I received the X7R from Olight for the review.
The review is still ongoing, there are still some data and plots that I need to elaborate, as well as thermographic videos. The review will be kept updated as the new data is available.
The X7R is the upgraded version of the Olight’s famous X7 flood light. While the X7R conserves size and some design elements of the X7, there are some changes:
the max output is increased from 9000 (X7) to 12000 lumens (X7R),
the X7R is powered from a not removable battery pack (4 x 18650 3000mAh),
it is possible to recharge the integrated battery pack via USB-C port,
there is a LED under the switch, actioned by a motion sensor,
there is a lanyard attachment,
there is a proximity sensor that causes the output to decrease when the frontal part of the LEDs are distant less than 20 cm from an object.
In case you need to fit the pouch on wider belts, you can cut and unstitch the blue wire
The UI is the same as the one of the X7:
A single click turns the light on – off.
To change level when the light is on keep pressed the switch, and the light will cycle low, medium, high mode, in loop.
From off a long click will activate moonlight mode.
To access Turbo, make a double click. To access TurboS, make a double click when you are in Turbo mode.
A triple click will activate strobe mode.
Has memory only for moonlight, low, med and hi modes. Turbo and TurboS will be “remembered” as high mode.
From off, keep pressed until the light turns on and off to activate electronic lockout.
But now some extra features:
Preliminary Thermal Analysis
the light is well built and finished, as you would expect from a light of this price.
How good is the upgrade from the X7 to the X7R, beside the increased max output?
Not only fixes a few minor flaws of its predecessor:
The lacking lanyard attachment now it is present and can be hidden when not in use,
The less visible side LED that indicated low battery now is in plain sight under the switch.
And introduces other improvements:
motion activated locator,
integrated fast charging of the battery pack (equivalent of 1A per battery) with a not proprietary connector that still provides IPX7 waterproofness (the X7R is still submersible) thanks to the cool and practical “disappearing” cover.
The main difference from the X7 is the integrated and not removable/swappable battery pack.
This makes both an advantage, making the recharging aspect much more convenient (since it is more probable for you to access a USB power supply than a 18650 charger with 4 slots), but you can’t swap batteries when they are empty. For example, when I am driving down the road for beamshot, It is for me more likely to charge it in the car with a normal cigar plug USB charger, than charge the 4 18650 cells in the old X7R. Still, when the batteries run out or I need a set of fresh cells for new beamshots or simply to have again the max performance, I can’t do that.
About the USB power supply: the provided one has a rated output of 4Amps, which should provide around 1Amp for each battery (a bit more than 3 hours for a full charge of completely discharged cells), using less potent power supply will lead to longer charging times.
Personally, I am not worried about the breakdown of the cells in a not removable battery pack: unless you have a problem with them, they will still be good for years and by the time they would need to be replaced, you would probably opt for going for the new flood flashlight, capable of 15-20-25 thousands lumens.
The USB C connector is a novelty as a charging port for a flashlight, but it allows the passage of more current (making the charging faster) and it is a not proprietary port.
I’d like the X7R to have an indicator for the charging process: I’d like to know at what point the charging I’m at (10? 30? 90? 99?).
I’d like to see the X7R come in a warm / HICRI version.
Thanks to: AntoLed for the camera help, the thermal camera, the luxmeter; Zampa for the tripod.