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    Default Which NovaTac? P or T?

    My stimulus check is going to buy me a NovaTac. I just don't know which one to get - a P or a T. I have read the User Guides to both[still studying them], and the P seems awfully complicated.

    What I am looking for is a light that no matter what mode I am in - say low for navigating the house at night, I can go instantly tactical full output, even strobe, NOW! if the need arises.

    From what I gather, the T will do that[momentary maximum]. Will the P?

    TIA



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    Default Re: Which NovaTac? P or T?

    I'd have to go searching for the manual online, but IIRC the P will go into momentary maximum if you press and hold when the light is on.

    I can't verify this though as mine is still with the postal service

    Edit:

    The manual here... he say yes http://www.novatac.com/downloads/Nov...-UserGuide.pdf
    Last edited by LargePig; 05-08-2008 at 09:19 AM.

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    Default Re: Which NovaTac? P or T?

    Quote Originally Posted by LargePig View Post
    I'd have to go searching for the manual online, but IIRC the P will go into momentary maximum if you press and hold when the light is on.

    I can't verify this though as mine is still with the postal service

    Edit:

    The manual here... he say yes http://www.novatac.com/downloads/Nov...-UserGuide.pdf
    Been reading that. Still confused

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    Default Re: Which NovaTac? P or T?

    The P can do everything the T can do and more. It all depends on how you program it.

    The settings can also be "locked" once it is programmed to how you like it. A reset will "unlock" it such that it can be reprogrammed (P model only).


    The T model has its settings and cannot be changed.

    I've got a P and wouldn't have it any other way, provided one can get it at a good price.

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    Default Re: Which NovaTac? P or T?

    Ok so the 120P out of the box is programmed as follows:

    Click: Turn on to Primary (10 Lumens)

    From ON
    1. Two Clicks: Toggle between Secondary (30 Lumens) and Primary (10 Lumens)
    2. Three Clicks: Minimum (0.3 Lumens)
    3. Press (and hold) while ON: Momentary Maximum (120 Lumens)
    4. Click-Press: Maximum (120 Lumens)
    5. Click: Turn off

    From OFF
    1. Click-Press: Maximum (120 Lumens)

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    Default Re: Which NovaTac? P or T?

    Quote Originally Posted by LargePig View Post
    Ok so the 120P out of the box is programmed as follows:

    Click: Turn on to Primary (10 Lumens)

    From ON
    1. Two Clicks: Toggle between Secondary (30 Lumens) and Primary (10 Lumens)
    2. Three Clicks: Minimum (0.3 Lumens)
    3. Press (and hold) while ON: Momentary Maximum (120 Lumens)
    4. Click-Press: Maximum (120 Lumens)
    5. Click: Turn off

    From OFF
    1. Click-Press: Maximum (120 Lumens)
    Not very tactically friendly under a stressfull situation. Click-Press from OFF to Maximum is one too many operations under stress.

    Looks like the T is what I am looking for. Defensive capabilities FIRST, fu-fu modes second.

    Thanks for all the info.

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    Default Re: Which NovaTac? P or T?

    I would go with the 120P. I believe that it will be one of the most versatile lights that you will ever buy. You can program the "P'' model to mimic the settings of a ''T''. Go ahead and buy it, you wont regret it.

    -Aaron

    Edit:It wont take you long to learn the UI once you have the light in hand.
    Last edited by ~Deicide~; 05-08-2008 at 09:27 AM. Reason: Added Note

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    Default Re: Which NovaTac? P or T?

    Speaking as a complete Novatac Newbie myself, yes, the P series can seem rather overwhelming.....

    ....for about 10 minutes....

    once you get the hang of it, it's remarkably intuitive

    Here's the Cliffs Notes version of Novatac setup

    there are four programmable slots, each designated by a distinct click pattern;

    Click
    Double Click
    Triple Click
    Click-Press

    any light level can be assigned to any slot, as can the SOS, and Strobe modes

    there are two programming commands;
    Click-Click-Press; sets the light level and/or strobe modes
    Click-Click-Click-Press; enters the option menu to set things like the Beacon, SOS, Find-Me flash, and menu lockout

    to program the light levels, click to the slot you want to program, then Click-Click-Press, the brightness will ramp upward in distinct steps, when you get the light level you want, stop, and turn the light off to set that level

    to program menu options, Click-Click-Click-Press and release the button when the LED flashes in Beacon mode (1 flash per second), click the button to step through the modes, when you find the one you want to enable or disable, hold in the button, if you are enabling the option, the light will go dim-to-bright, then to on, if you are disabling the option, the light will go bright to dim, then on

    it sounds more complicated written out than it really is, the versatility of the P series is unmatched, you can set up the P to mimic the behavior of the T, lock out the menus and you're good to go, if you ever want to change settings, just perform a factory reset and set it up however you want

    the P's versatility is worth it

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    Default Re: Which NovaTac? P or T?

    If you wanted instant access to full or strobe you could quite easilly set the light like this

    1 Click: Turn on into 10 lumens or whatever you want
    2 Clicks: Maximum 120
    3 Clicks: Strobe
    Click-Press: Really low 0.3

    The possibilities are endless.....

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    Default Re: Which NovaTac? P or T?

    I own two 120T's. I like being able to go right to full blast bright on the first click. Clicking thru to get to the lower modes is easy though I rarely have a need to use the low modes. The T is cheaper,plus you can change out to the flat tailcap of the P.

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