Scarab, sorry for the misinformation, I have corrected my post.
Scarab, sorry for the misinformation, I have corrected my post.
Lurveleven: So you know the secret "trickster" mode. I have tried this on couple of my coworker (with a sense of humor) and it works out great.
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"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin
Pascal -Originally Posted by Frenchyled
That's a very nice photo of your gorgeous torch. I'm tempted to carry a magnifying glass so people can see the exquisite detail. Of course, when I turn it on they can see the detail of everything I point it at.
A while back I got a dog tag chain from lighthound. (I couldn't find an affordable Ti chain that was long enough.) I wore it to see if I could get used to it. I did. So when I got a Draco I attached it to the chain to see if it bugged me. It doesn't. I didn't think I'd ever wear a torch on my neck but it seems to be working out well. It's always available. I'm still not convinced that neck carry is better than keychain carry for my purposes but I'm leaning that way.
The oldtimers are forever bound to the universe of flashlights. They reside just above the torch lit stratosphere where the good photons pass by. As these oldtimers locomote on their appointed ways, occasionally an unusual glimmer from below catches their attention.
They may give a nod or a word.
I actually fell for the trickster mode myself, with my own light!
I was trying to figure out why the light would not turn on when it was supposed to (it's either the batteries or my fumbliness [yay new word]), and had it pointed in the wrong direction when the 3 seconds were up. And before you ask, yes, I knew already that after the low setting there is off for 3 seconds then bright... I just didn't think I was in that mode since I had done too many turns of the head for it to be in that mode. Still getting the hang of it here ^_^.
Originally Posted by modamag
For you guys who got the XRE plugin.
When you assemble the light do a mock assembly and verify that the two wires are not shorted against the reflector. If it gets shorted, there goes FluPIC.
that was my problem, thanks ^_^
I had the LE screwed in a little too tightly into the head, and must have been shorting across the reflector. I loosened the LE a tiny bit, and now it's working fine. I was wondering why my batteries were dying so quickly ^_^.
Now to find some way to secure the (somewhat looser) head assembly. I'm now noticing that when turning the light on and off, if I'm not careful of where I grip it, I'll turn the head itself instead of the whole head assembly, and possibly tighten it (and short on the reflector) or loosen it even more.
Jonathan, just got my XRE plug-in. Wow!!!!! It's hard to imagine how the perfect EDC could have become "more perfect", but it is! Kudos to you for making the absolute best keychain light.
Can somebody contact me either through this post or PM me because I can't figure out the instructions on the light. Very complicated, but beautiful machine!
Hey Jonathan, I just got my Draco XRE upgrade back from you................
Un-Freekin believable !!!!!!
This is a very substantial contribution to the Flashlight World.
1st = HighOriginally Posted by aikiman44
2nd = User set level
3rd = Low
4th = No light
5th = Quick Flash (Program the light here)
At the 5th settting (the one after No light) it will Quick Flash, and then slowly step through the 10 levels of light, going from 1-10 and then 10-1. Whatever level it is at when you turn the light off during this sequence is the level that the 2nd turn (User set level) will be set to.
BTW, does anyone know how many Dracos have been built?
aikiman44: I hope you got a hang of that FluPIC otherwise my contact info is in your PM.
dammitjim: are you asking the number released to the public or the total number machined. I can pretty much count them all.
Here's what been released.
100 Chrome ... public
10 Chrome ... Presents to Machinist
10 Gold ... McGizmo, Miss_SS, goldserve, CroMagnet, modamag, Newbie (Lumi 2006 award) and few remaining reserved for future occasions.
20 TiCN ... public
20 TiN ... public
5 AlTN ... private
Nah, still don't have the hang of the FluPIC. I'm going to try contacting you this weekend for some remedial flashlight instructions.
I was asking about the total number released, the info you gave is great. It's cool to have such a limited run lightOriginally Posted by modamag
Hi there. I'm definitely thinking of getting one of these cool lights and have a few questions. If anyone knows the answer to any of them i'd appreciate the help.
-Does the price of the light include the battery and charger or are those extra? I'm pretty sure they're not included but thought I'd double check.
-What are the availability of the batteries for this light? Were they designed just for this light or are they commercially available elswhere? I don't want to spend this kind of money on a light where the batteries won't be available anymore in five years.
-Is the 10440 battery a higher capacity than the 10280? And if so, how much more capacity? And is it bigger and that's why they offer the extended battery pack. I was a little confused since it says (AAA) after the extended battery pack and I thought it was a pack for an alkaline AAA battery which I don't think is true.
-Are the new batch of aluminum/chrome lights going to be ready to ship sometime in Feb. '07?
That's all tlhe questions for now. I did spend 1 1/2 hours reading many posts/threads about this light, but there is a lot of information to sort through.
Thanks for your help.
Q. Does the price of the light include the battery and charger or are those extra?
A. No. These can be ordered with the light though.
Q. What are the availability of the batteries for this light?
A. Rarer than AAA batteries, but available on the web - or on this site.
Q. Were they designed just for this light or are they commercially available elswhere?
A. They are commercially available.
Q. Is the 10440 battery a higher capacity than the 10280? And if so, how much more capacity?
A. Higher capacity, but I'm not sure how much more. It will give longer runtime.
Q. And is it bigger and that's why they offer the extended battery pack.
A. 10440 is the same size as an AAA, 10280 is about two thirds this size. Voltage is over 3v (against 1.5v for AAA)
Q. Are the new batch of aluminum/chrome lights going to be ready to ship sometime in Feb. '07?
A. Not sure about this one but Modamag can tell you.
Hope that helps
Order this light - you will never regret it. It is unbelievably bright for it extemely small size. EVERYONE who sees mine is absolutely amazed at the performance.
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I am not for one moment suggesting that the answer to this question might influence your decision one way or the other, but it is rather like asking whether a Ferrari comes with a free tankful of gas.Originally Posted by Scottiver
could someone direct us to where you can purchase 10280's other than this site? I've not yet been able to find any elsewhere.Originally Posted by Psychomodo
Others can correct me if I am wrong, but I think the 10280's are the rechargeable equivalent to the N sized cell.
Others chime in please: don't standard N cells work in this light?
The Draco uses 10280 (N-cell size) or 10440 (AAA size) batteries. Both are 3v Li-Ion rechargeables. You need the body extender to use a 10440. Ordinary N-cell and AAA will not work as they are only 1.5v.
Modamag's Draco sales thread is here:
He recently reported a temporary shortage of 10280s, but someone else may be able to point you at an alternative source.
I have a chrome Draco (u-bin)#55, great little light!
Do you plan a Seoul P4 upgrade for this light? I´m really interested...
Greetings from Germany
"haben ist besser als brauchen"
Thanks for the replies, that helped alot.
Another quick question: what are the battery spacers used for?
Are they required for use with the 10280 battery in the nano charger?
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I found this thread: http://candlepowerforums.com/vb/showthread.php?t=140362
CPF member AW is selling 10280's as well as many other Lithium batteries.
Also found out that 10280's are rated at 180 mAh and the 10440's are rated at 320 mAh.
Yes, the spacer is so that the short 10280 will make contact with the leads in the Nano charger. You could use something else, but the spacer is convenient to have.Originally Posted by Scottiver
[ JIL info post here ]
Scottiver: This is purely my personal opinion, but the Draco with the 10280 cell is the way to go. The 10440 will give you longer run-time, but it won't make it any brighter. The tiny size, not runtime, is the amazing thing about this light, so why compromise this by going for a longer version?
kiely23+: modamag is doing Cree XR-E (not Seoul P4) upgrades. Sales thread here:
Agreed, run time hasn't been a problem for me with 10280s. The AAA tube would be cool is you could run regular AAAs, but you can't.Originally Posted by DM51
I keep the 10280 w/ Cree on my keychain and the AAA body with 10440 w/Cree and Lanyard in my pocket!
Before replacing heads with new plug in Cree's; CR2 ION TI XRE, far right.........alternate the (2) on right "in my pocket".