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    I ordered a Raw from the guys at The Orb at the beginning of December. I figured it might take a while to arrive due to all the holiday mail and the international shipping. Now a month later, I'm going a little crazy waiting, really excited!

    For those of you in the U.S. who have ordered from Orb in the past, how long did you have to wait for your light? How long should l wait before I need to worry that the package might have gone missing in the mail?

    Thanks!!!

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    Default Re: Wait time for Orb Raw?

    it takes a while, if I recall correctly mine took about 4 weeks to get here.
    Its an awesome little light though.


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    i ordered one i think around end of dec, the web page and builder said it'l ship around after jan 20, due to break i think,

    interesting to see in another post someone said it's due to lack of tritium ? i dunno but if that was the case one would presume they could still ship the non tritium ones? I presume they just needed a vacation

    whenever mine comes i'll be happy they were upfront w/me about about the dates along w/the original threads


    i never had one before but i am very anxious to get mine!!! it's just a cool light custom stuff takes time

    going stir crazy waiting thou is the bad part worth it to have such a cool light!l


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    arc:LSH/aaa/aaap , SF:L2, Raw NS w/Tritiums,LW400,UV-x1,glotoob,hds,RiverRockAAwaiting for more...whats next?

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    "I am taking a break 4th Jan - 20th Jan."

    Thats what Rob from Orb said on his Son of Raw thread. So you may not get it till into febuary, unless he already shipped of course...

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    I too am waiting for my copy of the RAW Ni. I figure I'll be lucky to get it some time in early Feb. I hope that it'll be worth the wait..
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    I ordered a Raw in mid-December and they emailed that it would "post right after Christmas", so I'm hoping it may be delivered this week.

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    Thanks for the replies. Guess I'm not the only one waiting anxiously. Hopefully my Raw will arrive in the next couple weeks. If it isn't here by mid-late January I will be a little concerned.

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    My order and payment were made on November 7th. At that time I was informed that posting would not occur for at least a week. Ultimately I was informed that my order shipped on December 12th. I have not yet received delivery but I was given a tracking number for the "Royal" post office.

    At this point I'm not holding my breath waiting for delivery.

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    I ordered my Raw on December 2nd and sent Rob an email the next day to find out how long it would take to ship and reach Canada. (I live in BC) He said he would post it by the 9th of December. I ended up receiving mine on December 28th but the date on the customs sticker was Dec 16. So really I think it only took 6 business days to reach me as the 24th - 27th were holidays for my post office. I suggest sending a quick email just to confirm when it was actually shipped so as not to create too much worry for yourself. Anyways hope they all arrive soon

    PS. Love the light. Small and bright.

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    I also recently ordered a raw around the end of december. According to an email i received, they are currently out of tritium vials for the lights (both colours out) so if you ordered a raw and optioned the tritium, they will be getting the vials back in stock on the january 20th, add a few days for packing etc i'm guessing most lights will arrive feb. sometime!

    Yup, i'm all itching for mine too mhmmm...light...

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    Yippee! It arrived today (ordered Dec. 22)!

    This is such a cool light. I ordered the two stage option and glad I did. I'll report more later.

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    Please do report later majic79. A couple of beamshots with another popular flashlight would be a very nice addition. Or perhaps a description of the difference between the Orb high beam and another light. I'm curious about how the T bin LEDs perform.
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    I ordered a 1W Raw on the 12th of Dec; I received an e-mail saying it would post on the 20th. On the 20th I sent an e-mail inquiring if it had been shipped, and was told it would post on the 28th. I sent an e-mail on the 30th asking if it had been shipped, but got no response...time will tell if it's been shipped yet, or if it'll ship after the 19th...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Macaw
    Please do report later majic79. A couple of beamshots with another popular flashlight would be a very nice addition. Or perhaps a description of the difference between the Orb high beam and another light. I'm curious about how the T bin LEDs perform.

    Arrrrg! My wife has already confiscated the light for her purse! "It's so cute!" she says. This after I bought her a silver Fenix for Christmas!!

    I'll still be able to shoot some beamshots.

    Just a few minutes evaluation: It's an INCREDIBLY bright light on high! On low, it appears to be about the same brightness as my HDS U60 on the Secondary setting (5 lumens?). The bright setting is just a bit less than my Fenix L1P. i'll have more quantifyable date tomorrow...maybe even a beam shot!

    I ordered a second one...for ME...tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magic79
    The bright setting is just a bit less than my Fenix L1P.
    Mark

    The high is not as bright as the L1P? That's strange, the RAW has a T bin vs. an R bin in the L1P, and a better reflector. Going by the numbers, I would have expected the RAW to blow away the L1P (although only for it's short runtime)

    Oh well, I'm sure I'll still be happy with my RAW NS.

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    The bright setting is just a bit less than my Fenix L1P
    This also surprises me. I have a Q3 and an orb raw and the raw is noticeably brighter than the Q3 even when I run it on rechargeables. The Q3 should be slightly brighter than the L1P on primaries according to flashlightreviews.com. Anyways enjoy the light. Mine sits on my keychain in the included case for now....not quite ready to let it get all scratched up.

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    Thanks for the info Mark. I am with balefire on this one. If the L1P does outperform my RAW Ni I will be seriously disappointed. I mean SERIOUSLY! I hope you have an unusually bright Fenix.
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    I ordered a Raw at the end of November and received it just before Christmas. Unfortunately, it had a host of problems (charger didn't work correctly, the light flickered on both levels...) and I ended up sending it back to Rob (as per his suggestion). I really liked the light, but it was nowhere near as bright as I was expecting based on what I've read here and on his site. On low it's about half the brightness of a new ARC AAA-P (which is still very useful by the way) and on high, I would say it was about the same as the 42 lumen level of my HDS (but a lot more floody). Rob seemed to think that I might of had a bad LED. It did run for a solid 20 minutes on high though before it started to dim. I should be getting another light from him when he gets back, hopefully that one will be better.

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    Hmm...now I'm really starting to wonder about my order. I ordered on the 5th of December and it sounds like a few people who ordered later than that have already received their lights. I received an order confirmation, said everything was in stock, but no shipping date notice like some people have posted. I've already tried contacting Rob, but he has auto-reply going with his e-mail so I can't find out anything until he gets back on the 20th (sigh).

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    Praxis: Did you order the RAW or the RAW Ni? None of the Ni lights will be shipped until after the 20th.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Praxis
    Hmm...now I'm really starting to wonder about my order. I ordered on the 5th of December and it sounds like a few people who ordered later than that have already received their lights.
    Did you order one with a tritium insert? If so, I read those are backordered.


    Regarding brightness, two things. First, I did NOT charge the battery in the Raw before checking it out, so it may not be a peak brightness. Second, that was a quick eyeball with no actual measurement.

    After I posted, I took it into my back yard. Yikes! That little thing lights up the whole yard (even diagonally, which is about 80 feet).

    I'll try to get some beam shots tomorrow evening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 00evans00
    Anyways enjoy the light. Mine sits on my keychain in the included case for now....not quite ready to let it get all scratched up.
    Isn't that little plastic case the most clever thing?!!

    This whole design is quite clever!

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    When I ordered mine I was told by Rob that it would ship around the 20th of Jan. The green tritium vials where all used up and they where expecting to get more around the 20th. Rob did offer to ship the light then later ship the vials with the glue to install them. I choose to wait and let them install since I ordered mine with 5 vials spaced around the tail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Macaw
    Praxis: Did you order the RAW or the RAW Ni? None of the Ni lights will be shipped until after the 20th.
    I ordered a standard RAW with the two-level switch and yellow tritium insert. At the time I ordered, Rob said he still had yellow tritium in stock (I originally asked for blue).

    I'm looking forward to the light, don't get me wrong, just a little frustrated with the ordering process.

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    The documentation with the Raw is abysmal...no...that's not it. It's absent! There is no documentation for the light or the charger.

    So...I'll give you a heads up.

    Inside the ziplock bag with the charger was a tiny envelop stapled shut. On it was printed "Clear Watch Crystal". I almost didn't open it, as I figured it was a spare lens. But curiosity got me and I opened it. Inside was not a watch crystal, but two tiny toroidal magnets. I went to the Orb website to see if they were mentioned. They weren't, but they're identical to the magnets used in the Orb light, so I figured they were included by mistake.

    I promptly began playing with them and soon lost them!

    Last night I went to charge the RCR2 battery. I put it in the Nano charger...and it was 1/4 inch too short!

    <LIGHTBULB OVER HEAD> So THAT'S what those little magnets were for...a spacer!

    Well...after scrounging in my toolbox for a few minutes, I found some small washers that will fill the space, and that works. (still hope I find what I did with the magnets)

    Next, I plugged the charger in, and the LED lit red. I had no idea whether the LED would extinguish when charged, change colors, or if red actually meant that the battery had a full charge.

    As it turns out, the LED does change to green when charged.

    To the Orb folks: How about spending 10 minutes writing some simple documentation for the charger, beginning with "DON'T THROW OUT THOSE TWO MAGNETS that we didn't bother to tell you what use they had."

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    Last night I went to charge the RCR2 battery. I put it in the Nano charger...and it was 1/4 inch too short!

    He he yeah. The first thing I did when I received my raw was charge the battery hoping I could get the biggest impact from the brightness of the light. It would have taken me a good few minutes to figure out what the magnets were for if I didn't charge the battery first. As well there are some good reviews of the raw here and here that I had read beforehand. They go into a lot of detail about everything included with the raw, its operation, and about rcr2 batteries.

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    Update. My orb arrived today (ordered Nov7th see earlier post).

    I guess you just need patience.
    Last edited by pbs; 01-10-2006 at 03:49 PM.

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    Great to hear pbs. Please let us know what you think about the output of this flashlight.
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    After charging the RCR2 fully, I can positively state that the Raw is MUCH brighter than the Fenix. Chalk it up to being too excited to try the light and not charging the battery first!

    I took three beamshots of the Raw, on high. The first one has the Raw on the left and the Fenix on the right. Clearly, the Raw is significantly brigher.


    The next shot is the Raw on high (L) and the Surefire L2 on high (R). Surefire rates the L2 at 100 Lumens, and it appears clearly brighter than the Raw.



    The final shot is the Raw on the left on high, and the EDC Ultimate 60 on the right, also on high. The U60 is rated at 60 Lumens. This is close, to my eye, but the Raw appears brighter.



    So, I learned something: no matter how excited I am to get a new light, charge it before using the first time!

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    Thanks for the beamshots magic79. I have been looking for a good comparison of the raw against some other lights including the HDS U60. You mentioned that between the orb raw and HDS the beams appeared close to each other but I felt that in your photo the HDS looks quite a bit brighter. I have heard at least one other person who has both lights say that the U60 seems brighter. I am curious because I may buy an HDS U60 but want to know how it will compare to the raw. Do you really find it that there is not that much of a difference? Thanks

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