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    Quote Originally Posted by managermr View Post
    Anyone have an idea what Don means by holding off ordering more Makai heads "until some vapor materializes".
    As I understand it, he has some plans for other lights or hardware that are a priority over making more Makai heads which are a lesser priority.

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    Just ordered one of these beauties and can't wait to get what will be my first McGizmo and indeed first custom light. Pretty excited!

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    Congratulations on getting a great light. Got mine a couple days ago. Had Don bead blast the entire flashlight. Add the 1/4"-20 clip and one of Don's coiled tether with ti hardware and you have a "Jaqi" Makai. Here's an action pic.


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    I cant believe I just bit the bullet here .............

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    Quote Originally Posted by djdawg View Post
    I cant believe I just bit the bullet here .............
    Congratulations!
    I've been more than pleased with mine. Just yesterday, Jaqi alerted to something in the park, after she was in the car, it was now dark so I scanned the area (6 acres) with the Makai. A pair of shining eyes could be seen about 100 yards away. Was able to determine that it was a raccoon. The performance of the Makai has to be seen to be fully appreciated.

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    Nice DFT~! I wish mine was BBed as well, only the tube is BB (and has the best surface for usability~!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantice View Post
    Nice DFT~! I wish mine was BBed as well, only the tube is BB (and has the best surface for usability~!!)
    Yeah, nothing about looks, although I really like the look, it's about utility. I habitually wear gloves when outdoors with the dog and the BB surface provides a bit better grip. Also can't say enough about the McGizmo coiled tether. Makes it easy to have the Makai always right at hand without having it in hand. When out, it rarely leaves my arm so it's there even when in stores, etc. I think that the BB surface is helpful there too. Instead of a shiny object that attracts attention to itself, the BB Makai just looks like a regular old flashlight. Nothing fancy about it. When in public, to me, that's a big plus.

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    How many lumens does this beauty put out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shooter21 View Post
    How many lumens does this beauty put out?
    The 6v XM-L Makai is powered at about 1.4A on high.
    This will result in an OTF output of about 350-400 lumens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by easilyled View Post
    The 6v XM-L Makai is powered at about 1.4A on high.
    This will result in an OTF output of about 350-400 lumens.
    cool thanks

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    Hi, Ordered a Makai and it arrived yesterday (UK) and WOW what a light. A real gem, works flawlessly. The throw is quite incredible for a light of this power. I have a Haiku which is a little stiffer to operate and which I use for my every day light, but this Makai is going to be great for those long dog walks.

    Although expensive, I feel the quality is of the highest standard. I only own four torches (British, thus not a flashlight!) this, the Haiku, Dark Sucks custom, and an oveready slim and they are all 'work' lights and used all the time. The Makai will be used a lot as the throw is amazing and just what I needed.

    Well done Don. I only wish you could get this kind of quality product produced in the UK. But all we seem to be able to manage is Banks and we don't do that very well.
    Last edited by bright light; 04-18-2013 at 08:59 AM.

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    Heres mine ..............Makia , Haiku , and Sundrop.

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    I have a question to those that know ........... is my Haiku 1-batt head compatible with my Makia 2-batt body ??
    Meaning will the head (led) burn out if I put it in a 2-batt body ??
    I dont know and dont wanna do no damage.

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    One more question ............I have a Makia 2x123 , what 18650 type batt will fit in the Makia houseing ?
    I have found that my AW123,s fit in the Makia , but the EagleTacs dont ???? The EagleTacs seem to be fatter and are so tight , I dont wanna force them in. I might not be able to get them back out.
    Anyone know ?
    Thank you dj

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    Quote Originally Posted by djdawg View Post
    I have a question to those that know ........... is my Haiku 1-batt head compatible with my Makia 2-batt body ??
    Meaning will the head (led) burn out if I put it in a 2-batt body ??
    I dont know and dont wanna do no damage.
    Do not put your 1 cell (3s) Haiku into a 2 cell setup. Your Haiku will go poof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djdawg View Post
    One more question ............I have a Makia 2x123 , what 18650 type batt will fit in the Makia houseing ?
    I have found that my AW123,s fit in the Makia , but the EagleTacs dont ???? The EagleTacs seem to be fatter and are so tight , I dont wanna force them in. I might not be able to get them back out.
    Anyone know ?
    Thank you dj
    18650 will not go into a 2x123 pak.

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    18650 will not go into a 2x123 pak.
    This I know ......... but is there a batt that will fit ?? or am I stuck using two RCR,s ?
    Thanks for all the previous answers also.

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    Maybe a 17670 with the label off? Someone would have to test it out...
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    Default Wave of Makai 6V XM-L lights

    Not all tubes will take the 17670 with the label off. Don never designed this to do so. It so happens the tolerance will allow some to accept it. When the cutting tool is new, the first few will get cut on the upper tolerance. As the tool wears down, the subsequent tubes will get tighter but still within Don's tolerance specifications.
    So it depends on your luck.

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    Djdawg. If you have the 6v LE in your Makai, use 2 primaries as this LE is optimized for that. While Don's 6v will happily do the 4.2v on a fresh 17670, the performance may not be what you have paid for.

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    I just wanted to use rechargables instead of buying batts all the time.
    I guess I,ll have to stick to the two RCR,s
    Iam actually using two AW ICR123 750mah ............ the Eagle Tac batts wont fit , I thought they were all the same size ?????
    I thought a 123 batt was a 123 batt ................so much to learn ....LOL

    Let me refraise this .........Eagletacs fit but there too tight , harder to remove. if it ever swelled up , Id never get it out.
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    You could remove the switch and push them out from the other side if that happened, but it's not a very convenient workaround.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nbp View Post
    You could remove the switch and push them out from the other side if that happened, but it's not a very convenient workaround.
    LOL .....I wouldnt know how to get the switch out .......LOL
    Is there a how too video on this kind of stuff somewhere ?

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    I actually just ordered more AW batts.
    Thats easier for me .......LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by djdawg View Post
    I actually just ordered more AW batts.
    Thats easier for me .......LOL
    If you are running a XML 6v Makai on high, that will give you around half hour in runtime.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benchiew View Post
    If you are running a XML 6v Makai on high, that will give you around half hour in runtime.


    Would I get a longer runtime with regular SF batts. ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by djdawg View Post
    Would I get a longer runtime with regular SF batts. ?
    Hour and a bit.

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    Goes to show you how much I know ..........I thought you always got brighter and longer run time with rechargables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by djdawg View Post
    Goes to show you how much I know ..........I thought you always got brighter and longer run time with rechargables.
    Plus if you are not conversant with handling them, best that you learn up first especially double stacking them.

    It will not be brighter as the LE will regulate the output.

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    I did some reading on it ..........I know if you use two batts to make sure they have the same charge in them.
    Ive read alot of stuff people post on and in this forum ...........
    But alot of what I read doesnt stick in my head , so I forget alot of it.
    I just got my Makai and dont wanna have to buy batts, all the time .....so rechargeing will save me money .........
    I thought its better to run one longer batt than two small ones.

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