I'd like to do a mini-review of my newest EDC.
2.8A Driver (3 mode)(2.8V-6V)(100%=2.8A,30%=1A,5%=.14A)
Reflector: Ledil Boom SS (Smooth Spot, FWHM 10°)
Body: 6061 T6 aluminum
Coating: Electroless Nickel
Overall dimensions: Head Diameter=1.2 / Body Diameter=1 / Length=5.75
A few thoughts
Jason, the owner of Prometheus Lights (aka Dark Sucks) is a great guy! He custom builds each Alpha for each of his customers and he has many options to choose from. The Alpha is a smooth, pocket friendly EDC light. It is also extremely rugged and water resistance tested to 300 feet for 5 hours! The added clip option is a great acessory. It lets the light ride pretty deep in your pocket and provides a lanyard attachment point. The clip, along with the McClicky switch, do not require any tools for installation which is different from any light I have ever owned. This makes maintenance (ie. replacing a broken switch, switching out the rubber boot, or simply cleaning) extremely easy.
The fit and finish of the Alpha are top notch, and I have pretty high standards. I only own one light from Jason right now and I already want at least two more (a "shorty" with High CRI XP-G and another regular Alpha with a 5700k XM-L and TIR lens). It has been a long time since a light has excited me as much as the Alpha.
I have only EDC'd the Alpha since the day I got it. (With the exception of my HDS because of its super low low for night time bathroom trips). I feel no need for any other lights. There are three modes L/M/H with memory. The low mode is perfect for most tasks when I am at work, it is about 30 lumens. I fix copy machines so I am constantly looking inside the cases. Both low and medium are great for walking around outside at night. Medium is about 175 lumens. High is insane, it turns night into day. Jason measured it at 489 lumens @ 30 seconds in his sphere. Runtime should be at least an hour on high.
The beam is beautiful. The hotsopt is nice and thick as you would expect with an XM-L in a smaller reflector. It is a nice transition from the hotspot to the spill. The picture I am going to post is very close to what my eye sees as far as tint and beam pattern.
(Crappy ceiling shot. It was at a slight angle. Otherwise, this picture depicts the transition from the middle to the edge very well)
I am glad that I own an Alpha. Jason is new to flashlight making, but he really knows what he is doing. It was a hobby that turned into a business for him. Jason knows what we want as "flashaholics" and he really hit the nail on the head with the Alpha. If you are looking for a custom light, give the Alpha a try. You will be very happy.
If anyone has any questions about my new Alpha, feel free to ask away. I will do my best to add more thoughts to this thread as I continue to EDC my Alpha. Pictures will be added as soon as I can get out on a sunny day