Lumapower M3 Transformer

ernsanada

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I just got the Lumapower M3. Shipping to So Cal 4 days.

Machining is excellent.

Type III Anodize has no flaws.

Beam tint is very white.

CR123

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1AA

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2AA

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Size comparsion's.

Left to right, Lumapower M3, Fenix L1D CE, Jet Beam MKIIX, Fenix L1P, Lumapower SSC-P4 F1, Jet Beam C-LE

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Left to right, Lumapower M3, Fenix L1D CE, Jet Beam MKIIX, Lumapower SSC-P4 F1, Jet Beam C-LE

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Lumapower M3 @ 75"

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Fenix L1D CE @ 75"

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Jet Beam MKIIX @ 75"

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Lumapower SSC-P4 F1 @ 75"

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Jet Beam C-LE @ 75"

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Lumapower M3 @ 75" Stepped down exposure.

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Fenix L1D CE @ 75" Stepped down exposure.

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Jet Beam MKIIX @ 75" Stepped down exposure.

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Lumapower SSC-P4 F1 @ 75" Stepped down exposure.

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Jet Beam C-LE @ 75" Stepped down exposure.

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ernsanada

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Used freshly charged Duracell 2650mAh Rechargeable Batteries for beam shots. (All lights)

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More feedback please!

What do you think of the UI? How about the levels with various cells?

I love the way Lumapower has set up the tubes with built in contacts. Yes, it makes the light bigger, but construction looks superb. Can't wait to get mine...
 

ernsanada

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gunga said:
More feedback please!

What do you think of the UI? How about the levels with various cells?

I love the way Lumapower has set up the tubes with built in contacts. Yes, it makes the light bigger, but construction looks superb. Can't wait to get mine...

I just got the M3. I haven't had much time with the light. It's still sunny outside but lucky I can take beam shots in my bedroom.
 

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now thats an edc collection :) now does everyone in your household know that those 6 tiny little lights are all together around $300 whats their reaction :laughing:
 

ernsanada

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qip said:
now thats an edc collection :) now does everyone in your household know that those 6 tiny little lights are all together around $300 whats their reaction :laughing:

Wow! I never paid attention to the costs. You should see how many more lights I have........My pocketbook say's OUCH!!!!!!!
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Sweet collection dude !!

The M3 seems to be a great light ..... but I think I'm gonna pass as its WAY too big !!
 

adirondackdestroyer

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ernsanada said:
Wow! I never paid attention to the costs. You should see how many more lights I have........My pocketbook say's OUCH!!!!!!!
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Ersanada,

I have also noticed that you have one hell of a collection! It seems that everytime a new light comes out you are doing a review of it. :laughing:

Anyways I really like the M3, but it does seem rather large for a 1AA or 2AA light. Why is that? Is the reflector really deep or something?
 

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Note how all the battery tubes seem to have a built in contact. I suspect that would add some extra length (say 0.5 - 1 cm).

Perhaps the switching module?
 

ernsanada

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Size comparasion.

Left, M3. Right, LM303

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Top. LM303. Bottom, M3

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The M3 is longer because of the reflector and Cree module.

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The reflector is housed in the "smooth section". The Cree module is the "knurled section"

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The reflector and the Cree module is located in this section.

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So, the head electronics are completely epoxy potted? I wonder why...

They give you two complete tailcap / switch assemblies? That's nice. I assumed the two stage reverse clicky / single stage tactical switch came as guts only, and they shared the same tailcap.

I'm eager to see the low mode in action. I use my light often when I wake up in the middle of the night. Even 10 lumens is too much - it'll make your night eyes hurt. Is the PWM noticeable on low? I can't stand flicker. Sixty Hz refresh on a 17" monitor makes me nauseous.
 

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This shows how the batteries make contact on the Cree module.

Left, M3. Right, LM303

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Top. M3. Right, LM303

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ernsanada

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2 different switch assemblies.

Left, Momentary on, twist on and off. Right, Reverse clickie, 2 positon switch.

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Now it's very easy to swap out which switch you want to use.
 

ernsanada

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Ty_Bower said:
So, the head electronics are completely epoxy potted? I wonder why...

They give you two complete tailcap / switch assemblies? That's nice. I assumed the two stage reverse clicky / single stage tactical switch came as guts only, and they shared the same tailcap.

I'm eager to see the low mode in action. I use my light often when I wake up in the middle of the night. Even 10 lumens is too much - it'll make your night eyes hurt. Is the PWM noticeable on low? I can't stand flicker. Sixty Hz refresh on a 17" monitor makes me nauseous.

I don't notice any flickering on low.
 

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Just want to thank you for all your great reviews and pics. I have started to depend on your posts for the first look on many lights.

what is your opinion on the focus feature?

I like it but the size is an issue.
 

ernsanada

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Pumaman said:
Just want to thank you for all your great reviews and pics. I have started to depend on your posts for the first look on many lights.

what is your opinion on the focus feature?

I like it but the size is an issue.

Thanks for reminding me I forgot about that feature.
 
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