mm tube diameter × 22mm head diameter (5.96×0.83×1.50 in.)
♦  140grams (4.30oz.) excluding battery and charging cable
♦  IPX4 raining resistant
♦  Tail switch on/off life up to 10000 times cycle
♦  Safety & High-efficiency circuit design, Gold plating spring never rust, high-efficiency reflector, high-end hot releasing system
♦  Aircraft aluminum body, military type3 hard anodizing finish to avoid easy to scratch
About COSMO
COSMO was founded in 1999, we are an experienced manufacturer of flashlight & LED lights for various application scenarios.
With a professional R&D team, we proudly develop a wide range of high-tech, new energy-saving green flashlight products, especially for home, night out, adventure, rescue, outdoor sports and other multi-purpose LED aluminum alloy and plastic flashlight.
Contact now:
We are looking for distributors for long-term cooperation!
FOR LONG TERM COOPERATION PLEASE CONTACT US:
Website: http://www.ledflashlighting.com/
Leo Yang
Email: sales01@cosmoing.com
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New Member Introductions / Howdy from Texas!
« Last post by Steve Scott on September 16, 2017, 06:30:50 PM »
Howdy Flashlight Lovers!

My name is Steve and I love everything about the outdoors. I live in Texas with my family (and 2 dogs) and always take my headlamp, mag light and lantern every family camping trip  :)!
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General Flashlight Discussion / JetBeam E20R - New Single CR123/16340 Light
« Last post by NorthernHarrier on September 15, 2017, 04:05:54 PM »
The new JetBeam E20R looks like a nice new single CR123/16340 light.  The C8 Pro appears to be its larger cousin. 

I wonder if it's possible to lock out that switch?  The magnetic tailcap is also a problem for me - I wonder if the magnet is removable?  The information provided by JetBeam at retail does not specify that the light has mode memory - I would hope it does.

http://www.batteryjunction.com/jetbeam-e20r-rechargeable-edc.html
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