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#278129 - 12/22/15 03:05 AM Re: SOLARAY PRO ZX-1 [Re: Doug_Ritter]
Jeanette_Isabelle Offline
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Originally Posted By: Doug_Ritter
Surefire Titan & Titan Plus Review: http://www.equipped.org/blog/?p=664

I told Mom about those flashlights; she wants a bright light with some distance.

Jeanette Isabelle
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#278137 - 12/22/15 01:27 PM Re: SOLARAY PRO ZX-1 [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
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Registered: 07/11/10
Posts: 1471
Loc: New Port Richey, Fla
JI... a size reference for your Mom... I happen to like Solar Force, YMMV... my hurricane LED is a Fenix E21 (no longer produced) with AA Eneloops

top... M3 head (XM L2)with deep smooth reflector on a L2N body and body tube extension for 3 x 123 cells... this is a flame thrower... will light up the alleyway for the entire block...3 modes

center... P60 size, currently with XP-G single mode low voltage light module for 18650... the module has smooth reflector and low voltage cut off circuit... this is my first venture into 18650s, and I will purchase protected cells next time... really throws a tight beam due to the smooth reflector... the XM L2 module it replaced had more flood...this is my current favorite... the L2M (modular) host comes apart, and the low voltage module can be used as a weapons or short pocket light with a single 123... with the regular voltage XP-G module, with 2 x 123

bottom.. Z2 (Fenix E12 size)... my current pocket EDC light in addition to a Fenix E05 on my key ring...it runs on Eneloop AAs and has 3 modes, high comes on first ... the E12 low comes on first

have her pick a battery type, or overall size for light... everyone has a favorite


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#278146 - 12/22/15 04:26 PM Re: SOLARAY PRO ZX-1 [Re: chaosmagnet]
wileycoyote Offline
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Registered: 03/01/11
Posts: 268
Loc: eastern oregon
Originally Posted By: chaosmagnet
Great review!

If your price point is lower for a keyring light, I can recommend the Thrunite Ti Titanium, available for $20-$30 online. I've been carrying one for some time and I really like it. It runs fine on primary or rechargeables AAAs and doesn't have the output of the Surefire, but has a very low low.


i agree CM. i have a couple ThruNite Ti. best cheapie 1xAAA and also amazing bright at a true 160 lumens on high.


and great review doug! nicest most helpful & honest review yet!!!!

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#278160 - 12/23/15 12:07 AM Re: SOLARAY PRO ZX-1 [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
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JI... size comparison of a single 123 cell Solar Force L2M P60 size reflector, and a single 123 cell Sreamlight Pro Tac 1L


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#278167 - 12/23/15 04:45 AM Re: SOLARAY PRO ZX-1 [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Phaedrus Offline
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Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2002
Loc: Great Plains
Solarforce must be OEM'd by a better known company. I wonder which one? I'll have to ask around at CPF.
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#278168 - 12/23/15 05:19 AM Re: SOLARAY PRO ZX-1 [Re: Phaedrus]
Russ Online   content
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Registered: 06/02/06
Posts: 4594
Loc: SOCAL
FourSevens Mini ML-X provides 262 lumen from a light 2.3' long and 0.8 " diameter, one CR123A.
FourSevens Mini ML-X

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#278170 - 12/23/15 07:50 AM Re: SOLARAY PRO ZX-1 [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Phaedrus Offline
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Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2002
Loc: Great Plains
Okay, the torch geeks at CPF say that Solarforce is its own company and makes their own lights. Apparently there are a lot of knockoffs of them out there, too. From what I've been told the real Solarforce lights are pretty decent, ranging from good to excellent.
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#278172 - 12/23/15 01:50 PM Re: SOLARAY PRO ZX-1 [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
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Phaedrus... a very knowledgeable contributor on another forum also rates the Convoy bodies (Mountain Electronics)very highly...I have 3 of the P6 size Solar Force bodies and about 6 of the XP-G and XM-L2 modules....L2 series and nitrolon G2s... so far they are beyond my expectation at the price point... I do foil wrap the modules in the aluminum bodies to conduct heat to the bodies

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#278181 - 12/24/15 05:55 AM Re: SOLARAY PRO ZX-1 [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
Phaedrus Offline
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Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2002
Loc: Great Plains
I'm not quite as far down the rabbit hole as some of those light geeks but I do know that Mountain Electronics has some great stuff. They make some great custom electronics and offer a good array of other, more value oriented stuff.

Also, just as an FYI right now Amazon has a screaming deal on the incan Surefire 6P! Just $28 plus shipping for a grand total of around $35. Granted, to update it with an LED engine will be a few more bucks but the basic body/host is fantastic. I have two of them myself, one with a Malkoff M61L and another waiting on the arrival of a Malkoff M61WL.
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#278182 - 12/24/15 01:00 PM Re: SOLARAY PRO ZX-1 [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
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my original 6P has a Malkoff module... rides in my carry bag... the heat sink is massive

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