The Official HDS Junkie Thread

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Cland- I understand about four weeks for a Rotary, incremental upgrades on the way. YMMV, my .02, standard disclaimer. No secret squirrel inside info or details, just passing along my limited knowledge re: leadtime. :)

RecDNA- If I recall, Henry now offers software upgrade/repair services for modded lights? Emitter swaps are fairly inexpensive, and I understand pretty straightforward as those things go. Not future proof, but certainly able to be brought up-to-date if you're so inclined...
 
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I don't consider my 170n outdated but that is good to know. Thanks
I do see outdated models cheap in mall sometimes. What does Henry charge to update?
 

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You disagree with bomb proof? Warranty is for life so at least it gets fixed
 

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haha :D - typical thread progression, might as well get that out of the way.

Oh good, someone got the joke! I was worried some folks didn't notice that I quoted myself there and took both extremist views for the sake of comedic relief. :rolleyes:

Note: I have had like 8 HDS lights so clearly it was a joke.
 

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You disagree with bomb proof? Warranty is for life so at least it gets fixed

The warranty is great, no doubt. I was commenting on the robustness/longevity, their internal hardware seems to be their trouble spot IMO. What makes them so techy and fun also contributes to the internal issues that seem to occur with them.
 

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Cland- I understand about four weeks for a Rotary, incremental upgrades on the way. YMMV, my .02, standard disclaimer. No secret squirrel inside info or details, just passing along my limited knowledge re: leadtime. :)

Ok, that's much better than what it once was. I still remember when people were waiting MONTHS (years?) for their HDS orders to be filled. I was wondering how one could get hooked on the "junk" with those kind of wait times, LOL
 

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...I get that people like boutique stuff and that 'pride of ownership' is a real factor in a decision...
The only place that the light really matters is when you're using it and though this point gets thrown out there from time to time the only people that think HDS lights are beautiful aesthetically are owners who have learned to love the look because it's attached to the function of the light they’ve learned to love.

I was never going to have one, but having them is the only way to get what we like about them and doing paper comparisons will always be frustrating for those who shop that way and that way only.
There is no boutique factor for me or the majority of other owners here. Using and owning them is what got me hooked and most of them came through the MarketPlace where I never had to pay the new price. I guess there are two that I got new from Henry, but if someone is curious about a light the best way to find out what they think (as opposed to what they think they think) is to buy a used one and sell it off again at usually no loss, sometimes a profit, if they really don't like it.
 

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I always thought they were beautiful but never bought one until I got a good deal. I cannot afford $350 inc shipping.
 

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The only place that the light really matters is when you're using it and though this point gets thrown out there from time to time the only people that think HDS lights are beautiful aesthetically are owners who have learned to love the look because it's attached to the function of the light they’ve learned to love.

I was never going to have one, but having them is the only way to get what we like about them and doing paper comparisons will always be frustrating for those who shop that way and that way only.
There is no boutique factor for me or the majority of other owners here. Using and owning them is what got me hooked and most of them came through the MarketPlace where I never had to pay the new price. I guess there are two that I got new from Henry, but if someone is curious about a light the best way to find out what they think (as opposed to what they think they think) is to buy a used one and sell it off again at usually no loss, sometimes a profit, if they really don't like it.

+1 very well said. I'll add that if buying pre-owned isnt for you and still want a great deal illum supply still has 170n 219b clickys for under 200 and rotary for 210 both with free shipping...just tossing that out there.


oh and honestly do we really need another thread?
 
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I waited a few weeks past a year for my first Clicky, and don't consider it time wasted. It sure would have been nice for Henry to make even a small attempt to keep us updated. Luckily, now the wait is reasonable, and Hogo has been very helpful.

Had it, or the 219B from Illumination Supply, been over $300, I seriously doubt I'd have bought them.

It is a bit annoying that the thread title is so similar to the other Junkie thread.
 

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Cland- I understand about four weeks for a Rotary, incremental upgrades on the way.

What do you mean by "incremental upgrades"? Is Henry in the process of upgrading the Rotary in some way. Didn't the LED just get upgraded?
 

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HDS isn't for everyone. It is a luxury item for a limited number of people. It is bomb proof and will last forever...

Bomb proof??? ...heck mine wasn't even drop proof!

One drop on concrete from about 4' and it was out of commission.

That was a couple years ago. Maybe they have gotten better.
 

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Bomb proof??? ...heck mine wasn't even drop proof!

One drop on concrete from about 4' and it was out of commission.

That was a couple years ago. Maybe they have gotten better.
Didn't Henry fix it for you?
 

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Bomb proof??? ...heck mine wasn't even drop proof!

One drop on concrete from about 4' and it was out of commission.

That was a couple years ago. Maybe they have gotten better.

What model was it? The Twisties suffered from dislodged U-wires sometimes, but the Clickies have been potted and cushioned like mad forever. I can't remember the last problem that I read of that was caused by impact. Most common issues seem to be firmware glitches.

PS: Why is this all not in the regular thread?
 
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