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    I bought my first one new direct from Don and it had one, but I picked up another secondhand that doesn't have one. It's not a big deal but I prefer not having the battery rattle. I tried the 'wrapping battery with post-it note' trick and it works somewhat but it could be better.

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    I found that the action on my first wave McGizmo Sapphire was too stiff with the foam donut installed as provided, however it was (and remains) PERFECT after I cut it in half with a very sharp knife.

    I must say this continues to be one of my favorite lights and I don't go anywhere without it (along with my ever trusty PD). It's what I was looking for in a keychain light.
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    I have the Arc version and per Don's suggestion, I took the foam ring off. I am using an Energizer Lithium cell and took a piece of Scotch tape about 1.5 inches long, folded the sticky halves on top of each other, and slid it in with the battery. I haven't noticed any rattle...and rattling bothers me.

    Good luck!
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    Another good purpose for the foam donut is that it can serve as a anti reverse polarity devise, as crude as that may sound. It keeps the flat bottomed negative terminal of the battery from making contact with the + nub of the circuit, and unless you are the perfect human being, accidents can happen, and batteries can be inserted backwards.

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    It surely is a handy little light

    I finished a portable welding job (track hoe with a cracked boom) at 11:15 last evening. Both the PD-S and the SunDrop had been left at home so they wouldn't get weld spatter. The Surefire G2LED, that always stays in the truck, had been loaned to a friend. No problem until the welder-generator was turned off & I wanted to sweep the area before driving away.

    Many thanks for a tiny keychain light that's always ready to use.
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    Thanks Barry for the testimonial as it were. But what's a little weld spatter among friends?

    Peter Gransee has been making the point for years that it doesn't matter how good or sophisticated a light is if it isn't there when you need it. As flashaholics, most of us are not so likely to get caught empty handed in the dark but....

    I suspect like you, I have delegated my sapphires to a support or back up role. I have two different sets of keys, one for Vespa and the other for my van. I have a Sapphire on each set so by default, if I am away from my house (were I have way more lights than I need) I am at the minimum covered with a Sapphire. I know some people rely on and use their key chain light as a primary.
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    Sapphire as a back-up here as well. One that will go where I go when on vacation as it will live through sea water and anything else
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    what's a little weld spatter among friends?
    In fact, the PD-S did get a few BB's one day, as I was laying next to a bat-wing Bush Hog mower with a broken wheel & welding overhead. Noticed the stuck on balls as soon as I got home and popped them off with a razor blade. They left tiny discolorations, which rubbed out with a maroon Scotchbrite pad. Nice thing about Ti is that it's close to bullet proof
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    I would say my Sapphire is the light I grab about a third of the time. It is usually not far from hand. I think that takes it out of the realm of backup for me. It's become one of my primary lights!
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    I have bought Ti Arc Kit and it seems I blew up two of the light engines provided. Any chance I could grab the light engine from here ?

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    Is this light available looking for one

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    Quote Originally Posted by h and k man View Post
    Is this light available looking for one
    Yes, Sappjhire GS is available.
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    Hi Don,
    I have one if your original Sapphire lights and I have experienced flickering from the beginning. The only way I was able to eliminate most of it was to tighten the head very tight. I have my light in my BOB and pull it out monthly for use. The flickering is much worse even after cleaning/lubing and a battery change. When I turn the light on casually it does not turn on. I then loosen the head and tighten down firmly to get it to function. Is there a remedy I can try myself to rectify the flickering issue?
    Thanks Don
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    Quote Originally Posted by DDS View Post
    Hi Don,
    I have one if your original Sapphire lights and I have experienced flickering from the beginning. The only way I was able to eliminate most of it was to tighten the head very tight. I have my light in my BOB and pull it out monthly for use. The flickering is much worse even after cleaning/lubing and a battery change. When I turn the light on casually it does not turn on. I then loosen the head and tighten down firmly to get it to function. Is there a remedy I can try myself to rectify the flickering issue?
    Thanks Don
    Dave
    Hi Dave,
    It sounds like you have an original with the ARC converter which was quite sensitive to resistance in the battery supply connections and path. There is probably a single solder blob at the perimeter of the converter board where I staked it to enhance contact. You might see if you can work that solder against the lip of the titanium head a bit and see if that improves the performance. If you want, contract me and we can sort out having you send it to me for remedy.
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    Hi Don,
    Can you please email me so I can send you a pic of my LE of my sapphire to evaluate the solder blob?
    Thanks, Dave
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    First post in this thread was 2009. Any planned updates to this light or configuration to bring it to 2016? (CRI, Tailstand, Two Stage)

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmstrong View Post
    First post in this thread was 2009. Any planned updates to this light or configuration to bring it to 2016? (CRI, Tailstand, Two Stage)
    The current Sapphire although still available with a 3 mm LED is almost exclusively requested with the GS 5 mm LED which has a more efficient LED and is of more neutral tint and reasonable CRI. The converter is also a revised version from Japan which is more efficient and stable compared to the original converter from ARC. The Sapphire still has a tail optimized for hanging from a key or other type chain and this does preclude tail standing. For hands free, I find it pretty easy to arrange the light on the key-ring with needed elevation or simply leaning it with keys against something else for needed "aim".
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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    The current Sapphire although still available with a 3 mm LED is almost exclusively requested with the GS 5 mm LED which has a more efficient LED and is of more neutral tint and reasonable CRI. The converter is also a revised version from Japan which is more efficient and stable compared to the original converter from ARC. The Sapphire still has a tail optimized for hanging from a key or other type chain and this does preclude tail standing. For hands free, I find it pretty easy to arrange the light on the key-ring with needed elevation or simply leaning it with keys against something else for needed "aim".
    Understood.

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    Can I use an Enelope Pro AAA with my Sapphire? I have one of the original one, from when they first came out. TIA!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TKC View Post
    Can I use an Enelope Pro AAA with my Sapphire? I have one of the original one, from when they first came out. TIA!!
    I would like to hear from someone who has actual experience with these but as far as I know, there should be no problem or issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TKC View Post
    Can I use an Enelope Pro AAA with my Sapphire? I have one of the original one, from when they first came out. TIA!!
    They're a lot heavier than lithium cells but they work great and last a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ibeQuint View Post
    They're a lot heavier than lithium cells but they work great and last a long time.


    Thank you for your response! I wanted to ask before I put an Enelope Pro into my beloved Sapphire. I wanted to make sure that it wouldn't kill my light.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGizmo View Post
    I would like to hear from someone who has actual experience with these but as far as I know, there should be no problem or issue.
    Thank you Don!! I am going to be putting an Enelope Pro into my beloved Sapphire. I wanted to ask, as I don't want anything to happen to my precious little light.

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    Default Re: The Titanium Sapphire AAA Light

    TKC,

    I think you should be fine. I have had an eneloop in my wife's Arc AAA for years and just charge as needed, I also have an additional custom made AAA, similar to the Sapphire and it came with an eneloop installed from the maker.

    I know photographers use eneloops, and put them through hell in their on camera flashes on jobs that the average photographer would never consider or even do, and they have not caused any problems, that I have heard about. I don't use them in my on camera flashes as I use a fresh set of primaries on each project, and on large projects I even swap out as needed during the event.

    I give the camera reference as we generate quite a bit of heat in our equipment on some of these projects, and I have never heard of any trouble with eneloops, so your sapphire should be fine. I run a lithium in my Sapphire but, I have used eneloops in it before and had no problems. While I am no expert on batteries I think the eneloops are a pretty safe product.

    Recently, I had an RCR 123, protected 16340 fail on me, and it is only a few months old. It failed in my Haiku while on a flight moving our Philadelphia cat to California when I went to use the light it would not come on at all so went I to my bag in the over head took a CR123 primary, and installed it - problem solved. After this failure, I thought, I was just checking on the well being of the feline, what if this had been a real emergency on the flight. Nevertheless, I also had my XML Haiku clipped on my other pocket but still...

    These protected batteries are, to me, complex, and until I learn from the trusted experts here, I will switch back to primaries. However, I feel safe using the eneloops in anything. From what I have gathered here so far eneloops don't have as complex a chemistry like some of the rechargeables do.

    I may join you in running eneloops in my Sapphire once again on a permanent basis as it seems like the perfect combination.

    Hope you enjoy your Sapphire, as it is a very nice little light.

    Best of luck,

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