I purchased this light about a week ago from milkyspit. It was a light that he built with goals that are common to mine: a very useful, bright spill beam for use outdoors.
There are quite a few ingenious ideas in this light. It started off as a standard C-series maglite. The body was reduced in size to around 1.5C. To put it in perspective, it is nearly the same size as a Surefire M3T. The head was tapered. Then the body was coated in black HA. It looks and feels great and should be pretty hardy for outdoor work. He also used a novel (to flashlights) power source- more on that in a moment.
I do a bit of night time hiking and geocaching. My buddies and I often trek off the beaten track, looking for opportunities to get away from the daily stresses of city and suburban life. I wanted a light that was rugged, one that my life could depend upon... just in case.
The light sports 4xSSCP4 USW0H emitters mounted to an aluminum heatsink. Each emitter is wired to a separate circuit board- this provides four-way redundancy. Should one board go bad while in the bush, the other three will continue to work! The light is setup to push out around 800 lumens in full regulation, as well. There are 4xIMS 20mm reflectors (smooth) so it puts out a great combination of throw and spill.
Another interesting twist- the power supply. A couple of years ago I approached milkyspit to replace a customized KL3 head that was damaged during a lithium ion primary cell venting incident. With that lesson in mind I was very intrigued when he started discussing a relatively new type of cell. They are typically used in RC devices and new tool kits- A123 nanophosphate cells. They can support a draw of up to 30C (!) and are safe... no venting. They also take around 20 minutes to fully charge. milkyspit included a prototype battery charger, able to charge two cells simultaneously. One cell provides around 35 minutes of 800 lumens in full regulation. They can be recharged ad nauseum, shot, cut in half, etc. without fear of venting. After experiencing the venting, I keep my 123 primary cells stored in an ammo can. It was frightening.
The output is simply stunning. When I get a chance I'll post some outdoor pics. Trust me- this has a great balance of throw and spill. It seems to outthrow my old Surefire 10x Dominator. I hope to take a hike this weekend, and if I do I'll give a report on how it did. I am VERY impressed so far.
I've had a few friends ask about this one- I hope this helps!