So I've finally gotten to mess with the Rotary for a couple days now and learned a few things that weren't so clear before.
Preset A is not arbitrary.
Preset B and C are arbitrary, as both are triggered by the same Double Click and the Turn On Preset can be set to any of the 4.
Preset D is not arbitrary, but's also more versatile than described.
We could just as easily call them
Or call them
CC1 & CC2
C-PHR -Or C+++-PHR for that matter.
Why am I calling Preset D CCC+?
Because it isn't "3 clicks" but rather "at least 3 clicks" ... A baker's dozen of rapid clicks will still land you in preset D. In my opinion this makes the preset a great place to hide an obnoxious strobe or other "Panic" setting, just click as fast as you can More Than Two times, no counting or precision required.
And the same goes for Preset A, any number of rapid clicks immediately followed by press-hold or press-hold-release takes you to A or momentary A. Great place for an essential oe panic mode.
However, of progamming is currently enabled then this is not true, two clicks-PH going to brightness settings menu and any number of clicks-PH going to options menu instead.
HCRI Rotary appears to have 22 power levels, there is a greater degree of rotation without level change at both ends of the dial.
As useful as the extra flexibility of the UI is, I can see why it wasn't mentioned in the manual.I tried to be simple and clear in explaining what I found and yet look at the mess above.
At the cost of making the programming more complex, it would be nice to have a second programming tree so that programming for major changes (like which preset activates from off, preset levels, momentary, burst, etc.) could be set and then locked while still allowing settings like locator beacon, button lock, and automatic shutdown to be switched on or off easily...
The secondary tree could be programmable so that Any setting could be selected to remain adjustable when the primary programming was disabled.
It would also be nice if the slow Bright beacon could be selected to stay on even with 10 min auto shutdown enabled. -It is basically a long range locator beacon after all and there is little risk of falling asleep reading by it.
Rotary is Great for learning the system, a wonderful first HDS.
But I can see moving to a Clicky once I'm set in my ways about which 4 settings are most needful and wanting the simplest, most rock solid design possible.