Post by david57strat on Jun 14, 2016 14:09:50 GMT -8
I generally carry these five, on-person. When I can only carry one (at work, for instance), it's the Mk III, and the others go in a bag, with additional lights.
Left to Right:
Fenix E15 2016 Edition (this is the only one of the bunch, using the much smaller 16340 battery). Zebralight SC600w Mk III (4500K) Zebralight SC600w Mk II L2 (4500K) Eagletac DX30LC2 (XP-L Hi) Solarforce L2P with Sportac Triple Nichia 219B (2-mode)
For the most part, I'm still an avid 18650 battery user
Don't need as much distance, and the smaller size and simpler UI suits me.
I haven't had very good luck with Sunwayman lights. My first was a V11R, which I ran on a 14500 battery, with the extension tube. I used to EDC that one, all the time. I never liked the control ring. First, it started to loosen up, so that I could barely touch it and the output would change radically. Then, the control ring decided to lock up, on the high position. Couldn't get it to budge, to save my life. That really angered me, since I paid so much for the light, PLUS the added expense of the extension tube. I baby my lights, so this came as a surprise, and a huge disappointment, to me. I later read, in other forums, that the control ring problem was a known issue, among a lot of other V11R users. They didn't design that light so that you could easily take apart the head and re-lubricate the control ring. Poor design. That light was replaced by a Nitecore SRT-3, which also had many of the same features as the V11R, but also had other LEDs in it (Red, Blue, Green), and some flashing modes. That light still works beautifully today. The control ring is super smooth, with just the right resistance to it. My biggest pet peeve with that light, was that it stepped down to a much lower output, after about three minutes (which I knew about beforehand; but it kind of became an issue, after repeated use).
I also had a T20CS - which threw, amazingly well, and worked wonderfully - until one day, it just stopped working, altogether. Couldn't revive that one, no matter what I tried.
That was the last of my Sunwayman purchases.
Which Sunwayman model are you carrying?
I used to EDC two Thrunite T10s (one original twisty version, in cool white, and the 2014 Edition, with the stainless bezel (in neutral tint - very nice!), like the one you pictured above). I ran those on 14500 batteries, and they had tremendous output, for their size, but I had to be extremely careful about not overheating them, at their highest output (which was fine).
But once I picked up the SC62w (which I ended up losing), that kind of displaced the T10 permanently, as an EDC light, since I was able to get much longer run times and performance out of that light (with the added bonus of all the customize-able outputs, etc.), and a very usable and pleasant neutral tint. I ended up replacing the lost SC62w with the SC600w Mk III - a more powerful light, which is just phenomenal, for its size (but also offers super low moonlight modes, with incredibly long run times). It also runs a lot cooler than any of my other Zebralights ever did, in spite of the extra power. That's definitely a heavy use light, and it's not that much larger than the SC62w that it replaced. Easily pocket-able.
The user interface on the Zebralights is pure genius (direct access to low, medium, or high, or flashing modes, from off. You can easily re-program any of those four modes, on the fly. Fully potted electronics (super tough) - very solid build quality. They're kind of funny-looking lights (at least, I think they are ); but they sure perform, and that's what matters. Excellent thermal management and regulation. If you've never gotten your hands on one, it would be well worth considering. They put out a nice combination of spot and spill beams.
You carry all five of those on you at a time?? Jesus.
Well - they're not big lights, so yeah. When it's possible to carry the five, I do (and sometimes more). I practically live in cargo shorts, year-round; so it's pretty easy to do. About the only time I cannot (am not allowed to) carry this many on-person, is at work, but I still carry them (albeit, only one in my pocket, and the rest, in a pack, which is within arm's reach).
I like having options; and having options means a little extra carry weight, expense, and time/maintenance; but all of that is a small price to pay, to have lots of options, almost at all times
I believe I have the same light as Shorttime, it's a P25C. Mine sits in my work bag and on my person I carry an Olight S1.
I also sometimes carry a P25. It's not a Sunwayman, but a Nitecore. It's the only USB-rechargeable light I own, so far. It was one of the first Nitecore lights I purchased. I've had it for about three years. When I EDC it, it's in a pack.
The first five on the left are my basic on-person carry. The last five are pack-carried, most of the time. The P25 is the one on the far right.
That L2N (with the stainless tail switch) is loaded with a custom 5-mode XM-L 7C (which has extremely warm output - pretty much like a nicer incandescent, but with none of the weaknesses of the incandescent). That was my first Solarforce light, and that's what got me hooked on their hosts - and in neutral and warmer tints, too!
Unfortunately, I was using Auto White Balance in this shot (above), so the beam tint looks kind of washed-out.
Here's a more accurate depiction of the color of the beam. This is a really hideous beam shot (compared to John's incredible outdoor shots of the L2T, below), but it gives you an idea of the color temperature of the emitter. Sometimes, it's more desirable to have a warmer tint light. For instance, warmer tints are more effective at cutting through fog and smoke, than cool white lights.
The L2T has a Customlites XP-L Hi Neutral White (5000K), 3 amp driver; 3-mode drop-in, with smooth reflector. It's a fantastic little thrower!
The tree is supposed to be 75 yards away.
Photos courtesy of jpmac45 of Candle Power Forums, where I purchased the light. Thanks, John
The PD40 has an MT-G2 emitter in it, and makes a great compact flood light, with a nice neutral beam. It's the only light I EDC, running on a 26650 battery.
Sloth is correct, my light is a Sunwayman P25C, which I should have said before.
I have carried it outside of work, but it is a little big for regular pocket carry, and even on low mode, it felt like overkill.
When I took it to work, it fit perfectly. I wear a Nite-Ize belt holster with a few essential implements, and the P25 stays there. I can draw it with gloves on (if I'm careful), and the big tail switch is also glove-friendly. I agree that putting the mode switch in a separate place is a great idea.
On the rare occasions when I need more light, the Sunwayman delivers! But, yes, it gets hot, and it eats Cr123s. Lucky for me, the warehouse stocks them.
I know a lot of guys like the twist ring, but I'm not one of them. So these two pretty much cover it for me.
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Post by everydaybeer on Jun 17, 2016 16:17:30 GMT -8
I only EDC two. One Peak titanium on my left shoulder in the work jacket. Second is my brass Peak Eiger Ultra X that rides in my Skinth. Have been eyeing a TOOLvn in copper just to have a copper light again. But haven't made the jump yet.
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No hate here, seems very practical and lightweight. [gasp] Ive not carried a light on my keychain since last Thursday when I removed it when I went to see some bands play (didnt want it and my non-car keys digging into my hip).
When I do carry a light, its just a little E05 Fenix