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    Christo Pull Hair Review: LED Lenser T5E 1AA zoom light (also: how not to make a tailcap)

    I know I should know better but I can't resist a bargain:


    I've had good luck with a couple of LED Lensers, so I thought this would be fun to try. At least the price is right.



    Looks like it could be a fun light!



    Some kind of LED:

    This is where things go south. This is a tailcap? It's a staple that's bent around a plastic plug. The current is meant to pass thru the steel staple and connect with the body of the light:

    What is harder, steel or aluminum? Steel, of course!



    I was able to shave away this groove after trying to get the light to work for a few minutes. It doesn't work as intended. Since the metal staple doesn't make a good connection the light doesn't stay on.

    What happened to spring loaded tailcaps??? The instructions that are included show a diagram of the light with a spring loaded tailcap. All of my other LED Lensers have spring loaded tailcaps.

    This flashlight rates a zero in my toolkit.

    DO NOT BUY THIS FLASHLIGHT.

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    Default Re: Review: LED Lenser T5E 1AA zoom light (also: how not to make a tailcap)

    FYI: It's not a staple in the tailcap. If it was, the tailcap switch wouldn't work... instead you'd get connection the moment you screwed in the tailcap. It may look like a staple, but it's actually just the contacts for the switch.

    The inside of the tailcap on my LED Lenser P3 AFSP looks the same and works fine. A spring isn't needed in the tail because there's one in the head (at least on my P3AFSP).

    I think a bigger problem with that T5E is the LED in the head. It looks like it might be a 5mm LED, and definitely doesn't appear to be CREE. Also, if it's built like my P3AFSP it is quite possible that this light has a plastic pill, which probably renders it almost useless for modding. 25 lumen output also seems extremely low by today's standards.
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    Default Re: Review: LED Lenser T5E 1AA zoom light (also: how not to make a tailcap)

    For that price i would buy 2. I like the design.
    If you don't like it, give it to me

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    Default Re: Review: LED Lenser T5E 1AA zoom light (also: how not to make a tailcap)

    I had low expectations of this light for even for $9.99. This tailcap system DOES NOT WORK. The light goes on, but as soon as you move the tailcap any way, the light goes off.

    I would give it to Bruno, but too expensive to ship to Australia.

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    Default Re: Review: LED Lenser T5E 1AA zoom light (also: how not to make a tailcap)

    Find out shopping. And I'll pay
    Choose like the cheapest. Not parcel, but padded envelopes.

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    Default Re: Review: LED Lenser T5E 1AA zoom light (also: how not to make a tailcap)

    Quote Originally Posted by greenlight View Post
    I had low expectations of this light for even for $9.99. This tailcap system DOES NOT WORK. The light goes on, but as soon as you move the tailcap any way, the light goes off.

    I would give it to Bruno, but too expensive to ship to Australia.
    Hm.. might be a manufacturing defect. The underside of my P3AFSP's switch looks identical, but on the outside it has a rubber switchboot. I've had no problems with the switch. Works perfectly.

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    Default Re: Review: LED Lenser T5E 1AA zoom light (also: how not to make a tailcap)

    Hm.. the switch in my P3AFSP appears to be the same. At least on the inside. I've had no problems. It works perfectly, though it does have a rubber switchboot.

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