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In August 2004 the EDC Ultimate was released. The top of the line HDS EDC Ultimate 60 XRGT sold for $295 (that is $463 in todays dollars). GT stood for Guaranteed Tint and XR was Extended Runtime. The EDC Basic 60 sold for $160 and the EDC Basic 40 sold for $120.
 

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ekardscribner73

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Can't decide between the NLT325 and the SDR50 emitters. Same color temperature, basically the same output. It amounts to choosing throw or CRI. Both of which I love.

Also trying to decide between the CR123 and 18650 battery compartments. I'm sitting on a mountain of CR123 batteries, but I love the runtime of the 18650 cell and I know I could simply use a dummy cell when I want to run a primary.

It's fun to have such interesting options to be mulling over.
 

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I would go NLT and CR123. I have pretty much all the combos. Unless I’m going somewhere where I need serious runtime, the 18650 stays home. Plus u can always carry a spare CR123/16340.
 

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I’ll go the other way and recommend the 18650. I front pocket carry with a pocket clip (Clicky) and don’t perceive a significant difference in size or weight between the 18650 and the CR123 compartment. Combined with the long runtime I get with the 18650 I find few reasons to carry the smaller one, even for short trips. But also if I need to, I can use battery spacers to allow any battery length in the 18650. Right now I’m using an 18350 with a dummy cell in one of my 18650 lights just to give my 18350s some use.

But definitely get the NLT, I think this is the best all-purpose emitter that’s ever been in the HDS lineup. Not so throwy that you lose that spill for up close work, but definitely reaches father than other emitters for outside use. Not being high CRI is the only drawback to the NLT.
 

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I got the SDR50 in my Satinless and realy like it. Big hotspot, lots of light with a great snow white tint.
 

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I can take all the cct from within the same line of 519a R9080, 219b R9080, 351, SST20, B35 and all get widely differing color rendering.
I can take the same cct from the above LEDs and get a widely differing color rendering.

I now just go after a nice looking tint because the color rendering varies too much within the "high CRI" classification.
 
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