JetBeam RRT-2 Raptor (R2) Review: RUNTIMES, BEAMSHOTS, and more!

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was able to try the light out this evening and i really enjoyed it, the flood/throw was nice and i enjoy the ease of the selector ring.. id still like to track down a smooth reflector for this if i can and try that out as well, overall a great light so far
 

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Glad you like it I find the selector ring a very nice UI probably my favorite and would love a smaller version with 2xcr123, smaller then my Jet M. That would be just a tad bit bigger then my RRT0 with the AA extension tube attached.
 

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My Jetbeam RRT-2 Raptor arrived yesterday. The visible construction is perfect, no flaws that I can see. Operation is flawless other than that short delay while the circuit does whatever it does when I engage the switch. The strobe is annoying, wish Jetbeam had just given it a steady strobe and, like most have said, wish they had put the strobe function beyond the standby. Not that I will be using the standby mode.

The O-ring for the head was not installed. It's ok, I just ordered 12 O-rings for the head and 12 for the tailcap. I chose silicone O-rings, was that a good choice?

The reflector is an orange-peel reflector. I suppose that was changed? I much prefer it to a smooth reflector. For me, and OP reflector is perfect except for a light meant for long throw.

Comparing the beam to my Streamlight Polystinger, it looks like the out-the-front lumens is not the 240 advertised, but that is just my guess.

Not a real tough light due to the selector ring but for general use or for someone who will be careful enough with it, it's very nice and I recommend it.


What do you think of the light now? Does the selector ring feel flimsy, or that it could fail at the worst moment?

Do you think it is better to get the JetBeam III-M instead because it lacks the selector ring?
 

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What do you think of the light now? Does the selector ring feel flimsy, or that it could fail at the worst moment?

Do you think it is better to get the JetBeam III-M instead because it lacks the selector ring?

The selector ring is steel with a magnet, nothing flimsy about that.
A magnetic ring is probably the most reliable way to change levels on any type of light.
 

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A magnetic ring is probably the most reliable way to change levels on any type of light.
I agree with HKJ. Clicky switches are more likely to fail, both for mechanical reasons and due to the large amount of current that runs through them.

Of course, they are also typically easily replaceable - but that may not be much consolation if you are out in the field when one breaks (without a replacement or pair of snap-ring pliers handy :rolleyes:).

Besides, in my experience, most failures I've seen have been outright circuit failures (either due to drops, circuit overloads, etc.). And those are pretty much impossible to predict. :shrug:
 

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What do you think of the light now? Does the selector ring feel flimsy, or that it could fail at the worst moment?

Do you think it is better to get the JetBeam III-M instead because it lacks the selector ring?

If you are considering a light in this size with this type of beam then the RRT-2 is IMO one of the best. The light is very solid along with the selector ring as well. I have actually used mine quite a bit on a few camping and fishing trips, I have tossed it around quite a bit and surprisingly the ano still looks brand new with no scratches or blemishes. The anodizing from Jetbeam is the best I have from my made in China light's, along with Zebralight. I still get that impressive feeling every time I pick it up, its that same feeling I got when I first received the light.
 

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Is there any chance that JetBeam release an R5 version of this light anytime soon? :thinking:
BTW SelfBuilt: with every new review you post, i get in "problems" with my wife...:ohgeez:Thank you! :thumbsup:
Well, you shouldn't have any problems here then - this review is over a year old. ;)

Seriously, I don't know what JetBeam's plans are for this series. But I wouldn't be surprised to see XP-G versions of a number of popular lights in the next few months - it seems like a lot manufacturers are making the switch. But again, no idea about the RRT-2 specifically.
 

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I had to return my RRT-2 because it presented a long delay when switching from med to high level.
I have seen another member posting some time ago with the same problem. Is this delay happening with all RRT-2s - or is a problem with specific (and defective) RRT-2s?

Thanks

Anthony
 

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Well, well, well, BOG stated in their website:

New RRT-2 with Cree R5 Coming Soon (ETA: 9/8/10)

Can't wait for it!:popcorn:
Hope they offer the alternative reflector for buy as an accesory (SMO+OP), that would be very nice indeed. :devil:
 

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Mine is now making her looong way home. Ordered from BOG with the new R5 emitter, SMO reflector +OP optional.
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I've just received the tracking number from BOG's boys, so i guess i'll need to excercise my patience.
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Does someone have any idea about the updated numbers for the series with the R5 emitter (lumens/runtime/range)?
 

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SelfBuilt: I have my RRT-2 R5 now, and taken some shots to display the differences with the R2 version, and some beamshots. Can i have you permission to post they here? Thanks! :thumbsup:
 

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SelfBuilt: I have my RRT-2 R5 now, and taken some shots to display the differences with the R2 version, and some beamshots. Can i have you permission to post they here? Thanks! :thumbsup:
Please - I'm sure everyone would find the comparisons useful! :wave:
 

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Well, the RRT-2 R5 version fell in my hands.:twothumbs
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Before to say nothing there's something i want to make clear: I love this light!


I've read this excellent review from selfbuilt some weeks ago, and you know how bad this addiction is ... i wanted one of this! :naughty:
Being using an Olight M20 R2 for more than a year now, every day in my work, i feel very confy with this size and type of lights. The M20 is a serious piece of gear, probably you all know this, but this Raptor take the aestetics to the top IMO. The construction is on the max also, at least in the R2 version, one thing that impressed me was the massive brass heatsink in the head of it. Well, i regret to tell that's this one is gone on the R5, the head is now made all aluminium, and the pretty white board JetBeam labelled with the brass (+) contact passed to be a simple golden spring in a black plastic insert. Pity. :(


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This time the head lacks the fine-tunable focus feature, the two pieces of the head body that screwed together with that white plactic ring [Teflon maybe] acting as a lock have, been integrated in a single piece, containing the whole reflector assy, a step forward IMO. Still is the the gap simulated between the two former pieces, but it's now a simple cosmetic solution. :thumbsup:
The two pieces of the head now fit together (retaining the mode selector ring in between), in a STRONG manner so i can't disasemble it (yet...
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). BTW, i've read some comments about the material of the ring being made of Alu, at least in this case it is clearly made of stainless steel, no doubt about it. The spring/ball detent mechanism that used to be easily seen in the gap between the head and the ring is now gone under the ring itself, so it can't be seen from any angle of view.
The little triangle marking the mode actually selected in the selector ring is cleanly cut in the SS, in place of the old dot, but i'm affraid its visibility is too low for many situations. Is not a big problem because with some use you'll find yourself changing modes without even take a look for it.


The head/body union is now reversed on the screws. The head is now a female type, being the body the male one this time with nude (no anodized), threads. The head's O-ring migrated to the body tube too because of this mod.


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The tailcap threads remains anodized so the light retains it's original lockout function. :cool:

The tailcap for this new series is the two flanged one showed in this post ( https://www.candlepowerforums.com/posts/3533125#post3533125 ) about the R5 newcomer, wich let the light to tailstand, a nice touch. Thank you Black Kamagong for the early news! :thumbsup:
But in this unit the BOG's people kindly replace it for the old fashioned one showed here with the SS bezel, wich I preferred definitely. :twothumbs
Even being from an older series the tailcap's anodized match perfectly with all the other parts finished this way in the light.

This unit was ordered with the SMO reflector, wich i prefer in all my ligths, i like the throwers and i'm not Ring-Phobic
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, so the cree donuts are allright with me in real applicaton, YMMV.
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I get into the work to disassemble the frontside of the head, to swap the provided SMO reflector with an OP i've ordered too, to make some comparisons, but unfortunately this OP is way larger than the correct size for this series. I guess will have to wait for the OP vs SMO fight. :whistle:


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This, at least, let us to apreciate a couple of things, as the nude emitter and the crystal protecting the optical assy, wich impressed me being really thick. I presume that a piece of crystal with a diameter this small and such a thickness will be not unbreackable, but lies very close to that. The anti-reflect coating is excellent too, only matched by those provided aftermarket from the Flashlight Lens people, some of wich i get some years ago, to replace the crappy lexan from my once-proud MagLites. Is like to see the crystal from a camera lens. Yep, that serious.


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Well, time to get the whole thing together again and face the dark.
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I take this shots comparing the raptor R5 with the Olight M20 R2, because they belong to the same league IMO. I have an M30 too but they don't play the same game, i think. The camera were tripod mounted and the white balance set to daylight to see some kind of tint comparison too. The scenario is my backyard, and there is about 15 meters to the wall. The spots itself are about 1 meter of diameter in both cases, as you can see the M20 has a more "solid" constitution, and the Ratpor's one exhibits more a donut behavior, present in the olight also on a lesser degree.



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And now they both together:

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As you can see, the raptor's spill is a lot more usable too.
The old kitchen has nothing to do with the test. :ohgeez:

Being the first time i participate in the forum this way, please let me know if I messed up with something or someone here, and please be indulgent about my english. :whistle:
Hope this come handy for some.

I'm really happy with the Raptor, is not a quantum leap forward from the Olight IMO, but i think is a finest light indeed, and the numbers clearly are reflected in the reality, is more powerful too, but keep in mind that we have a generation jump in emitter here (R2-R5). A comparison with the new gen M20 would be fairest for sure.

Summing Up: this is my new choice for my every day (or night), light. :twothumbs
 
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Wow, the Olight M20 R2 really throws much better than the RRT-2 R5. I had hoped the RRT-2 R5 would retain it's throw while being brighter overall. Hopefully someone can compare the RRT-2 R2 and R5 versions to give an idea of both beam and output changes.
Thanks for the great review Ecodelosandes!
 

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Ecodel that was a very good review and your English is just fine. I don't have the XP-G RRT-2 but going from what I see and your review I think I'm not to impressed.

I love my RRT-2 R2 and it's heavy brass slug I think it is a awesome little trademark of the Raptor light's and I don't like it's gone. So that brings me to my first question and that is why is it gone?

Also the Raptor light's are known for their throw so the XP-G make no sense in this light, I guess they have to keep up with the times but I don't like were things are headed. Others my disagree with me but that is just a opinion.

Lastly I'm done with XP-G and donut holes, why manufactures continue to ship these light's with XP-G and a smooth reflector that has such a obvious dark center is beyond me. I don't want to even get started on the blue tint but it seems blue or green is in fashion.

Sorry to be negative or sound like I'm ranting but I hope we can move past the current state of choices being made with the reflector and XP-G supplied light's, especially like like the RRT-2 that some of us hold so dear. I will stay with the XR-E model it's a wonderful light.
 
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