- Mar 22, 2013
- Southern Ontario
You forgot about the sunwayman v11r(I think)The best UI of all time is NO UI !!!
The rotary brightness adjustment is the most ingenious and effortlessly intuitive method of flashlight control I've ever experienced. Instant one-handed infinitely variable control with zero learning curve.
The venerable RRT01 employs it beautifully with the control ring on the light's "neck" for perfectly natural finger adjustment. It's an absolute joy in real world use and great for an EDC. Also tied for world champion most easily dialed in sub sub lumen extreme low output which is phenomenal for fully dark adapted vision, where very little output goes a surprisingly long way. Like waking up middle of the night and really dark places.
For many years I have wish listed an HDS rotary but it has been a bit beyond financial reach and used ones sell out in milliseconds. I had several of the old school HDS (Ultimate 60 XR GT) way back when and absolutely loved them. So the Rotary should be a Grail Light for me except for one stickler issue: I'm a huge pocket clip carry guy and apparently there's no good solution for the Rotary even though HDS offers the (silly expensive $60) Universal Clip which users here tend to condemn, though I've never seen pictures. Anyone that can advise me on this your suggestions are appreciated.
So as a much more affordable rotary control experience the RRT01 is just magic. I obtained mine from US based Batteryjunction.com. Also for Christmas obtained a Vinh Skylumen version with a 5000K SFT40 which I am over the moon(light) happy with.
However, Jon didn't mention the best kept secret in rotary (twisty) control (which shouldn't be a secret) the exquisitely crafted FrazLabs QT Nugget series of lights. I recently acquired stainless steel and aluminum versions of their 18650 sized QT Nugget and they are unlike any other I own and became instant favorites. The tie for world champion sub lumen performance. I can't stress enough how wonderfully simple the "twist for brighter or dimmer" method is when using the light in everyday conditions. It's a mystery to me why this method is not used in more light designs, it's a fantastic pure analog feel. No flashlight enthusiast should be without a FrazLabs model.
Finally just a mention of the only other rotary brightness control light I know of: the legacy (discontinued but still around,) Nitecore SRT7GT and its current production successor SRT7i (with SFT70). The older model with a brightness ring around the "neck" and the current model with a rotary knob on its tailswitch.
Last but not least an appeal for anyone willing to sell me my Grail: an HDS Rotary with 219B SW45K... please pm me.
Happy New Year CPF !!!
(and Cheers for Jon Slider, you're the best!)