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LEDXTREME PREDATOR



LEDXTREME PREDATOR, retail $75.95 (www.ledmarketing.com/Ledxtreme.htm)
Manufactured by LEDXTREME (www.ledxtreme.com)
Last updated 01-07-04





The LEDXTREME PREDATOR is a sturdy flashlight that creates its light from a 1.2 watt Luxeon Star LED and a custom acrylic optic; it feeds from an included pair of CR123A lithium cells. These cells are used in cameras and other high-powered flashlights, so they shouldn't be too hard to find.

The LEDXTREME PREDATOR (hereinafter just called the PREDATOR) is regulated, meaning the LED won't start to dim immediately as the batteries become used up.


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To use the PREDATOR, first be sure it's loaded up with batteries (see below).

To get a shot of light any time, press the rubbery button (several concentric rings) on the end of the tailcap inward, toward the flashlight head, and hold it there. Release the PREDATOR's tailcap to turn the flashlight back off.

For continuous light, twist the tailcap clockwise (as if tightening it). To turn the PREDATOR back off, unscrew the tailcap a bit (as if loosening it).

The PREDATOR features a LOTC (Lock Out Tailcap), so that if you loosen (unscrew) it about 1 turn, the light will not come on no matter what squishes it in the box or bag you put it in.

There is no lanyard hole anywhere on the PREDATOR, so you'll want to keep it in a pocket or in a holster.



To change the batteries in your PREDATOR, just unscrew & remove the tailcap, and throw it away...OH WAIT!!! YOU'LL NEED THAT!!! Set the tailcap aside instead. Turn the flashlight so the open end faces down, and allow the two dead batteries to slide out. Dispose of or recycle them as you see fit.

Insert two new CR123A cells in the barrel, button (+) end first. The cells that were provided (Sanyo brand) kind of float down the barrel like an elevator car, and don't simply fall and slam into the bottom of the barrel.

Once the two batteries are in, screw the tailcap back on, and unscrew it slightly when your PREDATOR springs to life.
Aren't you glad you didn't throw that tailcap out now? ;-)

Consumes 0.7 amps (700mA).
I used the meter's 20 amp scale to help minimise shunt resistance error.

According to a runtime test conducted by the light's owner, it runs for approximately two hours twenty minutes (2:20) to half brightness.




This picture shows the PREDATOR's business end, showing the custom optic.

Because this is a loaner specimen, I won't try to drown it in the toilet, let the dog go to the bathroom on it, swing it against a steel rod, run over it with a 400lb wheelchair, intentionally get jammed or stuck in doorways, or bestow upon it other misfortunes that other flashlights may have bestowed upon them. The PREDATOR appears to be watertight and submersible. There is an O-ring that can be seen when the tailcap is unscrewed, and both the tailcap itself and the barrel/head hold a vaccume. So if any water is going to get inside the flashlight, it would have to get past that tailcap O-ring, and I don't think that's going to happen if you just drop the flashlight in a creek or if it falls in the toilet or something. Just shake it off (or wash it off) and keep going.

The PREDATOR is colored black, and has what I believe is a Type II anodized finish on it.

It is made of very thick aluminum, and should be able to handle most flashlight accidents with impunity. You should be able to sit on it, step on it, throw it, etc. and not break it.

The PREDATOR has fairly aggressive knurling (texturising) on the barrel and tailcap, so holding onto it should not be much of an issue, even if your hands are cold, wet, or oily; or no matter how you hold your flashlights. Well, unless you only hold them by the head, and have no part of your grip on the barrel.

The beam has a very pure snow-white color, with no yellow, blue, purple, or "rotten cat urine green" color anywhere in there.

The PREDATOR features a regulation circuit inside there somewhere that ensures the LED will be as bright with tired old batteries as it is with new ones. Another tester reported that the light flickered very slightly when the batteries were nearly exhausted; this is a normal kind of behaviour with a regulated light, and does not in any way indicate a problem with the PREDATOR.

The LED is somewhat overdriven (to approximately 3 watts), but the very beefy metal body should provide sufficient heatsinking for it. I don't forsee this becoming a problem, and I wouldn't worry about it.



Beam photo at ~12".
Measures 2,760,000mcd on a Meterman LM631 light meter.
It's very bright for a 1.2 watt Luxeon Star product.
Its narrower than usual beam accounts for most of that.
A somewhat overdriven LED may also account for some.



Beam photo at ~5 feet, overexposed by +2 stops to show outer ring.



TEST NOTES:
Test sample of the Predator was loaned by Doug P. of Flashlightreviews.com on 01-05-04, and needs to be passed along to the next person in line fairly quickly. So I won't have it for long - a few days tops.


UPDATE: 00-00-00



PROS:
Very, very bright for an LED
Appears to be durably constructed
Regulated, so it starts bright and stays bright


CONS:
Uses batteries that could be expensive or hard to find in an emergency
A bit heavy for its size
Advertised brightness rating seems a bit high - it's still a bright flashlight though!


    MANUFACTURER: LedXtreme out of Canada
    PRODUCT TYPE: Tactical/handheld flashlight
    LAMP TYPE: 1.2 watt Luxeon Star LED
    No. OF LAMPS: 1
    BEAM TYPE: Circular hotspot with square corona and a faint ring outside that
    SWITCH TYPE: Push tailcap momentary/twist tailcap continuous
    BEZEL: LED and optic protected by clear window
    BATTERY: 2x CR123A
    CURRENT CONSUMPTION: 700 milliamps
    WATER RESISTANT: Yes
    SUBMERSIBLE: Yes, to 150 feet
    ACCESSORIES: Batteries
    WARRANTY: Unknown/TBA

    PRODUCT RATING:

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LEDXTREME PREDATOR * www.ledmarketing.com







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