- Mar 29, 2017
I guess I dont know much about these lights, they look like new versions of Novatac. Can someone explain to me why these are highly sought after? A little more info about them? Thanks
I saw the turbo mode on the LE model was 250 lumens, high was 110. It looks pretty small and perfect for EDC. I just cannot get past the 309 dollar price tag. I was trying to figure out if I was missing something.Novatac licensed their design. HDS is one of the old companies who started making boutique pocket lights in the early days of high power LEDs. They're extremely well made, nearly 100% US, and they have a lot of custom configurations and emitter choices. Also the Rotary is the only(?) selector ring light still manufactured. I have one because I couldn't find anything else like it.
Downsides are they focus more on options and less on lumens. It's also a tiny company with long wait times and relatively high prices. And they still don't have a real pocket clip for the Rotary.
US made, high quality, potted, rotary interface, low volume production, limited editions.Can someone explain to me why these are highly sought after?
true for the Low CRI LEDI saw the turbo mode on the LE model was 250 lumens
there is a used one for $250 hereI just cannot get past the 309 dollar price tag.
US made, high quality, potted, rotary interface, low volume production, limited editions.
As far as rotaries go there is also the Jetbeam RRT01 & RRT2, but HDS is the only US made one. If you exclude stuff like the Dominator.
I dont have an HDS myself, for once because they are not very available in Europe, but mostly because for now I haven't felt the need to drop about $500 on one (475€ on Knivesandtools). I find that price hard to justify. That being said I spent more money on sillier things, so chances are someday I will, but not at that price. The few times one comes up for sale on the bay its usually cool white. Oh well.
Ah, I didn't know they were available with a nichia now. I have the original version, without the tail switch. Might have to get this new one. Does anyone know what CCT this one comes in? 4000K?
the specs are in the link you found, and also in the link I put in Post #5...I too would like to know more specs, as this looks very tempting.
Check out the EDC Tactical, it's available with 325 lumens. I have one and it's a very nice bit of kit.I guess I dont know much about these lights, they look like new versions of Novatac. Can someone explain to me why these are highly sought after? A little more info about them? Thanks
you can get a High CRI RRT-01 from Vinh, for about 1/3 the price of an HDSif the Nichia is not high CRI there's no temptation there.
HDS UI is one of if not the best UI out there. Super simple and can be programmed to your liking very easy. Malkoff MDCs are fantastic lights, however I’d rather have them be a 2 mode (high/low) instead of 3, but that’s just my personal preference. Zebralights UI is another I enjoy and one of the best, but sometimes when I’m in a hurry I end up hitting the wrong button sequences and activate strobe or some other feature I didn’t want.I like HDS flashlights because they are nearly indestructible and rich with features designed to conserve power and to survive. For example, it can be programmed for a phased step down to zero output if left on while unattended. If you fall asleep with it on, you don't wake up to a dead battery. (I have a newborn baby, this has already saved my battery twice this week.) Similarly, if you choose, it can step down one level from 24 to 23 while on max output for energy savings.
Of all flashlights, I think the hds has a switch that is least likely to wear out or break in normal use. The steel bezel resists deformation. The lens is very hard to break without doing it intentionally. Oh, and the electronics live in a Faraday cage.
One last thing and I'll stop gushing. I also enjoy my malkoff mdc, but it's very easy to unintentionally advance the output by briefly switching it on momentarily. This never happens with an hds. The user interface is sublime.