I guess I am just on a rant. I own a hds clicky 140 GT. One of the best lights I have ever held. He would hand pick the led, the tints were good on all the lights. No lottery. The beams were smooth as butter. What happened? Oh, I guess if I want all of these attributes now I have to spend over 400 bucks for a mcgizmo. Let me remind you guys, brighter is not always better. Tint and beam quality beat lumens in my opinion.
I cleaned the tip of the signal wire and the ring on the circuit board where it contacts, and that seems to have fixed the problem. I used isopropanol as the cleaning solution and it hasn't missed a click since. I had used a lot of grease on the threads when I first received the light, and I think some small amount may have rubbed off and contaminated the contacts. I now keep the grease to a minimum.
Also on the issue fixing vs fill rate and ETA's I'm not surprised that he is more responsive on fixing problems. At least those he can control rather than fill rate and ETA's which is variable. Keep in mind the size of HDS versus some of the other flashlight companies.
You'll certainly not get any arguments from me on the McGizmo front, as you can see by the links in my sig. They are my favorite EDC lights, and I think you'd be well served by one. The Haiku is a fantastic EDC.
But I have to say that in regards to the slow deliveries, I have to stick up for Henry and say it wasn't always like that. When I bought my first clicky direct from Henry, he was telling us two weeks for custom lights, and I had it in 3 days. He has had a particularly bad turn lately with vendors not delivering properly machined, anodized etc. parts, or getting them to him on time, which has set him back significantly. It's hard to get new products out the door when you are desperately trying to fill the backorders first. He's a small operation. Cut him some slack.
And before you claim I am just some HDS fanboy coming to Henry's defense, you should know I have been waiting since August for two lights, so it isn't like I don't know how you're feeling.
even some mcgizmos wont have a perfect beam for example my haiku has a ring close to the edge of the spill beam. id say a 4sevens light would be the way to go if you want a perfectly clean beam pattern
Does anyone have direct insight from Henry on whether he will offer a pocket clip option on the Rotary in the near future?
My 170T arrived today but no one was in to sign for it so it's went back to the post office,i'm gutted i really wanted to take it out tonight & get to know my new
little best friend.So tomorrow i'll be trying to get it from the post office i just hope it's been returned before it is shut or i'll be going back on Monday
Exactly 4 months to the day, I received my replacement Clickies today, a 140 and a 200. It looks like Henry's new shop Is doing a fine job. The parts look very good as usual, and they work great.
I have to say, I really like the 200's beam. So there's a bit of a ring on white walls at short distances, who cares? When you actually use the light, this is a really useful beam. Great blend of throw and spill. I think Henry did right with the XP-G for this light. I really like it. The emitter is well centered also. I think the SSC P4 based Clickies were my favorite, but I definitely prefer this XP-G to the GDP. It puts out plenty of light with a nice big hotspot. I'm pleased. I'm also glad that I hung onto that Ti Moddoo clip now that they don't come with holes.
Take heart brothers, lights are a coming!
Thanks for the update nbp. It's good t know the orders are starting to roll out of Henry's workshop. I am expecting the rotary I ordered in November to arrive sometime in January...I am confident the wait will be worth it for this light!
.... Lucky guy and thanks for the heads up as well!
I spoke to my friend the “Tooth Fairy” after I read your post (since she can expedite time and travel).
So when you wake up one of these days with a dollar under your pillow and the clip's no where to be found, ……… It may be on a 170T somewhere specific in the 100K plus square miles of the Sonoran Desert! ... ..... Oh back at you! ...
Congrats on the New Arrivals! ...
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Here are the new ones, replacements for dead 140 and HI CRI lights. The black bezeled/Moddoo clipped light is a 200 Exec and the silver bezel is the 140. They look pretty nice.
I'm not sure if I will keep the 140 or sell it right now. I at one point had 3 Clickies, including one Ti Clicky, and 2 Twisties. But I ended up selling the Ti to fund my McGizmo habit, as they have become my primary EDCs now, and I just got these two Clickies finally as replacements for the other two after some months. I am definitely keeping my Twisties, as they are discontinued and brilliant. But I wonder if just the one Clicky 200 is maybe sufficient. I see the 140s are only $124 now, so I don't know if it's worth selling or if I should just keep it as kind of a 'beater' work light. I don't really know at this point. Thoughts?
Good position to be in, but since you're asking. I'd keep them both since the beam profiles are different. This is one of the reasons why I decided to hold on to the 170T (as well as not doing the emitter mod to keep it's warranty valid) and Rotary.
If I can learn how to program the Rotary, I'd be good to go.
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NBP, Did your old switches stop working? Is that why you ordered new ones? What part of the switch, just the rubber boot, or the actual electronic piece? What's the install process like?
Thank you sir
Nick, sell the 140 and keep the 200. No point hanging on to it right?
That's all from me - your call!
I changed brightness tonight while using it as a bicycle headlight. From the level I wanted to go brighter with I just clicked twice then held down for a moment on the third click. After that each subsequent click took it one level higher and after I got off the bike, I lowered that setting down again by reversing directions with a double click.
After you've reached the brightness you want for that setting, just hold the button down until the light finishes it's memory process, indicating by a slow ramping up in brightness.
Marduke - Solitaire...I've seen matches which are brighter AND have a longer runtime. 光陰矢の如し
Got my Executive 200 Clicky with a black bezel today!
Fit and finish is otherworldly, and the hand-feel is incredible. For those of you still waiting, fear not, the lights are hitting the mail!
Big props to Henry and Co. for pushing through the backorders, especially around the holiday season. This light is worth the wait!
Who's got my Moddoo clip?