|Jetbeam RRT M2S Raptor|
Jetbeam M2S Raptor = 2nd gen Jetbeam LEP flashlight reaching 1000 meters
The Jetbeam RRT M2S is Jetbeam’s second-generation LEP flashlights. I reviewed the first Jetbeam M2S WP-RX a while ago, and now the M2S 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.
My Jetbeam RRT M2S arrived and I tested it.
Unlike the first generation M2S, the RRT M2S uses a rotary switch. Many rotary switches are marked with numbers or symbols for all the modes, but the RRT M2S doesn’t. There is still a tail switch for power. There is another thing that is not obvious at first, but is interesting nonetheless. And that is the LEP mechanics. In the previous model (and like 100% of all the other existing LEP flashlights, up until the beginning of 2021) the laswer would project its beam onto a mirror, which in term directs the laser onto phosphor. This is not the case with the Jetbeam RRT M1X, nor with the RRT M2S. Both have a totally different design. Instead, the laser projects onto a translucent screen of phosphor from the back, which is really interesting. This might be the next step in LEP technology. But in my testing, there is still a way to go, to improve it.
The following specifications are for the Jetbeam RRT M2S raptor.
- Max output: 480 lumens
- Max throw distance: 1000 meters / 1.43 miles
- Battery: 21700 (5100mAh battery included)
- User interface: Low, Med, High, Strobe, SOS
- Rotary switch
- Waterproof: IPX8
Okay, so I actually tested the M2S just like I did with my other LEP flashlights, and I was a bit surprised. First of all, it was unable to reach its claimed output in lumens. Instead of the advertised 480 lumens, it was only able to achieve roughly 380 lumens. This is still quite a bit better than its bigger brother, the Jetbeam RRT M1X Raptor, that could only produce 280 lumens.
But lumens aren’t that important for LEP flashlights, because although the output was much lower than advertised, the actual beam intensity and therefore beam distance were spot on. Here is the overview:
|High||248,000 Candela||996 Meters||1089|
However, there is a caveat.
When you test flashlights, you don’t test it for 30 seconds. You test their full runtimes. Within 5 minutes, the output (and therefore the throw (or light intensity) to a really low point. Almost all other LEP flashlights, except for the Nextorch T7L perform much better than the M2S.