I took delivery earlier this week of a lovely Sapphire 25. It's a work of art.
While I'm sure it's terrific for use in dark rural settings and suburban glove compartments and basements, here in NYC, with all the transient ambient light, I'm finding the Sapphire to be too dim to be of any real use anywhere outside of my apartment. It's great for finding my way in the dead of night without waking up the wife, but literally, that's all I've been able to use it for. I took it on my walk home from work the other night and pointed it at some trash cans a few feet away. I could barely tell it was even on.
It's an extravagant light to begin with, but even more so if it has only one use. I appreciate the low level, but I can't justify a one use light at this price.
I also bought a Peak Eiger AAA in steel this week, and it's a serious torch. It's actually too bright for navigating the apartment at night, but it's fantastic out on the streets of Manhattan.
Ideally, I'd like a brighter Sapphire, and I'd sell the Peak. Is there a mod or drop in or some other way to get more juice out it?
The Peak is borderline too bright. The Sapphire is too dim. Barring a tweak for the Sapphire, I'd like to find a happy medium, in AAA size, in steel or titanium, with a nice grippy head like these lights have, and similar bulletproof construction.
Yes, there are several options you might want to consider ....
The Sapphire can be modded, I think that DaFAB has done so (and there are certainly others who may also provide a similar service).
As for the Peak, if you get a QTC model (or "mod" your own), the variable output will allow you to dial up whatever amount of light is useful at the time.
Other options might include trying to find an LF2XT, but those are quite costly and of rather limited availability. I also think that Photon Fanatic had a very limited run of Ti AAA torches with a higher output driver.
There are a number of threads discussing small AAA lights in detail, which discuss quite a few additional production lights of this category - IlluminaTi, UniVex, ITP, Maratac, etc, etc.
Last edited by archimedes; 03-02-2012 at 09:52 PM.
The Eiger is based on the Matterhorn, which was the Peak version of the Arc AAA. The Arc AAA was the prototypical design for minimalist 1xAAA lights like the Matterhorn, Eiger, and Sapphire.
The Sapphire isn't very useful in a bright environment, but for navigating in *real* darkness, it is superb and it runs for a very long time. Take it to bed with you; that's where it really comes in handy.