Last edited by Justin Case; 05-31-2009 at 08:30 AM.
While I was away with a morning Meeting this morning, my TK40 arrived (just as I expected when being away... am collecting it at the P/Office this afternoon) as expected since it failed to show up B4 the w/end and yesterday too was a public holiday for us. I can now see where that bulky baton-size for the TK40 would land itself then.... in my backpack together with my Mac when I'm on the travelling route and when strolling the dunes with my Guard dog... I will still carry the T1 that is a permanent hip companion most of the time.
Last edited by SemperFi; 06-02-2009 at 02:46 AM.
*resurfaces after long disappearance*
Wow, nice review. I want one of these TK40's. (says the One Who Named the ROP - DM51 - don't smite me )
I would say both the ROP and the TK40 have their place, I'd like the TK40 because it doesn't pop bulbs hot off a charge, it's regulated, runs on AA's and has the usual LED advantages. The ROP has its traditional incandescent advantages and looks brighter at 200 feet in these photos although the beam is less focused.
The beamshots with distance are really well done, conveys what each light does well at what ranges. To me it's a milestone, technology has come far enough that we're now seeing LEDs in this power class, that it can even stand up and rival our old incan favorites, which was unthinkable when the Mag85, ROP and others were born. I think it's a great development. The 4-die Cree is like the LuxV all over again, with all the power I came to know and love from the LuxV.
I am a little bit tired of fiddling with li-ion at the moment, so NiMH appeals to me. One of Fenix's strengths has always been catering to the AA market, even if it takes 8AA. The 2P design of the TK40 is well thought out too.
I've never really been particularly fond of Fenix's UI's, but that's a small price to pay for an otherwise well designed light. I intend to use it mostly at turbo mode anyway, so I'd probably leave it on max blast all the time.
Off to Lighthound to pick up my TK40!!
Celebrating the ROP.. 5 years of history
Great to be back from the searing temps & heat by the south of Spain. Was there to cruise-drive along the coastal towns of Andalusuia as a short holiday (and prelude to my next coming one in NZ this Fall) soon after collecting my TK40!!!... WOOT!!!
I have it proven when up at the Great Siege Tunnels in Gibraltar. At one point, where no one could either suspect or noticed, there was this hidden chamber thats pitch dark... until I decided to flash out my tucker...heheh... I meant the TK40 and others around me went..."WAUWWW!!! thanks mate!!!" and clicks after clicks were on... until I switched it off.
We then managed to snap with our cameras on the 2 waxed figures inside the hidden Sick-Bay cave room.
My TK40 will again become handy when I enter the Rotorua caves in the northern island of New Zealand for sure... can't wait to see how far and bright it proves itself down there....
Here's a snap of what showed up...
Inside one of the tunnel's chambers...
Looking through the grills over the airstrip of Gibraltar, from up and inside The Rock itself.
Last edited by SemperFi; 07-06-2009 at 07:42 AM.
Here's my tallest so far... the TK40 on the right.
As they blast away....!!!
The left comes as a 50w Halogen with 750,000 lightpower and plugs into a 12v car receptacle.
The strong distinct beam is something to marvel at, like a Polarion hid thrower!!! I will someday capture its beam throw into the sky...
Last edited by SemperFi; 07-06-2009 at 08:00 AM.
Mine arrived yesterday. One of the first things was to hold my Mag 3D and the TK for a little weight and feel comparison. The tubes are the same 1.554 inch so along with the length, it's probably the shorter head on the TK that fools me.
As I mentioned in part 3, beam shots online are nothing compared to in hand.
Is this the same TK40 as everywhere else? http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.26115
Its only 120$...or is it a fake one? Not the real fenix?
you have to click a link to see price
DX is overseas - this is in the states & thus easier to deal with if there's a problem
if you're in the states.
You coulda just googled
Last edited by flasherByNight; 08-08-2009 at 12:10 PM.
Last edited by thedeske; 08-10-2009 at 12:42 PM.
(that price make it's pretty irresistible...ugh)
(This thread is pretty much the only thing that comes up with "campsmarter" as the search term btw )
*Only two left, noooooooooooooo...ugh, I totally just bought one after I saw that (ok, only ONE left now lol)
**UPDATE: Was supposed to arrive today the 17th, made it to the local distribution center. Received an "exception" notice, they didn't write a STREET ADDRESS! What the ???!!$#%@$@# Shipped back to california....
*** 3 Days later still haven't heard back from them via email or telephone grrrrrrrrr
**** 4 Days - still no response :/
***** 5 Days later, CSR finally got back to me. Claimed they thought they had already responded. He reshipped it out...so, guess I gotta wait another 5 days (woulda been nice if they expedited shipping). Although he did knock off an additional%....so I guess for that price the slightly lackluster CSR is still worthwhile. At least they seem honest and it was a possible "honest mistake". *shrug, ymmv caveat emptor blah blah blah
* AUG 31st: FINALLY arrived today :/ in an open/untaped package. Upon receiving the package I was like....wth is this, this box is way too small (thought they had sent me wrong thing lol). Anyhow, not only was the box untaped and opened, horrible packaging job, a small piece of paper was the extent of padding. blergh.
And to make matters worse, this is obviously a RETURNED item as there is visible damage on the knurling and specs of dirt on it....sigh.
Nonetheless figured if it worked alright I'd live with the cosmetic damages....threw some crappy rat shack batteries in it. (I know I know it's all I currently have ). Rest of my eneloops are in the truck. Well, it works...it IS Day time, but can't say my first impression is very awe inspiring. Will wait tonight to pass judgement.
Anyhow, upto you whether or not campsmarter is worthwhile or not. Cheap, but...
Last edited by flasherByNight; 08-31-2009 at 12:58 PM. Reason: GAH!
Never ordered from campsmarter before ... first time for everything! Hope it goes smoothly. I'm excited ... couldn't resist.
I was so close to buying a SolarForce L1000 from lighthound ... but then i'd have to buy a li-ion charger and 3x18650 cells and get it shipped and then brought over the Canadian border (not sure if there are restrictions on rechargeable li-ion cells over a drive-border or if it's just through the air)
I have a ton of new LSD Eneloops waiting!
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Last edited by flasherByNight; 08-17-2009 at 11:51 AM. Reason: great bang for the buck apparently!