Review G&P Scorpin (SterOPS SRFB-10F)
just want to give you a short impression of my new G&P Scorpion aka Sterops SRFB-10F
As you can see on the first pics itīs not a lightweited stuff edc for the key-chain :-)
Itīs weight is 2140 Gramm including the buildt in batteires.
Itīs 22,5 length and as diameter of 12 cm overall with some smaller areas
The mounted handle is absolutely necessary, itīs not intended to carry the Flashlight in another manner.
The Flashlight is very well buildt and gives an absolutely solif feeling
Counterpart to the handle you find a mounting bay with a tripod connector.
The only parts of the userinterface are the clicky (on/off) and the plug for the battery loader.
Glass and reflector are made of 3mm minearl glass and alloy.
One positive thing to mention is that the light is build of standard components.
The battery back consists of a bundle 18650īs, the ballast is a standard 35 watt slim car ballast and
also the bulb is a car bulb (following HB4-9006 Norm).
So you can get cheap spare parts if something brakes but there is also the option to do performance optimizing
for a little money. I do have some friends who put 50 Watts ballasts in and overdrove the bulb with amazing results.
My first tuning was to exchange the existing 6000K bulb with a high performance 4300 K Bulb. The result was a "felt" 15% increase in the amount of light.
Very service friendly build, you reach easily any of the components
The Flashlight is delivered in a well build waterproof case with also takes the power supply and a bungee carrying aid.
There is no spare sealings etc. coming with the Light
The Light is loaded per power-supply; as long as the LED on the supply is red itīs loading; turning to green means battery pack is full.
With starting the light it takes about 10 seconds to get 80%Output and another 30 seconds to get a stabilized 100% Output.
Thats not to bad for an HID startup.
Itīs a typical thrower and as a very intensive spot, but the spill is still strong enough to take it for a normal walk in the night.
The spot is good for several hundered meters. Last night i enlightet a house 480m away from me and you could still recognize most of the details.
Its more up to the eyes of the owner and the weather situation that limits the distance.
To adjust spot and spill, the Flashlight provides a set (8 pcs.) of steel washers that can be taken out.
As mentioned before, i changed the bulb due to two reasons.
1) You lose output; 4300 K Bulbs do 3200 lumens while the 6000K bulbs only provide 3000 lumens max.
2) the 4300k Color is much more recognizable for the eye than the 6000 K; so you see "more" light because of the less amount of UV-light.
In conclusio the G&P Scorpion is really an unusual Flashlight in the positive meaning of the word. Itīs outstanding in design and an eye-catcher in your hand and
also in your showcase. Itīs build from standard components that can be bought and exchanged easily. Itīs also a good platform for performance modifications (ballast + bulbs with
higher performance). I will leave my as is, with the 3200 lumens bulb itīs a good compromise between runtime (aprrox 90 minutes) and light.
Depite from that she is not lightweightet and the layout as a thrower also reduces operating range.
I personally do really love this light and will surely take it out into the night more often than other flashlights that i own.
Weīll see when this will change according to the negative aspects of the light (form/weight).
Please find attached some more impressions of the G&P Scorpion and of corse below the beamshots. I Compared it with my magicfire Scorpion HID.
Hope you enjoyed it.
And pls excuse typos; i translated this review qick&dirty from my german review.
and now the Beamshots:
Scenario 1, in my garden: distance from me to fence ca. 20 meters; from camera to birch tree 45 meters.
Camera to fence: 25 meters
MagicFire Scorpion towards fence .
MagicFire Scorpion towards fence located behind camera
MagicFire Scorpion towards birch tree in 45 meters distance:
G&P Scorpion towards fence :
G&P Scorpion towards fence located behind the camera
G&P Scorpion towards birch tree in 45 meters distance :
Forrest path 3x the same picture with another focus:
1) towards 45m distance bushes; 2) towards beginning of the forrest in 130 meters distance; 3) middle of the forrest in 135 meters distance.
1: Magicfire Scorpion :
2: G&P Scorpion:
Street, 225meters to the end; 3 shots: focused at the middle of the distance; focused at the end of the distance, focused 10 meters before person
1: G&P Scorpoin
2:MF Scorpion :
Next Scenario :
Forrest in 135 meters distance, G&P left; MF right
Two really outstanding HID flashlights, not really compareable (Thrower vs. Flooder).
G&P is much better in throw, but still gives enough spill to use it as "normal" light.
The MF Scorpion has a good flood with also recogniseable throw-characteristics and is much smaller and lightweightet than the G&P.
I do love them both :-)
Hope you enjoyed the pictures .
P.S.: All pics taken with the same parameters (Samsung NX100, ISO 100, aperture 9, 6 sec. time in garden and 10 sec. in the forrest, wide angle 20mm, JPEG)
P.P.S.: donīt use pictures without permission.