I've been more of a lurker for about 2 years. Based on discussions I've followed in the forums, I've used the AKoray K106 and K109 as edc lights until they failed and now carry the ITP A3 EOS. My personality is more of a do it yourselfer, so I have have primarily been following the modification and home built threads, but finally came to the conclusion that I will be better off simply purchasing something I will be happy with instead of spending $1500 on a lathe, plus time and material learning to use it.
So, I've been reading quite a bit about various lights and have decided I like a light similar to the Klarus XT11, but I'm not crazy about the user interface with buttons on the tailcap. Can't really use it one handed when camping and carrying something. The size is good (although smaller is usually better), I don't mind the CR123 or 18650 batteries, but not hung up on them. I love the concept of 600 Lumen and have watched some demos on youtube and like the throw distance as well as the flood it gives. I really like the ring interface with many brightness (or infinite) levels on the jetbeam, but it looks like their comparable light (RRT-2 Raptor) is only about 75% the lumens. I've also been looking at the new Nitecore TM11 and that switch position is not bad either (obviously it is in a different class of illumination).
Primary uses will be:
1. Camping with boy scouts where both low level (say 10 lumen, less is OK) at the campsite plus a spotlight to "light up the world" when somebody yells is very nice.
2. Lighting up my back yard looking for the dog. About 100 yards to the back of my property, but the farmer's corn field goes on for miles.
3. Wow factor to my non-enlightened friends (although the RRT-3 or the Nitecore TM11 would be awesome for that).
Price, I'll probably start squirming at about $125 but could be convinced to go slightly higher if it is the perfect light.
So am I missing something in the Jetbeam lineup? Is there another quality maker I should be looking at? I'm staying away from DealExtreme and their like.
I appreciate the help and recommendations.