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Hmmmm....200 lumen less than advertised!!
on May 19, 2011
I have an inexplicable fondness for flashlights since I've been "imprinted" upon such torches as a boy. With the advent of LED technology and exponential lumen output, I decided to invest in a very high lumen LED output compact flashlight and came upon the "Eagle Tac 20c2 MarkII XP-G S2 LED Flashlight - 500 Lumen" flashlight.
The enclosed folded instruction manual was light (no pun intended) on detailed instructions and additional photographs to aid in the attachment of the lanyard, and other accessories that came with it. A nifty diffuser is the only lens attachment that came with the package: no RGB lens attachment accessory. The latter RGB lens attachment, I suspect might be an additional expense and separate order from the seller as there is no clear indication of its inclusion with the package and there is a lack of a list detailing exactly what the box enclosing the coveted LED flashlight included for accessories. By the way, the item arrived without any CR123A battery, nor an 18650 battery, and it wasn't clear, that the package would include any. And it was missing a CR123A battery magazine, which didn't impair the performance of the said torch: I declined a prompt offer by "Lightjunction.com" to replace the CR123A battery magazine.
I have yet to activate or enable the "strobe" feature of the torch. The printed instructions state, "turn the flashlight on and off for fifteen times within ten seconds. Leave the flashlight on for at least two seconds to allow the setting to hold." If indeed, such aforementioned instruction is followed to the letter the total time elapsed would be a maximum of 30 seconds (= 15 x 2.0 secs.) and would mean triple the amount of time for the strobe feature to work.
Update May 26, 2011, the strobe feature has been enabled and it works despite the above mentioned confusing instructions in the user/owner manual.
Now for the disappointment. The folded instruction manual states, using an 18650 type battery"Turbo Mode = 300lm/1.7hrs.; General Mode = 60lm/13hrs.; Low Mode = 5lm/100+hrs. Whether there was a misprint on the Amazon.com website pertaining to the item or not, it is misleading to advertise the maximum LED output as "500 lumen" when in fact the enclosed folded manual with sparse detailed data on the full application of the enclosed accessories states, that "300 lm" is the maximum LED lumen output in Turbo Mode and consequently leaving it shy of -200 lumens contrary to its advertisement. That discrepancy of -200 lumen discovered after the arrival of the purchase leaving it just 300 lumens contrary to the advertised 500 lumen LED output suggested as the maximum output for this torch along with the sparse data in the enclosed manual are enough to have me give it a rating of 3 out of 5. It is not to say, that this torch of 300 lumens in "Turbo Mode" is not very bright as it is, but I want what I had been led to believe was a 500 lumen output torch as advertised on Amazon.com and on the box containing the torch itself.
Other than the disappointing stated user/owner manual fact of 300 lumens v. the advertised 500 lumens, the torch appears to be well constructed and can be comfortably inserted into the nylon holster accessory, which didn't need any explanation contrary to some of the other accessories, that I know would be more helpful if detailed data/instruction along with more pictures/diagrams were provided for their usage/application. I'm going to keep the torch nevertheless as it is currently the brightest compact LED torch that I use and because "Lightjunction.com" was prompt and courteous enough to inquire into my dissatisfaction/disappointment of the torch's package contents for customer satisfaction I would not be wary of ordering from them again as it was a manufacturer concern and not a vendor concern in its delivery, which was satisfactory.