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    Buttrock ArmyTek Predator Review- Smooth reflector with Orange Peel!!!

    For consideration into the review forum

    I am aware that the pictures may be smaller than usual, if you want to see a picture in more detail, click on them to view them larger. Sorry guys, new to hosting pictures. EDIT: Never mind, found out how to make the pictures big!!!

    First let me start of by saying that this is a flashlight like no other. Also, this review has 83 pictures, so forgive me if it takes some time to load
    Guys, the specs of the armytek predator G109.01 (V1.2) is in this thread:
    http://www.cpfmarketplace.com/mp/showthread.php?242851-NEW!-Armytek-Predator-v1.2.-Compact-thrower.-Fully-constant-light.-Individual-orders!
    Armytek is a great company to work with, always logs on everyday to help us out! Personally my favorite company, I am firelord777 there as well, feel free to ask me anything there too!
    Features and Manuel all explained here:
    http://www.armytek.com/content/predator_manual_v1_2_en_A3.pdf

    First impressions:
    Obviously I was very excited when Armytek gave me the tracking number, so by the time it arrived, it actually felt like a summer chistmas. Also, for the review, the GOLD Predator is the Orange Peel Version. Black is Smooth reflector.
    Anyways, I ripped the packaging open and found these too boxes:







    After I opened the box, I took out the predator and put in a 18650 li-on. Also put in the lanyard, as you can see the second picture. Notice that the holster is different from the G109.1 (Original Predator)





    The pictures below shows what each comes with:




    Some cool pictures- BTW, the reflectors are deeper in real life:









    LOW LEVEL BEAMSHOTS (although it might not clearly show, the OP version has the smoothers floodspot I have ever seen, also, look at cheepsteel's post below for a better description of the beam pattern):





    5 ft. WHITEWALL BEAMSHOTS:

    Full Blast!



    Reduced exposure:



    Kitchen Beamshots ~10 ft. -Note, first, second and third photos have same exposure settings-
    Armytek Predator Smooth:





    Armytek Predator Orange Peel:





    Size Comparison 1. Armytek Predator Gold OP- 2. Armytek Predator Black Smooth- 3. Fenix TK20- 4. Cree Budget light- 5. Fenix TK41:





    The pictures above show that Predator is good size, around more or less the same size as the Fenix TK20, as a reference.


    WATERPROOF TEST IN SINK (I did not take picture, but I took predator into my 6 ft. swimming pool for around 30 min., so it can pretty much survive much more than just a dunk. No pictures, but you have my word for it.)



    You lights are smelly! Take a shower! Hehe, just joking around guys.






    Sorry about the bluish photos guys, white balance was quite off this time. Tints of the R5 1C is perfect white on my sample.


    Ceiling Bounce Beamshots:
    One 60 watt incan (760 lumens claimed)



    All flashlights on max : 2 armytek predators, fenix tk41/tk20, cree budget




    Another comparison: first pic is 60 watt incan light bulb, the second one is the ArmyTek Predators turned on, the third picture is one ArmyTek Predator turned on(still very bright!)




    Comparison Beamshots

    Control shot:


    All lights on Max:


    ArmyTek Predator Orange Peel:





    ArmyTek Predator Smooth Reflector:






    FENIX TK41 VS. ARMYTEK PREDATOR SMOOTH:

    Size comparison:


    Beamshot comparison (notice how good the Predator throws!)








    FENIX TK20 VS. ARMYTEK PREDATOR SMOOTH:






    Construction:
    The armytek predator is a very tough light. It has "Metric threads", two o-rings at each end of the battery tube, can support flat top 18650, which tend to be high capacity. This is because Armytek chose to go with "electronic protection from improperly inserted batteries", instead of physical protection. A giagantic plus for me, most of my 18650 Li-ons are unprotected flat-tops.

    The head of the flashlights feels very secure and impact resistant. Cheepsteel mentioned that on the new V1.2 predators, the bezels are cut specifically to prevent them from interfering with the beam pattern (spill mostly), so now the beam is a perfect circle. The predators came well greased BTW. Armytek includes a grease tube as an accessory, another good plus.

    The tailcap portion is anodized, which allows lock out.

    Here are some pics:







    Other pictures of the Predator:









    Conclusion:

    The ArmyTek Predator is a phenomenal light. It comes out of the box with the preset set to Military.

    One thing to do when you recieve it is to print the Manuel and set it to your battery type. I was using a 18650, but the Military preset is set to 2X CR123, with cut off voltage at 2 Volts. So to avoid any incidents, make sure you set it to the correct battery type.

    Orange Peel:

    This reflector gives the most beautiful and cleanest beam pattern I have yet to see. Perfectly smooth beam pattern. Although Armytek intended to be floody with this light, I can tell you from using it a night, that it can still throw quite good. All my lights (except this one) have throwy beams. It is my preference. So coming from someone who likes throwers, this OP beam has me surprised. Its extremely useful beam pattern can be used for everything but long-distance throwing. Its beam fills up everything in its path. PERFECT for walking at night. Wide flood with good throw. Absoulutely amazing light.

    If you need a bright, programmable, and tough light without giving you "tunnel vision", consider the ArmyTek Predator OP. I suspect many tactical-urban workers (SWAT, Army) would choose this light for assesing the situation quickly in a close-spaced enviroment.

    SMO:

    This model is just simply put, impressive. This predator has the tightest beam out of all my lights, and boy, can it throw far.The reflector is also quite a sight, really deep guys.

    If you are looking for a distance light, Armytek predator SMO won't let you down. It throws almost as much as my 5 pound TK41, and is 3 times smaller!!! I suspect this model will suit hunters and some types of military positions well.

    Programming:

    Programming guys, honestly, is not as hard as people say it is. If you read the manuel, its very straight foward. Heck, after 10 minutes I almost have all the items, menus and submenus memorized. Just give it a chance.

    COLORS -Black and Gold 2000-3000HV

    I only have gold and black armytek predators, and the only thing I have to say is that both are very uniques, look very sharp and give very good looks.

    Black gives a very stealthy look. Black predator with red o-rings is just awesome. I requested the black armytek after seeing cheepsteel's predator (thanks buddy!)

    Gold is very fancy. Elegant is how I would describe it too. It really does look like gold.

    Cool Features from ArmyTek

    1. Battery meter:

    This is a fantastic feature! My family liked it. I liked it. Someone at CPFMP said why the predator was not priced closer to its competitors, as in XPG R5 throwers.

    ArmyTek said when its competitors come closer to the predators. They are not kidding. Voltage meter, excellent customer service and awesome an awesome flashlight make the price tag very much worth it.

    To see how to activate battery meter, look at this video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=STt83-ONJcI

    2. Full Current Stabilization- SEMI- STEP

    The full current feature, IIRC, is only available in the armytek predator, as in all other flashlights are digitally stablized, but Predator has complex buck/boost drivers. Great feature ARMYTEK!!!

    SEMI, is what ArmyTek claims what other manufacturers do. It gives longer runtimes in the predator with the output decreasing over time.

    Step is sort of a mix between Full and SEMI. it decreases over time, but in controlled "steps". Imagine a staircase and that's how a runtime graph should look like.

    3. Custom Preset

    Like military and Outdoor, a Custom preset can be saved by the user. Pretty useful. I can put a tactical preset (military), and then a civilian preset, as in with no strobes or other things and save it as a Custom preset.

    Overall, this is a awesome flashlight backed by an awesome company ArmyTek. If you have any questions, they are over at CPFMP. I am also Firelord777 there too, in case you ever would like to contact me.

    Ladies and Gentlemen, you should be aware that I am always willing to help you out in questions, requests, anything, I would be more than happy to answer them for you. Don't hesitate to PM me, I welcome your inquiries.

    As you know, this review has been mostly positive. Simply because I like the predator, but please do not confuse me as an employee of ArmyTek, I do not work for them, but help them make comparisons and reviews.

    Thank you for your patience guys, I appreciate it. Anything I may have missed please post it here in this thread, I will surely listen to your suggestions and requests,

    Best wishes, Firelord777
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    Um... your pictures aren't showing up. Just letting you know.

    EDIT: Never mind, just saw the top.

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    Default Re: ArmyTek Predator Review- Smooth reflector with Orange Peel!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by antikythera View Post
    Um... your pictures aren't showing up. Just letting you know.

    EDIT: Never mind, just saw the top.
    Yeah, sorry man, I forgot to sign in imageshack and uploaded them. Now I have to re upload them into my account. Very sorry about this. Please come back in a few hours, or tomorrow, for sure the review will be complete guys.

    Sorry again, still working hard on this thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firelord777 View Post
    Yeah, sorry man, I forgot to sign in imageshack and uploaded them. Now I have to re upload them into my account. Very sorry about this. Please come back in a few hours, or tomorrow, for sure the review will be complete guys.

    Sorry again, still working hard on this thing.
    No problem, we all have issues with these imaging sites every once in a while!

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    Quote Originally Posted by firelord777 View Post
    Yeah, sorry man, I forgot to sign in imageshack and uploaded them. Now I have to re upload them into my account. Very sorry about this. Please come back in a few hours, or tomorrow, for sure the review will be complete guys.

    Sorry again, still working hard on this thing.
    LOL dont you hate it when that happens?
    looking forward to your review and pics.

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    Looking forward to your review, mate!
    I received the spare OP reflector from Armytek recently and the gold bezels. The throw is impressive (as we all know) from the SMO reflector but the OP is my favourite for overall use. From my own testing, I found the SMO reflector to throw a very consistent spot from close range to as far as 350 OTF lumens will reach. This is great for spotting/weapon lighting but not ideal for most tasks.
    The OP reflector has an extremely smooth beam with no defined hotspot. It is perfect for close range work and projects a wall of light out to 50 metres. This is perfect IMO for outdoors (reduces tunnel vision) and tactical purposes.
    From my experience, the older front bezel crenelations (Predator V1) were thicker and blocked a bit of light from the front and gave the beam a slight octagonal shape.
    My newer black bezel crenelations are thinner which helps to round the shape.
    The latest gold bezels I received (also v2 bezels) are milled significantly thinner and gives a perfect circle shape.
    I took my silver bezels to the belt sander as an effort to create a non-weaponised bezel and I think it turned out pretty good, tell me what you think! I would have sanded them all the way down, but that would make it extremely difficult to tighten and remove the bezels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CheepSteal View Post
    Looking forward to your review, mate!
    I received the spare OP reflector from Armytek recently and the gold bezels. The throw is impressive (as we all know) from the SMO reflector but the OP is my favourite for overall use. From my own testing, I found the SMO reflector to throw a very consistent spot from close range to as far as 350 OTF lumens will reach. This is great for spotting/weapon lighting but not ideal for most tasks.
    The OP reflector has an extremely smooth beam with no defined hotspot. It is perfect for close range work and projects a wall of light out to 50 metres. This is perfect IMO for outdoors (reduces tunnel vision) and tactical purposes.
    From my experience, the older front bezel crenelations (Predator V1) were thicker and blocked a bit of light from the front and gave the beam a slight octagonal shape.
    My newer black bezel crenelations are thinner which helps to round the shape.
    The latest gold bezels I received (also v2 bezels) are milled significantly thinner and gives a perfect circle shape.
    I took my silver bezels to the belt sander as an effort to create a non-weaponised bezel and I think it turned out pretty good, tell me what you think! I would have sanded them all the way down, but that would make it extremely difficult to tighten and remove the bezels.

    Hey buddy,

    Your machining looks great!

    Regarding the OP beam pattern, you are correct, it is very smooth and I think Armytek did good including it as an option. It lights up everything! And still has enough throw to throw almost as far as the Fenix TK20. I would put the predator OP at ~4,000 Lux.

    Did some outdoor comparisons, the smooth is just absoulutely incredible! For its size, it almost throws as far as my 800 ANSI TK41!

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    That is one fine looking light! No AA but i understand why. But, they should make one for us mortals The hotspot is amazing! And I love the way the way it looks with the leveled (nice job) out bezel.. I did see some green in the first photos but not bad and the rest of the shots were fine. that is a fine looking light. Tell them to make me one for AA. Yes do it . Would it be doable and still retain some semblance of a Predator? thanks

    Keith

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    Great, glad it helped a bit. As for you living in the country, I really believe you should go with the OP version. Very good throw, after some more testing at around 50 meters aiming at a forest treeline, the op version lighted up everything. To be honest it felt like i had a mini hid floodlight lol.

    Good luck my friend, firelord777

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    Quote Originally Posted by firelord777 View Post
    Great, glad it helped a bit. As for you living in the country, I really believe you should go with the OP version. Very good throw, after some more testing at around 50 meters aiming at a forest treeline, the op version lighted up everything. To be honest it felt like i had a mini hid floodlight lol.

    Good luck my friend, firelord777
    Hows the spill on the smooth reflector?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aimxplode View Post
    Hows the spill on the smooth reflector?
    Both reflectors have narrow 24 degree spill. The spill is a bit narrow for general use but is very bright on both reflectors, especially the OP. The SMO reflector's spill is decently bright but the hotspot will overpower it and make it seem less bright than it is. The OP reflector has great throw for what it is though, reminds me of an XML with less spill (I only got to test an XML light yesterday).

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    Hello aimxplode, the spill on the predator is good sized and ok on the SMO version. If you want something that is a beast thrower with very wide spill and big corona, aka good thrower/ flooder, i suggest you pick the Fenix TK41. I love mine, but it can get a bit bulky without a holster, but it is one sweet light.

    The flood part of the predator is a bit less wide.

    Best wishes, firelord777

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    Cheepsteal, are the beamshots coming soon buddy?

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    I will attempt it tonight, I'm honestly not sure if my camera can handle it, I only have a crappy camera, but I thought I'd try it anyway. Let's hope it works, if not, my apologies!

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    Its okay man, we will at least appreciate the attempt.

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    Sorry about the crappy quality, tried my best, can't seem to get shots of longer ranges but I hope this gives you an idea of the spill brightness.
    OP reflector at 25 yards:


    SMO reflector at 25 yards:


    SMO reflector at 80 to 100ish yards:


    Couldn't get a pic of the OP reflector at that long range. The SMO is very defined at long distances and clearly illuminates the trees. The OP reflector will illuminate it approx. 50% of the SMO brightness, and there is no defined hotspot; it's more of a bright glow, ala XML led.
    Overall, the OP is great for distances up to 60ish yards and will be very even. The SMO is extremely good for spotting at long range and will make lower levels look brighter (which means you can use lower modes and get more battery life for the same amount of throw).
    I say just buy both reflectors from Armytek and interchange them. I swap them out continuously when I get bored and want some throw wowness or some smoothness.

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    Cheapsteal, those beamshots are exactly what I was looking for, thanks so much for your efforts!

    I like both. I do like throwers and the smooth reflector beam is very impressive isn't it.

    Looks like a purchase will be made on pay day
    I like decent lights for decent nights.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevie View Post
    Cheapsteal, those beamshots are exactly what I was looking for, thanks so much for your efforts!

    I like both. I do like throwers and the smooth reflector beam is very impressive isn't it.

    Looks like a purchase will be made on pay day
    Cheers, mate! Yes, the SMO reflector is very impressive, has such an intense beam at nighttime, especially in foggy/misty conditions.

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    Hey cheepsteal, your pictures are actually very good and accurate buddy.

    I was over a friend's house and he had a pool, so i decided to take the predator and my tk20 in the pool. Let me tell you, at night, the predator was very close to the actual pool lights, my friend took a picture and will send it to me in a few days of the light's beam underwater!

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    Quote Originally Posted by firelord777 View Post
    Hey cheepsteal, your pictures are actually very good and accurate buddy.

    I was over a friend's house and he had a pool, so i decided to take the predator and my tk20 in the pool. Let me tell you, at night, the predator was very close to the actual pool lights, my friend took a picture and will send it to me in a few days of the light's beam underwater!
    Thanks dude! Looking forward to those beamshots underwater, I did that in a fish tank and the SMO is very impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by budynabuick View Post
    That is one fine looking light! No AA but i understand why. But, they should make one for us mortals The hotspot is amazing! And I love the way the way it looks with the leveled (nice job) out bezel.. I did see some green in the first photos but not bad and the rest of the shots were fine. that is a fine looking light. Tell them to make me one for AA. Yes do it . Would it be doable and still retain some semblance of a Predator? thanks

    Keith
    Well, they said that they were going to make a 2 AA model at 3 amps, which would probably give it around 800-900 lumens! No release date yet.

    Best wishes

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