Just got my two most recent milky-builds in the mail. Thanks Scott. All I can say is WOW! Just perfect. Here are some pics, beamshots after the break...
The first is a simple emitter swap in my HDS Rotary 200. I wanted a warmer XPG than the stock, so Scott hooked me up with an R4(NW) and I couldn't be happier. Perfectly centered, and perfectly warm. This makes the rotary practically perfect now IMO.
The second light is a slightly more involved build and one that I am very excited about. I sent in my Cree L1 to Scott and told him I wanted something brighter and warmer with some real punch. I wanted a smooth beam, but decent throw and a warm tint but good output. I knew these things were an either-or dichotomy, but I wanted to see what Scott would come up with. He did not disappoint, but rather far exceeded my expectations.
The tale of the tape: Milky TIGER special reserve. Cree XPE-R2(NW) Carlo20mm. Cust Fabr AlumSink. Acorn 1.0 fw:elm 15ohm. Use 1x Li-Ion (preferred) or 2x primaries.
The XPE and optic produce a solid ram of a hotspot that spills into a diminishing corona that has no discernible edge. The light throws as well as my Rotary 200, but with a wider hotspot, and less sidespill. In a very scientific ceiling bounce test, it puts out a little more light than my LX2.
Scott gave me firmware customization that allows three different modes. The L1 tail cap works as it did stock, giving a hi and a low setting, but 10 quick presses puts the light into medium level, so that the runtime is greatly improved for about half the perceived brightness. 15 quick presses will put the light in low mode, low enough for night adapted eyes and many many hours of runtime. I like the 10 and 15 press spacing on these different levels because they are long enough so as not to be accidentally activated, but also short enough that it is not cumbersome to change levels with frequency. I have been using this light for about 3 days now, and it is a 1000% improvement on the stock L1 in every area, beam tint, output, beam smoothness, runtime. I couldn't be happier.
Here are some beamshots:
L1 Tiger mod on the Left, Rotary 200 XPG-R4(NW) on the Right
Rotary 200 XPG-R4(NW)
L1 Tiger Mod
Stock SF U2A
Stock HDS clicky 170 (GDP emitter)