- May 13, 2012
Email sent! Thanks Don.
Yeah, the sapphire crystals are not water clear and the thick Makai window as well as the SunDrop sapphire lens will show what I guess are inclusions and imperfections within when subject to a strong light source.
I had assumed (incorrectly it seems) that the haze had something to do with the larger hole in the reflector of the Makai and the way the light reflects into the window.
Like De-Fab, I also noted that the haze does not occur in the Aleph-3 heads which are very similar and also take 3mm thick sapphire lenses. (The Aleph-3 reflector is slightly different from the Makai reflector though)
You are probably right about the reflector involved and how it affects the light as it enters the window. I don't have an Aleph 3 with a sapphire window so I can't make note of it. Mine all have the stock glass windows. I do have a HD 45 with a sapphire window and it doesn't have the same image from the side as the Makai does. Whatever the cause, it is common to every Makai I have built. :shrug:
Out of curiosity, what is the difference between the Makai reflector and the "standard" McR38?I have just tried a Makai reflector in an Aleph-3 head with an ordinary anti-reflective glass lens and the apparent "haze" on the glass window is there.
Once replaced with a conventional McR38 and its no longer there.
So it does appear to be the Makai reflector itself that causes this phenomenon.
Out of curiosity, what is the difference between the Makai reflector and the "standard" McR38?
The XPG2 and 119V light engines I build also have very tight and concentrated beams in the Makai reflector. Is the die in the XPL smaller than the XPG2? I have a full plate with all of the options I presently offer so am not anxious to add more inventory and expense. I still offer the Makai and with the HIVE converter, it can be host to a reasonably powerful light engine driven by a RCR123 or 14500 Li-Ion in smaller power pak than the 2x123. The Makai is not a common request though.
Is the 6V Makai still available? I saw a comment that the driver was discontinued.