But High mode only works in the jittery bezel-loosened position, and you have to click through 3 other modes to get to it.
Exactly. Neither head is ideal. That's why we need a head that lets us program the entire sequence of modes.Yeah... it sucks having to do all that clicking every time you want to get to high which is, arguably, a better general purpose level (nearly as bright as turbo but with much better runtime). And the tactical model is no solution as if you program the two settings to high and moon, you can't get to turbo. :scowl:
OMG, they do, don't they? I tossed that cell into my alkalines bin so fast that I forgot it came with the light! :duh2:Since they come with Duracell alkalines, not really.
The bigger issue is the loose bezel. When I loosen the bezel to run in High or Max, it works about 2/3 of the time. The other times, I have to fiddle with it to get a solid contact between the threads.
It'd be swell if 4sevens could negotiate with energizer or whomever to include a lithium AA in the box. That makes more sense for these lights. And it would be great advertising for the batteries!
For the tactical, set it to turbo and low (or medium). You can always cover the lense to reduce output for a few moments. And programming only takes about 8 seconds.
I keep a tiny AAA light for reading and keyhole navigation.
I don't think lithium AA's would be a good idea for this light. Previous discussion about them shows their poor suitability for high drain (>2.0 amp). My own testing shows in AA and AA-2 turbo at the voltage of lithium, the head pulls over 2 amp and would result in the protection circuit kicking in, not to mention the high temps the battery would generate.
Jeff,Exactly. Neither head is ideal. That's why we need a head that lets us program the entire sequence of modes.
Actually, the clicking doesn't bother me so much. The bigger issue is the loose bezel. When I loosen the bezel to run in High or Max, it works about 2/3 of the time. The other times, I have to fiddle with it to get a solid contact between the threads. My tactical head has even gone into programming mode just from loosening the bezel. This is with new, clean threads. I figure the "bezel loosened" position is a bit of a gimmick to give us more modes to play with, but not practical for everyday use on High.
I'm not complaining, btw. I think the original quarks are a great first version, and pretty good value. These are just the parts that I think could be improved.