The regular PH50 was already pushing its thermal limits, that's why they stopped making it. The CSWL doesn't really have that issue because of the extra mass around the head. Also, it has some very sophisticated thermal management circuitry and I've actually seen the light step down 25% in output after 10-15 minutes of running. From what I can gather the electronics in the CSWL won't fit in the PH body nor would you want to try.
The size weights are so close that the CSWL isn't really handicapped as compared to the PH body. If and effective handle can be made to fit the CSWL, it will be just as usable as the PH. I'm working on a handle as well as Vee73 so hopefully we will come up with one good design between us, if not two. Mine will be aluminum, Vee73's will be polycarbonate.
It's actually a Dillion Aero
My new (to me) 600 Watt Short Arc sits atop an M-134 - or, well it used to anyway. Its' high flying Huey days are long over but I hope to breath new life into it soon. Ken, is that an M-134 but by the company you name?
Finally got the handle. I think this is the best lamp ever.
Now this is really easy to carry, because the weight is distributed just the right place.
Edit: I still have to at some point coated aluminum.
I was wondering if Patriot ever made a handle for his as he mentioned having an aluminum one made.Very nice job there vee73. Speaking of which, is somebody ever going to make a slightly more aesthetically pleasing one for the Abyss, for all of us non scuba types. One that isn't so sharp that it nearly cuts all of your fingers off would be kinda handy too, unlike the standard one! Surely one of the many highly talented custom fabricators that are here at CPF would find it a job that they could very easily handle! :shakehead
I was wondering if Patriot ever made a handle for his as he mentioned having an aluminum one made.
Very nice job there vee73. Speaking of which, is somebody ever going to make a slightly more aesthetically pleasing one for the Abyss, for all of us non scuba types. One that isn't so sharp that it nearly cuts all of your fingers off would be kinda handy too, unlike the standard one! Surely one of the many highly talented custom fabricators that are here at CPF would find it a job that they could very easily handle! :shakehead
I own the Abyss, and though I do carry it mostly with the shoulder strap (always on dry land, btw), I'm usually hanging on to the handle just in case and also to direct the beam better. I've never noticed anything sharp about it, nor do I think it's uncomfortable. Just my humble opinion.
Hmmmm, that's just a little strange. On my Abyss where the groove is on the handle that runs the full length along each side, it is bordering on being razor sharp, especially on the front and rear corners. So sharp in fact I could cut paper on it and it would very easily slice through skin with absolutely no trouble at all, and which is something that I have unfortunately already done. I also know two other people with an Abyss and theirs are exactly the same too, and as a matter of fact it is so bad that they have both had to smooth out the edges with a file for fear of also cutting themselves too, and one day soon I will have to do the very same thing to mine. Bit disappointing really, especially for such a relatively expensive light!
P.S. Not to be argumentative or anything, but I never actually said that it was uncomfortable, that is of course as long as it is not slicing through skin.
Sorry, Phil, I took "could someone make it more aesthetically pleasing" to mean more comfortable.
I just rechecked mine and rubbed my hand and fingers over and over along the ridges you speak of. While mine cannot cut skin, I also ran my Amex bill up and down it. When I did it enough times, or caught it just right, it did put a tiny slice in the paper.
I do see what you mean by a fine edge, but yours and others must be a lot finer than mine as mine could not cut skin no matter how it's held. And I'm sure glad about that.