- Nov 24, 2009
Thanks for another excellent review. I'm looking forward to this little flood bomb!
I'm really excited about this light, but the 3.5 minute step down and the huge gap between 5k and sub 1k lumens is a definite minus.
That is what the dealer review there seems to say (at least according to Google Translate, as I don't speak German). But note there weren't any output/runtime tests shown, so it's hard to know the details. These are pre-release samples, so it's certainly possible Niwalker altered the circuit on that sample.There is an other review of an engineering sample of this light on a german site. According to that review their sample steps down from high after 10 minutes.
I suspect Niwalker will send me a sample of the final version, which I will directly compare as before. No idea as to timelines, though.
Excellent points Dave. Hiking with a thrower is pretty frustrating. The hot spot will bounce around with your body, that and your view is similar to viewing your surroundings through a glass coke bottle.I know I'm late (and a $1 short probably) to the discussion, as likely many parameters have already been set in stone. But as a hiker who really hikes a lot, I'm praying that this light will be the flooder of flooders - and I could care less if it threw worth a darn. To keep this in perspective, I own a Deft-X, a TN31, and Eagletac MX25L2 Turbo (and some "smaller" throwers). So much for throwers. I use 'em and like 'em. BUT it is about time we had a bright light (with settings all the way down to dim) that served our peripheral vision ideally. As a hiker, particularly in forested conditions, I find most lights simply do not light up the periphery of my view as much as I would like. I don't NEED 50+ yards of throw to walk in comfortably. Trails I walk on are often uneven in nature or wet, so I want to see details right before me and to the sides really well, picking the brightness level that works best. In places that may have unsavory characters around (city streets), I like that 5,200 lumen level for that!
Admittedly, I am referring to walking conditions that I know to be reasonably safe and without a need to spot grizzly bears or mountain lions, etc.
Some may respond, saying use a headlamp. I have a few and do use them because the beams are often adequate for what I need; but I just don't like their feel and it's hard to wear rain gear with them and the light moves where my head moves which often is not what I want.
Finally, I don't venture far with just one light anyway. Failure is the logical reason; I always want a backup and that would likely be one of my throwers. I have a diffuser for my TN31, which turns it into a wonderful hiking light, but my guess is the MiniMax would perform even better for the close range stuff. I certainly intend to give it a try if the shipping version has some improvements others and Selfbuilt have covered. His indoor shot with the MiniMax had the entire room very well lit, more so than other lights I've seen.