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    Default How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    I want to get a general idea about the output, since I've searched this before, but don't recall anything that gave me a good idea of the amount of light. I've been putting off ordering Christmas gifts...had decided on the Tec40 (even bought two to check out), but am thinking that something with more of a flood would be better for the people I'm buying for.
    Something for changing a tire, searching the closet, rounding up the kids, and providing light when the power goes out, stuff like that. Plus, everybody that uses them for the first time seems to love LEDs.
    Kind of wanted to get the 3C 10 LED SL, but it costs $12 more. For that matter, I'd love to buy everybody an X5, but that adds up fast when you're buying over a dozen of them, and the money tree didn't have many leaves this year...
    Photon IIs went over great as small gifts last year, but everybody still has those.
    I want to order soon (like tomorrow), and suggested the X5 for comparison because I have one, but any input would be appreciated.
    Thanks (and Merry Christmas! [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] )

    If anybody know where there are a bunch of X5s on closeout, that might work, too, though most people go [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] when they price 123s.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    It blows the X5 away! Puts out way more light. More on par with a LS, just a slight dimmer.
    You`ll love it
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    I've received three from Brightguy to give as gifts and I'm very impressed. They do seem to put out more light than the Inova.

    I hate to say it, but in some ways I like the SL 4AA LED better than my LS based lights. Too bad none of them are for me.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Yeah, my SL4AA blows my X5T out of the water too! But, the X5T is more of a conversational piece, looks and feels more expensive. If your trying to impress, the X5T might be a better gift.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Something that impresses me about the SL4AA7LED (aside form its carefully maket-researched name) is the lifetime warranty. I have several C Crane/tek lights and 2 Eternalights both w/ lifetime warranties. With what my family puts them through they hold up well but I have had replacements of both. The next light I am likely to buy will be the SL4AA7LED (just rolls off the tongue).
    I have 3 CMG Infinities/Ultras haven't had to replace those, yet. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Wits' End

    You won't be disapointed. It is really bright and puts out alot of area light. Way more area light than my arc ls or my kl1! The 3c is also great. Has a belt clip and feels real solid for a plastic light. It puts a bit more light out than the 4aa. The 3c along with my 9p/kl3 are my camping lights. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    The 4AA is a perfect all around light. Doesn't have the bulk of the 3C. So, people who don't carry flashlights will take it with them due to the small size and really good light output.

    I gave one to my friend who is an outdoorsman-hunter. He goes in the field for four days( self employed and takes long weekends) at a time. He has used it for two months and has yet to replace the batteries. He also has a ARC LS first and compares it favorably to that expensive light.

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    Originally posted by Owen:
    Christmas gifts...for changing a tire, searching the closet, rounding up the kids, and providing light when the power goes out, stuff like that.
    I'd love to buy everybody an X5, but that adds up fast when you're buying over a dozen of them

    Photon IIs went over great as small gifts last year, but everybody still has those.
    ...most people go [img]images/icons/shocked.gif[/img] when they price 123s.
    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">How about the PT Attitude? $16 at TTS

    Compact, durable, cheap batteries (even NiMHs that the SL 7 LED can't do) this would be a great step up light from last Christmas' Photons.

    Or...how about a PT Rage? $9 at TTS

    Same body as the Attitude, compact, durable, AAAs and REALLY BRIGHT for a compact light. Highly respected by those posting on this forum. Makes a great light for a ladies purse 'cause of its size and super easy to carry in a pocket or ride in the glove box.

    "The best flashlight is the one that you'll actually have with you when you need it!"

    The Photons are great for that sort of thing, the Attitude or Rage is a nice step up but still easy to have with you. ...good luck and Merry Christmas!

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    Try this guy.

    Good prices, fast shipping on a great light.

    http://www.streamlightstore.com/

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Or...how about a PT Rage? $9 at TTS

    Geez! It's all I can do to not click "buy it now" when you provide a link like that!

    MUST CONTROL SELF! (No more ordering until after my Infinity Ultra arrives!)

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    And don't forget the PT Impact 2...... [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    ...the X5T is more of a conversational piece, looks and feels more expensive.
    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">And of course IS more expensive. [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img]

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Thanks guys. I had no idea it put out more light than a X5. That's great.
    I've got a PT Attitude sitting right here. My friends' 3 yr. old is getting it. I took it out, and tried it. It's ok, but it's no X5.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    I found some other gifts today that I'm going to get, but I ordered 6 black and 4 yellow SL 4AA 7LEDs from brightguy just now.
    One is for me
    Thanks for the comments!

    btw, they had 25 black, and 199 yellow in stock if anybody else is looking for them.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Does the SL4AA7LED use any resistors or something to protect the leds? Are the 4AA's run in parallel or serial? By the way, Wits' End, I believe it is pronounced eselfouraeaeseveneleedee. Maybe you could write a poem to go with it.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    I can't believe it has resistors. It's incredibly bright, at least with fresh batteries. It overdrives the LEDs so much that if you put it up to your ear you can hear the LEDs screaming and begging for mercy.

    I'm wrong again. I just looked at the flashlight. There appear to be a bunch of 12 Ohm resistors. No doubt one for each LED. The 4 batteries are in series.

    It draws 630 milliamps with fresh alkalines.
    That's 90 ma per LED.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    If there are no resistors, is it being driven at 6V or 3V?

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    StreamChucker,
    I was wrong, and edited the post.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    I just got my SL4AA7led last week from brightguy.
    This one has a resistor across the + & - terminals.it is located in the bottom of the lamp ass.I have heard that the earlier ones did not have it,but I am not sure about that.I am tempted to take it out,but I think I will wait and see what others have to say about that.Some have said that the tail switch is hard to activate,this one is very easy to activate with the thumb.Maybe SL has change this also.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Owen,
    I think you made a good choice. Anything that uses 123 batteries is not a good choice for a non-flashahalic. I was going to give some LX's last year & decided, for the most part, as soon as they went through the original batteries, that would be it. They'ld go to Walmart to get some more, see the price, & put the light in a drawer. TX

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    That was my concern, too. Personally, I've decided to get away from 123s, myself, except for my E2e/KL1. AAs and rechargeables pretty much have me covered, now.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Originally posted by Wits' End:
    Something that impresses me about the SL4AA7LED (aside form its carefully maket-researched name) is the lifetime warranty. I have several C Crane/tek lights and 2 Eternalights both w/ lifetime warranties. With what my family puts them through they hold up well but I have had replacements of both. The next light I am likely to buy will be the SL4AA7LED (just rolls off the tongue).
    I have 3 CMG Infinities/Ultras haven't had to replace those, yet. [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img]
    <font size="2" face="Verdana, Arial">Just curious - how'd you manage to kill a Tek? I have a Tek-7. I'm now wondering if there's something I should avoid doing to it!?

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    I just received my Inova X5T and I can say they are a definite improvement over the original version. I believe everyone who says the Streamlight polypro 7 LED is brighter but as a gift to someone who doesn't know the difference, the X5 blows it away in esthetics and coolness factor.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Albany Tom asked---Just curious - how'd you manage to kill a Tek? I have a Tek-7. I'm now wondering if there's something I should avoid doing to it!?---
    Don't let 4 of them be used by 8 or more children doing chores on a non-electric farmstead [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] .
    Actually C Crane asked how we were using them as they have had very few returns and I think we have had about 6. As I read the email I was stunned...We use them as flashlights but alot more than most people. So my guess is most people will not break them in "normal" use.--One light had been used mostly with the 'mouth' hold. It wore through and was quite ugly inside.--
    I think we will be switching over to CMG Ultras for our chore lights, won't drop, easy on batteries, bullet proof. But a brighter light is needed now and then, thus the eselfouraeaeseveneleedee (yes much more tripping on the tongue).
    Hope that helps Albany Tom, Just don't do anything a group of farm children would do [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img] .

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Wits' End,
    I also have some Tek-7 lights, and am interested in how yours died. By the way C.Crane has replaced the Tek-7 with an improved version, the Tek-6 with electronic power supply. I'm guessing the clear plastic head broke, but I'm probably wrong. I wonder if the SL 3 C cell light at half the price would be more rugged.

    I also have the CMG infinity ultra and am working on methods to kill it. One scheme involves an Abrams tank. The other requires an army A-10 with the one inch canon that fires rounds of spent uranium fuel.

    And you guys with the SL4AA7LED must have bought the abbreviated name version. I'm sure mine also has propolymer in there too.

    Edited-- Okay Wit's End, I see your post. You beat me by three minutes. If you are holding a Tek-7 in your mouth, you must have good teeth. Ever consider a headlamp, or a nite-ize headband?

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Ok, now I understand. I used to work with a farmer turned computer geek.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    I am giving a SL4AA7LED and a UKE 4AA Xenon to my brother-in-law, plus one of the 1-D Xenon strobes.

    My 8- and 9-year old boys are getting (each) and Arc AAA LE and a SL Septor headlamp.

    I have a run-time chart for the SL4AA7LED on my Web page...see link in sig.

    Cheers,

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Just received 4 SL Clipmates and a SL 7LED to give as X-mas presents.

    To my surprise the Clipmate on fresh AAAs gives my X5`s a very close run for the money. The X5 is just whiter, but not really any more light than the clipmate.

    Eric

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    I'm not sure which light is the Tek-7 but we have the 3AA 2 LED version. Actually we started w/ the 3AA 3LED version but they changed to the 2LED version about 1.5 years after we got ours. When they got replaced that is what we got.

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    Default Re: How does SL 4AA 7LED output compare to X5?

    Wit's End,
    Sorry for my confusion. I wonder how many posts I need to make before I get one right. I also have a C.Crane (tektite) 2 LED with 3 AA cells. Someone here mentioned his had holes for two more Nichias, and so he put two more in. Mine also had the holes, I put them in, and I now have a 4 LED. And I like it much better. Like all the AA lights, it fits perfectly in the Nite-Ize headband.

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