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    I was testing it out, and it just gave out four bright flashes and one bright flash with declining brightness. Anyone know what it's used for?
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    Default Re: What is the "beacon" mode on quarks used for?

    Quote Originally Posted by COAST View Post
    I was testing it out, and it just gave out four bright flashes and one bright flash with declining brightness. Anyone know what it's used for?
    You didn't leave it on long enough. It flashes once every ~10 seconds. It can be used as a locator or as a signal to others (aka beacon)



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    Quote Originally Posted by COAST View Post
    I was testing it out, and it just gave out four bright flashes and one bright flash with declining brightness. Anyone know what it's used for?
    You are lacking in patience , wait 11 seconds and you will see another flash.
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    Default Re: What is the "beacon" mode on quarks used for?

    the name is rather self explanatory don't ya think? you use it as a beacon.

    hint: leave it on longer, it's more than just five flashes.

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    If you have a young child or grandchild, turn on the beacon, put it in your shirt pocket, and just wait. It won't take very long for them to notice there's something that blinks very slowly in your pocket and if you do it right, you can string them along for hours. It beats watching "Cars" 37 times
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    Default Re: What is the "beacon" mode on quarks used for?

    As others have said, it keeps flashing indefinitely, about once every 10 seconds.

    One use is to put it inside your tent at night if you're out backpacking or camping or whatever, if you need to wander away from your campsite at night. The flash will light up your whole tent every once and a while and can help you find your way back.

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    Default Re: What is the "beacon" mode on quarks used for?

    To me, alot of these modes are pretty much useless. I like having the option of a strobe, and maybe one more blinking mode. Beacon, and SOS is pointless to me.
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    Beacon is great if you're on a 'big lake' or waterway and after fishing (it's always dark) you start home and need to find camp. Where I fish in the north there are no other cottages or such to use as landmarks.
    Beats a strobe in my opinion.

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    We need a sticky for these threads.
    Savumaki gave the perfect example, these modes may require outside-of-the-box thinking but they ARE useful. The light becomes more than a flashlight. Position marker, distress call, hi-visibility warning light. All useful modes to some users, not all.
    I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
    The manufacturers are getting the message and hiding these functions out of the main interface but still keeping them accessible if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by travelinman View Post
    ... It beats watching "Cars" 37 times


    Man... I have the same problem over here, with "Cars" and "Bolt, the Super Dog".



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    Default Re: What is the "beacon" mode on quarks used for?

    Well maybe not totally useless. I like the programming feature on my quark, so I get only the modes I want.

    Quote Originally Posted by kyhunter1 View Post
    To me, alot of these modes are pretty much useless. I like having the option of a strobe, and maybe one more blinking mode. Beacon, and SOS is pointless to me.
    You got me thinking now, maybe beacon is not so bad afterall.

    Quote Originally Posted by savumaki View Post
    Beacon is great if you're on a 'big lake' or waterway and after fishing (it's always dark) you start home and need to find camp. Where I fish in the north there are no other cottages or such to use as landmarks.
    Beats a strobe in my opinion.

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    In my opinion, I think the beacon doesn't flash quite often enough to be easily pinpointed, I'd prefer something like 5-7 seconds.
    What kind of self respecting nocturnal being cannot see in the dark, one way or another?

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    Ditto Defloyd. The Beacn mode is too slow for my taste and uss.
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    My other lights with such a mode are all in the 4-5 sec. range. This seems to be more of a "locator" mode at 10 seconds. For this purpose I wish it was at the low level instead of medium.

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    This is my biggest gripe with the Quark series. It simply is not useful TO ME. On the other hand, for example, a one flash per second (or thereabouts) on the HDS lights are extremely useful and the battery still lasts forever.

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    Out of curiosity, does SOS flash SOS in morse code?
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    Default Re: What is the "beacon" mode on quarks used for?

    actually it flashes a giant "SOS" in the sky like batman.
    JK, morse code i believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeeEm View Post
    Out of curiosity, does SOS flash SOS in morse code?
    It flashes this sequence (Record with a light sensor):

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    Default Re: What is the "beacon" mode on quarks used for?

    Yup, SOS in Morse Code = ... --- ... (three short, three long, three short)

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    Default Re: What is the "beacon" mode on quarks used for?

    beacon is for a campsite locator. i wish they add a normal flashing light for the bikers. they are missing that market. more useful than an sos i think.

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    One of the standout features of the LiteFlux lights is that you can adjust the frequency and intensity level of the blinky modes from fast strobe down to slow beacon. Or, if you need both, that can also be set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f22shift View Post
    beacon is for a campsite locator. i wish they add a normal flashing light for the bikers. they are missing that market. more useful than an sos i think.
    I agree. Also good for dog-walking in the road since we have three feet of snow on the sidewalks here in Maryland.
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    I like the beacon option hidden away in case I need it (IE helping to find the car out in the country when hunting wabbits) though low could be lower with longer run time. It would be more useful though if they offered red and/or white cone attachments like Fenix do. You can sit a Fexis one on top in low wind scenereos though.

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    Default Re: What is the "beacon" mode on quarks used for?

    hmm. i was thinking you can use the beacon as a fake car alarm if you can find a red filter for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by f22shift View Post
    hmm. i was thinking you can use the beacon as a fake car alarm if you can find a red filter for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by f22shift View Post
    hmm. i was thinking you can use the beacon as a fake car alarm if you can find a red filter for it.
    I thought of this, too, as a potential use for "beacon" mode. Maybe stick it under the seat.

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