Review: NiteCore EX10

BabyDoc

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I still believe in capitalism, and I have money to spend on the perfect UI light for me. I also rather have several lights with differing UI's for differing purposes, instead of one light that tries to miserably do it all.

I don't know how many lights exist, but I hope that there will be someone out there that develops the perfect light for me :)

Check out the LF3XT which looks like an EX10 in some ways, size, cr123 cell and costs about the same, $62. It has, as a default, a very simple interface (Compact User Interface) that has a rampable user mode but retains its setting and requires only one press to ramp no matter where it is; instant shortcuts to high and low. If this isn't enough for you, with a combination of 5 clicks and a press hold, you can then change the entire interface into a 5 level programmable light with all sorts of programmable options including multiple types of strobe outputs, SOS, exactly settable ouptuts (ie set percent of total output), battery condition readout under load, low battery protection options, memory retention or not of last used level, select how many levels you want from 1 to 5, etc. With a bit of patience with the instructions, you can turn this light into the light you want, or you can just accept the default easy interface which is a lot like the EX10 minus some of its quirks with regards to memory retention and ramping.
Although it uses a Q5 cree, it some how manages to have a smooth hot spot/fill transistion without all the ring artifacts of the EX10. It is sort of a hybrid of an EX10 and a Novatac p120. Make it as simple or as complex as you want.
 
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I am also finding the UI on the EX-10 to be a nuisance at times.The light works great if you use the same level all the time but switching modes doesn't always work smoothly.If this light had the UI of a Photon Freedom it would be fantastic.
The size and build quality are excellent and I like the metal button of the piston as opposed to a traditional rubber boot/switch.Tint and beam quality of my example(EX-10 GD)are good but not outstanding.I would prefer a warmer tint but there isn't much to choose from in single cell lights anyway.
Great light with a somewhat annoying UI that will compete with my P2D as my EDC.One more thing on this light,if you want simple on/off it works flawlessly.The issues only occur when switching from one level to the next.
 

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I agree totally Snaky!! I also believe in capitalism though we will soon see the end of that with four years of "change" ie. socialism coming our way. So dont worry in just a few short months there will be a one light fits all policy and we wont have to worry about it anymore.:(
 

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Good review. At one point, I was centimeters away from pushing the buy button on one of these. Glad I went a different route.

I'll second babydoc's recommendation of the LF3XT. It's UI sounds like the fix for the problems you are having with the EX10. In CUI, it starts in a user defined mode with shortcuts to low and high while retaining your last set user defined mode. In FUI, you can have many many more options.

A potential gripe you may have vs. the EX10 is some find the switch on the LF3XT to not have enough tactile feel to it. I've never had a nitecore so it doesn't bother me. I did pop open the tail and clean the button oring and lightly stretch some springs to increase the tactile feel of the switch.
 
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You do realize that you're reading a very old review right?

After nearly a year's use of the D10, I can say it is the damn perfect light for me. And anyone else I introduce the light to.
 

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I didn't realize that it was an old review.
I just got my EX10 R2 yesterday.

It's a little tricky getting used to all the settings. But I'm
working on it.
The only thing I find questionable is the amount of
pressure I have to use on the switch. It seems very stiff.
Is that normal?

Thanks for the info.


Thanks for your help.
 

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Take off the piston, clean the original lube, apply new lube and the switch will feel better. Don't overdo the lube, just the right amount is necessary.
 

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I agree totally Snaky!! I also believe in capitalism though we will soon see the end of that with four years of "change" ie. socialism coming our way. So dont worry in just a few short months there will be a one light fits all policy and we wont have to worry about it anymore.:(
It seems that Chrysler, GM, and a lot of big banks believe totally in socialism now---at least for big business. :) I'm glad 4Sevens still believes in capitalism, though! I feel good supporting hard-working small businesses.
 

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What is brighter, the EX10 of the D10? Can't decide which to get. thanks

The EX10 should be brighter. The EX10 and D10 both output 130 lumens with fresh batteries, but since the EX10 on CR123 has a longer runtime, the light will remain brighter for longer.

Or to put your question another way: Which light is the brightest for the longest period of time? That would be the EX10 on CR123 batteries.
 
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