500 lumen Kobalt at Lowes cr123x4

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loudbay

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I saw a kobalt 4xcr123 with three emitters at lowes today. $69 and 4 energizer primaries included. Package said 500 lumens. I was in a super rush and couldnt spend any time checking it out, but i figured one of you guys already had... It seems i was wrong, i can't find a single post about it here. I would never buy one of the tactical kobalt lights because of the bad reviews, but honestly i'm chomping at the bit to try this big kobalt out. Someone stop me (if it's junk)!

Better yet, someone with even less self control than me should just go buy one and post up a review! You know you had to go to lowes anyway...

Other lights: surefire p6 with kx4 head on clearance for $69. The taskforce 2c is $22. Maglite leds have crees not rebels but still $32 (should have stocked up on black friday, i think they were $10 or $12).

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Forgot to mention there is a lifetime warranty, package says bring with proof of purchase to place of purchase for replacement. No mailing for repair/replace is nice, as long as lowes doesn't discontinue it of course.
 

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I saw that light today. I was afraid to pull the trigger as I did get burned slightly on the "tactical" one. If it could run off two rechargeables it would be nice.

It might be a nice host if they go on sale.
 

loudbay

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I seem to recall being able to sign up for the lowes news letter and get a 10% off coupon in my email... Thats only down to $63, but a bit better...
 

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Yeah wasnt on the website, but to be fair it wasn't on thee shelves a week or two ago.

My wife went up to the garden center and took a look again. The package said The light has hi and low settings and had a generic runtime rating of 4hrs.
Basically no other information on the package.

I'm most interested to know if 18650s will work. A locally-warranted decently bright decently affordable 18650 lamp that I can back up with cr123s... Sounds too good to be true. Hopefully not.
 

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Plus on any military oriented holiday you get an additional 10% off for military members. I have a $20 gift card, so I could grab one for $49...hmmm...Maybe I'll stop by next weekend and see if they have one. 500 lumens (about 350-400 SF Lumens) might make for a great beater light so I don't have to use my M3LT all the time?
 

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I almost got one myself. Wifey was with me so I might have to do recon mission to Lowes at another time.....
 

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Has anyone taken one for the team and bought one yet? I am also wondering if it will run on 18650/17670's?




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Saw this in the store today and seemed alright looking but I've seen better 3x XR-E setups, and I'm not a fan of the combined triple reflector. The flat top of the reflector is blacked out where its pressed against the glass so thats a plus. Sorry but I didn't bring a camera and don't think I need it for $70 especially given its appetite for CR123.

If its rated at 500lm and say they are Q5's your looking at 180lm each. Thats about 2.3watts per LED So its a 7watt light. Now your only looking at 3.5Wh on the cells and with the four cr123s thats 14Wh... I can't figure out how this works out to 4 hour runtime unless its a driver that tapers off to well below 500lm before shutting down.

I can only hope its got a buck driver. The LEDs aren't being run at more than 750ma so they should be wired in series to not waste tons of efficiency on bucking down from 12v. 3 XR-E at 3.4Vf at 700ma should play nice with 12v battery supply but not with 2*18650 at 8.4v you'll be running direct-under-drive

18650, no. I can't say that for sure but if they could fit you'd have reduced output.
But 3x RCR123 and a spacer could work, don't take my word on that though
 

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How do i post a picture of the flashlight in question. I just left Lowes and was reading the package of the flashlight. I took several pictures to show everyone, but i don't know what to use as the URL when it is saved in my documents. If someone could help, i would gladly post a couple pictures of the kobalt 500 lumen. Thanks.
 

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you need to host the pics on a site like photobucket, imageshack, tinypic, flickr
Then use the insert button
 

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Thank you nein166 for helping me out with the picture thing. So anyways here are a couple pictures i took of the flashlight. Kobalt 500 lumen at Lowes $69.00

http://www.flickr.com/photos/61157259@N06/5568399344/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/61157259@N06/5568399270/


http://www.flickr.com/photos/61157259@N06/5568399202/
5568399344
5568399344
 

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I saw that light at Lowes a couple of weeks ago. Since I knew absolutely nothing about "Kobalt" I passed on buying it, figuring that it would turn up here sooner or later with a review.
At $70, there are a lot of lights I envy for about 10 bucks more I'd rather buy than take the chance.

Now if it turns out to be a clone of a TK45, that would be a different story...
 

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Being a carpenter and Lowe's shopper extraordinaire, I have to say that everything Kobalt is just awful.
 
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