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    Default Show us your KROMA/PKEF/DARPA lights!

    I believe the KROMA/PKEF/DARPA lights are some of the coolest looking, yet underrated Surefires I've seen yet. Black HA, multi-color/multi-level output, great-looking optics, etc... I can't seem to get enough of them.

    So, if you have pics of your KROMA, DARPA, and/or PKEF lights, show 'em off!!!

    Here's my little collection so far:



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    My regular Kroma is already gone, but I (still) have my Kroma-Milspec with PK logo [now it´s sold too]:

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    This thread is really bad for me

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    Quote Originally Posted by DimeRazorback View Post
    This thread is really bad for me
    Agreed!
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    Default Re: Show us your KROMA/PKEF/DARPA lights!

    Here you go.







    Here is a old post with more pics, when i got my PKEF.
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...&postcount=398

    Compared to std Kroma
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...&postcount=422

    And when I got the Darpa body. Traded PKEF body to Dafab for it.
    http://www.candlepowerforums.com/vb/...&postcount=487
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    I've always loved the look of these SureFires. I don't think they'd be too useful for me though. At least that's what I tell myself whenever I get the itch to buy one
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1wrx7 View Post
    I've always loved the look of these SureFires. I don't think they'd be too useful for me though. At least that's what I tell myself whenever I get the itch to buy one
    That's what I told myself for a long time. I held out for years after the KROMA was released. Honestly, they are so very versatile that I wish I would have bought one a long time ago.

    The Turbo versions have completely different beam patterns from the KROMA due to the 5mm LED's in the Turbohead, which have lots of rings and artifacts. The KROMA has the 3mm LED's, which produce a MUCH smoother and even flood beam. Also, the KROMA having high and low output levels for each color are very useful, compared to single level output for the colors on the PKEF/DARPA Turbohead. (Milspec KROMA has twice as many colors, single level outputs only)

    All have high and low white main beams, just that the KROMA uses a LuxIII and the PKEF Turbohead uses a LuxV. Both use optics that produce beams similar to aspheric lenses, but with a small amount of spill.

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    My DARPA has high and low modes. Low= blue and IR. I thinknt has a low white too then at full pressthere is high white. Which pkef are you refering to?
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    Shortly after I got into lights, CPF had a pass around for the Kroma... it was a new light then. When DaFabricata had it I got to play with it.

    I thought it was was of the most innovative lights I had ever seen. Not to mention... I love HA-BK. Unfortunately I find every SF LED light needs to be modified for me to really love it. With a light like this, if I mod it and something goes wrong with the electronics... I'm screwed. If something goes wrong with the other SF's I've modded... I take them apart and put a little more $$$ into them to make them work again. Perfect example... the T1A. What a great design... but poorly executed. At least in the example I saw this weekend. Very blue... or purple... and completely out of focus. Nothing like the original Titan. Of course I could swap and shim the emmiter... but with the potentiometer... if something goes wrong I'm screwed.

    I'm not trying to bash these lights... they're great... just not for me. Thankfully here at CPF plenty of people will post pretty pictures for me to drool over. Keep them coming people... I want to see more

    BTW... thanks for trying to get me to stimulate the economy Socom1970... apperently you know I have a weakness for SureFire's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Solscud007 View Post
    My DARPA has high and low modes. Low= blue and IR. I thinknt has a low white too then at full pressthere is high white. Which pkef are you refering to?
    I'm referring to both of my PKEF's in the pictures. (Small fib regarding the pictures: the DARPA light is just the DARPA body with a PKEF B5K turbo head on it... not a true DARPA light, but it looks good in the picture. )

    You've got the DARPA equivalent of the PKEF C5K like I have. (BTW, if I am wrong about this, someone please correct me. I think I'm correct, though... )

    I have the PKEF B5K (Turbohead only) and the PKEF C5K. Both have a three-position selector ring.

    B5K: Low Blue (Pos. 1) or Low Red (Pos. 3), High White. (Pos. 2-Low White/High White)

    C5K: Low Blue (Pos. 1) or Low IR (Pos. 3), High White. (Pos. 2-Low White/High White)

    The brightnesses of the single Low levels are in-between the KROMA low and high levels, kind of like a medium brightness level.

    The High is always the White main beam on them. No High Level colors at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1wrx7 View Post
    BTW... thanks for trying to get me to stimulate the economy Socom1970... apparently you know I have a weakness for SureFire's.
    No Worries! Glad to try my hand at helping out! Chances are fair to good that if you are here, you probably have a weakness for Surefires.

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    Ahh so you were refering to low red/high red like the std kroma as well as low/high blue.

    Also my Darpa is technically a darpa. originally it was a PKEF. I just traded bodies to DAFab. One nice thing is that my darpa body markings match the head. DEF3C.

    DEF3 = turbo kroma.
    "C" = Blue/White/IR

    Here is a new pic. I picked up a M2 beam shaper. I didnt know this, but the M2 filter is the same as a M3 filter. the only difference is the rubber shroud that slips over the bezel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DimeRazorback View Post
    This thread is really bad for me

    Yeah... and even worse for your wallet!


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    Quote Originally Posted by EV_007 View Post


    The business end of the K2.
    OMG!!! That is a BEAUTIFUL shot of the K2 KROMA!!!

    Great photography job, EV_007!
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    Thanks, that was shot with a point and shoot in macro mode.
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    My new PK Kroma






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    So you're the one who bought it off of BST? Excellent!!! Great buy!

    You're lucky I'm strapped for funds right now or that PK beauty would be in my collection right now!

    Excellent light and thanks for posting it!

    BTW, DimeRazorback, the green LED's don't appear very bright in contrast to the other colors. Is this correct or are the pics a bit misleading?

    And what is the little plastic thing on the back of the tailcap? A tail-stander piece? Is it aftermarket or did it come with the light?
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    Thanks and no worries!

    They are actually yellow-green but I was in a hurry and didn't get a chance to make them look the correct colour

    They are certainly not as bright as the red or blue ones.

    The little piece on the tailcap is a tail standing mod.
    I also have the original piece

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    Quote Originally Posted by DimeRazorback View Post
    This thread is really bad for me
    I guess I'm partially to blame for you buying your little beauty, eh?

    You didn't have it at the time I started the thread, now look what happened!

    I wanted that one sooo badly... I'm glad you enjoy it!
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    I also bought a normal MilSpec Kroma the same day... it should be here soon

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    WOW!!!! Good for you!!!

    It's good to see some real appreciation for these "underdog" lights.
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    I really want a DARPA 5K now

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    Hey DimeRazorback!

    Check your PM's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DimeRazorback View Post
    I really want a DARPA 5K now

    Good luck. not too many Darpas runnin around. I had to piece mine together. Check with DAFAB he might still have some Darpa bodies. but be warned. the darpa bodies dont work very well. std K2 tailcaps dont work with the body. the UI gets all screwed up due to weird thread lengths. It works fine as a U2 host. There was a different tailcap, that SG no longer makes, that came with the DARPA lights. I dont have it. but I suspect it might solve the Darpa body problems.
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    Like Solscud007 said, they are VERY hard to find. By the way, notice they all have the Z59 click-on tailcaps, not the PKEF/KROMA-type twisties. That could explain the twisties not working on the DARPA bodies. My twisty did not work on my DARPA body, either.

    These DARPA lights, as shown below, are three versions that some of us know of so far. These are not mine and these are not my pictures. I don't know where I got the top pic. The two bottom pics were posted by CPF'er ATSUSMC, in one of the very few threads he posted back in 2007 and hasn't posted for a while.





    I wouldn't mind having the DEF2. That TIR optic is beautiful!
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    Actually the DARPA DEF3 have a prototype click dual stage tailcap. contrary to the picture. DARPA kromas have a special tailcap.
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