I recently received a new Dereelight DBS-T XR-E EZ 900 2MT-M aspheric and thought I'd share my impression of this light.
Upon first unboxing the torch and throwing in a couple AW RCR123's I thought, "This is kinda cool and kinda bright, but I can't see how this is gonna throw that far"... more on this later.
As far as build quality goes, it feels feels solid and the anodizing seems good. The threads were gritty on the tail cap. It has already survived a fall from waist height onto asphalt with no ill affects, other than ruining the aesthetics.
But then I decided to take it to the park and stretch out its legs. My mind was blown. I could not believe how far this little light could throw that beam; there are no photons wasted to spill with the aspherical lens. This is truly THE pocket thrower. I'm impressed.
Here are some beamshots (my first ever) with a crappy nikon l20 point and shoot (aided by my abominable photography skills)
Iso set at -2.0
100 ft to the playhouse
1st pic: control
2nd pic:Fenix E21 XP-E R2
3rd pic: DBS-T XR-E R2 Aspheric
This light far exceeded my expectations in terms of performance. The UI is very sensible as well. I didn't pay much attention to the fact that I was getting a light that had a "tactical" lockout, but it makes sense in a light like this where you often want the light to turn on high, and only high. There is ample knurling on each piece for you to loosen the head to enter and exit the lockout mode. In general mode, the three brightness levels are easily accessible by half presses of the tail cap (i haven't really used the lower modes, but its nice to have the capability) The knurling at the base of the head is intentional, and effective at allowing you to hold the base of the head stationary while focusing the lens. All in all, I highly recommend this light as a pocket thrower. I cant wait to go to the park again tonight