I purchased a Nextorch Z1 1W LED light from Emilion (http://emilionworkshop.com/oscommerc...26c845988e1aa2) adn just received it this Saturday. Thus far, the Nextorch brand, aside from the Magic Max and recently the Saint HID, doesn't seem very popular or get much exposure on CPF even though there are many nice LED and Xenon models available. I decided to give the Nextorch Z1 a try.
Summary of Nextorch Z1:
Make - Nextorch
Model - Z1
Battery - 1x CR123A
LED - LuxI
Lens - Mineral Glass (Ultra Clear Lens according to Emilion's website)
Finish - Black TypeII Anodize
Dimensions - Approx. 3.94" x 1.06" (100mm x 27mm)
Switch Type - Tactical momentary push on with constant on twist and LOTC
Price - $37.95
Delivery Time - 1 week exactly (shipped 5/13, received 5/20)
The presentation box (picture below from Emilion's site) is a nice change from the standard plastic sealed packages most lights come in. It adds a touch of class. It comes with 1 Nextorch-brand CR123A cell. The foam in the box is cut out to fit the Z1. Very nice packaging and presentation overall.
Exterior/Finish - The black TypeII finish is very even and nice. No missing areas of anodizing except at the edge of the tailcap (the end that faces the body of the light) where the anodizing is missing in some spots. The finish looks like it has a texture to it, but when you feel it, it's perfectly smooth. The machining is very nice, no rough areas, machine marks, etc. The knurling at the head and the tail provide very good grip for twisting. There's also some fins machined into the head for cooling, which I think adds to the aesthetics as well. The front bezel can be removed to access the lens. The reflector, which I believe is aluminum, is also exposed, but I can't seem to find a way to get it out. There's an o-ring between the bezel and the head and between the lens and the bezel, so the front end seems pretty well water resistant. The threading on the bezel is very, very, very (did I mention very?) tough! It was difficult to unthread and even harder to thread back on and get it all the way back down. While trying to thread the bezel back to the head, it often felt I cross threaded it, but I knew it wasn't. When not tightened all the way, the lens will rattle. I finally used a small strap wrench to get the bezel back down and all is well now (no rattles at all). Overall, aside from the small areas at the edge of the tailcap where anodizing is missing, the machining and finish is VERY good! Better than the Q3 and most Nuwai products I've seen.
The switch threads on smoothly and the threads are wide cut and deep, similar to Streamlight, Pelican, SF, Pentagonlight, and other US mfrs. The switch is a metal spring attached to a spacer looking piece at the end of the tailcap. There's a rubber button at the back of the tailcap that you can push in, but it's fairly hard to push. The momentary contact of the switch actually uses the play in the threads rather than the motion in the push switch itself. Tho the push switch does move inward a bit, the whole tailcap will move first. Either way, the momentary works very well. Twist to turn on constant. 1 full turn from on will lock out the tailcap.
The battery tube is fairly thick aluminum. The inner diameter (ID) of the tube is quite large and fits a Li-Ion R123A easily with still space to spare. It even fits a 17500 cell diameter wise, but the 17500 is too long to get the tailcap back on.
Here's another pic stolen (hope you don't mind Emilion) from Emilion's site.
Performance - The LED is a 1W. The tint looks very close to my TWOH in my Q3, so it's likely a WO tint. I loaded in a Streamlight CR123A, screwed the tailcap on, and BAM!...I was very surprised by the output! WAAAYYY brighter than I had expected. It was very close to my Q3 with TWOH on a primary cell. It's also extremely close to the overall output of my Streamlight Scorpion LED which puts out approximately 40lms. I estimate the total output to be 35-40lms, very bright and much brighter than a stock Q3 (which is only around 20-25lms). Again, I was very surprised by the output. The reflector is fairly large, larger than the Q3's reflector. The reflector is smooth also. This produces a fairly tight, small spot with very good side spill. The side spill is not as bright as my Q3-TWOH, but still a very useful spill. Because the hotspot is tight and small, it throws very well! Better than my Q3-TWOH on a primary and about equal to my Q3-TWOH on a R123A!!!...again, very good throw. It's a bit longer than the Q3, but not big. The overall diameter is about the same, so it doens't feel much bigger. It's easy to hold in your hand and the momentary on is great. I personally really like tactical switches (momentary push, constant twist) and the Z1 switch works very well and feels good. The beam is perfect with no artifacts at all. The LED is further up into the reflector than any of my other lights. This ends up producing a beam where no donut hole can be seen even at 1" from the wall.
I put in a R123A and it worked fine, but I didn't keep it on for a long time. It did seem brighter with the R123A. I measured the current at the tailcap to be 583mA on my SL CR123A cell that read 2.998V open voltage. The LuxI is likely being driven at 500mA. Emilion's site estimates 75+min of runtime to 50% output...that sounds about right if not a bit conservative. I haven't tested runtime yet, but I estimate more like 90-110min to 50%.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with the Nextorch Z1. The overall machining quality and finish is better than the Q3 and most other lights in this class. The light output, throw, good runtime, and virtually perfect beam is an amazing combination for the price. The ultra clear glass lens is also a very nice feature as my Q3's plastic lens is now quite scratched up. My original intent for the light was for my car, but now I feel bad not using it more often. But at least I know I will have a great light with a reliable switch for use when I need it in my car.