X8 Flashlight, retail $14.99 (http://cgi.ebay.com...)
Manufactured by (Unknown)
Last updated 05-25-04

The X8 could best be considered as a clone of the Inova X5T, in that it looks a bit like the Inova, the tailcap switch works like the Inova, and the LEDs are recessed in the bezel like those in the Inova.

The X8 features eight white LEDs, and runs from two AA cells. It comes in an all-aluminum case - though you should be aware that it is not waterproof or submersible (see below).


To use the X8, feed it first (see directly below), and then you'll be ready to rock.

Twist the tailcap clockwise (as if tightening it) to turn the X8 on. Turn the tailcap counterclockwise (as if loosening it) to turn the flashlight off. This is continuous mode.

With the tailcap unscrewed about 1/8th of a turn from constant on, press the tailcap and hold it to get light for as long as you hold the tailcap down; release the tailcap to turn the flashlight back off. This is momentary or signalling mode.

If the tailcap is unscrewed more than 1/4 of a turn, this engages the LOTC (Lock Out TailCap), in which the light will not accidentally activate regardless of what pushes up against the tailcap.

To change the batteries in your X8, unscrew and remove the tailcap, and throw it in the garbage...O WAIT, YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! So just set it aside instead. ;-)

Tip the barrel into your hand, and dispose of or recycle the two used AA cells that come out as you see fit.

Insert two new AA cells into the barrel, button-end (+) positive first. Screw the tailcap back on, and back it off slightly when your X8 springs to life.
Aren't you glad you didn't throw that tailcap away now? ;-)

Measures 412mA using my DMM's 2A scale. This includes both LED drive current and current consumed by the DC-DC inverter in the flashlight.

Photograph of the business-end of this flashlight, showing the eight LEDs in there.

The X8 appears to be durable, in that it withstood my whack test with no damage. Five whacks against the bezel, and five more whacks against the tailcap switch. It also withstood several intentional throws with no damage, and it continues to work properly.

It is not waterproof or submersible though. When the tailcap was removed, the batteries were removed, and the flashlight was suctioned, air had no problems whatsoever getting in. You could probably use the flashlight as a drinking straw in an emergency though I highly discourage that.

Knowing it is not submersible at all, please try to keep the flashlight out of creeks, rivers, streams, ponds, lakes, docks, oceansides, puddles of wolf pee, snowbanks, mud puddles, tubs, toilets, sinks, fishtanks, dog water dishes, or other places where water or water-like liquids might be found. If you know or suspect it fell into water, remove the bezel (head), tailcap, and batteries, and set the parts in a warm dry place for a day or so, and you ought to be alright. If it fell in seawater or if something peed on it, douche the parts out with fresh water before setting them out to dry.
Note: Do not use the flashlight as a straw if someone or something pissed on it.

The beam is smooth, with a cool, icy bluish white color to it. The overall color appears cooler white than the white LED Inova X5.

Brightness is good for an 8-banger. I wouldn't complain, anyway.

Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 97,700mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.

Test unit was purchased on Ebay and was received on 05-24-04. The specific link this flashlight was purchased from is right here; when it expires on 08-16-04, use the View seller's other items link instead, to see if they're still selling this flashlight.

UPDATE: 00-00-00



    PRODUCT TYPE: Small handheld/tactical flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 5mm white LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 8
    BEAM TYPE: Wide spot with dimmer corona
    SWITCH TYPE: Press tailcap momentary on/off, twist tailcap continuous on/off
    BEZEL: Metal; LEDs very slightly recessed into cells for them
    BATTERY: 2x AA cells
    WATER RESISTANT: Light splash-resistance only
    WARRANTY: Unknown/not stated


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