OK, I’m back from my trip (wedding in Portland) and have some comments about these fantastic lights I’ve been carrying around for the past couple of days:
Stealhead and others, calm down….don’t be disappointed. ARC is listening to EVERYONE’s comments and things are in the works. I think it is generally accepted now that the Kroll is ugly, yes? Well, there are options…and perhaps some pics can be posted in the near future of some alternative designs.
The Kroll switch is….ugly….and…cheap….BUT, it is very functional. It is the quickest and most reliable solution that Peter could find…and remember, he wanted to find a tailcap switch solution for us guys…. Of course, other solutions are constantly being investigated and analyzed.
Now a bit on the lights. Compared to my ARC LS (First Run 001), the output of both the LS2 and LS3 are just incredible. Flashaholics will not be disappointed. For such small EDC lights, these things are the brightest I’ve seen.
LS2: I really like the beam color and quality of this light. It has a very clean center spot. Excellent quality. The color of the light is a very cool white. It’s just…well, I wouldn’t change a thing about the beam color and quality. It’s centered, too…dead on.
LS3: This is light’s output is simply amazing. Forget the pictures…they don’t do this small light any justice. If you want illumination, you want the LS3. If you want to illuminate a pitch dark path, even a small auditorium, then this is your light. The nice thing is that the output with the 1 123 pack is very good, considering the size of the overall light with this small battery pack. With the 2 123 pack, the output is even brighter and more impressive. The LS3, with its flood-like beam, really illuminates the entire area. You can see everything in your peripheral vision better, which helps a lot. But at the same time, the beam is strong enough that it has enough throw to illuminate objects 30 or 40 feet away (or more?). All this coming from a tiny flashlight.
Construction: The new housing is definitely a welcome revision. It incorporates a really good seal that has been pressure tested to quite some extent. I had no problems with water leaking into the light. I went swimming with it and simulated higher pressure forces under water (I was violently swinging my hands under water, clicking the light on/off, on/off.) In terms of water tightness, I think this light is just fine. J
Size: Some of you might be hesitant to see how the smaller ARC LS2 and LS3 heads match up against your older power packs. Well, the head is smaller in diameter, but not so significantly smaller that it will look goofy with your older power packs. In fact, using the ARC LS3 with a revision 1 2AA power pack, it worked perfectly and I didn’t even notice the size difference (although, to tell you the truth, I didn’t stare at it and examine the exact match).
Run time: I got very respectable numbers. Both the LS2 and LS3 incorporate revised electronics that give very nice and flat regulation. After running the LS3 for several minutes, I noticed that it was starting to warm up (NOTE: this is a high power pocket-sized flashlight!) but this tells me that the heat sink is working very well and the heat is being distributed throughout the flashlight very efficiently.
Any other questions? I’ll be checking the forum a bit more during the day today.