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EagleTac D25LC2 Clicky (Cree XM-L U2) Review

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Posted May 15, 2012 by Mev in EagleTac
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Rating

Output
8.5


Build
8.0


Usability
7.5


Value
7.5


Total Score
7.9


Summary

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Price: $75
 

Pros:

A great balance of pocketable size, high output, and accessible user interface.
 

Cons:

Nothing significant.
 

EagleTac has released a clicky version of the D25LC2. These are available either with a Cree XM-L, Cree XP-G or Cree XT-E LEDs. The model reviewed here is the XM-L version. Right up the front, the EagleTac D25LC2 has a Ti coated stainless steel bezel, the Ti coating mutes the reflective nature of bare/polished stainless […]

by Mev
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EagleTac has released a clicky version of the D25LC2. These are available either with a Cree XM-L, Cree XP-G or Cree XT-E LEDs. The model reviewed here is the XM-L version. Right up the front, the EagleTac D25LC2 has a Ti coated stainless steel bezel, the Ti coating mutes the reflective nature of bare/polished stainless steel. The glass lens used in the EagleTac D25LC2 is made of impact resistant glass with anti-reflective (AR) coatings on both sides. The reflector has a subtle texture and very well finished and polished. The review sample had a slight flaw on the reflector with what looks like a small air bubble (visible in the image to the left, click to enlarge). Thankfully, this slight flaw didn’t noticeably  affect output or beam profile/quality at all.  The XM-L LED sits perfectly centered at the bottom of the reflector cup. Externally, the head has a thin band of textured knurling which helps with grip and is a nice touch since mode changes are done with twists of the head as well. Threads between the head and battery tube are pretty cleanly cut and smooth. There is a rubber o-ring sitting just behind the threads on the head which serves as a moisture seal and also provides some dampening for the twist mechanism when changes modes. The “+” battery contact on the head has a physical reverse polarity protection built in, so no worries about damaging the electronics.

The battery tube has a clean and simple cylindrical design almost totally covered in textured knurling, finished in black Type III anodizing. The knurling is not too rough nor too smooth. It provides a nice grip while not causing abrasion to every other thing when carried in a pocket. A 2x CR123 battery magazine is included which helps prevent battery rattle when CR123 batteries are used in the D25LC2. The D25LC2 comes with a pocket clip installed, allowing the D25LC2 to be carried head-down. It is secured in place by a retaining ring. The clip can be easily removed by simply unscrewing the retaining ring and pulling out the pocket clip. The pocket clip has really good tension and holds the D25LC2 securely on most types of clothing/fabrics. The threads between the battery tube and tail cap are smooth and cleanly machined. They are of average thickness and not too thin cut, they should hold up well to heavy use. A single rubber o-ring sits just behind the threads on either end of the battery tube for moisture seals. The tail cap has a band of knurling which again provides good grip, making it easily removable during battery changes. There’s a freely rotating lanyard attachment ring which allows for lanyard to be easily attached, although thicker lanyard might be a bit more difficult to thread through its hole. The rubber switch cap sits recessed within the tail cap allowing the D25LC2 to tail stand easily without problems. The switching mechanism used is of the reverse push button variety. Paired with the way the user interface works, the D25LC2 will not work practically for momentary activations. The switching mechanism has very short travel and slightly higher than average tension. It feels quite different from the clicky switches EagleTac has used in earlier models.

The EagleTac D25LC2 has a total of 5 levels of constant illumination modes (contrary to the 4 stated on the package) and 7 special modes. With the head tightened, half-presses of the switch simply cycles between Turbo and Strobe. With the head loosened, half-presses of the switch cycles output modes in the following order.

Low > Medium > High > Low > Medium > High > Strobe (I/II) > S.O.S.(I/II) > Beacon > Low Flash

The additional Moonlight mode listed in the manual is accessible by switching the light on with the head loosened, then perform a sequence of tightening/loosening of the head 3 times. Additionally, memory mode (which enabled the light to turn on at the last used output level) can be enabled/disabled depending on your preference. This is done by performing switching the light on with the head tightened, then perform a sequence of loosening/tightening of the head 3 times.

Output on the highest Turbo level is only maintained for 5 minutes continuously which then steps down to about 80% output due to heat, this is a safety consideration and intentionally controlled by the electronics. The beam profile provided by the XM-L version of the EagleTac D25LC2 provides a medium sized hot spot. The hot spot is pretty well defined considering  the use of an XM-L LED and the size relatively small size of the reflector. The spill beam is also medium sized, usable for lighting up a walking trail and similar tasks. Since a U2 bin XM-L is in this review model, beam tint is slightly cool when compared to sunlight white. Beam quality is great, free from any noticeable artifacts. Output is maintained well regulated on all output levels.

Output

Turbo
High
Medium
Low
Moonlight
: 542 Lumens, 4970 Lux (Spot), 325 Lux (Spill)
: 324 Lumens, 2970 Lux (Spot), 194 Lux (Spill)
: 87 Lumens, 795 Lux (Spot), 52 Lux (Spill)
: 20 Lumens, 185 Lux (Spot), 12 Lux (Spill)
: <1 Lumens, 2 Lux (Spot), <1 Lux (Spill)
Run Time

Turbo, 1x 18650
Turbo, 2x CR123
High, 1x 18650
High, 2x CR123
Medium, 1x 18650
Medium, 2x CR123
Low, 1x 18650
Low, 2x CR123
Moonlight
: 2 Hours 15 Minutes to 50%
: 1 Hour 8 Minutes to 50%
: 3 Hours 15 Minutes to 50%
: 1 Hour 30 Minutes to 50%
: 13 Hours 16 Minutes to 50%
: 7 Hours 24 Minutes to 50%
: ~100+ Hours
: ~100+ Hours
: TBD

Other Specifications (as advertised)
Head Dia. 0.9 inches (22.5 mm)
Body Dia. 0.85 inches (22 mm)
Length: 4.5  inches (115 mm)
Weight: 1.7 ounce (49 grams) excluding battery
Stainless steel bezel w/ durable dark titanium coating
Spare o-rings
Polished stainless steel pocket clip
User Manual
Rigid Nylon Holster w/ self-retention device and flip
Mil-Spec Paracord Lanyard w/ quick attachment clip

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14 Comments


 
 

  1.  
    Ynotccw

    I have the clicky R5 emitter and use a 18650 – this light is perfect with one major exception, it turns-on accidentally in my pocket. I carry it in my left front pants pocket and the light has been accidentally activated every time I carry it which is a real deal breaker. So by not anodizing the threads, you gain the ability to turn the clip around but loose the ability to twist lock the light off. Size, weight, clip, beam, build quality, user interface, all perfect! Too bad…




  2.  
    kevin

    I just received the light yesterday its nice but o rings seem a little thin, ran it under my shower head for a few mins set it down bout half hour and when i picked it up it had water all in the reflector




  3.  
    BEN

    wow, very great review, thanks!




  4.  
    al hamara

    other reviews (e.g. selfbuilt on cpf) stated that there is no real moonlight mode, he measured it much brighter.




    •  
      Mev

      That’s interesting, their reported measurement of 660 lumens is quite a bit higher. However throw numbers measured seem to be about the same as my measurements though (4900 lux). Unless there are significant variations from sample to sample of the D25LC2 with regards to the reflector’s focus, I would have expected the corresponding throw to be much higher with the measured output of 660 lumens.




  5.  
    Doug

    Mev,
    Just purchased a D25LC2 clicky. Your comments note you used a AW 18650 3100 mAh in your testing but does it have a top button. I have read flat top 18650′s will not work in this flashlight and I thought the AW 18650 3100 only came with a flat top button.
    Thanks




    •  
      Mev

      Hi Doug,

      With the Protected AW 18650 cells, you would need magnetic spacers (which you can also get from AW) for the “+” contact end.
      Hope that helps.




  6.  
    Roger

    I can’t get moonlight mode with my D25lc2. I have tried to use 2 CR123′s and a couple of different 18650′s and it just doesn’t work for my light.




    •  
      Mev

      To get the Moonlight mode, you need to start the sequence with the head loosened. Then, perform a sequence of tighten/loosen twists (total of 6 twists both ways), your final head position at the end of this sequence should be back to loosened.




  7.  
    Noah

    Thank you very much for your detailed review of this light.
    I looked everywhere for a review of this specific model, and finally found yours.
    I particularly appreciated the runtime comparison between different cell types.




  8.  

    Nice review. Thanks for your time & effort.

    What’s the capacity of the 18650 cell when doing runtime test?




 
 



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