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    Default Beamshoots from AAA Flashlights.

    Beamshoots from AAA Flashlights.
    This article is part two of my AAA review, part one is here: A look at AAA flashlights..


    Here are all the lights I have included, they are (Same sequence as picture): ARC-U, ARC AAA Ti, Killer AAA, Tiablo A1, Streamlight Microstream, LumaPower Avenger GX, Tank 007 TK-701, Leatherman S1, Leatherman S2, Fenix E01, Fenix L0D, Fenix LD01, Maglite Solitaire, Led Lenser P2, Led Lenser P3, LiteFLux LF2X, LiteFlux LF2XT, Peak Matterhorn #1, Peak Matterhorn #2, Peak Eiger, Peak Baltic.
    ARC-U is a UV light, the normal version has a beam more like Fenix E01





    The first two graphs show maximum brightness from the flashlights and there are large differences between the different lights. Some of the lights has different brightness, depending on the battery used and a diffuser will always reduce the brightness a bit. Note: Peak Eiger #8 has an extreme high brighness with LiIon, this is probably because it goes into direct drive and this high level will be very hard on the light and the battery.





    Hre I have change to a log scale and added all brightness settings for multi level lights. LiteFlux has the best coverage, it goes both very low and very high (with LiIon batteries). For a more simple light, with a large range, the Avenger is good, but its maximum brightness is not as high as Fenix L0D/LD01, but they have a less adjustment range.



    To get an idea about how far the lights can throw, I have measured the lux (at one meter), a high value equals a good throw. Note that the Led Lenser lights had the highest value when using wide focus!



    Maximum brightness

    ARC-U, ARC AAA Ti, Killer AAA


    Tiablo A1, Streamlight Microstream, LumaPower Avenger GX


    Tank 007 TK-701, Leatherman S1, Leatherman S2


    Fenix E01, Fenix L0D, Fenix LD01


    Maglite Solitaire, Led Lenser P2, Led Lenser P3


    LiteFLux LF2X NiMH, LiteFlux LF2X LiIon, LiteFlux LF2X LiIon + diffuser


    LiteFlux LF2XT NiMH, LiteFlux LF2XT LiIon, Peak Matterhorn #1


    Peak Matterhorn #2, Peak Eiger #2 NiMH, Peak Eiger #8 NiMH


    Peak Eiger #8 LiIon, Peak Baltic




    Lowest brightness, with increased exposure
    Many of the lights has only one level and the picture used here is the same as above, just with increased exposure. For lights with multiple settings, I have chosen the picture from the lowest setting and again increased the exposure.

    ARC-U, ARC AAA Ti, Killer AAA


    Tiablo A1, Streamlight Microstream, LumaPower Avenger GX


    Tank 007 TK-701, Leatherman S1, Leatherman S2


    Fenix E01, Fenix L0D, Fenix LD01


    Maglite Solitaire, Led Lenser P2, Led Lenser P3


    LiteFLux LF2X NiMH, LiteFlux LF2X LiIon, LiteFlux LF2X LiIon + diffuser


    LiteFlux LF2XT NiMH, LiteFlux LF2XT LiIon, Peak Matterhorn #1


    Peak Matterhorn #2, Peak Eiger #2 NiMH, Peak Eiger #8 NiMH


    Peak Eiger #8 LiIon, Peak Baltic




    White wall beamshoot
    These pictures are the 3 picture in the sequence from part one of the review and always of the brightest setting.

    ARC-U, ARC AAA Ti, Killer AAA, Tiablo A1


    Streamlight Microstream, LumaPower Avenger GX, Tank 007 TK-701, Leatherman S1


    Leatherman S2, Fenix E01, Fenix L0D, Fenix LD01


    Maglite Solitaire, Led Lenser P2, Led Lenser P3, LiteFLux LF2X NiMH


    LiteFLux LF2X LiIon, LiteFlux LF2XT NiMH, LiteFlux LF2XT LiIon, Peak Matterhorn #1


    Peak Matterhorn #2, Peak Eiger #2 NiMH, Peak Eiger #2 LiIon, Peak Eiger #8 NiMH


    Peak Eiger #8 LiIon, Peak Baltic




    ARC-U

    This is an UV light and has not enough visible light to register.



    ARC AAA Ti






    Killer AAA






    Tiablo A1






    Streamlight Microstream






    LumaPower Avenger GX


    Low, medium, high:


    Low


    Medium


    High




    Tank 007 TK-701






    Leatherman S1






    Leatherman S2


    Low, High:


    Low:


    High:




    Fenix E01






    Fenix L0D


    Low, medium, high:


    Low:


    Medium:


    High:




    Fenix LD01


    Low, medium high:


    Low:


    Medium:


    High:




    Maglite Solitaire


    The light has adjustable focus, these two pictures show the focus change (The have increased exposure):


    Tight focus:




    Led Lenser P2


    The light has adjustable focus, these two pictures show the focus change (The have increased exposure):


    Wide focus


    Tight focus




    Led Lenser P3


    The light has adjustable focus, these two pictures show the focus change (The have increased exposure):


    Wide focus:


    Tight fokus:




    LiteFLux LF2X


    The light can use both NiMH and LiIon batteries and has variable brightness, the light also includes a diffuser.


    Low, high with NiMH:


    Low, high with NiMH and diffuser:


    Low, high with LiIon:


    Low, high with LiIon and diffuser


    Low, high with NiMH, increased exposure:


    Low, high with NiMH and diffuser, increased exposure:


    Low, high with LiIon, increased exposure:


    Low, high with LiIon and diffuser, increased exposure:


    Low with NiMH


    High with NiMH


    Low with NiMH and diffuser


    High with NiMH and diffuser


    Low with LiIon


    High with LiIon


    Low with LiIon and diffuser


    High with LiIon and diffuser




    LiteFlux LF2XT


    The light can use both NiMH and LiIon batteries and has variable brightness.

    Low, high with NiMH:


    Low, high with LiIon:


    Low, high with NiMH, incresed exposure:


    Low, high with LiIon, increased exposure:


    Low with NiMH


    High with NiMH


    Low with LiIon


    High with LiIon




    Peak Matterhorn #1


    Without and with diffuser:


    Without and with diffuser, increased exposure:


    Without diffuser:


    With diffuser:




    Peak Matterhorn #2


    Without and with diffuser:


    Without and with diffuser, increased exposure:


    Without diffuser:


    With diffuser:




    Peak Eiger


    #2 with NiHM and LiIon


    #8 with NiHM and LiIon


    #2 with NiHM


    #2 with LiIon


    #8 with NiHM


    #8 with LiIon




    Peak Baltic


    Without and with diffuser:


    Without and with diffuser, increased exposure:


    Without diffuser:


    With diffuser
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    Nice beamshoot HKJ.

    I was looking for the KD Buckle....? Would have been a good addition.

    Also, it looks like the tight focus on the LED Lensers is less bright than the loose focus?

    Great job...and nice collection you have there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanrpm View Post
    Nice beamshoot HKJ.

    I was looking for the KD Buckle....? Would have been a good addition.
    I did not really want to include a lot of DX/Kaidomain lights, one reason is that it might be difficult to get the same model as I test.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryanrpm View Post
    Also, it looks like the tight focus on the LED Lensers is less bright than the loose focus?

    Great job...and nice collection you have there.
    That is correct, the center hot spot is brighter without tight focus, with focus you get a larger clearly defined hot spot, but a bit less bright.
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    Great job!

    One thing confused me a little. The Liteflux NiMH beam on the grass looked very comparable with the Fenix LD01 but MUCH dimmer (with a smaller spill) on the wallshot. Am I reading something incorrectly or do others see the same thing?

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    Great comparison! Thanks! You know I love all size comparisons like the one in the first photo and even beamshots in real world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Great job!

    One thing confused me a little. The Liteflux NiMH beam on the grass looked very comparable with the Fenix LD01 but MUCH dimmer (with a smaller spill) on the wallshot. Am I reading something incorrectly or do others see the same thing?
    You are right, I will have to redo that picture, I do not believe that I have the LF2X on max.

    Edit: It is fixed now.
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    Excellent review! Thank you!
    Great collection you have there!
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    Amazing as usual HKJ!

    So much information in one place! Wow!
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    Nice post.

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    A great post, thank you.

    So far my only AAA light is my Fenix E01.

    But now I'm thinking both a Peak Eiger and a LumaPower Avenger GX might be in order.
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    This is a fantastic, easy to understand compilation. Thanks again HKJ for all the work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HKJ View Post
    You are right, I will have to redo that picture, I do not believe that I have the LF2X on max.

    Edit: It is fixed now.
    Thanks!

    P.S. Since you are so obliging...would you please send your AAA flashlight collection to me? I'll gladly pay for shipping. I'll test them out first hand and send them back....eventually! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by recDNA View Post
    Thanks!

    P.S. Since you are so obliging...would you please send your AAA flashlight collection to me? I'll gladly pay for shipping. I'll test them out first hand and send them back....eventually! LOL
    You want to leave me in darkness?

    Anyway, good try, but no.
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    I'd just like to thank you very much!
    This must have been an awfull lot of work!

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    +100 on what Ice said, I've posted some tiny beamshot threads and know how long it takes to do those, just taking the shots would take a long time not to mention uploading, editing etc. A heartfelt thank you man!

    I was so engrossed with the photos (and am too lazy to go read everything again) so i am asking, were the LD01 pics taken with the LD01 using a 10440 or nimh?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hyperloop View Post
    +100 on what Ice said, I've posted some tiny beamshot threads and know how long it takes to do those, just taking the shots would take a long time not to mention uploading, editing etc.
    I do not edit the beamshots, I only do some automatic processing with presets, this takes some computer time, but not much of my time.
    The fact that I uses a good DSLR and takes photos in raw also gives me a lot of processing options, i.e. +/- 2 steps exposure compensation (with some reservations) and a lot of extra resolution.


    Quote Originally Posted by hyperloop View Post
    I was so engrossed with the photos (and am too lazy to go read everything again) so i am asking, were the LD01 pics taken with the LD01 using a 10440 or nimh?
    When doing beamshots and measurement I always stays within specifications for the lights (Or there would have been big warning signs), i.e. it was with NiMH.
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    Thank U for this great review...

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    Great job HKJ!

    Is your Peak Eiger a neutral narrow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by NutSAK View Post
    Is your Peak Eiger a neutral narrow?
    It is neutral, but with medium beam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HKJ View Post
    It is neutral, but with medium beam.
    Excellent--thanks!

    You have just confirmed that I need a neutral medium, as I had suspected. Some have commented that the neutral Rebel in the Eiger is too warm, but the pictures look good to me.

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