Olight SR90 vs. Amondotech HID

BirdofPrey

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Hello all. I've got a plethora of flashlights but looking to possibly expand by one. However, I'm going to need some help determining whether to spend the whopping amount of money I'm considering.

Little background. I live in a VERY rural area. One little security light surrounded by woods. I have no neighbors within eye sight. I ALSO do a light of night hiking. Lastly, I work midnights so on my days off, I'm often outside at night. Lights of wildlife roaming around including those of the sharp and many toothed variety.

My usual go-to light when going outside is either my EagleTac M2C4 or a Maelstrom G5. Up close, either the Zebralight neutral or my Quark AA Tactical warm tint.

Now here is the biggie. Occasionally I like to light up the large hillsides to either side of the house (live in a valley) and for that, I fall back on my Amondotech HID. Of course, part of the problem with that is the relatively long warm up time (compared to LED), needing to leave it on for x amount of time once fired up, and having to wait in between fire ups.

Due to this, I've been considering the SR90. I like the idea of instant on, instant off. I also think I might like the reduced spill for long distance viewing. My Amondotech has so much bright spill and such a WIDE spill that it causes me to not be able to see all that far as my eyes adjust to the spill rather than the hotspot.

Some of the places I hike will take me into areas that have large open views and I would like to take something I can turn on and off so that I can look way off into the distance. I usually rely on the G5 or the EagleTac for that but my distance is very limited.

So in your educated opinions, what would be the pros and cons of switching over to the big boy Olight?
 

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Do you use large cell Nimh? The SR90 is a convienient, well designed package, and packs a lot of punch in a relatively safe body. However, the Varapower 2000 is also a very nice light, using 3D cells or 4C cells for turbo output, for up to 2000 lumens OTF, higher than the SR90 (The SR90 probably throws further with a larger reflector-but large reflectors have higher light loss)
 

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The runtime of the sr90 on high is about 3 times that of the varapower on high, this may matter to you or it may not.
Also the switch/control on the varapower is not water resistant, but neither is your Amondotech hid's for that matter.

Like srfreddy said, the VP2K gives more output but less throw unless you opt for the de-dome version which then will almost match sr90 in throw.
I like my VP2K's very much and Kevin who builds them is good to deal with. You are getting a custom built American made flashlight.

Both the Olight and Varapower are great lights but very different to each other.
 
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Well this is the SR90 and POB 35W, which is very similar (actually it shd be identical) to your Amondotech (I have the 3152 too, that was quite a number of years ago).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErTyuMMRvZU

If you don't want to blow that much on LED coz they do advance/improve over the years, maybe can consider Trustfire X6? You still can knock out a person with that in your rural areas, and supposed to be very bright too. It is going for usd139 shipped at manafont. Since you are going to use it in real life, or even maybe have a semi-professional use for it, then I think the X6 should be easier to justify.
 

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BTW, manafont uses HK Air parcel, it takes approx 10 days (2 weeks is a very safe bet) to get here which is about 3000km away, I'd think there are more stops to USA, guys here are saying that it takes like 1 month. But well...its free! Think DHL shipping costs like usd70 already.
The guys selling the Trustfire X6 on ebay cost too much, esp those from the USA.
 

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Have to say I'm not much interested in the modded mag. After doing some reading about it, its not what I'm looking for. I have plenty of floody lights. Looking for a lot of light in a THROWER in this case. The SR90 would be my choice. Just can't decide if its worth it over my HID. I may have to liquidate some of my collection though.
 

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You'll have to factor in the cost of replacement batteries. Even if you manage to bite the bullet and get the SR90, the batteries cost like nearly 300 bucks to replace. I think you'd want a $400 light to have at least 10 years of service. :)
Trustfire X6 - just throw in some 18650s into your pocket, if the runtime bugs you. (I'm a pro photographer - so all these additional "small little batteries" is really a non-issue).
 

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The warm up time will be greatly reduced with increased warm-up Amps.

Upgrade Amondotech ballast to 55W will reduce start-up a lot,
upgrade to 75W, it'll have pretty much instant high, little warm-up time, at a cost of run time though.
 

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You'll have to factor in the cost of replacement batteries. Even if you manage to bite the bullet and get the SR90, the batteries cost like nearly 300 bucks to replace. I think you'd want a $400 light to have at least 10 years of service. :)
Trustfire X6 - just throw in some 18650s into your pocket, if the runtime bugs you. (I'm a pro photographer - so all these additional "small little batteries" is really a non-issue).

SR90 spares are a little over $100.
 

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Just looked up the Trustfire X6 and found this...

Cons:
-Product was DOA, pretty damn big con...
-The Quality control is terrible, missing screws, really thin wire, some design flaws i couldnt live with and so fixed.
-You really need to be an enthusiast with modding skills to make this light worth it.
-The SST-90 LED was held in with only one screw, there was a hole for the 2nd one, they just didn't bother installing it and the heatsink paste was poorly applied.
-The wires used to hookup terminals to the driver pill are thinner than thin, i mean like 50 guage, 0.55mm of copper conductor. This is pathetic and will not last in an application pulling 6 amps...
-The lens retention ring has a temperamental thread that takes careful pressure to install straight, but i got it sorted.
-The glass is not a coated optic.
-None of the o-ring were lubricated.
-The o-rings are mostly too small so they do not create an air/water tight seal
-The box suffers from terrible graphic design.
-The strap snap hooks will scratch off the anodising if used continuously.
 

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EXACTLY!!! That's why you should not bother with the SR90 and just go with the HID...

Except that doesn't add up to what I've read and seen thus far.

The Olight appears to have a tighter beam with less spill (my HID spills horribly thus killing long distance viewing. It also has the ability for me to turn it on, off, and back on again quickly without worrying about damaging it.

So, how is not considering the 1,000 lumen less and floodier beam light, equate to disregarding the 90 over my Amondotech?

Sent via my HTC Incredible using TapaTalk.
 

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Just wondering why wouldn't you consider SR91?? The SR91 does most things the SR90 would do but in a handier package that's all.

Except that doesn't add up to what I've read and seen thus far.

The Olight appears to have a tighter beam with less spill (my HID spills horribly thus killing long distance viewing. It also has the ability for me to turn it on, off, and back on again quickly without worrying about damaging it.

So, how is not considering the 1,000 lumen less and floodier beam light, equate to disregarding the 90 over my Amondotech?

Sent via my HTC Incredible using TapaTalk.
 
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Just looked up the Trustfire X6 and found this...
That's bad. Need to check out which store on say aliexpress and contact the seller....make doubly sure he responds and has good feedback etc. I have dealt in 6 items now through this channel, no issue. In fact Sanmak rushed me a new reflector in 2 days shipped DPEX express courier which is super fast / expensive, after I told them its pokerdotted due to the ballast being loose in the body and hitting it during shipment via UPS.
BTW you do not release payment if its not satisfactory, by opening a distpute with Escrow. :) (unlike paypal)

Oh yeah, why not the Sanmak SM5200 (since this is HID forum LOL!). Trust me, it throws like there is no tomrrow, you can see stuff 1.5km away no joke, don't have to mod to 75 or 100W. Surprisingly the 12V 5AH SLA works ok for 55W application. IF you want a full bore runtime test, I can do it for ya.

Order 2 more battery packs. It has a plastic housing which houses the 12V 5AH SLA, it snaps off the body so changing batt is great, I guess in the field you'd just have to squat down and its over in 20s? You don't even have to screw off anything, unlike stuff like X6, SR90, Ebay 65W etc. It is 2.5kg though, so have to make use of that sling.
 
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I've got 2 HIDs (long EBA type ones), have a VP2K, and just let go of a SR90. The SR90 is tight, throws long then all the others and you can use it either at full rate or drop it down to the very useful 700 lumens. The only issue with the SR90 is the weight- 1.5kgs. You'll need the strap. The only reason I let it go is I don't do things to justify the throw and power it has. Floodier lights suit me best. But I'd hold up the SR90 for what you've spec'ed. Having said that, I'll use any forum to sing the praises of the VARAPOWER- it is one of the most versatile and well made lights you can get- an absolute all rounder!
 

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