(SOLD OUT) Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 430+ lumens)

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Hey CPF members!

I'm excited to announce that Run #2 is now for sale.

Run #1 is here.

If you haven't seen my blog there's lots of background info: www.darksucks.com

I've made a few small changes from the pre-production models. Nothing big, just some tweaks. Here is more info and detailed photos from my blog.
  • My new maker's mark
  • McClicky switch
  • Provision for a custom titanium pocket clip
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I have some preliminary figures from my new integrating sphere. I'm reporting based on the ANSI FL1 standards. I haven't (yet) followed them perfectly but I'm reasonably confident these figures are accurate.

Cree MCE (MC18-B)
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(LED options: 6000K "N-Bin" cool, 5700K cool, 4000K neutral)

Cree XML (XM18-B)
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(LED options: U2 5700K cool, T5 5000K neutral) Limited Release (10 pcs) I also have about 10 TIR lenses and compatible XML boards. I don't think I can get any more so if you want this option let me know. Intensity is over 7000lux @ 1m.

Cree XPG High CRI (93+) (XP18-B)
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This is pretty self explanatory...(3000K warm) Driven @ 1.4A so you will get LOTS of run time with an 18650.

Cree XRE (XR18-B)
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I also have this XRE-R2 (6000K) option. (not listed on my site) This is a good choice if you want more throw and want to run CR123 Primaries. This is driven @ 1.4A so you are going to get a lot more run time as well. Please post here or email if you are interested.

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SPECIFICATIONS: (all styles are mechanically identical)

This light is designed for a single 18650. The XRE and XPG lights "will run" on 123 primaries. The driver can handle up to 6V, but the driver itself will get hot when using primaries. The driver WILL NOT run on 2xRCR123's...you will fry it. The XML and MCE can operate on low and medium with 123 primaries, but the current draw on high will be excessive, cause heating, and possibly catastrophic failure of the battery. In general, I DO NOT recommend primaries for these lights if you want the best and most trouble free performance. Stick to 1x18650.

MCE/XML Driver: Shiningbeam 2.8A CC (3 mode)(2.8V-6V)(100%=2.8A,30%=1A,5%=.14A)
XPG/XRE Driver: Shiningbeam 1.4A CC (3 mode)(2.8V-6V)(100%=1.4A,30%=.44A,5%=.06A)
Reflector: Ledil Boom SS (Smooth Spot, FWHM 10°)
Window: UCL glass 2 side AR coated
MCE Run time: 1.5 hours on high (measured)(XML & XPG not tested yet)
Switch: McClicky
Wire: 24 AWG Mil-spec, stranded copper, silver plated, teflon coated
Solder: silver solder
Body: 6061 T6 aluminum
Coating: Electroless Nickel
Driver Mounting Post: C101 oxy-free electronic copper
O-rings: Nitrile (Buna-N) 70 durometer (lights are fully o-ringed and TESTED to 300 feet for 5 hours)
Lube: Nano-Oil on threads and O-rings
Overall dimensions: Head Diameter=1.2 / Body Diameter=1 / Length=5.75

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I'm going to keep this thread short, if you want to see the original sales thread, click here. This has more background info.

Better add some beamshots! This is an animated GIF so...wait for it.

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Okay, I'll stop stalling: Here is the sales part!

PRICE: $199.00 USD (light ONLY)
PRICE: $229.00 USD (light + battery + charger)

Style: Blasted + Polished

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Style: Stone Washed

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Style: Brushed

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HOW THIS WORKS:

So I'm selling these lights on my website and managing sales here and on the site is getting really confusing.

Please order directly from my site!

If you want to get your light as fast as possible, post an "I'll take it" on this thread with the following info and I'll get started building it immediately. Otherwise I won't start till I get your order through paypal.
  1. Finish Style (Blasted+Polished, Stone Washed, Brushed)
  2. LED choice (MCE, XML, XPG High CRI,XRE-R2)
  3. Button color (Black, orange, or GITD green)
New Offering!


Now (for $5.00) I will hand color your Ti clip with a torch flame. This produces the same oxide layer as "Ti Anodizing" but it's accomplished by heating the metal. Every clip looks different and is an individual work in it's own right. Oh, and it looks awesome.

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Table Top Review...by me!

 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

Good luck w/ your sales, fabulous lights! Nice to see you offering different emitters too.
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

These are fantastic lights. If I can squeeze together the money, I'll be picking up another one, MCE w/ Boom to match my XML with TIR.
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

So I'm going crazy I think. Someone requested a light that also had the grooves tumbled instead of bright. After looking through all my emails and PM's, for the life of me I can't figure out who that is. If it's you, I have your light ready to go! Please email or PM :)
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

Considered heating the whole light for that awesome coloring? Stone washed with that patina would look very cool.
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

So I'm going crazy I think. Someone requested a light that also had the grooves tumbled instead of bright. After looking through all my emails and PM's, for the life of me I can't figure out who that is. If it's you, I have your light ready to go! Please email or PM :)

Twas me. Already emailed ya. -Trent
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

Any word on 18350 bodies and Vapor coating?
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

Considered heating the whole light for that awesome coloring? Stone washed with that patina would look very cool.

Hey Brembo, the heat coloring only works with titanium. The body of my lights are electroless nickel plated aluminum.

I also suspect the heat needed to color a Ti body light might distort it...but I haven't tried it yet ;)
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

Hey folks, I added a couple of videos to the first post. One is a video beamshot comparison and the other is my first attempt at a table top review. Let me know if you want to see any other kinds of videos. I hope to be doing more in the future.

Oh and Trent, you light will be in the mail later today or tomorrow!
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

Hi folks, just did a huge website update...completely new. Please check it out and let me know what you think...especially let me know about any bugs.

Here ya go: www.darksucks.com
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

order et Paypal sent via your website for a High cri alpha blast and polish..
could you get back to me as I would like to add more stuff to my order such as a spare neutral XM-L drop-in and discuss the eventuality to have a groved head like shown on your blog (the three small grooves round the screwing part of the head)

and then I add another paypal for the improved order

paypal unique transaction : 89R52217R31044909
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

Jason, I have sent you a "go ahead" message for a MC18-B 4000k (don' t remember though if that was on your hotmail or a private message here on your forum..

MC18-B 4000k.
I got inspired by your example.
Anyway I decided I am going to like it whatever the led is.
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

Jason, I have sent you a "go ahead" message for a MC18-B 4000k (don' t remember though if that was on your hotmail or a private message here on your forum..

MC18-B 4000k.
I got inspired by your example.
Anyway I decided I am going to like it whatever the led is.
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

Jason, I have sent you a "go ahead" message for a MC18-B 4000k (don' t remember though if that was on your hotmail or a private message here on your forum..

MC18-B 4000k.
I got inspired by your example.
Anyway I decided I am going to like it whatever the led is.

On the way to the shop to build it out now!

Cheers,

Jason
 
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Jason...

That' s all very good news.. Sorry for keeping you busy..
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

Would you sell me a neutral XM-L drop- in to add to my order?
 
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Re: Dark Sucks Alpha: Run #2 (30 pcs) (1x18650, 3 mode, 2.8A, McClicky, 500 lumens)

Nice lights man ! I just spent a few hours researching your light. Looks great. I will for sure consider this as my next light
 

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