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    Default TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    Hi! Newbie here, just wondering if any of you guys had TerraLux LightStar 220 EX TLF3C2AAEX. I'm tjinking of getting this light. Any feedbacks will be gladly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    I am wondering too and can't find any info!!

    ANYONE Help?????

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    The only thing I know about it is from Brightguys web site.

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    I have one on order. Thought I'd give it a shot.

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    I wanted to check out this light, but I've been waiting for it to go on sale.
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    thanks guys. the only website i found this was on brightguy only.

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    Hi guys, I've got one, for two weeks now.

    It has a Q4 CREE LED. It's got a blue/purple tint, but not too much, you can adapt to it.

    It's rated at 220 lumens on max, and 1.5 to 2 hour battery time, and 100 lumens on low, with 6 hours battery life. On my tests, I got about 2:20 hours with 2500mAh NiMHs on high, and then it switched to low mode for another hour.

    The body warms up pretty good, which is a good indication of heatsinking.

    The finish is not type III anodizing, and can be scratched rather easily, but for the price it costs, you can't expect more. The threads could be better...

    I had to change the o'ring, 'cause the original one was floppy. I put a tighter one and it's good now.

    The lanyard and holster included is very low quality stuff.

    The clip is good, and can be removed without scratching the body, but the finish on the clip comes out easily.

    You can also remove the lanyard ring, which I did, and replaced it with a 2mm o'ring. Looks nice.


    The reflector is good, deep, with orange peel texture and reflects nicely. It throws a good amount of light, and yet spills another good amount, it's a very good light. It can easily light up an area up to 30 yards in complete darkness.

    The switch doesn't feel as rugged as a Fenix, but it does the job. It has a reverse click, so it's not tactical. You have to click it for the flashlight to turn on. Then a light tap on the switch changes to low mode. It always turns on in high mode.

    The low mode has a bit less than the rated 100 lumens, it's around 70 or 80.

    The LED is slightly off center, but my Fenix lights have this "problem" too, so...


    Overall it's a bright light and for the price, I recommend. It's much brighter than the famous Fenix L2D Q5.

    Bottomline is if you can find it for around US$35, buy it. It's much more reliable than those dealextreme.com flashlights. And it can be an all around light to have in your car, backpack, backup light, emergencies and around the house. It's cheaper than other lights with same or inferior performance, so you might not bother abusing and scratching it, just use it as a tool, not a collector's precious light.

    Here's a beamshot pic, and others for comparison:










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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    is the beam adjustable? how far do you think the max throw is?

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    Gee . . . .


    Low-mode doesn't sound very Low.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Igor Porto View Post
    Hi guys, I've got one, for two weeks now.



    Here's a beamshot pic, and others for comparison:







    hmmm can't see the first pic
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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    The beam is not adjustable.

    It throws quite nicely, much better than L2D Q5. It throws a wide spot up to 25 yards in my backyard, but after that distance, the spot becames too large and lights up a big area, kind of a big spill.

    The low mode is not low enough, it has around 70 or 80 lumens (the manufacturer says 100, but it's not as bright as my L1T on 98 lumens.
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    thanks igor porto for the info.

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    Got mine in today. Igor is spot on in his review of the light. For the price, it's a very bright light. I like it.

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    Like the others I agree for the price it is a rather good light. Low is no where near 100 lm and is in fact noticeable less than an Eagle Tac P10A2 which is listed as 60 lm on low. My guess is the 220 is closer to 30 but is still plenty bright enought for many task. Both the ET P10A2 and LightStar 220 are rated 220 on high but the P10A2 seems a bit brighter. One nice thing about the 220 is that it uses approx. 40% less current on high and 50% less on low so run times should be much better but that will depend on regulation ofcource.

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    FYI Dop Mag dropins use 500 mA. Mag version retains spot/flood while TeraLux is spot only.
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    I think I saw this Terralux at another dealer's site earlier today, but it's bookmarked on my office computer.

    Funny thing to me is that the L2T seems, from the pics, to be brighter than the TerraLux and the L2D.
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    Awesome reviews!

    I picked up my so called black model(It's more matte charcoal grey then anything but I like it much better than a black) at lighthound with a few other things for free priority shipping. Received my items in 2 days.

    The only thing I disagree with you guys is the finish on it, I like it better than the fenix finishes. I don't know what it is but it just feels and looks nice, not sure about how durable it is but I've been carrying it clipped inside my waste band on my jeans and there is nothing wrong with the finish from taking it on/off so far.

    Awesome light for $30, will buy more if the price goes on sale sometime so I can give them away.

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    A follow up post to my post #14 above.

    I ordered and received a seond LightStart 220 EX and first thing I noticed was the difference in brightness and color tint on low setting.
    First one draws Low 110 mA / High 870 mA
    Second one draws Low 250 mA / High 740 mA

    In a dark room there is no real noticeable different between them on high other than the tint but very noticeable difference in lumens and tint on low.

    I am new to higher output LED flashlights but my guess is that somewhat lower end lights use whatever LEDs and drivers that come of the production line with little reguard to grading and perhaps even use componets that fail certain CQ test.

    Both lights are nice and I would be happy with either as a general EDC knock about. Now I will have to decide which one I like the best as one is to be a gift. Hey I purchased both so I get first choice.

    I need some darkness without pouring down rain to make a logical comparison but all things considered I do like the much lower power consumption of the first one and tint is a bit more neutral also I believe.

    There are much better beam shots in earlier post and I now better understand why one poster stated he saw little difference between the modes.





    Update: Darkness fell and the rain stoped so out to the light range. The second 220 with the higher cuurent drain on the low setting is much brighter on low. I really do not notice that much difference in tint so I guess I will keep the lower ,low power one and yes it does appear a tad brighter on high. I guess that addational 140 mA or approx. 15% addational juce does make a difference.
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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    I was considering getting this light for my first real LED light. I was also considering the Fenix E20 as they are close to the same price. Anyone have any suggestions or opinions on these lights or which one is better? I would be mostly using it outdoors in a rural area, but it would be the only (main) light.

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    The 220 EX is a decent quality light - a good value. I would also consider the Fenix E20 and the ITP C8R or C8T - the ITP lights are ~$10 more but they are also substantially brighter the the 220 EX or E20.

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    Thanks for your response. Would you say the Terralux is worth spending a little more for than the Fenix E20? They're close in price (about 5 dollars difference) but it sounded like the Lightstar is much brighter, is that right? I'm used to using an old 2D incan. flashlight. Would either of these lights throw as far as a typical old 2D light? I'm basically limited to amazon for shopping right now and they only have a limited selection of flashlights.
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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    The TerraLux is only slightly brighter than the Fenix last time I checked. I'd still recommend spending the extra $10 for the ITP light though.

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    I've been alternating between two of these now as an EDC, and after six months or so, I have nothing but good things to say about it.

    I did switch to 2500mAH Sony NiMH's after the first (included) set of Energizers went down, with zero problems.

    Regarding the finish, well, I can't seem to hurt it, but I'm not throwing it around, either. It indeed is not black (however, the lower-price 3C2AA is indeed black now; earlier versions were green), but the matte charcoal isn't bad, either.

    Bottom line, for the money, this thing works very, very well.

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    NOT Recommended: I bought this flashlight last Thanksgiving t replace an old 2AA Maglight that has performed flawlessly for almost a decade! I live in Bangkok and do bike tours thru SE Asia so I need a dependable flashlight that runs on standard batteries that are easy to find in the backcountry. At first this flashlight was brilliant--both literally and figuratively. It was so bright and seemed so well built I loved it. But 9 months on, it's begun to malfunction. Sometimes it works and sometimes not when you switch it on. Often there's a delay when you switch it on, when it does work. And after emailing the manufacturer for some help, I've gotten zero response. So before I go riding in Burma this Christmas, I'm purchasing a Fenix LD 20 (they just arrived in Bangkok) as I've read good things about this company and their products. I really wanted to like the TerraLux given it's brightness but the build quality is undependable and there's no customer service. Thumbs down--spend your money elsewhere.

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    I don't know. All that means is that it can't take 9 months of constant vibration, banging around, severe weather or rain, bolted on a bike... or possibly extremely hot nights while running constantly on high generating a lot of it's own heat.

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    OK AS POLICE OFFICER WORKING AFTERNOONS THIS IS BY FAR THE MOST DEPENDABLE AND COMPACT LIGHT I HAVE USED IT HAS REPLACED ALL MY OTHER LIGHTS AND BLOWS AWAY A STANDARD STINGER IT IS MORE THAN BRIGHT ENOUGH FOR MOST APPLICATIONS. I HAVE USED IT ON THE JOB FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS NOW AND IT IS STILL GOING STRONG... ONLY DRAWBACK WAS THE CASE ONLY LASTED ABOUT A WEEK. ALSO THE UPGRADE BY TERRALUX FOR THE STINGER IS GREAT TOO...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patdown View Post
    OK AS POLICE OFFICER WORKING AFTERNOONS THIS IS BY FAR THE MOST DEPENDABLE AND COMPACT LIGHT I HAVE USED IT HAS REPLACED ALL MY OTHER LIGHTS AND BLOWS AWAY A STANDARD STINGER IT IS MORE THAN BRIGHT ENOUGH FOR MOST APPLICATIONS. I HAVE USED IT ON THE JOB FOR ALMOST 2 YEARS NOW AND IT IS STILL GOING STRONG... ONLY DRAWBACK WAS THE CASE ONLY LASTED ABOUT A WEEK. ALSO THE UPGRADE BY TERRALUX FOR THE STINGER IS GREAT TOO...

    Another Terralux fan here,bought the Lightstar 100 lumens 3 mode version,great performer,nice quality and easy in the hand and a good price here in the UK.


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    Thought I would dig this up since I just got one of these lights. So far, it pretty good for how cheap it was. The fit and finish is good

    My ITP-E50 is a better light but it was also $20 more and uses cr-123 instead of AA.

    I needed a AA battery light for work and so far this light has done pretty good.

    I am running the sony stamina platinum batts for now since I got a huge pack on sale. I might go with the sanyo eneloops rechargeable next.

    overall, the output is good. My ITP and this are rated around the same but the ITP puts out more with a hotter hotspot. The Terralux is a little more floody, which is ok for what I need it for.

    will the output or runtime alter significantly with the rechargeable?

    also picked up an ITP A3 EOS. WOW that thingis bright and nice and small for a single AAA bat.

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    Default Re: TerraLux LightStar 220 EX.

    This light is pretty good. I even own a second unit intended as a future replacement. And I'm not saying here that my other models (Fenix, Romisen, etc.) are worse, this is **absolutely NOT** the case, but this Lightstar has the aditional benefit of the price (lower, where I live) if compared with other reliable brands/models with similar features.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnair55 View Post
    Another Terralux fan here,bought the Lightstar 100 lumens 3 mode version,great performer,nice quality and easy in the hand and a good price here in the UK.

    Beautiful design. Will get one soonest
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    Quote Originally Posted by Breathing Borla View Post
    Thought I would dig this up since I just got one of these lights. So far, it pretty good for how cheap it was. The fit and finish is good

    My ITP-E50 is a better light but it was also $20 more and uses cr-123 instead of AA.

    I needed a AA battery light for work and so far this light has done pretty good.

    I am running the sony stamina platinum batts for now since I got a huge pack on sale. I might go with the sanyo eneloops rechargeable next.

    overall, the output is good. My ITP and this are rated around the same but the ITP puts out more with a hotter hotspot. The Terralux is a little more floody, which is ok for what I need it for.

    will the output or runtime alter significantly with the rechargeable?

    also picked up an ITP A3 EOS. WOW that thingis bright and nice and small for a single AAA bat.
    A lot of my men has used many AAA brands, and they all agree that this A3 EOS is the best. Super bright and the one I EDC in my pocket is already passed 2 months time with single AAA Alkaline (Used almost every night)
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