Liz, thank goodness you are alright. Don, you're one heck of a good karma kind of guy.
What a story !
The haiku looks wonderful & unique.
One question. Just curious.
Would Ti host survive the instant explosion of the rechargeable battery ?
Last edited by octaf; 09-30-2011 at 12:12 AM.
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Yes it will survive, as evidenced by the pictures in post #1.
All, the Haiku arrived back in Texas today! I won't post any pics as I can't do better that what Don already posted. I am diggin' the gnarly dark finish it has. Took it out after dark to play with it for a while. Now its back to nightstand duty once again!
Thank you Don for giving new life to my survivor Haiku.
I just thought that the instant explosion like a bomb and the slow expansion in heated circumstance could be different.
Although I guess that Ti is stronger than the screw locked McClicky switch & LE, and the Orings sealed lens & rubber boot, I still cannot imagine the outcome of the instant explosion.
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Glad the light got back to you and that it is back again in service.
Clearly the Ti host survived this particular event. I would suspect that in some other form of battery event that the switch and front end would be expelled as they were in this case without damage to the titanium but if it were an instant explosion as you suggest, the ends taking off could certainly be dangerous projectiles!! In the case of a single cell I am not sure how an even could be triggered internally and if it was due to excessive heat externally like this case, I would expect similar results as this case.Would Ti host survive the instant explosion of the rechargeable battery ?
I am no expert on such matters but I doubt that a battery contains the energy needed to actually blow up the titanium host short of an energy release at the atomic level. And I think you would need to cap off the ends of the light with something more capable of containing the energy released than is the case with the clicky switch and window retained by the O-rings.
There are cases of super-high-power lights using packs of Li-Ion cells exploding when run on the highest setting, but those lights are all much larger than the Haiku -- and made of much weaker aluminum. Even so, the failure points are usually along threading or knurling cut-lines, where the metal has already been stressed by machining. I don't see a single Li-Ion cell -- or even two -- rupturing a Gizmo battery tube, not when there's a nice soft plastic switch at the back of the light.
Thanks for your insights Don & fyrstormer.
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Go figure. I found this thred doing an image search on Trit flashlights and I saw this light and thought it looked awesome! I thought wow, Don did a rustic look Haiku, I want one. Haha, no joke. So who ever ownes this light being the way it came about getting its finish I would keep this light forever. I assume you are all ok and it can serve as a memory and proof of how badass you light is and how you survived aswell as "it" did.
Wow. Spectacular story, and a typically generous offer from Don to rebuild!
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One haiku you'll never see in the marketplace! Such character. Great story.
I agree with you this is truly in the spirit of what CPF started like. Don and Wayne helped me out years ago when my Aleph 3 exploded and caught fire. The parts were replaced at no cost to me and I rebuilt the light.
Folks like Don, Wayne , Darell , PK and others are truly the best of what CPF is .
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A bump for a great thread that may not have been read by newer members......
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I remember reading this many years ago when I first got interested in flashlights. Still a great read indeed.
And I can report the haiku is still going strong
It sees daily use....
The titanium shell of any McGizmo light is virtually undestructable !
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An incredible story with a great outcome for the light at least. A tribute to such a fantastic light, McGizmo!