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JETBeam C-LE V2 is one of the most economical, high quality and high output AA Cell based LED flashlight. C-LE V2 is an enhancement to the earlier versions 1 and 1.2. Built from aircraft grade aluminium with hard anodize type 3 black coating offering good environmental protection, corrosion resistance and durability. There are multiple O-Ring Seals at various locations in C-LE V2 for water resistance. JETBeam C-LE V2 has 5 mode Microcontroller (µC) Controlled drive circuit, with three brightness levels, strobe & SOS mode and LOP Metal Reflector. One of the distinct change from the previous versions is the addition of click switch on the tail cap. This provides easier access to switch on and in between different modes.

Light Features:
  • LOP Reflector
  • 5 mode Microcontroller (µC) Controlled drive circuit with memory
  • Cree XR-E LED
  • AR Coated glass lens
  • Supports all AA sized batteries except Li-Ion
  • Clicking tail cap switch
Light Operation & Output:
Light Operation: Simple, click switch. To change modes after switching on, press and release the tail cap half way before you hear the click sound in quick succession. When desired mode has arrived release the tail cap.

Below is the chart showing total output levels for various AA batteries
Level AA NiMH AA Alkaline
Med 211 214
Low 50 52
High 603 605
Light Info:
General Info
    Light Model C-LE V2
    Manufacturer JETBeam
    Review Page & Image
 C-LE V2
    Country  China
    Review Date 2007-11-11
    Review Update 2007-11-17
Light Vitals
    Length 92 mm
    Width / Bezel Diameter 21 mm
    Width / Tube Diameter 19 mm
    Height (if applicable)  mm
    Weight (without battery) 43 gm
Light Source
    LED Format Power LED
    Number of LEDs 1
    LED Name Cree XR - E
    LED Power 3  Watts
Light Management
    Lens Material Glass
    Lens Coating (if any) AR Coated
    Lens Transperency (typical) 90
    Lumen Management Reflector
    Material Aluminium Metal LOP
    Beam Type Mostly Throw with good side spill
Power Management
    Converter Type Step Up
    Properties Semi Regulated, Micro Controller (uC)
    Features Advanced User Interface
Batteries Supported, Output & Runtime
    Battery Size
    Nominal Voltage
    # Used
    Total Output
    Runtime to 75%
    Runtime to 50%
    Runtime to 25%
NiMH  Alk  
Switch Options
    Switch Type
    Switch Properties
Reverse Click
Body Material Options
Type III Hard Anodized
Light Rating
65 65
    Build Quality
70 70
65 65
70 70
40 40
85 85
    Bang for buck
85 85
    Overall Rating
In-Depth Review & Pictures:
JETBeam Commitment towards Quality: One of the notable improvements with JETBeam C-LE V2 is not just improvement in quality of light but it also includes RUIZHI Trading Co. certificate of authenticity and warranty. Each light has it's unique code and date of manufacture is printed on each card accompanying C-LE V2. Four extra O-Rings and para cord are also included free of charge along with JETBeam C-LE V2.

Size Comparison: Pictured below From L to R: JETBeam C-LE V2 and other light on similar budget Fenix Civictor V1.

Another size comparison From L to R: AA Battery JETBeam C-LE V2, Single AAA battery.

Reflector Comparison: On the left you can see LOP reflector in C-LE V2 and on right is the smooth reflector of Civictor V1. The main advantage of LOP reflector is that it offers a fairly good beam with no artifacts in comparison the smooth reflector has slight artifacts.

Bezel: Reflector in JETBeam C-LE V2 is built from solid Aluminium. The reflector has Light Orange Peel (LOP) Finish. Cree XR-E LED is perfectly aligned and centered within reflector.

The bezel housing AR Coated Glass lens. You can also see a distinct orange colored O-Ring seal in front of the AR Coated glass lens.

Body: JETBeam C-LE V2 is machined from Aircraft Grade Aluminium. The Machining is excellent and is without any major flaws. The body of JETBeam C-LE V2 mainly consists of 3 main parts; bezel housing lens and electronics, battery tube and tail cap. The head has diamond shaped knurling that provide good grip, there is also a ring of straight knurling. The battery tube as well as the tail cap have attractive diamond-shaped knurling offering good grip.

Picture below showing other side of body with tail cap having machined holes to attach para cord or key chain attachment.

The tail cap which houses click switch has distinctive red rubber cover.

Open JETBeam C-LE V2 showing head, battery tube and tail cap. there are distinctive orange colored O-Rings on head and 2 O-Rings on battery tube (not shown in this picture, the tail cap is placed screwed over battery tube) located just before the thread start.

Inside the tail cap you will see Gold colored spring contact for negative terminal of the battery.

Beam Shots:
JETBeam C-LE V2 has beam with very good hotspot providing excellent combination of throw and having good side spill. Below Beam shot Matrix shows Fenix Civictor V1 on Left and JETBeam C-LE V2 with at various levels on right.
0 -1 -2
JETBeam C-LE V2 on Low
JETBeam C-LE V2 on Med
JETBeam C-LE V2 on High

Extreme Closeup Pictures: JETBeam C-LE V2
Here are a few extreme closeup shots. The workmanship of C-LE V2 is good.

Laser Engraving.

battery tube, the diamond shaped knurling has some bands.

Tail end.

Tail end.

Super Extreme closeup of bezel

Laser Engraving.

Tail end.

Alkaline 1: The runtime for JETBeam C-LE V2 with Energizer Alkaline on MAX is about 50 Minutes till 50%, relatively good considering the light runs in good regulation with 1 AA Alkaline battery. Please note that this is not the end of Alkaline battery. After giving some rest, the Alkaline battery will revive itself to certain extent.

Alkaline 1 R: The same battery as the above test, but with 1 day rest. Note how it still provides sufficient illumination for about 12-14 additional Minutes. Even after this test, the battery is not fully depleted yet. The light still provides good amount of light.

NiMH 2100: 2100 mAh Sanyo NiMH battery was used to perform this test. The runtime for JETBeam C-LE V2 with 2100 mAh Sanyo NiMH on MAX is about 1 Hour 50 Minutes till 50%. This is an excellent result considering the total amount of light and nearly flat output curve.

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