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    Default DEFT-X OMG Strikes Back!!!

    Introducing the new DEFT-X The World's Longest Throwing LED FlashLight




    In 2008 a light was introduced that rocked the flashlight world. The DEFT. It was several times the power of contemporary LED flashlights and caused flashlight enthusiast's knees to go weak with a the flick of the switch. It showcased the power of unmitigated dedication and passion for the art of flashlight design. Here are some of the comments made about the original DEFT.



    From Patriot "The most impressive thing that unfolded tonight was to witness the DEFT produce higher lux than a 24W HID! That's simply astonishing!"

    From Gene. "It's just amazing how far this thing throws. I could almost hear the talk in town the next day about how some mysterious aliens had been projecting beams of powerful light all over the sky! ......
    Myson who is visiting from out of state was blown away by the DEFT. He commented that if someone had another DEFT a couple of miles away,you could have a saber fight in the sky!"

    From LuxLuthor "Suffice it to say that the DEFT BLEW the other two away. I don't just mean it was noticeably brighter than my best aspherics. I actually do mean that it blew them away."
    "Here is my scientific 2 word summary: Holy Moly !!!..........
    I found myself saying several times that this is almost like having a MaxaBeam in your pocket."



    From Choppers "1000%worth the wait...and with your attention to detail I understand why.EVERYONE will be completely satisfied and then some!!!!"

    From ChrisDallas "The throw on this sucker is sick, I mean it just goes forever.....My neighbor was playing with it for 15 min or so & he offered me$1000 for it, I would have sold it to him if I could replace it immediately but there's no way I'm parting with it, don't need the money :-)"


    It did all this with performance of 150Kcd.

    What will the world say now with 6 times the power in a smaller light?!
    You read that correctly. The new DEFT-X is performing at 900Kcd!!! That is the power of six of the original DEFTs. This represents a new world record for LEDs in the flashlight format. And instead of being simply an experiment in the lab this will be a purchasable product. Surprise!


    Where it stands in the flashlight world
    I have spoken at length in the past about the future downfall of the great HID lights to LEDs. Well folks...the future is here! There isn't a single HID light of similar size that can come anywhere close to this performance. HID lights have had their day. Long live the new king!

    The DEFT-X has a whopping 260% more intense beam than the closest competitor(O-lightSR95SUT). That means you would have to buy almost four of the best the rest of the world has to offer just to equal one DEFT-X. And the DEFT-X does this while weighing a fraction as much as that light and is also much smaller in every dimension. I suppose we could continue to talk about “competitors” but truth be told the DEFT-X has no competitors.


    Design and Philosophy
    Since the day I stopped making the original DEFT I have had people begging me to bring it back. Believe me I have wanted to but I had to do it right. Pulling all the pieces together to create something like the DEFT is very very hard. I have in fact explored various DEFT proposals over the years but they have all fallen short in some way.I am really really picky when it comes to a light that carries the OMG Lumens name. OMG flashlights are a physical representation of my flashaholic soul. As such it must adhere to my strict design standards including but not limited to:

    -It must be functional as a lighting instrument.-Not a toy with an unusable beam.
    -It must be reasonably sized-Not huge and unwieldy.
    -It must be significantly better performing than any other light-Not simply different looking like 99% of the lights on the market.
    -It must be aesthetically pleasing-Not merely functional
    -It must be thermally balanced-Not overheating in five minutes like some extreme modified lights
    -It must, it must blow...you...away...

    It is the combination of all these things and compromise in none that I call the “sweet spot“ that makes the difference between a good light, even a great light, and something magical.

    It is hard to explain just how this light makes you feel. Powerful? Yes. Dangerous? Quite possibly. The throw of this light is downright visceral. The ANSI throw is 1,897 meters. For those of you that relate better to miles that equates to 1.17 miles!!

    And yet it is not all about power. I like a certain amount of elegance to go along with power. The body is finished in three different surface treatments and textures of aluminum. I did not want a garish logo set against the bright aluminum. The base layer is a bead blast finish with the logos sandblasted in fine media to a look that is subtle and distinct. It changes from a dark logo set on a light background to a light logo set against a dark background depending on how the light strikes it. Of course it is finished off with the polished ends that bring it all together beautifully.

    The head features an impact resistant rubber bezel to protect the light and lens. It also shields the user from internal optical reflections. The scalloped bezel end allows one to see if the light has been left in the on position when placed on its head.


    So how do we accomplish this feat?
    To put it mildly the DEFT-X is a technological tour de force. Careful selection and matching of key components such as the driver, LED, optics, and thermal materials allow us to have searing performance while still retaining practicality and reliability.

    The DEFT-X uses the latest Cree XPG2 LEDs. These are bonded direct to copper for maximum heat extraction. This was absolutely key to achieving the thermal performance necessary to make this product a reality.

    Those who know me know I look for improvements anywhere they can be found. Whatever it takes to push the state of the art forward. At great cost I have undertaken to license technology from a company called Wavien. This technology is called RLT™. RLT™ is Wavien's Recycling Light Technology. It allows for the use of light that would otherwise be wasted in an optical system such as the DEFT-X's. The light that would hit the sidewalls of the flashlight and die is instead reflected back at the LED until it exits the aperture and passes through the lens where it is then collimated into the beam. The net effect is a more intense beam than would otherwise be possible.

    Having this technology is not enough as I have come to find out by examining another product that has this technology in it. In this particular example the RLT was so poorly implemented that performance was actually better with it removed. So it is our proper implementation of the technology that has also been a key factor in this remarkable achievement.


    Practical Uses for a Light of this Power and Beam Type
    The DEFT-X features a spot only type beam. The lack of spill light like you have with a flashlight that employs a lens has benefits and shortcomings. The highly confined beam is not the type you would use to light the path in front of you with. Any old flashlight can handle the low level flood light needed for a pathway. But not just any flashlight can do what the DEFT-X can. It can tell you not simply what is at your feet but where to go and what's coming.

    -Many customers of this type of light use them to give advanced warning of predatory animals. The more advanced warning you can get the better. In some cases it has been found to act as a deterrent to aggressive animals.
    -The DEFT has also been used in law enforcement activities. Border control agents use them to be able to have a highly portable spotlight that allows them to scan large areas of desert landscape that would otherwise require an extremely large and unwieldy light.
    -Police have used the DEFT for discrete searching around buildings or near busy roads. The highly confined beam allows one to put the light exactly where it is needed avoiding unnecessary disturbance of the surroundings such as people sleeping in their homes or blinding of oncoming traffic which can result in a dangerous situation unfolding.
    -For law enforcement officers this light also represents a potential lifesaver as the extremely intense beam has a “shock and awe” effect on people that could buy the officer valuable seconds as the person tries to regain composure. If they even can. The light is so blinding that the user cannot even be seen by the individual being targeted.The strobe option which is neatly tucked to the side is both non-obtrusive to normal operation but also easily accessible whenever needed.
    -Those who are into boating also will find a light of this type and power to be an immensely powerful tool. When out on the water two elements come into play quite often. The need to retain night vision and also needing to identify markers which can be at great distances. A normal light that uses a reflector cannot control the light as well and is less intense but also has spill light that falls in the near field and can ruin night adapted vision.
    -For hunters as well this characteristic of preserving night adapted vision due to the lack of spill light is essential. The tremendous throw of the DEFT-X beam also allows the hunter to be far more certain that the area behind the intended target is clear. There is no such thing as too much light down shot when it comes to this vital aspect of safe hunting.




    Closing Thoughts
    The DEFT-X is a very expensive light for us to produce and has taken significant investment to make it a reality for which, I might add, there is no certain payoff. It is however something that I felt compelled to do. It is my gift to the flashlight community. Both my wife Teresa, my sister Mandy, and I are very appreciative of all the support we have received over the years. I hope you will continue to do so however you might be able, be that purchasing or telling everyone you know about this great light as there are so many people who would want one of these if they knew about it. It is my hope that with your continued support I can continue to offer you groundbreaking lights and bring to reality some of the many designs that I have conceived of but simply lacked the resources to make real. The future looks bright folks. -Michael

    The Retail Price of the DEFT-X is $695.00. CPF members can receive a 14% discount by entering the code "cpfdiscount" when purchasing. This brings the price down to about
    $598.00 for community members which saves you almost $100.


    The DEFT-X is in early production with presales available now. Shipment estimated at 4-6 weeks. See the
    OMG online store for details on pricing and availability.





    • Specifications
    • -900,000cd (Figure based on early prototypes scoring slightly above 900Kcd. Figure subject to change once a larger sample size is reached)
    • -ANSI Beam Distance of 1897meters or 1.17 miles
    • -Direct to copper bonded Cree XPG2 Neutral tint
    • -Runs on 3 18650 Lithium-ion cells. Recommend Orbtronic "Protected 3400mAh NCR18650B" or similar "Protected" cell for maximum runtimes.
    • -564 grams without batteries/aprx 695 grams with batteries
    • -Length 205mm x 75mm(head diameter)
    • -6 level light output plus strobe
    • -Runtime aprx 2 1/2-3 hrs on high
    • -Forward clicky rear switch allows for mode selection before light powered on.





    And now on to some pictures.




    This next shot on my screen looks just a touch over exposed. It was very very "bright" outside that night with low hanging clouds in the city reflecting a bunch of light back down. Best I could do though as the camera ran out of charge right after this shot.




    This is a tower about 3/4 of a mile away. This first shot is the control.


    This is with the DEFT-X aimed its way.


    Here is the same water tower lit by the DEFT-X but not zoomed in.

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    Here is the press release that went out today about the light and the OMG and Wavien deal. For those in the Las Vegas area this week you will be interested to know that the new DEFT-X is being demoed at the CES show. Details in the press release. -Michael

    http://www.ereleases.com/pr/waviens-rlt-technology-licensed-omg-lumens-produce-worlds-longest-throwing-led-flashlight-2-96329


    VALENCIA, Calif., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Wavien, Inc. will be presenting the world’s longest throwing commercially available LED flashlight, designed and manufactured by OMG Lumens, Inc., at the CES trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, January 8th – 11th, 2013, South Hall, Booth # 20236. The beam intensity of this LED flashlight, the OMG Lumens model DEFT-X, is, at 900,000 cd (candela), 260% more intense than the closest competitor and is considered a new world record for a commercially available flashlight.
    Wavien’s Recycling Light Technology (RLT™) system is a simple, cost-effective way to dramatically increase the brightness and efficiency of most LED products. As a Wavien licensee of this enabling technology, OMG Lumens will start the manufacture and sale of this new product in Q1 2013. The OMG Lumens DEFT-X product is available now for preorder for delivery in 3-4 weeks with very attractive pricing.
    “RLT is Wavien’s Recycling Light Technology, a compact, low-cost, passive component technology that increases over 2 times the useable light output of conventional LEDs by collecting high angle LED generated light, that would be wasted in conventional illumination systems, and redirecting it into a more compact, useful, and brighter beam. The usable LED light output is significantly boosted by the RLT reflector with no additional LED input power required and no change in LED lifetime,” stated Dr. Kenneth Li, President and CEO of Wavien, Inc., who is also the inventor of the RLT technology. “Wavien is very pleased that our RTL technology is a key component of the latest ground-breaking product from OMG Lumens, an acknowledged leader in its field.”
    Michael Johnson, portable SSL design consultant and President of OMG Lumens, stated, ”As a flashlight enthusiast and portable lighting designer for 5 years I have spent countless hours trying to find ways to increase the throw of my lights and push the boundaries of the possible, and chasing even small percentages of improvement wherever they could be found. Holding the world record for 5 years in LED based throw lights is a testament to this uncompromising approach. The Wavien RLT system stands as the most significant throw enhancing technology I have seen all these years and is enabling us to achieve performance once thought to be unattainable. The RLT system is a perfect fit for our line of hyper-performance flashlights starting with the introduction of the new DEFT-X.”
    About Wavien, Inc.
    Wavien, based in Valencia, California, is a technology licensing company developing long-life, advanced high-performance light source solutions including arc lamps, LEDs, lasers, laser/phosphor hybrids, and plasma lamps, for the next generation of projection and consumer lighting industries. Wavien continues to make major advancements in the LED illumination market with its recycling RLT technology.
    RLT™ is registered trademarks of Wavien®, Inc.
    For more information, please visit http://www.wavien.com

    Contact Information:
    Harry Farrar
    Sales and Marketing
    +1-661 294 2900 ex 210
    Hfarrar@wavien.com

    About OMG Lumens, Inc.
    OMG Lumens, Inc., a Texas corporation, was established in 2008 to push the state-of-the-art in portable lighting forward significantly. OMG Lumens is dedicated to uncompromising and unequaled performance in the portable SSL market and serves the law enforcement, search and rescue, hunting, boating, and flashlight enthusiast communities.
    Contact Information:
    Michael Johnson
    President of OMG Lumens and subsidiary OneStopThrowShop
    +1-214-228-9468
    omglumens@gmail.com
    Last edited by saabluster; 01-08-2013 at 10:43 PM.

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    OMG!!! (and I neeeeever say that!)

    Good job Saabluster! Man, I so want one of these!!!

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    WOW!!!

    Nice work

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    PM sent re purchase.........w o w.

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    looks like a k40 body...
    i was getting exited, till i saw that 6 number.....
    now depressed......
    great work there my friend, just a lil too expensive for my blood..

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    WOW! Great flashlight!

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    Amazing - fantastic achievement and product mate.

    All the best with your sales ... I'm sure many members will jump on this discounted deal!

    Cheers

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    Wow how did you do it?
    Is it just a modified k40 or TN31 body?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellokitty[hk] View Post
    Wow how did you do it?
    Is it just a modified k40 or TN31 body?
    It is indeed based on the K40. Not so sure I'd put "just" by it though as this is heavily modified

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    Can't wait to get my hands on this thing. I'm gonna need to be careful using this thing near the shoreline........they may confuse it with the lighthouse......and I'm not sure but i don't think I'm kidding
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    Quote Originally Posted by Connection View Post
    I agree.
    They're available for Pre-Order at his shop.
    I won't make CES but I soooo want to... MMM
    Michael, I just got your email about this. I have to have one, but did not see it listed on your website. Please lock me in. I responded to your email.

    Congratulations on continuing forward progress!

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    saabluster, please put a Batman sticker in front of the lens and do a night shot. That'd be awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by LuxLuthor View Post
    Michael, I just got your email about this. I have to have one, but did not see it listed on your website. Please lock me in. I responded to your email.

    Congratulations on continuing forward progress!
    It's up over at OMG Lumens, not OSTS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enomosiki View Post
    saabluster, please put a Batman sticker in front of the lens and do a night shot. That'd be awesome.



    It's up over at OMG Lumens, not OSTS.
    Thanks! Placed order

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    Unbelievable! Order placed.

    Invoice # 1317... No idea what I'll do with this, but the six levels do give it versatility. Maybe some low-level ceiling bounce during my next power outage! Just kidding... This will reach the treeline at my Step father's house from the back porch, which has been impossible until now...
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    Ermagerd.......

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    I do believe I need to sell some titanium...... . So I can get one of these!

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    I needed this one like I need a hole in the head but this one just might do that. Invoice #0000001319, maybe an intervention is in order. I think that this one might make me have to sell the first TN31 to help pay for this one and the TN31mb that I just ordered two weeks ago. Darn now I have to order even more batteries to fill the new lights, more money going out!

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    This is on my wishlist...Robert.

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    I don't think I have anywhere within 20 miles of me where I could test the range of this beam...

    But I still need one

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    This looks so insanely cool I really pity myself for not having any real use for it. Wishlisting it for the sheer lux-envy-inducing power of anyone who uses this around people with other throwers.

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    This might be the first LED to light up low-mid level clouds, something I've never seen with an LED light. Fog and mist is one thing but hitting a cloud in an otherwise clear atmosphere would be nothing short of spectacular.

    Short arc is one thing, but how many of the HID boat anchors are even in this class? Wasn't the POB only 800k lux?
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    Congrats! I can't imagine what 900kCd looks like in real life. The DEFT-X is a beast!

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    Wow. Nice job! Like others, I have no real use for this beast. Yet I am having trouble resisting....
    -PSM

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    HAHA, the wait is over!!!!!!!

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    Sometimes I think I should just put you on autopay and be done with it....sheeesh.

    OMG Lumens

    Invoice# 0000001323

    Invoice Date: 01/09/2013 11:43:20









    For perspective, the TN31mb you have with ~ 405k cd vs the new DEFT's beam, as far as use - I've already ordered the mb. Its a reflector based beam, it sounds like the DEFT is aspheric. I use the lights for disaster response work, etc, and a combination of spot size at distance as well as range is vital.

    Just to give me an idea of the difference, what would the sizes of the two light's spots be at say 300 meters, 600 meters, 1,000 meters? What would the lux be at those ranges and spot sizes?

    Obviously you're just estimating as the exact specs will vary...but the above would give a good idea at least of what these lights can do....and, tell me if I can justify BOTH (Of COURSE I want both).



    - Thanks!
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    OMG Lumens


    INVOICE# 0000001321

    Invoice Date: 01/09/2013 11:16:52



    Totally insane............

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    Just had to grab one of these as well.....
    Invoice ID: 0000001314
    Keep up your amacing work,Michael!

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    Quote Originally Posted by saabluster View Post

    Practical Uses for a Light of this Power and Beam Type
    Practical, shmactical!!! The #1 reason to buy a light of this power and beam type.........................BECAUSE IT'S THERE!!!

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    This is what I've been waiting for.
    I've held back from purchasing various throwers like the Olight, Lambda's, even Michael's own TN31mb.
    This is the light that put him on the map, and I just had a feeling it would be making a return one day.
    My original Deft still astounds, but this is off the hook.
    I ordered the new one the moment I got the notification.
    Congrats Mike on the new milestone.

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