18650XT

StagMoose

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Welcome abroad the XT train. They are fantastic. Just recommending another friend buy one at this very moment. Really a great light, and with the 5degree diffuser is basically like a standard hound dog with the smoother beam.

Hope you spot some bears
 

thermal guy

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The XT is a great light. And yes it still surprises me every time I use it. Low punching way out as well.for such a small compact light it's got some guts!
 

dotCPF

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Spending lots of time with my XT as well. I really love this light. I'm a massive thrower fan and this is the exact size format of my preference and of standard use.

Regarding the beam, initially before use I was worried about the "rings" I have heard on this light and was concerned about having to use a diffuser. I know in particular the CSLNM1 White 1 really can be a nasty bugger behind optics, but I am MOST impressed with how well controlled the artifacts are in this beam. It's almost reflector-ish in it's fading off on a white wall. In use it's not noticeable as a sort of "ring" but rather just a slight spill outside of the hotspot- which is ideal for me.

Really fantastic light. Perfect balance of candela and throw for a light this size. This is a great practical "farm" light or for anyone with a decent sized property to leave by your back door.
 

Lemurian

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Is there a preferred way to access the battery?

Also, the tailcap spring makes noises when I go to lockout, so does likewise accessing the battery from the head.

Accessing the battery exclusively via the tailcap seems bad. Later, I tried loosening the tailcap a wee bit, then going to the head and that seemed reduce tailcap spring noise.

There is a slight ring at the tailcap battery end. Is this concerning (at least at some point)?

Advice/knowledge is welcome. Thanks.
 

thermal guy

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Never from the tail. Change the battery from the head. That spring is so tight and sharp it will drill a hole in the end of your batteries like a drill bit after a short time. Trust me. Have lose a few 18500 and 18650's when I first started.
 

Lemurian

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Thanks, Thermal guy!

How thick is that business-end of an 18650? It did not take much for the "drill bit" to get going. Was it pretty obvious the cell was caput? I want my 18650 experiences to be boring rather than spectacular.
 

StagMoose

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I've used a small pair of needle nose pliers and rolled the tip on a couple sharp ones. Makes a rounded end that doesn't drill.

I have not drilled too far into a cell to render it dead. If you are using protected cells the bottom may just be a covering. If they are non protected I would imagine drilling into one would be an exhilarating and dangerous experience.
 

etc

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"And now the the lux has tripled!"

The Lux may have tripled but the total lumens output has dropped. The regular HD hits what, about 1000 lumens?

I love my 'regular' HD, it's just a perfect all around device.

For high lux, I have the Super.
 

Grizzman

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Yep, but the XT slaughters the Super in lux delivery, from a head that'll fit into a cargo shorts pocket. I really like the standard and 1860 Hound Dogs.

I haven't used the XT for a few weeks......I should remedy that.
 

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