GSM Cyclops CYC-300 WP


Steve J did a preview of this light over here

The light comes packaged in a blister pack with instructions and both AC/DC adaptors.
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The light uses a pistol grip with trigger activation. You squeeze through the sequence of high, low, strobe, off. There is no mode memory.
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Compared to pocket lights, this thing is huge. I’m used to pocket lights, so I don’t see myself carrying this beast often. That said, it allows for a rather large reflector that can really focus/collimate the limited (320 lumen) output into a long throwing beam. more on that later.
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I really don’t care for this design element. The back of the light is covered by a threaded, clear plastic cover. In order to charge the light you have to remove the cover and a plug from the charge port. I suppose this is all done under the goal of keeping the light water resistant.
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There’s what looks like a handle on top, yet it’s actually a stand. It allows the light to be propped up for hands free lighting.
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Specification wise, I have nothing much to add to Steve’s post, so instead I’ll just offer some of my own impressions.
The good:

  • Cheap
  • Decent tint
  • Beam optimized for throw
  • Smaller than some other similar hand-held spotlights
  • Rechargeable and includes AC and DC chargers
  • Good brightness for price

The not-so-good:

  • Cheap
  • Large for the level of output
  • Sealed – I doubt if the batteries can be replaced (I didn’t research that) and if so, it probably wouldn’t be cost effective
  • In my humble opinion, a pain in the neck to charge.  You don’t want to lose the screw on cover or the plug

I’m not going to build a case for or against this light. It is what it is – an inexpensive, hand held rechargeable spot light.

I took a few beam shots to compare it to a few hand held flashlights.   In these photos are the Cyclops spotlight and a couple lights popular with flashlight enthusiasts – Zebralights.   Photos are taken from about 75 feet.

Here’s the Cyclops. The large reflector does a good job of collimating the beam into a very intense spot with very little spill. If I’m out searching this light will give a lot of reach/throw and could be very useful. Or let’s say you are out on a river late at night – whatever. You can think of many scenarios where such a beam will be useful.  I show it alongside a few handheld lights that each use a single 18650 battery.

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Here’s a Zebralight offering, the SC63w. This light operates only with an 18650 battery and has around 900 lumen output. Retails for $85 ( Zebralight makes a 500 lumen little brother to this light called the SC32w that is $64 and runs off one 16340/CR123 cell)

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Here’s Zebralight’s most recent offering – the SC600 MKIII HI. Zebralight designed this light to be more of a thrower, although it uses the same emitter as the SC63w. Also requires an 18650 battery. Retails for $95

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So these lights are all more expensive and I show them only to give a point of reference.   They also require batteries and if you choose lights requiring rechargeable batteries, you’ll need a charger. The Cyclops comes with AC and DC chargers. I have no idea how long the batteries will last in the Cyclops – the last one I tested a couple of years ago is still working fine.

Although I don’t own this light, I do have a number of Fenix lights and consider them to be good quality and represent good value. THIS LIGHT is about $37 retail, uses common AA batteries, and has similar output. Its XP-E2 emitter should have a throwy beam, although I doubt it would have the throw that they Cyclops has.

Again, I show all these comparisons to: a) give you options and b) demonstrate that the Cyclops is probably a decent value if you need a long throwing beam and don’t want to have to buy batteries or chargers. Time will tell how long it will hold up – it is all plastic and I’d not recommend abusing it.

So I read all the comments in Steve’s post and know that many of you are dubious of the quality of the light, but for less than $40 it seems to be a decent value.



Dan M

Love firearms and flashlights – and they go well together. I’ve been admiring and writing about quality flashlights for about 9 years…built my own integrating sphere….done a few mods. Proof positive that a 59 year old can still love toys!


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  • Steve

    This is the weirdest ‘review’ I’ve ever read…

    Why are you comparing a spotlight to handheld/pocket flashlights? Have you never seen a spotlight before?

    • Dan M

      Seen and reviewed. Thank you for the positive comment.

      • Steve

        I didn’t mean to offend – I just meant that the comparisons made seem to be completely unrelated to other lights in this category.

        Generally spotlights favor beam distance over light output. The handle/stand is a tack-on feature for creating a dual-use light, but these are typically used for spotting or signaling from very long distances. VERY common in marine use for the signaling range!

        • Dan M

          No offense taken – your points are certainly valid. I was just trying to show some contrast. I am certainly familiar with spotlights and have used them when overnight camping/’jug’ fishing on the river. I just find it interesting that there are SMALL, pocketable lights with battery options that are close to the price and even brighter. YMMV. Cheers!

  • AD

    Can you please include more information about how you took the photos? Did you use a automatic camera, or did you manually set the aperture and exposure time and kept them constant for all photos?

    • Dan M

      Great question. I shoot lots of ‘beam shot’ photos for another forum, and through the years have found some settings that work well. Absolutely done with manual, constant settings. Camera is a Canon 40D; lens is a Sigma Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5; for these photos the focal length was 28mm. Settings: manual color temp of 5000k; f-stop f/6.3; shutter 1.6s; ISO 1600. I use a remote shutter release with the camera (obviously) mounted on a tripod. I hand hold the lights directly over the camera using the flash mount for my alignment. Hope this helps!

  • will_ford

    I have a REVO 1100 SPOTLIGHT, I use it SPOTTING around the property for eyes at night. VERY bright. I keep a CENTURION Streamlight for the wrong kind of eyes when I have a WEAPON. Isn’t a spot for SPOTTING? Spotlight, Floodlight? Different ?sarc off.