I saw this light in a post over at the CPF forums a few months ago and I have wanted one ever since. So, recently I bought one from lighthound. The first unit I received was defective but lighthound took care of me, and got a replacement unit right out.
Price: Mine was $27 shipped
Official Specs (from their web site)
Constructed of S304 stainless steel
CREE XP-E (R4) LED with lifespan up to 50,000 hours
Strengthened ultra-clear glass lens with two-surface coating
Battery type: AAA (alkaline or rechargeable 1.2V) x 1pc
Structural reversed polarity protection
Output: 50 lumens
Continuous runtime: 1 hour
Able to stand on its tail
Dimensions (L x OD): 73 x 13mm
Weight: 30g (without battery)
Head / Bezel
|Here you can see the reverse polarity protection|
|The emitter is well centered on mine|
The head of the X3 appears to be brass. I am not sure, but I believe outer finish is Nickel, not steel. It looks like steel at first glass, but on closer inspection, it just doesn’t look right for steel. Again, I’m not sure. The threads are the typical triangular threads you’ll find on any budget flashlight.
There’s a cross hatch pattern on the head to provide good grip for twisting the light on and off. In practice, the head is a little tight for one handed operation.
The reflector is a textured orange peel style. The texturing looks very non-uniform, but it’s effective. I might also be wrong about this, but it sure looks like the glass has that telltale purple tint of anti-reflective coating, which I don’t think I’ve seen on an AAA flashlight.
The beam on my sample is very smooth, and slightly floody, due to the textured reflector. The rings and
artifacts are minimal. It’s a very workable beam and probably ideal for a keychain light due to the wide hotspot and lots of spill.
The tint on my sample is cool white; not greenish or yellowish at all.
|Threads on the body are well machined|
The body appears to be a solid chunk of stainless steel, with a reallly nice polished finish to it. Inside the body at the tail is what appears to be a steel pin with a foam ring around it. It’s an interesting design choice.
From what I can tell, this design isn’t a “battery crusher” like some other foam ring designs.
The tail is a typical keychain carry tail, slightly widened to supposedly allow for tail standing. You could just as easily attach a lanyard, lobster claw or other similar widget to it. This light is made to dangle.
SolarForce claims this model can tail stand, but my unit can’t. What’s interesting is that the first defective unit I had could tail stand. But the replacement unit has the tail more rounded than the last sample I had. I can’t get this one to tail stand no matter what I do. But that’s OK, the tail is fine for a keychain light, maybe even
|The tail has a nice look to it|
Run Time Test
Fit and Finish
|With BlackShadow Eva AAA flashlight|
|Closeup of the threads: well machined but dirty|
|This was taken at about 2 hours even into the run time test|
|From Left: BlackShadow Eva, Olight I3S, Solarforce X3, Thrunite Ti2, L3 Illumination L10 Nichia 219, L10 with XP-G2|
|1.4 Ounces with a 2nd generation Eneloop in it|