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Old 07-29-2010, 07:59 AM   #166
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Gonna be a tool box light.

Last time I bought CR123As they weren't cheap, but maybe things have changed.
The one time CR123a's have a great shelf life as noted. If you bought a crazy lumen light, it will burn through them pretty quick however. I think if you bought them at home depot you're probably looking at $5. You can get a charger and batteries for 15-20 shipped.

Once you use one of these lightsabers, it won't be relegated to the toolbox and you'll wish you bought rechargeables.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:30 AM   #167
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Which one in the pic is it, and where is it obtainable?

Mine is the anodized aluminum one on the top. The middle one is titanium. The bottom is obviously a mini-mag for size comparison.

You'll need to get on the waiting list, it probably took 2-3 months for mine to be built. The quality is excellent from the anodizing to the threads to the hardware. Plus I hate the SOS/strobes so I had him delete those from the driver. I wish I had spec'd a warmer tint, but holy mother it's one seriously bright light. If you're serious, he sells all the aluminum versions and the titanium in about 24 hours, so watch the threads...

http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...=pocket+rocket

My only comparison is a JetBeam M1X which uses the MC-E quad die. The JB probably throws farther, but has the annoying cross-hatch due to the layout of the LED. The Pocket rocket uses the SST-50 which is a single die. Bit floodier, but awesome for banging around the woods. Pretty damn close to as bright as a car headlight.

The comparison isn't really fair as the JetBeam is enormous, has 2 batteries, and a huge reflector. The JetBeam def wins in the longer throw, but the Pocket Rocket does almost as well in a very compact package.

Top-JetBeam Jet 1 pro (My all-around favorite)

Middle-Pocket rocket (Best of all worlds)

Bottom-JetBeam M1X (pretty kick ass)






well-made, double o ring seals, glow in the dark tail clicky, will tail stand.
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Old 07-29-2010, 08:38 AM   #168
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here's the link

http://www.shiningbeam.com/servlet/t...-dsh-50/Detail

I'm looking at putting the word out that this is what i'd like for my upcoming birthday


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That's not the same as mine FYI. I'm sure it will be awesome the SST-50 is one great LED. I posted where I got mine in the above thread. The SST-50 is sorta new on the LED front so it won't take long for them to trickle into higher quality lights, I've found the knockoffs to be spotty quality. Really thin wall tubes, clickies are super cheap. Course they're all made in China or Hong Kong anyways. Great for a tank bag, toolbox or truck though.
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:02 AM   #169
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That's not the same as mine FYI. I'm sure it will be awesome the SST-50 is one great LED. I posted where I got mine in the above thread. The SST-50 is sorta new on the LED front so it won't take long for them to trickle into higher quality lights, I've found the knockoffs to be spotty quality. Really thin wall tubes, clickies are super cheap. Course they're all made in China or Hong Kong anyways. Great for a tank bag, toolbox or truck though.
sorry sailah!

my bad.

now i'm just a flashlight noob but Shining Beam seems to get a thumbs up over at CPF.....

i think!

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Old 07-29-2010, 09:18 AM   #170
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sorry sailah!

my bad.

now i'm just a flashlight noob but Shining Beam seems to get a thumbs up over at CPF.....

i think!

Cheers

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Don't worry dude, Shingbeam is a good place to buy stuff from

It's just going to be the gateway drug to all sorts of more expensive lights.

I've bought some lights from DealExtreme and been fine with the results, you just get what you pay for, sometimes they're are awesome, sometimes they are junk. Just buy a few and it all works out in the end. The crappy ones you can toss in your tankbag and not lose sleep over.

I have no personal experience with your particular light so can't offer any advice other than to buy it. An SST-50 will blow your mind how bright it is. You'll need to get the 18650 batteries & charger to get full potential out of that light.
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:40 AM   #171
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You'll need to get on the waiting list, it probably took 2-3 months for mine to be built. The quality is excellent from the anodizing to the threads to the hardware. Plus I hate the SOS/strobes so I had him delete those from the driver. I wish I had spec'd a warmer tint, but holy mother it's one seriously bright light. If you're serious, he sells all the aluminum versions and the titanium in about 24 hours, so watch the threads...

My only comparison is a JetBeam M1X which uses the MC-E quad die. The JB probably throws farther, but has the annoying cross-hatch due to the layout of the LED. The Pocket rocket uses the SST-50 which is a single die. Bit floodier, but awesome for banging around the woods. Pretty damn close to as bright as a car headlight.

Top-JetBeam Jet 1 pro (My all-around favorite)

Middle-Pocket rocket (Best of all worlds)

well-made, double o ring seals, glow in the dark tail clicky, will tail stand.
Want!

Looks like it is similar in size to a Fenix PD30?
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:03 PM   #172
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You'll need to get on the waiting list, it probably took 2-3 months for mine to be built.
Thanks for the info, but I had to get a flashlight ordered so I could have it by the time I switch over to working nights in a couple of weeks.

Besides, if I'm going to wait 3 months for something to be built for me, it'll be a piece of furniture or the like; a flashlight is too utilitarian & easily lost to go to such lengths.

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Old 07-29-2010, 03:10 PM   #173
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The one time CR123a's have a great shelf life as noted. If you bought a crazy lumen light, it will burn through them pretty quick however. I think if you bought them at home depot you're probably looking at $5. You can get a charger and batteries for 15-20 shipped.

Once you use one of these lightsabers, it won't be relegated to the toolbox and you'll wish you bought rechargeables.
Have you ever worn out a set of rechargeables?

How long?
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:13 PM   #174
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NailHead:No worries, it was a gift to myself and sorta spur of the moment. I saw how fast he was selling out, so I figgered, shit I better get on this! Turned out great, but I had a bunch of other lights to rely on. Hell the $50 JetBeam I have gets way more use.

EvilGenius:Nope. I do have 3-4 sets of each variety, so I'm constantly switching them around. There are dangers in recharging Li Ion batteries, but I think it's way overblown. Your laptop uses the same 18650 batteries you probably charge it 2-3" from "sensative" areas.

I bought a hobby charger with magnets as it can charge every chemistry known and you can adjust the charge rate. Cheaper than buying 3-4 different charges for a buncha different batteries.

One thing I wish I had known before sinking so much into the "cool"white LEDs, was the new warmer tints. I think you lose a little lumens with warmer tints, but they are much more pleasing to me outdoors. The true colors are closer. The super duper LEDs put out so much light than sacrificing a few lumens for better color is a worthwhile trade esp if you plan on using the light outdoors, duh

Lots of dealers like 4sevens with their quark series, JetBeam etc offer LEDs in warmer tints. I highly recommend them over the hyperwhite stuff.
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Old 07-29-2010, 05:17 PM   #175
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I bought a hobby charger with magnets as it can charge every chemistry known and you can adjust the charge rate. Cheaper than buying 3-4 different charges for a buncha different batteries.
Gotta link to that?
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Old 07-29-2010, 06:29 PM   #176
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http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store...w/_accessories

you'll need a 12v power source like an old computer power supply or a laptop power supply, I just ripped an old ATX power supply, found the 12V leads and wired that to the charger.

It will do lead-acid, NiMh, NiCad, Lion etc. Works great and very accurate.

I use little magnets attached to the alligator clips to charge all my batteries.
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:36 AM   #177
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It's got a metal pocket clip that's not shown in the pic too.
Re: 1-cell Energizer

I actually bought it and an Inova XO3. I returned the Energizer...it's just too big for pocket carry and for a 1AA light it's HUGE.

I'm digging the XO3, though.
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Re: 1-cell Energizer

I actually bought it and an Inova XO3. I returned the Energizer...it's just too big for pocket carry and for a 1AA light it's HUGE.

I'm digging the XO3, though.
The 2AA seems appropriately proportioned, I can see how if you cut the size in half it would get a bit wonky.
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Old 07-30-2010, 11:12 PM   #179
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This is about as bright as you can get off a AAA and stupid small/light. Puts out an awesome amount. I have have the titanium version, not worth it, but al is.

http://www.batteryjunction.com/itp-a3-eos-upgrade.html
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Old 07-31-2010, 01:38 AM   #180
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