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    SAD NEWS FROM GOING GEAR (PLEASE READ)

    Although I'm less active now in the Flashlight scene than before, I'm deeply saddened to hear of Marshall's passing. My first GoingGear purchase was in 2010, and I thoroughly enjoyed Marshall's reviews. His beamshot and tint comparisons were invaluable, and it was obvious he was a kind and...
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    HDS HDS Systems EDC # 19

    I lost my HDS while traveling a couple of weeks ago, so I thought I'd post here in the unlikely event it's ever found by a CPFer for posterity (Serial No. 27161). :(
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    Surefire Minimus/Favorlight Lantern LED Swaps

    Hi all, does anyone here know any experienced hands that could swap an LED into a Surefire Minimus or Favorlight lantern? Both are highly regarded, WW, lights, but both also use old emitters. Does anyone here have the expertise and willingness to do XPL-HD WW emitter swaps into these lights...
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    HDS HDS Systems EDC # 18

    I've heard a lot about this candlemode over the ages, but seriously, it really doesn't work on my HDS Clicky (HCRI /w the XPG). :Shrug: It'd be cool if it did, since I've been in situations where immediate mood-lighting was required, and sure enough, I had the right tint, but the wrong mode...
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    HDS/Ra Clicky & Rotary Serial Number Registry! (Part 2)

    HCRI Clicky, SN 27161.
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    HDS HDS Systems EDC # 16

    Thanks for the heads up guys - snagged an HCRI Clicky. :) I've had a titanium clip for it for 3 years or so. O_O
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    Heading to Iceland in July ... Should I bother bringing a flashlight?

    Am I the only one who finds this statement hilarious? :duh2:
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    Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    Well, there isn't anything wrong with buying something for the sake of it or pride in ownership, but the Maximus is definitely not a useless light. It could be useful in SAR operations or caving, for example. In terms of having a "spare light in the car," my opinion in is that the only...
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    Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    Likewise. -_- I'm going to be honest here, if you're going to keep it in the car where it's going to get really hot (yes, shades will help, but glovebox or not, cars get extremely hot relative to ambient temperatures if left in the sun), it's best to keep it discharged. As far as I know, lithium...
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    Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    Lithium Ion's (Cobalt Oxide) shouldn't be stored at full power for long term use or in cars, where temperatures can get exceedingly high. They should be stored around 3.8 V in the freezer if you don't plan on using them for a long period of time (preferably in a sealed container with dessicant...
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    Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    As it's SF and they typically do not make flashlights compatible with Li-Ion, my guess is it's only compatible with your typical CR123A voltages, including LiFeP batteries. I don't have the guts to stick a typical LCO Li-Ion in mine - it may work, but how much damage to the driver/LED will it...
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    Wow, why in the world do you carry a flashlight with you?

    "Am I afraid of the dark? Please ______. The dark is afraid of me."
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    My wife needs your help!!!

    Are you guys joking me? I wish I had seen this earlier. If you (or anyone else) need a source for the importance of flashlights in the future, look at the 9/11 Commission Report. Page 294 of the 9/11 Commission Report: "Still others remained alive in the impact zone above the 78th floor...
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    World of Color

    Not sure if this belongs here perse, but wasn't quite sure where to put it. So, I was reminiscing today about a Disneyland trip that I took with my friends a year ago and how much fun we had, and couldn't help but remember how amazing the World of Color was. I then realized that, hey, a lot of...
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    Which Surefire for Gun Smithing?

    Ha, if it absolutely has to be a Surefire, I basically only see one option - the Surefire Minimus Vision. You won't need more light than it provides, it renders colors better than its cooler white counterparts, and is pretty floody and even (minus some artifacts on a white wall, which especially...
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    Lithium AAs OK in Fenix LD12?

    Yes, it is okay to use lithium primaries in those lights. I have used an L1D CE and LD10 with primary lithiums for a bit with no issues (though I vaguely recall losing the low modes for a little while in 2xAA format). 1xAA is no problem because the driver is designed for 3.0 V. Now here's the...
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    Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    I am well aware of this and should have mentioned that fact. In my experience, fresh out of the box Surefire's are at around 3.25 V starting. I was suspicious to have such a low measurement for the initial voltage, and was sloppy enough not to time my rest period at the end. That being said, I...
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    Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    I suspect it will always do that. Now here's the catch - when it can't sustain maximum output, it can still sustain lower outputs for MUCH longer. So of course, at say 25% power, it will run and not blink - because the battery can sustain that level of power for much much longer. I suspect...
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    Wow, why in the world do you carry a flashlight with you?

    You KNOW that's how the world works... After a little while, you just say screw it, and are always prepared for a wide variety situations. Because the one time you aren't, is the one time it happens.
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    Surefire Maximus, Minimus AA, Minimus Tactical and Minimus Vision!

    Damn, it looks like I lost the LED lottery - mine runs for 1 hr 48 min before the first flash. :( Starting voltage of the SF CR123A (Exp 09-2021) was 3.051 V, ending voltage after the first flash after some rest was 2.676 V.
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