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Compared to most of the items I’ve received from DX, the packaging of the Raging light consists of a decent box with closed cell foam insert protecting the light well, so first impressions are good.
The 4 x 18650 format is quite common now, and the Raging has a handle to make handling the light easier than gripping the body.
Lifting the Raging out of the box and the overall construction feels solid with plenty of metal to help keep those 5 XM-Ls cool. The thinness of the metal used to make the handle is the only slight disappointment.
I like the different look of the five distinct reflectors and black background separating them. This is a different approach to the compound reflectors more commonly seen in multi emitter lights.
What is in the box:
Closed cell foam protects the light. Included with the light is a lanyard and spare o-ring.
Taking a closer look and looking inside:
The business end with the five distinct emitters with dedicated reflectors. The black ‘fill’ piece acts to locate the reflectors.
Looking straight into the array of reflectors and they appear yellow as the emitter surface is evenly reflected. The reflectors are well finished and you can just make out the lines in the emitter surface in the reflections.
The battery tube has a square section echoing the square battery 1S4P layout.The graphics are printed onto rather than etched into the surface.
The tail has a single reverse clicky switch with the fixing point for the bolted on handle.
The contacts in the head for the positive battery terminals and the negative contact ring for the body. The only flaw in the finish is a bit of epoxy resin left on the head (visible at 1-2 o’clock in the photo). Removing this would most likely result in damage to the anodising so I’ve left it. Once the body is fitted this is barely noticeable.
The negative terminals are springs, The threads are well formed and anodised. As supplied the threads and o-ring were dry.
Modes and User Interface:
The FandyFire Raging has a typical five mode driver with memory. There is a physical make or break switch (unlike the majority of lights like this that use electronic switching) with reverse clicky action.
Click-on to the last used mode, then half press the switch briefly to change mode. Modes are High, Medium, Low, Strobe, SOS back to High etc.
As long as you leave a second or two between turning it off and on again, it will remember the last used mode.
Batteries and output:
The Raging, uses four 18650s but due to the positive contact design, button top cells are needed for reliable operation.
The negative contact springs allow for a range of cell lengths to be accommodated. The cells shown here are the long Xtar 3100mAh and are easily accommodated.
Unlike many of the incarnations of multi cell 1S4P configuration, the Raging has no central battery separator. This means that you need to use 4 cells or when you screw the body onto the head, the batteries can move sideways and not make contact properly. If you really needed to use this light on less than 4 cells you would need to use spacers in place of the other cells.
As the Raging uses a make or break clicky switch there is no parasitic drain to worry about, so leaving this light fully loaded and ready to go is no problem, the only drain being the cells own self discharge.
To measure actual output, I built an integrating sphere. See here for more detail. The sensor registers visible light only (so Infra-Red and Ultra-Violet will not be measured).
Please note, all quoted lumen figures are from a DIY integrating sphere, and according to ANSI standards. Although every effort is made to give as accurate a result as possible, they should be taken as an estimate only. The results can be used to compare outputs in this review and others I have published.
The output measurements were made using the Xtar 3100mAh cells.
|FandyFire Raging output mode||I.S. measured ANSI output Lumens||PWM frequency (Hz)|
Strobe frequency is 7.8Hz
Considering it is likely the users of this light would also buy their batteries from DX, I chose to run the output runtime trace on Ultrafire 2600mAh red protected cells.
The output does steadily decline, but remains over 1000lm for 1.5 hours and due to the size of the head never runs overly hot.
In The Lab
NEW for Winter 2012 ANSI standards include maximum beam range. This is the distance at which the intensity of light from an emitter falls to 0.25lux (roughly the same as the lux from a full moon). This standard refers only to the peak beam range (a one dimensional quantity), so I am expanding on this and applying the same methodology across the entire width of the beam. From this data it is possible to plot a two-dimensional ‘beam range profile’ diagram which represents the shape of the illuminated area.
In order to accurately capture this information a test rig was constructed which allows a lux meter to be positioned 1m from the lens and a series of readings to be taken at various angles out from the centre line of the beam. As the rig defines a quadrant of a circle with a radius of 1m, all the readings are taken 1m from the lens, so measuring the true spherical light intensity. The rig was designed to minimise its influence on the readings with baffles added to shield the lux meter from possible reflections off the support members.
The distance of 1m was chosen as at this distance 1lux = 1 candela and the maximum beam range is then calculated as the SQRT(Candela/0.25) for each angle of emission.
In this plot, the calculated ANSI beam ranges are plotted as if viewed from above (for some lights there may also be a side view produced) using a CAD package to give the precise ‘shape’ of the beam.
Starting with the 5m range grid you get an idea of the broad spread of light pushing forward into the distance.
What it is really like to use…
Including a handle in the design of the Raging makes a real difference to regular use of this light. The handle makes it easy and comfortable and even large hands don’t feel cramped.
The clicky tail switch combined with the size of this light make it a two handed operation design, but the complete lack of parasitic drain (due to this switch), without having to unscrew the body to lock it out, somewhat makes up for this.
Unfortunately due to the lack of central cell support you must have at least one complete set of four well-matched cells, as you cannot easily run this light on less than four cells.
Being quite a big light it is a bit too big and powerful for everyday general use, but as a big light to grab and light up the neighbourhood it is spot on.
Unfortunately the PMW at 125 Hz on the lower output levels is quite noticeable to me, but this is typical in lights like this, so not unexpected. It means I prefer not to use this on the lower levels, instead enjoying the maximum output to its full effect.
The manufacturer lists the light at 4000lm (hence DX quoting this figure), but as the output tests showed, this is an actual ANSI output of 2118lm. This is still a very respectable output despite the 5 XM-L emitters unfortunately not being driven that hard with each one only giving around 400lm. Given a better driver this light could achieve a much higher output.
Not to go on about this feature too much, but simply incorporating a handle does make for a really well handling light. I have large hands, so could easily grip the body, but find the handle makes this light easy to hold for long periods with no fatigue at all. If needed you can even hang it off a single finger to allow you to use both hands to carry something and still hold the light.
The FandyFire Raging has good ergonomics and provides respectable performance at a good price. Although having the side by side 4×18650 configuration it also has a distinctive styling.
Review by “Subwoofer” originally posted on CandlePowerForums 12.29.12
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The Fandyfire Knight is a unique beast. It emits over 1400 lumens of light into the distance with it’s two XML emitters being fed easily by three 18650 lithium batteries running in parallel. That, however, is not the unique part of the light. The unmatched feature it possesses is it’s unmatchable long throw, but not to illumiate an object, but rather to throw a small green speck of light onto it. It has a green laser built in! Let’s see how it performs without getting into too much mischief….
Dimensions: 5.91 in x 1.97 in x 1.97 in (15.0 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm)
Weight: 10.16 oz (288g)
Emitter Brand: Cree
LED Type: XM-L
Color: Cool White
Number of Emitters: 2
Voltage Input: 3.6-4.2V
Battery Configuration: 3 x 18650 (not included)
Runtime: 2-3 hours
Number of Modes: 3
Mode Arrangement: Hi > Low > Fast Strobe
Mode Memory: No
Switch Type: Reverse clicky
Switch Location: Side
Lens: Glass lens
Reflector: Aluminum Smooth / SMO
Strap Included: Yes
Beam Range: 100 meters
Laser Wavelength: 532nm
Laser Color: Green
Continuous 2 clicks button to switch to laser mode
Aside from the laser, the Knight holds it’s own as a flashlight very well. The light uses three 18650 batteries in parallel so they should give good runtime. Here is a breakdown of the output:
High: 1407 lumens
Low: 336 Lumens
Lux: 16380 cd
As you can see the light puts out much more than the manufacturer stated 950 lumens. I question if the emitters are really T6 but rather U2 bin. At any rate it throws out much more light than any single xml torch could. The low mode is still very bright, and works very well when tailstanding in a dark room to light it up. Perhaps it could use a much lower third level more suitable for indoor use instead of the strobe.
The throw is pretty good. Just think of two xml lights each at 8000cd side by side. The hotspot is pretty even, but the spill is strange, as we will see later.
Mode arrangement is High-Low-Strobe like it’s cousin the Skyray King (though the King has both higher high and lower low). The light is turned on by holding the button for about 1 second, and turned off in the same fashion. Switching modes is accomplished by short clicking the button while the light is on. It always starts in high mode.
The laser was measured at 26 lumens. I have no way to measure laser power, but it is higher than a 2xAAA operated 5mw laser I have which measured between 8 and 14 lumens. It is also much brighter on the wall.
Knight on left, Green laser pointer on right
At this point I had better mention that lasers over 5mw cannot be imported into some countries. I am in the US, and they are off limits here. These types of lasers often do not filter the UV some wavelengths of infrared and can be harmful to your eyes. I have no way of measuring any of that but you should always be careful, especially indoors where the laser is glaring bright. Also, it is illegal to shine the light at aircraft. I mean they will come and take you to prison for doing so, it blinds pilots and is very dangerous. So be careful with these, they are fun but don’t treat it as a toy.
The construction is fairly straightforward with the battery tube screwing into the head. The electronic switch is located on the side of the light, and has a rubber covering. At the head of the light a stainless bezel protects the glass lens. The rubber switch has a nice feel to it and seems unlikely to get accidentally activated (even more so because of the one second delay when holding the button to turn on the light).
The switch does not stick out very far, but is easy to find by feel.The four squared cutouts are not just for show, but also act as anti-roll stops.The cutouts on the sides are many lanyard attachment points and help with grip, as there is no knurling on the light. The slight cooling fins on the head are as much for show as heat dissipation.
The button has the Black Shadow logo on it! Since this is a direct clone (or relabeled I should say) of the Black Shadow Knight, it is not surprising. By the way… this may not be the place for it, but the Black Shadow Knight green laser was rated as a 20mw. That may explain why it is brighter than my laser pointed….
Just your normal triangular threads of sufficient depth. They came unlubed. There is a nice fitting white oring below the threads, but I wouldn’t dunk this light in water. The switch does give much more confidence around water than the Skyray King’s metal button. Threads are not annodized and there is no way to lockout the light. I have no idea of the standby current necessary for the electronic switch. With three batteries in parallel I’m not too overly worried about it.
The two xm-l are side by side in two narrow but fairly deep reflectors. They are well centered. The bezel is pretty deep which blocks some of the light. Not sure if this is to better protect the lens or what.
There are negatives to the light. It’s size is just long enough that it doesn’t fit as comfortably inside a jacket pocket as the much wider Skyray King. Also you can’t clip it in your pocket like a traditional light. Also the lack of a lower low, combined with always starting in high make it less useful as an everyday around the house light. The biggest thing for the picky white-wall hunters though will be the beam pattern. You can just look at the light and know it won’t have the prettiest beam, and you are right. I couldn’t get my camera to get a good pic on the wall for some unknown reason, but I’m sure you can see the beam isn’t uniform fairly easily.
There is surprisingly very little wrong with the hotspot, which makes the beam appear pretty good outdoors. The main corona however is egg-shaped. Add to that the two lighter areas of spill forming “ears” on the beam and it’s pretty ugly. Turn it upside down and it’s just as bad. Like I said it doesn’t look as bad outside, but it doesn’t totally disappear either. A small price to pay for having a laser at your disposal!
In the end, this light isn’t for everyone. But for those that think it sounds cool, go for it! It is a lot of fun, and you can’t have a better “thrower” . It performs very well and is a nice size even without the novelty of the laser. I give it four stars out of five on it’s own merits, but really there is no alternative like it. It’s functional to use and great to show off. It really is a “dazzling” light.
Original review by Tecmo Tue, 04/23/2013
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The RC toy industry sub-culture is a huge industry with people spending thousands of dollars a year on gear and toys with a wide variety of RC toys ranging from almost life sized jet planes to miniature remote controlled cars, controlled via smartphone and App! Are you one of these people? For those of you who have always had the desire to take to the sky, dirt track or water on a budget RC vehicle but have never had the courage to actually splash out on a remote controlled toy, then this blog is for you. RC aircraft range from gliders to jet planes to helicopters and come in a range of prices, speeds, shapes and colors! If you simply look on YouTube and type in RC planes there are thousands of videos to get you started with many “how tos”, including many amazing almost life sized remote controlled aircraft. Anyway, here are a few RC planes that might be a great initiation into the world of RC toys and that won’t break the bank either! So good luck with your new hobby. hope this blog helps!
Art-Tech Cessna 182 6-CH Radio Control Model “Airplane with Transmitter”
This Brand “Art-Tech” Cessna 182 model 500 class airplane is a classical light plane featuring a 1300mm wingspan, making this plane great for the park or any open field or area. This plane is so easy to put together and fly, with very few parts, that you’ll put it together and be flying in about 10 minutes! With a pleasant appearance you’ll be the envy of other RC plane enthusiasts around. Coming with a quality, hefty remote control with 2400mAh capacity, you’ll be out all day long with no battery problems. This model not only looks great from afar but also up close in detail. With a high attention to detail including the inside and outside such as the instrument panel as well as joy stick and signal cable, makes this model a super purchase. With strobe lighting and a main landing light on the wing, you’ll be able to fly this plane at night.
Art-Tech Fokker Dr-I 4-CH Radio Control Model Airplane with Remote Controller
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This Fokker Art-Tech Brand model aircraft is made of a sturdy and robust EPO material, meaning that it won’t break easily, which also means that you’ll be able to practice with this whist making mistakes, without having to buy another one straight after take off! And coming in at 534mm long and 280mm high, with a wingspan of 640mm, this is no small plane, but a fair size RC aircraft. This Fokker has a 300 meter radio controlled distance, giving you a huge area to practice and have lots of fun with. Like all the other models in this Aircraft category, with relatively few parts, you’ll have this put together and be up and flying in a matter of minutes. This aircraft although simple to construct and even more simple to fly, should only be used by anyone over the age of 14 years old, as advised by the manufacturer. This plane is great for anyone who has an appreciation of these types of traditional planes or anyone who just wants to give RC a try on the weekends in the park!
Art-Tech Sabre F-86 4-CH Radio Control Model Ducted Jet with Transmitter
This Art-Tech Brand Sabre F-86 4-CH radio control model airplane features a ducted fan making this more resistant to air and thus faster and more streamlined through the air. Coming with a radio controlled transmitter/remote this RC plane feels every bit as solid and professional as a $1000 RC plane! Like other models of it’s range, this plane is also easy to put together and will be in the air almost straight out the box. Suitable for any North American plane enthusiast or weekend hobbyist over 14 years old, all the same. The Sabre harks back to the Korean War in the 1950′s during the cold war between Russia and North America. So if you have any interest in world history or old aircraft, then this is the plane for you! Featuring a 250 meter range, you’ll have plenty of space to become acquainted with your new RC toy. And this model Sabre F-86 has a wingspan of 450mm and a length of 448mm, so it’s not a large as the others and will fit perfectly in your cupboard for whenever you want to take it to the park or RC playground.
Art-Tech Tiger-Moth 4-CH Radio Control – Dual Fixed Wing Model Airplane with Remote Control
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This “de Havilland” (creator) Tiger Moth brand Art-Tech radio controlled dual fixed wing plane is a nice piece of kit. Also made from a EPO material, this model aircraft is durable and great for Sundays in the park or on the moors, the beach or wherever you happen to live! A great starter plane that’s easy to put together right out the box. this would be a great present for yourself or child over the age of 14 yrs or as a first RC toy for you to get to grips with the skies. Follow in the footsteps of the RAF in the Second world war. The original Tiger Moth was build in 1430 and ended service around the 1960′s meaning that it was a great military and civilian practice plane, as it was highly reliable and stable. Therefore this should also be a reliable and great practice plane for anyone trying their hand at RC planes. With a wingspan of 560mm and 495mm long, this is a stable plane and the perfect first plane for you. Also featuring a 300-500 meter range, you’ll be able to set this flyer free!
Art-Tech F-14 5-CH Radio Control – Ducted Fan Model Fighter with Transmitter
This Art-Tech F-14 5-CH radio controlled Jet fighter also features dual ducted fans and dual rotor for faster and a more fluid flight, whilst in the sky. This fighter jet is the “Tomcat” jet plane. One of Americas greatest fighting jets ever built. This model is not only fast and mean looking but is a beautifully constructed and made piece of RC gear, definitely giving you some street cred on the scene. featuring an amazing 1000mm wingspan and an elegant 980mm length, this is one bird meant to fly. Also made from an EPO material, this jet will take a few bumps and scrapes without too much damage. Though, perhaps try on your friends RC plane first And with a 2200mAh battery, you’ll get plenty of play time with this model with only a 90 minute charge. Also coming with a fair sized and quality feeling remote control, you’ll think you are flying a much better and more expensive model plane! And this jet will fly as far as 500 meters, giving you plenty of space to earn your wings! This fighter jet RC plane is made for those with danger lust and should be kept out of the hands of children. Children around the ages of 14 should be supervised.
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- Band whole length: 27.5cm
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- Easy to install and remove, no any tool needed
- Suitable for iPod Nano 6th generation
Pros: genuine product. very comfortable and the remote worded on my iPhone. these headphone and some fancy packaging cost $60 australian dollars! I payed around $5 on deal extreme.
Cons: no packaging just a rubber band and a little plastic bag. not really a serious concern I didn’t want to pay extra for packaging i was going to throw away.
Other: great head phones, low price and a must have if you own an iPod and dont want to annoy people with your music.
Pros: -Capable of controlling music flow via cable. (Pause/Play/Increase+Decrease of volume/Skipping songs)
-Sound quality is at least as good as original Apple’s.
-Decent cable length.
-Looks decent, like the Apple earphones.
-Earphones fit nicely.
Cons: -One of the ear buds fell off on arrival. (Can be fixed with glue)
-A bit expensive compared to the other earphones.
Other: I’d buy this product for the ability control music flow via the cable. If you do not want that feature, you’d be better off with another pair.
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