Acebeam X65vn Mini - Best Value Thrower Searchlight R

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vinhnguyen54

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I've been using the x65vn mini the last couple nights and there's really nothing better than it for the size.
 

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Here’s my quick rundown on my new x65vn mini. This is gonna be sorta like a comparison between my all time favorite light...the tn40svn. My meter reading was 570kcd and 12000 lumens! My tn40svn reading is 550kcd and 9000 lumens.
When shining up close, the x65vn mini has a more smaller and defined brighter hot spot. Brighter corona and spill as well.
But the x65vn mini has a more pronounced flower petal beam shape. When shining at a distance, the tn40svn will hit the target with a big hot spot which I totally love. Whereas the x65vn mini is hitting the target with a smaller hot spot, which I’m sure some of you love and prefer. But what really makes the x65vn mini stand out is the areas all around the target is completely lit up. Kinda hard to explain and something u just have to see in person. Your only able to see this feature when shining at a open field or area where there is nothing in front of you for 150 feet. Shining the light any closer, the x65vn mini will have smaller flood than the Tn40svn.
The switch to the x65vn I would say is a little stiff. Even though the tn40svn is heavier, if feels lighter in the hand, maybe because of the ergonomics and smaller head. X65vn mini feels a bit top heavy. Conclusion, I cannot say for sure yet if the acebeam has dethrone my tn40svn. It’s a very close call. I love the big hot spot the tn40svn hits the target. But I love how
Acebeam has all the extra lumens that illuminates the surrounding area around the hot spot. If the acebeam was the exact same size as the tn40svn, acebeam gets my pick. But the tn40svn just feels better in the hand.
since u read this far, i mights as well include a beam shot. I suck at these so please forgive me.
The target trees are 350 feet away.

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X65vn mini

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Tn40svn
 

b8llzblue

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Oh great. The cpf site distorted my picture. On my phone, when you zoom in on the beamshot picture, you can see much more clear than the pictures when I added to the site. It was already a bad attempt at a beam shot. Now it just made it even worse. Hahah
 

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Hard for me to pick one over the other too...I usually just end up using the TN42vn90 instead.

Thanks, b8llzblue, for the comparative beamshots of these two great lights. Specs and reflector configuration show that these two uber great lights are in similar beam profile/performance classification.

I spent many hours, weeks, months thinking about adding the tn40svn to my collection, searching international flashlight forums for comparative beamshots. So many times tossing and turning at night, almost pulling the trigger. When the X65 was announced, the factory specs were so nice, that I pounced twice.

TN42vn90; same. I spent many hours, weeks, months thinking about adding it to my collection. Same with BLF GTvn. There are only about thirty other Vinh lights that I want, but I have not yet pulled the trigger on.

Size of beam profile/size of beam performance matters. That is why I like big lights more than others, even though I use smaller lights more routinely.

X65Vn Mini: Anyone who has not seen what Acebeam and Vinh has done with X65/X65 Mini, please be fully prepared to be amazed when you finally do get to see full-bore beam performance!

My lights.
 

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TN40 has shallower and wider reflectors= large filled hotspot, less coronal, wide spill.
X65 has deeper and narrower reflectors = smaller hotspot, large corona, smaller spill.

I like beam profile of large and shallow reflectors.
 

b8llzblue

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I wouldn’t consider the tn40svn as a high output flooder with throw. It’s still got some serious throw. So if the x65vn was categorized as a high output thrower with flood, the tn40svn is the same. But a high output flooder with throw is super fun as well. I would highly recommend the https://skylumen.com/collections/v5...mt09r-most-bang-4-your?variant=12389429149719
what a great light that is highly unknown or talked about here in the subforum.

I don’t think you can go wrong with either high output thrower. Tn40svn Or x65vn mini. But if you haven’t gotten either one yet....you guys are totally missing out!
 
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So in general terms, you prefer high output flooders with some throw, over high output throwers with some flood? Would that be accurate?

This is getting really wordy now but I shall then rephrase this as:
So in general terms, you prefer high output throwers with some flood that are floody, over high output throwers with some flood that are throwy. :naughty:
 

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From now on I will be getting my Acebeams at retail prices. Likely Amazon or Ebay. My future prices will be higher accordingly. All my Acebeam lights will have serial removed.
 

richbuff

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An interesting discussion has been launched about this light in another location on the World Wide Web. The topic is about heat sinking and heat removal.

Question: Do the original stock factory X65 and X65 mini heads have differences in mass? We can see the differences in fins between the two heads, but what about weight/mass difference of the two heads?

Also, another question: Vinh, do you offer different levels of boosting for this light?

That is, do you offer this light with your driver and very little boost, and moderately more boost and also, if requested, much more boost?

If yes, in both versions, or just the original maxi version?

Another question: if the X65 is going to be significantly boosted, or offered with higher performance emitters, would not the original head be preferred over the mini head, if the original head has more mass?

Especially the original maxi version, if higher performance emitters can be offered, if the original maxi head has more mass?

And, are the different heads and the different battery supplys interchangeable?
 
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I've noticed that all the weights list for the X65 include the battery (1290 grams) while all the weights listed for the X65 mini are for the naked light (587 grams). 8 x 18650's weigh a little less than 400 grams, which if you added that weight to the X65 mini, still comes up 300 grams lighter than the X65. Some of that weight is in the additional battery tube but probably not 300 grams worth. I suspect that the X65 head is 4-6oz or 113-170 grams heavier. Perhaps someone who owns both can weight the heads. The X65 does have more and deeper heat fins.
 

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Thanks, Patriot, for your analysis and report. I am going to edit my previous post to add another question.
 

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