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    Drool DBS, MRV, Tiablo A8, DX Cree Projection, WF-600, Regal WT1: RUNTIMES and pics!

    This overview is my first throw and runtime comparison of the premium thrower lights (Dereelight DBS, Tiablo A8, and Lumapower MRV) and the budget versions (DealExtreme "3W Cree Projection" and WF-600). Scroll down for a detail review of the DBS V1 and Projection Cree.

    For an updated detailed comparison to all the other thrower lights in my collection, please see:
    Thrower review: DBS, Spear, MRV, Tiablo, Regal & clones: THROW, RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS!


    The contenders:

    From left to right: Lumapower MRV (2nd Gen), Tiablo A8, Dereelight DBS, DX Cree Projection, DX WF-600 (18650-only). Not shown is the Regal WT1.





    Beamshots:

    Quick and dirty comparison at ~.4 meters from a wall, to show you the different overall spillbeam patterns. All lights are running on 18650, with Q2 emitters.



    Beam observations:
    • DX Cree Projection and WF-600 have a very similar beam profile to the MRV, although overall spillbeam width is a bit narrower on the DX lights
    • The Tiablo A8 and Dereelight DBS have a similar beam profile to each other, with a smaller brighter hotspot, brighter corona, and smaller overall spillbeam width than the MRV
    • DBS has the smallest overall spillbeam width of all the lights
    • Tint on my DX Cree Projection was slightly purplish, and the WF-600 is a warm yellow. The MRVs/A8 have premium white tints (although example shown above is my MRV Q5 warm tint WG mod). The DBS 2-stage is a warm tint, consistent with the reported WD/WG bin for this module.
    • Although not shown, the Regal WT1 produces a beam pattern closest to the DBS, although with a wider spillbeam (spillbeam width is intermittent between the DBS and MRV).

    Measurement Method:Throw values are the square-root of Lux measurements taken at 1m using a light meter. Note that my lightmeter tends to report lower absolute values than most, but I have verified it is linearly responsive over the range of intensities in question.

    MRV 1st Generation (Light Gray) - P4 Throw Lux @ one meter:
    • 18650 x 1 on high: 9,600 Lux
    • 18650 x 1 on low: 6,200 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on high: 11,800 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on low: 5,900 Lux

    MRV 2nd Generation (Dark Brown) - Q2 Throw Lux @ one meter:
    • 18650 x 1 on high: 10,400 Lux
    • 18650 x 1 on low: 7,100 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on high: 14,200 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on low: 7,200 Lux

    MRV 1st Generation with DX Cree Q5 WG mod - Q5 Throw Lux @ one meter:
    • 18650 x 1 on high: 11,800 Lux
    • 18650 x 1 on low: 8,500 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on high: 18,200 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on low: 8,500 Lux

    Tiablo A8 - Q2 Throw Lux @ one meter:
    • 18650 x 1 on high: 14,400 Lux
    • 18650 x 1 on low: 1,690 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on high: 14,100 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on low: 2,680 Lux

    Dereelight DBS 2-Stage - Q2 Throw Lux @ one meter:
    • 18650 x 1 on high: 17,000 Lux
    • 18650 x 1 on low: 3,600 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on high: ~19,500 Lux (estimate, see runtime graph)
    • CR123A x 2 on low: 3,650 Lux

    Dereelight DBS 3-Stage - Q4 (18650-only) Throw Lux @ one meter:
    • 18650 x 1 on high: 21,200 Lux
    • 18650 x 1 on medium: 10,500 Lux
    • 18650 x 1 on low: 1,830 Lux

    DX Cree Projection - Q2 Throw Lux @ one meter:
    • 18650 x 1 on high: 11,200 Lux
    • 18650 x 1 on low: 3,200 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on high: 14,200 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on low: 6,300 Lux

    DX WF-600 (18650-only) - Q2 Throw Lux @ one meter:
    • 18650 x 1 on high: 16,300 Lux
    • 18650 x 1 on low: 3,600 Lux

    Regal WT1 - Q5 Throw Lux @ one meter:
    • 18650 x 1 on high: 10,200 Lux
    • 18650 x 1 on low: 1,650 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on high: 10,650 Lux
    • CR123A x 2 on low: 3,800 Lux


    Throw observations:
    • On 18650, the Dereelight DBS-Q2 throws further than the Tiablo A8-Q2, which in turns throws further than the Lumapower MRV-Q2. On primaries, the DBS-Q2 out-throws the A8/MRV, which are roughly equivalent. I would expect this relative throw relationship (DBS>A8>MRV) to persist for higher luminous flux bins
    • Upgrading a MRV to a Q5 emitter resulted in greatly increased throw only on primaries. On 18650, my Q5 upgrade resulted mainly in runtime improvements.
    • On low, the Tiablo A8 has the lowest output, followed by the Dereelight DBS and DX lights, while the MRVs are considerably brighter.
    • Among the budget throwers, the multi-power DX Cree Projection-Q2 is equivalent to the Lumapower MRV-Q2 on all batteries. The 18650-only WF-600-Q2 throws as far as the Dereelight DBS-Q2, but on 18650-only.
    • DBS 3-stage Q4 module (18650-only) throws the furthest of all my lights.
    • Regal WT1. with its Q5 emitter but smaller reflector. is still able to throw about as far as the early generation MRVs (P4/Q2).


    Runtimes:
    These runtimes charts are different from my other reviews - they represent throw, not overall output. Since my home-made milk carton lightbox doesn't accurately capture overall output on these intense throwers, I have adjusted all my relative output numbers to initial throw (measured as the squareroot of Lux @1m). This allows you to directly compare the relative throw of each light over time on the graphs below (although you can't directly compare these graphs with my other reviews).





    Runtime observations:
    • On primaries, luminous flux bin makes the biggest difference in output, as expected. Main differences between the lights are due to the regulation characteristics of their respective circuits
    • DBS 2-stage has an unusual regulation pattern on primaries, and only peaks right before drop-off (note: I ran this runtime test twice, and the pattern was similar both times)
    • On 18650, flux bin makes a bigger difference for runtime than output for the multipower circuits, like in the MRV and DX Cree Projection. The Tiablo A8 is much brighter and better regulated than the other lights, but at the expense of runtime
    • The Q5-modded MRV shows a considerable increase in brightness on primaries, but only a small increase on 18650. On 18650, there was a dramatic increase in runtime - nearly 50% longer (i.e. ~6 hours for Q5 vs ~4 hours for unmodded P4)
    • The DBS 3-stage Q4 module (18650-only) has great regulation and output on 18650, very impressive. Unlike the Tiablo, the DBS module has a low "moon mode" rather than abrupt shut-off on 18650 (although light showed some slight flickering at this low level, so I stopped the run at this point).
    • The Regal WT1 has very flat regulation on primaries, and a typical decay pattern on 18650.


    Conclusions:
    • Simply put, with the same emitter in place (Q2), the DBS throws further than the Tiablo, which in turn throws further than the MRV. This is likely due to deeper reflector designs of the newer lights. The flipside to this improved throw is narrower overall spillbeam width.
    • The DX lights feature remarkably good output and runtimes - the DX Cree Projection is at least as good the original MRV (and slightly better regulated), which is very impressive.
    • Build quality of the premium lights are all quite good, with the Tiablo having the highest grade aluminum and best anodizing among my samples. My Dereelight DBS shows machining marks in the various grooves and recesses, along with some “splotchiness” in anodizing (see below for a discussion). Earlier MRVs had some anodizing defects, and this seems to have been resolved on later versions.
    • Overall build quality of DX lights are certainly not the same as the premium MRV/A8/DBS class by a long shot - but it is at the higher end of the lights DX typically sells. If you are comfortable with this class of light, you should find these budget throwers a great deal at <$30
    • In general terms, increasing the flux bin on the MRV (with the stock driver) results in a differential effect on output/runtime depending on the battery used: on primaries, you get mainly increased output with little change to runtime, but on 18650 most of the gain is in runtime improvements. This is likely due to the higher Vf on currently available Q5 bins.
    • The 3-stage Q4 (18650-only) module on the DBS is the clear throw king of my comparison so far.
    • The Regal WT1 is not meant to be a dedicated thrower, but as you'll see above, it holds its own very well given the head/reflector size.


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    Dereelight DBS Mini-Review

    Build Quality:
    • The overall design of the DBS is top-notch. All the parts are easy to access and disassemble - very modular, very well designed. However, the large number of contact surfaces and screw threads suggests proper maintenance will be critical on this light. Haven't done detailed pics, but see WadeF's review for pics: Dereelight DBS review!
    • The emitter module screws into the aluminum reflector, providing excellent heatsinking and easy ability to upgrade emitter modules as new emitters come out.
    • The DBS weighs 220g, making it the heavyist of the lights reviewed here. It is also a bit longer than the other premium lights (Tiablo/MRV).


    Machining and Anodizing:
    • Unfortunately, these are the areas where the DBS disappoints somewhat. Anodizing is not as smooth as the other premium lights, with a splotchy "mottling" effect noticeable in several regions, especially around the head. A minor cosmetic issue, and not a big deal to me.
    • Machining is another issue, as there are some very noticeable grooves visible in many of the scalloped regions. At close range, you can see horizontal marks that are reminiscent of the peaks and valleys of old-style phonograph records (but much finer, of course). The two pics below, from the head and taicap, should give you an idea what I mean. Note that you won't feel these by running your finger over the areas, but they are quite visible in the light. They are certainly more noticeable than the anodizing blemishes.





    Body and threads:
    • Screw threads are cut well, but all lack anodizing so battery lock-out is not possible (note: only the MRV features a tailcap lock-out). Current is carried through the many screw threads, so proper cleaning and lubing is critical.
    • My sample needed a through cleaning on arrival, as some sort of grease had made its way from the threads and o-rings on to some of the contact and external surfaces. This resulted in flickering and poor contact. I generally recommend deoxit for cleaning and nyogel for lubrication.


    Tailcap and switch:
    • The DBS features the much sought after forward clicky! Fans of this type of switch may rejoice, although I'm personally quite happy with standard reverse clickies (I'm not often in "tactical" situations, unless you count accidentally waking my wife up at night with a light ).
    • Haven't fully disassembled the tailcap innards yet, but they look to be of very high quality.


    DBS Summary:
    • Well designed light, best throw of all the lights reviewed here (when matched with equivalent emitters). But also narrowest overall spillbeam width.
    • Modular construction allows for easy upgrade path, but multiple contact surfaces and screw threads mean more vigilant care and maintenance is required than for most lights.
    • Noticeable issues with exterior machining and anodizing in this early sample. Light also suffered from contact issues as shipped, but these were resolved with proper cleaning and lubing.
    • Note that my sample is one of the first DBS lights sold. Early MRVs also had anodizing, screw thread, and low mode contact issues that were all subsequently resolved.
    • New 3-stage modules should be shipping with Q5 emitter, but my Q4 is no slouch! Output has increased by ~15% over the Q2 emitter, with much better regulation (as you would expect from a 18650-only module).


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    Regal WT1 Mini-Review

    I suggest you check out Stefan's excellent detailed review of this light for more info:
    Regalight WT1 - A Massive Performer! With beamshots & Runtimes!

    I agree completely with Stefan's assessment of the build quality of this light. Machining and anodizing are excellent, very substantial feel in the hand. I'd say overall build quality-wise, it's around the level of an MRV or Tiablo (which is higher than the DBS). Excellent marks all around.

    Light comes with a single-stage "tactical" forward clicky and an extra 2-stage reverse clicky (with resistored low mode, similar to most of the other other lights reviewed here). My 2-stage switch has exactly the same output as the single-stage on Hi. Light also comes with a OP reflector, wrist lanyward, and a basic-model holster.

    The only slight negative on mine is the beam pattern. With the smooth reflector, the beam is ringier than my LP, Tiablo and DBS lights similarly equipped (the DBS was the previous "ringiness" winner among my lights ). More importantly, the emitter, while well-centered, doesn't seem to be lying completely level. The result is that up close, the major rings in the beam are not exactly centered around the hotspot, but rather slightly off to one side. The OP reflector helps hide this somewhat, but doesn't completely remove the effect. Note that the actual tilt of the emitter is subtle, and the lopsided effect of the rings is only really noticeable up close on a white wall and not in actual use. But it is there, and this is not something I've seen on my LP, Tiablo, or DBS lights.

    The conclusion here is that my Regal WT1 throws as far as my MRV-Q2 on 18650, and about as far as my MRV-P4 on primaries. It also has a very nice low mode (except on RCR, where it is similar to the MRV low). It's hard to estimate overall output on such throwy lights, but I'd say it seems to at least match that of my Q2 lights overall.

    All in all, I'm happy with the light. Seems to be good value for the money. You basically get original P4/Q2 MRV output - with similar build quality - but in a smaller, more portable form-factor.

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    Budget Thrower Mini-Review: DX Cree Projection and WF-600
    • There is a major point of confusion here - it many cases, DX shipped the same light for both models. Early versions of the WF-600 were sold with the same multipower circuit as the Cree Projection. And after the initial batch of P4 Cree Projections, these began shipping with Q2 emitters (despite ongoing P4 body label). Thus, many users report receiving identical lights. However, the WF-600 unit I recently received (Oct 2007) does have the correct 18650-only circuit.
    • The host for these two lights is virtually identical - it is only the circuit and body labelling that differ. There is also some variability in anodizing finish (i.e. glossy or matte). Both of my lights seem to use Q2 Cree emitters.
    • The Cree Projection seems to have a virtually identical multipower circuit to Lumapower MRV, and output and runtime are comparable to a Q2-equipped MRV.
    • The WF-600 on 18650 is ~25% brighter (with ~25% more throw) than the Cree Projection on 18650. Consistent with this greater output, runtime is reduced on the WF-600.
    • The DX Cree Projection and WF-600 have identical bodies. Their weight is the same weight as the MRV/DBS (200g), which is heavier than the A8 (150g). The lights are ~13mm longer and ~9mm wider at the bezel than the MRV.


    Beamshots

    For simplicity, I'm only showing the DX Cree Projection and Luma MRV-Q2 (2nd gen) on 18650 on Hi, at two different exposures to show the beam profiles.






    Reflector: The DX lights have a wider and longer reflector than the MRV (shown below), but are made of plastic instead of aluminum. They also have a wider opening, making it much harder to center properly around the emitter (the emitter simply has a shiny reflective disk surrounding it). On the MRV or A8, the reflector fits very snuggly around the Cree emitter ring, making proper placement a snap. The DBS is even better, as the emitter module actually screws into the reflector, insuring centering.





    Body and threads: The DX lights have surprisingly good "hand feel", due to their overall heft. Although bulkier than the premium lights, the DX units seem well balanced in the hand, and the Type II anodizing is smooth on the visible surfaces (premium MRV/A8/DBS are HA, type III). As you can see in the pic below, tailcap threads not anodized, and quality is not as high as the MRV (although still acceptable). I haven't disassembled the head yet, but if you look down the barrel you'll see the positive contact is just a steel spring soldered to a circuit board (in contrast, see Stefan's threads for detailed pics of the high quality design of MRV/A8 heads).





    Tailcap and switch: Again, quality and number of extras on the DX lights are definitely not as high as the premium lights. MRV/A8 use the same switch (DX Cree Projection light on left, MRV on the right in the photo below), and the DBS has a forward clicky. Quality of the DX components are similar to the best of the various $20-30 EYJ/MTE lights that DX sells (which are generally acceptable but nothing special). Note that the sequence for the DX tailcap is Hi first, followed by Low, then off.



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    I'll continue to update this thread with more observations as I play with all the lights.
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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Thanks, selfbuilt. Looks like the DX model is a nice buy at the price. Thanks for your work on this.

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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Wow, selfbuilt! Great comparison of these "heavy hitter" LED lights. Among the four, the Tiablo looks to be the best bet if one is planning on using 18650's. Great performance from the DX Projection, though...especially for the the price. Thanks for doing the comparison!
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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Thanks for the support guys!

    I was frankly surprised at how well the Cree Projection fared in terms of output/runtime - certainly better than the original MRV. Build quality doesn't compare of course, but it's definitely at the high end for those types of DX/Kai lights.

    And I agree the A8 is your best choice for regulated high output on 18650 - the others don't come close. The A8 also has better regulation and runtimes on primaries, making it a great all-around light.. But for all that, I still prefer the "hand feel" of the MRVs.

    Still, don't see how you could go wrong with any of them.
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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Selfbuilt:

    Nice job on the review
    I picked up an MRV from batteryjunction a couple weeks ago. How can you tell the 1st generation from the 2nd? Are al the new dark finish ones 2nd gen? Mine is the dark HA III
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    Thanks again for the great info
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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Great review selfbuilt, keep up the great work. I'm going to have to buy one of these lights now. Most probably the A8

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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    You made me buy the DX version...
    I have been thinking about buying the MRV or Tiablo, but they seemed bit expensive and I don't really need light with a great throw. But I wanted one, so I ordered this one.

    Is the emitter accessible? Maybe I will get a Q5 emitter for even more power...

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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Nice work. A lot of time and energy went into this comparison. Interesting with the runtimes. The Tiablo lights (A8 & A9) have the highest quality drivers, build and appearance as well as performance, that I have ever seen. Right now I'm trying hard to resist modding my new MRV.
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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    I did not expect DX projection to be such fearsome contender for the much more expensive light such as tiablo and MRV. Glad i bought that light and you comfirmed that it is favourable to MRV and tiablo.

    Excelent review and comparison, exactly what i needed.

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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Thanks for the review.
    I got a Cree Q5 WC waiting for the DX Cree Projection to arrive

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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Thanks for all the support guys - it was a labor of love (although I don't generally like burning through so many Energizer primaries ). I figured the Cree Projection would have an inferior driver & lower runtimes - boy was I wrong!

    Quote Originally Posted by fieldops View Post
    I picked up an MRV from batteryjunction a couple weeks ago. How can you tell the 1st generation from the 2nd? Are al the new dark finish ones 2nd gen? Mine is the dark HA III
    Juding from Stefans' and my experience, it seems our dark "chocolate brown" finishes seem to have brighter emitters (likely Q2 like the A8, since the original MRV was a P4).

    Quote Originally Posted by M.S View Post
    Is the emitter accessible? Maybe I will get a Q5 emitter for even more power...
    Yes. I haven't shown it here, but under the reflective sticky tab surrounding the emitter you'll see a regular star screwed down to the heatsink. Haven't pried mine off yet, but it should be an easy swap (I've yet to see epoxy on a DX light - you're lucky to get thermal compound half the time ). I suppose that's one advantage to the bigger dimensions on this light - no need to trim down a replacement star.

    Quote Originally Posted by StefanFS View Post
    Nice work. A lot of time and energy went into this comparison. Interesting with the runtimes. The Tiablo lights (A8 & A9) have the highest quality drivers, build and appearance as well as performance, that I have ever seen. Right now I'm trying hard to resist modding my new MRV.
    Stefan
    I certainly agree with you on the A8 (and most other things - your reviews have set the standard for these lights ). Of course, part of the difference here may simply be the more limited voltage range of the A8 (i.e. <6.0V), making it easier to provide better regulation on a more limited range of battery types. I don't have the A9, so I can't assess how well it performs compared to the stock MRV (one of my initial concerns holding me back on the A9). I know yours is already Flupic'd, so I guess we'll have to wait for someone else to do runtimes.

    Quote Originally Posted by rizky_p View Post
    Excelent review and comparison, exactly what i needed.
    I've been interested in the Cree Projection for awhile, but it was actually your initial review that helped convince to pull the trigger and give it a try.

    Quote Originally Posted by katsyonak View Post
    I got a Cree Q5 WC waiting for the DX Cree Projection to arrive
    Unfortunately, Cutter sent me the wrong items in my order, or I'd have already done the same myself! But he's re-shipping the Q5 WCs I ordered, and paying for the return shipping of his error, so I appreciate the prompt service. But this means I will have to wait a few more weeks before I can join you all in upgrading glory ...
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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Great post Self! I'm liking the A8 even more now. I can't wait to get my A8-Q5 next week.

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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Quote Originally Posted by selfbuilt View Post


    I've been interested in the Cree Projection for awhile, but it was actually your initial review that helped convince to pull the trigger and give it a try.
    .
    Really glad that you satisfied with the light and my review actualy make you pulled the trigger.
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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    I received the dx cree for my birthday with no expectations at all. I can not believe how well this thing projects. First of all it's freakin bright! Then outside it throws as far and as bright as the "million candlepower" spotlite I carry in my car. We have a hi-power wire tower outside the neighborhood that you can see from the front porch. This little torch lights it up and the big spotlite does not. I'd guess it's nearly 1/2 mile away. Not the best quality piece I have but by far the brightest. For $28 it's worth every penny and then some. Go buy one

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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Thanks selfbuild for the very thorough review. The DX looks like a lot of light for the money.

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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    AFAIK the DX light is supplied with an extension tube to allow 2 18650 cells to be used with the light. How would 2 18650s affect the output curve? It seems that from the first graph the DX thrower was able to have a flatter output with 2 CR123A cells which provides a higher input voltage to the driver. It seems that other DX lights have excellent regulation when used with 2 Lion cells, as shown on lightreviews:

    http://www.lightreviews.info/cm1/review.html
    http://www.lightreviews.info/uf_wf-502d/review.html

    Do you mind doing another test with 2x18650? I'm very anxious to know how it performs with 2 cells.

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    Ohgeez Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    I made a mistake, I thought it was this light:

    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.3356

    I should've clicked the link instead of doing a search at DX

    Their reflectors look the same though.

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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    excellent review selfbuilt
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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Thanks for all the support everyone - glad you are finding it useful.

    Quote Originally Posted by BrianChan View Post
    I made a mistake, I thought it was this light:
    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.3356
    Their reflectors look the same though.
    The reflector does indeed look to be the same, as well as the general overall build design (except for the momentary-on twisty). I suspect it should throw at least as well.

    Now that I have had a few more days with the Cree Projection, I must say I am still quite impressed for the cost. The only real drawback in actual use is its greater width and length over the MRV/A8, making it a bit awkward to carry on your belt. But other than that, it seems quite a good bargain so far.
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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Thanks for the review!
    i was wanting the A8.....but wasn't sure if i wanted to spend the $$$.
    I had some credit with DX.....so...I went ahead and ordered this one!
    Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kboy25 View Post
    I had some credit with DX.....so...I went ahead and ordered this one!
    It's certainly a great deal - the "poor man's MRV"

    That being said, you'll have to pry my new "chocolate brown" MRV out of my cold, dead fingers . Can't wait for my Q5 WCs to arrive to mod it.
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    Is the two mode switching mechanism contained in the switch at the tail cap itself or is it in the driver for the DX model? I would like to switch the driver in the DX model one with a 5 mode AMC7135 driver but was wondering if that would work. It seems like the second mode is achieved by a resistor on the switch right? If so, if I were to bridge the contact in place of the resistor, would the 5 mode function on the 5 mode AMC7135 work by tapping the switch?

    And on top of that, do you know what the current to the emitter is running on either 18650s or 2 RCR123As? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny13oi View Post
    Is the two mode switching mechanism contained in the switch at the tail cap itself or is it in the driver for the DX model? I would like to switch the driver in the DX model one with a 5 mode AMC7135 driver but was wondering if that would work ... And on top of that, do you know what the current to the emitter is running on either 18650s or 2 RCR123As? Thank you.
    StefanFS addressed all these points in his excellent MRV review thread. In addition to the detailed review in the 1st post, his driver mods are explained in posts 120 & 133.

    FYI, I finally got around to modding my 1st gen MRV with a Q5 WG from DX. With the stock driver, I get ~20% increase in output on primaries, and ~15% increase in output on 18650. Beam tint is excellent - I would have guessed WD as opposed to WG. Haven't done runtimes yet ... in the middle of a few other lights right now.
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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    Quote Originally Posted by selfbuilt View Post
    FYI, I finally got around to modding my 1st gen MRV with a Q5 WG from DX. With the stock driver, I get ~20% increase in output on primaries, and ~15% increase in output on 18650. Beam tint is excellent - I would have guessed WD as opposed to WG. Haven't done runtimes yet ... in the middle of a few other lights right now.
    Yes, the tint of those DX CREE Q5 emitters on stars is very nice and cool white, not a hint of purple or any other colors. It's hard to tell them apart from WC tint at higher drive levels.
    Stefan

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    Quote Originally Posted by StefanFS View Post
    Yes, the tint of those DX CREE Q5 emitters on stars is very nice and cool white, not a hint of purple or any other colors. It's hard to tell them apart from WC tint at higher drive levels.
    Yeah, I'm quite pleasantly surprised. I've compared it to my other MRV and Tiablo A8, and its just slightly warmer (which I actually like). Certainly wouldn't have guessed WG - even on low, it's definitely less green than my Rex 2.1 (which I would guestimate to be a WG).

    For those who are curious, the DX Projection Cree has a touch of purplish fringe (in keeping with their usual non-premium tint bins), but its only noticeable in direct comparison to these premium lights.
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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    selfbuilt, the Tiablo certainly looks impressive. Thanks to you and StefanFS for the reviews.
    I noticed that Stefan is getting 85 min on high with primaries and you are showing 120 minutes on high with primaries. Am I reading this wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shakeylegs View Post
    I noticed that Stefan is getting 85 min on high with primaries and you are showing 120 minutes on high with primaries. Am I reading this wrong?
    You are reading that correctly. There's always some variability from one light to the next (I'm thinking Vf on the emitter is one likely major source). FYI, I noticed Tiablo's runtime graph on their sales thread shows ~110 mins on high to 50%. So I guess I just lucked out on mine.
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    Thanks for the excellent reviews!
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    Default Re: DX Cree Projection vs Lumapower MRV vs Tiablo A8: RUNTIMES and detailed pics!

    nice review infact after reading this review & StefanS reviews i ordered one and really surprise & happy with it but only for a short lived joy as the driver decided to retire early - so now i'm waiting for a replacement



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    Thanks for anothor great review!

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