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    Party 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    I know that this subject has been asked before but now with some of the new user interfaces on the market, favorites might have changed. It seems that there are basically two schools of thought here: 1: more options and resulting complexity or, 2: simplify but provide few light levels and options.

    OK, I will start:

    1. Surefire Titan T1A - infinite variable brightness with just a twist of the head
    2. ARC 6 - refined 3-level PD
    3. Mr. Bulk Lion cub - side push button

    Although I do like variable brightness, I also like the KISS principal applied in a well thought out logical fashion. Disclaimer, there are many lights on the market with different UIs, I don't own them so can't comment on their operation.

    What are your three most favorite UIs and why?

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    Last edited by MY; 09-13-2009 at 08:47 PM.
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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    Based on my current lights:

    LiteFlux LF2XT and LF3XT UI
    Photon Proton and ReX UI
    Surefire L1 or NiteCore EZAA (two stage)

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. HDS/NovaTac/Ra
    2. Surefire Titan
    3. Surefire L1/L2 2-stage.



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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    Fenix TK series (10,11,20)

    Surefire A2 L2 L1 two stage

    Quark Tactical

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    Big lights: Eagletac M2XC4 (selector ring needs work but closest there is atm)
    Medium lights: Surefire L1/L2
    Small lights: Liteflux LF2X (not LF2XT)

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    Thanks for the replies. It would be interesting to describe in a few words why the UI is particularly appealing to you!

    Regards.
    Last edited by MY; 09-13-2009 at 08:46 PM.
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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    Nitecore DX/EX - low low, variable brightness and NO disco modes!

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. JETBEAM III PRO IBS
    2. FENIX TK SERIES and EAGLETAC P/T100C2
    3. SUREFIRE E1B

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. McGizmo 'PD' - press for low/flood, press harder for high/throw (depending on model of course)
    2. Surefire Titan - infinitely adjustable simple twisty
    3. Novatac/HDS/Ra - set the 4 levels how you want them

    honorable mention: Quark Tactical & Jet-III M

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. HDS/Novatac/Ra: 4 easily accessed levels of my choosing
    2. Surefire Titan: Infinitely variable output
    3. Photon Proton: Ramp up or down to any level; extra flashing functions are out of the way.



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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. Mr. Bulk LionHeart (V2)
    2. Surefire U2
    3. Novatac

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. SureFire A2/L1/L2/LX2
    2. SureFire U2
    3. Muyshont Aeon/Nautilus
    Last edited by Outdoors Fanatic; 09-14-2009 at 06:24 AM.

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. Surefire T1/T1A
    2. Surefire U2/Fenix TA21
    3. Surefire A2/L1/LX2

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    #1 - Zebralight H501


    - soft-touch button
    - quick tap to turn on in High mode
    - slow tap to turn on in Low mode
    - hold to cycle thru modes
    - double-click for hidden modes


    There is no point in me listing a #2 or #3. No other light I own comes close to this good a UI.

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    Jetbeam's IBS UI : great flexibility in programming, no disco modes unless i want them, can change from lo-med-hi to hi-lo-med to strobe-med-lo etc etc ad infinitum

    Nitecore's EX10 - instantly accessible min - hi and still have the flexibility of ramping up or down as needed

    Any twisty 2 mode where i tighten for lo, tighten more for high (also like my LD01 where it comes on in med (most used) then low then max)
    Last edited by hyperloop; 09-14-2009 at 01:31 AM.
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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    Seems like there are a lot of Surefire UI fans out there!

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    McGizmo PD - light press = low, hard press = high, or you can twist.
    Nitecore PD - tap once for on, tap again for off, tap+hold for brightness adjustment.
    Single-level Twisty - tighten for on, loosen for off.

    When I come from, flashlights always had two modes (on and off) and infinite brightness adjustment (dimming due to low batteries). I accept nothing less in my new flashlights.

    Seriously though, I have almost no use for multiple modes, and to the extent that I do, it's usually in applications that vary so widely that it isn't appropriate to use the same flashlight -- I would never whip out one of my Gizmos to light the lock on my mailbox or the cables on the back of my computer, for example; for that I use something smaller that I know I'll always have with me, like a Wee or an Eiger. Maybe things would be different if I were a sexy international man of action, but I'm just a 9-to-5 man of reasonable attractiveness.

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    McGizmo PD- simple and intuitive.
    Ra Twisty - simple and intuitive.

    I personally never found any of the UI's I have used in the past to be overly complex but the two I listed are my favourites. What I mean by intuitive is they work like other things such and volume knobs. Turn it for on turn more for brighter. The piston on the McGizmo is the same. Push for on push more for brighter.
    I'd rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1) Nitecore Extreme or Nitecore Defender Infinity
    2) Nitecore SR3, Jetbeam RRT-2, or other selector ring
    3) SF L1/L2

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1) Nitecore EX10 - cant get any simpler or flexible than that...
    2) Jetbeam Jet III w/IBS - any 3 modes you want, any order
    3) Olight Infinitum - good for variable output, stobe is a bummer
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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    SF L1/L2/A2 (same as PD)
    SF U2
    anything else with a click on/off single mode light.

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    low-med-high.
    If and when the the big dookie hits the fan, and global chaos ensues, i want a couple of quality AA lights within reach.

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. Novatac
    2. Ra Twisty
    3. S.F. L1


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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. d2dim, ex10 - full ramping.
    2. spy, peak fr1000a - twist the knob.
    3. single level twisty.

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. Ex10
    2. Quark Tactical
    3. Milky Acorn L1 (Normal L1 , 40+ clicks for miser)

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. SureFire L1/LX2/etc.

    2. NiteCore EZ/SureFire Titan (not identical, I know, but the principle is the same, whether there are two brightnesses or a thousand)

    3. Single mode twisty/momentary (possibly single mode forward clicky as an alternative)

    There are some other good or innovative UIs out there, like the D10/EX10, or the SF Kroma, among others, but I'll really only fall in love with a light if it's DEAD simple, intuitive, and reasonably easy to operate with a single hand. I like my lights to be ones that my non-technically inclined 90 year-old grandmother could figure out on her own. Ones that don't require even the slightest hint of brainpower to operate when the need is urgent.

    Beyond that, it's also VERY nice not to have to cycle through modes to get your desired level of output. Now, for a specific purpose, I'll make exceptions to any of the above, but such a light would be bound to see use in only that purpose, and not be a go-to light for anything else.

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    I'm suprised nobody mentioned the Legion II yet, I find that UI excellent for a powerful, multi-level light -- you can ramp up and down, check battery level and access two favourite modes, all with just one thumb! The only downside is for "tactical-oriented" use, when hloding the light overhead would make using such an UI cumbersome.

    Second would be the Ra Clicky UI, after using it for a while it becomes natural to access any of the stored modes, and programming it is not very difficult while allowing endless customization.

    The third would be a very simple, "on/off" UI, I think that's best for emergency lights and ones used by non-flashaholics alike, for example the Fenix E20.

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    Seems like there is a lot of love for PD variations and variable output twisty knobs! Not much love yet for UIs that have disco light options (although I know that for some uses, the flashes and strobes are important).

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. Surefire U2
    2. Surefire U2
    3. Surefire U2

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    Default Re: 3 most favorite flashlight UIs (user interfaces)

    1. Surefire U2
    2. Novatac/HDS/Ra
    3. L1/L2/A2... (although I prefer clickie interfaces)
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