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I'm confused..help please with product selection.

Tech IV

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I've been looking at the various Peak lights in a single AAA factor..

I'm used to the older ARC-AAA P performance.

I'd like something brighter than the ARC. I can live with shorter run times by say 1/3rd.

In terms of brightness and run time what can I expect from;

Peak single AAA Matterhorn 45cp
Peak single AAA Matterhorn 79cp
Peak single AAA Matterhorn 110cp

Peak single AAA Pacific Luxeon 230cp
Peak single AAA Pacific Luxeon 300cp

Are there any charts posted somewhere?

What does my current ARC AAA P compare against? The Matterhorn 45cp?

The Pacific seems like a good deal right now.

For my final question..the momentary switch for the Pacific and Matterhorn. Are they only made in SS and Brass?

Thanks
Ken
 

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Ken- I have several matterhorns- brass and SS.
If you get the 3led AAA matterhorn- you will be glad you did.
I have a brass (super smooth twisty) 3led UP and a 3led stainless steel knurled lug body in HP. The UP is quite a bit brighter. A nice compromise would be the HP for run time and briteness. The SS in nearly bombproof and has the lug body like the ARC. I used the AAA energizer lithiums in mine and they seem to make them quite a bit brighter than alkaline. Planning on getting some SANYO enloops soon to give them a try. You might consider the baltic (AAA) or pacific (AAA) with the 50% off luxeon sale they are a real bargin. Go to the pacific tab- the CP ratings are there for the XLR (insane long run time- 50cp) HP, UP and the SP. I have 2 baltics on order- 1 XLR and 1 SP.
"What does my current ARC AAA P compare against? The Matterhorn 45cp?" That sounds about right.
If you went with the Pacific or Baltic with the HP or UP- you should still get VERY good run time (several hours) and a much brighter EDC light. The HP would be far brighter than the ARC- with no more foam spacer to worry about. Call Curt or Robyn if you have need for more runtime info- they are very nice.
 
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parnass

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I have three Peak 3-LED snow Matterhorns, including HP and UP brightness levels.

All three are brighter and whiter than my Arc AAA-P lights (CS and DS), but the Peak's beam is noticeably narrow compared the the Arc AAA-P.

It is a mixed bag. I prefer the Peak's brightness and whiteness, but the Arc's wider spill.

When ordering a Peak Matterhorn, be sure to specify a lug body instead of the default keychain body if you like shorter lights and don't need the momentary switch.
 

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When ordering a Peak Matterhorn, be sure to specify a lug body instead of the default keychain body if you like shorter lights and don't need the momentary switch.

Specify the pocket body for an even shorter light if you don't need the switch or the keyring. Brass and stainless pocket bodies are available in smooth or knurled.
 

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I don't have an Arc as of yet but I can say that I prefer the beam of the 3led Matterhorn as opposed to the single led version. I am assuming that the run times will be extended on the lower candlepower so that is what I chose for one of my 3 led Shasta's. As for the Pacific, I would go for the 300cp or even the 500cp model because the light has a good center hot spot with an ample amount of spill. I must say that I love the beam color provided by the Snow White leds, a pure beautiful useful beam for close to medium range work whereas the Pacific will have greater throw.

If you are looking at the AAA bodies, you might want to consider the Baltic model as well and the Shasta Heads will fit on the Baltic bodies. The Baltic and Pacific have the same or similar electronics and output levels and the head of the Baltic is not as drastically different in size to the AAA body as opposed to the Pacific which would add some bulk and look less streamlined. I really like the slightly larger head and beam of the Shasta as opposed to the Matterhorn 3 led heads. By going for the Baltic, you could get two lights in one by ordering two different heads, a Shasta 3Led, and a Baltic single reflector head. The Baltic doesn't seem to come in the lug style, which I prefer on my Matterhorn but the Baltic bodies come in coin cell versions, AAA, and N-cell bodies. Have no hesitation on calling Peak, they are fantastic at offering suggestions and solutions and are just plain old great folks. If you look further down in the forums, you will find a PDF of "Hidden" information that will open your eyes to the possibilities.

If you really want to go off the deep end like myself, you can always order the Gemini body 2XN cell which has a head on each end but increases the size quite a bit but will also eliminates key chain carry.
 
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