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I bought the first version of this and I loved it! The clip on the original was the ...
on March 30, 2016
I bought the first version of this and I loved it! The clip on the original was the weakest link, with the spring failing in me before long. But, the attachment was better, connecting to a lug in the center of the butt. It didn't have a directionality that way, and didn't kink in your pocket at all. It also had a short section of light chain, which I like. The first one died in me randomly. The LED and electronics in the head went out. Since I like the original butt I took the butt/battery housing from my original and out the new head/LED on. That part was the same. So far so good on the new version head. I was going to get a bunch of these as gifts for friends, but when the 'gifts' came they were all the updates version, with no chain, the smaller (better) clip, and the side-mounted clip. Also the original mini key ring thing was stouter in the original.
Overall, I don't know why it died. It worked flawlessly for so long, the without any reason it just stopped.
Anyway, if they make another update, I would suggest going back to the original butt mount (in the center lugg), keeping the original mini key ring and chain, but swapping the old clip with the new one. Then if they can make them a tough more reliable. But, for $20 my first one was a great light. However, I think I'm going to shop around before I buy any more since I'd like to find a more ergonomic one, more like the original version.
The light output is surprisingly good for such a small light, and such a cheap light.
When you leave it in the lower settings the battery lasts quite awhile. I keep mine on my car keychain, and I use it probably every day. It gets beaten around in my pocket, and I even used it with my go pro in a dark bat cave in Central America, and it was fine, even underwater.
It comes with replacement o rings, which I figured was a good indicator of the expected durability. However, the light died before I ever needed a new o ring.
I'd love to find essentially a one or two size bigger version, maybe a AA size, or perhaps 4 AAA ones. If it was similarly sleek, simple, rugged ( ok a little more rugged), I'd buy it in a heartbeat. If even buy a 2C sized one for another couple jumps in brightness, a focus ring, and a ton of battery life.