This is one of those models that seemed to get mixed reviews. Then they made a newer model EX11, and people hated it. Then came a minor revision (Ex11.2) that also wasn’t well received, and that was it–they stopped making it. At the time I was looking for off-the-shelf products. I wasn’t yet ready to call myself an enthusiast or collector, so the Ex and Dx series really didn’t interest me too much.
Since lots of collectors still speak fondly of this series, I took the opportunity to buy one from Boaz at the BLF forums. He only had a few left so I was lucky to snap one up. Unfortunately I couldn’t get him to part with an original Dx10. These are some of the only production flashlights which feature a piston style switch, which is really no switch at all. Supposedly this type of “switch” will never fail since there’s nothing really to wear out as long as it is well maintained like a car.
When my Ex10 arrived, I almost thought it was defective at first. People said this model was quirky and boy is it ever. A better way of putting it is that the user interface is very … precise. But after about a half hour of experimenting with it, I had the user interface figured out, including the soft lock-out feature. The user interface is very well thought out once you get the hang of it.
This is a solid light. People talk about swapping out the LED but I like the smaller die (XP-E?) with a fairly deep, orange-peel textured reflector, which gives this light a little bit of throw for a such a tiny specimen. I’m thrilled to have this light for my collection!
|Above you can see how the piston rides the whole length of the battery tube|
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|Fit and finish on my sample is fantastic|
|Weight includes EagleTac 16340|