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WUBEN C3 Rechargeable USB-C Flashlight US$16.99 (~A$23.93) Delivered @ Hekka

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This flashlight has been very popular in the past and it's back on sale at Hekka.

Featuring 1200 lumens, 6 brightness mods including strobe and SOS, up to 143 hours of battery life with a 18650 battery cell and USB-C recharging, lightweight at 123g and IP68 waterproof rated.

  • Apply the coupon HekkaWuben0414 at checkout

AU$ based on current Mastercard rate and free shipping included. (Updated 29/4/22)


Bright Plus Long Throw: Delivers a maximum of 1200 lumens cast a long throw of 179 meters, C3 offers you the biggest support in the dark.
Outperformed German LED: Utilizes 1*OSRAM P9 LEDA, C3 features reverse battery installation protected circuit to ensure you have quality light and safety.
Multiple Modes for various: Feature High, Med, Low, Eco, SOS & Strobe modes to cope with different needs.
Lightweight & Compact: Tiny and lightweight, with a length much short than a Smartphone( 121.5mm * 25.4mm)plus weighs only 123g, C3 is easy in your pocket or shoulder bag for everyday use.
Premium Material & Waterproof: Built with an aircraft-grade alumina alloy and has been treated with an oxidation process, C3 survives underwater within 2 meters for 1 hour.

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  • +1

    Great little torch, good luck snappin' it up for this price. Seems to be one of the lowest.

    • +1

      Was $16.99 USD a few days ago as well.

    • I've got a blf A6 - how's this compare? Would be like a cheaper version with usb c charging?

  • +3

    is there an AA/eneloop compatible torch with similar brightness?

    p.s. not sure why i all of a sudden need a torch!!

    • +4

      What's the matter with Li-Ion?

      • +5

        just thought it might be cheaper
        anyways got one.
        no idea why

    • +9

      Similar brightness? 1200 lumens with AAs is, broadly, a bad idea. Unless you want a really huge torch. Either that, or one that works for a very short period of time. Even then, compared to quality 18650 batteries, AAs have neither the capacity nor the current to adequately supply high powered torches like this. Which is why the market doesn't tend to produce them when 18650s exist.

      The good news is that lumens are over-rated and you can probably find a reasonably good AA torch; it won't be "similar brightness" but it will be good enough for most things. I just can't recommend one as I have been deep in the #18650masterrace for a decade now.

    • +1

      Simple answer is no. You can get AA size but lithium, probably close to similar brightness.

    • +1

      Lithium batteries are way better for this. Much higher voltage.

      • +3

        Voltage is a non-sequitur, AAs can have multiple configurations with equal or greater voltage

        • +1

          ^ This.

          Voltage is no indication of capacity or current. Some copper strips and a few dusty AAs and the ~3.7v of an 18650 is toast.

        • Been a while since I've seen an 8 AA battery configuration torch…

    • +1

      Highest I've seen with single AA battery is 180lu, I may be wrong. Still far from the brightness of this torch though.

    • +1

      not sure why i all of a sudden need a torch!!

      Beware, this was my first torch 6 months ago in an Amazon sale. I now own an assortment of portable lighting devices and have spent a couple of hundred dollars on my new found torch interest.

      That said, they came in handy when we were recently without power for a couple of days. The Li-Ion torch lasted for days even with being left on all night as night lights for the kids.

  • +2

    Good price

  • +1

    Thanks got 1.

  • +3

    Don't know why, but just bought one. I have three MAG-LITE LED torches already.

    • +3

      I find maglite hasnt kept pace and just rides off their history. Ive still got a 3 cell and 6 cell from about 20 yrs ago. But love the c3.

      • +1

        Can't believe they're still around. Their 3D is 170lumens, huge, weighs 850grams.

        • +3

          It's the model M of flashlights - good to use against home intruders

        • +1

          I don’t mind the solid build and weight. It’s the light I’ve the problem with.

  • +10

    Thanks I now have a bright torch that I did not know I needed

    • +4

      lol. same. thanks op.

    • +5

      Ohh this isnt bright, you wait until the flashlight bug really bites and nek minnit you are buying torches like this to support your habit https://www.liteshop.com.au/content/acebeam-x50-super-powerf... :)

      • this doesn't even have a cooling fan!

        • I know, and it gets damn hot. It comes with a bolt on handle however i didn't put it on, the highest setting is so absurdly bright there's not much reason to run it flat out for so long.

          • @LowRange: I've been eyeing the Manker MK38 for funsies.

            Very beasty territory. I'll stick with the D4SV2 for now.

        • +2

          Battery does deteriorate. Use your phone if you get stuck in a blackout and the torch has shat itself. Then buy a new torch.

          Not a big deal.

          • +1

            @adrianhughes1998: That is just one of the examples. In fact, some people use this type of torches often such as tradies, and worked well for them.

            However, no good for those needing one for the "occassion", such as checking up a leaking roof during a "one in thousand years rainfall".

            Hence, dreamscene's comment is not invalid. Different people use things differently.

            • @Domicron: It's not invalid for sure, funnily enough my roof started leaking last winter and the laundry flooded, when I didn't own any torch. Had to call the SES and use a crappy phone torch haha

    • +11

      I put in the description that it uses an 18650 battery. They're as generic as they come and loads of electronics use them and they can be bought everywhere new and old. Infact there's quite a big market for selling recycled 18650 cells.

      • -1

        Will it last for 10 years plus like regular D cell battery? Buy and forget. Or do I have to fluff around charge it every few months even when not using it?

        • I would say it will last a minimum of 3 years without recharging just because that's the experience I've had, haven't had a 18650 in my drawer for 10 years yet. But at this rate I wouldn't be surprised.

          Lithium batteries are quite good.

  • +2

    Can never have too many torches. Thanks

    • +3

      come to r/flashlight

  • +2

    It’s ~$31 at Amazon if you have prime.

    • +1

      Is there any benefit to paying the extra $8 to buy via Amazon? Just faster shipping?

      • +2

        And returns :)

      • +2

        Also not dealing with a random website that hasn't been around long.

    • +2

      Regularly between $25-28. Better off waiting if you want to use amazon

      • +1

        Yea will wait. Thanks!

    • Link?

  • +1

    With the code it’s $24.07 for me?

    • +2

      You need to leave currency as USD and let your bank convert it.

      • +8

        Wahhhh … I wasted $1.07 … Rookie mistake …. I hand in my Ozbargain Licence. Can someone put me in the penalty box for a day?

        • +1

          I can't, but here, have my first ever downvote (I think). 😁

          But also, it's 1 freaking dollar. 🤣

        • +1

          lol someone reported u to mods

  • +1

    Don't suppose anyone knows of any good (ideally warm) zoomable lights?

    • +3

      Zoomies aren't really popular in the hobby crowd, so there's no demand to make them. There's a 2 channel Emisar light that has 2 x throw LEDs, and 2x flood LEDs. More expensive, but quality is much much higher than a zoomie.

      • Thanks - I actually bought a Convoy BD04 T5-5B years ago but I can't seem to find it unfortunately

        I want something for light painting so zoomable, variable adjustable brightness, high CRI and warm white (4000-5000Kish) would be ideal - tho as you say it seems not to actually exist :)

    • +1

      You might want to look at the LEDlenser torches.

      Depends how big you want it, but the newer P7 models should do you good if you want something with telescopic feature, also believe (atleast from their original P7) are a lot warmer colour in comparison to the standard LED light.

    • +1

      Wuben actually have one, I saw specs while reading up on this on.
      https://hekka.com/products/wuben-l60-led-rechargeable-zoom-l...

      • Looks pretty good except for being Cool White 6500K

        I'm ideally looking for something around 4000K

    • +1

      i got 2x these (not warm) and still use them regularly. wuben nicer in almost every aspect though.
      https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/405033

  • +3

    Bought one and have been quite satisfied. TBH, haven't really found a legit need for the max level, because indoors for most of my use cases, it's just waaaay too bright. That and the fact that it's brightness will dial down quickly anyway. I honestly thought the next step down was it for me, but when I started actually using it, it was good for throwing a lot of light, but if I try to examine something up close at that level, it's still too bright and washes everything out in glare. So depending on how much I need it to throw, I've been keeping it on low and medium.

    Finally, I have only 2 niggling issues with it… switching modes can be pain with the quick half presses of the button to switch. I can never get it consistently. And 2nd, I wish it wasn't this rounded. While it does have some edges, it has a tendency to roll around on a flat surface.

    Other than these 2 things, I think it's a perfect buy, especially for what I got for that price.

    • +2

      I don't own one but waaaay too bright sounds really good as I do a lot of underground drain system exploring. You don't realise how crap torches and lights are until you go into total darkness.

      • +3

        Sorry what do you do? What is underground drain system exploring? Are you Donatello?

        • +2

          Tassie's rivulet is basically the drain system without sewage. Doesn't compare to your underground exploring in Sydney ;)

          • +1

            @Clear: I don't know what you're talking about but hypothetically if I was underground/somewhere with no light I think I'd be better off using a flashlight of lower brightness and letting your eyes adjust as opposed to having the power of the sun in your hands because then when you look away from the bright spot everything else is just darkness.

            That being said all of these single emitter torches only last on their brightest for a few minutes before stepping down (due to heat).

            • +1

              @dust: Hypothetically if there was sculptures in the darkness or on a stroll to a rave I think something small with a lot of brightness would help.

      • +1

        Max brightness only lasts like 10 mins I think.

        • 1 minute and then it steps down towards 500 lumen over the next 2.5hrs

        • Do you know, Is that the same with the older model L50 if not that would probably be my preference?

          • +1

            @Captain Hindsight: The wuben website doesnt mention the stepping down in their specs but i suspect they changed it for the C3 as the heat build up was causing issues and possibly premature failure

  • +1

    I tried 2 Mastercard debit cards with crap loads on them, both declined. Grrr.

    • +1

      Yeah my bank blocked my CC payment as it said the merchant may not be genuine, so I used paypal instead.

      • Yep used paypal and did it in USD as PP exchange rate was nearly as bad as theirs.

    • +2

      Use PayPal. You can link the cards.

  • +1

    not sure whats happening ordered 2 was $66.07 changed the currency to AUD..how is it 22.99?

    • +2

      That's 1 at discount, 2nd at full price.

  • +1

    How is this $22.99? mine comes to $66.09 for x2 in the checkout.

    • +1

      1 per order.

      • +1

        Per order or per account?

        • +3

          Just confirmed with rep - 1 per order.

          • +1

            @Clear: I tried to use the code on a second order and it said it was already used.

        • +1

          looks like 1 per account

          • +1

            @dullbeard: Apparently you don't even need an account to use the coupon according to the rep. I've not tested it myself.

            • +3

              @Clear: $23.01 with Gpay. I used the coupon without an account.

    • +2

      nvm figured it out. as @8azinga said.

  • +1

    Tempted but personally I would prefer a battery powered torch….

    • +6

      This is a battery powered torch.

      • +1

        Oh did I misread, so it can be usb charged and also battery swapped? Thanks.

        • +5

          Yep there's a 18650 battery inside.

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