XBeam Red Green LED Hunting TorchesRated 5/5 based on 8 reviews.
Throw: 150 metres
Beam Type: Aspheric - spot adjustable to flood
Lumens: 579 white
Lumens: 579 lumens white
Throw: 150 metres
Length: 170 mm
Beam Type: Aspheric – spot adjustable to flood
The X-Beam Red or X-Beam Green is quite a unique torch, not only does it have two separate LEDs in it, but it has a lever to move the LEDs into and out of the perfect optical position within the torch. This way you have a torch with exactly the LED you need in it, at the right time. The reason two LEDs are needed is because LEDs only produce light in a narrow wavelength (hence why they are so efficient on batteries), if you put a say Red filter over the White LED you would receive little Red out the front, as the White LED produces little in that wavelength. Filters work by holding back all but the desired wavelength, not by converting other wavelengths. This is the reason the X-Beam LED torch was developed, two LEDs give you good light in both wavelengths. A single say red LED torch (or white LED torch) really only allows light in that wavelength.
There are three different torch models available – white/red, white/red with Procap or white/green. Red has traditionally been the colour used for foxes or similar, though many are now choosing green LED torches.
We are finding we have a number of clients who obtain the Red X-Beam torch for observing animals. We supply the red/white LED X-Beam torch to a number of zoos for both staff use and their night tours, we supply private individuals for observation and also wildlife photographers who use red LED for observation then quickly switch to the white LED to allow their long telephoto lenses to focus.
Light Output and Beam Pattern
The X-Beam torch gives a very wide spot out to about 150 metres on the white LED, which can be expanded even broader (with consequent shorter throw) by screwing the rotary head. The coloured (green or red) LEDs all throw approximately 100 metres, possibly a little more for those with a lot of hunting experience.Most suggest that green LED torches throw a little further than red LED torches. Our eyes traditionally don’t perceive shapes and contrast as well with a single colour such as these, the reason for the reduced distance. Of course the coloured LEDs don’t take as much from your night vision.
The red LED is 620nm and is suitable for shooting, the green LED is suitable for shooting and the blue LED is 470nm and is suitable for shooting. The RED wavelength LED has traditionally and is still the most popular LED colour used for hunting, especially for foxes. The 620nm red wavelength has also proven great for autofocus system on cameras, not dissimilar in wavelength to the existing red auto focus lights many cameras and flashes have, but far stronger.
TTT and Construction
The X-Beam hunting torch is built around our TTT – brass Thermal Transfer Tube and the rest of the flashlight body covering this is made from 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminium. The idea of the Thermal Transfer Tube is to do three things, one to strengthen the whole torch structure, with the whole being stronger than either component, two to provide good electrical conductivity and most importantly three, to drag damaging heat away from the LED and dissipate it through the mass of the torch body. LEDs can be permanently damaged by excessive heat and suffer reduced output for the rest of their life.
The torch head has a rotary adjustment so it can withstand recoil from heavy rifle calibres.
The torch body is made from 6061-T6 aircraft grade aluminium which is then low temperature (-20o C) Hard Anodized tactical black.
The torch tailcap is the Wolf Eyes Dual Tailcap, which means you can use it like a regular tailcap or screw on the included tapeswitch for faster control of your flashlight. The Dual Tailcap also features a spring in it, combined with the spring at the front of the torch body, the two springs contain the battery which can move but electrical contact is maintained at all times, even with heavy rifle calibres.
The Procap gives the ability to preselect the level of output before you turn it on (or after). This means you can select low to read without blinding yourself with glare, or select disorientating strobe before approaching an offender. The Procap is a ring around the conventional tailswitch and is easily adjusted with one hand. The Procap is unique in that it doesn’t turn off between levels, so you are never left in the dark, even for a split second, by your Wolf Eyes torch. Photographers often choose this cap as it allows you to tailor the amount of light to the job at hand.
The X-Beam has found favour with wildlife photographers as the 620nm red will provide enough light to allow their auto focus systems to operate on their long lenses without disturbing the fauna they are trying to photograph. If you would like to use your X-Beam for this purpose we can supply it with a Procap tailcap (instead of the dual tailcap) at no extra charge. Just choose 'Red 620nm Procap (Wildlife Photography, Zoos)' in the colour section above. The X-Beam Red is also used by multiple zoos for their night time and overnight tours as it allows observation of the animals without disturbing them - with of course the white light instantly available for any emergencies.
The X-Beam LED torch is regulated, meaning it doesn’t dim as the battery flattens. Torches usually dim as the battery flattens, sometimes just a little and often a lot. This is because the battery reduces in voltage as it flattens. The solution to this regulation, this increases the amperage as the voltage is reduced, so the optimum power or current is always supplied to the torches LED.
The X-Beam hunting torch uses the well-known LRB168A lithium ion (18650) batteries which are protected for your safety. These are used in all Wolf Eyes Hunting Torches and Headlamps for total compatibility. They are energy dense, so only one is needed, enabling the firearm friendly 25.4mm (1”) torch body size to be used, so most mounts will fit. The batteries are also protected for your safety.
All Lithium Ion powered Wolf Eyes hunting torches work well in cold weather, the X-Beam hunting flashlight being rated from -20o C to +60o C.
Australian Approved Charger
The charger with your Wolf Eyes LED Torch is Australian Approved, meaning that you can feel safe using it and all your insurances such as Workcover, OH&S, building, will apply.
Your Wolf Eyes X-Beam hunting torch is supported with a range of flashlight spares in Australia. There is also a 1300 911 007 number for questions or queries, this number also has live answering after hours so you enquiry can be logged and attended to in business hours.
The X-Beam Hunting model
Video of the beam of the X-Beam Red showing both red and white LEDs
Video of the X-Beam Green showing white and green LEDs
Video of X-Beam blue showing blue and white LEDs
The X-Beam Photography model
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XBeam Red Led torch with procap.By: Ian Davies on 15 July 2017I have needed a good light source for a while now, as I do a lot of owl surveys down here in the Otways. The XBeam is one of the best torches I have used! There are many features that make this item great to use. For starters, the torch is brighter than my car spotlight, and has a broader beam, which is great for searching amongst the higher foliage for the target species. It also throws a long beam. As it is so good, I am not limited to the area around the car (as with my car spotlight) and can search a wider area with a good light. The battery has not needed recharging yet, and I am up to my 4th night out with it. (try doing that with other rechargable torches I have been using!) I have bought a backup battery for $35.00, and I havn`t had to change over to it yet, as the performance of the unit has not changed significantly.The red function on the torch is really useful, and does not seem to bother the Owls when I have this function directly on them. The change from red to white is via a simple to use toggle switch which can be easily operated with your thumb on top of the unit.Time will tell on this setup, but at the moment I have no problems with it, and don`t expect to. It comes with a handy lanyard, which I use on the torch so I don`t accidentally drop it, and can locate it in the car easily. The torch is a nice size in the hand, and feels well made. Obviously it is easy to change direction without other leads to a power source getting in the way.It does not get hot with constant use, so you won`t burn anything if you accidentally leave it on your car seat ( experience speaking!) There are other dimming and flashing functions that are easy to use by rotating the pro cap, which I must admit that I do not use much. Perhaps as time goes by the dimming function may be handy. At $200.00 they are not cheap, and I certainly have not drop tested it (!) but it seems very robust. The package also includes a battery charger, which I have not needed to use yet, as the 2 batteries came fully charged! I have not tested other brands of LED lights, but in my case I didnt need to, as the XBeam satisfies my requirements entirely. For my use I would not hesitate to recommend the XBeam. I dont like to give 5 stars, as I havn`t used it for long enough yet. Maybe I will update this review in 6 months! Well done Wolf Eyes!
X Beam with Red LED & ProCapBy: Alexander Dudley on 3 May 2017I've been working on fauna surveys and with environmental education for over 30 years and I have to say that this is a perfect torch for both of these occupations. Working with the red LED took a bit of getting used to but I have found the light disturbs animals a lot less, and the pure red LED beam has a greater throw than the traditional solution of red cellophane. The variable light output is excellent for close-range work scanning the ground for small animals, and the more powerful white beam is great for identifying animals in tree-tops once the eyeshine has been detected. The battery has a long life and having a spare means I can work all night without any concerns of being left in the dark. This is the best torch I have ever owned (and I have owned a lot of torches).
A great torch for my purposeBy: Jeff Cole on 25 November 2016I bought the Wolf Eyes on recommendations from a few guides at the Alice Springs Desert Park. I bought the X-Beam + Procap red/white for use during nocturnal tours at the park and after only one tour I am glad I did. The broad red beam is strong enough to spot the animals among the Mulga shrubs and the ability to focus the beam into a tight spot allows them to be seen in greater detail. I was concerned that the light might be too bright for use in the nocturnal house but the Procap means I can dial in whatever level of light I need. Being able to switch to white light makes the torch very versitile as it can also be used to light the path or in case of emergencies where a red light would not be sufficient. One guide also uses the white light to give star talks. I haven't tried to use the torch for photography yet but like the brochure says 'Best for [wildlife photography and] zoos'. I would recommend you consider getting the holster as the torch seems a little heavy to hang around the neck with the supplied lanyard.
X Beam for wildlifeBy: Chris Charles on 17 November 2016Sufficient red light for focus finding up to useful range of lens, without discomfiting bird causing it to turn away. Good balance between weight & facility.
Night PhotographyBy: Mick on 24 August 2016Compact yet powerful for night Photography