This is a Trustfire Z-1
And this is after some reflector trimming to decrease throw and enhance spill.
With clip removed and a single layer of milky tape added on the glass, the Z-1 was turned into a Zebralight like headlamp.
Well you don’t actually have to shorten the reflector...There are some benefits but it is up to you to decide if it is worth the trouble. More gains were gotten from the addition of the milky tape concerning flood performance.
But sometimes we do things ‘cos this is CPF, don’t we?
Build quality is very good for such a price ($15). Pics show it...
Very good levels (high-low-strobe)....High is 170-180 lumens, Low is 25 with RCRs. Levels are a bit lower with CR123s. Low mode is very good for reading, something that my H501 did not end up being good at, with too high a medium mode and too low a low one (for my reading light likes).
And one bad thing. It warms up pretty much but not that much as soem othe rcheap lights. I have inserted 2 pieces of aluminum food tray material under the rubber band that holds the light. Holding pressure was regulated to be better than the ZLs yet allow removal of the light and not stretch the rubber too much decreasing service life.
Comparing numbers after the modification hotspot intensity was reduced by 25%, spill (one foot from center) was increased 10% and the addition of the milky tape robbed only 4 %, which is very close to the Zebralight losses for the –F models
Trustfire Z-1 & Sunwayman M10R (0 Stop)
Trustfire Z-1 & Sunwayman M10R (-2 Stop)
Z-1 “flood beam”, very close to the ZL x01F models (0 & -2 Stop)
Seems I like this compromise beam more and more. It is great for short range work, but maintains a hotter center good for close work. Yet is not objectionable for tasks light reading.
Infact, after 3 days of bedttime reading I like it even more!