Here is the thread mentioned about the Haiku and the fire.
Thanks to Don on bringing the Haiku back to life.
Changing the world one Flashoholic at a time...
I wasn’t planning on adding anything to this thread since TEEJ pretty much covered the Topic’s question.
However, somethng happened tonight (third time, so the problem is now verified) so I'll share my thoughts regardin my HDS Rotary’s Achilles heal. I figured if anything would fail or be compromised in the Rotary, it would be either the Rotary mechanism (including all parts that make up or is apart of it), it's programming software, or the electrical switch.
While Henry was helping me program my Rotary, he told me that it seemed to have a problem in it’s software. Which he instructed me to send the light to him. Which I did.
I use my Rotary every night, throughout the night. In fact I click the light on (either constant or momentary) conservatively somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 times within the first hour of starting my night. I utilize the Rotary to check the key’s entry position into a lock to see if the lock is unlocked or locked, as well as using the light when I’m walking the perimeter fence of a 12 acre property. As you can see it gets a lot of use!
What happened is I’ll be sending Henry an e-mail this evening to let him know I’m sending the Rotary to him for warranty repairs because the switch is malfunctioning.
So in this light, yes a HDS Rotary maybe tough, but not reliable imo since it’s making two trips for warranty repairs within only 8 months of purchasing the light from ledfiretorches on October 14, 2011. I’ve used a Sunwayman V10R for (I'll verify the exact date I purchased the V10R when I have more time, but it was) approximately 5/6 months prior to the Rotary, and it has not given me the slightest hick-up! Even after dropping in on asphalt and concrete more then a half dozen times.
However, I love the way the HDS feels in my hand. The exterior design (or ergonomics) of the Rotary is the reason why I feel I haven’t dropped the Rotary like I do when using the V10R.
Presently I’m questioning the Rotary’s reliability, or to be specific it's software and elec switch!
FWIW, IMO it doesn't matter how tough a flashlight is, or how tough you think your flashlight is. If you're gonna be in a remote location, take a back up.
So presently I have three new unproven (in regards to myself/use) lights on my person, a Fury, LX2 and a T1A on my key ring (but the T1A has been taking a beating since it arrived, which makes me feel confident that it'll prove it's self to be a tough reliable light).
Last edited by AZPops; 06-12-2012 at 01:35 AM.
When I brought my HDS I did so because I wanted a new small tactical light and started researching what was getting good reviews. HDS came highly recommended on various review sites with particularly high marks for durability. That plus its good runtimes is what steered me to buy one. Now that I've had it for a while, 2 years, the only issue I had to date are 'mis-clicks'. They are rare and when it happens I always wonder if I just didn't completely press the button. I like the versatility of the clicky switches but prefer the 'piston' style switch of my 6P for simplicity/reliability. My 6P is 19 years old and works like it did when I bought it. Over on the HDS thread you read about lights going back for warranty. I often wonder what the majority of these issues are, I would assume switch and software like stated above. I hope my HDS lasts as long as my 6P.
Last edited by P_A_S_1; 06-12-2012 at 07:40 PM.
Another issue is, when I turn the light on after changing the battery (I use only AW RCR's), it would do a two output, lower then high cycle.
mossyoak --> Dear God man, its your honeymoon, screw the flashlights, bring one or two and some backup batteries, and fill up all that extra room you have with condoms and alcohol.
Just bought the HDS 170! Now the wait.
My torches: olight sr51, zebralight sc600, fenix tk15, fenix ld10, fenix ld01, fenix e01, led lenser p17,Led lenser p5, led lenser h7, maglite 6d (led conversion) and still waiting for my HDS!
Here's couple of bad photos of my V10R after being dropped (as mentioned) on asphalt, concrete, and banged on a metal gate (don't know how many times).
The V10R presently sits on my desk (since my T1A took it's place on my key ring) ready to go when it's needed!
PS I have to go back to find out what "this light" means! ... lol
Last edited by AZPops; 06-28-2012 at 01:41 AM.
That Sunwayman is looking great! I love to see a well used light. I have one coming in the mail soon, not sure I have the guts to "use" mine so well ;-)