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    Default Am I the only one to have preordered the HDS Twistie?

    This looks like it might be pretty close to an ideal EDC light for me, although beating the SF L1 for that is going to be a trick! I just hope it comes in a reasonable amount of time!

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    Default Re: Am I the only one to have preordered the HDS Twistie?

    Yup I've got a TR70 on preorder. I can't wait to try it out on a late night walk with my pitbull! The red/white LED feature sounds awesome as well for morning/midnight house movement!


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    Default Re: Am I the only one to have preordered the HDS Twistie?

    Owning two HDS EDC Ultimates and a NovaTac 120P, I like their UI and the diversity of light setups. The HDS Hompage says "other products coming soon ..." So I am not in a hurry, I'll wait for Henrys next strike.

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    Default Re: Am I the only one to have preordered the HDS Twistie?

    I preordered one. I like twisties and the levels are where I like them. Appearance does not bother me either.
    I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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    Default Re: Am I the only one to have preordered the HDS Twistie?

    i preordered a TR70. first because its a hds and it just has to be a great light second because there is no way that I'm going to miss the boat on these just in case there is some problem with hds down the road.
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    I pre-ordered the 100 . still debating if I should switch to the 70 with low red. The only thing holding me back is the quality of the red, if it is gonna be a mishapen beam with alot of rings/artifacts or smooth and sorta floody. If the red was really "crappy" I think the low white would be better for me. I think once again alot on CPF wait until the lights are in others hands before buying. Though I myself tend to be overly cautious in life, with flashlights I can't help myself and usually take the plunge (especially on a manufacturer like HDS)if I have the $ to cover it. I just really like the thought that went into the reliability of the Twisty. Though I would have liked the option to go briter, and a 4th level would have been nice, 3 should be sufficient

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    Default Re: Am I the only one to have preordered the HDS Twistie?

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeLip View Post
    This looks like it might be pretty close to an ideal EDC light for me, although beating the SF L1 for that is going to be a trick!
    I pre-ordered the 100. The L1 is a great light, but the killer for me is Surefire doesn't embrace rechargeable cells.

    I have an A2, U2, and e2e. They are great lights. but if you really use them a lot, you run through lots of cells.

    At this point I prioritize my purchases toward manufacturers who actively support rechargeable cells.

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    I've got a TR70 on the way (eventually). The way I figure it is that I already have the superbright high programmable clickie Novatac 120P, so the Tr70 will be a nice change of pace: twistie, bombproof, simpler UI, less bright but potentially more reliable LED, red night vision preserving etc etc.

    I'm hoping I get it by xmas!
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    Default Re: Am I the only one to have preordered the HDS Twistie?

    I also pre-ordered the 100. Can't wait to get it!

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    I'm waiting for reviews and beamshots. I like the idea of 100 lumens and a wider beam, but I love red led's. The more I think about these lights the more I want one. As long as they are about as good as his old EDC's (and I can't imagine them not being as good), I'm probably in for at least one.

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    I tried to resist - wait and read reviews. That failed (given my previous HDS experience, I'm sure that Henry won't disapoint!)

    Last week, I made the choice of white only ultra rugged. If it gets dropped 20 feet onto concrete, I'm betting that it will still work :-)

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    Preordered for the TR70

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    Default Re: Am I the only one to have preordered the HDS Twistie?

    Is there a difference in the LED they use??
    the 70 has a more reliable LED than the 100???

    Also, even though its 100 is it comparable to the nova's 120 brightness?
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    Default Re: Am I the only one to have preordered the HDS Twistie?

    I have also preordered the 100.

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    Default Re: Am I the only one to have preordered the HDS Twistie?

    I'm going to sit back and wait for reviews. I'm very interested in the red one, but am saddened by the fact that the red option doesn't go bright enough (yea yea don't flame me). I need more information on the LEDs and whats going on in there before I make a decision. If there had been only one model I probably would have pre ordered. But with multiple models, and me knowing that I likely won't get all of them, I will wait and make the best decision I can.
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    Savage, there is a different LED used in the 3 models. It's just not clear exactly what is being used on the extra "reliable" models. I was thinking a SSC for the 100 model but we won't know until people get them and take a look.

    There should not be a noticeable diiference between the Novatacs stated 120 lumens and the HDS 100 lumens. If you had both side by side and spent sometime really glaring at the two beams on a white wall and kept turning them on/off,on/off you may see the slightest difference but most would not see any difference. And the runtime and level of output on the HDS is going to be significantly improved because of this slight difference. It will have a flatter,longer discharge rate and actually maintain a true 100 lumens out the front for longer just by running at a bit lower. Though I myself have always been a sucker for the britest output, as of late my theories have begun to change and become more "refined" towards details like these.

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    Default Re: Am I the only one to have preordered the HDS Twistie?

    I'm coming closer and closer to ordering one-- especially because I've been unable to fix the intermittent, prolonged pulsing of my NovaTac 120P's. I am having trouble deciding on which HDS model to buy, however-- it is my belief, based on the posts by others and by Henry on CPF, that the ultra-reliable LED is probably the SSC. Some have commented that the Cree's tend to fall apart more often then the SSC, and Henry made a comment (I'm paraphrasing) indicating that the maker of the ultra-reliable LED goes to pains with the contruction to make sure the risk of that is minimized. I'm thinking that the Cree is probably more efficient, based on the comments of others in CPF. Of course, I could have misinterpreted the information I've seen.

    I'm just summarizing the thoughts of others here, as I'm not claiming the expertise to judge the differences and relative qualities of the LED's myself.
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    I'll probably buy a tr70 but don't see much point to preordering. Projects like this are fraught with delays so I'll wait til lights are actually available before coughing up the cash. If that means I don't get one of the very first lights off the line and I have to wait a little longer than those who preordered, I can live with that. It's not like I'm short of flashlights as it is.

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    I was actually thinking the opposite only because Henry had stated the 100 model has a "wider" beam and the 70 series is a more "narrow" beam. SSC seem to be floodier and Crees more of a thrower? Maybe the "reliable" led is a special CREE model with a glued dome and Beefier construction of some sort?

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    Default Re: Am I the only one to have preordered the HDS Twistie?

    Just preordered from BatteryStation. FYI, Kevin @ BS says the allotted preorder qty is nearly sold out! Get in now!
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