2 thoughts on “Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Light Lamp

  1. 1,011 of 1,026 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Amazon seller breakdown, 3-mode vs 1-mode, August 25, 2013
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    RC
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    This review is from: Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Light Lamp (Tools & Home Improvement)

    With all the complaints about varying products and 1-mode versus 3-mode switches, I decided to trawl through 100+ comments looking for sellers specifically named, and also directly contacted a few of them myself.

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    Seller names with a * next to them are ones I got a conclusive e-mail response from.

    2014/Apr/29

    1-MODE:

    Tosell888*
    Bellink*
    AIBOCN*
    TTT-Mall*
    711onlinestore
    Eforcity
    Lucky Electronics
    Eternal Tech
    Igoz
    HappyMart
    MECO
    *AutoWT
    *Exciting Co

    3-MODE:

    Dealextreme4u* – (Ultrafire)
    Suyuca* – (can’t tail stand)
    Blue Top* – (Ultrafire)
    *new goldengulf – (no voltage regulator)
    *Uhope – (clones)
    Eforyou Inc 8888*
    lovers2009
    BestDeal777
    Silver fox
    Jacobsparts.com
    Mini-Mart
    DIGISEARCHS
    EggDeal
    ebuyedget
    digisales
    *Sunwise LLC
    *altitude
    *Electronic

    REPORTEDLY Unreliable (product switching):

    Coco Fed
    BBQBuy
    Coutlet

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    SELLERS:
    You might prefer a US based seller (may only cost 50¢ more), so that you get the product in a week instead of a month, and fast returns if there are problems. Be sure to take a good look at seller ratings before buying, and post negative seller feedback if you are treated badly… Some of the cheapest sellers have only 50-60% positive rating, while it is normal to see 90% positive.

    1-MODE VS. 3-MODE:
    The cheapest sellers are typically offering the 1-mode light, so expect to pay a bit more for a 3-mode. You should also realize that 3-mode isn’t always a good thing… Several reviewers have complained that they don’t like the extra complexity and confusing (memory) behavior, so consider your needs carefully. As bright as this is, I insist on 3-mode so I can dim the light (about 40 lumens), and get several times longer battery life. The combination of high/low and flood/spot very effectively covers the full range of flashlight usage scenarios. I do wish LOW was the first mode in the cycle… you can’t un-blind yourself after the fact. And I’d like an even-lower brightness mode, ~5 lumens.

    BATTERY/RUN-TIME:
    It is a waste to buy 14500 Li-Ion batteries… Most of them cost ~$4/each, and have just 10% more power (Volt*Amp/Hours) than a $1.20/each LSD NiMH rechargeable, which withstands much more use and abuse (and Li-Ions are notorious for vastly exaggerated specs). Contrary to some other reviews here, I’ve seen absolutely NO difference in light output whether my lights are driven by 1.5V or 3.6V, so the regulator is doing a superb job. Although a hot-off-the-charger Li-Ion battery, briefly at ~4.2 volts might over-drive the LED for a small increase. If weight was critical, I would prefer disposable Lithium AAs to Li-Ions. Also, a single AA is much cheaper, smaller, and more convenient than 3xAAAs, yet both provide nearly the same amount of power. In a pinch, this flashlight even runs reliably on a single AAA battery without modification. So this unit is superior to most other (18650) small flashlights.

    On a single Tenergy Centura LSD AA NiMH Battery, I get 1.5 hours of run-time on HIGH before the light dims. I expect “strobe” mode to get double that. LOW mode lasts about 4.5 hours before the voltage presumably drops too low and the regulator suddenly shuts-off the light entirely. I measured a current of approx 1.7A@1.3V on HIGH, and 0.5A@1.3V on LOW. With a 13¢ “Super Heavy Duty” AA battery, I got about half the run-time, which is decent and useful in emergencies (but starts to dim sooner than NiMH). With a battery extension tube converting this to 2xAAs, on HIGH I get 4 hours of run-time, a 33% improvement.

    CLONES:
    Most 3-mode sellers are offering the 150 lumen Ultrafire SK68, which is a very similar clone of the 120 lumen Sipik SK68 which a few people have also received. You may be interested to know that the Sipik was itself originally a MUCH cheaper clone (using a different battery) of the old 220 lumen Nitecore Extreme

    Then there is a wide array of blank/unbranded SK68 clones sold here, that can be quite different than their cousins… From the thread diameter being different, to the button protruding from the…

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  2. 2,288 of 2,342 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Product switching going on!, October 16, 2012
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    This review is from: Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch Adjustable Focus Light Lamp (Tools & Home Improvement)
    The reason for the variation in the reviews, is because they are shipping different product at different times, likely all Cree Quality Control rejects. I made orders of 3, 5 and 7 flashlights in sequence. The order of 3 was great and resulted in my decision to make the two subsequent orders. The order of 5 were labeled Sipik and mostly junk, the order of 7 was unlabeled but acceptable. Attempts to return the items resulted in a run around of e-mail, sending pictures, and unloading the cost to ship and risk of loss back to me.

    I would also like to know if Happy Electronics, Lucky Electronics, BBQbuy and BestDeal777 are all the same company. They all were involved in some way in the 3 orders when I thought I was dealing with one company.

    The product switching is clearly deceptive marketing and unethical, as well as unfair to other vendors. I won’t be buying anything shipping directly from China. Amazon credibility and good name also suffers from such practicesl.

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