Romisen RC-G2 Questions

webley445

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Ok, I got a few coworkers that may be interested in this light.
First, they are not flashlight people like us so main concern to them is price.
Lets not go into the quality, try to convince them otherwise train of thought, been there done that.

But they are impressed with my Q5 Fenix lights and would like something similar. They also want common batts (AA, AAA).

While surfing around CPF I saw threads about the RC-G2 and looked at the DX site and showed it to them.
They would be interested in it, but are wondering how bright it is.
Could someone tell me about how it compares to the levels of my Fenix P2D Q5, i.e. close to low, med, high?

They are not willing to budge from the $10-15 range. Would appreciate any other suggestions for the battery preference and price they have set.
 

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The P2 version would be similar brightness to the medium level of the P2D Q5 (or even less) but with better throw.

The switches often fail over time as they can not handle 1.5 amps. They also are not suitable on alkalines.

They are a nice light when modded but in stock form they could be much better.

To be honest the RC-N3 is much better and can run well on (x2) AA alkalines. It is a bit more expensive but it does much better. Also the RC-I3 seems to be quite good too however I do not have one personally, see Bessiebennie's great budget lights thread here for more. https://www.candlepowerforums.com/threads/199062
 
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I think the RC-G2 is a very good AA flashlight.
In that price range ($11) it must be one of the best (probably the best).
If they are used to the AA Maglite, they will be impressed.
 

webley445

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Anyone else have issues with the switch? Thanks for the other suggestion, will look into them, might be one or two in the bunch that may spring a little more for a better light.

I saw the comparison thread but didn't answer all my questions. Are there replacement switches to be had? From DX?
I would hate for them to get something that poops out after awhile, could turn them away from being converts.
 
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The RC-G2 is a great AA size light,
build quality is high, & has one of the deepest reflectors in its class.
Plus a forward switch

Get them to budge a bit on price and get a Q5:

http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/the-20/Romisen-RC-dsh-G2/Detail

Use the CPFuser coupon code.

I'll second that. Check out Shiningbeam's site before you order from DX.
I don't have any complaints about DX. I've ordered several times without problems. But they are reallllllllyyyyyyy slow shipping to me in Texas. My orders take 4 to 6 weeks to get here.
Shiningbeam is super fast and you get a better LED in the light. Also, take a look at the Light Accessories area at Shiningbeam. They do have some replacement tailcap switches.
 

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Personally I would not recommend RC-G2 if they are going to use it for walking in the dark or other close range usage.. the reflector is too focused for that.
It is good for looking little further away tho..
 

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I've got both the RC-N3 Q5 and the RC-G2 Q5. Beam patterns are nearly identical. Ditto for brightness and throw with fresh AA batteries. Tint is nicer on my N3 for some reason (maybe the luck of the draw). Both are very good quality lights for the price.
- As a hand-carry, household drawer, or car glove box light; I'd recommend the RC-N3. It's very nicely balanced and has reasonable run times.

- For a purse carry, office desk drawer light, or backpacking; I'd recommend the RC-G2.
Overall, I'd give the nod to the RC-N3.
 

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I've got an RC-G2 with the Q5. It may be a little throwy and the bigger head might make them less happy with. The RC-H3 is floodier. I had one and loved it. Useful little light but it's rough on alkalines even though it's moderately driven. I think I got about half the run time on alkaline versus rechargeable the one time I used one.

A 2AA light like the N3 should run better on alkalines since less boost is needed. If you have a Walmart nearby, there might still be a few Rayovac Sportsman Extremes 2AA around on clearance.
 

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I agree with Tony. I would also suggest the RC-I3. It is very versatile in terms of battery configuration, and it's only $0.82 more than the price range you specified (on DX). It is similar to the RC-N3, except the smaller head gives more flood and less throw and makes it an easier EDC light.

To me, the RC-G2 is outdated in its stock form (CREE P2?), but is a favorite for modders.

Black
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7503

Gray
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.7502
 

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I have the original and also the Q5 version.....the version that Bryan sells with the updated emitter is so much better then the P2 stocker. Bigger spot and more side spill then the original and as for the switch i have not had any problems with the stock and the Q5 version as of yet......And if you would like another good light i would also check out the RC-N3 that Bryan sells with the Q5. It takes 2AA's or one cr123.
 

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I actually just ordered 2 RCN3 Q5's from Shinning Beam this morning since I lost my other one at work. If you order from SB make sure to use the "CPFuser" discount for 6% off your order.
 

webley445

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I certainly appreciate all the info. I will pass it all on.

Like I said there is probably 1 or 2 guys that will take the reccomendations under consideration.

But the majority will probably opt for the long shipping wait and G2 option to save a couple of bucks. I think any of the options will fulfill the needs of what they will be used for.
And even with an hour's runtime, a batt will last them several weeks at least of use.
Their main interests is brighter light in a more compact package.
We're talking uninitiated light consumers who look at Mags as the standard to fall back on for a work light (yep still some of them around).
 

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I keep one at home and sees use every now and then. Is a good thrower with good amount of light.

I have read here with the switches being the weak point on these.
 

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Hi, I know this thread is old, but I'd like to add to it so anyone who's still interested in buying this flashlight has newer feedback. I bought a Romisen RC-G2 (SKU-3609) almost two years ago. Although the build quality looked very good, after the first fall in the floor it stoped working. I tried to check what was wrong, but as the LED and driver are integrated in a single piece I didn't try to fix it. I checked with a multimeter that the click-switch was working properly. It has been laying in a drawer since then, but I just put a battery in it and it is working again. I suppose there is a bad contact somewhere in the LED module . Basically, what I would like to say is, although these cheap LED flashlights are impressive (especially when compared to normal Maglites), their reliability is really questionable. I have owned a bunch of other LED flashlights from dx, all of them really bright, but I would never rely solely on any of them for anything serious, like exploring a cave or doing a night hike. My suggestion is to always carry a renowned brand flashlight as spare.

HTH,

Zorzi
 
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