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    Default Emisar D18vn - Best SubCompact Popcan R

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    Last edited by vinhnguyen54; 04-26-2019 at 01:32 AM.
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    If you cant afford a X80GTvn this is the next best thing. D18vn is still the best for the size and a steal for the build quality and performance.
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    How does it compare to the M43 in terms of build in your opinion? I know you were nuts for that light and with good reason. Did Hank strike again?

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    People have described it as being equal to other Emisars and the M43 in terms of build quality and design. The driver is technically 'inferior' to the buck driver in the M43, is it's a more simple and cheaper fet+linear chips (same design as used in the other Emisars and Fireflies lights). I actually don't mind fet+linear driver designs as long as there's enough linear regulators to provide linear regulation up to a decent output. I believe the highest regulated output in the D18 is around 2000 lumens, which is more than adequate.

    It's too bad there isn't enough room for aux LEDs on the head of this light.

    Btw, the UI it uses is Anduril, not Narsil.

    Vinh, how does this throw compared to the likes of E07, M43, or ROT66 when they're at the same output? Like 1000 lumens? Trying to get a feel for how floody or throwy the optics of the D18 are.
    Last edited by twistedraven; 04-23-2019 at 08:45 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dotCPF View Post
    How does it compare to the M43 in terms of build in your opinion? I know you were nuts for that light and with good reason. Did Hank strike again?
    Its basically an M43 in terms of build quality. This light is definitely a Noctigon more than an Emmisar. If anything I think its one step up in terms of design compared to the Noctigon which is an excellent light already.
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    Are these stock form, or did you do some vn touches?
    Is turbo in the top of ramp and can turbo be memorized?

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    Quote Originally Posted by twistedraven View Post
    People have described it as being equal to other Emisars and the M43 in terms of build quality and design. I think Noctigon M43 & D18 is a step up from any Emmisar in terms of quality. Emmisar doesnt have solid copper tail cap boards. Emmiser black anodizing is inconsistent. Smooth and glossy on the D1 but matte on the D1S. Aside from the D4 Titanium all others has thin aluminum bezel. D18 has thick SS bezel while Noctigon has thick aluminum bezel. Emmisars has black Orings while M43 and D18 has red. Red (usually nitrile) is typically improved over black at least in most Chinese lights. D18 and M43 has real grippy knurling. D18 button is recessed into the body preventing accidental activation like the new Zebras. M43 and D18 had a clear amount of heft for their compact size VS the Emisars. Don't get me wrong. D1vn and D4vn are good lights in both build and performance. D4Svn is a great light in build but excellent in performance. M43vn is Excellent in build and great in performance. D18vn is excellent in both build and performance. Of course this is just my personal opinion.

    The driver is technically 'inferior' to the buck driver in the M43, is it's a more simple and cheaper fet+linear chips (same design as used in the other Emisars and Fireflies lights). I actually don't mind fet+linear driver designs as long as there's enough linear regulators to provide linear regulation up to a decent output. I believe the highest regulated output in the D18 is around 2000 lumens, which is more than adequate. The M43 Buck was a great driver but it didnt deliver the Max performance of the Linear VNX2 driver. Pros and cons with both drivers of course. I am glad D18 has the FET+Linear However I hope the thermal management isn't too aggressive and if it is we are still in control of its settings. I still have not gotten time to explore all of the UI and perhaps make a video.

    It's too bad there isn't enough room for aux LEDs on the head of this light. For me personally I am so glad there is no AUX. I dont enjoy them much.

    Btw, the UI it uses is Anduril, not Narsil.

    Vinh, how does this throw compared to the likes of E07, M43, or ROT66 when they're at the same output? Hot spot is so large and not super defined so it doesnt look impressive despite the 80Kcd throw. I remember M43vn hit about 115-120kcd with XPG2 PDT. I still have got to tried XPG2 PDT & W2 to see if it works in this light. However both these LED options will totally ruin the crazy value aspect of this light....

    Like 1000 lumens? I will answer you when I get some real throw options in this light.

    Trying to get a feel for how floody or throwy the optics of the D18 are. 80Kcd is good throw. Its just not great by today's standard when we have D4Svn at a smaller size pushing 4600L and 100Kcd.
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    Quote Originally Posted by b8llzblue View Post
    Are these stock form, or did you do some vn touches?
    Is turbo in the top of ramp and can turbo be memorized?
    Cant put vn on a light and offer Sky Lumen Warranty without adding my touches ;-)
    Turbo is top of Ramp I think so yeah it can be memorized.
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    Is it possible to do a clear glass instead of the black out glass that only exposes the led optics?
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailhunter View Post
    Is it possible to do a clear glass instead of the black out glass that only exposes the led optics?
    Yes
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinhnguyen54 View Post
    Yes
    Just put that in the notes? I think I may like that look better than the blackout so it exposes that nice red PCB in the back. Guessing you use glass that can take the heat?
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    Vinh, ordered it bro. Clear lens plz
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailhunter View Post
    Just put that in the notes? I think I may like that look better than the blackout so it exposes that nice red PCB in the back. Guessing you use glass that can take the heat?
    Just add it in the note. It will pretty much lock like pics shown previously.
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    1 last sand left before restock :-)
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    An interesting mod might be to give the D18 a lighted switch.

    The driver already has the contact pads for it. And Anduril has programming for aux LEDs built-in to it. All that should be necessary is getting the tiny LED and resistor below the switch boot.

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    How do think the white 1 or 2 would be in this vinh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jose Marin View Post
    How do think the white 1 or 2 would be in this vinh?
    It would probably be a nightmare to build. Might not be worth it given the size of the optics, but the thought did occur to me as well.......

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    I just ran out of White 2 LEDs but yes I am going to give it a shot. XPG2 PDT is also an option I will try.
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    The heat-treated bezel looks gorgeous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinhnguyen54 View Post
    Is that a clear glass?
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    I should have gone with the sand. Vinh, is it too late to modify mine to sand?
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailhunter View Post
    I should have gone with the sand. Vinh, is it too late to modify mine to sand?
    All D18vn shipped. I do have 1 sand left
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    What is Pros and Cons when compare D18vn to MT18vn ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinhnguyen54 View Post
    All D18vn shipped. I do have 1 sand left
    Dang that sand you posted is the exact vision of what I had in mind. For some reason I ended up going with the black with polished ahc and clear. That sand ahc and clear is wild.
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    Vinh did you ever measure the output on the stock SST-20 emitters? Seems like the SST-20 emitters output higher but the XP-L HI has better tint

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    What happened to the good ol days of posting beamshots?

    Thats what always sold me on these lights 😏
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    ^ Ditto!👌

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    Quote Originally Posted by djans1397 View Post
    What happened to the good ol days of posting beamshots?

    Thats what always sold me on these lights 😏
    +1 Yes! Beamshots equally or more important to output measurements/specs hehe.

    Eagerly waiting for a popcan that is significantly more impressive + smaller than my MT18vn nichia.

    I canít tell if this is the one without a side by side comparison.

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    D18vn output is almost as good as mt18vn, about 2000 lumen difference for the both xpl version.. mt18vn is a bigger light so it will handle heat better, and hot spot is alot bigger, and wider..

    one guy able to warm his d18 temp to 167 fahrenheit.. thats pretty good for the d18.. i wouldnt running that hot in my light..

    d18vn or d18 is pretty impressive light. You will be suprise how small this light when you get in your hands..

    sst20 6500k is pushing 14000 lumen.
    xpl hi 5000 or 6000k pushing high 13000
    xp hi 4000k pushing 12,400 lumen
    sst20 4000k is pushing 10500 lumen

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