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Jon,
 
Apart from the open source programmability that you've already mentioned, the other differences between the '''UltraFire C2''' and the '''HexBright Flex''' that are most apparent to me, are in:
 
* The ++maximum lumen++ (amount of light cast)
* The likely ++durability++ of each (its resistance to damage & wear)
* The ++design++ (the in-hand feel, the way the components fit together, and the look).
 
== Differences ==
 
=== Maximum Lumen: ===
 
The info I found on the '''C2''' indicates it's capability is between 250 and 300 lumen max (the various specs found were in disagreement). The '''Flex''' comes pre-programmed with a high of 500 lumen, but can be re-programmed to emit more than 650 lumen (I'm not sure of the actual max) at the cost of increased battery drain.
 
=== Durability: ===
 
The body of the '''C2''' is assembled from multiple pieces that screw together, and these pieces seem to be made of a somewhat thin, light aluminum. The '''Flex''' is a uni-body assembly (one piece) and is made of thicker aluminum.
 
With a uni-body having fewer points of failure than a multi-piece body, the structure of the '''Flex''' is already inherently more rugged. And when the added thickness of the body material is taken into account, it can clearly withstand ''much'' rougher handling & use without denting or cracking—better protecting the fragile internals.
 
The end-cap (closing the body and housing the button) on the '''Flex''' is the only externally separate piece and probably shouldn't be considered part of the body, since its only ''structural'' function is to seal the end. Despite this, you'll note the end-cap was also made nicely robust.
 
=== Design: ===
 
Other aspects of the design not already covered include:
 
===== The roughly ++straight profile++ =====
 
The '''Flex''' has less contour stepping (diameter changes) across its length, providing a more consistent and firm grip. Its profile also allows it to lay still on flat surfaces and to easily be strapped or attached evenly to another object. In contrast, the '''C2''' is more likely to roll on flat surfaces, and when strapped or attached would be prone to shifting unexpectedly or facing at awkward angles unless additional efforts were made.
 
===== The long and durable ++grip surface++ =====
 
The gripping surface on the '''Flex''' comes from large-scale ridges and hollows along its length and a faceted cross-section (derived from a hexagon, with the points clipped/chamfered), and so bumps, scrapes, and dents don't harm the grip. The '''C2''' has a cylindrical cross-section, with much of the grip coming from the 'cross-hatch' texture cut in to the surface. This surface texture can easily be compromised by bumps and scrapes that don't noticeably damage the body or even dent, and over time it will also wear smooth in patches with normal use—from my experiences with flashlights and other metal items using similar surface-based textured grips.
 
===== The ++look++ =====
 
Compared to the '''UltraFire C2''', the '''HexBright Flex''' has a matte (non-shiny) finish, is roughly symmetrical across its length, radially symmetrical around its long axis, and has a simpler & cleaner profile while still being visually interesting. Obviously this last element of the design is almost entirely a personal preference/taste matter, but for me the '''Flex''' has the clear advantage in the looks department.
 
== Final Note ==
 
Regarding the '''Surefire R1 Lawman''' to which you linked at the end:
 
While the '''Lawman''' has a much higher maximum brightness (750 lumen vs. 500 lumen) with a longer battery life at that maximum (1.75 hours vs. 1 hour) than does the '''Flex''', they're in completely different price categories ('''Lawman''' @ $455 vs. '''Flex''' @ $99 pre-order / $129 retail). So, to me the only sensible comparison to make is one of value per dollar. The result is that with the '''Flex''' you get 2/3rds of the brightness at 22% / 28% of the price of the '''Lawman'''. Or, to put it another way, with the '''Lawman''' you pay $0.60 per lumen vs. $0.20 / $0.26 per lumen with the '''Flex'''.
 
========= Thoughts? =========
========= Thoughts? =========
I hope that this was helpful and answered your question (and hopefully wasn't ''way'' too long or detailed of a response).

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Edit by: Exirtis ,

Text:

Jon,
 
Apart from the open source programmability that you've already mentioned, the other differences between the '''UltraFire C2''' and the '''HexBright Flex''' that are most apparent to me, are in:
 
* The ++maximum lumen++ (amount of light cast)
* The likely ++durability++ of each (its resistance to damage & wear)
* The ++design++ (the in-hand feel, the way the components fit together, and the look).
 
== Differences ==
 
=== Maximum Lumen: ===
 
The info I found on the '''C2''' indicates it's capability is between 250 and 300 lumen max (the various specs found were in disagreement). The '''Flex''' comes pre-programmed with a high of 500 lumen, but can be re-programmed to emit more than 650 lumen (I'm not sure of the actual max) at the cost of increased battery drain.
 
=== Durability: ===
 
The body of the '''C2''' is assembled from multiple pieces that screw together, and these pieces seem to be made of a somewhat thin, light aluminum. The '''Flex''' is a uni-body assembly (one piece) and is made of thicker aluminum.
 
With a uni-body having fewer points of failure than a multi-piece body, the structure of the '''Flex''' is already inherently more rugged. And when the added thickness of the body material is taken into account, it can clearly withstand ''much'' rougher handling & use without denting or cracking—better protecting the fragile internals.
 
The end-cap (closing the body and housing the button) on the '''Flex''' is the only externally separate piece and probably shouldn't be considered part of the body, since its only ''structural'' function is to seal the end. Despite this, you'll note the end-cap was also made nicely robust.
 
=== Design: ===
 
Other aspects of the design not already covered include:
 
===== The roughly ++straight profile++ =====
 
The '''Flex''' has less contour stepping (diameter changes) across its length, providing a more consistent and firm grip. Its profile also allows it to lay still on flat surfaces and to easily be strapped or attached evenly to another object. In contrast, the '''C2''' is more likely to roll on flat surfaces, and when strapped or attached would be prone to shifting unexpectedly or facing at awkward angles unless additional efforts were made.
 
===== The long and durable ++grip surface++ =====
 
The gripping surface on the '''Flex''' comes from large-scale ridges and hollows along its length and a faceted cross-section (derived from a hexagon, with the points clipped/chamfered), and so bumps, scrapes, and dents don't harm the grip. The '''C2''' has a cylindrical cross-section, with much of the grip coming from the 'cross-hatch' texture cut in to the surface. This surface texture can easily be compromised by bumps and scrapes that don't noticeably damage the body or even dent, and over time it will also wear smooth in patches with normal use—from my experiences with flashlights and other metal items using similar surface-based textured grips.
 
===== The ++look++ =====
 
Compared to the '''UltraFire C2''', the '''HexBright Flex''' has a matte (non-shiny) finish, is roughly symmetrical across its length, radially symmetrical around its long axis, and has a simpler & cleaner profile while still being visually interesting. Obviously this last element of the design is almost entirely a personal preference/taste matter, but for me the '''Flex''' has the clear advantage in the looks department.
 
== Final Note ==
 
Regarding the '''Surefire R1 Lawman''' to which you linked at the end:
 
While the '''Lawman''' has a much higher maximum brightness (750 lumen vs. 500 lumen) with a longer battery life at that maximum (1.75 hours vs. 1 hour) than does the '''Flex''', they're in completely different price categories ('''Lawman''' @ $455 vs. '''Flex''' @ $99 pre-order / $129 retail). So, to me the only sensible comparison to make is one of value per dollar. The result is that with the '''Flex''' you get 2/3rds of the brightness at 22% / 28% of the price of the '''Lawman'''. Or, to put it another way, with the '''Lawman''' you pay $0.60 per lumen vs. $0.20 / $0.26 per lumen with the '''Flex'''.
 
I===== Thoughts? =====
I
hope that'sthat this was helpful and answered your question (and hopefully wasn't ''way'' too long or detailed of a response).
I===== Thoughts? =====
I
hope that'sthat this was helpful and answered your question (and hopefully wasn't ''way'' too long or detailed of a response).

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Original post by: Exirtis ,

Text:

Jon,

Apart from the open source programmability that you've already mentioned, the other differences between the '''UltraFire C2''' and the '''HexBright Flex''' that are most apparent to me, are in:

* The ++maximum lumen++ (amount of light cast)
* The likely ++durability++ of each (its resistance to damage & wear)
* The ++design++ (the in-hand feel, the way the components fit together, and the look).

== Differences ==

=== Maximum Lumen: ===

The info I found on the '''C2''' indicates it's capability is between 250 and 300 lumen max (the various specs found were in disagreement). The '''Flex''' comes pre-programmed with a high of 500 lumen, but can be re-programmed to emit more than 650 lumen (I'm not sure of the actual max) at the cost of increased battery drain.

=== Durability: ===

The body of the '''C2''' is assembled from multiple pieces that screw together, and these pieces seem to be made of a somewhat thin, light aluminum. The '''Flex''' is a uni-body assembly (one piece) and is made of thicker aluminum.

With a uni-body having fewer points of failure than a multi-piece body, the structure of the '''Flex''' is already inherently more rugged. And when the added thickness of the body material is taken into account, it can clearly withstand ''much'' rougher handling & use without denting or cracking—better protecting the fragile internals.

The end-cap (closing the body and housing the button) on the '''Flex''' is the only externally separate piece and probably shouldn't be considered part of the body, since its only ''structural'' function is to seal the end. Despite this, you'll note the end-cap was also made nicely robust.

=== Design: ===

Other aspects of the design not already covered include:

===== The roughly ++straight profile++ =====

The '''Flex''' has less contour stepping (diameter changes) across its length, providing a more consistent and firm grip. Its profile also allows it to lay still on flat surfaces and to easily be strapped or attached evenly to another object. In contrast, the '''C2''' is more likely to roll on flat surfaces, and when strapped or attached would be prone to shifting unexpectedly or facing at awkward angles unless additional efforts were made.

===== The long and durable ++grip surface++ =====

The gripping surface on the '''Flex''' comes from large-scale ridges and hollows along its length and a faceted cross-section (derived from a hexagon, with the points clipped/chamfered), and so bumps, scrapes, and dents don't harm the grip. The '''C2''' has a cylindrical cross-section, with much of the grip coming from the 'cross-hatch' texture cut in to the surface. This surface texture can easily be compromised by bumps and scrapes that don't noticeably damage the body or even dent, and over time it will also wear smooth in patches with normal use—from my experiences with flashlights and other metal items using similar surface-based textured grips.

===== The ++look++ =====

Compared to the '''UltraFire C2''', the '''HexBright Flex''' has a matte (non-shiny) finish, is roughly symmetrical across its length, radially symmetrical around its long axis, and has a simpler & cleaner profile while still being visually interesting. Obviously this last element of the design is almost entirely a personal preference/taste matter, but for me the '''Flex''' has the clear advantage in the looks department.

== Final Note ==

Regarding the '''Surefire R1 Lawman''' to which you linked at the end:

While the '''Lawman''' has a much higher maximum brightness (750 lumen vs. 500 lumen) with a longer battery life at that maximum (1.75 hours vs. 1 hour) than does the '''Flex''', they're in completely different price categories ('''Lawman''' @ $455 vs. '''Flex''' @ $99 pre-order / $129 retail). So, to me the only sensible comparison to make is one of value per dollar. The result is that with the '''Flex''' you get 2/3rds of the brightness at 22% / 28% of the price of the '''Lawman'''. Or, to put it another way, with the '''Lawman''' you pay $0.60 per lumen vs. $0.20 / $0.26 per lumen with the '''Flex'''.

I hope that's helpful and answered your question (and hopefully wasn't ''way'' too long or detailed of a response).

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