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on 27 March 2014
I had previously bought one to see how it is and when it arrived I was so impressed that I then bought 3 more to give to family and friends. I might buy more in the future.
A must have for everyone.
List of 'perks':
- manual zoom
- 3 modes (Full power, Low Power, Strobe) - access using the switch by pressing halfway.
- uses 1x AA battery. The most popular battery type, can be found at most shops.
- fits inside pocket
- has a very nice military feel to it
- the clamp is very tight and requires some muscle
- the body of the flashlight allows it to be mounted on bikes, weapons etc. (mount required)
- the lip surrounding the button allows the flashlight to be placed upright on a flat surface (candle style)
- the body and the front slide (zoom) of the flashlight is checkered and allows for good grip, even when using gloves.
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on 15 September 2013
I have several torches. Some are more elegant (these cheap Chinese makers do like a chunky bit of industrial metal for some reason!) Some are brighter... and heavier, and take more batteries. But none offer such a convenient and powerful package, overall. Torches are a bit like cameras... the best one is the one you have with you when you need it, and at this price you can afford to have a torch anywhere you might need it.

Being able to focus the beam makes this very useful. The wide angle is bright enough to provide good illumination over a small work area, or dimly light up a room, and the tight beam -- while square and LED-shaped -- is very bright over a very small area, and offers good throw over a distance.

Clearly it's not going to replace the various super-powered torches you can buy for very reasonable prices these days, but this pocketable beast is now my go-to torch. In an ideal world I'd trim some of the weight off the chunky case, but it'd be rude to complain for this money!
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on 24 June 2014
CREE Q5 3W Led 350 Lumens mini Flashlight Zoomable Torch AA

There does seem to be some confusion in the review pages about the batteries this torch will accept. It is designed to operate on a single 3.7V battery - available as rechargeable or one-use lithium ion. The control circuit of the torch is designed to extend battery life by continuing to deliver the correct current to the LED even when the battery is running out. Normally you would change the battery when the light begins to dim, but the control circuit keeps the torch running normally even when the voltage delivered by the battery has dropped considerably.

Think out of the box now - if you put a lower voltage battery in the torch, the control circuit will still compensate and try to keep the torch running at normal brightness. A standard AA battery is physically interchangeable with the 14050, but has a voltage of 1.5V for disposable or 1.2V for rechargeable These voltages are only a fraction of the 3.7V the torch is designed to run on, but the control circuit still manages a good light output from the LED despite that.

I have tested two of these torches side by side, one with a 3.7V Li-ion battery and the other with a 1.2V Ni-MH battery. Measuring lumen output is most definitely a laboratory job, but working on the basis of long experience in illumination and lighting, my estimate is that the output with the 3.7V battery was about ten times greater than with the 1.2V battery. Subjectively that would make the 3.7V beam approximately three times brighter.

Don't forget, however that at 3.7V the light output is truly astounding and at 1.2V it is still a very respectable output. Think of the torch as a versatile tool - works OK with straightforward AA's but really shows its capabilities at 3.7V.

So, before complaining it is dim, think of what batteries you are using - don't blame the torch if you are using AA's, it is doing a very good job of giving you light with a very deficient power source. Upgrade to 3.7V batteries and see what you have really got for your money.

One very serious word of warning, particularly if you are using it at 3.7V - do not shine it into people's eyes, even from quite a long way away.
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on 25 December 2013
Purchased this as a last minute thought for a christmas present. Then I realised that it was coming from China, ooops!
The torch came within a couple of weeks and well in time for christmas phew!
Seller dispatched quickly after my purchase which I was pleased about.

The torch itself is very well made and is about the same size as the width of your palm if you have small hands like me. The torch is easy to operate with one hand.
The torch comes in a plain white box with some bubble wrap protecting it. There are no instructions for it. This is not a downfall however as it is not rocket science to operate.
The on/off switch is located on the end of the rear of the torch, easy for thumb operation.
Click the switch to turn the torch on for full power. 'Lightly' press the switch once to switch the light mode to the 50% and 'lightly' press the switch again to switch to the strobe setting.
The front end of the torch has the adjustable lense. Slide forwards and backwards with the thumb and forefinger to change between a nice wash of light and a square pin point beam.
For a torch of this size it is really bright. For general walking in the dark it is perfect to throw in your pocket ready for use on your travels to avoid any surprises from the dreaded doggy doo that some selfish people leave behind.
Really pleased with this torch!
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on 11 July 2015
The product i received is way different from the photo... thought this is dispatched from uk but rather from hongkong. And really disappointed because it is totally different from the photo posted.

Quick update:
Contact the seller and they replace it with a new item... the item i received was well built... for the price i never thought they can build something like that. Three modes as described and zoomable... but then the lumens output... there is nowhere near 300 lumens, i dont know if it produces 50 lumens at all. But for the price and for just everyday use and better than nothing... bare in mind that this torch eats the life of your battery much quicker than you expect. This is a real bargain... dirt cheap... and i give 1 stars, for sending me wrong item at first and for misleading lumens output and for a horrible experience...
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This well constructed flashlight is an awesome deal! It sports a newer 3W Q5 LED meaning that it will produce the same brightness a 7W LED does (around 350 lumen) while still retaining great battery life.

Given its diminutive size it is amazing how bright this torch is!

Thanks to the zoom function you could either have a spotlight beam or a wide floodlight effect. I find this feature particularly useful when going for a stroll at night. I set it to maximum aperture, thus covering a wide field of view. If I need to focus the beam on a certain area, a gentle push on the torch head will narrow the beam thus providing more throw.

At this price, this torch is really one of the best bargains available.

Highly recommended.
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on 3 June 2016
Probably the best thing ever. Maybe.

- Clip it on your belt and make it look like you've got a mini light-saber.
- Shine it under the couch and find 27p in change... and 12 spiders. Result.
- Use the zoom function and shine the point at the floor as a 'cat remote control'. Wherever you shine the point, a cat will appear.
- I use one of these with with a Li-ion 3.7V 1600mAh Battery. On cloudy days it can be used as a makeshift sun. Seriously, coupled with this battery this little torch is bright. I looked at it once, now 7 generations of my family are blind.

Buy this and be a better person.
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on 23 May 2016
I purchased this torch to add to my emergency kit in my car. It is small and lightweight, but incredibly well crafted and rugged. I'll give a simple run down of how I found it to work.

The cap at the back where the soft rubber button is unscrews (ashamed to admit it took me a while to figure that out...) and it takes a single AA battery. The other end of the torch, where the light comes out, can be adjusted to amplify the brightness, widening the light.

The brightness is great. It's not the world's brightest torch, don't get me wrong, but it is more than adequate.

If you slowly depress the button whilst it is turned on, it enters into a flashing mode which I imagine will be handy in case of emergencies.

I was offered this product at a discounted rate in exchange for my honest and impartial review.
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on 19 December 2014
Bought this small but bright torch to use as a handle bar mounted front bike light.

For the price the torch is solidly built however it seems to be a lottery as to whether you end up with a working item. Due to delivery issues I ended up buying two torches from two sellers. They are from different manufacturers which could account for the QC issues. So for future buyers:

- Working [unbranded] torch - ordered from UK DIRECT
- Non-working [branded] torch - ordered from UKEOL (refunded given)

As a cyclist, this is a great little torch and the strobe affect makes you much more visible but I can only rate this 2.5/5 due to the reliability issues.

Edit:- word of caution, during use the body runs quite hot to the touch.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 8 February 2016
This little torches are exceptional. They may have taken a while to arrive however when they did I was not disappointed. I cant quite work out how they produce such quality at a ridiculously competitive price.
Pop an AA battery in and you are away. They provide an excellent amount of light with really good intensity (lumens?) You have the added benefit of being able to zoom the light which basically means you can have a more intense but smaller area of light. To do this you simply push the front part of the torch forwards or backwards as you desire.
I can honestly say that I have disposed of all my other monster sized torches which seem to take loads of batteries and yet give very little light. These were particularly useful during a recent power cut when I left them in various places around the house (including by the bed) and picked them up as I moved around.
I cannot praise these torches highly enough. Great product and very happy customer.
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