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This review is from: FOURSEVENS Quark Pro QPA (AA) Flashlight
Pros: The lowest mode claims 15 DAYS of continuous runtime. It's only useful in pitch black with night-adapted vision. I use that mode the most and have yet to change the battery.
Color tint is pretty good, even though I didn't get the "high CRI version."
My primary use for this light is the low modes and the extreme runtimes that they offer.
"Lego:" Assembling components from the same maker into other lights. Foursevens can do this. You can get a different battery tube, head, clip, or switch. With a pile of such parts, you could come up with a few different lights.
The AA body is the only difference between this and the single CR123 Quark, you can get this light, get the other battery tube, and have a choice. Also, they offer endcaps for your battery tubes so you can use them as battery carriers (or match safes.)
This is an outstanding choice for campers, mechanics, motorcyclists, wiring geeks, craftsmen and just about anyone who needs a reliable light.
Cons: High mode is a tad underwhelming, even with a 14500. In the end, I just stuck an Eneloop rechargable in there and called it a day. This isn't a pocket blaster, or WOW-factor... just an excellent everyday tool.
This might sound weird, but I think the clicky tail switch is very loud. Also, there is no momentary. If this sounds bad, then go for their "tactical" model. Also, you can just get the "tactical" tail switch separately.
It's a touch heavy to hold in your mouth, but it's doable.
Other Thoughts: Fit and finish were top-notch. Comes with a nice belt holster. BTW, this *IS* the Gen 2 version you read about on the foursevens website.
Foursevens also offers an angle-head reflector, diffuser, and filter kit (the "Prism" kit." for this light to make it even more versatile: headlamp, pocket work light, so on.
Oh yeah, you can tuck a square of aluminum foil into the pocket clip and make your OWN reflector/diffuser with the light "tailstanding." Instant lantern.
I have also shined it into a white plastic grocery bag as an improvised diffuser.
I carry a spare AAA battery in a AA converter case so one spare can feed this OR my AAA backup. With the kind of runtime the Quark offers on low, I'm more likely to swap out my AAA backup battery.
This review is from: JETBeam PC10 XM-L LED Flashlight 550 Lumens W/ Nylon Holster
Pros: Wickedly bright with an IMR rechargable (4.7V CR123 size.) Independent testing shows that the max lumens claim is ever so slightly overstated. It's around 500 lumens if you've got the right battery. Expect a dip to about 300 lumens after 15 minues of use or so. Use rechargables and just simply top them up. Lithiums love that and hate being fully discharged; they have no charge memory, that's NiCads (which are junk.)
You'll NEVER get 550 or even 500 lumens on a regular CR123. I don't even use primaries, it's rechargables only for me.
I was quite pleased with the color tint on the one I carried for over a year. It was a little warm, but mostly pleasantly neutral. I can't stand cheap blue-tint emitters these days.
I really liked the momentary switch, though some say it's a bit mushy with long travel. This helps prevent accidental mode changes when you've got the head loosened.
Runtimes are good enough on low and medium mode. I top the battery up about once a week anyway to preserve that wicked high output on a fresh charge.
Optics aren't particularly bright, but I think they're a great combination with the output. It holds its own (but is not brighter than) $200 and $300 flashlights that I have.
Cons: It remembers the last mode when you have the head loosened. Tighten the head and use high mode for a while, loosen the head and the flashlight has forgotten what setting you had. I found this really very irritating until I got in the habit of leaving the head loose and mostly only using low mode. Once I use high mode, I have to loosen the head and find low mode again.
I find that pressing the light to my hand while searching for the low mode helps preserve night vision if you used high mode outside and are walking into a dark structure (or cave, whatever.)
I found this irritating enough to knock one egg. It's a 5 egg light otherwise. My favorite lights default to low mode with head loosened and default to high with the head tight. Tap one or more times to access alternate modes. It works and it's really the way it should be, IMHO.
Other Thoughts: Tighten the head for turbo, tap once for strobe.
Loosen the head slightly to access the other modes. It remembers your last mode setting as long as you don't tighten the head and use turbo mode.
It really says a lot when I lost my PC10 and am buying another after reviewing the market over a year later.
This isn't a "vampire" or "moonlight firefly." It's more of a blaster that you "reload" on the battery charger once in a while. It does not have long-range optics, but provides a good balance between close range flood and long range throw. Keep the rechargable topped up and it will do you right.
Don't forget, you need a "hobby" charger that is compatible with lithium ion.
Go read about this flashlight on candlepowerforums.com.
This review is from: Logitech C310 USB 2.0 HD WebCam
Pros: Plugged in to a Windows 7 machine. Downloaded the Logitec software. It worked. No brainer.
Price was good.
Cons: None to speak of.
Other Thoughts: Nothing bad to report. It worked as expected.READ FULL REVIEW