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    9/13/2004 1720 hrs.
    IT HAS ARRIVED!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    2200 hrs. It is night now and I have just come in from the pitch black woods.
    What a light! Super white from dim to "moth roasting" full blast!
    (((((It is good to be one of the chosen few))))))
    [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thanks.gif[/img] Howard. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/drool.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/faint.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/drool.gif[/img]

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    Nitefish.... Not long now! Likebright has just received his!!

    2dim.... 3AAtoD in a 1D body will work. As far as brightness is concerned, the PocketMateW will out-blitz the ProMagnum/TWOJ in sheer light output. I don't know the specs of the ProMagnum so I can't comment on the throw. You'd be hard pressed finding anything regulated, and of a similar size, that puts out more light and throws further than the PocketMateW (expect for the MR-X, of course).

    If you supply your OA2C (or cut/thread), that would reduce costs to you. Lots of colours in Toronto? Cool. Email me (addy in profile).

    Being a LuxeonV OA light, it will have a little do-nut hole when using the stock reflector. It can be smoothed using a stippled reflector but you would definately lose throw.

    Likebright.... WOO HOO!!! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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    Howard,
    The more I use this thing the more I like it. This thing out throws Mr. Bulk's SN-2 (£¶¡† don't tell him!) + it be regulated.
    If you EVER make some more MR-Xes I will take one!
    Fine job sir.
    Mike

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    Just got mine late yesterday! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
    Dropped in a pila 168s and played with it before going to work. (was a few min. late for work [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/sssh.gif[/img]) My first 5 watt, so I cant really compare it to anything. The tint is very yellow-green compared to my TSP, and other 3w mag mods. But I only notice it when they are side by side. I am sure the PMW will be a very useful light, being its so compact. Going fishing tomarow night, (New moon you know) And will give it a good test.

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    Likebright... Out throws SN2? Wow. I would have thought the SN2 would be brighter but drop brightness quickly. The SN2 is a direct drive light and it gets about 1.8A to the LED with fresh 123s. The PMW provides a max of 1.3A to the LED. Maybe it is the WX1U LED that is providing a lot more light at 1.3A. Whatever the case, lucky you! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif[/img]

    Nitefish... Late for work? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/naughty.gif[/img] The X1 tint varies between the old bin 3 and bin 4 area so there will be variances in tint. Regardless, the amount of light would have been quite substantial (WX1U). Have fun fishing! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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    Mine arrived yesterday but I just got to it today. I am delighted with it. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/happy14.gif[/img]

    Howie included the liner for the Pila 168S (fits 2xCR123As as well) and the liner for the Pila 168A.

    My Pilas and charger haven't arrived yet so I slipped in two new 123s and lit her up. Very bright hotspot and spill, at 4 feet the hotspot is about 1 foot in diameter with a barely discernible Luxeon V donut hole. The spill at 4 feet is about 7 feet in diameter.

    The thumb switch and dimmer switch work perfectly. I can easily manipulate this light with one hand. The OA2C host feels very comfortable in my hand and the PMW is cut down to an overall length of about 7 11/16 inches which will fit handily in alot of places, if not a front pocket on my Levis. But, in a pinch, if I need both hands, it will indeed fit bow or stern ends first.

    Workmanship is outstanding in my opinion.

    Being able to dial up exactly what level output you want and then click it off and the next time click it on and it's right where you left it...well...it's just the cat's meow to me.

    Being able to run this light on a Pila 168S or 168A allows me to use this light whether CR123As grow on trees or not. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

    But, being able to run it on 2x123s is an option I very much appreciate. Being places where the grid power is down or non-existent, I can still use this versatile light.

    I put a couple of new 123s in a 2x123 McLux PR-T 917ma/T binned Lux III, which is my benchmark for beamspot comparisons, and compared and then photographed some comparisons.

    My old Sony FD88 1.3 megapixels camera has a heck of a time in my hands taking beamshots.

    The amount of light let in can be adjusted in .5 increments from + 1.5 down to - 1.5. Anything above 0, and the light from the beamspots just overwhelmed the camera.

    In the photos, the tint of the beamspots looks different than it does to my nekkid eyeballs. So I cranked the saturation down to -100 (lowest it would go). Then I cranked the light setting down to -.5, -1.0, and -1.5.

    I wanted to compare the "brightness" of the two lights in relation to one another. Only when I did this could the camera clearly capture the difference in output of the PMW on high and the PR-T DB917ma with a high ranked T Luxeon III.

    These are just for comparison purposes of output, not for gauging tint. The PocketMateW is always on the left and the PR-T DB917/T Lux III on the right. Both are on "high".

    light at 0 saturation at normal

    light at 0 saturation at -100

    light at - .5 saturation at -100

    light at - 1.0 saturation at -100

    light at - 1.5 saturation at -100

    You can really see the difference in output in the bottom photo. It's the beginning of evening nautical twilight and soon I'll see how it does out in the night.

    Thanks, Howard, I am very pleased and congratulate myself for jumping in for one of these.

    Britt

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    3 down and another 6 to go!


    Hey Britt, glad to hear your PMW arrived safe and sound. As you have found out, the PMW can quite easily be driven with one hand. If you haven't also noticed, the light was designed for the right hander, with the left hand used for dialing the brightness level.

    I find the lower light levels much more useful in everyday circumstances indoors than the max output level. It is reassuring though to know the max power is available when and if you need it... in the same light!

    Anyhow, enjoy!

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    Howard,
    Stand corrected with new batteries Charlie's SN2 is a bit brighter.
    But the PMW is easier to carry and the dimming or brightning feature is really useful. Plus I just pop the Pila in the charger before going somewhere with it and ----- well I could go on and on but ----
    thanks, [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/bowdown.gif[/img] great light.
    Mike

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    Hotbeam Question,
    I noticed the switch was a little hard to press and the switch cover was not seated completly. I took the switch cover off and noticed the switch assembly was not centered. I tried to loosen and re-center the switch, but it seems stuck. Was wondering if you epoxied the switch. I diddnt want to break anything. I wouldnt have a problem with it, but I really have to press my finger into the switch to lock the light on.
    Thanks

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    Likebright... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

    Nitefish.... Do not try to readjust the switch. It has indeed been epoxied down. The switch will be off center because I needed more room for the pot so it had to be aligned down a little. You will notice with all OA2Cs that their switching mechanism is a little harder to use than OADs. You need to press further into the switch to work it. Coupled with the re-alignment I needed to make, it makes it a little harder.

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    Got mine. Nice bright small. Cool.
    Yaesumofo

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    Got mine! Dial-a-Beam capability is just too cool.

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    Woo hoo. More PMW's arrived. Where are the others?

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    No mail or package delivery in my area of New Orleans for last 3 days due to hurricane Ivan. I have several items I am expecting and imagine post office and UPS and FedEx will start catching up on Friday ( I hope ). Rick

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    Man, I am on holiday, glad I had it sent to my office, I'll tell you what I think when I get it.
    Rich

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    Got mine...great light, perfect size for a night walk...thanks Howard!!!
    Michael

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    It really comes into its own outdoors at night. It humiliated a SL TL-3 LED last night. It impressed everyone to see the throw just on low. Then there were oohs and ahhs when I cranked it up and pointed it at the ceiling of the porch. They could read the tiny print on their Driver's Licenses by the reflected light. The flood and throw were demonstrated on the stables about 100ft away. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

    Still on the same two 123s I put in it when I got it, Pilas and charger are enroute.

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    Got my Pila Charger and a 168S cell today. My PMW is feeding on it tonight. Works great and I can run it all I want on high. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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    Rick... yeah, the weather has been causing a lil' bit of havoc up your way... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] Lucky you have all the lighting situation sorted out. Well... maybe not until you get the PMW [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

    Scrappy... Cool.

    Glo... Enjoy [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

    BC... It is amazing that at the lowest setting, it is still quite a mini light. I always show it to people at that setting and then listen for the "ooh" "ahh" after I crank it a little. Glad you got your Pilas. Take note when you use in the PMW at full bore. The poor Pilas (168S) will drop out totally after ~40 minutes at max. When that happened to me the first time, I thought "oc oh". I measured the voltage and it was 2.7V [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img] Just be prepared for that.

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    Hotbeam,

    Will there be a second run in the near future?

    Best regards,

    Marc

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    Howard -- PMW actually arrived last Tuesday at my work location but since I was in the process of getting out of town, I only found it today when I stopped by work for a couple of minutes. Looking forward to checking it out tonight. Rick

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    marcspar... a run#2 may be organised if I get some nice LuxV's. I've put you on the #2 run list

    rick... cool.

    Where are the others?

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    Wow, love it..... This thing just feels so good in the hand... I'm glad I jumped on one of these

    Rich

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    Good to hear Rich! Not too short and not too long. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

    I guess the others have received theirs OK too.

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    Hotbeam, haven't forgotten your Mag 2C. Health problems lately. A few questions questions, probably already answered: will protected and/or unprotected rechargeables [4.2v] be OK and for what runtime? Any chance of using NiMH multi-AA sleeves instead?

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    Updated 17/12/04...


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    [ QUOTE ]
    2dim said:
    Hotbeam, haven't forgotten your Mag 2C. Health problems lately. A few questions questions, probably already answered: will protected and/or unprotected rechargeables [4.2v] be OK and for what runtime? Any chance of using NiMH multi-AA sleeves instead?

    [/ QUOTE ]
    Ooops, just released I didn't answer you 2dim. My bad. Unprotected li-ions are fine. Run-time will be the same to those of the Pilas. There is not enough room for the necessary number of AAs... so no sleeve will be provided [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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    Hey... I'm missing on the brethren map in Hong Kong... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

    I bought TIN's other PocketMateW a while back here.

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    there is only 15 pocketmate W out there?

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    Yeah! Aren't there more coming? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/poke2.gif[/img]

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