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    I've added the link to post #1,
    also updated the torpedo manual to make some things a little more obvious
    (and corrected the date, thanks joe)

    The link will stay the same, I'll just be updating the content on it.

    tgwnn

    p.s. no sign of the new Core Ti's so I'll aim to work on the Torpedo Update today (means the middle of the night).

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    Catching up after a few days away. I see in the draft manual, it lists the Cree XM-L T6/T5. Not being that "up" on LED's, what color temps are these and at what point will a final selection be made?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BVH View Post
    Catching up after a few days away. I see in the draft manual, it lists the Cree XM-L T6/T5. Not being that "up" on LED's, what color temps are these and at what point will a final selection be made?
    Hi BVH,

    For the proto, planning to have one of each of:
    T6 5000K
    T5 4500K

    Then for production, depending on availability, either or both.
    Once I have the proto and some beam shots, planning to make the final decision but as long as there is no major cost difference,
    I'm happy to have both (and possibly one other).

    tgwnn

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    hey guy,

    I just read the manual, it's looking very nice, but you might want to include a page on how to actually use the light

    You said you corrected the date but it's still saying 2012

    And eneloops are NiMH batteries, too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helmut.G View Post
    hey guy,

    I just read the manual, it's looking very nice, but you might want to include a page on how to actually use the light
    You said you corrected the date but it's still saying 2012
    And eneloops are NiMH batteries, too
    Thanks for the feedback.

    About "how to use", yes of course, its coming....
    its listed in the contents as p5,6 but need to complete it.

    About the date....
    Let me try again

    About eneloops & NiMH, yes of course, I realize, but not sure if a non-flashaholic will, so providing a "safe" & familiar brand they will recognize and that I plan to test in the final version seems to make sense though I will review the manual again closely once the final version is ready.

    tgwnn

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    Eneloops are currently listed as 1.5v instead of 1.2v.

    And just as feedback, to me 'Adjustable 4 mode output' implies user adjustable, 'Self-adjusting 4 mode output' reads better (and possibly sounds more user friendly for non-flashaholics).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MT_155 View Post
    Eneloops are currently listed as 1.5v instead of 1.2v.

    And just as feedback, to me 'Adjustable 4 mode output' implies user adjustable, 'Self-adjusting 4 mode output' reads better (and possibly sounds more user friendly for non-flashaholics).
    Thanks for the feedback Mt_155,
    appreciated of course.

    I do still have the eneloops listed at 1.5V (I'll be checking all the datasheets for exact specs for the final version).

    I can see I'm going to be getting into a bind here but very glad to have all the feedback
    To me, "self-adjusting" would seem to imply that the light adjusts itself (but I'm on the crazy side).
    Maybe just better to say 4 modes (or 4 levels of brightness) and leave out "adjustable",
    but this will become clearer of course once the pages of "how to operate" are done.

    Again, please do treat the manual as a rough draft (the main purpose was for me to try and get all the basic info together, in some kind of legible format) but the exact wording and specs are still not final by any means, but as I had the draft started, was a quick way to post the current status.

    Feedback of course is welcomed from everybody.


    tgwnn

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    Default Re: 500 Lumen - AAA Flashlight (photos) - Work In Progress

    tgwnn, you are a kind and patient soul.
    I'm a guy- we guys don't usually read instructions & often lights come with unintelligible translations from Chinese so I think your idea to simplify the instructions is a great idea. Just don't expect me to read it (I feel from following this thread as though I have an intimate knowledge of how this baby is going to work already)
    Keep up the great work!
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    Quote Originally Posted by the_guy_with_no_name View Post
    I do still have the eneloops listed at 1.5V (I'll be checking all the datasheets for exact specs for the final version).
    Manual looks great so far, awesome idea releasing a draft. I would list "AAA NiMH 1.2 V" and maybe after that "(Sanyo Eneloop Recommended)". Eneloops are 1.2v LSD NiMH cells. They are probably my favorite battery out there. I'm not sure how others (e.g. Duracell, Energizer, etc.) will stack up to the Eneloops with the discharge rate that the torpedo will need, and could result in decreased performance specs. Maybe you can test a fully charged Eneloop and another AAA NiMH if possible and include both results. The specs could be very similar, but where the Eneloop stands out is it is low-self discharge as well. I know you have all ready addressed this I just wanted to provide my feedback.

    I have a random question as well. Will the torpedo's electronics be potted? I plan on getting a Torpedo regardless I was just curious.
    Last edited by TyJo; 12-03-2011 at 10:13 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottyhazzard View Post
    tgwnn, you are a kind and patient soul.
    I'm a guy- we guys don't usually read instructions & often lights come with unintelligible translations from Chinese so I think your idea to simplify the instructions is a great idea. Just don't expect me to read it (I feel from following this thread as though I have an intimate knowledge of how this baby is going to work already)
    Keep up the great work!
    Thanks scottyhazard,

    I'm sure you will get by just fine without reading it
    The UI is simple and intuitive (as long as you know there is a selector ring) and as for batteries, I hope the torpedo will run on whatever you feed it.
    I too have received many a manual that seems like it was made with a really old version of google-translate so hoping for something a little better. I should say the exact format is not final yet (whether its a booklet or folded sheet,etc) as all the small additions and tweaks have slowly and surely had an impact on the cost and I still want to deliver this at the target price.

    Quote Originally Posted by TyJo View Post
    Manual looks great so far, awesome idea releasing a draft. I would list "AAA NiMH 1.2 V" and maybe after that "(Sanyo Eneloop Recommended)". Eneloops are 1.2v LSD NiMH cells. They are probably my favorite battery out there. I'm not sure how others (e.g. Duracell, Energizer, etc.) will stack up to the Eneloops with the discharge rate that the torpedo will need, and could result in decreased performance specs. Maybe you can test a fully charged Eneloop and another AAA NiMH if possible and include both results. The specs could be very similar, but where the Eneloop stands out is it is low-self discharge as well. I know you have all ready addressed this I just wanted to provide my feedback.

    I have a random question as well. Will the torpedo's electronics be potted? I plan on getting a Torpedo regardless I was just curious.
    Thanks TyJo,
    >>AAA NiMH 1.2 V (Sanyo Eneloop Recommended)
    That's a good idea

    A lot of people do seem to love their "Eneloops"!
    As mentioned (I think), I will be testing Eneloops in the proto so I can give an idea of expected performance.

    About the potted electronics, yes, that is my plan.
    Will need to see how it all fits together (and take into account the thermal sensor) but we need to make sure nothing comes loose or moves around to ensure consistent performance of the sensors with the selector ring. With the small and limited amount of space, I don't think there will be any room for movement, but I have told our team to aim for bomb-proof.

    tgwnn

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    Awesome. Can't wait to see a working prototype when you get one.
    Last edited by TyJo; 12-03-2011 at 07:58 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TyJo View Post
    Awesome. Can't wait to see a working prototype when you get one.
    Thanks,
    me too actually

    The pcb/driver is running behind schedule (size issues) so that puts the proto about two weeks away.

    tgwnn

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    A quick note to say I received an early proto of the adjustable body.
    Very very cool (if I do say so myself)

    I'll post some photo's a little later.
    I thought it was just the small body (without the adjustable part) until I accidentally discovered it was adjustable.
    Totally stealth!

    tgwnn

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_guy_with_no_name
    A quick note to say I received an early proto of the adjustable body.
    Very very cool (if I do say so myself)

    I'll post some photo's a little later.
    I thought it was just the small body (without the adjustable part) until I accidentally discovered it was adjustable.
    Totally stealth!

    tgwnn
    Sounds awesome. For some reason I haven't been receiving the email updates. Are we still aiming for crimbo or is it going to be the new year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_guy_with_no_name View Post
    A quick note to say I received an early proto of the adjustable body.
    Very very cool (if I do say so myself)

    I'll post some photo's a little later.
    I thought it was just the small body (without the adjustable part) until I accidentally discovered it was adjustable.
    Totally stealth!

    tgwnn
    Can't wait to see the photos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acid87 View Post
    Sounds awesome. For some reason I haven't been receiving the email updates. Are we still aiming for crimbo or is it going to be the new year.
    Hi Acid,

    Feels like we are playing tag between the threads

    I haven't sent out one for the Torpedo yet this month, soon though.
    I want to finalize the clip proto first as well as a mountain load of other things to get done.

    As the driver (the pcb kind) was held up, current target for the working proto is Dec 20, which means its looking like January is the month for both the Core Ti and the Torpedo.

    Almost morning again here but let me take a quick photo of the short/adjustable body and post it.
    Playing with it is very 007 like. Its totally a concealed secret.

    ...and of course, that final something special is in the works too!

    tgwnn

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    In for pics and maybe a simple video showing how the body works if at all possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Diablo_331 View Post
    In for pics and maybe a simple video showing how the body works if at all possible.
    +1

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    Quote Originally Posted by jalal20 View Post
    +1
    +2. A video is worth a thousand pictures (If possible of course )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diablo_331 View Post
    In for pics and maybe a simple video showing how the body works if at all possible.
    Quote Originally Posted by jalal20 View Post
    +1
    Quote Originally Posted by euroken View Post
    Can't wait to see the photos!
    Quote Originally Posted by Zenbaas View Post
    +2. A video is worth a thousand pictures (If possible of course )

    Thanks guys,

    I took some photos ready to upload and then CPF went on its usual time-out binge so could not post.


    The basic mechanism is that the outer shell of the adjustable body has threads along the inside,
    so just keep turning to get to the required size.

    I'm considering some adjustments to that so you dont have to turn 25 times to fully extend, but for the most part,
    this should be considered an emergency feature so you are not doing it ever 30 minutes, rather once every xxx.

    so just quickly here are some pics.....




    BELOW: (left to right) head, AAA body, Adjustable body







    BELOW: (from top to bottom) AAA battery, AAA body, Adjustable body (slightly extended), 10250 battery








    BELOW: (from top to bottom) AAA battery, AAA body, Adjustable body (extended to AAA size), 10250 battery



    Will see what I can do about a video sometime soon though the concept is simple,
    loosen to extend, tighten to shorten.
    There will be a contact spring inside the tail and an o-ring at the base end (near the tail) of the inner shell,
    which should keep the tension nicely in extended position too.

    gotta run...
    tgwnn

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    All I can say is...COOL!

    I'm in for 2 at least at this point...probably would have done a few more for christmas gifts, but maybe next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jseklund View Post
    All I can say is...COOL!

    I'm in for 2 at least at this point...probably would have done a few more for christmas gifts, but maybe next year.
    Thanks

    I'm counting the seconds... as I can not wait to get my hands on the working proto #1
    Sorry I can't make it in time for Santa's sack, though I am working hard on every single detail.

    Hoping to be able to share the clip design by next week.
    Currently checking on if it will be strong enough.

    I found a clip that fits, and is very thick and sturdy but ugly so as usual,
    designing from the ground up, the perfect Torpedo clip!

    tgwnn

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    Cheers guy,

    The light looks pretty awesome. I'm pretty sure I'll be skins in January because of the two lights. Looking forward to it.

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    Adjustable body? That is sooo freaking cool!

    You gotta know that most people probably fumble their light's unused parts (o-rings, extender tubes,etc) almost as soon as they get them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Acid87 View Post
    Cheers guy,

    The light looks pretty awesome. I'm pretty sure I'll be skins in January because of the two lights. Looking forward to it.
    Thanks Acid,
    Hopefully you dont have to sell your clothes for this

    Quote Originally Posted by joe1512 View Post
    Adjustable body? That is sooo freaking cool!

    You gotta know that most people probably fumble their light's unused parts (o-rings, extender tubes,etc) almost as soon as they get them.
    Thanks Joe,

    The nice thing is if you want to use the short version, you dont have to worry about carrying any spare parts for emergencies,
    everything you need is in that cool little package

    tgwnn

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    Still watching.. love your approach to this, very impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AutoTech View Post
    Still watching.. love your approach to this, very impressive.
    Thanks AutoTech,

    We are nearly there.....

    Working on clip design at the moment,
    with a way to lock the clip but still keep it reversible,
    no tools required and speedy too.

    I hope to post the design early next week.

    tgwnn

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_guy_with_no_name View Post
    Thanks AutoTech,

    We are nearly there.....

    Working on clip design at the moment,
    with a way to lock the clip but still keep it reversible,
    no tools required and speedy too.

    I hope to post the design early next week.

    tgwnn
    how about some photos of the full light, also I didn't read all the thread but would like to know why did u have 2 types of bodies, one only AAA and the other accommodates both batteries, won't the second one be enough or just one body for each battery type? I dunno if am making sense here

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    Quote Originally Posted by jalal20 View Post
    how about some photos of the full light, also I didn't read all the thread but would like to know why did u have 2 types of bodies, one only AAA and the other accommodates both batteries, won't the second one be enough or just one body for each battery type? I dunno if am making sense here
    Hi Jalal,

    The full light (means working light?) will be ready in about 10 days.
    We are waiting for the driver to be completed, then we can assemble everything,
    and I will of course be posting photos.

    About the 2 bodies,
    The adjustable body can handle AAA's but if you are primarily going to use the torpedo with a AAA size battery,
    then the AAA body will be more robust (thicker walls) in that form factor.

    The adjustable body is primarily for 10250/80's but will work fine with AAA's too,
    and so far it feels sturdy enough but I still need to test the next version with AAA's and see how it feels/performs.
    The main purpose of the adjustable body is so that you can use AAA's with confidence if needed, without having to carry any spare parts.

    I dont know if I'm making any sense either but hopefully you get it

    tgwnn

    p.s. the clip images (graphics) are looking very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by the_guy_with_no_name View Post
    Hi Jalal,

    The full light (means working light?) will be ready in about 10 days.
    We are waiting for the driver to be completed, then we can assemble everything,
    and I will of course be posting photos.

    About the 2 bodies,
    The adjustable body can handle AAA's but if you are primarily going to use the torpedo with a AAA size battery,
    then the AAA body will be more robust (thicker walls) in that form factor.

    The adjustable body is primarily for 10250/80's but will work fine with AAA's too,
    and so far it feels sturdy enough but I still need to test the next version with AAA's and see how it feels/performs.
    The main purpose of the adjustable body is so that you can use AAA's with confidence if needed, without having to carry any spare parts.

    I dont know if I'm making any sense either but hopefully you get it

    tgwnn

    p.s. the clip images (graphics) are looking very nice!
    Ur making perfect sense
    I am sure everyone would love to see the clip images even if they are only graphics for now, you would get good feedback also from our Experience

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