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Review of the Olight X9R (Full Review)
« on: June 13, 2018, 06:41:36 AM »
Hi Guys

I'm new to the forum and have recently started doing flashlight review as a bit of a hobby. Every so often and where we (managed to rope the Mrs into this) can, we also do giveaways as a give back to the community who supports us! We have a giveaway for this review if you are interested... details are in the video description - Good luck for those who enter.

Here's the link to my latest review of the Olight X9R:

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This isnít our first time handling the X9R. Two months ago, Olight Australia gave us the X9R prototype to gauge our thoughts. They touted the X9R as OLightís biggest and brightest flashlight. With our prototype video receiving almost 300 comments and 125 likes, it was clear to us that our IQíers were excited.

Today is the day that we finally bring you the X9R in all itís glory. With almost weekly messages asking if we know the release date, this has certainly been a much anticipated flashlight.

If you are not familiar with the X9R, this is Olightís mega-flashlight offering with 25,000 lumens of output. Weighing in at 1.8kg or 4 pounds this isnít for the faint hearted. Though Olight has thoughtfully included a shoulder strap in the box which allows for much more comfortable carry.

The design is well thought out, with a rocketship-esk body, the asthetics are quite pleasing. The machining and anodization are perfect with no flaws or sharp edges. This is impressive when you consider the level of detail that Olight has gone to with the X9R. Though perhaps this is to be expected from a flashlight costing 5 times as much as a regular flashlight.

The X9R reminds me of a Chris Reeve Sebenza, a popular grail knife amongst pocket knife collectors. If you look at the finer details of a Chris Reeve Sebenza, you can appreciate its tight tolerances and attention to detail. The X9R is much the same, the closer you look, the more you will discover. 

With all this being said, one question remains. Why not just buy the Imalant DX80 which is not only cheaper, but brighter at 32,000 lumens. Well, the simple answer is - maybe you should. The DX80 has its own innovations and higher output. Though if youíre the sort of person who carries a Sebenza and wears a mechanical watch, then maybe you would appreciate the quality and detail of the X9R more. Putting the X9R side by side with DX80, the X9R appears brighter, though this is likely a result of its much larger and deeper reflectors allowing the X9R to throw further.

When you spend this much dole on a flashlight, you would expect an equally robust carrying case. This is exactly what Olight has included with their waterproof, dustproof and shockproof X9R carrying case. Upon opening the case, you find a 2amp wall charger, 1.5amp car charger, shoulder strap, anti-roll ring, instruction manual and the X9R. All the accessories and the X9R are neatly laid out in laser cut foam. This is certainly a nice inclusion by Olight.

Changing the battery is as simple as connecting the included power pack, with the battery indicator showing the charge progress. Olight has also indicated that spare batteries will be made available in the future.

Simply put, the interface is what we know and love from Olight. With shortcuts to turbo, low and strobe modes. Improving on the classic Olight interface, Olight has gone one step further by providing an innovative dashboard showing both the output and battery levels. The X9R also includes proximity sensors, which will automatically dim the flashlight when close to nearby objects.

 The X9R includes eight light modes and one flashing mode. This includes mode 1 at 200 lumens, mode 2 at 400 lumens, mode 3 at 800 Lumens, mode 4 at 1,600 lumens, mode 5 at 3,200 lumens, mode 6 at 6,400 lumens, mode 7 at 12,800 lumens and mode 8 at 25,000 lumens. The X9R will stepdown on both of its highest modes, including at 10 minutes for mode 7 and 3 minutes for mode 8.

To switch on the X9R press the side button once. This will switch on the flashlight in the previously selected mode. Pressing the side button again will switch off the flashlight. To cycle through the 8 light modes, press and hold the side button while the flashlight is on. Pressing and holding the side button from off will access the lowest mode while double tapping the side button from either on or off will access the turbo mode. The X9R also features a lockout mode, which can be accessed by holding the side button for more than 2 seconds from off.

The X9R is really something special, from its 25,000 of output to its sleek lines and user interface. The X9R appears to be a solid option for both professional operators and enthusiasts alike.

A huge thank you to Olight Australia for allowing us to evaluate their new X9R.

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Thank you your support - OutdoorsIQ
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