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General Flashlight Discussion / Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
« Last post by robo819 on October 29, 2018, 09:22:06 AM »
Hi all, I would appreciate your expert advice in recommending a flashlight for hunting. I would like to mount the flashlight to my rifle. Ideally it would have maximum throw (300metres or more) and a good bit of flood as well. I would prefer using 18650 cells as that's what I currently use. I would prefer simple switching modes without strobe etc..I have found that a less white colour light is better for targeting animals. It has been suggested to go for a Maxtoch M24 or Maxtoch 2x .... what do you think of these and does any one have an opinion of something similar or better. Cheers


The Maxtoch 2 X or M24 are hard to beat for a weapon mounted light. Both are great build quality and You sure wont find anything nearly as good for near the price I promise. (both lights under $100) 300 meters is easily achieved with the 2X even in Medium mode and the M24 isn't far behind in throw. Both will run for around 75 to 80 mins in HIGH mode without needing to step down and will hold FULL power the whole time with the regulated buck driver.
My Full Review on the 2X ..... Bare in mind my cheap video camera does not show near as true to life what you see as the still photos do.
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General Flashlight Discussion / Re: What flashlight should I get? Let us help!
« Last post by Snowhawk on October 29, 2018, 05:08:49 AM »
Hi all, I would appreciate your expert advice in recommending a flashlight for hunting. I would like to mount the flashlight to my rifle. Ideally it would have maximum throw (300metres or more) and a good bit of flood as well. I would prefer using 18650 cells as that's what I currently use. I would prefer simple switching modes without strobe etc..I have found that a less white colour light is better for targeting animals. It has been suggested to go for a Maxtoch M24 or Maxtoch 2x .... what do you think of these and does any one have an opinion of something similar or better. Cheers
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Flashlight Reviews / Maxtoch M1 Archer/// Totally Dedomed SST 40 /// Full Review
« Last post by robo819 on October 25, 2018, 03:26:05 AM »
This is the Maxtoch M1 Archer sent to me for review and NO other compensation other than keeping the light.

(Links are NON affiliated)
You can find the M1 at ……
http://maxtoch.com/archer-m1-long-range-handy-flashlight-p00067p1.html

The M1 is available for purchase at the Aliexpress / Maxtoch site........
https://www.aliexpress.com/store/product/MAXTOCH-Archer-M1-1650lm-800-meters-Luminus-SST-40-W-P2-LED-Ultra-Long-Thrower-One/314381_32952202673.html?spm=2114.12010612.8148356.1.2bca55d8isP3p7

The M1 came well packaged and inside a plain brown Box from Maxtoch. Inside the Box was the nylon carry case with the light , lanyard , extra switch , switch boot and 2 extra O-rings.
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The M1 is a C8 sized light styled very much like the 2X and M24 from Maxtoch.
Pictured here with the M24 (center) and a C8 (right)………
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The Anodizing and the threads are all very well done with type III anodizing on the light. No bare , or thin spots have been found and no pin prick spots that I can detect.
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The Branding or etching is well done.
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The fins are well cut and somewhat deep and seem to handle the heat from the light well also.


There is no knurling so to speak on this light , but instead has lateral grooves cut in the tube with some fine lines cut across the higher edges. It does have a good grip to it though.


The stiff rubber “tactical” or cigar grip can be removed easily when the tailcap is off the light , if you do not like it and a clip for a 1 inch tube could be used in its place if desired , as there is a groove already there where the tactical ring sits.
Shown here with and without the tactical grip…….
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The reflector was near perfect when inspected upon removal from the box and it is a heavy well made aluminum reflector.
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The SST 40 emitter is perfectly centered and much to my amazement , it is TOTALLY Domeless. Thats right , somehow Maxtoch has totally dedomed the SST 40 , which I personally have not seen nor heard of being done before now with the SST40 emitter. Look closely , it is NOT a sliced or shaved emitter , but totally domeless.
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The UI is very simple with H/M/L , NO blinky modes and does have mode memory , with a forward click switch for momentary on. Last used mode is memorized after 4 or more seconds in that mode , so the light will come back in the mode it is turned off in.

The beam from the dedomed SST 40 is a tight hotspot with useable spill for walking or such and the M1 shines well at longer distances for such a small light. The tint is also a nice tint to my eyes and is not nearly as blueish , as pretty much all the SST 40 emitters I have seen are , whether they were sliced , shaved , or had the dome on them.

I have noticed a very slight ring in the corona area at close distances when white wall hunting , but in real world use the slight ring is non existent.

Beamshots……
50yds to gate L / M / H

100 yards to gate L / M / H
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175yds to big tree M / H

400yds / High


400yds / Enlarged


Here are the charts on my testing of the M1……….


Overall the M1 Archer is a very well built light in a small package and has the build quality I have come to know from the Maxtoch products.

For those who do not wish to watch the whole video , but might like to see the live footage of the M1 Archer compared with the Acebeam L16 and a Convoy C8 with FET and dedomed emitter , that footage starts at 10:03 of the video timeline.

Video followed by listed specs……….



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Flashlight Reviews / Re: (Review) Lumintop GT mini
« Last post by luca955i on October 24, 2018, 11:18:55 AM »
Hello everyone, on my sample i noticed around the spill, a very well defined ring, which I have never seen in any other torch that I own. According to you it is normal, or maybe the LED is mounted too far / high. Mine is NW

Thanks in advance
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General Flashlight Discussion / Re: Which flashlight should I get?
« Last post by TheLightKyanite on October 24, 2018, 04:10:36 AM »
I should also add I am looking for a tactical, long range flash light with high lumen.

I’d also like to add the Klarus XT12GT to this. So either the Klarus’s vs the streamlight. Thanks for any help!
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General Flashlight Discussion / Which flashlight should I get?
« Last post by TheLightKyanite on October 23, 2018, 05:42:04 AM »
Hello! I am new to these forums, and now am glad to be apart of it! I am having a hard time deciding which out of these two I should get.
Streamlight 75458 Stinger DS LED High Lumen Rechargeable Flashlight with 120-Volt AC/12-Volt DC Piggyback Charger - 800 Lumens https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BD9OKC6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_5xQZBbKFVFHH6
Klarus Upgraded XT11GT 2000 Lumens SUPER BUNDLE w/ XT11GT LED Compact Rechargeable Tactical Flashlight, 18650 Battery, USB Cable, Lanyard, Holster, Pocket Clip, Car & Wall Adapter, and USB Mini Light https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LW1R4E6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_qyQZBbHD3NSZG
I would appreciate any suggestions on any other flashlights. I’ve been doing my fair end of research on these two. I just can’t decide. Also, is Klarus a trustworthy brand? I heard some of their costumers complaining they didn’t honor their warranty.

I’d really appreciate help! Thanks very much!
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LED Flashlight Modifications / Re: A nice diving light to mod with XHP-50's
« Last post by aspalagus on October 22, 2018, 10:02:50 AM »
This review is the best.
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General Flashlight Discussion / Re: How long do you use flashlight models
« Last post by aspalagus on October 22, 2018, 10:02:13 AM »
Thank you for this answer.
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Forum Issues & Suggestions / IMALENT DX80 (gone faulty)
« Last post by reptek on October 20, 2018, 07:09:59 PM »
 Hi guys :(  I'm the unfortunate owner of an imalent Dx80 that's gone faulty
     Has any on here ever stripped a Dx80 down to replace LEDs or the driver
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New Member Introductions / New member
« Last post by reptek on October 20, 2018, 06:54:15 PM »
 :) Hi from Sheffield United Kingdom
     Greetings to you all, looking forward to talking to you all
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