Old 04-26-2009, 01:05 AM #1
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Default Flashlight Review, *Solarforce T4 Full Kit

I just received the Solarforce T4 Full Kit.



Ths kit comes with the Solarforce T4 light that uses a 1 CR123 or 1 RCR123. An optional battery tube that uses 2AA sized batteries.

The Solarforce T4 uses Type III Hard Anodize. The finish color does not match the 2AA Battery Tube. There are some flaws in the finish.

The fit is excellent. Has smooth threads. O-rings were not lubed.







The Lantern fits on the T4.



The lens bezel assembly needs to be taken off. You need to unscrew clockwise, opposite of the usual clockwise to unscrew. When you install the T4 screw counterclockwise into the Lantern Head.







A tripod for the lantern.



This is where tripod screws into the lantern head.





A Headlamp is included. The T4 head screws into it. A L2 Mini head will not screw into this. My headlamp does not work.



Left Solarforce T4. Right, L2 Mini









Battery door has a split ring to keep from loosing the cover.





This is how you adjust the angle of the beam.



OP Reflector produces a smooth beam.



Uses a Cree Q5.





Rear view of the Cree Q5 Module.



Rear view of the lens bezel assembly.



Front view of the battery tube.



Battery has to be installed through the front of the battery tube.



Clip fits in this slot.



Rear forward clickie. It's 2 levels high and medium. The levels look very close. Solarforce should have used a lower low.



Inside view of the rear clickie.



Comes apart in 3 pieces.



I was very surprised on how small the Solarforce T4 is.





The 2AA battery tube makes the T4 long and skinny.





I thought the Solarforce T4 would be very close in size to the Solarforce L2 Mini.

Left, Solarforce T4. Right, Solarforce L2 Mini



Left, Solarforce T4. Right, Solarforce L2 Mini



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These are the lux readings I got. I am using AW's Black Protected RCR123's in both lights fully charged and I used Energizer Rechargeable nimh 2300mAh.


Solarforce T4 Q5 1 RCR123 (High) - 3800 lux @ 1 meter

Solarforce T4 Q5 1 RCR123 (Medium) - 2860 lux @ 1 meter

Solarforce T4 Q5 2AA (High) - 2630 lux @ 1 meter

Solarforce T4 Q5 2AA (Medium) - 890 lux @ 1 meter


Solarforce L2 R2 1S Mini - 5,500 lux @ 1 meter


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Solarforce T4 Q5 @ 96"



Solarforce L2 R2 @ 96"



Left, Solarforce T4 Q5. Right, Solarforce L2 R2 @ 96"



Left, Solarforce T4 Q5. Right, Solarforce L2 R2 @ 96" Stepped down exposure






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Pros

Type III Hard Anodize

Smooth beam.

Small

Can use RCR123's.

T4 head can fit on a headlamp.




Cons

Headlamp does not work.

Mis-match of Type III Hard Anodize.

Flaws in the finish.

O-rings not lubed.

Needs a lower low. The levels are too close to each other.

No spare o-rings or rear rubber switch covers.

No holster.

No hole for lanyard.

No instructions.



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Sorry "erns".....
too many pictures... jams up the last 40 posts...
and has nothing to do with lasers... IMHO... :'(

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I second that jerry it totally freezes my comp at work
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Doesnt matter if it has anything to do with lasers or not, it was in off-topic :P

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I didn't know in "Off Topic" lasers had to be discussed.

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not that at all its just when there is say more than two to four pics sometimes it freezes up my work computer I love flashlights i have several
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There's no problem at all with posting flashlight reviews in the other section. It's just that people with really Über crappy comps can't load all of the 10+ pictures in a timely manner. Try to only post 4-5 pics if you can. Alternatively just link to the pics and then people who are interested can click the links without slowing down the forum for everyone else.
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GUYS, what the hell.

He may post as many pictures as he want. He is not spamming and I love his reviews. This is the off-topic section, you can talk about anything you want. Even Tetris.
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Thanks for the review. Im starting to be a flashlight-aholic too Its not good!
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