Don and Wayne - , I really enjoy the Aleph line and look forward to its continuation, be it through new runs of the originals or through entirely new iterations. . Kirk
When the GDuP becomes available, I do hope to get a few limited production Ti Aleph lights going. The primary thrust though will be in aluminum and if I can support or help Wayne and Cindy in any manner to those ends I will do so. The E series program is so diverse and so many existing components and providers available gives it strength beyond any other platform that I am aware of. The biggest hurdle as Wayne has mentioned is that of economies of scale and identifying items of significant interest where demand will reasonably meet the supply size required in production.
The "x2" converters provided two levels of constant current to the LED and the improved efficiencies here became my primary focus pulling me away from the Aleph series. The rapid developments and changes in LED's seriously undermined the stability of any project that would entail large quantities of parts and the resulting and required longer runtime in the market. As Wayne has stated, the GDuP will now bring the Aleph light engines to state of the art and allow for rapid and reasonable upgrade and evolution of Aleph based heads. We have both felt and discussed that once LED's got past 100 lumens of output it was time to consider the three speed. The time has come and actually been here for a while.
The sample Aleph Mule shown above doesn't enjoy the efficiency on low that the PD mule does but aside from that, the soft and easy momentary activation of low and high is very kind to the user and such a solution will be much easier on the pocket book for anyone already involved in the Aleph/ E series platform. Stick a GDuP LE in there and the Aleph Mule has one leg up on the PD Mule in terms of speeds. Obviously this GDuP is not limited to just a mule either! The XR can is simple and sound in construction, IMHO, and although at present it is host to just the XR MCPCB, there is no reason it can't host a Seoul MCPCB or Rebel MCPCB for that matter. There is all kinds of potential for existing as well as new Aleph heads. Frankly, the prospects are overwhelming!!!