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    Default Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Anyone on this forum have the new flashlight from Inova? One model uses two 123's and the other two AA's. How good is the quality of construction and output/run time?

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    bolt series?

    for the 123A version I assume your talking about the 2007 edition of XO3 [optics removed, now reflectored]

    as for the "new" AA version I dont know anything about a new alkaline light from inova

    sorry, cheers

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    someone mentioned in another thread that the bolt's started showing up at REI stores. If you have one close to where you live, you can go check them out.

    or, you can also check their website, maybe they have details.
    butteryjunction.com carries Inovas, but I haven't seen the bolts mentioned there yet. you could keep an eye out over there as well.

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Here is information about the new Inova Bolt series lights:

    http://www.scottcountry.co.uk/produc...productID=1882

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    Quote Originally Posted by Illum_the_nation
    bolt series?

    Yea they look like bolts.


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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    I do not know about the build quality or the beam but I like the look of it.

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight



    looks like really reinforced radiants

    mmm, i didnt know...thanks

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    They say patented optics, is it hopefully the Tiros?
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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Quote Originally Posted by Lee1959
    They say patented optics, is it hopefully the Tiros?
    the pictures seem to depict smooth reflectors though

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    Looks interesting. Who will be the first to have one?
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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Does anyone know when and where they will show up in the US? I'm looking for something to give as a gift, and those would fit the intended usage to a T.

    I was thinking of a reflectored T-series light, but the person getting it would be much more happy with AA batteries.

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    It never ceases to amaze me as to why 2x123 lights are almost always longer than 2xAA lights.

    MattK mentions them in the thread on new Inova products.

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=148844


    And here's an overseas page on the Bolts:
    http://www.scottcountry.co.uk/produc...productID=1882

    And other new Inova products:

    http://www.scottcountry.co.uk/produc...categories=295
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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Quote Originally Posted by cratz2
    It never ceases to amaze me as to why 2x123 lights are almost always longer than 2x123 lights.
    blame it on the optics...that beast of TIROS is about 1.5 CR123A long

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Oops.... I mean that I didn't understand why 2x123 lights were longer than 2xAA lights.

    But the Bolt series all use reflectors, I thought?

    And actually, I quite like the 2xAAA Radiant. I might pick up a 2xAAA Bolt if they are a reasonable price.
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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    They look nice, At that price it would be interesting to see how they stack up against the Fenix lights

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Quote Originally Posted by cratz2
    It never ceases to amaze me as to why 2x123 lights are almost always longer than 2xAA lights.
    Huh? Mostly, my 2x123 lights are shorter than my 2xAA lights. Pretty much the only exception are Inovas (in the past due to the long TIROS).

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Yeah... but looking at the bolt series, the 2xAA light is .5" shorter than the 2x123 light. I assume both use the same type of reflector...
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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Per Inova, the Bolt Series lights should be available at the beginning of April.

    But another website where I buy lights and other things from said that the Bolt series lights are expected in at around the end of April/beginning of May.
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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    I picked-up a lithium Bolt the other day from REI.

    --Two 123 size cells, with space in the tube for Inova's "plunger" switch thingy.

    --K2 LED, with reflector (looks just like the new XO3 or T3 reflectors)

    --Rubber sleeve over aluminum body.

    --Twisty for constant, press for momentray tail cap

    Part numbers:
    BLT-3A=2 AAA powered
    BLT-2A=2 AA powered
    BLT-2L=Lithium cell powered.


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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    What the heck? Wow does REI have some inside connections at INOVA? REI has 2 of the 3 Bolt series lights while Brightguy, BatteryJunction, Lighthound, and TradingPostSupply all don't have any of the Bolt series lights yet? Oh well. I can't buy them until after Easter anyway.

    Thanks for the info dano. You have any beamshots pics or runtime tests planned?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dano
    I picked-up a lithium Bolt the other day from REI.

    Part numbers:
    BLT-3A=2 AAA powered
    BLT-2A=2 AA powered
    BLT-2L=Lithium cell powered.
    Thanks dano!

    I've gotten rid of all my CR123 lights except for a Surefire G2, and won't be buying any in the future.

    Can't rationalize buying yet another 2AA light, since I have too many now.

    But, man.... That little 2AAA Bolt is hard to resist:

    http://www.rei.com/online/store/Prod...ory_rn=4500588

    Seems like there aren't many really good 2AAA lights available, but this one looks like a winner. Just over 4.5 inches length is perfect. Just long enough to hold and use easily, but small enough to always carry outdoors as a backup to the main light. 2.17 ounce weight would be good for backpacking. At 25 bucks, it looks like a really good deal to me.


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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Just to clarify, the REI I went to only had the lithium powered model, so I actually didn't get a chance to see the AA or AAA model
    There's more to a light than its output.

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    I just checked them out at REI about an hour ago. They're pretty cool. SUPER rugged construction as always with Inova. I think the rubber sleeve is a great feature since Inova's typically have a pretty slick coating without any grooves or patterning on the aluminum. I saw and tried both models. The more powerful of the two was comparable to the XO3 in terms of output and beam quality. Yes, the Bolt's were smooth reflectors although the beams were great (considering I tested them through the 'try me' packaging). I would recommend them for anyone needing a rugged light that will sustain high usage and not have have to be pampered. I love the rubber grip. Serves not only for traction in the hand but also adds to the protection of the body and might even absorb some shock vibrations in nasty fall. Definitely would be a great automotive /camping/boating/toolbox light. For some reason, I feel that if I had one, I wouldn't worry about babying it. I already have a SL Scorpion LED, and I think I'd rather have this purely based on aesthetics and construction quality. I'd love to see runtime and output charts to back it up though.

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    there was a picture of the bolt with the rubber grip removed. Does anyone remember where it was or can you post it here?

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Hello Greenlight,

    it is in the reviews part of this site
    http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=162167

    I hope this is the picture you are looking for:

    I found the rubber grip to come off rather easily. You feel it is not glued and you start twisting it and after a while you can push it completely off by the rear end.

    Kind regards,

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Thanks, I found it and posted it in the 'wood handled' bst post... it would look nice with a custom wood handle.

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    Default Re: Inova Bolt Series Flashlight

    Quote Originally Posted by 22hornet View Post
    Hello Greenlight,

    it is in the reviews part of this site
    http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=162167
    Kind regards,

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    Looks like a better-looking Radiant.
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