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GUNMOJO Flashlight Review
« on: January 28, 2013, 11:53:10 pm »
Full Disclosure - the owner of Gunmojo is a friend.  And he knows how bad I've got it for Surefire.     So he challenged me to try one of his flashlights - the Taclight 5 to see if he could 'fix' me.  So I'm going to document on this post my experiences - good & bad with this flashlight. 

http://gunmojo.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=1&zenid=ffee79154ecbc2145365da62854eb6c1

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Cree XML T6 LED with Max Brightness of 460 Lumens
5 Output Levels Including Strobe and SOS

Input Voltage: 3.0V-9V
Can run on many different battery options.
Two CR123 batteries or
Two 16340 (Rechargeable CR123) Li-ion batteries or
One 18650Li-ion battery

Run Time:
CR123 = Up to 60 Minutes
18650 Battery = Up to 3 Hours

Throw Beam: 280 meters

Tactical end click switch with momentary-on function
Memory Switch remembers last mode after 3 seconds. Waterproof and Impact Resistant

128mm(length)*26mm(diameter)
Weapon Mountable with Optional Pressure Switch
Batteries Not Included

I just got this light in the mail tonight so this is only going to be a first impressions post. 

Presentation/Marketing
I don't mark a product down for this - but I recognize that for a lot of brand whores the presentation i.e. how the packaging lends to the marketing and the overall experience of purchasing a product.  For me thats fun but doesn't change how I feel about a product.  For this its very simple - a plan white box in a shipping package.  Inside the box was a baggie with three extra O rings and an extra tail cap.  It also comes with a wrist lanyard that frankly - I could NOT figure out how to attach it.  I see the little holes for it but   

BONUS POINTS - I love that this light comes with both ends sealed with a rubber O ring.  A major reason I've been a Surefire guy for so long has been an experience at 18 where I used my Surefires to snorkel/cave dive some caves along the Colorado River south of Hoover Dam - something you can't do with a flashlight thats not sealed.  I'm not positive this one is sealed - but I'll get back with you on that

The Build
Seems to be made from Aircraft grade aluminum (although don't quote me on that).  The quality of this is very good with a positive traction texturing along the body of the tube.  I saw a hex surface built in that I was excited to see - these are great when included in flashlights & pens for the outdoors so they don't roll off of angled edges i.e. shooting benches and jeep hoods.  But sadly the hex on this one appears to be for a positive grip rather than anything else because the flashlight still rolls.  Sadly a few extra hundreds of an inch and that is multi-functional.  Like all "good" tactical flashlights this one has a very aggressive bezel along the front crown - and I am impressed.  Its not aggressive enough to tear up pants and other gear - but its aggressive enough that if you were to dig this into flesh with bad intentions - you are going to come away with blood and tissue flayed open. 

It takes CR123A's which for me is a plus.  I know some people dislike them but frankly I have a box with a few hundred in them and find it an ideal balance of power and weight.  Plus AA lights seem to be just a hair skinny or unbalanced. 

The Light
460 Lumens is BRIGHT.  Now you wouldn't think that should have to be specified.  But its true.  Its freaking bright.  I've been along for the ride with the transition to Lumen measurement and stand by that the average person isn't in need of more than a 60 Lumen light for the majority of needs.  And 60 will blind an assailant momentarily.  My carry light is a GPX from Surefire and it puts out a hefty dose of lumens.  This light - SMOKES THEM. 

I did the mandatory dark room test - and its daylight bright in all but the biggest of rooms.  I did the eyeball test - yes I did that for you guys.  When you get hit with 460 Lumens there is an odd side effect I didn't expect and I've done the eyeball test with a lot of lights.  There is a MASSIVE jump from the 250 Lumen range into the 400 pluses.  This close to 500 it literally messed with my equilibrium.  Now I'm not going to exaggerate and say I fell down writhing on the floor.  Rather the loss of equilibrium happened for a few quick seconds completely disorienting me and then quickly returned.  Vision on the other hand was nearly a full minute to a minute and a half before I had functional sight and close to three before I was back to normal. 

In the hallway/walkway test outdoors (my neighborhood has no streetlights so this is a fun test) it lights up EVERYTHING.  I could see this being a great choice for checking whats going bump in the night because you are going to expose ANYTHING hiding outside. 

For the general light test and distance this thing is like a headlight - think of your functional headlights (not on bright - size and weight wise thats just cheating) and you get an idea of the power this thing has.  I'm looking forward to getting some more time playing with this and getting to know it. 

Negatives
Recognizing that I've been playing with this thing for an hour I barely know its ins and outs but so far I am mostly impressed.  Beside the already mentioned hex nut - A few things I'm not liking so far that I HOPE get better the more I use it. 

First - I am annoyed that the tailcap is only a push on-push off.  I like having the ability to just flash a light rather than go all the way on - all the way off.  I'm wondering if thats what the 2nd tailcap is for and I intend to find out. 

Second - all the different modes - I think its great that it has the option (SOS is freaking cool - except how many people actually know it anymore?) and thats why I think not having a readily apparent option for momentary on/off is a problem.  If I could set it up for momentary on - FULL BRIGHT - then click and its STROBE - Second Click DIM - Then SOS then off would make it much more useful for most regular uses AND as a tac light.  Its ultimately a preference but I don't like just "turning on" my light - especially one this bright. 

Thats pretty much it - all I've got so far - I'll check back in a week from today and hopefully sometime soon I can get out in the desert and try some night shooting with it to see how it functions. 

A few Pics of the light and a demo at 40ft (my daughter was my stalker).
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    Re: GUNMOJO Flashlight Review
    « Reply #1 on: January 29, 2013, 12:09:48 am »
    The pics didn't come through. Stupid question time; how close to 1" is 26mm? I'm definitely interested to see how it works.

    A buddy just got a PX2 Fury and it is impressive to say the least; his only real beef is no click on, it is momentary or twist to on. The click tail cap is $46  :vomit

    Edited to add: What are the 5 modes? I'm guessing high, low, strobe, SOS, and... off?
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    Re: GUNMOJO Flashlight Review
    « Reply #2 on: January 29, 2013, 12:38:43 am »
    The 5 modes are High,  Strobe , low, lower and SOS. 

    I'm actually OK with a twist on.  Anything you need constant on is unlikely to be hampered by an extra 2 seconds to get it there.  Whereas a momentary on has far more application in an adrenaline situation.
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    Re: GUNMOJO Flashlight Review
    « Reply #3 on: January 29, 2013, 10:09:01 am »
    I need to do a video on these.

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    Re: GUNMOJO Flashlight Review
    « Reply #4 on: January 29, 2013, 11:58:27 am »
    The pics didn't come through. Stupid question time; how close to 1" is 26mm? I'm definitely interested to see how it works.

    A buddy just got a PX2 Fury and it is impressive to say the least; his only real beef is no click on, it is momentary or twist to on. The click tail cap is $46  :vomit

    Edited to add: What are the 5 modes? I'm guessing high, low, strobe, SOS, and... off?
    1 inch = 25 mm.

    The light will fit all 1 inch rings since most rings have slight adjustments.
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    Re: GUNMOJO Flashlight Review
    « Reply #5 on: January 29, 2013, 01:33:39 pm »
    Heh, I actually PM'ed Steven a day or two back about it.

    Thanks for the review, do tell if it's sealed up, frankly that's one of the things that I'm looking for in a light.

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    Re: GUNMOJO Flashlight Review
    « Reply #6 on: January 30, 2013, 01:04:56 am »
    Nightcrawler got a slick mount that would work for these lights.  Forget what mount it is though. 
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    Re: GUNMOJO Flashlight Review
    « Reply #7 on: February 13, 2013, 04:23:46 pm »
    Ok – a bit of an update on the flashlight. 

    I’ve started mildly torturing it at this point based on things I’ve done intentionally or unintentionally to flashlights previously and hopefully indicative of full range of damage a light may encounter.  Yes, I rolled it down the angled driveway several times, while both off & turned on (don’t do this with it on the brightest setting and that blast of light is bright & unpredictable).  I’ve dropped it on packed dirt, tile, carpet, and cement from about 18” up to 4’ on the cement and 5’ on the rest of the surfaces.  In spite of all this the light keeps shining. 

    Ironically the worst damage I’ve been able to do to it is carry it in a pocket with my keys, loose change and a clipped pocket knife.  There are places in the finish that have scratched and polished a bit with the rubbing going on.  While it’s not bad after just a few weeks, I only make mention because I’ve seen this same thing start with flashlights whose surface finish is not to the same standard as higher end lights which hold up to the regular abuse better over time. 

    My puzzlement turned into frustration with the tail cap being the sole means of adjusting function, when you need the dim light (the most commonly used setting no matter how much operators tell you otherwise) and you have to cycle through near 500 lumens, strobe, SOS and then 250 lumens before you get to the low setting.  That’s a pain in the kiester.  The frustration when you use this lower setting and then accidentally double click which forces you to recycle through the list again – F bomb worthy. 

    After playing with it for a few weeks I think SOS is cool, but I might challenge its practicality.  This light is powerful and visible at a distance.  BUT in what practical application will SOS be used.  The sad truth of it is that while Morse code remains a useful skill in certain circles, in the broad swath of the American populace, dare I say the world? How many people actually know SOS?  Enough to make it a MUST HAVE FEATURE on your everyday carry flashlight? 

    If the manufacturer were to listen I would share a few ideas.  First and foremost should be to make the push button momentary on.  There are a few other suggestions that would make the tail cap more adjustable but hopefully less complicated and ultimately more useful.   

    If the goal is to offer so many features then make it more practical.  Making a twist in the cap with two clear positions, one turns the tail cap into a high beam at full power, and if pressed twice in rapid succession a high powered strobe.  Turning the cap 90° the other way makes the tail cap the lowest setting and if pressed twice in rapid succession then to the mid setting.  I came up with that in about five minutes and I’m sure there are other ideas out there which could enhance the user experience of this light. 

    Frankly in my opinion I would not carry a light with so many variations for when things go bump in the night.  This light has already proven to me that it’s a very useful, well-built if not perfect, but the cluttered nature of the various options makes it impractical for adrenaline moments. 

    This light is strong, even to the point of being overbuilt.  Seems to get good battery life and is very durable thus far.  I have no hesitation recommending this as a glovebox, toolbox, tacklebox, range bag, or junk drawer flashlight.  Something we all could find useful in many other facets of life.

    The tortures continue. 
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    Re: GUNMOJO Flashlight Review
    « Reply #8 on: February 13, 2013, 04:46:27 pm »
    After playing with it for a few weeks I think SOS is cool, but I might challenge its practicality.  This light is powerful and visible at a distance.  BUT in what practical application will SOS be used.  The sad truth of it is that while Morse code remains a useful skill in certain circles, in the broad swath of the American populace, dare I say the world? How many people actually know SOS?  Enough to make it a MUST HAVE FEATURE on your everyday carry flashlight? 

    Everyday? Maybe, maybe not.

    Camping/hiking/just fell and broke my ankle? Sure.

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    Re: GUNMOJO Flashlight Review
    « Reply #9 on: February 23, 2013, 12:26:38 am »
    I carry this light every day.  I will admit I carry 5 flashlights most of the time :facepalm  Three Streamlights, the Gunmojo, and a Princeton Tec.  One is a headlamp that clips on my Crusader Ball cap, one clipped in my left hand front pants packet, the Gunmojo in my right hand coat pocket, the Princeton Tec is a larger headlamp in my left hand coat pocket, and one is on my key chain, most to least used in that order.  All except the clip on headlamp, and the keychain light use 123s, and I buy them off Amazon with Prime, so free shipping, the price is not bad.  I love the Gunmojo light, it replaced a Streamlight PolyTac HP, as my big carry light it is much brighter and tougher that the Polytac, my Leatherman usually rides in the same pocket, and beat the snot out of the Polytac.  I love the memory funtion on the tailcap switch.   I do think that the functions could be streamlined.  I only need three; high, low ( the current medium setting), and strobe.  Whether trying to figure out why some POS vehicle or piece of equipment won't run, or trying to find what the little black dog (1/2 Lab, 1/2 Karellian Bear dog) is barking at in the dark, or where the hell the dog went to.   I set the light on high and leave it there mostly, but do appreciate the lower light setting for the longer run times.  I am also a first responder, ETT, so I like the idea of a strobe option for if one of the local drunks, our normal customers, gets violent.  For the same reasons I like the crenelations on the bezel, especially as they are not super sharp and don't eat my pockets.   I just ordered one of their smaller pocket lights.  If the quality is the same as the 5 function I am sure it will be a great light.
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    Re: GUNMOJO Flashlight Review
    « Reply #10 on: February 27, 2013, 09:42:17 pm »
    We've got a number of different flashlights at my place of work... Dead serious, the GunMojo light I have, I like it a LOT better than all the others.
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    Re: GUNMOJO Flashlight Review
    « Reply #11 on: February 28, 2013, 01:31:34 am »
    The Nebo Redline Select I got as a christmas present has a ring next to the tail cap that controls the settings, That is a feature I like much better than clicking through a bunch unused settings. That said I think that i may have to pickup one of Steve's light for a weapons mounted use
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