[EDIT - May 31/07 - Just received a second L2S for fenix-store.com, and I'm sorry to report it's ~25% dimmer than the first one that I reported here. Looks like the first one I received was an unsually high performer - this one is more in keeping with what I expected for this Lux I light. Oh well ... guess which one I'll be modding first!]
Just received a new Fenix L2S from 4sevens today, and I am blown away by how bright it is. I know we are all cree-zy these days (in fact, I bought it for moding purposes), but this is very surprising.
It readily out-throws my L2T bought last summer, and gives off a *lot* more overall light [EDIT: my earlier milk-carton lightbox runs seem to have been a bit off - it doesn't seem that much brighter in the beamshots. New side-by-side comparisons in my light box this morning says the L2S is ~10% brighter overall than the L2T on either Lo or Hi modes]. The head is clearly labelled L2S, 1W LED.
But according to my home made lightbox setup (calibrated to Doug's excellent flashlightreviews.com rating system), throw is in the FR 35-40 range, and overall output is in the FR 45-50 range. [EDIT: Based on the pics, I would estimate L2S is ~FR 35 . Re-ran the lightbox measures side-by-side this morning, and output for the L2S is now showing up as closer to ~FR 40].
I don't get this at all - it is almost as bright as my new L2D-CE on High (not Turbo). I've noticed LED output tends to increase over the production run of a given light, but this is pretty unbelievable from a Lux I!
Anyone else have this experience? Almost seems like a waste to mod such a good performer.
[EDIT: Beamblots added]
All shots were taken with fresh-off-the-charger Sanyo 2500 mAh NiMH.
According the flashlightreviews.com, throw/output for the L2S on Hi is 27/24 and for the L2T on Hi is 32/32
L2S Hi on left, L2T Hi on right (F1/8, shutter 1/2 sec)
L2S Hi on left, L2T Hi on right (F1/8, shutter 1/20 sec)
Conclusion: Despite being rated much lower, the L2S throw further than the L2T, and has slightly more overall output. Note I have no reason to believe my one-year old L2T is sub-standard - I've had 3 P1s with the same approximate output, and my numbers on these lights correlate very well with flashlightreviews.com.
According to flashlightreviews.com, throw/output for the L2D-CE on Med is 30/25, so it should be just marginally brighter than the L2S.
L2S Hi on left, L2D-CE Med on right (F1/8, shutter 1/2 sec)
L2S Hi on left, L2D-CE Med on right (F1/8, shutter 1/20 sec)
Conclusion: Again, the L2S throws further than the L2D-CE on medium, and has more overall output
According to flashlightreviews.com, throw/output for the L2D-CE on Hi is 42/50, so it should blow away the L2S.
L2S Hi on left, L2D-CE Hi on right (F1/8, shutter 1/2 sec)
L2S Hi on left, L2D-CE Hi on right (F1/8, shutter 1/20 sec)
Conclusion: the L2S throws the same as the L2D-CE on Hi, but has less overall output. Note that my home-made lightbox says L2S output is actually closer to the L2D-CE on Hi than Medium, but it doesn't seem that way in the pictures.
There you have it folks - and no, the lights are not reversed in the beamshots! This new L2S is one of helluva performer. Of course, YMMV ...