Well, this is the beginning of a nice roundup of 3 of the top throwers among the high-output lights we have on the market.
The 3 I have in my possession are the EagleTac M2X (Cool tint), Sunlite 16wFP, and the JETBeam M1-X (v2)....and soon, the Elektrolumens P7 Longthrow. (will arrive next week)
Disclaimer: This is not a review to show a breakdown of all the parts per sea, but rather to show size comparison and beamshots. You can find those reviews in the Reviews section.
Special thanks go to Russthetoolman for loaning me his M2X for about a week while I do this comparison, (and to Glenn7 for loaning me his Elektrolumens P7 LongThrow! The review of all 4 lights is in post #6.)
First, I have to say that all 3 of these lights can throw! They all will throw farther than your M30, your TK40, the Tiablo ACE-G, the M2, and perhaps the Legion II.
Please note, that the above mentioned lights just might kill these 3 throwers in terms of spill/flood, but when it comes to throw, these 3 are unarguably, at the top.
Why? Why are we so concerned about these lights and their ability to throw? Well, to make a quad emitter throw, is a challenge to say the least. You're dealing with a large light source, gaps between the dies, and a lot of current/heat sink issues. Most P7 or MC-E lights have medium to low throw and high to ultra high flood. You all know this.
Yes, I realize that the M2X is not a quad die emitter, and is technically in a different class, but oh well. It can just as easily be bought off the shelf, have batteries tossed in it, and it performs, right? So why not include it.
Outdoor beamshots will come later....I promise you. For now, you get to enjoy some size comparisons and wall shots.
Broken down to their shortest height:
And at their longest:
How about just their heads? The brains and brawn of the lights...
Reflector shot. The M1-X and M2X are a good bit wider in diameter to the 16w.
Here is some close shots of the hotspots. It may be difficult to distinguish how bright the 16w really is because it is a warmer temperature than the other two.
Here is a shot of each at about 25ft from the wall.
The pictures were stepped down so we could see the hotspots better.....
My initial thoughts? The M2X is generating more lumens than the other two. It also has a flawless beam. The M1-X has a large void in the hotspot. The Sunlite is the lightest weight of them all, and also has the smallest head. The M2X does tend to be top heavy, so be careful when holding it.
When taking them outside, it appears that the M2X also throws a little further than the other two.....but lets wait for the beamshots. The warmer color of the 16w may reach further through the air, and the void in the M1-X may hurt it a bit at long ranges.
All 3 have excellent craftsmanship from their makers.