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    Default Re: Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    Quote Originally Posted by JBA View Post
    So I picked up a Minimus a couple of weeks ago and cannot figure out why my Tenergy rechargeable 123's won't fit. Any ideas on this? They work fine in my Surefire U2 and E1B.
    Are you sure you're inserting the battery with the terminals oriented correctly? Is it too long, or too big around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cland72 View Post
    Are you sure you're inserting the battery with the terminals oriented correctly? Is it too long, or too big around?
    I'm very sure I'm inserting the batteries with the correct orientation as I have no problems inserting regular Surefire batteries (as well as non-rechargeable 123's).
    Into it. Any other ideas? I'll take some pictures in the next day so.

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    Just thought I would update the problem I was having. Unfortunately I finally figured it out after I had sold my Minimus and was packing it up to be shipped. So I had a pair of Tenergy 30200 LiFePO4 RCR123A 3.0V that my cousin gave me laying around. I popped one of them in the Minimus and it fit and powered up just fine. I tried one of my old Tenergy 30201 RCR123A 3.0V (3.2V) and it still would not fit. I'm guessing the difference in capacity also made one slightly bigger than the other causing my problem. I'm really regretting not having a chance to play around with the Minimus more and may just pick up another one now that I know what the problem is. Any thoughts on this??

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    I joined this forum so that I might post this question. I have a maximus and really enjoy it. I use it to navigate my boat duck hunting in flooded timber in Ar. I think I have a problem with my battery. When running my boat it illuminates all of the inside of the boat and helps navigate through the trees. I only get about 20 to maybe 30 mins run time. I think it overheats in that time. Even in the coldest of weather, I'm talking single digits it will run about 15 to 20 minutes and shut off. After a cool down period it will run again but usually not long. I don't think mine will come close to the advertised one hour run time on high. The main problem mine has is it will not hold a charge over a couple days if left off the charger. I use my light nearly daily. To use it I must leave it on the charger at all times. If left off the charger it will be dead in short order. I think I will contact Surefire about this but just wanted to know if all of them are like this. If left off charger does it go dead? I bought this light when they first came on the market. Maybe they needed to work a few kinks out.

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    Default Re: Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    Sounds to me like you got a bad battery pack in that light. Try calling Surefire, explain the issue, and they will most likely make it right.

    Welcome to the forum!


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    The Minimus Vision has been percolating to the top of my 'buy' list for a while now, and the final straw was my backup headlamp (Petzl Zipka) finally going south on my most recent camping trip.

    A good thread here, w/ good info. Thanks to all the contributors, very helpful for those of us still on the fence.

    Wild guess here, but it sounds like the Minimus may have the exact same driver as the T1A. What makes this more interesting is that there is substantial evidence indicating a buck/boost driver in the SF T1A, drawing ~30% less mA from a 3.7V LiIon compared to a 2.5V CR123. Some folks who have solved fitment & electrical connectivity issues have been using LiIons in their T1A's IIRC.

    ... and I do know an IMR123 will fit into tighter spots compared to protected LiCo RCR123's ...
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    I mostly use my Minimus for hiking, throw it in the bag just incase I get stuck on the trail longer then I expected. While I don't dislike it I wish they would upgrade it a bit, it would make the light that much more appealing. A simple battery lock out and better beam profile would be greatly appreciated. With that said it's good for camping and backpacking. It's a little bulky/heavy compared to the more common headlamps and a spotter it's not....but it's still good.

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    Battery lock out and a slight tweak for a bit longer runtime would be great.

    I go through the headband in about a year.

    After sewing the padding on it lasts longer.

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    I am considering buying the maximus but was wondering if anybody who has used one for a while could answer some questions for me. I work for one of the railroads and in a given 12 hour shift, I typically end end up walking trains for 4-6 hours (need to be able to see objects up to 50 feet away) and shove cars for about 2 hours (need to be able to see rails and switches at about 150 - 200 feet away). If I ran the maximus during the shoves in the 200 - 300 lumen range. Would I have enough battery to make it through the shift?

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    Default Re: Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    Well, last night I rec'd my new Minimus Vision. What an outstanding headlamp.

    I had some reservations due to the mixed reviews but I finally decided that it was the closest to what I was looking for.
    After some 'around the house' testing I would say that this light is nearly perfect for what I want in a headlamp.

    Some of the aspects reported on that I was concerned with but all the details worked out:
    • Rotary dial 'clicks' to off, tactile and auditory
    • No distracting 'bright nose'
    • The output dial rotates easier than the up-down angle adjustment - so changing the output keeps the beam directed to where I want it.


    Overall, I'm extremely happy. I was hoping for ~5000K, my example looks closer to 4000K but that's still OK. I admit that I've gotten pretty picky about tints since getting into 5000's.
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    When I got mine (Minimus) I didn't notice the prism effect made by the lens at all. In time though I did and always wondered if it was there and I just missed it or if it developed with use. After using your light for a while and knocking it around see how it is for you. Glad your happy with it, the few tweaks aside that everyone recommends it's a good light.

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    Been reading this post because I'm a bit of a SF fan, and in the market for a headlamp..........not really feeling all that warm and fuzzy about the SF.....LOL.

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    Default Re: Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    Please elaborate,

    Bill

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    I have a dozen or so Surefires, old and new......all great lights for one reason or another...love them. I just felt like the general theme of the thread was not as enthusiastic as I was expecting,..lol. Reading some of the other headlamp threads, the owners were elated with their headlamps. The general theme seemed to be the SF's were just ok.
    Surefire makes great stuff......I'm still leaning that direction....just not warm and fuzzy....lol

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    I think the negative comments here are exaggerated/unfounded. I'm no headlamp guru, but this is the most comfortable, sturdy headlamp I've ever owned. It may not be the brightest, but it exceeds the requirements for 100% of the tasks most people use a headlamp for. Buy with confidence (and buy an Allen wrench to adjust the anti rotational screws, if needed, on occasion).

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    Agree with cland72. Mine is the Minimus Vision with a neutral white tint and I am so happy with it I just have to get another one immediately after I left the first one in the room on a trip to Bali, Indonesia. I do have other headlamps too, mainly from Zebralight, but the Minimus Vision is in a class of its own.
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    Default Re: Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    Quote Originally Posted by DeanA View Post
    I have a dozen or so Surefires, old and new......all great lights for one reason or another...love them. I just felt like the general theme of the thread was not as enthusiastic as I was expecting,..lol. Reading some of the other headlamp threads, the owners were elated with their headlamps. The general theme seemed to be the SF's were just ok.
    Surefire makes great stuff......I'm still leaning that direction....just not warm and fuzzy....lol
    I think your right in your assessment based on various Minimus threads here on CPF, the praise isn't always there but the criticism is. Check out GearReviews, they recently did headlamp reviews of various light including the SF, the Minimus was a low scorer in their opinion. Here on CPF I think the members are so critical of the light because they expected more from a SF and for the higher cost compared to other headlamps. It is a good light though, I like mine, however a few tweaks would make the light better and I think all but the stanchest of SF fans would agree with that. If your considering the Minimus know it's not a thrower, it's flood with a little throw. It's strong point should be it's durability and construction although I haven't put mine through any hard use that any other plastic headlamp couldn't take, so personally I can't attest to that. Would love to see a thread/post on hard used Minimus lights.
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    LOL....Feeling a little warm and fuzzy now......going to order one this weekend. Thanks fr the input, greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    Quote Originally Posted by DeanA View Post
    LOL....Feeling a little warm and fuzzy now......going to order one this weekend. Thanks for the input, greatly appreciated.
    Hey Dean

    Please feel warm and fuzzy for me as well.
    When your ready I'll PM you my shipping address.

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    Default Re: Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    Has anyone tried the maximus vision?

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    Default Re: Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    +1
    Can't wait to read the first review!

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    Quote Originally Posted by erehwyrevekool View Post
    +1
    Can't wait to read the first review!
    +2 Hoping the beam quality is there.

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    Default Re: Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    Hi, what type battery does the Surefire Maximus Vision takes ?
    I know is rechargeable but it not not say what type.

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