Orbita Lighthouse Stainless Steel Flashlight

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This is a quick look at the Orbita Lighthouse Series Stainless Steel Flashlight.


From Orbita's website.

" Included in this package: One (1) Lighthouse Series Flashlight, Two (2) rechargeable 3.7 Volt Lithium-Ion batteries (2600 mAh), a two-channel 115 VAC battery charger, lantern base and a convenient nylon carrying holster.

Orbita's Lighthouse Pocket Flashlight, powered by a high-energy rechargeable #18650 Lithium-Ion battery, delivers an unprecedented level of intense white light with great efficacy. The XLamp XP-G (Q5) emitter made by CREE, Inc. (a fine example of American technology) provides a high beam light output of 350 Lumens and is life rated for 100,000 hours of operation. It is protected by a sealed lens which is scratchproof and impact resistant. Structural components are all machined from 18/8 stainless steel bars. There are no flimsy stamped metal or plastic parts. Choose from Stainless Steel, Carbon Fiber or Hardwood bodies which are hand turned by North Carolina craftsmen and protected with a durable acrylic coating. Flashlights are dustproof and splash-proof to IP54 standard. There are six (6) user selectable lighting programs. By softly pressing the glow-in-the-dark power button, or double clicking it, you can scroll through and select any one of the six modes of operation (see table). Turn power on or off in any selected mode with a single click.

Operation Mode * * * *Intensity * * * * *Duration
Search Light * * * * * * Very High * * * *2-3 Hours
Reading Light * * * * * *Medium * * * * *8-10 Hours
Defense Strobe * * * * Very High * * * *2-3 Hours
S.O.S Signal * * * * * * Very High * * * *4-5 Hours
Lantern Mode * * * * * Very Low * * * 120 Hours
Beacon Mode * * * * * Very Low * * * 150 Hours

Length: 4 3/4" Diameter: 1 1/4" Product Weight: 7oz "


Various models.

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I ordered the Stainless Steel version.

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Uses XPG Q5

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Has 8 Leds for lantern mode and beacon mode. Lantern mode all 8 Leds light up. In beacon mode 2 Leds lights and it moves in a clockwise motion.

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Reverse clickie switch. Memorizes last setting when shut off. High, medium, strobe, SOS, lantern mode and beacon mode.

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This is the lantern base. The rear tail cap needs to be removed then the lantern base installed tail cap screwed back on for installation.

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2 UniqueFire Li-Ion Rechargeable 3.7V 2600mAh 18650 battteries and a AC 100V-240V travel charger is included. I don't know if the batteries are protected or unprotected, it did not say on the batteries.

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A holster is included. It seem pretty heavy duty IMO.

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The light is very hefty due to it's Stainless Steel construction.

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The Stainless Steel finish is excellent.

The overall build quality is excellent.

The beam tint on my light is a nice white color. Smooth beam with no artifacts. I do notice though when first turned on my light blinks after 3 seconds noticeable in high and medium mode. It does not blink in the other modes.

I paid $100.00 shipped Fedex. It seems like a very good deal because you get 2 batteries, charger, holster and lantern stand. The deal expires May 31, 2013.

If you want the other models they cost $50.00 more.
 
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Light blinks after 3 seconds? Does it stop or continue to blink?

Also, from the pics, I'm not liking the rear clickie design. Do you think it would be difficult to turn on if one were wearing gloves? TIA
 

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Light blinks after 3 seconds? Does it stop or continue to blink?

Also, from the pics, I'm not liking the rear clickie design. Do you think it would be difficult to turn on if one were wearing gloves? TIA

No it just quickly blinks. I have a couple of lights that will do that.

I just tried activating the rear switch with gloves no problems.
 

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The description Orbita say's "The XLamp XP-G (Q5) emitter made by CREE, Inc"

Check this CREE XP-G Q5

I don't know if it's a rebranded Ultrafire XG-V3. I don't have one to compare side by side.
 
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Now messing with the light I only get the quick single blink in medium mode only. It happens when you scroll through the light levels to medium and or turn it on in medium mode.
 

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Orbita Lighthouse SS @ 126"

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Orbita Lighthouse SS @ 35' (High mode)

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Orbita Lighthouse SS @ 35' (Medium mode)

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Orbita Lighthouse SS @ 35' (High mode)

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Orbita Lighthouse SS @ 35' (Medium mode)

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The description Orbita say's "The XLamp XP-G (Q5) emitter made by CREE, Inc"

Check this CREE XP-G Q5

I don't know if it's a rebranded Ultrafire XG-V3. I don't have one to compare side by side.

Yes, but that is again very warm white, unlike the cool tint of your light. There are no cool white XP-G Q5s which is what made me think.

Also, thanks for quoting my post. Disappointingly, it now seems to have been removed.

It looks like the same light in almost every respect, and I would be willing to bet that it's the same OEM with a few design changes, added accessories and price mark-up. The lantern base is certainly a new addition though.
 
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Also, thanks for quoting my post. Disappointingly, it now seems to have been removed.

I thought your removed post posed a valid question. Also, I think the fact that it was removed is a form of answer to your question, as the removal of this post will be. Who knows if these are the same two lights, but we're not allowed to ask? The manufacturer seemed friendly and knowledgeable, and I was hoping to see a good discussion. This was a light that really looked interesting. I guess a frank and honest discussion is only possible if you're talking about a company that's not a paid advertiser of this board. I'm disappointed too.
 

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Now messing with the light I only get the quick single blink in medium mode only. It happens when you scroll through the light levels to medium and or turn it on in medium mode.

According to the specifications here (with the assumption it's the same light): 'When in Hi mode, it'll flicker 2 seconds after clicking on the light, then click off immediately, do this again (off-on-off-on) and goes for F5 LED mode'

The other review linked previously explains it like this:

'1) Turn on in high mode -> Light flashes after 2s -> Quad click -> F5 (5mm) led mode (main led turns off, 5mm leds are on)
2) Turn on in F5 (5mm) led mode -> Light flashes after 2s -> Quad click -> Main led mode (F5 leds turn off, main led is on)
3) Turn on in low (Custom) mode -> Light flashes after 2s -> Quad click -> Ramping starts -> Turn off when desired level of light is reached -> Turning on memorizes this setting.'

Do you know if your version has the ramping feature from low mode?
 
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I don't see how it's even a bad thing if it's the same light with a whole bunch of value added, like a cool lantern base, wood handles and white LEDs around the ring. It was the lantern base that caught my eye. It seems a natural progression of the discussion to address the fact that it looks identical to lights by at least 2 different manufacturers. Why wouldn't we be allowed to ask that?
 

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What's the problem? Two nice quality batteries, 33% discount - what's not to like? :whistle:
 

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Just that a little but more honesty/transparency would've been nice.

That was my only issue as well and of course, pet peeve haha. The light itself looks interesting. If I remember, Orbita already said somewhere around here that they tried unsuccessfully to contact the original maker of the Gat light and went with another factory, presumably the only other known maker of this type of light. But I don't remember where they said exactly.


What I think would be cool would be the value added stuff flashaholics normally care about, like efficient circuitry and good tint, and maybe a forward switch. The luxury stuff is nice, too, though, but I'd rather see meat and potatoes. For example, put a Nichia 219 in the center. That would give it high end cred. right there.
 

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According to the specifications here (with the assumption it's the same light): 'When in Hi mode, it'll flicker 2 seconds after clicking on the light, then click off immediately, do this again (off-on-off-on) and goes for F5 LED mode'

'1) Turn on in high mode -> Light flashes after 2s -> Quad click -> F5 (5mm) led mode (main led turns off, 5mm leds are on)
2) Turn on in F5 (5mm) led mode -> Light flashes after 2s -> Quad click -> Main led mode (F5 leds turn off, main led is on)
3) Turn on in low (Custom) mode -> Light flashes after 2s -> Quad click -> Ramping starts -> Turn off when desired level of light is reached -> Turning on memorizes this setting.'

Do you know if your version has the ramping feature from low mode?

Now my light only flashes in medium mode. I tried changing different brand batteries but it still does the same thing.

I tried the quad click in medium mode because that's the only mode the light flashes in but it will change to the other levels. It does not do what the other light can do customize your UI.
 
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Yes, there is certainly value added. The changes seem to have been in general well thought out.

The switch from colour to white LEDs gives it a more classy rather than gimmicky appearance and is the main change in my opinion. The optional wooden handles also add a touch of class. The lantern base is a decent addition and the inclusion of batteries and charger (although not of high quality, but probably sourced via the same OEM; the non-orbita version has also been re-branded as the Uniquefire UF-F8) is useful too.

The switch in UI confuses me a little, and seems not to have been fully implemented; leaving the blink in at med mode despite removing the functionality of it. If they had put a Nichia 219 or XP-G2 in there to distinguish it a little, and hidden the blinky modes like most high quality brands instead of switching to an alternative 5 mode scroll-through interface then they could have possible justified the price increase.

As it is it just seems too steep for anyone in the know w/regards decent LED lights. Although it does look unique, and will probably sell to better off customers of the general public.
 

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Yes, there is certainly value added. The changes seem to have been in general well thought out.

The switch from colour to white LEDs gives it a more classy rather than gimmicky appearance and is the main change in my opinion. The optional wooden handles also add a touch of class. The lantern base is a decent addition and the inclusion of batteries and charger (although not of high quality, but probably sourced via the same OEM; the non-orbita version has also been re-branded as the Uniquefire UF-F8) is useful too.

The switch in UI confuses me a little, and seems not to have been fully implemented; leaving the blink in at med mode despite removing the functionality of it. If they had put a Nichia 219 or XP-G2 in there to distinguish it a little, and hidden the blinky modes like most high quality brands instead of switching to an alternative 5 mode scroll-through interface then they could have possible justified the price increase.

As it is it just seems too steep for anyone in the know w/regards decent LED lights. Although it does look unique, and will probably sell to better off customers of the general public.

Thank you for this. How hard would it be to swap those outer LED's with some 365nm UV LED's? Or close to that . . . seems like then it would be more useful. Unless their placement makes them not directional enough?
 
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I have one and just from the pictures it is identical. I swapped the colored leds for white Nichia's back when I ordered it from DX a couple of years ago. The stainless joints needed a little thread compound to make it stay tight. I use my light as a night light when at home and away. The battery compartment will hold a callies 3100mah protected cell. The UI is slightly different as mine is High/variable with memory/SOS/Strobe and then the eight outside LEDs all on or rotating two at a time.
The lantern base is cool...

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Added value to a Uniquefire? That's a cool idea, but the price seems high if that's what there doing
 

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At a $100 delivered with charger, battery, etc., I'm thinking it could be a pretty good value - just ordered one :)
 
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