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    Default Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Anything good out there besides the Fenix TKs thats worth buying?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hen View Post
    Anything good out there besides the Fenix TKs thats worth buying?

    Thanks.
    A couple of my favorites....

    EDIT - Here are a couple reviews by a well respected reviewer (selfbuilt) here at CPF:

    JET-lll M

    RRT-2


    JETBeam Jet-lll M




    JETBeam RRT-2


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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    I seldom see the Olight M20 recommended. It's UI is simple, it is light weight and well made. Olight is spoke of highly here on the forums.

    I have seen lights with test time only sell for under $70 on the marketplace b/s/t forum.

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Eagletac T100c2...close to 3 hours of run time on high (220 lumens) using 18650 (2hr 20 min w/2xcr123). Great throwy beam and forward clicky with simple UI operation by twisting the bezel for either high or low mode (55 lumens). I've had this light for a week now and I don't think I've heard of a sub $50 dollar light better than this one.
    Last edited by ky70; 03-22-2010 at 07:50 PM.

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Quote Originally Posted by bondr006 View Post
    A couple of my favorites....

    EDIT - Here are a couple reviews by a well respected reviewer (selfbuilt) here at CPF:

    JET-lll M

    RRT-2


    JETBeam Jet-lll M




    JETBeam RRT-2


    Thanks for the great screenshots. I am really considering the JetBeam III-M. This will be on my short list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notsofast View Post
    I seldom see the Olight M20 recommended. It's UI is simple, it is light weight and well made. Olight is spoke of highly here on the forums.

    I have seen lights with test time only sell for under $70 on the marketplace b/s/t forum.
    I don't really like the Olight because its too big.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ky70 View Post
    Eagletac T100c2...close to 3 hours of run time on high using 18650 (2hr 20 min w/2xcr123). Great throwy beam and forward clicky with simple UI operation by twisting the bezel for either high or low mode. I've had this light for a week now and I don't think I've heard of a sub $50 dollar light better than this one.
    At one point of was crazy about getting the Eagletac T20C2. I like how this one looks. How can this compare to the T100c2?

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    I just got the new EagleTac T20C2 but it's my first "big boy" light so I really have nothing to compare it to. It's pretty dang bright though!!

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Here's another for both the Jet III M and RRT-2.

    I love these new Jetbeam offerings, and my warm tinted III M is definitely one of my favorite lights - looks great with the function to boot.

    Definitely get one.
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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Quote Originally Posted by LupinIII View Post
    Here's another for both the Jet III M and RRT-2.

    I love these new Jetbeam offerings, and my warm tinted III M is definitely one of my favorite lights - looks great with the function to boot.

    Definitely get one.
    And another vote for the RRT-2, love the light and the power package (18650). Because of it and the RRT-1 which also can use a 18650 I too am looking for any other good lights that can utilize this battery combination. If only the JET-III PRO ST (great looking 18650 capable light) had a removable clip, I would be all over it...

    Good luck in your quest

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    I like Jetbeams. Others worth checking out are Surefire options like 6P or C2 with bored 18650 tubes for great drop-in versatility. Superb value-for-money Solarforce L2M/L2P and Deerelight DBS V3.

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hen View Post
    I don't really like the Olight because its too big.
    Well in that case I don't recommend considering either the Jetbeam RRT-2 or the EagleTac, they are longer and one is heavier.

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Malkoff md2 with a malkoff m60(w,wlfl,ll,lf, there are many choises)/m61 drop-in and a hi-lo ring. Its a bit shorter than the tk11 and less pointy. Better for pocket use. Choose the tint and beampattern you like and you will be satisfied

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Quote Originally Posted by notsofast View Post
    Well in that case I don't recommend considering either the Jetbeam RRT-2 or the EagleTac, they are longer and one is heavier.
    Thats for sure, the RRT-2, while a great 18650 light, is on the heavy side. That said, it does feel like its built like a tank (spelled -- heavy). Still love mine though.

    Cheers

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    +1 for the EagleTac T20C2 Mk II. Size is average for the class of light and weighs in at less than 6 oz w/18650. LOTS of light on turbo, just right for normal use (and 8-10 hours) on general and now has a low mode which is great for not trashing your night vision, reading or conserving the battery (100+ hrs). Strobe functions can get out of the way, drop-ins will be available, much less that $100, limited lifetime guaranty, can weapon mount, smooth or OP reflector, filters..........Can't tout it enough. For me, I think that EagleTac hit it out of the park on this one.

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    I would also agree that EagleTac Hit a homerun with the new T20C2 Mark II version, I got mine a couple days ago. It is a nice step up from the previous version. I am considering buying a second one just because I like it that much.

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Thanks guys for the wonderful replies. I'm so tempted in getting both Eagletac and Jetbeam. I just wanted something that has good battery versatility.

    As for the Jetbeam i'm leaning more towards the military version. Can one tell me that the military version is better than the other Jetbeam version or vice versa?

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hen View Post
    Thanks guys for the wonderful replies. I'm so tempted in getting both Eagletac and Jetbeam. I just wanted something that has good battery versatility.

    As for the Jetbeam i'm leaning more towards the military version. Can one tell me that the military version is better than the other Jetbeam version or vice versa?
    I cant attest to which are better, but I can tell you this, JetBeams are in them selfs addictive. Matter of fact I thank you for this tread because I started looking at 18650 lights again and just ordered a Jet III Pro ST VBC R2, needed it like I need yet another hole in my head, but thats the way the cookie crumbles...

    Brian

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    I have bought three EDC lights in the past month.

    They are:
    1) Quark Tactical 123*2 XP-G R5
    2) Fenix PD30 123*2 CREE XP-G R4
    3) EagleTac P20C2 MkII 123*2

    The Fenix PD30 is small, perfect for EDC. But the Quark is the same size, and noticeably brighter. Plus I totally love the Quark's UI. The forward-clicky Quark is the only one (of these three) that allows me to have a hi-power tactical strobe available in the first press (which can be momentary).

    The EagleTac and the Quark seem very similar for brightness, but the EagleTac is a little bit bigger than the Quark. Plus, the EagleTac (like the Fenix) requires two presses to get a tactical strobe. In a high-stress self-defense situation, I do not want to have to remember two presses, I will be too busy worrying about surviving - I simply want to hit the switch and have tactical strobe immediately available.

    So, my vote goes to the Quark Tactical 123*2 XP-G R5 as the best EDC light of the three. It's bright, lightweight, fits in pocket real easy and has a great UI, with tactical strobe immediately accessible.

    Below is a pic from esteemed CPF member/reviewer 'selfbuilt' showing size comparisons of assorted lights. The Quark (my favorite for EDC) is on the far right.

    (from 'selfbuilt'): "From left to right: 1xAW protected 18650, JetBeam RRT-2 Raptor, NiteCore SR3 + 18650 body tube, JetBeam Jet-III M, Olight M20, Tiablo A10-G, 4Sevens Quark 123."
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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Depends on what your looking for. The Tiablo Ace-G is an awsome light that uses 18650's. Great 700 Lumen flood and decent throw.

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    Can anyone post a screenshot with the JetBeam M-III and T20C2 together?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Olight M20 Warrior and Dereelight CL1H V4.

    The Dereelight is a bit more compact. It is easily the most comfortable light I've ever held in my hand. Wire clip is low-profile. Doesn't get in the way if you'd rather toss the light into a holster.
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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Sorta off topic, but does anyone else get kind of tired of these vague recommendation threads? More and more I think CPF should have a newb / recommendation section.

    Anyone picking up what I'm laying down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hen View Post
    Anything good out there besides the Fenix TKs thats worth buying?

    Thanks.

    It's 4/1! We should have all just said "NO" LOL

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    Jet III M is one of my favorites!!!!
    You can never have enough light!!!!!
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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Welcome Hen. It would help if you could be more specific, there are many "good" ones availible. Brightness is only one factor, and not really that big of one for most uses. Size, price, UI, materials, LED, hotwire etc would get you better answers IMO. Some things to consider. Two notables I have, SureFire U2 is an excellent light but you have to find a body to fit 18650. I didn't have much trouble finding one. Another is the LumaPower M1 Hunter. I bought the Seoul LE for it, absolutely STELLAR beam on it and it will take the above cells. 2 stage Lo/Hi pretty foolproof IMO. Will tailstand too. Comes in black or HA. Hope you find what you like.
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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Hen, the reviews section give a good over view of the lights. But if you are wanting personal experiences I can understand the need for answers.

    I just got the EagleTac T20C2 MKII with the OP reflector and I can't say enough about it. LOTS of accessories, it can tail stand with the included tail cap boot. Can use either 2xCR123 or 1x18650 and has other options if you want them later like RGB filters and tactical remote.

    Nice user interface. Do wish it could go lower than 5 lumens though. Walking around the house at night the 5 lumens seems too bright to maintain night vision. But overall its great!

    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...d.php?t=264658

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    Can anyone post a screenshot with the JetBeam M-III and T20C2 together?

    A few pictures down there is a comparison with:
    From left to right: Surefire CR123A, EagleTac T20C2 MarkII, original T20C2, Olight M20, JetBeam Jet-III M.

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    I like my original 6P body (gotta use 17670s instead of 18650) with a Solarforce S5 tail and A001 Head with a Malkoff M61 drop in. The overly aggressive SS strike bezel blocks so much of that lovely spill so I use the other bezel that came with the head. I'm going to do a review of the M61 along with some beamshots comparing it to a Solarforce 3-Mode R2 drop-in, a Nitecore Extreme R2, and a Quark Mini 123 XPG-R5 as soon as it gets dark and I have a little more time to play with it (the M61). I just got mine yesterday and have had the girlfriend over so I haven't had much time to dork out on it yet! I'll keep you guys posted if anyone is interested.

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    I just picked up a Barbolight T-04 and I have to say it is fantatic. Uses either 18650 or 2/ 123's. Literally is built like a tank. All kinds of ratings ie.- 600ft waterproofness, explosion proof etc. Only has one level but the Beam is perfect! Tailstands, tactical push button and twist on. Worth looking into.

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    Default Re: Whats a good 18650/CR123x2 light?

    Well, my favorite is FiveMega 1x18650 body with Malkoff M60L. I have a boatload of non-protected 18650 cells, which work well in that config, and also 2x123 should be a bit brighter.

    M60L - there is nothing "low" about it, it's a very bright lite at 140 lumens on 123s, and about 100 lumens on 18650. I can tell when the cell is discharged to 3.7V.

    It lacks sophistication and multiple modes but it's very reliable. Always works.



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