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    Default Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!



    This light is currently on sale on Ebay from a reputable seller for a bargain-sounding $34 shipped! (Search for SF6-R2)

    Features:

    • Utilizes a Cree R2 7090 XR-E LEDwith a life of 50,000 hours
    • Digitally Regulated for Constant Brightness
    • Uses 2 x CR123A 3.7 Battery (NOT included)
    • 13cm (L) x 3.2cm (D)
    • Made of aircraft grade aluminum
    • 98-gram weight (excluding batteries)
    • Toughened ultra clear glass lens with AR coating
    • Press the end switch to on/off the flashlight
    • Capable of standing up securely on a flat surface to serve as a candle
    Looks to be about the size of the Romisen RC-F4 but with slightly bigger head and should be much brighter.
    For what it's worth, it looks really good so my friend bought one and hence I should review it soon. =)

    They have a Q5 version which is $5 cheaper. I doubt it'll be much dimmer also. Sounds like a bargain to me.
    Selfbuilt reviewed the Solarforce T7 and the output and regulation were excellent. So I can't wait to try this one!

    Is there anyone who already have this light and would like to comment??

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Several people have already commented on the drop-in used in this light. Search "Solarforce"

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Yeah. I found some drop in posts. But didn't see the actual flashlight in whole. =)
    BTW, drop-in alone isn't that much cheaper than the actual flashlight with it.

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    I would like to see a 2 AA version

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    Wow, sounds and looks great.

    Can't wait for a review.

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Yup, the Solarforce L2 is one of my favorite cheap flashlights. As far as I'm concerned, it's the best Surefire 6P clone on the market. I've got a couple and I can say the build quality is surprisingly better than expected when you consider the quality level of most inexpensive China made flashlights. The type II anodization on them very much reminds me of the finish you get with a black Maglite. I've swapped and interchanged parts with my other Surefire flashlights and it all fits perfectly. For those looking to get into the modular fun of the Surefire Classic series on the cheap, the Solarforce L2 is an excellent choice. Recently, people have been jumping on the Cabela's XPG flashlight and knife combo $20 deal too. I've got one of those myself, but I still like the Solarforce L2 better.

    As for the pricing on the full R2 flashlight, it is a better deal to get this than just the dropin R2 dropin module. I got one of the dropins for $22 shipped and now the same dealer is selling the full flashlight with R2 module for $30 shipped.

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    I've got the 5 mode drop in R2 and its good (if rather warm in my G2).
    It looks like an easy mod to change the emitter too in 6 months...
    We call them torches here in England...

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    This looks like a good light, at least for the ability to drop-in a new LED module in the future and that it comes with an R2 LED..

    Let us know your first impressions when you get it!

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Quote Originally Posted by jezzyp View Post
    I've got the 5 mode drop in R2 and its good (if rather warm in my G2)...
    ooooh
    Would you happen to have a link to vendor that sells that?

    I looked through the list on "p60 sized led drop-in's" thread.. but didn't see an R2 5-mode.

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Quote Originally Posted by ace0001a View Post
    Yup, the Solarforce L2 is one of my favorite cheap flashlights. As far as I'm concerned, it's the best Surefire 6P clone on the market. I've got a couple and I can say the build quality is surprisingly better than expected when you consider the quality level of most inexpensive China made flashlights. The type II anodization on them very much reminds me of the finish you get with a black Maglite. I've swapped and interchanged parts with my other Surefire flashlights and it all fits perfectly. For those looking to get into the modular fun of the Surefire Classic series on the cheap, the Solarforce L2 is an excellent choice. Recently, people have been jumping on the Cabela's XPG flashlight and knife combo $20 deal too. I've got one of those myself, but I still like the Solarforce L2 better.

    As for the pricing on the full R2 flashlight, it is a better deal to get this than just the dropin R2 dropin module. I got one of the dropins for $22 shipped and now the same dealer is selling the full flashlight with R2 module for $30 shipped.
    Hello, ace0001a,
    Where can I find the dealer sells this R2 light at 30$ shipped?
    Can you give me (at least hint of) that?
    Thanks much!!

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    I just recently ordered one of these myself. Ordered the Desert Tan version of the L2 with the CREE R2 and single mode clicky. Costed me $38.99 shipped. Comes with a set of Panasonic Lithiums and a Sheath. I look forward to trying it out.

    There are a ton of these on Ebay!

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    how come it says, in the OP, that it can tailstand but in the ebay listings i see a SF style clickie on the back?

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Ebay seller silver931 had a full Cree R2 Solarforce R2 for $30, but it doesn't look like he's selling anything on Ebay right now. I think it may have to do with the Ebay commision price increase. Ebay seller itc_shop is selling it for $34, which is still a good price:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/Solarforce-295-L...QQcmdZViewItem

    As for the post that started this thread where the copied ebay information says that it can tailstand is completely inaccurate. This flashlight does not tailstand and as I've said before that much of the product information you'll see on an ebay description page will have a high chance of error. It's because most of the time, the people who do ebay descriptions have no idea what they're typing and are most likely copying it from a mix mash of resources.

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    I would love to get this in grey/silver finish..

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Quote Originally Posted by tony22r View Post
    ooooh
    Would you happen to have a link to vendor that sells that?

    I looked through the list on "p60 sized led drop-in's" thread.. but didn't see an R2 5-mode.
    Got mine from "Scopeandlaser", direct from the website but they list on fleabay as well sometimes.

    Doing a run test at the moment and on mid (my g2 is not even warm) I'm at 2.15 hours with Aw 700ma cells - Comparing to my fenix I estimate about 90 lumens. Proper white as well.
    We call them torches here in England...

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Quote Originally Posted by tony22r View Post
    ooooh
    Would you happen to have a link to vendor that sells that?

    I looked through the list on "p60 sized led drop-in's" thread.. but didn't see an R2 5-mode.
    Ya I havent been quite sure how to list the Ebay products as the Ebay market place is ever changing and quite large.

    As for the Solarforce lights I like the two I own. A tan one with the stainless steel and a black one. My only complaint would be the finish on the black one is a little too smooth and makes it a tad too slippery at times. But thats only a minor gripe. I don't have the R2 drop-in (bought mine right before those came out ) so I cant say anything about it.

    Over all the Solarforce bodies get a from me if your looking for a cheaper 6p clone.

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Quote Originally Posted by Fizz753 View Post
    Ya I havent been quite sure how to list the Ebay products as the Ebay market place is ever changing and quite large.
    Well as a seller, I simply try my best to make sure my listing information is as accurate as possible.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fizz753 View Post
    As for the Solarforce lights I like the two I own. A tan one with the stainless steel and a black one. My only complaint would be the finish on the black one is a little too smooth and makes it a tad too slippery at times. But thats only a minor gripe. I don't have the R2 drop-in (bought mine right before those came out ) so I cant say anything about it.
    Don't have to tan colored one myself...thought about getting it but never did. I can agree that the glossy black finish can be a bit slippery...but I love the fact that it reminds me of a black Maglite's finish.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fizz753 View Post
    Over all the Solarforce bodies get a from me if your looking for a cheaper 6p clone.
    And that's the kicker I think is that the Solarforce is SO cheap considering the fairly good build quality AND its parts compatibility with Surefire Classic format flashlights. The only problem there is that you get in cheap with the base flashlight, but the addon/mod/upgrade parts can get very expensive. I'm really surprised more people don't talk about this flashlight sometimes...but then again, Surefire 6Ps have been around a LONG time as I'm sure any and all clones will also have been around for a fair amount of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jezzyp View Post
    Comparing to my fenix I estimate about 90 lumens. Proper white as well.
    90 Lumens? What happened to the other 200? I know that it probably wont come close to the rated 290 lumens, but I was at least expecting 150 lumens from this light..


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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Quote Originally Posted by Hypnosis4U2NV View Post
    90 Lumens? What happened to the other 200? I know that it probably wont come close to the rated 290 lumens, but I was at least expecting 150 lumens from this light..

    That run test was on medium - It went for 2.5 hours on AW rechargeables. I have a low mid high drop in.

    Tonight I will run test on high - or fry it whichever comes first.

    On high this drop in out performs the Digilight 9V 160 lumen that was in my G2 so I would guess that it is over 200 lumens out the front.
    We call them torches here in England...

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Does this accept a 18650 ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by glenda17 View Post
    Does this accept a 18650 ?
    I would like to know also..

    @JezzyP;

    Let us know how it performs.. Im really close to buying this just for the drop in and throwing it in this TrustFire T1 .. Now thats !

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2xTap View Post
    I just recently ordered one of these myself. Ordered the Desert Tan version of the L2 with the CREE R2 and single mode clicky. Costed me $38.99 shipped. Comes with a set of Panasonic Lithiums and a Sheath. I look forward to trying it out.

    There are a ton of these on Ebay!

    2xTap
    These Panasonic cells ???

    Is the word Electric on them mispelt as Elestric ???

    If it is they are fakes and maybe dangerous.

    As this one was, as Panasonic told me.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...f/P1010033.jpg

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    I hope this can take 18650!!!! That would make it awesome... even better than the SF 6p!

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    I have a tan-golden- version of this light received a few days ago. But it has a CREE Q5 installed. Not bad at all, but IT CAN'T TAKE 18650, I guess the 17670 are OK.
    White tint, pretty good throw, useful sidespill. It can be used to illuminate objects up to 100-120 m in my opinion.
    To do some comparisons, it can throw better than TIROS T3 but it;s far from TIABLO. I guess it competes in the same class with LUMA M1, WE FOX or DEREELIGHT CLH ...but I am supposing that the output is inferior to those lights but not too far away. Unfortunately I do not have these lights to make a comparison.
    In my opinion it's worthing the money 30-40$, it seems to be pretty reliable plus you can add a XENON drop in too

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    Au Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Anyone have Beamshot pictures so we all can see the difference is it worth modding my lights to R2 now when i just finished my Q5 modding.
    Last edited by lukevsdarth; 02-25-2008 at 10:09 PM.
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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Quote Originally Posted by fluke View Post
    These Panasonic cells ???

    Is the word Electric on them mispelt as Elestric ???

    If it is they are fakes and maybe dangerous.

    As this one was, as Panasonic told me.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...f/P1010033.jpg
    fluke,

    Don't know as it hasn't arrived yet. The pic from the seller doesn't show them up close enough to tell.......I'll find out when it arrives. Good to know there are cheapo fakes out there.

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Quote Originally Posted by fluke View Post
    These Panasonic cells ???

    Is the word Electric on them mispelt as Elestric ???

    If it is they are fakes and maybe dangerous.

    As this one was, as Panasonic told me.
    http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...f/P1010033.jpg
    Hmm looks like the ones I got when I bought my two lights are fakes then. But they were also pretty much dead so I just tossed them in with the others in the dead to recycle batt pile. Runing a 17670 in one light and a BOG Q5 with 2 AW R123's in the other.
    Last edited by Fizz753; 02-26-2008 at 12:25 AM.

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    I have a couple of Solarforce R2 drop-ins on the way for a C2 and E2 with an E to C adapter. I hope they get here tomorrow!

    That is a heck of a price for that flashlight!
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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Ok, what are you guys talking about? The drop in or, the Solarforce flashlight?

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    Default Re: New Cree R2 light - Solarforce SF6-R2 - Looks good!

    Quote Originally Posted by vetkaw63 View Post
    Ok, what are you guys talking about? The drop in or, the Solarforce flashlight?
    A little bit of both. Most are talking about the drop in / flashlight combo since its pretty cheap just to buy both at the same time. I was talking just about the flashlights themselves since I bought my pair before the R2 drop in came out. It was just in case anyone was interested about the quality of the flashlights.

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