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    An interesting list of goodies that includes the Haiku. http://www.alexkwa.com/mcgizmo-haiku/

    Received my XML Haiku yesterday and love it. Already have a Hi CRI Mule and a Sundrop for use in photography but needed something stronger for night walks with the new dog (she's a Gordon Setter and is a BIG runner) The Haiku is working out great so far. Tremendous light output. Amazingly well balanced between spot and fill.

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    I have one on order. Seems lie it is enjoying a week in Hololulu before continuing on its journey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Launch Mini View Post
    I have one on order. Seems lie it is enjoying a week in Hololulu before continuing on its journey.
    More likely, it is sitting in customs. I've now ordered 3 McGizmos and have received each one within 3 days. Of course, no customes.

    The McGizmo flashlights fill a very specific requirement that I have in a flashlight (ie 1/4" x 20 mounting) and was initially put off by the price. Now, after using a Hi CRI Mule and Sundrop in my photography with great success, I now consider the McGizmo flashlights as some of my very best gear ( which includes a Nikon D4) and well worth the money.

    The difference between the Haiku and my other high power flashlights (Surefire E2D, etc) is beyond any expectation I had. Whereas the other flashlights put a spot on the dog the outside area is so poorly lit it creates a tunnel vision. With the XML Haiku, it's close to turning on a room light switch. The dog is still well lit but now the entire scene can be seen. No more tunnel vision. When working with a dog at night, being able to see the dog and where you are walking at the same time is invaluable.

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    I know it's customs. Regular mail. I've got an XPG one already. Looking forward to this one. For nighttime dog walks. Off to the cabin this weekend, would have been fun to play other th ne one.. Will have to wait for next trip

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    If I missed this answer, sorry. What are the lumen outputs for the three levels in the XM-L?

    Also, if I buy the XM-L can I later buy the High CRI head only and use on the XM-L light?

    Finally, does anyone pocket carry the 2x123 XM-L or is it too long for comfortable carry? If so, what are the three lumen levels for this light?

    Thanks, never owned a custom light, but love my many Surefire's. Very interested in these lights.
    Steve
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    I can't give you exact figures of the lumens but I can tell you that all current McGizmos are surefire e series compatible.
    To answer your question about using another head on your existing McClicky Pak is a definite yes. You can even put any e series head on it.

    If you are referring to the Light Engine, then there are various intricacies depending on emitter and reflector arrangements. Especially for the Haiku.

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    Quote Originally Posted by P7rancher View Post
    If I missed this answer, sorry. What are the lumen outputs for the three levels in the XM-L?

    Also, if I buy the XM-L can I later buy the High CRI head only and use on the XM-L light?

    Finally, does anyone pocket carry the 2x123 XM-L or is it too long for comfortable carry? If so, what are the three lumen levels for this light?

    Thanks, never owned a custom light, but love my many Surefire's. Very interested in these lights.
    Steve
    Thanks Benchiew. Would really appreciate an answer to the lumen outputs at the three levels. Any answers please????
    Steve

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    Don doesn't publish outputs, only drive levels. IIRC though, it is probably something like 15, 80, 200 lms, or thereabouts. Pretty nicely spaced tri-level UI.

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    Thank you nbp!

    One more question.....

    Is there only one finish option on the Titanium Haiku?
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    You could email Don to ask if he has any beadblasted bodies left but those have been basically discontinued. The plain machined finish is standard now.

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    nbp, in your judgement is the 2x123 XM-L a pocketable light and what IIRC would the lumens run? I like the idea of more lumens and longer run times. Thank you for answering my questions.
    Steve

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    I dont really know lumen output but i can say the 2x123 light is very pocketable and i carry my 2x123 haiku quite a bit without any problems or feeling inconvenienced.

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    Im at work and dont have the haiku with me but here is a pic for reference. The knife is a small sebenza. Its a 2.75" blade. Maybe that helps. That was really quite a small knife.

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    I have not had the pleasure of owning any of the 2x123 Paks from Don, only 1x123, but occasionally have carried other 18650 lights clipped in my pocket and I think they are OK unless you wear very tight pants. Personally, 1x123 is my favorite EDC size though. As for lumens, I dunno....more than what I said before. Haha. You could try referencing his drive levels with the XM-L datasheets I suppose.

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    E-mail sent! Thanks, Don.

    Looking forward to joining the McGizmo club.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLai View Post
    E-mail sent! Thanks, Don.

    Looking forward to joining the McGizmo club.
    And you would not regret....I am enjoying using it everyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benchiew View Post
    And you would not regret....I am enjoying using it everyday.
    Now I just need to research the different mods people are doing...

    Also debating if I should get RCR123s and a charger, or blow through my more than ample supply of SF primaries.

    I can see how this is going to be a slippery slope.

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    You will get meaningful runtime with Don's lights. So use your primary if you have loads of them.

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    Nice! Thanks.

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    Out of curiosity, does anyone make a metal button for the 3S (similar to how the PD buttons look)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLai View Post
    Out of curiosity, does anyone make a metal button for the 3S (similar to how the PD buttons look)?
    Not at this time, no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JLai View Post
    Out of curiosity, does anyone make a metal button for the 3S (similar to how the PD buttons look)?
    Can't say that I have seen one.

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    Oh well...Maybe in the future. They look amazing.

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    Just received the light! It's so much smaller than I imagined. Pretty amazing little thing and very well built.

    Glad to finally join the club. I'm sure this won't be my last one.

    Edit:
    On a side note, are fluorosilicone o-rings compatible with the Haiku? Has anyone changed the front o-ring to a different color?

    Also, are there instructions on how to take the Haiku completely apart and clean? I wasn't sure what parts need lube (ala threads?)...but was planning to use nano-oil. Thoughts?
    Last edited by JLai; 12-29-2012 at 02:21 PM.

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    Email sent!! Looking forward to owning my very first McGizmo!!

    Thanks, Don!!

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    I just ordered my first light from Don which is a Haiku XM-L for EDC. Thanks to all of you and to Don himself for helping me decide which configuration to go with. I'm counting the minutes for it to arrive.

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    Does anybody know the color temp of the Haiku XM-L?

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    Quote Originally Posted by the badger View Post
    Does anybody know the color temp of the Haiku XM-L?
    Using my eye as a meter, I say between 6000-6500k

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    I ordered my first McGizmo! Haiku XML 6V Now the waiting begins!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1967 View Post
    I ordered my first McGizmo! Haiku XML 6V Now the waiting begins!
    With Don, you hardly need to wait. Ok, I was exaggerating a little but it seems almost instantaneous.
    The love of light is the reason why I don't walk in darkness. But darkness has it's beauty...Sadly, my lights are much more beautiful!!
    Beam shots Night Trekking with HDS high CRI and McGizmo Haiku & Mule high CRI

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