FordEx Group 300lm Mini Cree LED Flashlight Review
The 300lm Mini Cree LED flashlight of FordEx Group is a good solution for those who need to buy from the original retail with the price of over $30. One more great thing is that it is now being sold for less than $5. FordEx Group already stopped distributing this product and what is being sold online are either knock-offs or the last of the genuine items.
There are much enthusiastic feedback and few complaints. About the complaints, they talk about the battery that does is very specific. In fact, if you buy from the Chinese retailer, you need to have some patience because shipping can take a long time. If you buy it directly from Amazon, you will get it within days. The ones being sold on Amazon have slight differences from the Chinese version, such as the mode/function switch. In my opinion, this tiny flashlight gets a high 4.5 star rating.
In-depth Review Of FordEx 300lm
Top 5 Main Features
- Flashlight head is pulled out to adjust zoom and beam focus
- Super mini size with water resistant and skid-proof design
- Gives you a choice of battery: Double A Alkaline, Lithium 14500, or NiMH
- Maximum lumen is 300 and has 3 functions/modes: High, Low, and Strobe
- Receives a 4.3 star rating out of 5 stars
- Size: 3.7 inches (length) x 1 inch (height) x 1 inch (width); Cap size is 1 inch x 3.5 inches
- Weight: 2.6 ounces (shipping weight)
- Battery Size: 1 AA battery
- Power/Lumens: On high, it is 300 lumens; on low it is
- Body Material: Anodized Aluminum
- No Mount
- Brand name: Ultrafire
- Function: CREE XM-L Q5 True 300 Lumens LM LED Zoomable Flashlight Torch
- Model: Ultrafire SK68
- Material: High quality 6061T Aluminium
- LED Type: CREE XM-L Q5
- Brightness: True 300 Lumen
- Light range: Around 200m
- Continuous battery life: 3 to 10 hours
- Mode: 3 switch modes — high / low / sos
- Power Source: 1 x 14500 Rechargeable battery (Battery not included)
- Dimension: 92mm X 25mm
- Weight: 60g
With adjustable focus & zoom, the FordEx 300lm Mini Cree LED flashlight comes with a 7 watt that can be pulled to adjust the beam and zoom. This super mini flashlight also called blinding light because it comes with skid-proof design and water resistant design. But it is not waterproof. Because there are some leaking issues with the sliding focus head, it is only be given an IP rating of about IP51.
300 is the maximum lumen of this flashlight. And it comes with NiMH batteries, lithium 14500 and AA alkaline. I have read all of the reviews, and I see that the most complaints are about the AA regular batteries that do not work well, and plus the lifespan of the battery is a short 2 hours. But the flashlight will work very well if it comes with the lithium or NiMH batteries. First came out in 2011, this product already been discontinued by the manufacturer. I highly recommend you to buy it from Amazon, do not purchase products from the Chinese seller because you need to wait up to 3 or 4 weeks to receive your orders! On top of that, you may have to pay additional customs tax.
It’s important that batteries are excluded in the case – you’ll need to purchase them independently.
This flashlight is profoundly prescribed for night games, outdoors, and as a major aspect of your bicycle or auto tool stash. Its lens is raised and it packaging is made of dark aluminum combination. The LED innovation is CREE Q5 with force switch on the tail top. It is equipped for coming to a separation of around 100 feet.
The execution of the spotlight is brilliant. It is slip safe which makes it useful for stormy days or individuals with sweaty palms. Exchanging modes or capacities is simple and you don’t need to push the tail top switch hard. In the event that you do, you will stop the electric lamp. It has 3 modes: high, low, and strobe.
Since it measures a minor 65 grams, it’s anything but difficult to bear and performs just about like an extravagant Maglite. It has been begat the “Best Flashlight Spotlight” in light of its shine and cost. Then again, there have been a few clients who claim that the lumen is not 300 yet undoubtedly at 200 or less.
This is a really bizarre flashlight! And it didn’t make a very good first impression. When I opened the envelope I found a blank white box with the light & lanyard in it. There were no instructions of any kind in the box nor the envelope. No markers as to how to insert the batteries. Hell, it doesn’t even indicate what batteries will fit! Since it took 1 month and 3 days between ordering and receiving it I’d forgotten, and actually had to bring the listing up on Amazon to check. That’s not ideal. I pulled the lanyard out of the box and the plastic/loop fell right off the cord. Hmmm, that’s not ideal either.
Okay, the light itself if just weird. It’s got a weird fish-eye lens. Initially, I thought it was broken as the lens end spins freely and telescopes in and out (!). Once I figured out what battery to use (AA, or 14500…more on that later…) it did function. With the “tube” pulled all the way in the light is very diffused would work well as a candle. And will tail stand, kinda sorta, in a feeble-wobble way. Used as a regular flashlight it will illuminate an entire room. When you pull the “tube” all the way out, however, it projects a very nice outline of the emitter on the wall! As in, you can see the chip as though it was a slide on an overhead projector!
Suffice to say this light is of limited usefulness as anything but an oddity. It would provide enough light to navigate your home in the event of a power outage; with the spot set to max flood it actually casts an incredibly wide beam and is pretty bright. It’s virtually useless at any distance past 20 feet though, and the light is almost violet. The outline of the face of the emitter chip is rendered in a very lovely shade of purple.
Lastly, I a/ss/u/me that with a 14500 cell it would be appreciably brighter. Well, not so much. I couldn’t tell any difference in output between an SAFT LS14500 and a regular Energizer. Not that it would have much mattered given the bizarre output.
Three stars is probably generous but to be fair, nothing in the description promises that it won’t be truly bizarre. And since it cost about four bucks when I ordered it I’m not out much. It will be worth much that just to baffle and perplex people. I can’t wait to show this off to my fellow flashlight geeks!
- Small and attractive.
- Freaking bright. 200+ lumens on a single NiMH AA, at a conservative estimate.
- Has high and medium settings, if you get it from the right vendor. The modes are ~200+ lumens and ~80 lumens, roughly, with an Energizer NiMH AA rechargeable battery.
- Focuses pretty wide and narrow. (wider than and just as narrow as the “2000X zoom” flashlight I got)
- Uses a single AA battery.
- Can tail-stand to light a room.
- The light color is cool white, probably around 6300K, slightly blue at the center and slightly yellow at the edge. Has rainbow-colored halos outside the main beam.
- Has (small) lanyard holes which don’t interfere with standing on its back end.
- Fits in a bike light mount for use as a headlight.
- Mode resets to ‘bright’ after being off for a few seconds.
- May is not dimmable, depending perhaps on which vendor you buy from.
- Belt clip is so tight and stiff that it’s hard to use, and may damage a fabric.
- It’s neat being able to see an image of the LED (complete with wire traces) on the tightest beam focus, but it makes the light uneven and distracts from seeing whatever the light is shining at. Zoom out slightly to avoid this.
- Gets warm when left on for a while; might impact the LED life span (especially if using a Li-Ion 14500 battery).
- Not waterproof at all when the clip is removed, since the clip screw holes go all the way into the battery chamber.
Why Should You Buy It?
I’m astounded at how bright this light is. This is my first free-type light. Outstanding construction for the price. As is so often the case, I wish there was a made-in-America alternative. Want a super-bright, tough, aluminum case light with focus? This will do it for you.
I bought a 7w 300lm Mini Cree Led Flashlight Torch with Adjustable Focus Zoom Light Lamp. It is better for me. I like it very much. because of it’s portable look. It spot about 400 meters ahead. I used the 1.2 volt Ni-Cad battery and also 1.5 volt alkaline battery and it is work well. But the product specification their approval was to use 14500 3.6v Li-ion battery. The most problem is very difficult to find that battery. However, it is the torch is best.