Jetbeam RRT M1X

SpecsJetbeam RRT M1X
LEP class N/A
Distance 2300 meters
Candela 1,322,500 cd
Lumens 480 lumens
Modes 3
Blinkies SOS, Strobe
Avg. Price $236

Jetbeam M1X LEP flashlight reaching 2300 meters

The Jetbeam RRT M1X belongs to Jetbeam’s second-generation LEP flashlights. I reviewed the first Jetbeam M1X WP RX a while ago, and now the RRT M1X was announced. LEP flashlights are also known as white laser flashlights. They are not the same as laser pointers because the technique isn’t the same. An LEP flashlight has a white beam just like a regular LED flashlight, albeit narrower.

I received and reviewed the Jetbeam RRT M1X Raptor and here are the results and some of my thoughts.

First things first. Upon receiving the flashlight I was positively surprised with the hard case it arrived in. But the box and padding are actually just generic for all sorts of products and not specifically made for this flashlight. The foam that is holding the flashlight in place isn’t cut to fit. It sits wobbly, but it does protect the flashlight.

Next is the flashlight itself. I do love Jetbeam’s machining and coating. And the M1X looks lovely. It doesn’t come with a pocket clip like the former Jetbeam M1X WP-RX, but with just a lanyard instead. No holster is included either.

Unlike the first generation M1X, the RRT M1X uses a rotary switch. Although most rotary switches are marked with numbers or symbols (for each specific mode), this one doesn’t have any. Of course, you can easily rotate the dial to figure out in which mode it is. Turn it all the way counterclockwise for Low. For each mode, you will feel an indent/click. It has 5 positions going from Low, Medium, High, and then Strobe and SOS.

  • Max output: 480 lumens (mine does about 280)
  • Max throw distance: 2300 meters (mine does about 1900 meters at max)
  • Battery: 21700 (5100mAh battery included)
  • User interface: Low, Med, High, Strobe, SOS
  • Rotary switch
  • Waterproof: IPX8

Performance

Up next is its performance. This is of course one of the most important aspects of LEP flashlights.

All of my readings were taken from a fully-charged Jetbeam JR51 (21700 5100mAh)

ModeAmpsSpecs@ 30 sec@ start
Low0.371517.3917.39
Med0.657562.5963.75
High2.76 A480267 lm281 lm

I have tested many flashlights, including LEP flashlights, so I know that other LEP flashlights perform as advertised. But the Jetbeam RRT M1X Raptor doesn’t. Its output is about half of what it is supposed to do.

Fortunately, Lumens and Candela (throw) aren’t the same thing. So you can still have a great throw, with low lumens.

So next up is the throw measurements.

Measurements were taken outdoors at 20 meters distance, after 30 seconds from startup.

ModeCandelaDistance in MetersDistance in Yards
Low74,800547598.20
Med226,0009511039.80
High880,000 cd18762051.80

According to specs it is supposed to throw 2300 meters with a beam intensity of 1322500cd (1.32Mcd) and mine doesn’t come even close. If you look at the specs of the former M1X, you’ll notice the exact same specifications. Of course, that is strange because the LEP system is totally different.

The following interactive graph is to show the difference between all large LEP flashlights I reviewed here and at 1lumen.com

Conclusion: The Jetbeam RRT M1X Raptor is not a very good LEP flashlight!
I don’t recommend buying it.

Buy the Jetbeam M1X at the following places:

If you don’t care much about the low-performance score, you can get it at eBay.

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