CountyComm worked with Rey of ReyLight a while back to make this custom Dawn. I missed that drop and I was disappointed the whole time after. Then they announced v2, and I jumped on it right when it was available. So here’s a Fun Fund Friday review of the Gen 2 Reylight Maratac Dawn!
Official Specs and Features
Well this is Gen 2 as I said. Also this light is called the “Dawn” so it’s worth mentioning that Rey has a light that’s actually called the Dawn, which is not all that much like this one in appearance.
The price is $95.
This one looks in person as good as I thought it would from the photos. Performance is good enough and the size is good too. All in all I’m happy with the light, although I’d prefer it to have a better driver (namely offering a lower low).
The Big Table
|Reylight Triple Emitter Dawn Custom Maratac™ LED Flashlight Gen 2|
|Emitter:||Cree XP-L HI (Triple)|
|Price in USD at publication time:||$95.00|
|Turbo Runtime||High Runtime|
|Claimed Lumens (lm)||2500|
|Measured Lumens (at 30s)||1747 (69.9% of claim)*|
|Candela per Lumen||5.3|
|Claimed Throw (m)|
|Candela (Calculated) in cd (at 30s)||717lux @ 3.622m = 9406cd|
|Throw (Calculated) (m)||194.0|
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- Measurement disclaimer: I am an amateur flashlight reviewer. I don’t have $10,000 or even $1,000 worth of testing equipment. I test output and such in PVC tubes!! Please consider claims within 10% of what I measure to be perfectly reasonable (accurate, even).
- Maratac Reylight Dawn Triple Gen 2 Flashlight
- Samsung 30Q 18650 cell
- Spare o-rings (2)
- CountyComm sticker
- Plastic carry case
Package and Manual
There is no manual.
Build Quality and Disassembly
Build quality is excellent. In particular in comparison to other Reylight I’ve had, I’d call this one a huge win.
I mentioned above one of my dislikes about this light (which is the output options). Here is my second: The bezel is too thick, and covers too much of the optic/output. Probably not that much of a difference in output, I just don’t like it all that much.
There’s no knurling, just these large dimples in the body. The edges of those dimples aren’t softened, so they actually provide decent grip.
The lights are individually numbered. I got number 315, woop!
To my eye, the head anodizing is just a bit different than the body. The body is extremely good, and the head looks a “little thinner” (even though I have no way to measure thickness of anodizing.)
The threads on the head are unanodized, square cut, and not too long.
Both head and tail have nice robust springs.
Driver access is very easy, with just a copper retaining ring holding all this in. It’s a standard 17mm driver. And you’ll probably end up wanting to change the driver, because the mode options are just not great. Output is pretty great, but just three modes, and nothing very low? Not for me. (H1f7 would be great in here of course.)
Size and Comps
Weight 2.68 oz (No battery
4.3 oz (with Samsung 30Q)
4.3″ Long x 0.98″ Width
It’s on the order of the Convoy S2+ but it seems smaller than that.
You’re probably thinking what I was thinking when you saw this “Dawn” Reylight. “That’s an 18650 Gemini.” Well you’re right that it looks like an 18650 Gemini but the heads are not interchangeable. Whaaattt you say? Yes, the heads are not interchangeable. I was extremely surprised to discover this. The Maratac has square threads, while the Gemini has trapezoidal (or triangle) threads. You could force it. Once, I’d guess.
Retention and Carry
The only means for carrying the Dawn is the already-attached pocket clip. This is a thick clip, held in place by two anodized Hex screws. The clip also feels like stainless. It’s a titanium clip, and is also the standard clip hole spacing. So if you wish to use a SteelFlame clip, you may. It’s a very nice clip – I like the shape and large mouth.
Power and Runtime
The Maratac Dawn runs on a single 18650 cell. An appropriate cell is included – the Samsung 30Q. That’s a flat top unprotected cell, and that’s likely the best thing for this light. But there’s enough give that you could likely run any type 18650 cell you wanted to in this light.
Here are a couple of runtimes. Turbo first – Turbo falls off quickly. At 30s I measure 1747 lumens. The claim (which is almost certainly a “startup” claim) is 2500 lumens – I measure 1989 at startup. The light steps down to a well regulated output, which it holds for a couple of hours. The light does shut off with LVP at around 2.8V.
The high output is fairly well regulated, at around 800 lumens.
Modes and Currents
|Mode||Mode Claimed Output (lm)||Claimed Runtime||Measured Lumens||Tailcap Amps|
Pulse Width Modulation
For reference, here’s a baseline shot, with all the room lights off and almost nothing hitting the sensor. And here’s the worst PWM light I have ever owned. Also one of the very first lights I ordered directly from China!
User Interface and Operation
The Maratac Dawn has a single switch. It’s a standard mechanical forward clicky.
Here’s a UI table!
|Off||Click||On (Low (if off for more than ~4s)|
|Off||Tap||Mode advance (Low > High > Turbo)|
LED and Beam
Maratac went with Cree XP-L HI emitters, in the 5000K temperature. That’s not a bad choice – I’d opt for something warmer, but this is still solid. The temperature of 5000K gives a nice mix of good temp and high output.
Also included by default is a green glow gasket.
These beamshots are always with the following settings: f8, ISO100, 0.3s shutter, and manual 5000K exposure.
Tint vs BLF-348 (Killzone 219b version)
I keep the test flashlight on the left, and the BLF-348 reference flashlight on the right.
I compare everything to the Killzone 219b BLF-348 because it’s inexpensive and has the best tint!
What I like
- Great build quality
- Nice cell included
- Glow gasket included
- Size is good
What I don’t like
- Only three modes
- Lowest mode is 200 lumens – too high for low
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