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    Default Re: Someone PLEASE build an affordable Ti AAA light.....

    calipsoli covered the gamut of options available in this space pretty well.

    AAA cells are not particularly high power - they are not well suited to very high current draws and your runtime will suffer pretty severely. Not only that, you have such small thermal mass that either you allow the LED to cook itself through little heatsinking, or make one seriously warm and impractical torch if you want a pocket rocket of sorts. There are practical limitations to these things and there is a lot going against AAA cells unless you moderate it appropriately.

    I myself offered a AAA light here once in the form of the Zephyr back around 2008, but it wasn't a "huge seller", unfortunately, and the project was shelved (which was a shame, honestly, it was probably my favorite light that I had designed).

    Just my $0.02.

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    Yeah, I think the Zephyr would've sold reasonably well if more of them had made their way into the hands of early-adopters. I know I wanted one, but I wanted to see someone else rave about it first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by easilyled View Post
    Why is adding memory difficult or less affordable?
    Never said it was.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KuKu427 View Post
    Never said it was.
    Ok, let me word the question differently then. You said "L-M-H with no memory is doable"
    Why did you specifically state "no memory"?
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    Cause I already have a source for those drivers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KuKu427 View Post
    Cause I already have a source for those drivers.
    Let's get something put together...

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    New KuKu light?
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    New KuKu light?

    Let's hope so...

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    Default Re: Someone PLEASE build an affordable Ti or Cu AAA light.....

    Still hoping too!

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    Where is KuKu?

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    No bites huh?
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    Default Re: Someone PLEASE build an affordable Ti or Cu AAA light.....

    BTW, what price-range would you consider to be "affordable" for either a copper or a Ti custom-built AAA light?
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    Quote Originally Posted by easilyled View Post
    BTW, what price-range would you consider to be "affordable" for either a copper or a Ti custom-built AAA light?
    I see no reason it couldn't be done for between $200-$400, but it really depends on design & LE or not. I remember the Ti D10's weren't very expensive...
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    Quote Originally Posted by F250XLT View Post
    I see no reason it couldn't be done for between $200-$400, but it really depends on design & LE or not. I remember the Ti D10's weren't very expensive...
    That's a very generous price range.

    Ti AAAs like the Sapphire (McGizmo) or the Mako (Endeavor) are priced round about $150.

    I would be expecting to pay a similar amount, maybe a little more for one with an extra degree of difficulty in machining (such as knurling).
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    I'd be in for a Cu light! possibly Ti as well..

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    Quote Originally Posted by easilyled View Post
    That's a very generous price range.

    Good to know I don't have overly frugal expectations
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    Quote Originally Posted by F250XLT View Post
    Good to know I don't have overly frugal expectations
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    Quote Originally Posted by jabe1 View Post
    I think a copper Peak Eiger would do perfectly!
    We talking 10180/10280 or would you guys really want 10440 too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElectronGuru View Post
    We talking 10180/10280 or would you guys really want 10440 too?
    I'd prefer 10440 if the QTC-pill doesn't add too much length to it.

    So, will Peak be bringing out some copper lights? If you were selling them, that would certainly pique my interest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElectronGuru View Post
    We talking 10180/10280 or would you guys really want 10440 too?
    10440 for sure, particularly for those of us who can't get li-ion batteries anymore outside of the US.

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    Default Re: Someone PLEASE build an affordable Ti or Cu AAA light.....

    Curt won't do copper. It's too hard on the cutting bits, and it takes a long time. It is actually more time consuming than titanium, from what I've been told. Not to mention expensive!

    When I hear inexpensive, I think $100 and below. I doubt a low volume Cu or Ti light can be had for much cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jabe1
    Curt won't do copper. It's too hard on the cutting bits, and it takes a long time. It is actually more time consuming than titanium, from what I've been told. Not to mention expensive!

    When I hear expensive, I think $100 and below. I doubt a low volume Cu or Ti light can be had for much cheaper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diablo_331 View Post
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    Default Re: Someone PLEASE build an affordable Ti or Cu AAA light.....

    As small as an AAA light is, I'd actually be cool with Stainless as a third option. Copper isn't my favorite idea, unless it can be completely disassembled for refinishing.

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    Hoping for a copper Peak option!

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    The maratac aaa cu is back. Had mine for some months. Great little light. My favorite little aaa light at the moment. The "new" ones are 2 mode and current controlled. I like it way better than the first version with pwm and 3 modes. It's the smallest "non battery crushing" aaa light i have owned. Only the preon p0 and dqg is smaller than the maratac (afaik), but they both use a more flimsy battery crushing design to reduse lenght.. No problem to take it apart for refinish or a simple led swap. But a refinish would ruin the great tarnished look for some weeks atleast I like the "old" look of it. Some spots has tarnish, and other spots is constantly polished by my pocket. The more i use it, the better it looks. I used mine on some spearfishing trips to try speed up the tarnish. (hehe, i wont pee on mine). No leaks after swimming down to ~10 meters depth and up again, dunked for a couple of hours pr trip. Not bad Knurling is very agressive. Feels like the same type of knurling as the trunite ti got. Really grippy. The maratac cu rev2 really grew on me and made me a little "fanboy", it's great.
    The aa version is also out. Im waiting for survival shop to get them in store (5. des). The aaa version has just the right weight/size ratio. Feels perfect. Since it's smaller than most aaa lights, the weight is not bad. Feels just right in my hand/pocket. Maby the aa version will be abit on the heavy side? Can't wait to find out
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