4Sevens MiniX 123
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- LED: CREE XM-L T6, Max Output: 210 OTF lumens
- Material: Type-III Hard-anodized Aircraft-grade Aluminum
- Lens: Optical-grade glass lens with anti-reflective coating on both sides
- Battery: One lithium CR123A (3V) - do not use rechargeable RCR123As
- Seven Output Modes: Low, Medium, High, Strobe, SOS, Beacon (hi), Beacon (lo)
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|Item Weight||0.04 pounds|
|Package Height||1 x 3.5 x 5.4 inches|
|Shipping Weight||0.05 pounds|
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One year update:
This little guy has been with me for a bit over a year and it is still going strong. It has ended up in my left pocket tied to a small pocket knife (Case Mini Blackhorn, Zytel) for 55 hours a week for the last 52 weeks. Rubbing against the plastic scales of the knife it shows wear to the black finish but nothing that is unexpected and the lens shows no signs of wear. It has only needed batteries, lens cleaning and a little gun oil on the threads from time to time.Read more ›
I have lots of other LED lights including SF and two other 47s. I have high standards and high hopes for this light, and I was not just pleased with it, but impressed.
If you are looking for a light in this form factor, look no further. I love its interface, and unless you need an EDC that will instantly blind an aggressor, the interface of this light is perfect.
This is a practical light for almost all nonviolent uses. This light won't bash anyone's skull like the SF E2D, or win a game of chicken with a car like the 4x123 lights, or provide an infinite range of brightnesses like the $200+ SF T1A, but it will work reliably cycling from low to medium to high brightnesses with a smooth back-and-forth 1/8th turn of the bezel answering almost any need for light.
I will mention that since the switch is by screwing down the bezel, it is possible not to turn it off enough that a slight pressure on the bezel will activate the light. If you play with the amount of pressure necessary to switch on the light, you will see it is easy to avoid. However, should you inadvertently activate the light in your pocket, you have about four days (100 hours) to notice before your battery is dead since the first setting is the lowest lumen setting.
So don't do it and then expect warranty service if it, or your house, burns up.
That said, I've been doing it for months now with no problems so far, and others have, as well. It's silly, really, to call it a hack. All you do is use a quality rechargeable cell, preferably with a protection circuit, like the 750mah AW RCR123A that 4Sevens sells on their own web site. You'll need a charger, of course, made for lithium-ion cells. Pila makes a very good one, and 4Sevens also carries a good one on their site.
These rechargeable cells put out 3.7 volts, compared to 3.0 for non-rechargeable lithium primary cells, like the one 4Sevens includes with the light. That small difference in voltage makes this little thing into a 400-500 lumen pocket monster.
DO NOT run the light for extended periods on high when using the RCR123A. There just isn't enough thermal mass in such a tiny light to dissipate the heat, and it's very probable that you'll ruin the light. If you're holding it, you'll know when it's overheating. Just run it on medium if you need to use it for an extended period. Whatever you do, don't leave it tail-standing on high. You won't be touching it, so you won't know that it's getting too hot.
It won't last as long on a single charge as it will on the regular primary cells, but it sure is bright.
I just bought another one of these lights, not because mine burned up, but as a gift. Mine's still running strong on an AW RCR123A.
The beam is white, with a noticeable yellow tint. This happens with most Cree XM-L LEDs, as I understand. Most people will not notice it, but when side-by-side with a LED surefire, it is obvious. The reflector has an orange peel texture to it, which helps it achieve a near-perfect beam.
The body is knurled for most of it's length, except for a band where the name/logo is screened on. The tailcap has a drilled hole for the included lanyard or to attach to a keychain. Smaller than most USB flash drives, most people wouldn't notice a flashlight on your keychain.
Overall, a great little light, especially for an EDC.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The 4Sevens MiniX 123 flashlight was a Christmas gift to me, from me. :] This flashlight has come in handy on so many occasions. Read morePublished 9 months ago by TiVo3.0
I engage in a very active lifestyle, camping,hking,water sports,cave diving, etc.
The4Sevens MiniX 123 was an excelent adition to my gear, is small yet incredible powerfull... Read more
This is the best light for its size period, everyone who sees this light wants it - very well designedPublished on December 2, 2013 by CHS
This is the best flashlight I've ever owned. It's really small but packs a powerful beam of light. It has seven settings.Published on September 26, 2013 by Tyrone Falls
This light has been on my belt for over 2 years without a problem. I work for both a mid-tech knifemaker and in a small pawn shop as the gunsmith and have put this light through... Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Shop Monkey
I have had my light now for about 3 years and it is an older model than the one shown. I have used about 4-5 batteries in that time span and has never messed up. Read morePublished on July 23, 2013 by swampfox