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Jetbeam RRT M1X Raptor LEP Flashlight Review: White Laser Flashlight
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Jetbeam RRT M1X Raptor specifications
|Brand/model||Jetbeam RRT M1X Raptor|
|Beam intensity||1,322,500 cd|
|Review date||January 2021|
If anybody gets excited talking about LEP flashlights, it’s definitely me. One of my first LEP flashlights was the Jetbeam M1X WP-RX, which is the predecessor of this RRT M1X Raptor. Now, after a few years, Jetbeam renewed 2 LEP flashlights and 1 of them is the Jetbeam RRT M1X Raptor. I’m excited, and I hope you are too!
The Jetbeam RRT M1X comes in a plastic case, with plenty of padding. But it’s not specifically made for this flashlight, but they add some extra padding to make up for empty space. This results in a suboptimal way of padding. But it’s not as bad as the Jetbeam RRT M2S Raptor I’ve reviewed.
What’s in the box
- The Jetbeam RRT M1X Raptor flashlight
- 21700 battery
- Micro USB cable
- 1 spare o-ring
- 1 extra rubber boot
- Some papers (manual, warranty)
Handling of the light
I have a weakness for Jetbeam’s anodizing and finish. The Jetbeam RRT M1X just looks fabulous. It really looks good with s very nice anodization.
It also feels really nice in hand. And instead of the funny pocketclip they used on the original Jetbeam M1X LEP, they included a rubber pistol grip ring. Looks good for sure!
One of the benefits of this new RRT flashlight is of course the rotary switch (RRT). If you turn the ring to the left, you get Low, the next click to the right is Medium, and the next is High. If you continue rotating the ring, the next indent/click is a strobe, and the last is SOS. The tailcap switch is only used for on and off. You can’t turn the switch farther than Low or SOS. You probably could, but it would break the switch. And there is no “standby” position on the control ring, so you have to use the mechanical tail switch to turn it off. BTW the tail switch is a forward clicky switch.
Yes, but very, very unstable, and I wouldn’t recommend doing this!
Build Quality, and Warranty
I’d have to say, that the coating and finish of Jetbeam’s flashlights have been one of best and one of my favorite. One of the first high power flashlights I got was the Jetbeam RRT21, and really enjoyed the machining and coating of that one. The Jetbeam RRT M1X Raptor’s build quality is just like that, gorgeous. It looks and feels much nicer than the first version.
Warranty: “we provide 60 months (5 years) of warranty period for this product from the date of purchase in case defects caused by material or workmanship with normal use. Necessary material and labor cost will be charged after this period”. For all details refer to their manual or website.
LEP, LENS, BEZEL, AND REFLECTOR
Ok, this is something important and special. Unlike the previous LEP M1X, the current version has a totally different design of LEP. The website and manual show the emitter being a WP-T2 LED. The previous was known as the WP-RX. I don’t know why they call it a LED?
Like all the other LEP flashlight I have, the former had a system with a reflective mirror in the middle that would point the blue laser beam onto phosphor which in term would create a ‘whitish’ looking beam.
This newest version doesn’t seem to have any kind of system, but looks just like a tiny LED. And because many people (including myself) were interested in knowing how the inside looks like, I decided to open it up… as far as I personally felt comfortable. Have a look yourself.
It looks like the Laser is just pointing to a colored window that then gets concentrated by the convext lens. That’s it.
- Length: 186 mm / 7.3 ”
- Head diameter: 61 mm / 2.4 ”
- Body diameter: 23.8 mm / 0.94”
- Empty: 263.7 g / 9.3 oz
- With battery: 337.4 g / 11.9 oz
Size compared to other LEP flashlights
From left to right: Acebeam W30, Weltool W4, Jetbeam RRT M1X raptor, Jetbeam M1X wp-rx, No-brand 26650 LEP, Nextorch T10L, Jetbeam RRT M2S, Jetbeam M2S WP-RX, Weltool W3 PRO, Fenix TK30, Nextorch T7L, Acebeam W10 gen2.
Image 3: compared to the older M1X. It looks like 3 times better in my opinion.
Driver & User Interface:
Back in the day I was extremely fond of the Sunwayman Magnetic Control rings.. and Jetbeam is still in the market with MCRs, but a little different. The control ring (RRT) has 5 positions, Low, Medium, High, Strobe and SOS.
The rear switch is just for power.
- Low, Medium, High, Strobe, SOS
If you turn the ring counterclockwise as far as you can go, that is Low. 1 indent clockwise is Medium, another bit is High. If you continue turning the ring, Strobe and SOS will follow. Nothing else to say.
- Not visible by eye.
Batteries & Charging
The package includes a Jetbeam 21700 JR51, wich is a 5100mAh battery, including a Micro USB port. Together with the battery, Jetbeam includes a Micro USB cable to charge the battery directly. No need for a special charger, but you need to remove the battery from the flashlight. That has one benefit: you can keep using the flashlight while charging the battery. Most chargers let you charge the battery inside the flashlight, which means you can’t use it anymore.
The charge current is very low, at somewhere between 0.60A – 0.75A. Therefore, I would suggest getting a proper 21700 charger in order to charge these long batteries. Most Lithium-Ion chargers have slots that will only fit up to 67 millimeters or so, while this battery is quite long at 76mm. You can also use non-protected, flat tops if you like. But in terms of performance, they don’t make the M1X perform any better. Maybe a few percent, but that’s neglectable.
All output numbers are relative for my home-made Integrating Sphere. It is set up with an Extech SDL400 Lux Meter for measurements including a Kenko PRO1D ND-16 filter. The base measurement is done with a Convoy S2+ that has been tested at 255 lumens. Amps were measured with a Fluke 77III, at the tailcap.
All of my readings were taken from a fully-charged Jetbeam JR51 (21700 5100mAh)
|Mode||Amps||Specs||@ 30 sec||@ start|
|High||2.76 A||480||267 lm||281 lm|
Do you notice the incredible difference between the measured output and the advertised output? In my opinion that is quite remarkable. 200 lumens less than advertised, from an advertised 480 lumens is about 45%. Low and Medium were quite okay.
I also tested the output with a flat top, non-protected Samsung 30T, and got roughly the same measurements.
The runtime test was done with the 50cm integrating sphere, including the Kenko Pro1D ND-16 filter and Extech SDL400 data logging Lux Meter.
This is a runtime graph in terms of candela, compared to other large (including the very seriously good performing gen 1 of this flashlight.
This is an interactive graph, you can use your mouse cursor to go over a line to see what flashlight it is.
Measurements were taken outdoors with a professional Hagner E4-X Lux Meter. Measured after 30 seconds.
|Mode||Candela||Distance in Meters||Distance in Yards|
That is really poor performing for a flashlight that is supposed to throw 1.3 million candelas and reach 2300 meters. measuring the output at start was roughly 910.000cd
For the following beamshots I used a Canon EOS 5D Mk2 and a 100mm lens. manual settings: ISO1600, .5sec , F4, 5000K
The tower is about 450 meters / 492 yards away.
Disclaimer: I bought this flashlight with my own money. Nobody paid me to review this flashlight, nor have I been holding back on problems or defects.
- Gorgeous looking and nice build quality
- Comes in a hardcase box
- Includes a 21700, 5100mAh battery
- Rotary ring for easy operation
- The charge current for the battery is low
- Padding inside the box doesn’t make much sense
- Performing really poorly
3 stars: ★★★
If it performed as well as it looks, it’d be a winner. First the good things. This thing is beautiful, just like you would expect from Jetbeam. It’s extremely easy to operate and I welcome this Rotary Switch design into the LEP world, but that’s about everything positive I can say. In terms of performance, I wish I never bought it. It’s not bad, because it’s still hitting almost 1900 meters albeit very briefly. If you expected a winner, reaching even over 2.3km, as I did, you will be disappointed.