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Old 10-27-10, 08:03 AM   #1
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MG P-Rocket SST-50 - 700 lumen - longer term experience

Has any of you had longer term experience with this light. I am tired of the SSC P7s I bought a DX (only to act up a few months later), so I am looking for are more reliable alternative. ShiningBeam.com sells the MG P Rocket for $60 or so.

Any comments from owners with a longer term experience is much appreciated.
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I've read some comments that the runtimes on the SST-50 are right at 1 hour, personally I would look at the new models P-rocket R5 series, at 450+ lumens.. A little cheaper and runtimes are solid.. Nice flat regulation for 80 minutes and 2 hours before diminished output is seen.. My preference would be Cool white w/ Smooth reflector for max output.. If you prefer a wider more diffuse beam then go with the Orange Peel reflector..

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Had my MG P Rocket SST-50 800 lumen for six Month now. Only difference between the 700 and 800 is the led color. I used it 1/2 hour a day for 5 days a week in the morning. No problem what so ever. Switch and battery contact still reliable. I also got the MG-Thrower for at least two months now and that too have been reliable.

I'm using 2900 mah AW 18650 and get easily over an hour use with no noticable dimming. If you are used to having to charge your battery at whatever interval of your usage from your P7, then you should have no problem with the battery life of the MG lights.
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Excellent, thank you both! I probably will use it 40 mins per day, so I should be fine.
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This mourning and part of last night, I used some new Ultrafire 3600mah in my SST-50 Thrower. After about 20 minute of run time, the light became dimmer, then about 40 minute, it was much more noticable. I don't think it would have made an hour worth of runtime. What a difference a good quality battery like the AW has over cheaper battery although the label of the AW is 2900 and the Ultrafire is 3600 mah. My other set of AW 2600 would have outperform the ultrafire. Looks like these ultrafire will ne use as work flashlight in the P7. Get good battery for the SST-50 and you should be alright.
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Unfortunately, I don't think they're doing any more of the SST-based P-Rockets. I emailed Bryan to ask when the 800-lumen version would be back, and he said they're being discontinued (both 700 and 800).
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This mourning and part of last night, I used some new Ultrafire 3600mah in my SST-50 Thrower. After about 20 minute of run time, the light became dimmer, then about 40 minute, it was much more noticable. I don't think it would have made an hour worth of runtime. What a difference a good quality battery like the AW has over cheaper battery although the label of the AW is 2900 and the Ultrafire is 3600 mah. My other set of AW 2600 would have outperform the ultrafire. Looks like these ultrafire will ne use as work flashlight in the P7. Get good battery for the SST-50 and you should be alright.
Where did you get your 3600 uf cells.. I bought some via ebay last week and will be trying them tonight.. The UF cells are very hit and miss because of the all the factory seconds sold on ebay..
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Unfortunately, I don't think they're doing any more of the SST-based P-Rockets. I emailed Bryan to ask when the 800-lumen version would be back, and he said they're being discontinued (both 700 and 800).
That's a shame because I like the P rocket. After reading your post, I just order one 700 P Rocket and one 700 Thrower just in case. The order was accepted so for now the 700 is still available I guess until he is out of stock.
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Where did you get your 3600 uf cells.. I bought some via ebay last week and will be trying them tonight.. The UF cells are very hit and miss because of the all the factory seconds sold on ebay..
I got those from the same link you posted in another thread here in the electronic forum. I saw the price at $20 was just to good to let it pass by me. I needed another charger at work so I figure I get the battery too. I just got my order two days ago. The shipping was extrememly fast. I'm not so sure that they are really 3600mah from what I read elsewhere. I think the reason for my SST 50 dimming so soon is because of the higher amps draw and the internal resistant of those batteries, however I think they should be fine for the P7 or the XP-G R5 which draw less current.
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I got those from the same link you posted in another thread here in the electronic forum. I saw the price at $20 was just to good to let it pass by me. I needed another charger at work so I figure I get the battery too. I just got my order two days ago. The shipping was extrememly fast. I'm not so sure that they are really 3600mah from what I read elsewhere. I think the reason for my SST 50 dimming so soon is because of the higher amps draw and the internal resistant of those batteries, however I think they should be fine for the P7 or the XP-G R5 which draw less current.
Just back from my ride and the cells seem to work fine for me, 2 hours in my R5 and no dimming.. I bought the cells from that link too but used my Pila charger to charge them up.. The charger that comes with those cells is very cheap and those chargers tend to undercharge cells by quite a bit, many times they are timer based and a higher capacity cell may only get a 50-60% charge.. Try charging with another charger and see how they perform.. I order a 2nd set of 3600 mah cells from HK that should be here next week, will let you know how those do..

The true test will be when I get my Elektrolumens EDC next week and that thing is a monster light that will only get 50 minutes from a 2500 mah cell, so will see how they perform with that light..

The AW and Japanese Panasonic 18650 cells are the best cells on the market..
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Well I have a couple of Tenergy 2600 mAh, 3.7 v and Ultrafire 3000 mAh, 3.7 v - I'll see how this will work for me.
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