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Slightly disappointing light output for a torch rated at 1200 lumens
on 11 October 2017
The construction is very solid, almost impeccable, and design functionally attractive. It feels very waterproof and substantial in the hand. The knurled diamond cut grip ensures it isn't slippery to hold as well when wet.
Coverage of the wide beam is very even unlike the previous CREE LED torch I had. The finish on this is a nice matt black, where my previous one was gloss. The matt makes this look more expensive.
My previous CREE LED torch had the supposedly inferior less bright T6 chip. This was rated at 300 lumens but was very bright.
This torch has the supposedly superior L2 chip LED and comparisons on youtube T6 Vs L2 the L2 is significantly brighter. The lens on my Ledeak isn't optically perfect, there are fine speaks of dust which can't be wiped off. Not really noticeable unless subject to close scrutiny.
The claims of the brightness of the Ledeak are 1200 lumens, however my old torch appears brighter at wide angle. The Ledeak seems a little dim in comparison. Which makes me question the 1200 lumen claim. I can only assume my previous torch is rated 300 lumen at wide angle, and the Ledeak is rated at 1200 lumens at full telephoto (the X2000 setting) when the beam is at its most focused and at its most intense brightness to register 1200 lumens. At long range telephoto both 1200 lumens torch and 300 lumens torch appear about the same, maybe my old 300 lumens torch is slightly brighter.
The differing light intensities is useful. Although I don't think the torch is as bright as it could be for a L2 chip, it is still bright and it is slightly worrying to me, that there is no bright yellow warning sticker to not look at the beam - which my old torch has. So if there are others/visitors in your household who may pick up the torch and use it, there is no warning (as with laser pens).
The size of this torch is also larger than my previous torch, more substantial to hold, but less compact for small pockets (both take 3x AAA batteries).
The advantage of this torch is it also takes a slightly larger rechargeable battery - which explains the larger size.
My old torch is rated at 2 hrs battery life on full power and 7 hours on 50% power. There is no such rating here as this torch is delivered without any instructions or specifications, just a plain torch in a bit of bubble wrap in a jiffy bag rather than a sealed retail pack like my old torch which came with a clip on dome diffuser to produce even room illumination, and a wrist strap and belt case to carry the torch on your belt.
The Ledeak doesn't come with a case, only a wrist strap.
5 stars for a 300 lumen torch, but 4 stars for a supposedly 1200 lumens torch.