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G3 CREE Q5 400 LUMEN FLASHLIGHT/TORCH,
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This review is for the G3 Cree Q5 400 Lumen torch. After buying a lenser P3 during the early part of last year i went on to say it was the best and only small torch you will need, well after receiving this today and after having had a little play with it tonight and comparing it to a Lenser P7 which outputs 200 lumen. Side by side there is little difference in the spread of beam although the cree has a slight yellow tinge to it whereas the Lenser is more white but hardly noticeable. In spot mode on the cree you can see the led in a square shape with two faint lines, but if you pull back a bit this goes, pity it doesn't project the batman logo! I can safely say we have a new small torch champion! Though to be fair the P3 only has an output of 16 lumen where as this is being sold as having an output of 400 lumen but in reality is more like 200 lumen.
It runs on a single AA battery and i have read on the internet and also said by other reviewers that to get the best out of this torch ie the full 200 lumen you need a 3.7v lithium ion battery type 14500, though beware of buying cheap versions of this type of battery as they are known to catch light! I have put a sanyo eneloop AA HR 3UTGA 1.2v in mine as i think it will be more than adequate so if you have a spare lying around save yourself some money and stick an eneloop in although it will probably only output 100 lumen with one of these.
It looks to be inspired by Led Lenser products and finished decent enough with a black alloy body and a push pull focus which goes from flood to spot. It only turns on and off so there are no modes, there is a pen clip which could come in handy. This is a handy size torch to keep around the house, in the car, for walking the dogs in the dark, for single ladies to carry around with them in their handbags as it is a tactical shape and can be used in self defence, and in the better weather for camping or to put on your bike like me. This is a bargain for around five pounds (as you can get six or seven of these for the price of one Lenser P7 around £35) if it lasts long enough! I will leave further updates about battery life etc.
Update 15.3.13; I can get around two hours use with an eneloop AA battery fitted, i hope this helps.