Through the wonderful courtesy of Zhongwin Technology Development, I was given the opportunity to inspect and review more lights from their growing product line. For reviews of the CUBE, G105, and G95 go HERE. For this review I'll be focusing on the XENO E15 V1, FARKA E09 V3, and FARKA F8 V3.
Here's a group shot: (from left to right) Farka F8, XENO E15, and FARKA E09
1. XENO E15 V1
This is a wonderful little light that turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. It's a AA torch that has the capacity to operate on either one or two batteries. The body extension required for the 2 X AA configuration is included. The fit and finish on my sample were very good. The threads are square and all connection points are sealed with double o-rings. There is a GITD o-ring between the reflector and the lens, and the light came equipped with a GITD boot. It is a reverse clicky with tap functionality to switch between modes once it's on. It is a two mode... high/low. The light is floody with a nice transition from spot to spill.... along the lines of a Luxeon U2 but a tad cooler in tint. It comes with a lanyard kit and a plastic wand/lantern attachment that is surprisingly utilitarian.
In the single battery configuration with the included extension tube:
In the 2AA configuration:
The specifications as provided by Zhongwin:
Product Specification: Material:
Type III Hard Anodized Aluminum with anti-scrolling knurl smooth rectangular thread, Hardness up to HV380, in accordance with U.S. military Class II application standards
10 meters waterproof structure to IPX-7 Standard, especailly protected by external stailless steel lens pressure ring and double O-rings
Working voltage: 0.8~4.2V LED: CREE WH R2 Color temp.:5000~5700K One way battery (a dry cell, Alkaline) and rechargeable battery(Ni-Cd,Ni-MH,14500 Li-ion,LiFePO4 battery). 1AA mode without extension tube *Use one battery such as size AA 1.5V one way battery (A Dry cell Alkaline); 1.2V rechargeable Ni-Cr battery, Ni-MH battery; 4.2V 14500 rechargeable battery, 3V LiFePO4 Battery, etc. *two-stage output modes: high and low *Max: 187 lms
*Test data: 1)Size AA 14500 rechargeable Lithium-ion batteries with Nominal Capacity of 750mAH low output mode: 55 lms/220mA 2hours high output mode: 187 lms/800mA 1hours
2)Size AA eneloop, SANYO Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (Model No.: HR-3UTG) with Nominal Capacity of 2000mAH low output mode: 20 lms/80mA 3hours high output mode: 113 lms/340mA 1.5hours 2AA mode with extension tube
*Use two batteries in the same type such as size AA 1.5V one way battery (A Dry cell Alkaline); 1.2V rechargeable Ni-Cr battery, Ni-MH battery;
Note: 4.2V 14500 rechargeable battery, 3V LiFePO4 Battery is not available for 2AA mode
*two-stage output modes: high and low *Max: 165lms
*Test data: 2)Size AA eneloop, SANYO Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (Model No.: HR-3UTG) with Nominal Capacity of 2000mAH low output mode: 20 lms/80mA 3hours high output mode: 113 lms/340mA 1.5hours
Size: 94.5mm (Length) x 21.5mm (Diameter) Weight: 54.5g Size(with extension tube):144.8mm (Length) x 21.5mm (Diameter) Weight:70g Standard accessories:lanyard, switch, two spare O-rings, lens.
2. FARKA E09 V3
This is a nice little personal light. They come in a number of colors but my sample was blue. This is a AA light and my version came with a very warm P4 7B emitter. Those with a penchant for incandescents will love the tint. The light utilizes an optic and has a very clean beam profile. The stock boot is GITD and like the E15, the E09 has a GITD o-ring between the reflector and lens. The light comes with a wrist lanyard and a wand/lantern accessory.
Relatively thick body walls, square threads, double o-rings, and gold-plated springs.
Here are the specs as provided by Zhongwin:
Outstanding reliable shock-resistance performance Cree Premium R2 XR-E WC (or P4 7B, optional) LED 85 Lumens output Fluorescent tail-cap switch Pre-focused, highly efficient polished reflector Super self-convectional system 100 meters beam distance 1 AA batteries power supply 95.8mm(L) x 19.8mm(D) Net weight: 41 grams (excluding batteries), 65 grams (alkaline) Durable aircraft-grade aluminum alloy body Premium hard-anodized anti-abrasive finish IPX-7 waterproof with double O-ring seal Toughened ultra-clear glass lens with anti-reflective coating Slip-resistant body design Optional accessories: lanyard, spare O-rings, diffuser, silica gel.
3. FARKA F8 V3
This one was a pleasant surprise as well. It's very 6P-esque, but with some good add-ons. The head is finned which helps in heat dissipation. It's got a nice deep and smooth reflector that turns this into quite a little thrower. It also loves 18650s... you HAVE to love that. The threads are all square and all connections are sealed with double o-rings. The boot is GITD and the head contains a GITD o-ring between the reflector and lens. It come with a lanyard and welded lanyard attachment ring. It even comes with a rubber cigar grip ala Surefire C2 style. It has 5 modes:
medium > low > high > strobe > SOS
It's a reverse clicky with tap functionality after it's been turned on. The fit and finish are again very nice. Zhongwin makes a whole series of accessories for this light (stainless bezel rings, holsters etc.) but I haven't as of yet seen any in person.
Specs as provided by Zhongwin:
Specially enhanced body:
Precisely CNC and milling machined components:
All-weather Illumination Tools: 5 meters waterproof with Double O-ring sealed. O-ring are made by SIR(Silicone Rubber): corrosion-proof, durable, high and low temperature resistant.
Super Self-Convectional System:The best heat radiate system to protect LED unconcerned.
All Brass inside components and cathode stainless springFor reliable conductivity, better heat-radiate and anticorrosive.
LED driver—protected by Shock Isolation framework:The LED driver PCB is in suspension in copper PCB holder, isolated with battery by an unattached Anode-Electric-Ring holder PCB.
Best Personalized Design:
1) Easy-click operation; 2) Support Candle Power Mode; 3) Fluorescent Tail: To find your flashlight easily in darkness. 4) Lambent Baton: Provide variable usage as camp light, emergency indicator etc.
Type No.: CREE WC Q3---Cool White, 6500K, 214lumens the Max. Type No.: CREE 5C Q3---Natural White, 4000K, 214lumens the Max. Type No.: CREE 7B P4---Warm White, 3200K, 190lumens the Max.
LED Driver: Middle 350 mA (35%); Low 120 mA (12%); High 1000mA(100%); Rated input voltage: 3.0~4.2V Battery compatible: single 18650 Li-ion rechargeable battery. Built-in battery inverted-load protection.
Running Time: Middle 6.5 hours, Low 18hours, high 2.5hours. Re: Test condition of the burning time--one full charged FARKA 18650 Li-on battery BD70C, 2200mAH,with safeguard circuit.
The lineup of XENO and FARKA lights... including the CUBE, G95, and G105
Last edited by desertrat21; 03-06-2010 at 04:53 PM.