The product doesn't work as advertised. I understand they're prototypes but it isn't like the light gets 9 hours instead of 10 on medium. It's performing at 20% of advertised spec, that's quite bad and I think an explanation is warranted. I'd be curious what happened in the QC process.
How were the specs even tested? Seems crazy to advertise specs and release a light without doing a simple run test first, prototype or not.
These lights are Pre-Production, a test run
. All the data presented were calculated values based upon engineered values. The discounted lights were made with a new untested driver design in good faith, to test
. It is unclear what is causing the inefficiencies, but was not an expected or intentional result. The problem seems to be consistent among all the first 500 samples and this test version's build. For all we know this very well could be the result another Factory glitch or error like the tailcaps getting adhered shut.
"The primary reason for this pre-production run is to test new finishes in a production environment. If people aren't willing to pay more for PVD, we'll have to go back to anodize. It's likely that 1 or more finish will get dropped on production lights, so this may be your only chance
My tests have proven the new finishes on the bodies are not causing the found inefficiencies of these prototype driver's.
We can all agree that we have found efficiency troubles with the new Preon's MKIII driver/runtimes.
This problem will be found and corrected.
Other than the new driver being a battery thief
, I'm liking the Double click burst. I don't have high hopes, but I would like to see the addition of memory choice. The ability to choose between no memory, hybird memory, or classic memory for all mode configurations. I would settle for different fixed non-selectable memory types dependent to each configuration mode. While I'm dreaming, how about a Micro ICARUS?
I'm really liking the New PVD finish! The CR3(Tri-Chrome
) does a much better job than PVD over EN, hands down. I especially like the look and feel of the Satinized finishes. I think all four finishes are keepers. Even if they all don't make it to production, it leaves the possibility for special future releases. Design and grip or ribbing on the body can be added, refined, and changed. It's easier for me to imagine ribs, or pick up a MKII, than to imagine what a ribbed light feels like smooth. I especially like the idea about adding a rubber cigar ring to the Preon, that would be a nice addition.
I just updated post #150
I'm on Hour 13+