I keep running short of fun-funds to re-do my old SFs with Malkoff drop-ins....
seanmac, how durable are those DealExtreme drop-ins?
There's a guy on OFCC.org who was in the sandbox, using a standard incandescent G2 that he DIY-clamped to his gun, hundreds of rounds, without issues. :smile: I'm more comfortable with a known-quantity solution on a shotgun, but I am impressed to see how well a standard G2 fared.
I should just put my Mr.Bulk VIP on my AR..... :lol:
The two cree units that I am transferring to my new 6P Defenders are over three years old and running like striped apes.
I have no complaints, but I am not someone who measures lumens and shape of beam throws. The units work and provide all the light that I could reasonably expect from a handheld light. I paid $14 apiece years ago and they are down to 7 and change now.
^ That's good enough of an endorsement for me. :smile: Thank you.
I removed myself from the flashlight hobby about the same time I got out of the knife hobby - both around 2004 or so. I was a student then, and soon after that, my daughter was born, so I have not had a chance, until just recently (more for utility and practical need than anything else) re-started on the flashlights again. Back then, yes, it was fun to look at throw, spread, pick over the smallest artifacts and all that good stuff, and I've got a small but nice collection of custom flashlights that I prize, but now, it's all about utility.
My eyes really take better to straw/firelight colored illumination, but I currently favor LEDs for their durability and run-time. Since my old G2s and Z2/C2s are true "emergency use" items (I've got plenty of other utilitarian and also "fun" lights to have, around the house, for the normal summer-storm blackouts :wink, having decent drop-in LED stars for them will really help their actual utility.
So, really, thank you! Those DealExtreme units are much more affordable than the fancy Malkoffs, and I'll get what I need to retrofit my G2s, Z2/C2s, right now! I'll likely eventually get one of the Milkoffs, but that'll be more for fun. :smile:
I received the DealExtreme SKU#6076 CREE drop-in this past week. I finally got a chance to drop it into my old C2/Z2 and give it a spin.
I'm actually honestly really impressed that something that affordable can render such good performance. The color was a cool white, pleasantly no bluer than the star in my Surefire Z2S-LED, which was a surprise (I'd expected it to be either blue or green). The nicest surprise was perhaps that the beam was actually considerably tighter than with my Z2S-LED, with a noticeably longer throw - albeit with the usual "CREE-ring" artifact, but was, nevertheless, quite impressive given the item's low price-tag. It pales against the throwers, like the Surefire KX2C, but that's comparing a drop-in module that's barely $8 to something that's $140 to $150 on the open market...just not quite fair. :wink:
Something that I was rather disappointed with was the overall build-quality - but for $8, shipped, it's hard to complain. Yet, at the same time, what I saw would give me serious pause in using this item in a true life-or-death situation: the board came apart from the heat-sink with just a soft tug on the rear spring.... Sure, that's simple to fix, but it makes me wonder about the rest of the components and workmanship. I guess the acid-test would be to strap one on to my 870 and let it rock through a day's worth of running-and-gunning, and I think I *will* do this when I get a chance to take a shotgun course in the near future (I already have a Surefire 618LM on my 870, but strapping this thing on as a tester shouldn't be much more of a chore, as I can pop it in one of my old G2s, which won't weigh much).
For now, I'm happy having it take residence in the C2/Z2 that I keep in my trunk as an emergency light. Yes, I know, I just said up top that I would not trust this light with my life, and here I am, putting it into an "emergency use" category - WTF? right? Actually, I've also got a Surefire L6 in the trunk, as well as a spare P60 bulb, so no matter what, I'm pretty covered (and that doesn't even count the Fenix P2D in the cabin, or what I'm carrying on me :lol.
I'll feel better after I've given this thing the full shakedown. Until then, I'm going to also put in an order for a 06090, a 11621, and 11836. I've got a few more 2x and 3x CR123 Surefires laying around the house that I want to play around with (one of which has a customized KL3 head that makes for an awesome "room light"). :smile:
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